District 120 Capitol Report | May 28, 2015

Now that the General Assembly has adjourned for this legislative year, over the next several weeks I would like to summarize some of the bills that have been “Truly Agreed To and Finally Passed” during the First Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly.

This week I want to discuss two bills, that are now law, that affect agriculture in our state.

  1. Dairy Revitalization Act (HB 259)
    The governor signed into law legislation designed to give a much-needed boost to the state’s struggling dairy industry. The Dairy Revitalization Act takes a three-pronged approach to support this industry that supports 23,000 jobs, either directly or indirectly.

    The new law will create a dairy producer margin insurance premium assistance program to help dairy farmers obtain financial protection when times get tough. It also will create a scholarship program to encourage young people to pursue careers in the dairy industry. Finally, the bill will require an annual study and a corresponding plan to enhance and grow the dairy industry in Missouri.

  2. Supporting Missouri’s Agriculture Industry (SB 12)
    A bill meant to support the state’s multi-billion dollar agriculture industry was signed into law in April. The bill has several provisions including the Dairy Revitalization Act that also was contained in HB 259.

    In addition, the bill will allow trucks to carrier heavier loads of grains during harvest season and heavier live-stock loads year-round. It also will allow the Department of Agriculture to better monitor foreign land acquisitions by requiring the department to review land sales only when buyers do not have proper tax documentation.

I am also very honored to have been appointed by the Speaker of the House, Todd Richardson, to a newly formed Intern Task Force. This task force is designed to review intern policies, strengthen the intern pro-gram, and provide a better experience for all those who choose to participate in the program.

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.

Truly Agreed To & Finally Passed
Now that the General Assembly has adjourned for this legislative year, over the next several weeks I would like to summarize some of the bills that have been “Truly Agreed To and Finally Passed” during the First Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly.

This week I want to discuss two bills, that are now law, that affect agriculture in our state.

  1. Dairy Revitalization Act (HB 259)
    The governor signed into law legislation de-signed to give a much-needed boost to the state’s struggling dairy industry. The Dairy Revitalization Act takes a three-pronged approach to sup-port this industry that supports 23,000 jobs, either directly or indirectly.

    The new law will create a dairy producer margin insurance premium assistance program to help dairy farmers obtain financial protection when times get tough. It also will create a scholarship program to encourage young people to pursue careers in the dairy industry. Finally, the bill will require an annual study and a corresponding plan to enhance and grow the dairy industry in Missouri.

  2. Supporting Missouri’s Agriculture Industry (SB 12)
    A bill meant to support the state’s multi-billion dollar agriculture industry was signed into law in April. The bill has several provisions including the Dairy Revitalization Act that also was contained in HB 259.

In addition, the bill will allow trucks to carrier heavier loads of grains during harvest season and heavier livestock loads year-round. It also will allow the Department of Agriculture to better monitor foreign land acquisitions by requiring the department to review land sales only when buyers do not have proper tax documentation. In addition, the bill contains language to al-low beef producers to vote to increase the state beef checkoff that is used to fund a marketing program to further promote beef and beef products; and it will protect livestock farmers from liability if someone is injured on their farm.

Intern Task Force
I am very honored to have been appointed by the Speaker of the House, Todd Richardson, to a newly formed Intern Task Force. This task force is designed to review intern policies, strengthen the intern program, and provide a better experience for all those who choose to participate in the program.

District Visitsfdsgf
Last week I was honored to present several House Resolutions to those retiring from the St. James R-I School District. rter

I was also both excited and honored to attend the Steelville Vietnam War Era Monument Presentation and Parade on Memorial Day.

District Events
Electronic Waste and Tire Collection—May 30th 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 pro-vides 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 30, 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 sup-porting 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 vine-yards.”

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 cigarette excise tax rates range from #50 at $0.17 here in MO to #1 at $4.35 in NY.

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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