View from the Capitol by State Rep. Ed Schieffer
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and your entire family will have a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
The operation on my left knee seems to be successful. Thank you all for the prayers and concerns. I am home now if you want to call on my home phone or cell.
The Missouri House of Representatives will be sworn in on Wednesday, January 9, 2013. The Governor, and other statewide officials, will be sworn in on Monday, January 14 during the Inaugural celebration. Inaugural activities begin with a parade at 10 am and many events are open to the public. If you come to witness the Inauguration, please stop by the office, Room 101A in the Capitol.
The Missouri Public Service Commission on Dec. 12 voted 3-1 to allow Ameren Missouri to impose a $260 million rate increase on its 1.2 million Missouri electric customers starting in January. The approved rate hike is about two thirds of the $376 million increase Ameren had requested.
Under the rate hike, Ameren’s residential customers will see their bills increase by about $10 a month or $120 a year. The increase will be the fifth time in the last six years that the company, formerly known as AmerenUE, has increased electric rates in Missouri.
The Missouri Supreme Court on Dec. 12 put a planned re-vote in the 150th House District on hold pending a decision on whether the new election should be held throughout the entire district or limited to the two precincts at which there were problems during the Nov. 6 general elections. Special Judge W.H. Winchester had ordered that a partial election take place on Dec. 18, but the Supreme Court issued a writ prohibiting that election from taking place.
Under the unofficial Nov. 6 results, state Rep. Kent Hampton, R-Malden, defeated former state Rep. Tom Todd, D-Campbell, by 116 votes out of 11,792 cast. However, election officials soon discovered that in two precincts some residents of the neighboring 152nd District incorrectly were given ballots for the 150th District contest, while some 150th District residents voted in the 152nd District.
Under Winchester’s proposed solution, the results from the two problems precincts – including validly cast votes – would be thrown out, while the Nov. 6 votes from the rest of the district would stand. Todd had appealed Winchester’s ruling on the grounds that state law doesn’t authorize a partial new election in when errors by election officials place the outcome in doubt and that the only remedy under state law in a completely new election. With the new General Assembly set to convene on Jan. 9, the Supreme Court is expected to resolve the case quickly.
As always, I respect your trust and value your advice, comments and questions. Let me know how I may serve you and your family. Please call me at (573) 751-9459, toll free at (855) 285-3781, locally at (636) 299-3270 or (636) 462-7295. If you wish to fax my office, our new number is (573) 522-0441. You may email me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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