Greetings Fellow Missourians,

    I am currently serving as the Legislator for Missouri State House of Representative in the newly formed 125th district—thanks to the supporters in the Primary elections of 2012, 2014 and 2016. This district includes the southern half of Benton, northern third of Cedar, and all of Hickory and St. Clair Counties. [see map]

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CAPITOL REPORT - August 17, 2017.  My, what a busy week it has been!  The activities started with the El Dorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Luncheon held at the high school.  My ‘Hat’s Off’ to the chamber for recognizing all the new teachers.  I provided an update to everyone in attendance about the upcoming annual 100-Mile Yard Sale hosted by “Discover More on Route 54.”  I was also pleased to announce that “Discover More on Route 54” has new sponsors:  Travis and Melanie Farran, owners of the Shelter Insurance Agency in El Dorado Springs.   New sponsors are always welcome.  For more information on being a sponsor, please visit discover54.com.

PHOTO: Rep. Love welcomes new “Discover More on Route 54”sponsors, Melanie and Travis Farran of Shelter Insurance Agency located at 703 East Highway 54 in El Dorado Springs. 

I was saddened that the American Legion Post 217 building in Warsaw fell victim to fire early Friday morning.  I would like to give special thanks to the fire departments and volunteers of Warsaw, Lincoln, and the Deer Creek Fire Protection District of Edwards for responding to the emergency.  

A very solemn and sobering event was held in Clinton on Saturday morning as hundreds of law enforcement personnel and Patriot Riders came from all over the state to honor and pay last rites to Officer Gary Lee Michael, Jr.  Gary was a 38 year old Clinton Police Officer who gave his all in the line of duty while doing a routine traffic stop on the morning of August 6th.   It was a sight to behold the procession and flag-lined street as hundreds made their way to the Benson Center for the funeral services.   “May he go rest high on that Mountain.”   

At noon on Monday, I had a great visit and a delicious baked chicken dinner at the Warsaw Senior Center.  With about 6 volunteers, there are 65-90 dinners served each weekday at the center, and another 100 dinners are delivered each weekday by Meals on Wheels.  I encourage everyone to give of their time to this greatly welcomed service. 

Also on Monday, Senator Elect Sandy Crawford and I had the opportunity to conference with administrative members of the Warsaw Health and Rehabilitation Center.  The center is facing budget cuts that went into effect on August 1st.  The census count of residents on Monday was 71 of which 44 are Medicaid clients.  The funding for those on Medicaid has been cut $5.37 per patient per day.  This cut to nursing homes across the State of Missouri is a serious issue and will need to be addressed by the General Assembly Budget Committees during the next session.

PHOTO: Warsaw Health and Rehab Center Administrator Gary Yeakle, Rep. Love, Senator Elect Sandy Crawford, Jim Blundell, and Regional Administrator Chris Burkart met on Monday, August 14th, to tour the facility and discuss current issues being faced by the nursing home industry. 

BENTON COUNTY RECEIVES AGRI-READY DESIGNATION

Taking action to support additional opportunities for the local economy, Benton County has received Agri-Ready County Designation by Missouri Farmers Care (MFC), a coalition of 45 leading Missouri agricultural groups.   Presented on Tuesday to the Benton County Commissioners, this designation identifies counties that create an environment conducive to agricultural opportunity and growth which are willing to actively support Missouri’s largest industry.  MFC’s Agri-Ready County designation launched in December 2015 as a voluntary connection between Missouri counties and MFC.  According to the MO Department of Agriculture, Missouri agriculture provides 378,232 jobs and added $88.4 billion in net value to the state’s economy in 2016, making agriculture the largest sector of the economy.  Benton County is the 40th county to receive the Agri-Ready Designation that recognizes and builds on the impact of family farmers and agri-businesses as key contributors to our economy and the quality of life in our communities. 

3rd ANNUAL 100-MILE YARD SALE

Discover More on Route 54 is reminding the public of the 3rd annual 100-Mile Yard Sale that will be coming up on Labor Day weekend, September 1-3, during daylight hours.  This event includes communities along U.S. Hwy. 54 from Nevada to Camdenton. We need sellers & bargain hunters to make this event a success.  Sellers will be responsible for their own yard sale signs to attract motorists.  With the increased holiday traffic, it’s encouraged that other non-profits (fire departments, churches, etc.) hold rummage sales & fundraisers at the same time.   Please direct questions or suggestions to the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MOHwy54YardSale or https://100mileyardsale.wordpress.com/.

You can hold a yard sale on your Highway 54 property, but if you don’t live along the highway you are welcome to use one of these Host Sites:

Camdenton - American Family Insurance parking lot, 309 W. Hwy 54.  Must register with cray.hulett@yahoo.com;

Near Macks Creek - at public roadside park, at the junction of Highways 54 & 73;

Preston - Yates Rustic Range Trading, located 6 miles east of Preston, call for space (417)733-7193;

Hermitage - Beyond Bargains Flea Market, 624 W. Hwy 54, [Fee charged] call Kathy (417)399-1474 for prices;

Wheatland - Hwy 54 RV Park (watch for digital sign), across from Main St., call for space (417)282-5400;

Collins - Brenda’s Quilt Stop & More, located west of Collins along Hwy. 54 call to register (417)876-9997;

El Dorado Springs - the old Wood’s parking lot, at the junction of Highways 54 & 32; and

Nevada - Life Church, 421 N. Centennial Blvd.  Must register with LCembassy@gmail.com or call (417)667-9760.

