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Below is the February 4th edition of Clay County House Representative Bob Nance’s Capitol Report.

February 4, 2010

On the 100th Anniversary of the Boys Scouts of America

“I think the character that you learn in Scouting—working together, being honest with each other, being close knit … and depending on one another, on our camping trips and doing things—all these things build character in a young man that he takes with him into adulthood and makes him a much better citizen. And that’s why Scouting to me has always been an organization I’ve always wanted to help. I think it’s one of the best youth organizations that we … have in this country.”

James A. Lovell Jr., Mission Astronaut, Apollo 13

Better Bridges and Roads:

MoDOT has named the bridge replacements and repairs for the District for 2010.

The westbound bridge over 69 Highway in Excelsior springs is scheduled for completion by November 30th.

The bridge over Fishing River in Ray County on Highway 10 is scheduled for November 30th completion.

The smaller bridge on Clay County “N” highway will be closed from July 29th through November 21st for replacement.

The bridge over Tryst Falls on 92 Highway will be closed April 1st until May 25th.

In 2010, 18 miles of Highway 13 will be resurfaced from the Caldwell County Line to highway 10 in Richmond.

Highway C from Highway D to Elmira will receive a “chip and seal”.

Route O will receive an overlay between May and September.

Route A will have three bridges “Design Build” this year.

A bridge at K highway and 13 Highway is also scheduled and a bridge on Route E near the Caldwell County Line.

State Budget:

Budget Chairman Allen Icet responded to questions on the budget recently.

“Many believed we had seen the worst of the economic downturn and that this year would be better— but they were wrong. Unfortunately, this year we face a grim economy and one far worse than last year during the budget crisis.” The Senate, House, and Governor must work responsibly with Missouri’s tax dollars as this year’s budget is crafted.

At the Capitol

HB 1521, which is a “Silver Alert” for seniors, was forwarded to Senior Citizen Advocacy Committee.

HB 1544 was passed out of the House on Tuesday. The bill extends the state’s eligibility to receive federal extended unemployment benefit money to provide unemployed individuals compensation beyond the current unemployment benefit period that ended December 5, 2009. The state will not incur any costs of the extension of benefits.

Marti Cowherd visited the Capitol representing the Ray County Family Practice on Tuesday. Justin Mohn of Excelsior Springs is working as an Intern for Senator Jolie Justus. He is in his junior year at the University of Missouri.

In the District:

Congratulations to the Lawson and Orrick School Districts on being recognized by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Central Regional Professional Development Center as 2009 Distinction in Performance Award Recipients.

In Your Service,

Bob Nance

Below is the January 28th, 2010 Capitol Report from Clay County State Representative Bob Nance. Lots of updates on Missouri legislation here.

CAPITOL REPORT

“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”

Alexis de Tocqueville

Committee Actions

The House Special Standing Committee on Health Insurance held a hearing on HB 1311 and HB 1341. Both bills require health benefit plans to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

• The House Special Standing Committee on Workforce Development and

Workplace Safety voted do pass a committee substitute for HB 1544, which extends the state’s eligibility to receive federal extended unemployment benefit money to provide unemployed individuals compensation beyond the current unemployment benefit period.

• The House Job Creation and Economic Development Committee held a hearing on HB 1512, which establishes provisions to encourage the investment in and the development of technology-based early stage Missouri businesses.

In late December, the governor’s tax commission raised taxes on Missouri farmers by almost 29 percent. This devastating blow comes after one of the worst farm income years since 1945. Missouri farmers are currently carrying some of the highest debt load in the nation and simply cannot afford to pay a property tax increase at this time.

By a vote of 140-15, HCR 3, 7 and 17 passed, speaking out against the tax increase on agricultural land.

In late December, the governor’s tax commission raised taxes on Missouri farmers by almost 29 percent. This devastating blow comes after one of the worst farm income years since 1945. Missouri farmers are currently carrying some of the highest debt load in the nation and simply cannot afford to pay a property tax increase at this time.

Uninsured Children

I have two bills filed this session that try to address the uninsured children in the state. According to Citizens for Missouri’s Children, it is estimated that 132,000 children are uninsured in Missouri and about 87,000 are eligible to receive public health care coverage.

HB 1467 requires the Department of Social Services to identify eligible children who are not participating in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) by distributing to all public school districts written information regarding eligibility criteria and application procedures for the program which is to be given to parents and guardians when a student enrolls in school. The department must also cross-check databases to identify low-income families participating in other public assistance programs but who are not currently participating in the program. This would be presumptive eligibility.

HB 1625 allows Revenue to have a check-off box on the Missouri tax return. If a filer claims a dependent child, they are asked if the child has health insurance. If not, the Department of Revenue will forward information to enroll the child in the S-CHIP program. This is not an expansion of the program, but it identifies and facilitates children that already qualify for the program. An annual report would be sent to the Governor with the number of children enrolled through the effort.

A healthy start in life improves a child’s chance of developing into a healthy adult.

In the District

Saturday I attended a ceremony honoring Brandon and Kevin Pemburlin as they each achieved their goal of Eagle Scout at the United Methodist Church in Richmond. They are members of Troop 324.

Visitors

Visiting for Sheltered Workshops was Jerry Tindall, an Excelsior Springs resident with Vocational Services Inc. of Liberty.

In your service

Bob Nance

This is Missouri House Representative Bob Nance’s Capitol Report from 1/14/2010.

“If the federal government has the exclusive right to judge the extent of its own powers, warned the Kentucky and Virginia resolutions’ authors (James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, respectively), it will continue to grow – regardless of elections, the separation of powers, and other much-touted limits on government power.”  –Thomas E. Woods

On Wednesday there was a “Show Me State” rally at the Capitol on state sovereignty. Over five hundred filed the rotunda to ask the state to take a stand against federal government interference with states.

That issue will be vetted early in session. Many states are discussing this important issue. The bill does not carry the force of law, but is intended to be a statement of the legislature of the Missouri to the Federal Government to stop these activities outside its constitutional powers.  A House Concurrent Resolution (HCR 34) is an effort to push back against unconstitutional federal laws and regulations on a state level. ”. The Federal Government regulating state healthcare by requiring persons to acquire health insurance is the concern.

There will also be a House Joint Resolution which if passed by the House and Senate would put the issue on the ballot this November. HJR 57, a constitutional amendment would prohibit any person, employer, or health care provider from being compelled to participate in any health care system. Individuals and employers may pay directly for lawful health care services, and health care providers can accept payment for health care services from individuals or employers without being subject to fines or penalties. The purchase or sale of health insurance in private health care systems could not be prohibited by law or rule.

There will be debate on these resolutions concerning the cost that will be extracted from our state to pay for the program in not only our state, but also paying for Nebraska, Louisiana, and Florida who are receiving special exemptions. Whether it is a premium increase or a tax increase on your healthcare plan, costs will rise immediately and full implementation of the program will not begin until 2013.

LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)

You or someone you know may be eligible for help with home heating bills. LIHEAP is a Federally-funded program that helps low-income households with their home energy bills. The federal government does not provide energy assistance directly to the public. Instead, LIHEAP operates in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, and the U.S. territories.

You can call the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) project. NEAR is a free service providing information on where you can apply for LIHEAP. You can speak to someone at NEAR Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m.- 6 p.m. (Mountain Time). Call the toll-free phone number at: 1-866-674-6327.  You may obtain more information at www.dss.mo.gov/fsd/liheap.htm.

Visitors

Youth with Vision from Ray and Clay County visited Wednesday to share their priorities for this session.

In your service

Bob Nance