I’m wrapping up the first full week of session here in Jefferson City and wanted to highlight a few things quickly for everyone back home. It has been a flurry of activity here as we begin the 2019 session. It is very humbling and quite an honor to get the opportunity to serve as we begin the 100th General Assembly.
The buzz of the week here has been what committee assignments we would receive and hearing the tone from Governor Parson as to his priorities outlined in the State of the State address on Wednesday afternoon.
I was appointed to three committees by Speaker Haahr and received word on Tuesday as to those assignments. Workforce Development, Elementary and Secondary Education, and Downsizing State Government. All three committee assignments I am pleased with and really look forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work especially in those areas.
In the State of the State Address, Governor Parson communicated that his priorities this session are workforce development and infrastructure. Being that workforce development is a top priority for me as well, I’m excited about working on issues that will provide a better educated and prepared workforce for Missouri.
I have one bill that is pre-filed and that is HB267 which allows a school district to offer an elective social studies course on the Hebrew Scriptures, the Old Testament of the Bible, or the New Testament of the Bible. The course will include the contents, history, literary style and structure, and influences on society.
I have co-sponsored two bills so far and that is HB258 which limits what is known as “gun free zones” and HB126, which prohibits a physician to perform an abortion on a pregnant woman without first performing a fetal heartbeat detection test.
With that, I hope you have a great weekend and God Bless!