District 120 Capitol Report | July 16, 2015

Executive Window & Military Preservation
This week the Governor’s window for signing or vetoing bills came to a close after the General Assembly adjourned this past May. Therefore, all bills passed by the General Assembly have now been signed into law, passively became law, or vetoed by the Governor. The General Assembly approved, and the Governor has now signed into law this week, SB93 which is designed to protect free expression on the campuses of public institutions of higher education. The bill designates the outdoor areas of campuses of public institutions of higher education to be traditional public forums. Public institutions of higher education may maintain and enforce reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions in service of a significant institutional interest only when such restrictions employ clear, published content and viewpoint-neutral criteria, and provide for ample alternative means of expression. Legislators also gave final approval to legislation that would prevent illegal immigrants from receiving scholarship benefits through the state’s A+ Schools Program this past session. The bill requires a student to be a United States citizen or a permanent resident in order to receive benefits. This week, however, the Governor vetoed the bill to stop it from becoming law.

With the governor’s vetoes on a number of bills, the legislature will now have the opportunity to consider an override motion when the House and Senate return for the annual Veto Session in September.

As you may know, military cuts have been occurring across the nation. However, the Missouri General Assembly did its part to help save 4,626 jobs and the millions and millions of dollars that stay with them as the Department of the Army made the announcement yesterday. This is a great victory for our state and, without a doubt, would not have happened without an amazing show of support at the March Listening Post at Ft. Leonard Wood by members of the General Assembly, concerned citizens and military personnel, among many others. By working together we were able to speak with a single voice that was heard loudly and clearly by decision makers at the federal level. Together we were able to make a positive impact that will continue to pay huge dividends for our state for years to come. While there remains challenges ahead, let there be no doubt that, when our state stands together, we can make a difference in federal decisions. Together we were able to clearly convey to our federal counterparts that, “The military is good for Missouri, but just as importantly, Missouri is good for the military!”

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.

Executive Window & Education
This week the Governor’s window for signing or vetoing bills came to a close after the General Assembly adjourned this past May. Therefore, all bills passed by the General Assembly have now been signed into law, passively became law, or vetoed by the Governor. The General Assembly approved, and the Governor has now signed into law this week, SB93 which is designed to protect free expression on the campuses of public institutions of higher education. The bill designates the outdoor areas of campuses of public institutions of higher education to be traditional public forums. Public institutions of higher education may maintain and enforce reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions in service of a significant institutional interest only when such restrictions employ clear, published content and viewpoint-neutral criteria, and provide for ample alternative means of expression. Legislators also gave final approval to legislation that would prevent illegal immigrants from receiving scholarship benefits through the state’s A+ Schools Program this past session. The bill requires a student to be a United States citizen or a permanent resident in order to receive benefits. This week, however, the Governor vetoed the bill to stop it from becoming law.

With the governor’s vetoes on a number of bills, the legislature will now have the opportunity to consider an override motion when the House and Senate return for the annual Veto Session in September.

Military Preservation
As you may know, military cuts have been occurring across the nation. However, the Missouri General Assembly did its part to help save 4,626 jobs and the millions and millions of dollars that stay with them as the Department of the Army made the announcement yesterday. This is a great victory for our state and, without a doubt, would not have happened without an amazing show of support at the March Listening Post at Ft. Leonard Wood by members of the General Assembly, concerned citizens and military personnel, among many others.

By working together we were able to speak with a single voice that was heard loudly and clearly by decision makers at the federal level. Together we were able to make a positive impact that will continue to pay huge dividends for our state for years to come.

While there remains challenges ahead, let there be no doubt that, when our state stands together, we can make a difference in federal decisions. Together we were able to clearly convey to our federal counterparts that, “The military is good for Missouri, but just as importantly, Missouri is good for the military!”

Osage Nation Sculpture
There are ongoing plans for construction of a 35-foot tall steel sculpture at the Cuba Visitor’s Center that celebrates the history and legacy of the Osage Nation. The project, which will be overseen by Cuba artist Glen Tutterrow, is currently still in a fundraising stage. Visit http://www.osagetraillegacy.com for more details and to learn how you can help make the project a reality!

District Visit
I was honored this week to attend a Bourbon Business Owners meeting, where I provided some important updates on economic development. We also initiated some discussions on potential new businesses in the area. I truly look forward to participating in future meetings.

Special Events
Job Fair Hosted by National Medical Billing Services — Friday, July 24, from 10 AM until 2 PM at Recklein Auditorium, located at 202 North Smith Street in Cuba. Applicants should bring a resume and come prepared for on-site job interviews. Dress appropriately for the occasion. The company is seeking qualified applicants to fill approximately 15 positions.

Missouri Mission of Mercy Free Dental Services — July 31-Aug 1, Doors Open at 5 AM. Hearnes Center Field House, 600 E Stadium Blvd., Columbia, MO MOMOM is a large scale dental clinic to provide free oral healthcare to patients of all ages who cannot otherwise afford care. Cleanings, fillings, and extractions are covered, but not crowns, bridges or dentures.. Arrive early as the clinic is first come first serve until we reach capacity. Please read the Patient FAQs available online at http://www.momom.org.

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 Debt Per Capita ranges from $3,930 in Idaho, and $7,692 here in Missouri, to $17,405 in New York.

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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