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Monday, Feb. 8, 2016
Whiteman AFB award winners, Ethics Reform bills head to Mo. Senate
Posted Monday, February 1, at 12:00 PM
Whiteman Awards Banquet Friday, Whiteman AFB held its annual awards banquet recognizing excellence in duty and service. Speaker Dan Clark, of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series, made for a very interesting program. I wish to extend my congratulations to all of the award winners as listed below:...

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Real ID update
Posted Friday, January 22, at 10:52 AM

This week we discussed and passed three bills. We also attended the last State of the State address from Governor Jay Nixon. Discussions continue concerning Real ID and the protection of privacy. We also attended the last State of the State address from Governor Jay Nixon who outlined his priorities. Economic growth and education were prominent in his list of priorities: these are certainly areas of great interest shared by the General Assembly...

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Capitol Report, Jan. 14
Posted Thursday, January 14, at 3:50 PM

This week I filed HB 2234, which will require the Department of Higher Education to provide a statewide portal to provide information for potential and current students. The website would be designed as a type of clearinghouse where students may search all of the state's colleges and universities programs, transfer information, financial aid information, as well as other types of information...

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Capitol Report, Jan. 7
Posted Thursday, January 7, at 3:42 PM

The 2016 regular session began Wednesday at noon. The House came to order and Speaker Todd Richardson who provided a list of priorities. These included ethics reforms, economic growth, and transportation. Speaker Richardson also emphasized some of the positive achievements of the last session. ...

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Capitol Report, Dec. 31
Posted Thursday, December 31, at 2:06 PM

I don't know about you, but it seems to me that 2015 flew by. The year started with a legislative session with an ambitious agenda that the General Assembly worked hard to complete. Major successes included medical malpractice reforms to keep the costs of health care in check; reforms to the state's system of welfare to give Missourians in need an incentive to get back to work; and a fix to the state's unemployment system meant to ensure benefits are available to the jobless while also protecting business owners from excessive taxes and fees (in other words, keep the system intact for the future). ...

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Capitol Report, Dec. 23
Posted Tuesday, December 29, at 12:46 PM

(December 23, 2015) -- Like me, I'm sure you are extremely busy getting in the last bit of shopping and going to parties and lunches with friends, co-workers, and others. However, as we approach Christmas, let's not lose sight of all the calming goodness of the season. Please be safe and have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!...

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First Amendment Speech, Refugee Updates
Posted Tuesday, December 8, at 8:21 AM

Cattle producers of the 51st District will have the opportunity to participate in a public discussion regarding a referendum to establish a $1 per head beef checkoff assessment. The public hearing on the issue will take place Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. at the Missouri Electric Cooperatives building at the Missouri State Fairgrounds, in Sedalia...

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First Amendment Speech
Posted Wednesday, November 25, at 3:05 PM

I hope you have a great Thanksgiving this week. If any of you or your family are traveling, I hope you remain safe. This is an excellent holiday to enjoy the company of family and friends while we give thanks for our abundance. First Amendment Speech...

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The Dangerous Politics Surrounding Terror Attacks
Posted Friday, November 20, at 7:41 AM

This past week I had the privilege of visiting Marshall High School to celebrate their FFA championship with a presentation of a House Resolution signed by myself and the Speaker. Unfortunately, we will spend the bulk of this report on a more somber subject...

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Upheaval at Mizzou
Posted Monday, November 16, at 1:59 PM

I hope you had a chance to attend Veterans Day ceremonies yesterday. If not, there are still some opportunities available this week. This week and every week, show veterans you appreciate their service. This week I have only one topic because it has evolved into an explosive national story...

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Capitol Report Nov. 5
Posted Thursday, November 5, at 3:15 PM

On Monday, as Kansas City prepared to celebrate the championship win of the Royals, I visited Marshall High School to celebrate their FFA championship. The local chapter won the Top Model of Excellence Award, the FFA national championship, recently and a full school rally celebrated their achievement. I was honored to be a part of the celebration and challenged them to keep up their good work in promoting agriculture. They have proven they are up to the task...

