Report From the 26th Senate District
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I was disappointed when we abruptly adjourned early for spring break and did not pass Senate Bill 49, the “Missouri Save Adolescents from Experimentation,” or SAFE, Act. This … more
The month of March marks the halfway point of the legislative session. The annual Spring Break is scheduled for March 13–17, each chamber begins to deliberate on legislation approved by the … more
During last week’s legislative rush, I had the honor of advancing three more proposals that I believe will be good for Missourians. On Feb. 21, I presented Senate Bill 233 to my fellow … more
Among the flurry of legislative activities last week, I’m happy to report my Parents Bill of Rights legislation, Senate Bills 4, 42 & 89, was perfected on Feb. 8. I’m pleased with … more
If I was asked to summarize last week in the Senate, I would say it was filled with “firsts.” On Jan. 18, I presented my first bill as a state senator to the members of the Senate … more
As the song goes, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Lights and decorations adorn every street corner, holiday music on the radio, brightly-wrapped presents under Christmas trees … more
Thanksgiving marks one of my favorite times of the year. This holiday gives each of us the opportunity to come together with our loved ones and give thanks. We are an incredibly blessed people, … more
Every year, Nov. 11 marks Veterans Day throughout our country. Observed on the anniversary of the end of World War I, Veterans Day honors those who have bravely and honorably served in our … more
The ability to cast one’s vote on Election Day is a fundamental part of our representative republic. An individual’s vote is their voice and their ability to choose who represents them … more
Tuesday, Oct. 4, marked the end of the General Assembly’s work in the extra legislative session called by the governor.  After the House of Representatives put its stamp of approval on … more
On Wednesday, Sept. 21, members of the Missouri Senate put their stamp of approval on legislation designed to meet the governor’s call for the extra legislative session. The two bills passed … more
In the near future, my colleagues and I will return to the State Capitol for the start of an extra legislative session.  Called by the governor, this extra session will focus on providing tax … more
The smell of fried food moving throughout the grounds, the sight of children riding a roller coaster and the sound of families enjoying themselves on a warm summer’s night — fair season … more
In today’s day and age, it isn’t popular to be an elected official.  We often get blamed for problems we didn’t cause, and we get second-guessed every time we vote on an … more
The sun is out, the temperatures are up and the smell of kettle corn is in the air, which can mean only one thing — it’s fair season once again. To me, local fairs are some of the best … more
Each legislative session, the General Assembly faces the challenge of addressing any number of important issues facing our state. While the issues often vary, at the heart of the work we do in the … more
Even though the 2022 legislative session came to a close in May, the work of the Legislature is never done. Lawmakers are always looking for new ways to improve our state and ensure it remains a … more
Farmland is a precious resource in our state, serving a wide range of functions. For starters, it’s the foundation of many family businesses and our state’s largest industry. It allows … more
Elections are at the foundation of the way our government operates. Because of the essential role they play, it’s important our elections function well and that citizens can trust in their … more
The 2022 legislative session has come to a close. While at times the session was stressful and outcomes were uncertain, I believe the General Assembly still managed to do a lot of good for the people … more
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