It is my honor to serve the constituents of District 125. If you ever have questions, concerns, or input, please feel free to contact me any time at (573) 751-4065.

YOUR District 125 Capitol office is 235B, and YOU are always welcome! 

If you would like to be added to the e-mail list to receive our Capitol Reports, you can e-mail me at warren.love@house.mo.gov or call the Capitol office at (573) 751-4065 and speak with Kelley Rogers, my Legislative Assistant.

“Ride’n for the Brand”

State Representative

Representing the good people

of the 125th District


CAPITOL REPORT - August 9, 2017. I learned something new this week; it relates to calling 911 during an emergency.  I discovered that when 911 calls go through a dispatcher, many times all types of volunteer emergency units are notified to respond, including fire departments, rescue squads, and law enforcement.  Please be aware that when calling 911, you may be charged a fee.  According to Missouri Statute 330.302, volunteer fire protection associations may respond to any emergency within its area regardless of whether the property owner or individual is a member of or subscriber to the association.  A volunteer fire department that is NOT taxpayer supported may charge 1) $100 for responding to an emergency; and 2) $500 for each hour assisting with the emergency or a proportional sum for each quarter hour.  

‘COME HOME’ TO THE FAIR! 

Everyone is invited to ‘Come Home’ to the 2017 Missouri State Fair being held August 10-20.  An outstanding showcase of agriculture exhibits, livestock shows, parades, entertainment, rides, food, and vendors are waiting to be discovered at the 115th annual fair in Sedalia, Missouri.   For more information on ticket prices, entertainment schedule, and the Opening Day Ceremony, please visit:  mostatefair.com or call 1-800-422-FAIR (3247). 

3rd ANNUAL 100-MILE YARD SALE

Discover More on Route 54 is reminding the public of the 3rd annual 100-Mile Yard Salethat will be coming up on Labor Day weekend, September 1-3, during daylight hours.  This event includes communities along U.S. Hwy. 54 from Nevada to Camdenton. We need sellers & bargain hunters to make this event a success.  Sellers will be responsible for their own yard sale signs to attract motorists.  With the increased holiday traffic, it’s encouraged that other non-profits (fire departments, churches, etc.) hold rummage sales & fundraisers at the same time.   Please direct questions or suggestions to the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MOHwy54YardSale or https://100mileyardsale.wordpress.com/.

You can hold a yard sale on your Highway 54 property, but if you don’t live along the highway you are welcome to use one of these Host Sites:

Camdenton - American Family Insurance parking lot, 309 W. Hwy 54.  Must register with cray.hulett@yahoo.com;

Near Macks Creek - at public roadside park, at the junction of Highways 54 & 73;

Preston - Yates Rustic Range Trading, located 6 miles east of Preston, call for space (417)733-7193;

Hermitage - Beyond Bargains Flea Market, 624 W. Hwy 54, [Fee charged] call Kathy (417)399-1474 for prices;

Wheatland - Hwy 54 RV Park (watch for digital sign), across from Main St., call for space (417)282-5400;

Collins - Brenda’s Quilt Stop & More, located west of Collins along Hwy. 54 call to register (417)876-9997;

El Dorado Springs - the old Wood’s parking lot, at the junction of Highways 54 & 32; and

Nevada - Life Church, 421 N. Centennial Blvd.  Must register with LCembassy@gmail.com or call (417)667-9760.


CAPITOL REPORT - August 3, 2017.  This past week I attended the 71st Annual Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) held in Biloxi, Mississippi.  Biloxi is located right in the center of Mississippi’s 80-mile coastline on the Gulf of Mexico.  The coast is to Mississippi as Branson is to Missouri.  Mississippi has top rated beaches bringing in thousands of tourists to enjoy the seashores, coastal fishing, and gambling in many casinos each year.  As with Missouri, the #1 industry in Mississippi is agriculture.  It generates $6.3 billion annually.  The most produced crops are cotton, soybeans and rice.  Their #2 industry is manufacturing, and they lead the way with Nissan and Toyota manufacturing as well as Ingalls Shipbuilding. 

I serve on the SLC Agriculture and Rural Development Committee.  The main issue discussed this year was agricultural trade with Cuba.  Several of the 15 states that comprise the SLC are encouraging the U.S. to develop better trade relations with Cuba.  Cuba is a country with 11 million people; they import 80% of their food consisting mostly of rice and beans, currently amounting to $10 billion per year.  Despite ongoing economic sanctions, the U.S. has emerged as a major exporter of agricultural goods to Cuba.  Given Cuba’s geographic and economic position, Southern states have a competitive advantage in terms of production, quality, logistics and proximity.  Nine of the 10 top states that export to Cuba at this time are Southern states.  Our SLC Agriculture and Rural Development Committee examined current and future agricultural export opportunities to Cuba, current barriers, and steps that states can take to initiate trade with this nation.

