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28 October 2011

Korman: General Assembly Didn't Agree With Governor's Call For Special Session

The Special Session, for all purposes, is over. The MO House of Representatives saved your tax dollars by not calling Representatives back this week to adjourn Sine Die. Instead the MO House of Representatives has adjourned by a Technical Session not requiring a majority present. The Special Session will expire on November 6, 2011. The General Assembly did not and does not have to agree with the Governor’s agenda for a Special Session. The Economic Development and Tax Reform bill had been debated extensively this past spring during regular session with no consensus, so simply the Special Session resulted in the same result. The Governor’s call was his way of "political forcing" the General Assembly to send him bills that we didn't send him in the five months of regular session and shouldn't send to him in sixty calendar days (special session length). With the issuing of new tax credits, tax credit reform and other economic issues, it is best to have a quality bill with a large amount of support from the people of Missouri before becoming law.

The General Assembly passed the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act (MOSIRA) [SB7] which has been signed by Gov. Jay Nixon. Senate Bill 1 also has been passed and signed, which repeals a section of a bill passed by the General Assembly last spring and enacts a new section to address communications between school district employees and students.

On Monday, October 24, 2011, I participated in Marthasville Elementary Red Ribbon Week assembly. Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October in the United States.

Missouri is the proud home of Boeing, which manufactures the F/A 18 E/F Super Hornet fighter plane, a key component to our national defense. On October 20, 2011, the Missouri House urged Congress to continue funding the Super Hornet by passing HR 4672 by an overwhelming majority.

On Thursday, October 20, 2011, Sarah and I attended the Associated Industries of Missouri Awards Reception and Dinner where I was given the 2011 Friends of Manufacturing and Industry Award.

The free counseling for the Medicare Part D enrollment event was held on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. at the Warren County Scenic Regional Library in Warrenton. It seemed for those that took advantage of this event it was helpful. The open-enrollment period for Medicare Part D, the federal prescription-drug program, is from October 15 to November 7, 2011.

Please feel free to stop by or contact your 99th District office at:
201 W Capitol Ave., Office 114C,
Jefferson City, MO 65101

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