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. This summer I was on the Agriculture -- Emerging Issues and Elections Interim committees, attending meetings in different parts of the state and addressing issues that will be part of the upcoming General Assembly.
This coming year is another election year. Missouri State Representatives are elected every two years and filing for the positions starts the end of February. The Missouri Republicans have a veto majority in both the House and the Senate and plans are being made to increase that control. Even though there are just enough votes in the House to override a Governor's veto, not all votes are cast for an override because of maybe special interest group pressure from a couple of Districts. This is why a solid veto majority needs more than the minimum votes. The Missouri House of Representatives have 109 Republicans of the total 163 House members, therefore, a veto majority is 109.
As stated in prior Capitol reports, there were 10 Governor vetoed bills overridden during the September veto session. Over twice as many overridden vetoes in the History of Missouri veto sessions. Of course, the Governor vetoed more bills this year than ever in Missouri Legislative History. I have heard from many of you, as constituents of the 48th House District, expressing your concerns to me about the wrong direction and misguiding decisions you feel the Governor is directing our state; including unnecessary purchase of an additional $5-6 million dollar Jet, not telling the truth about his involvement with the Department of Revenue and sending Missouri citizens private information to the Federal government, spending millions of dollars in his meetings across the state misinforming citizen's about Tax Bill 253. The list goes on and on, and recently announcing that he would allow gay couples married in other states to file joint tax returns in Missouri. Missouri House Speaker, Tim Jones responded to this saying "Once again, Governor Nixon is trying to play to all sides of every issue, indulging his liberal ideals while hedging his bets by saying the courts have forced his hand. The Governor's job is to defend our state's constitution -- including the constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman, that was passed overwhelmingly in this state -- not to surrender to the whims of the Obama administration. This executive order is nothing but an attempt to violate the voters' will, unlawfully ignoring a constitutional amendment to provide the Governor's liberal allies a policy victory. Furthermore, I would call upon Gov. Nixon to supply the legal opinion from Attorney General Koster providing justification for the action he took today in ignoring the Constitution of the State of Missouri".
My concern is our Governor seems to be using the same "play book" as President Obama, by leading our State down the wrong path and not working with State Legislators, but wants to take credit for all the good things the Missouri House and Senate gets done. Such as, he makes claims he Balances the Budget. He does not, the House and Senate does as required by the Missouri Constitution with many long hours, days, and hard work. Our State is in good financial shape that allows Missouri Legislators to address Future Growth, Create More Jobs, Provide a better Education system, Control and Regulate spending, Lower Taxes Missouri citizens pay, Promote Small Businesses, and Preserve our Family Farms. We do not want to go down the same path as the leadership in Washington D.C., instead promote common sense conservation values that will keep our state strong and a place for all of us to live, raise our family in a safe environment, and achieve the American Dream.
I will continue to work hard to represent you as a voter in the Missouri 48th House District, listen to your concerns, and help with your personal and business needs. Never hesitate to contact me at 573 751-0169 or Dave.Muntzel@house.mo.gov. June Cardwell is my Legislative Assistant at the Capitol and those of you who have talked and worked with her, knows she will help me by helping you with your questions and concerns.
We have much to be Thankful for here in Missouri. The greatest is our Freedom. Thanksgiving is here, so let us all be sure to stop and realize how blessed we are and Thank God for His many gifts. Be sure to remember the Lord every day in everything you do, reject all evil, and ask Him to guide, control, protect us, and help others in need. If we do this, as He promises, we will be rewarded for our efforts.
Happy Thanksgiving and May God Bless you and your family.
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