My Fellow Missourians:
Most of the activity on the House side of the Capitol this week was attending committee meetings. The Agriculture Policy Committee heard and passed HB 202 which authorizes University of Missouri extension councils to form extension districts made up of cooperating counties for the purpose of funding extension programming. An extension district can be a single-council district or a consolidated district consisting of two or more extension councils. A majority vote of each participating council is required to form an extension district.
On the House Floor, we looked at the needs of our less-fortunate citizens, and will be working to offer and pass the best solutions for Missouri. One such plan to assist Missouri’s most vulnerable citizens was passed in the House this week with nearly unanimous bipartisan support. House Bill 87 sponsored by Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) re-establishes or extends the sunset date on many Benevolent Tax Credits to Dec. 31, 2019. The tax credits impacted by this legislation include the income tax credit for the surviving spouse of a public safety officer who has not remarried, the children in crisis tax credit, the disability access residential renovations tax credit, the pregnancy resource center tax credit, and the income tax credit for a donation to a food pantry.
These tax credits encourage investments, from private citizens, in programs that benefit many of our most needy citizens. HB 87 will help many of our charitable organizations gather resources to provide much needed assistance to low-income families. These benevolent tax credits are a fiscally responsible way of assisting Missourians who are in need.
In our District: On Friday, Feb. 1, I presented “The Show-Me State” Booklets to the Appleton City High School Government class. These booklets contain information on the history of Missouri’ the State Capitol; our local, state, and federal governments; the role and responsibilities of citizens; and some famous Missourians.
If interested, I would be glad to bring several of these booklets to your school for use by your Government/Social Studies teachers, and would appreciate the opportunity to speak to and participate in a classroom discussion and question/answer forum if time permitted. Because I am currently in Legislative Session at the State Capitol Monday through Thursday, I could schedule a visit any time on a Friday. Please contact my Legislative Assistant, Debbie Poire, at 573-751-4065 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Visitors to our office this week included Commissioners from Hickory County – Robert Breshears, Rick Pearson, and Robert Sawyer, Commissioner Leroy Strope from St. Clair County; Don Boultinghouse, Jesse Watts and his wife, Joyce Watts, from Cedar County; and Commissioners Tom Self, Jim Hansen and Steve Daleske from Benton County.
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Representing the good people of the 125th District
Warren D. Love, State Representative