CAPITOL REPORT: REPRESENTATIVE PATRICIA PIKE Lawmakers Receive Governor’s State of the State Address

JEFFERSON CITY: The House and Senate convened for a special joint session on Wednesday, Jan. 15 to receive the governor’s annual State of the State Address. Lawmakers gathered in the House Chamber to listen to Governor Parson share his priorities for the 2020 session.

Before outlining his goals for the year ahead, Parson highlighted some of the accomplishments that he and the legislature were able to achieve in 2019. Parson noted they were able to secure a $1.5 billion investment from General Motors that will keep good-paying jobs in the state. He also pointed to the millions of dollars being invested to repair and rebuild many of Missouri’s aging bridges.

Turning to his priorities for the year ahead, Parson focused on strengthening Missouri’s communities, supporting education and preparing the state’s workforce for the jobs of the future, updating the state’s aging infrastructure, and making government more efficient.

Some of Gov. Parson’s proposals include:

  • Combating violent crime by providing greater protection for victims and witnesses, providing more mental health resources and services, and strengthening laws to target violent criminals.
  • Providing full funding once again for the School Foundation Formula and increasing school transportation funding.
  • Strengthening the state’s early childhood offerings to better prepare Missouri children for success. Parson noted that Missouri recently received a $33.5 million preschool development grant aimed at creating a more effective, high-quality early learning system. 
  • Increasing opportunities for high-demand job training at the high school level. Parson announced his administration is seeking a $750,000 investment to certify approximately 12,000 new high school students as work-ready through the WorkKeys program. 
  • Increasing Bright Flight and A+ Scholarship funding by $5.3 million.
  • Allocating an additional $19 million for the MoExcels Workforce Training Initiative. 
  • Making key investments in Missouri’s infrastructure, including $4 million in disaster recovery funds and another $50 million for the transportation cost-share program. 
  • Setting aside $100 million to use in case of financial emergencies. The fund would be supplemented by Wayfair collections if lawmakers approve legislation to require online retailers to collect sales tax on purchases made in Missouri.

“By working together on these issues, we can set the stage for greatness for Missouri,”said Parson. “My hope in the near future is that all of us will be able to celebrate more successes with one another, but the real benefits will be for the people of our state and our future generations.”

Voter ID Law Struck Down

The Voter ID law approved by the General Assembly and then by 63 percent of Missourians in 2016 has been struck down by the Missouri Supreme Court. Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft said the law was “eviscerated” by the court’s decision despite the fact opponents have failed to bring forth a single voter who was unable to vote as a result of the voter ID requirements.

Ashcroft said, “The people of Missouri made it clear in November of 2016 that it is reasonable to require a photo ID to vote. That voter ID law strengthened protections at the ballot box and, just as importantly, expanded access to the ballot ensuring registered voters would no longer be turned away on Election Day.”

The Supreme Court agreed with a Circuit Court ruling that the provision requiring voters to sign a statement that they don’t have a photo ID was unconstitutional because it was misleading and contradictory.  The Supreme Court also agreed with the Circuit Court that the advertising materials distributed by the Secretary of State were misleading because individuals may believe that having a photo identification is the only way to vote, which inaccurately reflects the statute.

Judge Brent Powell wrote a dissenting opinion that noted the court could have struck only the contradictory wording rather than the entire affidavit requirement. That would have left in place a requirement that voters without a valid photo ID swear to their identity and acknowledge their eligibility for a free photo ID. Powell was joined in the dissent by Judge Zel Fischer as they noted that the majority opinion, “eliminates the intended distinction between voter identification options and prevents the legislation from having any effect on voting identification procedures.”

Please contact my office at 573-751-5388 or e-mail at Patricia.Pike@house.mo.gov for more information on legislative topics or assistance on State Issues, Flags, Resolutions and Capitol visits.  Our office is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. year-round in Jefferson City, MO.

Public Forum to DiscussPotential 4-day School Week in Rich Hill

The Rich Hill R-IV Board of Education is considering a potential 4-day school week for the 2020-2021 school year.  They are inviting all parents & school patrons to come and join them for a public forum to discuss the potential 4-day school week.  This is the communities’ opportunity to voice the pro’s and con’s of the potential change. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 22nd at 7:00PM in the Rich Hill School Auditorium located at 703 North 3rd street in Rich Hill. 

Little Apple News from Appleton City

City Hall will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2020 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday

All boys and girls ages 9 – 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2020 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The local competition will be held January 19, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. at the Montrose R-XIV Public School Gymnasium. The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district and state competitions. International champions are announced by the K of C international headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions. All boys and girls 9 – 14 years old are eligible to participate and will compete in their respective age divisions. Last year more than 120,000 sharpshooters participated in over 3,600 local competitions. All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the event. Participants are REQUIRED to furnish proof of age (birth certificate) and written parental consent. Pre-registration is preferable. Entry forms are available in the Montrose School office if you are child is interested. Please return completed forms and proof of age to the school office as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact: Norman Wagner at 60-492-2177. The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic family fraternal service organization with over 1.8 million members in 15,000 local councils. Last year, Knights donated over 70 million volunteer hours and $170 million to charitable and benevolent causes, sponsoring projects to benefit their church, councils, communities, culture of life, families and youth.

