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Monday, March 1, was the last day Senate bills could be filed for the 2021 session. Amendments and bill substitutes can still be introduced until the session ends on May 14, but the last new bill numbers have been assigned. Among the deluge of bills on Monday were five measures I sponsored...
For the more than 32 million Americans dealing with food allergies, and the many more suffering with sensitivities to different food items, it has become a critical daily function to plan and manage their diets to prevent catastrophic reactions to allergens. And while the world has been quick to...
Last November, America experienced an election that was anything but normal. In several states voting rules for electing the president were changed without the consent of state legislatures, as prescribed by the Constitution. This left millions of Americans confused and unsure of whether their...
It’s been a fun and somewhat controversial week in the Capitol.  I’ll mention in this Report a few of the bills that have been making the news. First, lets talk about HB 334 which I co-sponsored in the House.  In November of 2016, Missouri voters approved a new constitutional provision (Article...
Brutal. Miserable. Those were a couple of words (among others) used to describe the recent Arctic blast. As farmers and ranchers, we know dealing with the elements is part of the job, but that didn't make it easy to manage through the bitter cold and snow to keep hay out and water available. Our...
We had a busy week at the State Capitol. I’m pleased to share that I passed my first bill out of the upper chamber of the Legislature. Senate Bill 72, which designates the first full week of September as “Fox Trotter Week in Missouri,” is now in the hands of the House of Representatives. It’s no...
Dear Editor,   To say that I’m angry about the Presidential Election of 2020, is only part of the story; I am heartbroken.  Regardless of whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, you should be heartbroken too.   It is already apparent that the strong economy, and other significant gains...
We moved here from California in 1950, and I started school in a one room schoolhouse called Davis School, an old one room schoolhouse with kids from kindergarten to seniors all in one room. Then when Mom went to work in the cafeteria in Willow Springs, I got to go to school in Willow Springs....
Affordable energy is important for our entire country, but it’s especially important where we live – for families, farmers, manufacturers, and small business owners. Unfortunately, President Biden has started his administration off with a rush to reinstate some of the worst Obama-era energy...
As the Missouri General Assembly concluded the sixth week of the 2021 legislative session, activity on the floor of the Senate chamber has picked up speed, with several bills advancing. The Legislature sent this session’s first “truly agreed and finally passed” bill to the governor’s desk on...

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