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2013 Missouri Legislative Session - Capitol Report III

As Old Man Winter returned with a fury to the Heartland this week, we returned to our State’s Capitol for a week of Floor activity, press conferences and preparations for this Session's agenda.

If you are like most Americans, myself included, this week you watched the inauguration of our nation’s recently re-elected president. Though he did not receive my vote, and I often vigorously disagree with his policies, the day marked an occasion in which our nation can be proud. So many people in other, not so far off, corners of the world do not have the right to voice their opinions and disagreements or to make choices regarding the government to which they find themselves subjected. In those places, it is not unfathomable for the government to oppress – often violently – those who attempt to inspire debate. 

Right here in Missouri, we recently had our own inauguration. In keeping with Constitutional requirements, Governor Nixon will lay out his vision for Missouri in the annual State of the State Address. We will welcome him to the House Chamber on Monday, Jan. 28, to receive his remarks. If you would like to listen live via our website, www.house.mo.gov, it will begin at 7 p.m. Afterwards, I will have the honor of delivering the Republican response to the people of our state and the media. And thus, the debate we are so grateful to be afforded will begin. Thank you for taking the time to participate by reading this week’s Capitol Report. I hope you find the information below useful and meaningful.

This Week’s Video Log NEW!

This week, we take you inside the House Chamber – a place where ideas, discussion, and often heated debate come together in the name of republican democracy. Click here to watch more.

MLK, Jr. Day

On Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, we celebrated the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King dedicated his life to God and to the belief that all persons are created equal. Click here to read more.

Elections Legislation Moving Forward

With an overwhelming and bipartisan vote, we supported democracy and efficiency in government this week by supporting Representative Jason Smith’s House Bill 110. As I wrote in last week’s Capitol Report, House Bill 110 was designed to address a discrepancy in the laws that govern vacancies in political offices. Click here to read more.

State of the Judiciary

In keeping with Constitutional requirements, the House of Representatives welcomed the Justices of the Missouri Supreme Court to hear the annual State of the Judiciary Address. Click here to read more.

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