ONE MILLION MEALS:

Each year since 2011, members of the SLC and local communities work together to package outreach meals for the hungry.  This year was no different as delegates from across 15 Southern states worked together to help feed the Coast.  The campaign against hunger is spearheaded by Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and the SLC.   Approximately 150,000 people will be fed through this year’s efforts.  The significant thing about this year’s event is the fact that the packaging event held on Monday, July 31st, at the 71st Annual SLC meeting, marked the passage of the one million meal mark.   Even though the majority of the legislators are not from Mississippi, they still came together to box over 50,000 packages that will eventually be distributed all along the Coast.  Next year, Missouri is the host state for the 72nd Annual SLC, and Missourians in need will benefit from this worthwhile campaign of concentrated effort.

IN THE NEWS:

I want to give hearty congratulations to one of our outstanding District 125 constituents. Jackson Tough, Executive Director of the El Dorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, was selected as the recipient of the Torch Award from the National Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. The Torch Award winner is chosen based on leadership and mentor contributions, professional development and service to the industry, chamber, and region.  Jackson’s insight and community-minded focus have had a positive impact on much more than the El Dorado Springs area.  Thank you to this dedicated citizen for his commitment and hard work for the greater good of our State!


CAPITOL REPORT July 27, 2017.  On Thursday, July 20th, I attended the 52nd Anniversary Celebration of the West Central Missouri Community Action Agency (WCMCAA) at the Appleton City Park.  Dedicated to empowering people to make positive change by coordinating and administering resources, WCMCAA offers a variety of services including:  Community Development, Community Empowerment, Early Childhood Education, Emergency Assistance, Employment and Training, Energy Assistance, Energy Conservation, Family Support, Family Self-Sufficiency, Local Food Systems, In-Home Health Services, Home Ownership, Housing Assistance, Housing / Debt Counseling, Nutrition, and Weatherization.  They currently have 400+ staff overseeing more than two dozen individual programs.

Friday morning was spent in conference with the Army Corps of Engineers in Warsaw followed by a conference with Osceola Mayor Rob Heckenlively and City Clerk Lila Foster.  We are trying to correct some glitches on requirements for a new boat ramp and an outdoor restroom at the RV park being made possible through grant funding awarded to the City of Osceola.

Monday, I met with Darin Hamelink, Area Engineer, and Travis Koestner, District Engineer, both with MoDOT Southwest District.  I was provided with updated maps and schedules of upcoming maintenance and construction plans through 2020.  Currently, a section of U.S. Route 54 is receiving an overlay between Preston and Camdenton.  Bridge rehabilitation is the next upcoming project that will soon begin at the bridge on Missouri 7 in Warsaw next to the Joe Dice Swinging Bridge.  Plans include resurfacing, joint refurbishment, and structural repairs underneath.   We are also looking forward to an upcoming safety project in 2018 that will take place along the Highway 13 corridor that will include vital improvements to the intersections at Humansville, Lowry City and Osceola.

SPECIAL SESSION ENDS WITH SENATE APPROVAL OF PRO-LIFE LEGISLATION:

The extraordinary session that began on June 12th ended late Tuesday afternoon as the Senate passed the House version of legislation (SB5) that is meant to better ensure the health and safety of women by putting common sense safety requirements in place for abortion clinics.  The bill was signed into law by Governor Greitens on Wednesday and contains several provisions to protect the health and safety of women.   It will go into effect in 90 days on October 24, 2017.   Some of the main provisions of the bill will:

  • Allow the attorney general to prosecute violations of state abortion laws with no obligation to first inform local prosecutors;
  • Require the physician who is to perform an abortion to inform the woman orally and in person of the immediate and long-term medical risks associated with the proposed method of abortion 72 hours prior to the procedure;
  • Allow the Department of Health and Senior Services to adopt rules governing complication plans to ensure patients undergoing abortions induced by drugs or chemicals have access to safe and reliable care;
  • Prevent abortion clinic staff from requesting emergency responders to alter their normal response procedure by turning off lights or sirens;
  • Require an abortion facility to provide affirmative evidence that each person authorized to perform abortions is a physician currently licensed to practice in Missouri;
  • Allow the state health department to adopt separate rules to apply to ambulatory surgical centers and to apply to abortion facilities;
  • Permit the health department to make an unannounced on-site inspection of any abortion facility at least annually;
  • Strengthen penalties for abortion clinics and hospitals that do not comply with the requirements for submitting fetal tissue after an abortion; and
  • Require that all tissue removed at the time of abortion be sent to a pathologist within five days for examination. 

Following the passage of the bill, the governor issued a statement saying, “Today is a great victory for pregnancy care centers that help women and children all over the state.   I’m proud that many of Missouri’s lawmakers stood strong to protect the lives of the innocent unborn and women’s health.”


CAPITOL REPORT - July 20, 2017. I travelled through the district on Tuesday, July 18th, with Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft.  We made stops at Warsaw, Osceola, and El Dorado Springs.  About 35 citizens interested in our state’s new Voter ID attended the meetings.  

