Report From the 61st District
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On the heels of the Governor’s deployment of Missouri National Guard and the Missouri Highway Patrol to the Southern border, myself, Rep. Tim Taylor, and Rep. Mark Matthiesen began planning our … more
The paper toss is a symbolic gesture noting the end of the legislative session. I think it was also a gesture of my frustration. The session ended too soon and there was still a lot of good work … more
The curious activities at the Capitol create an atmosphere of political adventure. Monday ended the ethics committee persecution of the Speaker of the House. During the last seven months the … more
In a unanimous 150-0 decision, the Missouri House has passed HB 2797, a bill that underscores the state’s commitment to honoring its local heroes by designating various highways and bridges … more
The legislation that weighed heaviest on my shoulders this session is Senate Bill 727. It is a large omnibus education bill that we were told fixes everything. We were told by the bill sponsor … more
The big news this week is our first glimpse of the budget. It was a teaser or official trailer for the next entertainment program. Thursday morning House Budget Chairman Cody Smith released the … more
This week I took a special interest in HB1751. The bill would stop the development of a landfill in Kansas City.   Those wanting to stop the development say the landfill will do … more
Everyday our session begins with a prayer and the pledge of allegiance. The prayer is usually lead by the Reverend Monsignor Robert A. Kurwicki, Chaplain. But, this past Thursday the Monsignor … more
I will be one of many to extend my sympathies to the victims and families suffering from the tragedies along the parade route in Kansas City. However, this tragedy is not just about a few. We are all … more
The highlights this past week in the Missouri House of Representatives included a visit from Israeli Consul General, Maor Elbiz-Starinsky. He spoke out from the dais against the horrific … more
BY State Rep. Bruce Sassmann Missouri’s 61st District   I want to start by saying “thank you” to the city and the citizens of Gerald for being the first … more
In the first two weeks of Session, Speaker Dean Plocher has referred over 200 bills to committee, including legislation to fight crime, promoting school choice and parent’s rights in the their … more
I look back on the year and hope I’ve done my part to make our state a better place to live, work, and play. I know most of you work hard every day for your families and for your community. … more
The first day of filing new bills for the next legislative session was last Friday, Dec. 1st. You might find it interesting to know that legislation in the pipeline from the last session is … more
Dec. 1 is the first day of filing new legislation to be heard this next legislative session beginning Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024. One of the bills I will file this year addresses landowner concerns … more
For your benefit, there are community leaders gathering in Montgomery County to discuss economic development for the region. There are those working behind the scenes to bring economic … more
I wish I could have been so skillful to put these feeling in words.     Senator Cindy O’Laughin’s capitol report this week is better than anything I could have written. I … more
As a Republican lead legislature, we look for ways to decrease the burden of taxes on every household and at the same time respond to the services you want and need. In the collective view, we all … more
The Missouri State Fair, held from Aug. 10 to Aug. 20, 2023, welcomed nearly 350,000 visitors this year. This marks an approximate two-and-a-half percent increase from the previous year’s … more
While state legislators were in Jefferson City for the annual veto session on Sept. 13, Missouri Speaker of the House Dean Plocher appointed me as Trustee to the Missouri Humanities Council Trust … more
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