In The Capitol
The job creation packaged [SB8] passed by the House last week has yet to be considered by the Senate. While there has been a great deal of doubt in regard to the chance of passing the economic development bill, some reason for optimism has emerged this week. The Senate Republicans met Tuesday to decide whether to continue the special session. Fortunately, the prevailing thought was to continue to work toward a compromise – something we in the House are glad to hear. We have a large gap to close in the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill, but I am hopeful we can come to an agreement. The Senate is scheduled to meet again Monday, October 17. We anticipate they will send the bill to a conference committee where members of both sides will try to work out the differences in the bill. Ideally we will reach a compromise and pass a bill next week that will give our state some powerful economic development tools that will create the good-paying, family-supporting jobs we desperately need.
In The District
If you have traveled on Highway 65 in the last couple weeks, you will see the sound barrier walls are being installed. This process will take several months but is moving along well.
On October 10th, I was honored to present a House Resolution on the joyous occasion of Wayne and Pat Keltner’s Sixtieth Wedding Anniversary. They celebrated with a family dinner. Wayne and Pat have two children and two grandchildren. Best wishes to them and their family.
Interim Office Hours
Interim office hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Normal schedule will resume December 1, 2011. If you need to call me at home, my number is 417-887-3353.
I look forward to hearing from you. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office. Best wishes.