Plain and simple, if you are a registered voter, you can vote!  Voters must provide a government issued photo ID:  driver’s license, non-driver license*, passport, or military ID.  OR sign a provided statement and show one of the following:  voter registration card; ID from a MO university, college, vocational, or technical school; utility bill; bank statement; government check; paycheck; or other government document showing your name and address.  OR vote a provisional ballot, and if your signature matches the signature in the voter registry, your vote counts; or if you come back to your polling place after voting and present a photo ID, your vote counts. 

To obtain a non-driver license from the MO Department of Revenue, you must provide:

  • Proof of name, date of birth, place of birth
  • Social Security Number (verbally or present card)
  • Proof of Missouri residency. 

Please call the SHOW IT TO VOTE hotline at 1-866-868-3245  or email showit2vote@sos.mo.gov for assistance to obtain a non-driver license. 

For more information, please visit www.ShowIt2Vote.com.

PHOTO ABOVE: Rep. Love and Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft on July 18th.

PHOTO ABOVE: Secretary of State Ashcroft answers constituent questions on Voter ID in Osceola on July 18th.

GOVERNOR ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER TO CREATE SYSTEM TO FIGHT OPIOID ABUSE: 

Calling it a big step toward addressing the opioid crisis in Missouri, Governor Greitens recently issued an executive order to create a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri. While the system put in place by the governor is different from the plan proposed by the legislature, it has the same intent of preventing the over-prescribing and misuse of opioids such as Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet. 

The governor’s plan calls for the Department of Health and Senior Services to create a database that will specifically target "pill mills" that pump out prescription drugs at “dangerous and unlawful levels.” The department will work with private sector partners to obtain de-identified data that can be used to target abusers. The system is also meant to enable the department to better inform doctors, nurses, pharmacists, other healthcare providers, and patients and their families about best practices in pain management to decrease the excessive use of opioids. 

The governor’s program will now be put in place by the Department of Health and Senior Services at a startup cost of approximately $250,000.  The department will enter into a contract with Express Scripts to establish the program and will need to add staff to administer it.  The money for the program will come from the Department of Social Services under Medicaid.

SOUTHERN LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE: 

I am making plans to attend the upcoming Southern Legislative Conference annual meeting.  This meeting is the largest regional gathering of state legislators in the country.  The SLC is comprised of 15 member states:  Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.  There are 6 different standing committees that provide a setting which allows policymakers to share information, concerns, and knowledge with colleagues.  I am currently serving two-year terms on the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and the Energy and Environment Committee.  This organization provides a dynamic opportunity for addressing issues that affect our states and the entire region.


CAPITOL REPORT - July 13, 2017.  On Thursday evening, July 11th, I was asked to present a legislative update to members of the St. Clair County Cattlemen’s monthly meeting.  My "Hat's Off" to the ladies of Valley Center Church for preparing a very fine meal.  Another big “THANK YOU" to the St. Clair County State Bank for sponsoring the meal.  It was extra special to be introduced by my son, Vice President John Love, who conducted the meeting.

 

My presentation began with the good news that Governor Greitens signed (SB222) into law.  Language included in this transportation omnibus bill enables Missouri farmers to use their machinery and implements on state highways between sunset and sunrise.  All implements/vehicles will need to be equipped with the appropriate lighting in order to do so, but this will help our agricultural community immensely.  This law goes into effect August 28th.

 

I also discussed MO county and township restrictions on Animal Feeding Operations (AFOs).  Local governments have imposed additional requirements and fees on animal feeding operations beyond what is required in regulations by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Two strategies have been used by these local governments to add additional requirements: county health ordinances and/or zoning ordinances. 

MO counties with current health and/or zoning ordinances. (University of Missouri Extension)

Just last week a judge ruled that regulations passed by the Andrew County Health Department are invalid and unenforceable in regard to a hog farm operation north of Savannah.

 

According to court documents, Andrew County Judge Randall Jackson found the ordinance enacted by the Andrew County Health Department in 2010 on Concentrated Animal Farming Operations (CAFO) to be invalid. The court found that Missouri law does not give county health center boards the authority to pass regulatory ordinances such as the CAFO ordinance, but that only county commissions have the authority to pass broad-sweeping regulatory ordinances and only in compliance with state law.

 

The suit, originally filed by the health department against Joseph and John Knoff, Stone Ridge Pork and G.J.L. Farms, L.L.C., will not be going to trial. Court documents stated that since the ruling is dispositive of or without need for further court proceedings in the case, the court found it unnecessary to address other grounds raised by defendants in arguing the validity of the ordinance. The Court also ruled that court costs should be taxed against the Andrew County Health Department.  A final judgement is expected to be issued on or by July 17.

 

Since efforts to change legislation to clarify statutes on AFOs have been unsuccessful to date, many counties have joined efforts with “Missouri Farmers Care” to qualify for Agri-Ready designation.  Agriculture is the backbone of Missouri’s economy and also generates demand for other industries and economic growth opportunities including service industries and agribusinesses.  This designation supports the family farmers who provide locally grown products to the public, protects the agriculture industry and the jobs it creates, and encourages farmers and agribusinesses to make

sustainable, long-term decisions about investing and expanding operations in an Agri-Ready designated county.  It encourages and supports family farms and nurtures the traditions that make the great State of Missouri.  Counties that have earned the Agri-Ready designation include:  Atchison, Audrain, Benton, Butler, Carroll, Chariton, Cole, Cooper, Dallas, Dent, Gasconade, Laclede, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marion, Moniteau, New Madrid, Oregon, Osage, Pike, Saline, Scott, St. Clair, Stoddard, Washington, and Webster.  


