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2017 Legislative Survey
Posted Friday, January 27, at 12:57 PM
Things at the Missouri Capitol are in full swing. As reported, Swearing In ceremonies, Inauguration Ball, State of the State address by the new Governor, have taken place and Bills are being heard on the House and Senate floors. Committee meetings fill the hearing rooms both before and upon adjournment of Session in the House. Committees that I have been assigned are: Consent and House Procedure, Vice-Chair; Insurance Policy; and Local Government...

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Amendment recap
Posted Thursday, October 13, at 7:56 AM

Election Day, Nov. 8, is now less than a month away. Most people I talk to say they will be glad when it is over. To say it mildly, this is an unusual election year, both at the state and national levels. Missouri State Representatives are elected every two years with limits of four terms. ...

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More highlights from the 2016 Legislative Session
Posted Thursday, June 16, at 7:41 AM

As promised in my last Capitol Report I am providing more highlights from the 2016 Legislative Session. Ethics Reform Proposals (HB 1983 and HB 1979 and HB 2203) Of the seven single subject ethics reform bills approved by the House, three crossed the finish line and have already been signed into law...

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Speaker calls for investment in transportation, House moves to reject tax increase on agricultural land
Posted Monday, February 1, at 12:18 PM

Business at the State Capitol is in full swing with bills being filed and sent to committees to be heard. As of Jan. 25, there have been 996-plus bills filed in the House. Many more are expected to be filed. House Speaker Delivers Response to Governor's State of the State Address...

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Thoughts on Planned Parenthood
Posted Monday, August 10, at 2:14 PM

Just wanted to express my opinion on a couple of issues. One is the horrendous news regarding "Planned Parenthood" practice of selling body parts. I was stunned, like many of you, by the callous way the doctors discussed the killing, dismemberment and sale of unborn children. ...

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Capitol Report: 2014 veto session is over! How did we get here? (9/16/14)
Posted Tuesday, October 7, at 2:06 PM

Each fall, for the last several years, the House budget staff, the Senate budget staff, the Governor's budget staff and the elected House and Senate members on their respective budget committees come up with their best guess estimate of what state tax revenue will be for the next fiscal year. ...

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Capitol Report: House Debates & Passes Tax Reform
Posted Tuesday, April 22, at 4:30 PM

It has been over ninety years since Missouri's tax payers were given a break on their tax bill. In fact, because of inflation, Missouri taxpayers are today paying an equivalent of more than $2 billion in additional revenues, meaning they've actually been exposed to a hidden tax increase over the years. Fortunately, two proposals in Missouri are working in concert to address these issues...

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Capitol Report: March 31, 2014
Posted Monday, March 31, at 7:09 PM

Passing a Balanced Budget: House Continues Commitment to Limited Government and Fiscal Prudence This past week, the Missouri House of Representatives passed a balanced and fiscally responsible budget that contains the largest education budget in the state's history, funds Medicaid reforms, and increases appropriations for business development while limiting wasteful spending...

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Capitol Report: March 4, 2014
Posted Thursday, March 6, at 5:58 PM

I usually like to start my report with a positive attitude, but with the weather we have had, I sound more negative when I say, "I am sick of it". Hopefully, by the time you read this, it is much warmer. It is March and we have and some record breaking winter weather that has taken a toll on people and livestock. Local cattlemen indicate they have lost many newborn calves and a few cows due to pneumonia, ice/snow, and extreme cold...

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Capitol Report: Feb. 20, 2014
Posted Tuesday, February 25, at 11:45 AM

Business at the Missouri Capitol has been in full swing. After multiple meetings and long hours into the evenings, the Appropriations Budget Committees will soon be wrapping up their 2015 proposed budgets. Then, with House and Senate approval, will be sent to the Governor to sign. Well over 600 House Bills have been submitted to special committees. Some of those passed, are now being debated on the House Floor...

