My Fellow Missourians,
My, My…How the time flies. We have only two weeks of session remaining and we are down to the short rows.
My In-District Activity last week started by attending the 4th Friday Chamber of Commerce coffee at El Dorado Springs. It was held at the Snodgrass Greenhouse which has been in business for over 60 years. It was hosted by new proprietors, Frank and Ida Lambrecht, who plan to continue the business. They were honored by a ribbon cutting. I then discussed several issues with El Dorado Springs City Manager Bruce Rodgers.
My noon stop was attending the Osceola Chamber luncheon. An update was given on the Sac-Osage Hospital. Since I was unable to attend the ribbon cutting of the new Col. C.M. Pasley Memorial Pharmacy, I stopped in for a visit. My “Hat’s Off” to Dale and Janet Pasley for continuing their support of this much needed service.
On Saturday, I joined about 100 others at a meeting hosted by Forrest Lucas at the Lucas Cattle Company in Cross Timbers. Senator Mike Parson facilitated the meeting. Representative Sandy Crawford and Representative Wanda Brown, along with Department of Agriculture Director Dr. Jon Hagler attended. Some of the farm organizations attending included; Missouri Cattlemen, Missouri Pork Producers, Farmers Care, Missouri State University, and the Missouri State Fair Foundation. The purpose of this meeting was to introduce “Protect The Harvest” which is a National organization that helps protect the “Right To Farm” without unreasonable rules and regulations from animal rights groups like HSUS and PETA.
On Monday our Agriculture Policy Committee toured the Veterinarian School, the Meat Laboratory, and the Vegetable & Crop Research Farm at the University of Missouri Columbia.
Most of the Legislative Work done this week were Senate Bills and included:
SB 16 sponsored by Sen. Munzlinger which exempts farm work performed by children under 16 years old from certain child labor requirements. I spoke in support of this legislation on the House floor after an attempt by an urban Representative to prevent farm children from working because of danger. I began by sharing that as a small boy I was my daddy’s shadow and had my own farm operation started with two Duroc gilt pigs when I was nine years old. I talked about how we grew up hauling and stacking hay in barn lofts on hot, 100 degree July days; jumping out of the barn loft and washing the hay chaff off in a moss filled stock tank filled with cow slobbers and then rode on a flatbed wagon, racing back to the field for more hay because we believed in “The Right to Work.” We were hauling for 2 cents a bale, we knew the more we hauled the more money we made. My point was that as young farm boys, we grew up with a solid work ethic vs. waiting to work until we were 16 years old. I pointed out that this kept us from standing on street corners wearing baggy pants, getting tattoos and getting into trouble. The bill passed 113 to 40.
SB 106 requires public post-secondary institutions to accept credits for courses that the military awarded to personnel as part of their military training if the courses meet certain standards for academic credit. Members of the armed forces with health-related professional licenses or certificates that are in good standing when entering active duty will remain in good standing while on active duty. Renewal of these licenses or certificates while the member is on active duty shall occur without the payment of dues. Continuing education will also not be required if certain requirements are met. Service as a member of the armed forces, if satisfactory to the licensing board, may be applied towards qualifications to receive a license or certificate from a professional licensing board. SB 106 passed 160-0 on a 100% bi-partisan vote.
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Warren D. Love, State Representative
Representing the good people of the 125th District