CAPITOL REPORT - July 5, 2017. The Hickory County Cattlemen’s Bus Tour is coming up and all area beef producers are invited and encouraged to attend.  This Cattlemen’s Bus Tour is made up of several area counties that used to include the old Kaysinger Area Extension District consisting of Bates, Benton, Cedar, Hickory, Henry, St. Clair, and Vernon.  I have been on this tour several times in years past and highly recommend participating in this tour.   For several years I had the opportunity to plan many of the tour stops as Sales Manager for Moorman Manufacturing Company.  I can speak from personal experience that it provides beef producers a great opportunity to rub elbows and compare notes with one another and learn about agriculture operations in Missouri as well as other states.

Dr. Patrick Davis, Cedar County University of Missouri Extension Center Regional Livestock Specialist, has provided information on the tour with the registration deadline quickly approaching:  July 15.  The tour dates are August 7-10, 2017.  Cost is $365 covering hotel rooms and bus travel expenses.  Meals are not included in this cost.  To register or for questions, please call Mr. Terry Halleran, Hickory County MU Extension Center, at (417)745-6767. Per Mr. Halleran, as of today, there is still room for 20 more individuals.  Below is the tour itinerary: 

Monday, August 7.

  • Journagan Ranch in Mountain Grove, MO.  The largest purebred Hereford herd in the United States. 
    This herd was donated to Missouri State University by the Leo Journagan Family and used by the university to provide students the opportunity to gain hands-on ranching experience through a unique internship program that has benefited dozens of students, for some, their first experience on a farm.
  • Tribute Farm in Benton, MO.  This is a large scale, irrigated, grazing dairy in which cows are grass fed, unconfined and able to produce A2 milk.

Tuesday, August 8.

  • Black Hawk Farms in Princeton, KY.  This farm raises, finishes, and markets their high quality premium Black Angus beef in the Black Hawk and Princeton, KY, area as well as having a state-of-the-art compost barn for grain finishing their cattle.  
  • University of Kentucky Research and Education Center in Princeton, KY.  They conduct research with livestock, pastures, grain crops, tobacco, fruits, and vegetables.
    We will also tour a horse production operation in the Princeton, KY, area.

Wednesday, August 9.

  • Oak Hollow Angus in Smiths Grove, KY.  This is the largest Angus breeder in Kentucky, raising females that have to be profitable to the commercial cattlemen and continual selection for traits of economic importance.
  • Cool Springs Ranch in Elizabethtown, KY.  250 head cow-calf operation that transitioned into a large-scale Stocker operation with the goal of selling a million pounds of beef per year through rotational grazing along with modern feeding facilities in each paddock. 
    Operation also has the ability to irrigate pastures as the result of a complex underground piping system, which at one point is pumping water vertically over 200 feet.
  • Beauchamp/Alexander Cattle Operation in Hardinsburg, KY.  This cattle operation has Beefmaster and Angus cattle, selling several bulls to commercial cattle producers.  They have also consigned heifers, West Kentucky Bred Heifer Sale.  They also received the KFGC Grassroots award in 2005.

Thursday, August 10.

  • Tom Saxe in Thompsonville, Ill. This former extension specialist in southern Illinois will discuss his Sim-Angus cattle and seedstock operation.
  • Soulard Farmers Market in St. Louis, Mo. This is a historic farmers market with a 200-year tradition featuring locally grown and shipped-in goods, including produce, meats, cheeses, spices, gourmet kettle corn, flowers, baked goods, and general merchandise.
  • St. James Winery in St. James, Mo.  This winery’s 40-year history involves producing unique regional wines that reflect the natural character of their grape varieties grown in the Ozark Highlands. 

REAL ID COMPLIANCE (HB151): 

With the passage of HB151, Missouri has taken a step toward compliance with the Federal Real ID Act of 2005.  According to the MO Department of Revenue, several other steps will need to be taken over the next 18 months to make Missouri’s driver licenses and non-driver identification cards fully compliant. 

For today, Missouri residents should continue to treat renewals and new license requests as they have in the past.  Missouri will need an enforcement waiver extension from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  In preparation to implement the new law, Governor Greiten’s office is in contact with DHS regarding such an extension. Once that request is granted, current Missouri driver licenses and non-driver identification cards will be accepted on military bases, and the January, 2018, deadline for air travel will no longer be enforced.  Current Missouri identification will be accepted for the duration of the extension. 

HB 151 will become effective on August 28.  At that time, the MO Department of Revenue will begin the process to reach certification with the DHS.  Several internal and external processes will need to be changed or upgraded to obtain certification and is expected to take at least 18 months. 

If any Missouri citizens have questions or concerns, they are welcome to contact the MO Department of Revenue at 573-751-4600 or 573-526-2407. 