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Capitol Report: Feb. 10, 2014
Posted Monday, February 10, at 3:29 PM

Where Do You Stand on These Issues? District 48 Survey Questions Below are a few of the hundreds of issues that may be voted on this session. Many of you have expressed your feelings on specific issues and I appreciate your input. To get a general feeling of the voters in the 48th House District, please express your thoughts to the questions below and return by mail to my Capitol office at 201 West Capitol Ave, Room 201E, Jefferson City, MO 65101...

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Capitol Report: Jan. 27, 2014
Posted Tuesday, January 28, at 9:01 AM

The Governor of Missouri made his State of the State address this past week and stated that Missouri is Strong and Growing Stronger each passing day. He is correct. Our state is financially sound and we want to keep it that way. Spending more than you earn is not the recipe Missouri people use who live and work to improve their standard of living, provide for their children, and secure their Freedom. ...

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Capitol Report: Jan. 13, 2014
Posted Monday, January 13, at 4:23 PM

The Missouri House of Representatives returned for the Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly on Wednesday, January 8th. Committees have started hearing newly submitted bills that, after approved, will be sent to the House floor to be addressed and voted upon. ...

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Special Session 2013
Posted Wednesday, December 11, at 2:20 PM

A Special Session was called by Governor Nixon the first week in December to work on a package of incentives to bring jobs to Missouri. Acting with surprising speed, the Senate passed a measure that authorized about $150 million per year in tax breaks and other subsidies for Boeing if they locate their new production plant for the 777X commercial airliner. ...

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Capitol Report: Nov. 18, 2013
Posted Thursday, November 21, at 10:24 AM

What a wonderful Fall season we have had. Even though the needed rain slowed harvest a bit, it sure made the trees most beautiful this year. My Fall season seems to have gone by fast, but filled with many Legislative activities, meetings, visits with constituents, interviews, and many church dinners, yet still trying to keep up with family and home life. ...

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Capitol Report: September 17, 2013
Posted Tuesday, September 17, at 7:26 PM

During the September 11 Veto Session the 97th General Assembly overturned a historic number of vetoes by the Governor. There have only been 24 veto overrides in the history of the state, with 16 of those occurring when only a simple majority was required. ...

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Capitol Report: July 22, 2013
Posted Monday, July 22, at 5:46 PM

What a busy summer it has been. Fairs, church socials, Committee meeting and dinners, Fund Raisers, Speaking/Listening engagements with special groups, and trying to be at Jefferson City once a week has consumed much of my time. I was appointed by the Speaker of the House, to two Summer Interim Committees: Election Procedures and Emerging Issues in Agriculture Policy...

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Capitol Report:: Post-session notes
Posted Friday, May 31, at 9:03 PM

The 97th General Assembly finished up May 17th since then, I have enjoyed being able to spend time with my family, friends and attending speaking engagements. Ann and I celebrated our 40th Wedding Anniversary on May 26th. My summer schedule is filling up fast. Veto session is scheduled for September 11th...

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Capitol Report: Constituents interested in scrap metal bill, military voting bill
Posted Thursday, May 9, at 7:57 PM

We had many visitors from most of the counties in the 48th District. We hope your visit was enjoyable and/or productive. My report for this week would be very lengthy if I reported everything that was addressed on the House Floor. Senate Bills for House approval dominated the agenda and can be viewed at senate.mo.gov and house bills can be viewed at house.mo.gov...

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Capitol Report: SB26 improves tax system
Posted Thursday, April 25, at 4:28 PM

Senate Bill 26 was introduced to the House Floor this week and passed. It deals with our state tax system that lowers the individual and corporate income tax rate 0.67 percent and raises the sales tax 0.6 percent. This gives the tax payer a choice. It also allows out-of-state visitors who make purchases in Missouri to support our tax revenue...

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Rep. Muntzel, a Republican, represents parts of the following counties: Cooper, Pettis, Howard, Randolph, Saline and Chariton (District 48) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two year term in November 2012. In addition to his legislative duties, Rep. Muntzel is a 4th generation farmer where he owns and operates part of the family farm. He spent 26 years in the Livestock Nutrition industry, the first 15 as a District Manager with the Ralston Purina Company. He later dedicated 12 years of his career as a District Manager for Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance Services, Inc.