Reports from the 51st District by DEAN DOHRMAN http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/ en-us Capitol Report Oct. 19, 2017 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/70161 First, some good news this week from the governor’s office. Governor Greitens recently announced that 800 new jobs will soon be coming to Missouri. The new jobs will come from an increase in Missouri’s National Guard. The new jobs will include transportation units, military police units, and cyber units all having an estimated economic impact of $15 million. More on this topic in the first section of this week’s report. In other news, Planned Parenthood and the American... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:13:36 -0500 Capitol Report Oct. 12, 2017 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/70110 As mentioned over the last few weeks, the Chair of the Policy Development Caucus, Representative Jeff Messenger, has been touring the state gathering feedback from Missourians about road funding options. As promised, this week I will discuss the final two funding options, motor vehicle and driver’s license fees and changes to the open container law, in the first section of this week’s report. In other news, CenturyLink recently announced that they will be awarding over $1.4... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:56:17 -0500 Capitol Report Oct. 5th, 2017 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/70061 As mentioned over the last few weeks, the Chair of the Policy Development Caucus, Representative Jeff Messenger, has been touring the state gathering feedback from Missourians about road funding options. In a continuing effort to keep you informed, this week I will discuss two additional funding options, consumer price index on motor fuel and a general sales tax increase, in the first section of this week’s report. In other news, as you may remember this past July, Governor Grietens... Fri, 06 Oct 2017 08:52:27 -0500 Capitol Report, Sept. 28, 2017 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/70006 As mentioned last week, the Chair of the Policy Development Caucus, Representative Jeff Messenger, has been touring the state gathering feedback from Missourians about road funding options. I am a part of this committee and expressed a few concerns about some of the suggested options, but Representative Messenger wanted to seek some true input from taxpayers about several different paths for funding. Also, as mentioned last week, I do not endorse any particular option expressed in these... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 15:11:27 -0500 Capitol Report, Sept. 21, 2017 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/69942 Unfortunately, misunderstanding is a part of politics. When this occurs, I believe it is best to step in front, and explain matters, which is how I will begin this Capitol Report. Recently, the Chair of the Policy Development Caucus toured the state gathering feedback from Missourians about road funding options. I am a part of this committee and expressed some concerns about some of these options, but Representative Messenger wanted to seek some true input from taxpayers about... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:37:56 -0500 Capitol Report September 14th, 2017 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/69877 As mandated by the Missouri Constitution, the General Assembly met yesterday to consider bills that were passed by the House and Senate but vetoed by the governor. The annual Veto Session gives legislators a final opportunity to enact their ideas into law despite the governor’s objections. In both chambers, a two-thirds vote is required to override a veto. In the House that is equal to 109 votes. Twenty-three votes are needed in the Senate to successfully complete an override... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:33:00 -0500 Capitol Report September 7th, 2017 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/69816 Last Tuesday, I was fortunate enough to attend the Missouri Innovation Center grand opening in Lee’s Summit. The new building represents another milestone illustrating the progress in STEM education and an accelerated, cost-saving pathway to a four-year college degree in our state. The new facility includes the Missouri Innovation Campus program, a nationally recognized program that reshapes the way students experience education; Summit Technology Academy (STA), a unique... Thu, 07 Sep 2017 16:41:42 -0500 Capitol Report Aug. 31, 2017 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/69759 Last Friday, I was fortunate enough to attend the W.C. Morris Science Building Renovation celebration and tour at the UCM campus in Warrensburg. University faculty, staff, and students joined the public and friends of the university in recognizing the accomplishments of those involved in the renovation and celebrating the newly remodeled spaces. Completion of $18.4 million renovation of the W.C. Morris Science Building at UCM marks the university’s commitment to current and... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 15:51:20 -0500 Capitol Report August 24th, 2017 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/69701 Will Hooten is an Eagle Scout candidate who decided to build an informational kiosk for the Trails End Plaza on the Missouri State Fair Grounds. This trailhead which is part of the Katy Trail State Park System will be connected to the American Discovery Trail from coast to coast bringing visitors from around the country and the world. The Boy Scout Troop 66 also took part in this project. Additional aid came from Will’s parents Nate and Tonja Hooten, who were instrumental in providing... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 09:40:26 -0500 Capitol Report August 17th, 2017 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/69646 I’m happy to report that the Missouri State Fair kicked off with record crowds over the opening weekend. The strong crowds have continued throughout the following days. Again, besides a very strong line up at the Grandstand, there are lots of exhibits, contests, displays, livestock shows, and many other events. You can look at the full schedule at http://www.mostatefair.com/. Come home and enjoy some Fair! Once again and as promised, this week includes three additional TAFP’d... