Senate works on a variety of issues

Posted February 21, 2013 at 3:33 pm


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This week the Missouri Senate put in some long hours on a variety of issues. Working into the night a compromise was reached, and the bill addressing the problems of the Second Injury Fund was passed. The legislation now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration by its members.

A bill I introduced was heard in committee on Tuesday. It would change the way prevailing wages on public projects are calculated. Too many times we have seen construction projects in rural areas either be greatly reduced or delayed due to prevailing wage laws driving up the cost 30 percent or more. My bill would bring wages more in line with what is normally paid in the area. It would also only affect third class counties.

Another issue that will affect county budgets is a bill that came through our Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight Committee Thursday morning. This legislation would assist county jails in their efforts to collect expenses from inmates. It would garnish not only tax refunds but also lottery winnings. It would also place holds on the purchase of hunting and fishing permits until the debt is paid.

‘Nothing is Politically Right Which is Morally Wrong’

If you have any questions or comments regarding issues in state government or within the 28th Senatorial District, please feel free to contact my office at Senator Mike Parson State Capitol Building, Room 420. Phone: 573-751-8793 or 800-752-8256. Email: mparson@senate.mo.gov