View from the Capitol, by State Rep. Ed Schieffer

 Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 8:43 am

Rep. Ed Schieffer

Rep. Ed Schieffer

Last week I reported that I would vote to sustain the Governor’s veto on the tax breaks.

However, there is one that I will vote to override.

I had a bill to help food pantries and the pregnancy centers with tax breaks and it was added HB 1132.

I will also vote to override Nixon’s veto on the 72-hour waiting period for abortions, HB 1307.

My eight-year record as a state legislator proves I vote 100% pro-life.

Recently, I received Missouri Right-to-Life’s endorsement for State Senator.

Voters can be assured that as long as I am in public office, I will continue to be pro-life.

On Thursday, August 14, I attended the Governor’s Ham Breakfast at the Missouri State Fair.

I met with state agriculture leaders from across the state to support the largest showcase of agriculture.

I am proud of the support the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and other Ag groups have given me.

On Monday, August 18, I presented a paper prepared by Mark Harvey and Nancy Guyton of the Neighbors of the Mississippi to the Mississippi River Commission at Caruthersville, MO.

We asked the Commission to have the Corps of Engineers do a comprehensive study of the tributaries before any plan for flood control is implemented on the upper Mississippi River.

We have been fighting the Corps and Illinois for over five years.

We have successfully delayed action by the Corps and the Illinois Legislature, but the struggle continues.

Therefore, we must keep fighting and doing what is right for Missouri.

Secretary of State Jason Kander on August 5 certified an initiative petition placing a proposed constitutional amendment on the November 4 statewide ballot that would eliminate tenure for Missouri public school teachers.

The tenure proposal is being pursued by St. Louis mega-millionaire Rex Sinquefield, who for several years has unsuccessfully urged the General Assembly to eliminate teacher tenure.

In Missouri, tenure does not prevent teachers from being fired for cause, such as poor performance, but merely entitles them to due process before they can be terminated.

I ask constituents to vote “no” because this will negatively affect teachers and students.

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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