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07 October 2011

Hoskins: EcoDevo Finally Passes House

House of Representatives Activity

HCS SS SCS SB 8, A.A., was debated on the House floor, third read, and passed, by a vote of 98 to 48. As a supporter, I believe the bill’s economic incentives are necessary during these tough economic times to foster economic development, create new jobs, and help stop the loss of jobs by incentivizing businesses to remain located in Missouri. I also believe it will help create an international marketplace in Missouri; resulting in increased international demand for Missouri products.

At this point the bill will return to the Senate where they will have the option of passing the bill, calling for a committee conference, or doing nothing. Either of the first two options would be great. If the bill ends up in Committee Conference, select members of the House and Senate will be able to sit down and hash out the differences between the House and Senate versions and come to an agreement on an Economic Development bill the State of Missouri desperately needs at this time.

As I am sure you have heard me say already, the sticking points have to do with sunsets on historic tax credits and low-income housing. That being said, our hope is the Senate will stand down from its position and agree to the House version as passed. We will know more the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct 11th when the Senate returns.

Visiting the Capitol

I am certainly looking forward to next week’s visit from the Holden Elementary 4th Graders. I am sure they are excited about a full day of activity with tours of the Capitol, Governor’s Mansion, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. It should be a very fun packed day.

Ways to Keep in Contact

I consider communication with my constituents a high priority. My weekly Monday morning chat at 8:45 a.m. with Woody at KOKO Radio on AM 1450 is one of the best ways I’ve found for you to literally “hear” from me. During session or interim, tune in every Monday morning at 8:45 to hear the latest concerning District 121.

Please share this report with anyone you feel would be interested in this information. It is genuinely a privilege to serve as your state representative.

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