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. The House and Senate members will be working the next five months on legislation to improve the lives and protect the citizens of Missouri. Most of the bills submitted will support priorities for the upcoming session as outlined by the Speaker of the House, Tim Jones. These priorities are "Growth and Opportunities, Guaranteeing assess to a great Education, Generating reliable energy and infrastructure, and Guarding/Protecting Missouri Values".
I am in the process of filing several bills and have already co-signed bills that are headed to committees. I serve on the Appropriations-(Public Safety and Corrections) committee, which will be my most active committee right away. We will be taking testimony from specific state department employees to start drafting the Fiscal Year 2015 budget. My other assigned committees are: Insurance Policy, Corrections, Special Standing Committee on Corrections, Emerging Issues in Agriculture, and Professional Registration and Licensing.
As you may have already heard, I have announced to file for re-election to serve as your Representative for the 48th District. Filing will start February 25th. During this session I will continue to work hard to represent each and every one of my constituents in the 48th District. Being in session requires many long hours of work on the House Floor as well as attending several committee hearings. The 48th District covers nearly 1600 square miles which includes parts of Chariton, Cooper, Howard, Pettis, Randolph, and Saline counties. This creates quiet a challenge for me to attend the many events in every town at the same time. You can always contact my Legislative Assistant, June Cardwell, at June.Cardwell@house.mo.gov or 573 751-0169 about questions, concerns, special recognitions, or assistance with specific issues.