Capitol Report 04/16/2015

Last year the Missouri General Assembly approved a new law to allow first responders to carry and use an antidote that has proven effective in saving the lives of individuals who overdose on heroin or other opioids. This year the House has moved to further increase access to this life-saving medication by authorizing legislation that would allow pharmacists to prescribe the drug to anyone. Supporters say increasing access to the drug, which is commonly referred to as Naloxone or Narcan, has the potential to allow parents and friends to save the life of a loved one who overdoses.

The Missouri House also approved legislation this week designed to protect older Missourians from financial exploitation. Known as the Senior Savings Protection Act, the legislation would allow financial agents to take action to prevent suspected fraudulent activity that could victimize Missouri seniors.

Also, adult motorcycle riders would be able to enjoy the road without a helmet under legislation approved by the House this week. The bill allows riders who are at least 21 years old and have adequate insurance to be exempt from the state’s helmet requirement. Supporters of the change cited the need for personal freedom so that riders can decide whether they want to wear a helmet. They also said repealing the helmet law would attract motorcycle events to Missouri that would lead to additional job creation and economic development.

You may read more about what is happening at your Capitol below.

As always, I will work diligently and tirelessly for you as your State Representative.

– Jason

Overdose Victims
Last year the Missouri General Assembly approved a new law to allow first responders to carry and use an antidote that has proven effective in saving the lives of individuals who overdose on heroin or other opioids. This year the House has moved to further increase access to this life-saving medication by authorizing legislation that would allow pharmacists to prescribe the drug to anyone. Supporters say increasing access to the drug, which is commonly referred to as Naloxone or Narcan, has the potential to allow parents and friends to save the life of a loved one who overdoses.

As the sponsor of the bill told House members during floor discussion, most overdoses occur in the home and oftentimes someone else is in the home at the time of the overdose. Because Missouri has seen a spike in the use of heroin, and heroin-related deaths, the sponsor said it is time to put this life-saving antidote in the hands of those who can quickly administer it before tragedy strikes.

Supporters of the bill noted that states that have increased access to Naloxone have seen deaths from overdoses drop dramatically. They also pointed out that the drug can be administered as a nasal spray and has no negative side effects.

Seniors Savings Protection Act
The Missouri House approved legislation this week designed to protect older Missourians from financial exploitation. Known as the Senior Savings Protection Act, the legislation would allow financial agents to take action to prevent suspected fraudulent activity that could victimize Missouri seniors.

The bill passed by the House would let a financial agent refuse to disburse funds in the event they suspect a senior or disabled adult client is being defrauded. The agent would then have time to notify the family of the client and the proper authorities. Current law does not allow a financial agent to raise concerns to anyone not named on the account.

As supporters of the change said on the floor, the act would provide better financial protection for the senior population, which is extremely vulnerable and currently sees one of out every five seniors victimized by fraud.

Motorcycle Helmets
Adult motorcycle riders would be able to enjoy the road without a helmet under legislation approved by the House this week. The bill allows riders who are at least 21 years old and have adequate insurance to be exempt from the state’s helmet requirement. Supporters of the change cited the need for personal freedom so that riders can decide whether they want to wear a helmet. They also said repealing the helmet law would attract motorcycle events to Missouri that would lead to additional job creation and economic development.

Capitol Visits
I was honored this week to receive a visit from Mr. Scott Cason, Director of Crawford County 911 and Vice President of the Missouri 911 Directors Association.

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I was also glad to meet with a group of employees from First Community National Bank that visited the Capitol this week for Young Bankers Day .

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Oversight Division Survey
The  Oversight Division is in charge of conducting performance evaluations and program reviews of state agencies or programs during the interim as assigned by the Committee on Legislative Research. As your State Representative, I have some input on what the Oversight Division investigates this year; therefore, I would like your input!

Please email my Legislator Assistant, Dylan Bryant, at dylan.bryant@house.mo.gov with suggestions of programs or agencies that you would like reviewed by the Oversight Division. The most popular choice will be what I recommend to the Joint Committee on Legislative Research and the Oversight Division.

Safe at Home
The Safe at Home address confidentiality program provides survivors of sexual assault, rape, stalking and domestic violence a substitute mailing address through the secretary of state’s office. In addition, the program allows participants to use the substitute address on new records created by state and local agencies and the courts. Examples of new records include:

  • Driver’s license, non-driver’s license and vehicle registration
  • Voter registration
  • Public school records
  • Social services records for food stamps, cash assistance, child support, WIC, etc.
  • Public library cards
  • City or county records
  • Law enforcement and court records

State and local agencies and the courts must accept the substitute address of a participant in place of a home, work, school or mailing address. Participants may have their first-class mail, legal mail and certified mail sent to the substitute address, and then the secretary of state’s office will forward the mail to the participant’s confidential mailing address at no cost to the participant.

Safe at Home may be right for you if:

  • You are a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or rape.
  • You recently relocated to an address unknown to your abuser.
  • You understand participation in the program is just one piece of a comprehensive plan for your safety.

Call 1-866-509-1409 or visit http://www.mosafeathome.com for additional details.

Manners at the Missouri Governor’s Mansion
A note from the Governor’s Mansion: We proudly host “Manners at The Missouri Governor’s Mansion,” our signature education event for children ages 8-12. Boys and girls participate in this memorable one-day event at The Missouri Governor’s Mansion, learning to “Put their best foot forward.”

Our dynamic educators teach verbal and mobile etiquette, written communications, table setting and table etiquette. There is a morning reception where students learn how to handle a receiving line and how to make introductions. culmination of the event is a formal course luncheon for the student and a guest.

Visit http://missourimansion.org/news-events/2014-manners-missouri-governors-mansion for additional details.

Facts & Figures
Each week you can find an interesting fact or figure here on how Missouri measures up to other states and the U.S. government:

State Individual Income Tax Collections Per Capita range from $0.00 in FL, AK, NV, SD, TX, WA, & WY to $2,174.00 in CT! MO with $892.00 is close, but slightly under the U.S. per capita average of $983.00.

I am committed to serve the constituents of the 120th District, so please feel free to contact my office anytime at 573-751-1688. Your District 120 Capitol office is 201 W Capitol Ave, Rm 115H, Jefferson City, MO 65101. If you wish to unsubscribe from this report, please email Dylan Bryant at dylan.bryant@house.mo.gov

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