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April 4, 2012

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012, at 3:23 PM

Warming temperatures surrounded the Capitol and hints of summer humidity rose and fell in the afternoon breezes throughout the week. Blossoming dogwood and redbud trees and beautiful blooming flowers surrounded the Capitol in spring like glory. The storms and heavy rains came briefly through the midnight hours as we spent long days and longer evenings on the House Floor working our way through a steadily swelling calendar as legislative priorities rise through the calendars of the respective Chambers.

In an effort to ensure that your tax dollars are well spent, HB 1051, requires the State Auditor to perform, on a one-time basis, a comparative audit of at least five, but no more than ten, of the largest state agencies and a comparative audit of each chamber of the General Assembly by August 28, 2014. Upon the completion of the audit, the State Auditor must submit a report of the findings and recommendations to the General Assembly, all of the state wide elected officials, the Office of Administration, and all of the state departments. The goal of this legislation is to determine which agencies are working most effectively and efficiently and to use this information to recommend the best practices to other agencies.

Wednesday was deemed a day for consent bills, those bills that contain no fiscal note and no cost to the taxpayers. The House Third Read and passed 66 Consent bills. For more information and all details regarding any specific piece of legislation, please visit the House website at: www.house.mo.gov

HB 1541 was Third Read and passed today. HB 1541 is a timely health care provider conscience protection bill. This bill seeks to protect those in the medical and health care industry from having to participate in a medical act that violates their religious conscience and their civil liberty. This would include abortion and stem cell related health services. The bill will not reduce access to health care services because of the vast (and increasing) workforce already available that would be able to provide these services without a fear of violating their conscience rights. The bill simply and solely addresses employees who object to certain medical services and are being told that they will be fired if they do not comply with an employer's requirement to perform a medical service.This bill is now off to the Senate for approval.

Here in the Bootheel the grass grows, putting folks with their lawn mowers to work. Garden spots are being tilled and planted for fresh vegetables, and the number one industry in the state of Missouri, agriculture, is engaged in preparation of the soil with planting on the horizon. Jeans and sweat shirts have been put away and shorts and t-shirts unpacked. What a great place to live. Always remember the roads lead into Southeast Missouri, continue to be proud of who we are and what all we have to offer.

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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