CAPITOL REPORT - June 29, 2017.  It's finally official, Old Drum is Missouri's Historic Dog.  Legislation (SB376) sponsored by Senator Denny Hoskins of Warrensburg was signed into law last Friday by Governor Greitens.   I have co-sponsored and supported this effort for the last 5 years and Senator Hoskins has worked trying to get it across the finish line for 9 years.  “When talking to my colleagues in the House and Senate, I said this bill is not only about preserving Missouri’s history, but it’s also about economic development and tourism,” Hoskins said, later adding, “It will do wonders for marketing, for tourism.”  (Tourism is the state’s #2 industry behind agriculture.)

Following the Civil War, the shooting and subsequent case of Old Drum inspired lawyer, George Graham Vest, to deliver one of the finest speeches ever about the loyalty of a hunting dog, and in doing so created the phrase "man's best friend."  Old Drum was an exceptional dog, but one night in 1869 when he wandered onto the neighboring property of a sheep farmer who had lost many sheep to predators, Old drum was fatally shot. Old Drum's owner, Charles Burden, decided to sue his neighbor, and the case eventually found its way into the Supreme Court. The very emotional trial would rest on the closing argument of Mr. Vest, who was representing Old Drum's master.  The future U.S. Senator, Mr. Vest, won the case and Mr. Burden was awarded $50.  A statue of Old Drum was erected and still stands on the current Johnson County Courthouse lawn.  (The old courthouse where Vest delivered his famous speech stands about 1/2 mile west, and features its own dog statue and historical marker.) 

 

PHOTO: Governor Greitens signed SB376 on June 23 in Warrensburg.

 

Old Drum monument.

PHOTO ABOVE: Old Drum is officially the “Historical Dog of the State of Missouri.” 

 

HELPING SENIORS AFFORD PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS:

 

Due to a $500 million revenue shortfall and tough but necessary decisions made by the General Assembly to balance the budget, some Missouri seniors will see their state-provided prescription drug benefits come to an end on July 1. While the state will continue to provide assistance through the MORx Prescription Drug program to more than 140,000 seniors, those who do not meet the tightened eligibility requirements will now need to look at other programs that offer similar benefits.

 

Members worked diligently to preserve vital services and programs, but ultimately had to make tough decisions and painful cuts in order to find an additional $500 million to balance the budget. The result is the MORx program saw a funding cut of approximately $12 million that will end benefits for approximately 59,000 seniors who make between 85 percent and 185 percent of the federal poverty level.

 

Although the legislature was forced to cut some of the funding for the program, lawmakers did reauthorize MORx so that it will continue into the future. The program had been set to expire completely on August 28.  Legislators also were able to save $11.7 million in funding for the program so that 142,000 seniors receiving MO HealthNet benefits will continue to receive prescription drug assistance. Because the program has been renewed, seniors who will lose their benefits this year will see them restored if and when state revenues are sufficient to once again fund the program fully.

 

For those who will lose their benefits, lawmakers are promoting programs such as the Rx Outreach program, which is a nonprofit, mail-order pharmacy that provides free and low-cost generic medications. The Missouri-based company serves seniors in all 50 states and provides access to more than 800 generic medications. Missourians can qualify for the program with annual income of $36,180 or less for a single person, $48,720 or less for family of two, $61,260 or less for a family of three, $73,800 or less for family of four.

 

Contact Rx Outreach for more information.  Enrollment may be done through the company’s website at www.RxOutreach.org or call 1-877-684-1955.  Once enrolled, people can easily have their prescriptions transferred to Rx Outreach to fill and mail directly to people’s homes. Prices for medications are listed online and are available by phone. There are no hidden charges – no enrollment fees or mailing charges.

 

Seniors may also call MORx at 1-800-375-1406 with any questions. The MO Department of Social Services has also suggested other resources that may be helpful to those impacted by the change in law:

 

  • To determine Medicaid eligibility, please call the Family Support Division at 1-855-373-4636.
  • Partnership for Prescription Assistance - 1-888-477-2669 or online at pparx.org.
  • Community Leaders Assisting the Insured of Missouri (CLAIM) - 1-800-390-3330.
  • Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) - 1-800-677-1116. 

 

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

As everyone makes plans to celebrate our nation’s freedom with family, friends, food, and fireworks, let us not forget the precious gift America’s forefathers gave to the people when they approved the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago.  With their bold actions they put the American people on a path toward greatness and created the nation that Americans are blessed today to call home; a nation that has become a shining beacon of hope for the rest of the world.   Devoted to the cause of freedom, America was created with perfect intentions that were grounded in the desire to give every person the opportunity to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  We are truly blessed and should never take it for granted. 

 


CAPITOL REPORT - June 22, 2017.  What a great privilege it was to attend the memorial service for Charles William Thompson this past Saturday.  Navy Fireman 1st Class Thompson served in the Navy and lost his life in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  With full military honors, he was buried next to his mother in the Fairview Butcher Cemetery in Quincy, MO.   His remains had recently been identified this year through DNA and were returned last Friday to Hickory County with Patriot Guard escorts.

PHOTO: Navy Sailors escort Navy Fireman 1st Class Charles W. Thompson to his final resting place.

