A Special Note
For the first time EVER in Missouri, a blizzard warning was issued for the majority of our state; the Governor issued a State of Emergency and the National Guard was activated. Many legislators did not make it to the capitol after the bad weather hit. I came down to Jefferson City early Monday and was forced to stay here overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, along with approximately 120 others.
As you may know, one of our own beloved members has been hospitalized after a serious car accident Monday morning. Our thoughts and prayers go forth to Rep. Wanda Brown, her family, and all who have been impacted by the severe weather conditions. Please be safe, take care of yourself, your families, and those who may need help in our community.
2011 Legislative Session continues
On Monday, the House third read and passed House Bill 73 by an overwhelming vote of 116 to 27. It will now be reported to the Senate.
The House also adopted and perfected the amended version of House Committee Substitute for HB 163. This legislation changes the laws regarding unemployment compensation benefits in order for Missouri to receive recently approved additional federal funds for those most in need of it. No Missouri tax dollars will be spent pursuant to this bill.
Tuesday, we third read and passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 1. This resolution disapproves a final order of rule making by the Public Service Commission with regards to the Electric Utility Renewable Energy requirements.
The weather made it difficult for committees to meet this week. We will resume next week and hopefully get much work done to make up for our snow days.
This past Friday, I had the opportunity to visit the Hope House in Lee's Summit. Hope House is a wonderful facility that protects, educates, and supports victims of abuse, over 10,000 people every year. We are a very lucky to have 2 Hope House locations in our community. For more information, visit http://www.hopehouse.net/ or call 816-461-HOPE (4673).