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It was a busy week in the Missouri Senate. With less than three weeks remaining in the session, each day was focused on tackling complex issues, while still trying to move as many bills forward as possible. There was also the matter of the state budget, which must be approved by 6 p.m. on Friday...
At the Missouri Capital we are now wrapping up the spring session in Jefferson City, but you should expect at least one summer special session, then a fall veto session, and likely, a special session sometime later.   Over 2,200 new proposed bills were filed this spring session between the...
Dear Editor; I have never taken time to write and offer comments on subjects within the community or region that I see in the newspaper, so this is a first for me.  Interestingly enough I write, not to comment on an event or topic, but to raise to light a subject that is very important to me...
In regards to Troy Galebach’s letter to the editor in the April 14, 2021 Howell County News, I must say that I find many things disgusting. First of all, he should do a fact check on the points he makes. According to TC Energy Corp., the Canadian company that owns the pipeline, 1,000 people...
I was pleasantly surprised to read your article on “The Way We Were” in your March 31, 2021 issue of the Howell County News. My brother David, WSHS grad of 1956, gets your paper all the way to Green Valley, AZ., and he sent the clipping of Mr. Thomas to me in Centerville, VA. (25 miles due West...
It’s been another busy week in the Missouri Legislature, with several late nights spent trying to reach compromises on pending legislation. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I’ve been meeting with state agencies and constituent groups in advance of next week’s budget “mark-up”...
The General Assembly in Jefferson City is now in full swing, and both the Missouri House and Senate have been working long nights debating legislation. With the fillibuster allowed in the Senate, it is not unusual for the Missouri Senate to work very late throughout the night. I’ve had two 7:00...
I am writing to share my disgust with the Biden Administration, and with Democrats in general,  Federal, and State in particular.   Since President Biden has been in Office he’s thrown out a welcome mat for illegals to invade our Nation. He’s closed down energy production on Federal Land and...
Last year, in the face of a pandemic that left many people around the country concerned about their health for going out, states around the country adopted what were supposed to be temporary rules for voting. But in some instances, states used the pandemic as a reason to radically change voting...
With the 2021 legislative session well past the halfway mark, I’ve had an opportunity to settle into the culture of the Senate and reflect on the experiences of the past three months. As one of just 34 members of the Senate, I’ve really appreciated the opportunity to work with some great folks...

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