Reports from the 51st District by DEAN DOHRMAN en-us Capitol Report March 23 Happy Spring! Spring break continues until Monday. When we return, we will focus our efforts on the budget. Our goal in the House is to have the budget out of the House and on to the Senate by April 6. The final budget has a May 5 deadline completion and submission to the governor. Being at the midpoint of this legislative year, I believe it is appropriate to briefly recap some accomplishments achieved so far. During the first half, we have move forward with several initiatives,... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:53:51 -0500 Capitol Report March 16th It was 100 years ago today, on March 16, 1917, the 49th General Assembly of Missouri met for the first time in our current Capitol. It was not completely finished with all the trim at the time, but legislators met in our current building after the devastating fire of 1915. Happy Birthday Capitol building! The state of Missouri received good news last week as the state’s jobless rate continues to decline. The Missouri Department of Economic Development released its latest data... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 11:40:33 -0600 Capitol Report February 23 Many House members and visitors to the Capitol wore purple on Wednesday, Feb. 22 in honor of Missouri Memory Day. The annual event saw hundreds of advocates make their way to Jefferson City to educate elected officials about Alzheimer's disease and the need to enhance access to care, support and services for people with dementia and their families. In legislative news, we undertook a variety of topics at the Capitol this week. The House debated several bills including unemployment system... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:42:24 -0600 Capitol Report: February 16th, 2017 On Tuesday this week, members of the House and Senate took time to honor Missouri's military service members. Many of the state's top military officials made their way to the State Capitol to be recognized for their service during Military Appreciation and Awareness Day. The annual event, hosted by the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission and Missouri's Military Advocate Joe Driskill, illustrates the significant contributions and sacrifices of military service members and... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:40:46 -0600 Capitol Report - February 9th, 2017 This week included several visits from district career center students, dental hygienists, nurse practitioners, and libraries from the district including Boonslick Regional and Trails Regional Library. An interesting new program is currently being implemented in local libraries called the Remote Electronic Access for Libraries (REAL) program. REAL strives to connect public libraries with each other and with schools and universities through the Internet to ensure that public libraries are the... Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:52:21 -0600 Capitol Report, Feb. 2, 2017 This week the University of Missouri system provided some interesting research and economic development highlights that I would like to share. Here is list of a few highlights: St. Louis Medical Devices -- Created around an UMSL technology related to non-invasive blood glucose monitoring -- UMSL faculty member received $50,000 from UM Fast Track Program to develop the technology -- Licensed to St. Louis Medical Devices, a start-up created around the technology Nanova Inc. -- Initially... Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:32:12 -0600 Capitol Report, January 26 House and Senate members convened for a joint session this week to receive the annual State of the Judiciary Address. Delivered by Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge, the speech focused on the reforms and improvements made by the court system, and the need to improve pretrial incarceration practices in Missouri. Also, this week, during a Veterans Committee hearing, the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission presented a briefing sharing five specific... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 15:17:26 -0600 Capitol Report -- Jan. 12, 2017 This week the legislature really got under way after the inaugural ceremonies of Monday. Ethics and gift bans were foremost on the agenda both in the House and in the Governor's office. I discuss this topic in more detail further on in the report. Also, we are continuing to add duties and assignments for this session. In addition to serving again as Vice Chair of Higher Education and as a member of the Veterans Committee, I will also serve on the Special Committee on Employment Security.... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:47:23 -0600 Capitol Report, Jan. 5 The 99th General Assembly First Regular Session has officially begun! Yesterday, the official swearing in ceremony was conducted on the House Floor and Representative Todd Richardson was elected again to serve as Speaker of the House. I was honored to be sworn in for a third time to serve as your state representative! Some important news for those who will be visiting the Capitol, beginning January 10, 2017 visitors entering the Missouri Capitol will be subject to search. X-ray conveyors and... Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:50:24 -0600 Capitol Report, Dec. 29 The end of the year is traditionally a time for reflection and resolutions for future improvement. Looking back over the past political year, I think it is important to try to gather the lessons from the recent cycle, and hopefully, improve the process for the future. Here are my thoughts. We Need Political Foresight Remember when you were young and you wanted sweets? If unsupervised, you ate and ate and ate sweets until you felt satisfied. However, an hour later you became so miserable you... