View from the Capitol, by State Rep. Ed Schieffer

 Posted on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 8:32 am

Rep. Ed Schieffer

Rep. Ed Schieffer

On July 9, I attended Attorney General Chris Koster’s press conference where he endorsed the “Right to Farm” Constitutional Amendment 1.

I stand with General Koster and the major agriculture groups, which include Farm Bureau, M.F.A., MO Cattlemen’s Association, MO Corn Growers, MO Soybean Association, MO Poultry, MO Dairy Assn., and MO Pork Producers.

The Constitutional Amendments will be on all ballots for the August 8 primary election.

Please take time to vote on the amendments.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law three bills containing provisions that benefit military veterans, active military and Missouri National Guard members, and that honor several Missouri soldiers who died while serving their country.

Senate Bill 600  waives various business fees paid to the Secretary of State for Missouri residents who are members of the Missouri National Guard or active military.

Secretary of State Jason Kander supported this provision.

In addition, the bill will establish a specialty license plate for women veterans, eliminate the $15 fee for Gold Star license plates, create medallion programs for veterans of Operations Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, Desert Shield and Desert Storm and authorize the expansion of the medallion programs for World War II, Korea and Vietnam to include Missouri National Guard veterans who are not Missouri residents.

House Bill 1724 expands the help given to the families of deployed reservists and Guardsmen under the Military Family Relief Fund.

The bill also eliminates the requirement that reservists must have been called to active duty as a result of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in order to receive assistance.

I voted for both of these veterans’ bills.

Gov. Nixon joined firefighters, law enforcement officers, and emergency medical technicians at High Ridge Fire Department Station No.3 on July 3 to sign House Bill 2040, which permits Missouri first responders to obtain and administer a highly effective heroin overdose antidote.

“This legislation can save precious, life-saving minutes by putting an effective heroin overdose antidote directly into the hands of trained law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians,” Gov. Nixon said. “Missouri first responders have a track record of saving lives in all types of emergencies. This will allow them to provide additional critical assistance as they respond to heroin overdoses.”

I voted for this bill as well.

The Governor vetoed two bills that would have redefined the term “livestock” to include captive deer.

The Governor noted that it is unfortunate that he had to veto Senate Bill 506 and House Bill 1326 because the bills did contain worthy provisions advancing Missouri agriculture.

I plan to vote to override the veto.

Also on July 3, the Governor vetoed legislation that seeks to triple Missouri’s mandatory abortion-waiting period to 72 hours.

The Republican-controlled General Assembly is expected to seek to override Nixon when it convenes for its annual veto session on Sept. 10.

Missouri has imposed a 24-hour abortion-waiting period since 2006.

Under HB 1307, the state would become just the third state to set its waiting period at 72-hours, joining South Dakota and Utah.

I will vote to override the Governor’s veto on this bill.

As always, I respect your trust and value your advice, comments, and questions.

Please feel free to call my office in Jefferson City at (573)751-9459 or toll free at (855)285-3781.

You may call me locally at (636)299-3270 or (636)462-7295.

If you wish to fax my office, our number is (573)522-0441.

You may email me at ed.schieffer@house.mo.gov.

You may go to the following website to check legislation and other House information:  http://www.house.mo.gov/billcentral.aspx?pid=26.

Now that the House has adjourned, I will be in the district if you would like to visit with me personally.

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