Immaculate Conception Church / St. Mary’s School, Montrose will hold its 9th Annual Smoked Meat Dinner Sunday, January 26.  The dinner will be served in St. Mary’s School Hall from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The menu includes smoked pork and chicken, baked beans, potato casserole, slaw, rolls, homemade cobbler and cake and tea, lemonade or coffee. A freewill donation will be greatly appreciated.  All proceeds will benefit Immaculate Conception Parish.  Please join them for great food and fellowship as they kickoff Catholic Schools Week.

Knitting classes, led by Ann Barclay, have resumed at the Appleton City Library on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Come join them and see what you might learn or get support in projects you are working on. Supplies are available if you don’t have any already. Learn something new this year. All ages are invited. Call 660-476-5513 for more information.

Appleton City Head Start is enrolling children for the 2019-2020 school year. Children need to be 3 years old on or before August 1, 2019. They have class Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Their phone number is (660)234-8767. The address is 214 S Beech St., AC MO 64724.

Once again DbarJ Quilts Etc will be sponsoring the Elva Gwinn Huffman Essay Contest for non-profit groups. Any non-profit group can write an

essay about their group, their good works, how they would use the quilt to help them raise money for their cause. It is best if you keep it to no more than 2 pages. Due date for the essays in March 31, 2020. They will be read and the quilt will be given out on April 2, which is Elva’s birthday. If you wish more information, you can call 660-598-2222 during business hours, M,W,TH,F 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Tuesday 12:00-5:00 p.m.

The Appleton City Museum will provide a stroll down memory lane with a Photo Display during the SQC Celebration. Over 150 pictures will be on display of businesses, buildings, area occupations, leaders of the community and basically pictures of the past (anything that isn’t current). If anyone would like to donate an 8×10 photo to the Museum for this event, they will be glad to display it. However, they ask for prints that will become the property of the Museum in preserving AC History. The deadline to submit will be April 1, 2020. They may be mailed to: A.C. Museum, 305 N. Maple, ACMO 64724 or you can drop them off workdays at the museum, which are some Wednesday afternoons during the winter.

There will be a community play held during the Sesquicentennial event in June 2020. Abby Sage and Kamber Grishow are producing and directing the production and would like to formally extend their invitation for all those who wish to be a part of the event to please contact them. Whether you are interested in acting, assisting with costumes or set design, or simply want to offer your help with the process but don’t know how, please let them know. Auditions for the play will be held later in January (date TBD). Sage can be reached at (417) 766-8708 and Grishow at (660) 492-3502. More information can be found on the Appleton City Community Play Facebook page.

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for January and February 2020. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments. Jan 15–Upper GI, Colonoscopy- Dr. Vardakis, Jan 20 – Rheumatology – Dr. Latinis, Jan 28 – Orthopedics – Dr. Gray, Feb 3 – Rheumatology–Dr. Latinis, Feb 5 –Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Feb 6 – OB/GYN-Dr. Kallberg, Feb. 7 – Ophthalmology-Dr. Soni,  Feb 12 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin,   Feb 13– Podiatry-Dr. Dowell, Feb 14 – Orthopedics-Dr. Gray, Feb 17 – Rheumatology–Dr. Latinis, Feb 19 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy- Dr. Namin,   Feb 26 – Orthopedics – Dr. Gray.                

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Jan 13 – 18    AC Varsity Basketball Tournament

Jan 19     Knights of Columbus free throw contest 12:30 p.m. at the Montrose R-XIV Public School Gym

Jan 20     Martin Luther King holiday.  Banks and government offices closed.

Jan 21-24      Courtwarming week activities at AC Schools

Rep. Helms Files Legislation to Protect Missourians from Call Spoofing

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Representative Steve Helms wants to protect Missourians from telemarketers who try to mask their identities by using a phone number that is more recognizable or familiar. Helms filed HB 2175 to combat the growing problem of call spoofing, which is a fake number scam that can be a nuisance but also can result in innocent Missourians being defrauded.

HB 2175 would simply add call spoofing to the state’s existing no-call list statute. With this the Missouri Attorney General could go after call spoofing scammers and fine them for their actions. Helms said the change is necessary to better protect Missourians from the unscrupulous actions of scammers who use fake numbers.

“We’ve all received calls that look like they’re coming from our own area code, but when we answer the phone it’s yet another annoying robocall. It’s time to take a stand against the unscrupulous individuals who run these scams as they attempt to defraud Missourians out of their hard-earned money,” stated Helms, R-Springfield.

HB 2175 now awaits assignment to committee for further discussion.