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 15:29:15 -0600 Capitol Report, Dec. 22 Earlier this week, members of the Republican Caucus gathered to conduct winter caucus where we elected a new Caucus Secretary, my suitemate Rep. Jason Chipman, and discuss the upcoming legislative agenda. Among one of the topics discussed was an increase in Capitol security measures and protocols. These security enhancements are currently being implemented to coincide with the quickly approaching inauguration and related festivities. Now, on to a few lighter, holiday-inspired topics! Holiday... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:03:16 -0600 Capitol Report, Dec. 8 This week I traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend an annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs. The agenda covered important topics such as solutions to veteran health care and veteran treatment courts, and updates from the Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Economic Adjustment and the DOD State Liaison Office, among several other topics. For a quickupdate, let's take a look at the DOD economic impact in our state.... Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:30:55 -0600 Capitol Report - November 23, 2016 Once again there is negative news from Mizzou. A former tutor at the University of Missouri reported that she was encouraged to help student athletes with testing and even to complete entire courses. She stated that the athletes were involved in "revenue generating" sports which translates to football and men's basketball. This revelation comes on the heels of sanctions against the University of Notre Dame for assisting their athletes. Mizzou officials had no comment on the allegations. On a... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:32:54 -0600 Capitol Report -- Nov. 10 Election Day is finally behind us! Thank you to everyone in the 51st District for your support and votes. It is an honor to be your representative! As you know, Missourians had a number of important ballot initiatives to consider on Tuesday. As the final ballots were tallied, voters had decided to reject both proposed cigarette tax increases, but supported the other measures on the ballot. Below is a brief summary of the election results. Missouri Sees Major Changes on Election Day Headed... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:53:51 -0600 Capitol Report -- Oct. 27 Hang in there! Only a few more days of political advertisements on the calendar, and then we will vote. Be certain to vote this year as we are making many important decisions. Hab Center Changes As you know, the Habilitation Center in Marshall has undergone extensive changes during the last year. It is now known as Northwest Community Services (NWCS) and has had a significant change in mission. The goal now is to integrate their consumers, as much as possible, into the larger community. Last... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:38:02 -0500 Capitol Report, Oct. 20 Last week, our new Missouri Military Advocate held one of three meetings to inform and gather information from various stakeholders of military spending in our state. Joe Driskill, the newly appointed Missouri Military Advocate, the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission (MMPEC), and the Hawthorn Foundation sponsored the meeting in Kansas City. We learned several interesting facts from the preliminary study the office is currently conducting. In total, the Department of... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:47:10 -0500 Capitol Report, Oct. 6 A few weeks ago, I shared with you that Governor Nixon was back up to his old tricks by withholding funding from education in Missouri. As of yesterday, however, the governor has decided to reverse some of his budget cuts. Citing an uptick in state revenue, the governor released $12.1 million, including $6 million for public schools and $3 million for school transportation, which had been cut by $16.5 million. Nevertheless, despite this recent release of funds, as of today, $162 million of... Thu, 06 Oct 2016 15:18:15 -0500 Capitol Report, September 29 Friday, I joined Representatives Denny Hoskins and Nathan Beard in hosting an informational meeting for interested groups of the Whiteman Air Force Base community. Newly appointed Statewide Military Advocate Joe Driskill provided a short update of his new office and the immediate goals he would like to achieve. He also informed us that he will hold a series of meetings around the state to publicize the importance of the military in Missouri. The U.S. Department of Defense is still on the block... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:48:27 -0500 Capitol Report, Sept. 8 This Sunday the nation will pause to reflect and remember the nearly 3,000 lives that were lost 15 years ago on Tuesday, September 11th, 2001. In Missouri, the efforts of emergency responders are recognized with Emergency Services Day and Emergency Personnel Appreciation Day, both of which take place each year on 9/11. Both days are meant to acknowledge, with special gratitude and profound respect, all public safety personnel, including police, firefighters, ambulance personnel, emergency... Fri, 09 Sep 2016 14:23:41 -0500 Capitol Report, Aug. 18 The Missouri State Fair is in full swing with all types of activities showcasing the state's number 1 industry, agriculture. Today is the Governor's Ham Breakfast, always a busy meal and a great fundraising time for Future Farmers of America and 4-H club members in Missouri. Also, many politicians descend upon the Fairgrounds as do the news media. There will be many meetings around the grounds and in Sedalia, so keep your eyes and ears open for all the latest political news as the week... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:30:16 -0500