The members of the Missouri House of Representatives came together Wednesday, September 13, to discuss the pieces of legislation that were approved by the General Assembly but vetoed by the governor. Of the handful of bills to consider, HCB 3 received all of the discussion.

The members of the Missouri House of Representatives came together Wednesday, September 13, to discuss the pieces of legislation that were approved by the General Assembly but vetoed by the governor. Of the handful of bills to consider, HCB 3 received all of the discussion. Members debated the merits of overriding the governor’s veto versus working together to find another funding solution to preserve in-home and nursing care for more than 8,000 disabled Missourians.

 While all House members agreed action was necessary to prevent the vital services from being cut off for Missourians in need, the majority of members voted against the attempt to override the governor’s veto. The motion failed by a vote of 49-106. Members instead favor finding a more responsible solution that will allow the more than 8,000 disabled Missourians to receive the care they need.

 Missouri Senate and House to Develop Funding Solution for In-Home and Nursing Care for Disabled Missourians

 As House members discussed a possible veto override of HCB 3, Senate Leader Ron Richard and House Speaker Todd Richardson announced that their two chambers will work together to develop a funding solution that will preserve in-home and nursing care for more than 8,000 disabled Missourians. Also to be considered is restoring provider rate cuts including cuts to private duty nurses who administer in-home neonatal care.

 Richard and Richardson have asked Sen. Mike Cunningham and House Budget Chair Scott Fitzpatrick to work together, and to work with their colleagues from both parties, to formulate a fiscally responsible plan that will ensure services are maintained for some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

House Members Celebrate Master Key Anniversary at State Capitol

 House members and visitors to the State Capitol recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Capitol Commission Board’s acceptance of the master key and custody of the Missouri State Capitol building. The Friends of the Missouri State Museum and the Missouri State Capitol Commission sponsored a reception and silent auction to commemorate the anniversary on Wednesday, September 13.

Transportation Task Force

I had the opportunity to attend a meeting of the 21st Century Transportation Task Force in Kirksville on Wednesday, September 20. The 23-member panel was created by the state legislature to assess Missouri’s road systems and decide on the funding source and level needed to maintain it.

I found the meeting informative and productive and appreciate the Task Force’s work on Missouri’s transportation systems. Most interesting to me was the discussion on the future of transportation and the potential integration of technology into our roadways.

In attendance was the Department of Transportation Director Patrick McKenna, who spoke about the direction in which our transportation policy is going.

Other Events

I attended the Pike County YMCA fundraiser banquet on Saturday, September 16. It was great to be part of an effort to raise money for such a worthy cause and I appreciate all those who were able to attend and contribute.

Also on Saturday, September 16, was the 125th Anniversary Celebration for Perry Christian Church. I was honored to be able to attend this wonderful event and present the church with a resolution from the Missouri House of Representatives. I would like to congratulate the church’s congregation for this amazing milestone in their history. I appreciated the warm welcome I received from Perry Christian Church’s members and also would also like to thank Pastor Nancy Kellstrom and Church Board President Nancy Seelow for their help in facilitating the event.

As always, feel free to contact me by phone or email at 573-751-4028 or Jim.Hansen@house.mo.gov. Your input is very valuable to me. Again, thank you for your support. It is an honor to serve as state representative for the 40th District.

Jim Hansen is a Republican Rep. serving Ralls and Monroe Counties