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March 14, 2012

Posted Friday, March 23, 2012, at 12:57 PM

Wind-blown would be an understatement of what we experienced this past week with the gusts of wind strong enough to take a kite for a long ride. Spring began to show its welcome head, as the mild winter gave up and let the first sign of new life sprout through. Activity in the Capitol reached a peak this week as the Budget Committee worked long into the evening hours. Groups of children swelled the hallways as legislators swept along as briskly as the gusty winds that battered the walls outside. And then suddenly, by Thursday afternoon, a peaceful hush settled and floated down upon the Capitol City as the Session mid-way point was reached and Spring Break began.

Highlights of Floor Action: Monday, March 5, 2012

One of the main focuses during this Legislative Session is to create a positive, certain climate that attracts more business to Missouri. We are halfway through the Legislative Session and already the House has passed 70% of the "Blueprint for Missouri" plan as well as countless other bills to enhance our economic and personal freedoms while providing for those who truly need our help the most. HB 1349 sponsored by Rep. Caleb Jones (R-117), will help attract more business to Missouri by allowing a national bank or trust company created under the laws of this or any other state or nation to complete bulk transfers of irrevocable life insurance trusts. The current law makes it difficult to make any of those transfers as they are completed on a "one-by-one" basis.

With healthcare being such an expensive commodity, it is hard for people to afford a visit to the doctor. HCS HB 1072 will make it easier for doctors to volunteer their services to those in need. This bill is sponsored by Rep. David Sater (R-68), and it will relieve the need for an additional license or certification for a licensed health care practitioner who voluntarily provides health care services if those services are within his or her scope of practice. This would also require a sponsoring organization to register with the Department of Health and Senior Services for a fee of $50. The fee may be waived if the organization is providing services in the case of a natural or manmade disaster.

HB 1037 sponsored by Rep. Tony Dugger (R-144), will authorize commissioners of road districts to provide compensation for their services of up to $100 per month plus all expenses incurred in transacting business of the district. The compensation of a commissioner cannot change during the time of his or her term of office. Currently, only compensation for incurred expenses is authorized.

Highlights of Floor Action: Thursday, March 8, 2012

HCS HB 1193, sponsored by Rep. Keith Frederick (R-149), will change the laws regarding the dispensing of controlled substances and establishes the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Act. HB 1193 creates a monitoring program that allows the sharing of information among providers. Some individuals visit numerous medical professionals in order to gain access to multiple prescriptions for controlled substances. The bill provides a tool to help curb and control this current problem in Missouri.

Honoring those who serve our county, HCS HB 1319, 1045 & 1369 sponsored by Rep. Jeanie Riddle (R-20), will lower the age at which a person can obtain a concealed carry endorsement from 21 to 18 years of age if the person is a member of the United States Armed Forces, honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces, a member of a military academy or a member of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps; is a citizen of the United States; and has assumed residency or is stationed in Missouri.

Focusing on the employees of businesses in the State of Missouri, SS SCS SB 572 was sponsored by Senator Tom Dempsey and handled in the House by Rep. Todd Richardson (R-154), and states that co-employees shall be released from all liability for workplace injuries or death for which compensation is recoverable under the workers' compensation statutes. However, the employee shall not escape liability when the employee engages in an affirmative negligent act purposefully and dangerously caused or increased the risk of injury. SS SCS SB 572 was Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed and now awaits signature of the Governor. This piece of legislation is one of the most important for every employer in this State and many, many job creators from every corner of this State have personally told me how important this bill is to establishing a certain, productive business climate that keeps good jobs right here in the Show Me State.

To view a summary or the full text of any bill, at any time, please visit the following website: www.house.mo.gov.

Congratulations to our area students and teams that participated in History Day at Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau this past Friday. Gideon, Risco, Malden and Bernie represented not only their school but their community to a high standard.

Deb Cook a school nurse in Kennett visited the Capitol in February. Randy Baker of Kennett also visited the Capitol recently. It is always great to have our constituent's visit!

As always, it is an honor to serve you in the Missouri House. If you would like to discuss any issue, please call 573-751-3629. You can also email me at Kent.Hampton@house.mo.gov. I look forward to hearing from you.

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