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
The extreme winter weather has caused much sickness and falls on the ice for many folks, not to mention high heating bills. To make matters worse, along come "sky rocketing" price increases of propane gas. The reasons for double, in some cases triple, propane prices is being investigated by the Missouri Attorney General's office. We'll see what Koster reports on that issue.
Heating our homes and businesses brings up an issue involving House Bill 1302 that passed out of Committee this past week and will soon be heard on the House Floor. It involves the EPA putting regulations on wood stove manufactures that could very well stop the production and sale of wood burning stoves. The issue also could result in requiring citizens who burn wood for heating, to put meters on the units to monitor/regulate the smoke that may even force people to stop using existing wood burning stoves.
Missouri House Representative Tim Remole from the Macon/Moberly area sponsored HB 1302 which I co-sponsored says: Missourians have the right to heat their homes and businesses using wood-burning furnaces, stoves, fireplaces and heaters. Rep Remole just returned from Boston, MA testifying before an EPA hearing on this issue. HB 1302 is the first legislation from any state that addresses Federal government mandates on wood burning stoves. Evidently, Rep Remole's presents and presentation at the hearing was a surprise to some of the attending EPA officials. I will try to keep you informed of developments on this HOT issue.
Voter ID House Bill 1073 passed by a 2 to 1 margin on the House Floor this past week, that will require legal voters to present an ID before voting. One representative who spoke against the bill indicated, the main reason this bill was brought forth was to prevent "Little Old Black" women who live in the St. Louis inner city, from voting. Other House Members opposing the bill stated, "Voter Fraud does not exist in Missouri because no one has ever been convicted of voter fraud". Those in favor of the bill cited many examples of where an ID may be required such as, cashing/writing checks, buying items using credit cards, entering certain Federal Government buildings, doctor visits, etc. Supporters of the bill indicate Voter ID helps protect the Right To Vote by preventing fraud. Voter ID legislation is expected to pass through the Senate and then be sent to Governor Nixon. Will he veto it?
Filing for office started February 25 and ends March 25. I filed for re-election as your Representative in the 48th District. The Lord has blessed me with a wonderful family, rewarded me with everything I NEED to live, has allowed me to be a citizen of our Country/State, and enjoy the Freedoms of the USA. I consider it an Honor to serve as a Missouri House Member and I pledge to represent all legal voters in the 48th District to the best of my ability and belief.
Never hesitate to contact me at Dave.Muntzel@house.mo.gov or June Cardwell, my Legislative Assistant at June.Cardwell@house.mo.gov or call 573 751-0169 with your concerns or help with personal or business needs.
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