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This past week, I was invited into the office of the Speaker of the House. Speaker Rob Vescovo presented me with the Freshman of the Year award for my work as an advocate for conservation. At the … more
To the Editor: As an item of interest, I’m a longtime property owner in Maries County and my paper is mailed to my St. Louis County address (Zip code 63124-1269). Today, April 28, I received … more
With just three weeks remaining in our legislative session, I wonder what this bicentennial general assembly will be remembered for? This week, the Missouri House of Representatives voted to expel … more
This week, the Missouri Senate gave an initial round of approval to one of my priorities for the 2021 legislative session. Senate Bill 36 creates the Capitol Complex Tax Credit Program and allows … 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 at all … more
“If making laws were easy, we’d have too many.” That’s what was on my mind this week, as I listened to colleagues debate bills on the floor of the House. With just four weeks remaining in … more
The coronavirus pandemic has affected each of us in ways too numerous to count. No one could have predicted more than a year ago after our state’s first positive case in St. Louis County that we … more
This week, my colleague and I gave initial support to legislation that would exempt the federal stimulus payments received by Missourians from state income tax. The bill is similar to one approved by … more
In recent decades, I believe executive overreach and the abuse of presidential powers have threatened our country’s system of federalism and checks and balances. From where I stand, this is no … more
This past week, I had the opportunity to vote on Missouri’s state operating budget for Fiscal Year 2022. I’m proud to announce that my colleagues and I approved a fiscally conservative budget … more
I’m sure for many of us the thought of retirement conjures up images of beach vacations and lounging around in the sun without a care in the world. While hopefully retirement is enjoyable and … more
Rural small businesses have two more months to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), to keep their workforce employed and to cover normal operating expenses during this ongoing COVID-19 … more
On March 31, the last two Americare communities conducted the final of their three COVID-19 vaccine clinics. With these clinics, each community has now administered vaccines to every resident and … more
March 16 dawned with the promise of a beautiful day. It turned out to be that in more ways than one. We met at the home of Susie Kleffner for a wonderful breakfast. Those present were Lucy … more
Every day, the men and women of law enforcement wake up, put on their uniforms, hug their families goodbye and head to a job where they don’t know if the day’s events will allow them to return to … more
This week, the Missouri House of Representatives re-convened after our usual mid-session break. We voted on a number of important bills, and I had many productive meetings with constituents and … more
The National Newspaper Association this week endorsed legislation proposed by Senators Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, and Dianne Feinstein, D-California, to restore the federal … more
It’s hard to believe how quickly time has flown since the start of January, but the Missouri General Assembly has already reached the halfway point of the 2021 legislative session. With that in … more
A year ago this week, the world descended into the throes of the COVID-19 crisis. It’s fitting that our year of darkness appears to be ending as Sunshine Week 2021 gets underway. This annual … more
The 2021 legislative session has reached the half-way point. In this last week prior to our mid-term recess, the Senate buckled down to make progress on a number of contentious issues. Two bills … more
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