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:47:39 -0500 Capitol Report August 10, 2017 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/69595 In this week’s news, I’ve included a Missouri State Fair preview. It begins today. Also, there is a short summary of Missouri’s newest state budget that went into effect last month, and some law enforcement changes that will take effect because of the changes. More on these topics later in the report. As promised, three additional TAFP’d bills are summarized below. More TAFP’d bill summaries will follow in the weeks to come. Finally, before Veto Session... Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:46:15 -0500 Capitol Report August 3rd, 2017 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/69548 Tax break alert! Remember, this weekend is a sales tax holiday. To help prepare for going back to school, Missouri has a three-day back-to-school tax holiday that exempts everything from school supplies to computers from sales tax. For more information, visit: http://dor.mo.gov/business/sales/taxholiday/school/ As promised, four additional TAFP’d bills are summarized below after notice of a special event and some remarks on recent actions by the governor on foster care funding cuts.... Fri, 04 Aug 2017 08:23:58 -0500 Capitol Report July 27, 2017 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/69481 After several weeks, the Senate met Tuesday afternoon to take up and pass the House version of legislation what the governor has said made St. Louis an abortion sanctuary city. The bill took about four hours on Tuesday before 19 senators moved the previous question motion to go to a vote. The final vote went 22-9 in favor of the House Committee Substitute. More on this later in the first section of this week’s report. Also, as promised, five additional TAFP’d bills are... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:13:18 -0500 Capitol Report: July 20, 2017 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/69433 As mentioned in last week’s report, the Missouri Department of Agriculture recently placed a temporary ban on the use of dicamba. The ban is now lifted. As you recall, after more than 140 complaints of damage from those not using the product (dicamba is an indiscriminant broadleaf herbicide, so drift onto unintended crops is a problem), the department called for a temporary stoppage of its use. Late last week, the Department of Agriculture announced the lift on the dicamba ban... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:17:21 -0500 Capitol Report July 6th, 2017 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/69347 Many people ask me about the future of Missouri’s highways and roads. I’m glad to report that something is being done. Recently, the 21st Century Missouri Transportation System Task Force, which was created by HCR 47 that was passed during the recent legislative session, held its first meeting at the State Capitol. More on this Task Force below. Also, the second extraordinary session continues on. The special session was called by the Governor to address health and... Fri, 07 Jul 2017 09:40:20 -0500 Capitol Report: June 29th, 2017 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/69297 Recently, some constituents have inquired about the latest changes to the MO Rx program, which is a program that helps seniors afford their medications by reducing drug costs by 50 percent. Therefore, much of this week’s report will focus on this topic. Also, last week the legislature reconvened for a second extraordinary session to amend and strengthen a piece of legislation sent over from the Senate to better ensure the health and safety requirements in place for abortion clinics.... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 15:00:13 -0500 Capitol Report: June 22, 2017 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/69254 After several years of determination, “Old Drum” and “Jim the Wonder Dog” will finally become Missouri’s official state canines this Friday. SB 376, sponsored by Sen. Denny Hoskins, a bill which I handled in the House, was passed this last regular session. Governor Greitens will be in Warrensburg this Friday, June 23, to speak at Boys State being held at the University of Central Missouri. On his way, he will sign the Old Drum/Jim the Wonder Dog bill (SB... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:27:13 -0500 Capitol Report: June 15, 2017 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/69211 Tuesday I traveled to the Lake of the Ozarks for the annual Lakeside with the Locators meeting hosted by the Missouri Economic Development Council. This annual event brings economic development professionals from across the state and the country to discuss Missouri’s business environment. It is always a meeting packed with information and a way to let industries and services know that we are open for business! The meeting proved successful, as always, and many of the site locators... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:49:32 -0500 Capitol Report: June 8, 2017 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/69174 The Governor announced yesterday that lawmakers will once again return to Jefferson City to convene for an extraordinary, special session. The special session is set to begin Monday, June 12. This time the governor has called the House and Senate back to address several issues meant to “protect the lives of the innocent unborn and protect women's health.” Governor Greitens issued the call Wednesday for multiple pro-life issues he said the legislature needs to work to... Fri, 09 Jun 2017 15:47:21 -0500 Capitol Report: June 1, 2017 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/69123 Last week the Senate passed HB 1 to allow electric rate negotiations for a new aluminum plant operator at the old Noranda facility in the Bootheel. The bill is being sent through the final stages of processing in the legislature, and Governor Greitens is expected to sign the bill when it arrives in his office. Hopefully, this will help place at least 500 jobs in our state! Now that both the regular and special legislative sessions have come to an end, the legislature stands at a little over... Thu, 01 Jun 2017 14:59:16 -0500