This week is computer education week! Certainly a very important subject for today’s students, and for all of us. The week is part of a national event that will focus on the importance of computer science education and giving students the skills to meet growing workforce demands.
This is also the first week of pre-filing bills for the 2019 legislative session. Several bills already have been filed, and it looks to be a busy legislative session coming up next year. I will begin pre-filing bills next week and will provide a more thorough update then.
Also, please note my office has moved to Room 303-A in the Capitol. My phone number and email remain the same.
Lastly, the initiatives voted on this past November go into effect today. Amendment 1, “Clean” Missouri goes has several ramifications, and I discuss some of the immediate effects below.
“Clean” Missouri Starts Today
It is Dec. 6, the day that newly passed amendments will become effective in Missouri. Among these are Amendment 1, known as Clean Missouri, and Amendment 2, known as Compassionate Care or medical marijuana. With both there are numerous consequences, some of which I will consider this week.
Amendment 1 held several provisions, too many it seemed to qualify for the ballot, but the appellate court allowed it on, and it passed overwhelmingly. Among the many provisions is a clause that opens all correspondence within General Assembly offices to the Sunshine Law. From today forward, any email sent to my office or any phone call listing will be subject to public scrutiny. The requests can be very specific and limited, or they can be broad and widely inclusive. As a result of this new development, I am asking for your indulgence.
Please do not call my private cell phone with state business. If this occurs, I will refer you to the office number. Also, please do not send any state business to my personal email. If I receive anything of this nature, I will ask you to forward it to the Capitol office. My office email is firstname.lastname@example.org and my office phone number is 573-751-2204. Please feel free to contact me at either anytime. I hope you understand why I don’t wish to open my private corresponding mechanisms to public scrutiny, but please feel free to contact me at either office device.
It is an honor to serve the 51st District in the Missouri House of Representatives. Each week I will issue a capitol report to keep you informed of activities in Jefferson City. Any concerns or issues you might have are of great interest to me. I look forward to your input and thoughts, so please feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions, concerns, or ideas to improve our state government and the quality of life for all Missourians. My telephone number is 573-751-2204 or you may contact me by email at email@example.com. Thank you for working with me to make Missouri a great place to live.