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08 April 2010

Gatschenberger: Town Hall Invitation, Sovereignty Measures Advance, Track Legislation

"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government." –Thomas Jefferson

Please be my guest!

What:  Town Hall Meeting
When:  Thursday, April 29th – 7:00 pm
Where:  Lake St. Louis City Hall – 200 Civic Center Drive
Why:  Attendees of my last Town Hall Meeting requested a Speaker on Cap and Trade Legislation.
(Cap and trade is a form of emissions trading used to control alleged pollution by offering economic penalties in order to achieve reductions in alleged emissions pollutants. Cap and trade would put limits on emissions from motor vehicles, coal-fired plants, and factories.)

A representative from Ameren UE will address this issue.  Also attending will be a representatives for the Department of Conservation to discuss current programs.

For questions on the content of this meeting you may contact my Capitol office at (573) 751-3572 or e-mail me at Chuck{dot}Gatschenberger{at}house{dot}mo{dot}gov

Hope to see you there!

Legislative Update

HCR 39 Passes

Today, legislation that I proposed claiming Missouri's sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution… over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government under the United States Constitution… passed out of the House and on to the Senate for approval.  One more step in the right direction!

2nd Amendment Rights

House Bill 1787 was passed by the House. (This bill is similar to my HB 1206) This legislation expands and defends our Second Amendment rights.  If this bill becomes law, the age to obtain a concealed carry permit will be reduced from 23 years old to 21 (which is law in most states).  The Castle Doctrine is also expanded to include property that you lease, so if you are renting your residence and someone breaks in you are legally able to use deadly force to defend yourself and your loved ones.  During floor debate, an important amendment was added to the bill to protect gun owners.  Currently, if you are drinking in your home and have a gun in a safe upstairs you could be charged with unlawful possession of a firearm if you are intoxicated, in your own home! This amendment fixes this loophole and allows you to keep firearms in your home and not be committing a crime if you have a glass of wine or beer.  I am proud to continue to support our Second Amendment rights.

Rebooting Government (ctrl-alt-del) – State Spending

A historic downturn in the economy has exposed many of our government programs as bloated and inefficient in many ways, and we will not right this ship by continuing with the status quo. It is well past time that we think differently about the function we want government to take in our lives.

The Senate took an extraordinary step toward your concerns and desires during a special "Rebooting Government" event on March 24.  They solicited citizen ideas on how government can cut back, and then they took an entire day to split into committees and determine which suggestions were viable and how we might begin to implement them.

Total Taxpayer Savings Identified: $689.3 MILLION to $789.4 MILLION!

You can view the full report, or continue to submit your suggestions, by clicking on the "Rebooting Government" icon located on the Missouri Senate homepage…

As we move into the future, I will continue to advocate the reduction of government and taxes and the protection of taxpayer dollars.  By reigning in spending and being smart with your money, we can bring about the economic recovery we need, and establish a better government for tomorrow.

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"When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property." –Thomas Jefferson


As always, please let me know your thoughts about these or other matters of concern by calling my office at: (573) 751-3572 or by emailing me at chuck{dot}gatschenberger{at}house{dot}mo{dot}gov



the main problem with it… is that sooner or later you run out of other people's money!


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