Capitol Report | March 24th, 2016

Final Weeks & Legislative Survey Results

When the Missouri House returns from its annual Spring Break next week, lawmakers will be prepared for long hours and lengthy discussions on the many bills that have yet to cross the legislative finish line. To date, the House has seen more than 1,500 bills filed with nearly 450 House Bills already receiving committee approval. At this time the House has approved and sent to the Senate more than 150 bills, and so far only one of the bills has received final approval. The number of bills sent to the Senate is a significant increase from last session when the House had approved just more than 90 bills entering the break.

The high volume of bills moving through the process means legislators will have a heavy workload when they return after Easter. In addition to the work that will need to be done to reach a final agreement with the Senate on the state budget, House members will continue to work with their colleagues on the other side of the building to advance several ethics reform bills, multiple economic development measures, public safety bills, pro-life legislation, and many other issues that matter to Missourians from all parts of the state.

Also, earlier this year my office sent legislative surveys to each household in the 120th District. Nearly 1,000 constituents were gracious enough to reply with great thoughts, opinions, and comments. I truly appreciate the time and effort spent on expressing your ideas and beliefs. I will use this information and data to better represent our District in the Missouri House of Representatives. A complete breakdown of the survey results may be found in this issue of the Capitol Report or online at https://representativejasonchipman.wordpress.com/

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

 

Legislative Survey Results

Earlier this year my office sent legislative surveys to each household in the 120th District. Nearly 1,000 constituents were gracious enough to reply with great thoughts, opinions, and comments. I truly appreciate the time and effort spent on expressing your ideas and beliefs. I will use this information and data to better represent our District in the Missouri House of Representatives. A detailed breakdown of the results are as follows:

Q1: Should Missouri focus more resources to help prevent unplanned pregnancies in order to reduce abortion in Missouri?

 Yes 633  66.98%

No 263  27.83%

No Opinion 49  5.18%

 

Q2: Should Missouri pass the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace?

Yes 474  49.32%

No 404  42.03%

No Opinion 83  8.63%

 

Q3: Should nonviolent drug offenders be required to attend currently established drug abuse rehabilitation programs rather than go to prison?

 Yes 767  80.39%

No 154  16.14%

No Opinion 33  3.45%

 

Q4: Would you support the creation and funding of additional programs to help nonviolent drug offenders stay out of prison in order to reduce the state’s incarceration cost?

 Yes 596  62.6%

No 309  32.45%

No Opinion 47  4.93%

 

Q5: Should captive deer and elk be considered livestock or wildlife?

Livestock 399  41.51%

Wildlife 459  47.76%

No Opinion 103  10.71%

 

Q6: Which statement best describes your opinion of your local school district?

 Mismanaged and Failing 110  12.31%

Room for Improvement 449  50.27%

Well Managed 205  22.95%

No Opinion 129  14.44%

 

Q7: Which level of government should develop the curriculum for public schools?

Fed 24  2.56%

State 112  11.96%

School Dist 188  20.08%

State Guide/School Adopt 428  45.72%

Fed Guide/School Adopt 140  14.95%

No Opinion 44  4.7%

 

Q8: If the state allows parents the option of transferring their children to other schools with costs being paid by the unaccredited district, which of the following school options best represents your view?

Public 453  49.18%

Public & Private 195  21.17%

Virtual 10  1.08%

All Above 140  15.20%

None Above 123  13.35%

 

Q9: Should Missouri law be changed to establish campaign contribution limits?

 Yes 795  82.64%

No 100  10.39%

No Opinion 67  6.96%

 

Q10: Should Missouri’s term limit system be changed to allow the same 16 years total, without regard to whether it is in the House or Senate?

 Yes 326  34.06%

No 548  57.26%

No Opinion 83  8.67%

 

Q11: Should Missouri enact legislation that would prohibit labor contracts that require employees who choose not to join a union to pay fees for the union representation they receive?

Yes 454  47.53%

No 426  44.60%

No Opinion 75  7.85%

 

Q12: Should Missouri raise its minimum wage, currently $7.65 an hour?

Yes 565  59.34%

No 337  35.39%

No Opinion 50  5.25%

 

Q13: Should Missouri law require all on duty, uniformed state and local police officers to wear video cameras during all law enforcement activities?

Yes 614  63.82%

No 275  28.58%

No Opinion 73  7.58%

 

Q14: Should Missouri law be changed to allow for medicinal marijuana use?

Yes 520  53.66%

No 408  42.10%

No Opinion 41  4.23%

 

Q15: Should Missouri establish a prescription monitoring program to allow pharmacists and law enforcement officials to identify abusive prescription practices?

Yes 715  74.01%

No 204  21.11%

No Opinion 47  4.86%

 

Q16: Should Missouri tax law be changed to apply the same sales tax rate and requirements to internet purchases?

 Yes 342  35.66%

No 558  58.18%

No Opinion 59  6.15%

Q17: Should Missouri increase the state fuel tax?

Yes 319  33.22%

No 602  62.7%

No Opinion 39  4.06%

Happy Easter

Easter-e1427190346683Easter is the central event of the Christian calendar, but do you know how we determine the day of celebration? Unlike most holidays, it does not fall on a set date every year. Instead, Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21. This means that Easter is observed anywhere between March 22 and April 25 every year. This year Easter is on March 27th. Happy Easter!

 

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