HOUSE STRENGTHENS PRO-LIFE LEGISLATION (SB5):

My colleagues and I were called back for Special Session on Tuesday, June 20, to work together on a piece of legislation sent over from the Senate that is intended to better ensure the health and safety of women by putting common sense safety requirements in place for abortion clinics. House members strengthened the version of the bill that was sent over from the Senate by adding several provisions that were originally called for by Governor Greitens but stripped out by the Senate during floor debate. 

Some of the main provisions of the bill would: 

  1. Allow the Department of Health and Senior Services to adopt rules governing complication plans to ensure patients undergoing abortions induced by drugs or chemicals have access to safe and reliable care.
  2. Require an abortion facility to provide affirmative evidence that each person authorized to perform abortions is a physician currently licensed to practice in Missouri.
  3. Allow the health department to adopt separate rules to apply to ambulatory surgical centers and to apply to abortion facilities, and ensure any abortion facility requirement is equal to any physical requirement of an ambulatory surgical center.
  4. Permit the health department to make an unannounced on-site inspection of any abortion facility at least annually.
  5. Require that all tissue removed at the time of abortion be sent to a pathologist within seventy-two hours for examination.
     

The legislation now moves back to the Senate where the other chamber will have the opportunity to pass the bill and send it to the governor’s desk. If the Senate refuses to take the House changes, the two bodies will likely send the bill to a conference committee where selected negotiators from both sides will come together to work toward a compromise. 

FINDING OWNERS OF UNCLAIMED PROPERTY: 

As an elected official, it is my responsibility to let you know when there are some benefits available you may not be aware of.  Later this month, MO State Treasurer Eric Schmitt will be publishing names of District 125 constituents who have unclaimed property.  Currently, there are over 15,000 account listings holding $1,540,393.69 in unclaimed property in District 125. 

Treasurer Schmitt, as required by state statute, will be publishing names of unclaimed property owners in local newspapers.  Constituents may also see information regarding Unclaimed Property on Facebook and Twitter at @MoTreasurer. 

Statewide, there is close to $1 billion in unclaimed property with more than 5 million accounts.

Unclaimed property is held in perpetuity until the owner or their proper heirs are located.  Account owners may file a claim online by visiting www.ShowMeMoney.com, or send a letter requesting a form to:  Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Division, P.O. Box 1004, Jefferson City, MO  65102-1004.

SB248 repeals the sunset date for tax refund contributions to the Organ Donor Program Fund allowing the fund to continue to accept donations in support of a program that has helped so many Missourians.  Sponsored by Senator Kraus and House version HB105 sponsored by Rep. Love, this bill was signed into law by Governor Greitens on Tuesday, June 20th.  PHOTO: (L-R)  Rep. Steve Cookson; Rep. Love; Peter Nicastro, former Chair of the Advisory Committee; and District 125 Constituents, Deb Simaitis, current Chair of the Governor’s Organ Donation Advisory Committee, and San Simaitis.

It is my honor to serve the constituents of District 125. If you ever have questions, concerns, or input, please feel free to contact me any time at (573)751-4065.

YOUR District 125 capitol office is 235B, and YOU are always welcome!

If you would like to be added to the e-mail list to receive our Capitol Reports, you can e-mail me at warren.love@house.mo.gov or call the Capitol office at (573)751-4065 and speak with Kelley Rogers, my Legislative Assistant.

“Ride’n for the Brand”

State Representative

Representing the good people

of the 125th District


CAPITOL REPORT - June 12, 2017. To God be the Glory for a wonderful day of worship and celebration for the 165th Anniversary of Elkton Baptist Church this past Sunday.  Marla and I joined Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson and his wife, Teresa, in presenting resolutions to Pastor Kent Parson in recognition of this significant milestone for the church.   Kent has been the Pastor of Elkton Baptist for nearly 30 years.  (Pastor Kent is also Lt. Governor Parson’s eldest brother.)  My "Hat's Off" to him and the congregation for a well-planned event.  The special music by pianist, Brother Eddie Crook, from Nashville, Tennessee, was a blessing in itself; however, it was followed by an inspiring spiritual awakening by evangelist, Brother Johnny Carver, also from Nashville.  To top off a blessed morning, a wonderful smorgasbord of food was prepared by the ladies of the church and enjoyed by all.

PHOTO ABOVE: A resolution is presented to Pastor Kent Parson honoring the 165th anniversary of the Elkton Baptist Church. 

HOME AT LAST: 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Hickory County resident, Charles Thompson, was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Thompson. No single vessel at Pearl Harbor, with the exception of the USS Arizona, suffered as many fatalities. The remains of unidentified personnel, including Navy Fireman 1st Class Charles W. Thompson, were interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. 

More than 70 years later, the Deputy Secretary of Defense issued a policy memorandum directing the disinterment of unknowns associated with the USS Oklahoma. On June 15, 2015, personnel began exhuming the remains from the NMCP for analysis.  Recently, through DNA testing, Thompson’s family was able to identify and bring his remains back home for a proper burial. 

There will be a special funeral service held at the Hathaway-Peterman Funeral Home in Wheatland this Saturday, June 17, at 9:00 a.m., with interment at the Fairview Butcher Cemetery following the service.  The cemetery is located on the north side of Highway T one mile west of the Highway 83 and T Highway junction.  Please join me in honoring this Hickory County hero. 

