Political Editorials

Greetings from your state Capitol. We have made it to our midway point with this session of the 99th General Assembly. In my opinion, we have passed legislation on to the Senate that would positively affect the lives of all Missourians.We finished the budget proposal from our budget committee about...
Greetings from your state Capitol.I had visitors from Douglas County last week: Skyline teachers Deborah Barker and Terri Ryan. It was great to see teachers from the district in my office.Also, Diane Dreckman White, Silver Haired Legislator from Ozark County, was here discussing legislation dealing...
(Excerpted from the latest column.)Currently, Missouri is one of five states where 17-year-old children can be sent to prison for committing crimes, no matter how minor the offense. On Thursday, March 8, my Senate colleagues and I approved Senate Bill 793, legislation that raises the age of adult...
All across Missouri, in my town halls or at the grocery store, I’ve heard story after story from families struggling with rising healthcare costs. Whether it’s unexpected emergency room bills, rapidly increasing prescription drug prices or insurance premiums going up—Missouri families are getting...
“My home is in heaven, I am just traveling through this world.” On Feb. 21 the Rev. Billy Graham was welcomed to his true home in heaven. Last week, we honored his life and legacy with a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol. It was an honor to attend the ceremony and pay my respects to a man who lifted up...
Last week started out a little stressful with the governor’s indictment being announced. I am in full support of our House leadership team’s decision to form a committee to investigate the incident. We hope to find  the true facts of the incident and be able to make our decisions based on those...
 Last week we celebrated National FFA week. Since its founding in 1928, the National FFA Organization has brought together students, educators and private sector agriculture professionals to support agriculture education in schools across our country. More specifically, FFA teaches young adults...
Some activities around the Capitol were canceled last week due to winter weather around the state. We hope that will be the last of the problems this winter will cause.Our Appropriations Committee on Education has met to finalize our budget requests to the entire budget.  This meeting went well...
Greetings from your state Capitol. Last week was extremely busy here in the Capitol. The budget committee is finishing up with hearing all of the state departments’ budgets. Late nights every day! This week will give us a little relief as the Education Appropriations Committee, which I chair, will...
Greetings from your state Capitol.Last week the House passed to the Senate the following bills: HB 1484 allows persons who have been, for at least six months, a bona fide member of an organization licensed to conduct bingo to participate in the operation of a bingo game. The Constitution currently...

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