Capitol Report 08/06/2015

Planned Parenthood & Higher Ed Scholarships
As the nation was stunned by allegations that Planned Parenthood may be selling tissues and organs from aborted fetuses for profit, Missouri quickly joined a long list of states that plan to thoroughly investigate these disturbing claims. In the Missouri House, the Ways and Means Committee will work with the Children and Families Committee to take a close look at the actions of Planned Parenthood in Missouri in an effort to illegal activities are not taking place in the Show-Me State.

The public outcry against Planned Parenthood began after an anti-abortion group released video showing a Planned Parenthood executive discuss how the organization disposes of the tissues and organs from aborted fetuses. Pro-life activists claim the video proves that Planned Parenthood is selling the tissues for profit, which is illegal. Planned Parenthood claims the allegations are not true and any costs associated with the tissues are there to cover expenses for transportation, etc.

Now, the House will join the Missouri Senate and Attorney General Chris Koster, who also are investigating the allegations against the national organization that also happens to be Missouri’s only abortion provider. The multiple investigations will look at every aspect of the organization and how it conducts its business in Missouri. The goal is to determine if Planned Parenthood has broken any laws in the state, and to take appropriate action if it has.

It was good news in recent weeks for families with children headed to college as the governor released funding to allow for more scholarship money. The governor released funding from the fiscal year 2015 budget that will allow scholarship amounts for the Access Missouri program to increase. The maximum award will increase for students who attend two-year schools to $850 from the current level of $660. For students who attend four-year colleges, the amount will increase from $1,500 to $1,850.

With the release of the funding, total state aid to the Access Missouri program is now at $73.7 million. The program is a needs-based scholarship to help students in low-income families. It provides scholarship assistance to approximately 50,000 students each year.

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

Legislature to Investigate Planned Parenthood
As the nation was stunned by allegations that Planned Parenthood may be selling tissues and organs from aborted fetuses for profit, Missouri quickly joined a long list of states that plan to thoroughly investigate these disturbing claims. In the Missouri House, the Ways and Means Committee will work with the Children and Families Committee to take a close look at the actions of Planned Parenthood in Missouri in an effort to illegal activities are not taking place in the Show-Me State.

The public outcry against Planned Parenthood began after an anti-abortion group released video showing a Planned Parenthood executive discuss how the organization disposes of the tissues and organs from aborted fetuses. Pro-life activists claim the video proves that Planned Parenthood is selling the tissues for profit, which is illegal. Planned Parenthood claims the allegations are not true and any costs associated with the tissues are there to cover expenses for transportation, etc.

Now, the House will join the Missouri Senate and Attorney General Chris Koster, who also are investigating the allegations against the national organization that also happens to be Missouri’s only abortion provider. The multiple investigations will look at every aspect of the organization and how it conducts its business in Missouri. The goal is to determine if Planned Parenthood has broken any laws in the state, and to take appropriate action if it has.

Access Missouri Scholarships
It was good news in recent weeks for families with children headed to college as the governor released funding to allow for more scholarship money. The governor released funding from the fiscal year 2015 budget that will allow scholarship amounts for the Access Missouri program to increase. The maximum award will increase for students who attend two-year schools to $850 from the current level of $660. For students who attend four-year colleges, the amount will increase from $1,500 to $1,850.

With the release of the funding, total state aid to the Access Missouri program is now at $73.7 million. The program is a needs-based scholarship to help students in low-income families. It provides scholarship assistance to approximately 50,000 students each year.

Public Assistance Reform
Legislation that was enacted over the governor’s veto will put the Strengthening Missouri Families Act into effect as law. SB 24 will lower the lifetime benefits for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients to 45 months from the current limit of 60 months. In addition, it will add Missouri to the list of 37 other states that require welfare recipients to take immediate steps to seek employment in order to receive benefits. The legislation then takes the savings generated by the reforms and invests them in child care, education, transportation, and job training assistance for participants in the TANF program.

Special Events
Hummingbird Banding
Location: Onondaga Cave State Park Visitor Center Date: August 8, 2015 10 AM Researcher Lanny Chambers will visit Onondaga Cave State Park throughout the season to capture, band and study Missouri’s smallest flying machine, the ruby-throated hummingbird. The event is free and open to the public. Onondaga Cave State Park is located seven miles southeast of the Leasburg exit off of Interstate 44 on Highway H. For more on the event, contact the park at 573-245-6576. For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com

Discover Nature- Fishing
Location: The Centre, Rolla Date: Monday, August 10, 2015, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling Lesson 2: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 – 15 and families with children. There is no fee for this program. Fishing equipment, instructors and bait will be provided. Adults must accompany their child at all times. Reservations required. Please call 417-256-7161 for reservations. For more information on Discover Nature-Fishing please visit http://mdc.mo.gov/node/27175.

Discover Nature-Fishing
Location: The Centre, Rolla Date: Monday, August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish- Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle Lesson 4: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 – 15 and families with children. Those participating in this event must have previously completed Lesson 1 of the Discover Nature – Fishing program. There is no fee for this program. Fishing equipment, instructors and bait will be provided. Adults must accompany their child at all times. Reservations required. Please call 417-256-7161 for reservations. For more information on Discover Nature-Fishing please visit http://mdc.mo.gov/node/27175.

Facts & Figures
Each week you can find an interesting fact or figure here about Missouri!

The ‘Show Me State’ expression is said to have originated in 1899 when Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver stated, “I’m from Missouri and you’ve got to show me.”

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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