Reports from the 51st District by DEAN DOHRMAN http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/ en-us 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 Capitol Report: May 25, 2017 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/69088 As weekly readers, you know the Regular Legislative Session for 2017 ended on May 12. However, there was ongoing conversation about Governor Greitens calling a special session to accomplish some legislative topics that did not cross the finish line during the regular session. Late last week, the governor did call one of these special sessions to discuss a bill that would allow two companies interested in setting up operation in Missouri to negotiate a lower electricity rate. In turn,... Fri, 26 May 2017 15:01:43 -0500 Capitol Report: May 11, 2017 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/68984 Tomorrow (Friday, May 12) is the last day of the 2017 legislative session! We have had some early wins by sending a few bills to the governor, but passing legislation in the last few months has been cumbersome. However, there is still a little time to pass some important pieces of legislation, such as Real ID, in the next day before session ends. The budget has also been a major topic this year. Each year we must develop a balanced budget and the process is always complex. However, this... Fri, 12 May 2017 10:23:16 -0500 Capitol Report: May 4, 2017 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/68935 Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill on Thursday to repeal major parts of Obamacare and replace it with a Republican healthcare plan. With the 217-213 vote, Republicans obtained just enough support to push the legislation through the House, sending it to the Senate for consideration. The new healthcare plan aims, in part, to help slow the loss of major insurers providing health care coverage across the country. Anthem Blue Cross-Blue Shield is the latest major... Thu, 04 May 2017 15:46:39 -0500 Capitol Report April 27th, 2017 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/68889 As has been well-publicized recently, Dollar Tree will invest approximately $110 million to build a 1.2 million square foot distribution facility in Warrensburg. Dollar Tree expects to create 375 new jobs within three years and the facility will support Dollar Tree’s retail store network in the Midwestern U.S. The facility will see 150-200 inbound/outbound trucks per day. It is expected to be operational in May 2018. The new facility will be located on Highway 13 in the Brady Commerce... Mon, 01 May 2017 09:50:51 -0500 Capitol Report April 20th, 2017 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/68797 First some good news, the latest employment data shows the state continues to see a positive trend in the jobless rate. Missouri is now at 3.9 percent employment as of March, which is down from 4.1 percent in February. The number is also a significant drop from the rate last year when the state saw 4.5 percent unemployment in March. According to the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Missouri gained approximately 770 jobs from February to March. The increase took Missouri’s... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:00:54 -0500 Capitol Report April 13th, 2017 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/68747 Last week the House passed the state budget and sent it to the Senate for review. This week, the House voted on several bills spanning several topics including: ridesharing, overdose victims, motorcycle helmets, among other topics. During the next 4 weeks both chambers will work together on a compromise for the budget that works for all Missourians. Our state’s constitution requires a balanced budget every year, ensuring we are fiscally responsible. We can be confident that the final... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:17:03 -0500 Capitol Report, April 6 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/68696 This week, House members discussed and debated the Fiscal Year 2018 state operating budget for several hours before giving final approval to the $27.7 billion spending plan and sending it to the Senate. House members faced the challenge of creating a fiscally responsible budget that invests in the state’s priorities while also dealing with the reality of sluggish revenue growth. Not only were lawmakers able to bridge a $500 million shortfall in the budget while still making record... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:39:34 -0500 Capitol Report March 23 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/68602 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 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/68440 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 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/68393 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 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/68332 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 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/68269 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 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/68223 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 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/68157 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 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/68065 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 http://www.marshallnews.com/blogs/report51/entry/68010 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