District 120 Capitol Report | May 21, 2015

Unheralded Bills Pass Legislature
While the General Assembly passed several important pieces of priority legislation that received ample amounts of media attention, the members of the House and Senate also pushed other bills to the governor’s desk that will make a substantive, positive difference in the lives of many Missouri families.

In total, the legislature gave final approval to 131 pieces of legislation this session with 76 of those bills coming from the House and 55 from the Senate. Priority items like the welfare, medical malpractice and education reform packages received most of the headlines, but many other bills that will soon be law will also have a positive impact despite the fact they were largely ignored by the media.

Also, Memorial Day is this Monday, and as we honor the memories of those who have fought and died for our nation, let us vow to never forget the price that has been paid for the freedoms we enjoy, and to remember on each and every day that far too many of our best and our brightest have given their lives in defense of the way of life we hold dear. We as a nation must commit ourselves to their memory, for it was through their sacrifice that we have the freedom to live in peace.

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

Unheralded Bills Pass Legislature
While the General Assembly passed several important pieces of priority legislation that received ample amounts of media attention, the members of the House and Senate also pushed other bills to the governor’s desk that will make a substantive, positive difference in the lives of many Missouri families. In total, the legislature gave final approval to 131 pieces of legislation this session with 76 of those bills coming from the House and 55 from the Senate. Priority items like the welfare, medical malpractice and education reform packages received most of the headlines, but many other bills that will soon be law will also have a positive impact despite the fact they were largely ignored by the media.

  • Protecting Children (SB 341)
    Legislation now on the governor’s desk takes several steps to ensure young people in Missouri are raised in safe and healthy environments. The bill will require licensed child care centers to follow current safe sleep standards recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics for children under the age of one. The bill also requires all public, private, and parochial day care centers, preschools, and nursery schools to notify parents or guardians, upon request, of whether there are children at the facility with an immunization exemption. The legislation also gives the Children’s Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services authority to take action when it receives a report of a child under 14 with problem sexual behavior exhibiting inappropriate behavior against another child. Current law allows the division to investigate only abuse allegations against adults and other teens.
  • Treatment Coverage for Eating Disorders (SB 145)
    The legislature approved a bill this session to provide assistance to Missourians who suffer from an eating disorder. The bill will require insurance companies to cover the diagnosis and medically necessary treatment of eating disorders. The bill is not a mandate on insurance, but lays out how eating disorder coverage decisions must be made.
  • Child-Safe Packaging for Liquid Nicotine (HB 531) The increasing popularity of e-cigarettes led the legislature to approve a bill to put new safety standards in place to protect young people from the dangers of liquid nicotine. The bill is meant to ensure child safety and prevent accidental nicotine poisoning by requiring child resistant packaging. Individuals who engage in retail sales of liquid nicotine containers in Missouri in violation of these provisions must be assessed a fine of $250 for the first violation and $500 for each subsequent violation.

Unclaimed Property
The Missouri State Treasurer, Clint Zweifel, is committed to facilitating the return of more than $874 million of unclaimed property to nearly 5 million account owners.  As your State Representative,  I am including this important information here in the Capitol Report.

A portion of these available funds are likely owed to individuals, businesses or local governments in the 120th District. I would appreciate your assistance in raising awareness about Unclaimed Property by first checking for yourself, and then talking to your family, friends, and fellow neighbors, encouraging them to search for and claim their property.

A review of the unclaimed property database indicates the Treasurer is currently holding $1,242,452.19 belonging to approximately 14,514 account owners in the 120th District alone.

To file a claim or check to see if you have unclaimed property, you may visit www.ShowMeMoney.com, or they can write the Treasurer  at: PO Box 1004, Jefferson City, MO 65102-1004.

District Visits
This past Monday I was honored  to be the keynote speaker at the St. James Chamber of Commerce Banquet.crawfordcountyext

Also, on Tuesday I enjoyed attending the Crawford County Drug Treatment Court Graduation Ceremony at the Crawford County Courthouse.

District Events
Crawford County Vietnam War Era Monument Unveiling, Dedication Ceremony, and Parade — May 25th at 2 PM in Steelville, MO. Steelville Middle School teacher Jennifer Whitson and countless students, parents, teachers, and community members have helped to put this great event together, so please come out and show your support!

Electronic Waste and Tire Collection—Mayth 8 AM to NOON at the Rolla Campus. By working with the City of Rolla, the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the Meramec Regional Planning Commission, and the Phelps County Commission, Brewer Science provides area residents with community collections that have enabled Phelps County to properly dispose of almost 811,000 pounds of waste over the past 11 years. This partnership has contracted disposal companies and provided volunteers who collected appliances, electronics, and tires from area residents, which would have otherwise been disposed of in a landfill. Brewer Science continues to support these efforts and will host an annual Electronic Waste and Tire Collection on May, 2015, from 8 am to noon at the Rolla Campus.

Jacques Thibaud Trio Wine Cellar Concert— June 13th, 2015, 6:30 PM Brewer Science will continue its tradition of supporting the arts with a wine cellar performance by the internationally known Jacques Thibaud Trio from Berlin, Germany.

“We are excited to bring the Jacques Thibaud String Trio to Steelville and showcase their music in a truly unique venue,” said Dr. Terry Brewer, founder and CEO of Brewer Science. “These musicians are exceptional masters of their craft, and we are delighted to help bring their talents to our region. We are looking forward to experiencing an extraordinary evening of music and welcoming the trio to one of our regions best’s vineyards.”

Dr. Brewer has made it a mission for Brewer Science to encourage employees to seek out arts of all kinds to inspire creativity in their work and personal lives.

On June 13, 2015, three of the world’s finest chamber musicians will bring chamber music to the wine cellar of Peaceful Bend Vineyard, located in Steelville, MO. The Jacques Thibaud String Trio is comprised of Hannah Strijbos, viola; Burkhard Maiss, violin; and Bogdan Jianu, cello.  The original international trio was founded at the Berlin School of Art in 1994.  The newest member, violist Hannah Strijbos, joined the group in 2012.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6:30 pm, and the concert will begin at 8 pm on Saturday, June 13, at Peaceful Bend Vineyard, 1942 Highway T in Steelville, Missouri.  Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased at Peaceful Bend Vineyard, Kent Jewelry, or Arts Rolla.  Seating is limited.  For more information about this concert, contact Peaceful Bend Vineyard at 573-775-3000.

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 and local road spending covered by tolls and user fees range from 0.1% in TN to 38.5% in Del. Missouri is near the lowest at 0.9%. 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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