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Capitol Report for Oct. 29
Posted Monday, November 2, at 12:57 PM

HB 1490 Groups Report In 2014, during the Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly, the legislature passed HB 1490. This became a part of the effort to replace Common Core. Common Core was also defunded in the budget, returning Missouri learning standards and curriculum to Missouri...

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Capital Report for Oct. 22
Posted Thursday, October 22, at 2:43 PM

This past week I visited St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley Campus. The school operates the Center for Workforce Innovation that specializes in aeronautic engineering and manufacturing training. Boeing has a high-level program in assembly/composite mechanics. ...

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Updates on St. Louis minimum wage status, veterans service award
Posted Monday, October 19, at 3:02 PM

There have been several events this week including an important court decision, and opposition to stadium financing as proposed by the governor. I believe it is worthwhile to look in-depth at these two issues as they affect many Missourians. Judge Strikes Down St. Louis Minimum Wage...

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Update on interim committees' work
Posted Friday, October 9, at 11:44 AM

This session's interim committees will be finishing their work during the next few weeks. Here is an update on two areas of investigation. New Interim Committee to Review State Activities Association A newly-created interim committee in the House will take a look at the progress made by the Missouri State High School Activities Association in implementing recommendations made by a separate interim committee in 2007...

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The governor's higher education proposal, human trafficking task force plans
Posted Tuesday, October 6, at 7:31 AM

October is here: football is in full swing and homecomings will be plentiful. Both of Missouri's Major League baseball teams are in the playoffs. Lots of people are out doing those outdoor jobs that must be done before the weather turns cold. There are also plenty of other fun outdoor activities, so enjoy!...

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Rural development, tax amnesty updates
Posted Friday, September 11, at 10:21 AM

This week I wrapped up my summer by learning more about promoting economic development and job readiness in Missouri. On either coast or in the middle of America, we all face the problem of providing paths to meaningful work and fulfilled lives. This week I attended a meeting that met these issues head on and provided a venue for exploring new paths of growth...

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Thinking outside the box after jobs summit
Posted Friday, September 4, at 9:02 AM

I just returned from a jobs summit in New York City. It provided an opportunity to discuss economic growth with other state legislators, and as a result, to think outside the box a bit. More about this in the report. Also, as mandated by the Missouri Constitution, the General Assembly will meet September 16, otherwise known as the first Wednesday after the second Monday in September, to consider bills that were passed by the House and Senate but vetoed by the governor. ...

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Lottery funding for education, importance of Missouri ports
Posted Tuesday, September 1, at 7:43 AM

Another busy and productive week. It's hard to believe that summer is nearly over with schools reconvening and Labor Day just around the corner! Soon the combines will be running and farmers will be putting their grain in storage. If you're like me, you look forward to fall, but I will enjoy one more cookout before I officially proclaim the end of summer!...

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Stadium financing and Missouri's credit rating
Posted Monday, August 24, at 1:38 PM

On Aug. 14, I was honored to attend Governor Jay Nixon's visit to the Coreslab Structures plant on Hwy. 20 in Marshall. The governor praised the plant for utilizing the Certified Work Ready Community status of Saline County and matching jobs with workers. CWRC is a program through Saline County Economic Development that guarantees a base level of worker skill levels. Certainly the 51st District is doing its part to put Missouri back to work!...

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Rep. Dean Dohrman, a Republican, represents Johnson, Pettis, and Saline counties (District 51). He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2012. In addition to his legislative duties, Rep. Dohrman is an online professor. Rep. Dohrman is a member of Warrensburg and Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce, and Sedalia Lions Club. He attends Wesley United Methodist Church. A graduate of LaMonte High, Rep. Dohrman earned his PhD from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2004. Born in Warrensburg, Rep. Dohrman currently lives in LaMonte.
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