A Love note from Jeff City

Posted May 2, 2013 at 12:18 pm

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My Fellow Missourians,

My activities in the district began in Hickory County last week. It’s always great to begin the morning with breakfast at the Old Pool Hall Café in Hermitage, to visit with several of the regulars. It was also a highlight of the day to make a presentation to Mr. Chase Crawford’s 8th grade class at Wheatland School.

The weekend was filled with community fundraisers for benevolent and community projects. I started Saturday morning at the Tara Moore Biesemeyer Volleyball Tournament, then to the 2nd annual Heritage Days at the Shiloh Tabernacle. I always enjoy sharing history about the area and how the tabernacle got started.

Marla and I attended the Keely M. Haynes Memorial service at the South School in Warsaw. It’s always tough to see a young 15 year old succumb to cancer, however it was a joy to see the school and community turn out in large numbers to join family and friends in a celebration of her life. Then we went to Cross Timbers for a supper and auction to support Jay and Donna Acheson’s medical costs. We finished the evening at the Benton County Historical Society Banquet. On Sunday we joined about 180 people at the McCarty Senior Center in Wheatland. Funds raised from this benefit go to support the Old Settler’s Museum in Wheatland. It’s very encouraging to see volunteers and concerned citizens coming out to support their friends, neighbors and organizations.

HOUSE BILLS on the floor this week of special interest were:

HB 297 sponsored by my good friend Rep. Keith English. The bill will help reduce food stamp fraud. It requires the Department of Social Services to seek a waiver from the federal government to mandate the use of photo identification for continued eligibility in the food stamp program administered in this state. One year after approval from the federal government, the department must issue a photo identification card to each eligible household member who is 16 years old or older. Upon request, a person must present the photo identification card at issuance points, retail food stores or meal services when exchanging benefits for eligible food.

HB 161 sponsored by Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger, has new laws on political subdivisions and local government. It passed through the House with an amendment that I was opposed to. I tried to get floor time to speak against the amendment, however was unable to do so. The section that concerned me had to do with 3rd class counties such as ours. It would authorize the county commission of any county to adopt regulations regarding building codes, including permit, license, and inspection fees and to establish a building commission to prepare the regulations as specified under Sections 64.170 to 64.200, RSMo. Currently, only the county commission of a county of the first or second classification has this authority. A structure used solely for certain specified agricultural purposes is exempted from the building code regulations.

One of the reasons I ran for this office to be our voice in Jefferson City was to help stop unnecessary rules and regulations at the local level. This amendment appears to be just that. I have contacted several senators including our Senator Mike Parson, and asked them to remove this section. If you agree with me, please contact Senator Parson. I voted No on the bill.