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15 April 2010

Gatschenberger: Town Hall Invitation, Pink Heals, Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month

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!

"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty." –Thomas Jefferson

Pink Heals!

Representative Gatschenberger supports Wentzville Firefighters' Community Outreach

The Wentzville Firefighters Community Outreach program was established in 2008 with support from the Wentzville Fire Protection District by Wentzville Firefighters who wanted to do more for our community.  Since the inception of the Wentzville Firefighters Community Outreach Program, they have helped many individuals who have been affected by cancer, donating to individuals in our region… giving to those who need it most.

I will be hosting a hole at the 1st Annual Wentzville Fire Fighters' Pink Heals Golf Tournament on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 – 11:00 Check-In and 1:30 Shotgun Start at Lake Forest Country Club.  I'd like to see you there!  Register your full team before 5/10/10 for the Early Bird Deadline… for additional details, contact:  Dave Marlo 314-280-7339 or dave{dot}marlo{at}iaff2665{dot}org or
Pat Sobelman 636-578-1871 or patsobelman{at}pspcommercial{dot}com

April is Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month!

These current times can be challenging for families -- When Stress Heats Up…Keep Your Cool!  For those needing parenting information or resources, the ParentLink Warmline at 1-800-552-8522/En Español 1-888-460­-0008 is an excellent resource and is staffed with professionals ready to provide valuable support.  In addition, you may request hard copies of the ParentLink WarmLine fliers for distribution under your cover and/or your constituents may request them.  The Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-392-3738 is also available for those concerned about the immediate safety of a child.

Legislative Update

HB 1290 – passed out of the Senate Jobs committee this week… I introduced this legislation to change the threshold for charter counties to inventory assets from $250 to $1,000 to match the other statues in law for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th class counties.  Without this bill, charter counties are stuck at the outdated $250 figure.  They may still inventory the lower amounts if they wish… but increasing the threshold they "must" inventory to $1,000 can save them time and money (your tax dollars).

Governor Nixon Displays Unprecedented Power-Grab, Ignores Legislation He Signed into Law

The balance of power is a fundamental part of government.  The Governor has chosen to ignore that balance and make powerful decisions that go against the will of the General Assembly.

On Tuesday, the Governor directed state education officials to disregard legislation that lawmakers passed last week regarding mid-year funding for Missouri school districts.

The House of Representatives, on both sides of the aisle, have been working for months to balance the Missouri budget in one of the worst economies we've ever seen.  This has been a daunting task, but we made the tough decisions necessary to keep our state afloat.

The Governor has been absent in this decision-making process, even though House leaders have reached out to him for months.  Now, he's swooping in to grab a headline by powerfully rising above the law.

Essentially, the Governor is telling Missouri citizens that he has the unlimited authority to determine what is and is not constitutional.

If the Governor doesn't like a portion of any bill, he has the opportunity to line-item veto legislation.  But instead of following the rules, he participated in a historical power-grab, unlike any the legislature has ever seen.  By directing his state department to ignore a specific part of the bill is a blatant disregard for the rules outlined in the Missouri constitution.

The Governor decided to ignore parts of the bill because he thought those specific rules to be "unconstitutional".  However, that is not his decision to make.  The Missouri court system should be the only power that has the ability to deem what is and is not constitutional.

Ultimately, even if the general public agrees with the outcome of the Governor's action, Missouri citizens should be fearful of Governor Nixon's attempt to dictate a decision that should be ultimately left to the Missouri judicial process.

"Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government." –Thomas Jefferson

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"A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government." –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


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


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