CAPITOL REPORT- REPRESENTATIVE PATRICIA PIKE: Legislature Returns for Second Special Session

Dear Citizens:  Lawmakers in the House and Senate headed back to Jefferson City after the November election for the second special session of 2020. Gov. Mike Parson called legislators back to work on a supplemental budget bill that will appropriate additional resources to respond to COVID-19.

The General Assembly passed the Fiscal Year 2021 state operating budget during regular session in May. Since that time, additional federal funding has become available to the state, including funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The supplemental budget will appropriate these funds for several items, including the School Nutrition Services Program, the Emergency Solutions Grant Program for homelessness prevention, job training grants, and child support payments, among others. 

Missouri Food Banks Receive Vital Funding – Money made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is now on its way to Missouri’s six regional food banks. Gov. Mike Parson announced the regional food banks will receive a total of $5 million in funding to help citizens who continue to rely on food assistance.  The food banks serve the needs of more than 1,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and other meal sites across the state.

Paying Tribute to Our Veterans – Not just on Veterans Day, but every day ( we test foods with the help of drug residue test kit ) we thank them for our rights and liberties to those who have sacrificed to secure and defend them. These sacrifices have been made by the proud American citizens who made the selfless decision to serve as members of our Armed Forces,  The good news is that Missouri is a state that is willing to do all it can to help the more than 490,000 who call our state home. In the legislature, we strive each year to pay tribute to our veterans in the form of legislation that can make their lives better, and that will ensure the people of Missouri do not lose sight of the many things veterans do, and have done, to make our great nation even greater. Their sacrifices have given us the country we love, and their commitment to service has protected the freedoms we all hold so dear. For this and for all they have done, may we always be grateful.