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May 9, 2012

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012, at 3:29 PM

In an effort to move Jefferson City to the back burner briefly, we start out honoring mothers and all the work they do. Unlike legislation, which has to pass through two bodies (the House and the Senate), and then be signed by the Governor before becoming law. When moms speak, law is enacted immediately and there is no veto session to override.

With Mother's day quickly approaching this upcoming Sunday, the following is an exert that expresses just how special and needed mothers really are:

By the time the Lord made mothers, he was into his sixth day of working overtime. An Angel appeared and said "Why are you spending so much time on this one"?

And the Lord answered and said, "Have you seen the spec sheet on her? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic, have 200 movable parts, all replaceable, run on black coffee and leftovers, have a lap that can hold three children at one time and that disappears when she stands up, have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart, and have six pairs of hands."

The Angel was astounded at the requirements for this one. "Six pairs of hands! No Way!", said the Angel. The Lord replied, "Oh, it's not the hands that are the problem. It's the three pairs of eyes that mothers must have!""And that's just on the standard model?" the Angel asked.

The Lord nodded in agreement, "Yep, one pair of eyes are to see through the closed door as she asks her children what they are doing even though she already knows. Another pair in the back of her head, are to see what she needs to know even though no one thinks she can. And the third pair are here in the front of her head. They are for looking at an errant child and saying that she understands and loves him or her without even saying a single word."Reference:: Sikh Philosophy Network http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/parenting/...

The Angel tried to stop the Lord. "This is too much work for one day. Wait until tomorrow to finish." "But I can't!" The Lord protested, "I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart. She already heals herself when she's sick AND can feed a family of six on a pound of hamburger and can get a nine year old to stand in the shower."

The Angel moved closer and touched the woman, "But you have made her so soft, Lord."

"She is soft," the Lord agreed, "but I have also made her tough. You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish."

"Will she be able to think?", asked the Angel. The Lord replied, "Not only will she be able to think, she will be able to reason, and negotiate. "The Angel then noticed something and reached out and touched the woman's cheek. "Oops, it looks like you have a leak with this model. I told you that you were trying to put too much into this one."

"That's not a leak." The Lord objected. "That's a tear!"

"What's the tear for?" the Angel asked. The Lord said, "The tear is her way of expressing her joy, her sorrow, her disappointment, her pain, her loneliness, her grief, and her pride."

The Angel was impressed. "You are a genius, Lord. You thought of everything; for mothers are truly amazing!"

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to all the wonderful Mothers. We acknowledge your sacrifice, your hardships and your undying love. We only hope that we can give back a fraction of what you have given to us.

"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother." -- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

HIGHLIGHTS OF FLOOR ACTION:

HCS SB 568, amends Missouri's move over laws so that drivers of motor vehicles approaching stationary emergency vehicles or vehicles owned by the commission and operated by Department of Transportation employees displaying amber or amber and white lights shall proceed with caution by making a lane change away from the stationary vehicle.

In an effort to reduce the prison population and the cost associated and reinvest the savings in strategies that reduce recidivism, SCS HCS HB 1525, was Truly Agreed and Finally Passed and now awaits signature of the Governor. The amount of funding the state currently spends on offenders in correctional facilities is steadily growing, but the crime rate is not decreasing. Missouri can achieve better results through strengthening community supervision for certain non-violent offenders. SCS HCS HB 1525, allows for administrative jail sanctions to be given by a probation and parole officer, providing for swift and certain punishment for violations. The bill also creates a 13-member commission appointed by the Governor and Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice to oversee the implementation and to calculate the effects of this act. The completion of this important piece of legislation will be one of the landmark achievements of this Session as the bill itself is truly historic in its impact and scope. Criminal justice reform has become a national crusade and we are proud that Missouri has taken a positive step in this nationwide narrative.

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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