MO Voter ID Requirements Now In Effect:

November, 2016, Missouri voters overwhelmingly supported a system of photo Voter ID meant to protect the integrity of the elections process. The legislation officially went into effect June 1. Now, the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office is traveling the state to educate voters so they are prepared for the new law and its impact. 

As part of the ShowIt2Vote educational campaign, the Secretary of State’s Office is holding a series of informational meetings around the state to ensure that all eligible voters know the various ways they will be legally allowed to cast a ballot. Secretary Ashcroft has said the meetings are also meant to reassure Missourians that “if you’re registered to vote, you can vote.” 

Under the new law, if a voter does not have a government-issued photo ID, such as a Missouri driver license, non-driver license, U.S. Passport, or U.S. Military ID, the voter can provide other documents, such as a Voter Registration Card, and sign a statement that affirms his or her identity. If the voter has no documents available, he or she may cast a provisional ballot.  That ballot counts if the voter brings an acceptable photo ID back to the polling place that day, or if the signature matches the signature on file with local election officials. 

The new photo voter ID law also requires the state to assist voters who do not have a photo ID with obtaining a free Missouri non-driver ID for the purpose of voting.  Individuals who need a photo ID to vote and don't have one, can complete an online form to get started. The form is located at https://s1.sos.mo.gov/voteridhelp.  The Secretary of State's office will receive your information and help in obtaining any necessary documents.

For more information about the new Voter ID law, interested parties can access ShowIt2Vote.com or call the ShowIt2Vote hotline at 866-868-3245.


CAPITOL REPORT - JUNE 1, 2017.  This past Saturday I had the experience of a lifetime attending and speaking at the 100th Anniversary of the re-dedication of the refurbished Missouri Monument at the Vicksburg National Park in Vicksburg, Mississippi.  This monument commemorates the Missourians that served on both sides of the Civil War.  It is hard to describe the feeling of being in the exact location where there were 19,000 casualties. These soldiers were called by their States to serve in a cause even though they may not have believed in the cause.    Since these servicemen were loyal to their States and their Nation, I believe it is our obligation to preserve & protect their reputation and honor their patriotism. 

In 1917, 54 years after they fought each other during the Siege of Vicksburg, Union and Confederate soldiers from Missouri gathered at the Vicksburg National Military Park to dedicate a monument to that battle where, literally, brother fought against brother.  A total of 27 Union and 15 Confederate regiments from Missouri - 15,000 men were engaged at the Siege of Vicksburg. (In total, 150,000 men from Missouri fought in the Civil War on either the Union or Confederate side.)  The Missouri Monument in Vicksburg is one of the few that honors soldiers from the same state who fought on both sides of this terrible conflict.

PHOTO BELOW: It was truly an honor to join US Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler and MO State Senator Wayne Wallingford along with several of my fellow Missouri compatriots to re-dedicate the Missouri Monument at the Vicksburg National Park in Vicksburg, MS.

PHOTO BELOW: I had the honor of presenting a resolution on behalf of MO State Senator Jill Schupp of the St. Louis area, who had prepared the resolution in recognition of the re-dedication of the Missouri Monument.

PHOTO BELOW: I was privileged to speak to the Sons of Confederate and Sons of Union Veterans while attending the re-dedication.

PHOTO BELOW: Also while at the event, I had the opportunity to meet Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs, Jr. (center), Mississippi State Representative Oscar Denton, and MS State Senator W. Briggs Hopson, III (right).  They shared that the Vicksburg National Park generates $35,000,000 a year into the Vicksburg area.

SB182 SIGNED INTO LAW:

Governor Eric Greitens signed into law SB182, a bill that bans the practice of requiring that non-union contractors pay union wages to workers involved in public construction projects. The so-called project labor agreements (PLAs) prohibited are for things like jails, courthouses, schools and fire stations. The measure will also cut state funding to Missouri cities and counties that force non-union contractors to pay workers union wages for such jobs.   SB182, or the “Fairness in Public Construction Act,” is a labor reform bill focused on PLAs which was passed by both the House and the Senate in late April.  

The new law bans state agencies and municipalities from requiring bidders from entering into those agreements with labor unions.  But, if a party still desires to make an agreement with a labor organization, they are still free to do so.  This law was needed because current PLA standards could allow a non-union contractor to bid on a PLA project, but then essentially require that contractor to become a union shop for that project.  SB182 will give all contractors a chance to bid on projects funded by the public’s tax dollars.  “Union-Only Project Labor Agreements represent unfair public policy and bad governance by eliminating competition,” said Senator Bob Onder, bill sponsor. “Implementation of SB182 will allow non-union workers to compete fairly for public projects and protect taxpayer dollars by making sure they get the best product for the best cost,” Onder said. “PLAs discriminate against the 87% of Missouri workers who work for merit shop contractors.  On average, PLAs raise the cost of construction 18%, which means that instead of building 5 schools, a district can only afford 4.  SB182 ends this waste and unjustified discrimination while using the free market to save taxpayer dollars.”

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