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Thursday, July 24, 2014
Special Issue: MO Department of Natural Resources
Posted Thursday, July 17, at 9:36 AM
I met with DNR Director Sara Parker-Pauley and Legislative Liaison Mary Mulhearn July 14 to discuss the department's Nonpoint Source Management Plan (NPSMP). This program plan recently has drawn some attention --my own included- because it is related to the EPA's Clean Water Act. ...

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Important Transportation Meetings and Notes
Posted Thursday, June 12, at 9:01 AM

>I just received word from the Governor's office yesterday regarding the budget bills he will be vetoing. I understand that the state budget is a very complex and finely-tuned fiscal mechanism, but the General Assembly worked hard this year to put more money into education, and it would be unfortunate for that money not to go where it is needed. Please tell the Governor not to withhold monies from Elementary, Secondary and Higher Education...

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Events and Notes
Posted Friday, June 6, at 11:30 AM

>MO-DOT UPDATE ON ROUTE AA -- I received the following note from MoDOT Area Engineer, Brian Okenfuss, regarding Route AA in Cape Girardeau County: "Our maintenance crews already have plans to repair several culvert pipes along the route. They are also planning on doing some extensive patching to correct the worst areas of the road. ...

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Truly Agreed and Finally Passed (TAFP) 2014 Senate Bills
Posted Thursday, May 29, at 4:30 PM

Last week I mentioned some TAFP House bills; this week I focus on Senate bills. Every year within the first weeks of interim, I focus several Capitol Reports on the TAFP bills of the session, but I want to remind you that I chose a select group and do not report on every TAFP bill because 1) there is a large number of bills, 2) not all will become law-remember the Governor will sign, veto or let "slip" into law, 3) some bills pertain only to select counties or municipalities, 4) I've already reported on some bills that made it to the governor's desk, 5) and because many bills are not of particular interest to the general public.. ...

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More Truly Agreed and Finally Passed 2014 House Bills
Posted Friday, May 23, at 11:43 AM

Memorial Day -- A Time To Honor America's Heroes >Be sure to take time this Memorial weekend to remember those who have sacrificed to secure America's future. The city of Jackson will sponsor a service at 9 a.m. at the old cemetery on South High Street...

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Last Week of Session
Posted Friday, May 16, at 4:52 PM

As with every year the last week of session means long days and heated debate. Many bills this legislative session ended up in a Committee Conference where appointed members of both chambers and both political party-affiliation participated in discussions to solve differences...

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May 9 Capitol Report
Posted Friday, May 9, at 12:36 PM

>On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, a historic vote of 109-46 by the Missouri House of Representatives to override the Governor's veto on SB 509 took place. This bill reduces individual income tax as well as increases tax deductions for small businesses. I want to personally thank Representative Keith English (D-St. Louis) for co-sponsoring this bill and helping promote the tax-relief for Missouri families and small businesses...

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Several Significant Bills
Posted Friday, May 2, at 11:03 AM

Governor Vetoes Tax Cuts for Missourians This week Governor Nixon vetoed Senate Bill 509. This bill would have given many Missourians an over-due tax relief. What is unbelievable to me is that this well-reasoned, thoroughly vetted, and fiscally responsible tax cut for all Missourians and one of the most sound, integral pieces of legislation this year is seen by some as a threat to Missouri's economy! It is apparent that this tax cut would be a solid investment in Missouri families and businesses by allowing them to keep more of their hard-earned wages: a move that will grow the tax base and increase general revenue.. ...

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Bills Regarding the Environment, Motorcycles and Property
Posted Friday, April 25, at 4:03 PM

>For the past several years the Environmental Protection Agency (EPR)-a federal agency whose mission is to protect federal lands- has increased in power and scope. Their overreach has created no small difficulty for many Missourians, even some right here in Cape Girardeau County. House Concurrent Resolution 38 urges the United States Congress to decrease the EPA's authority to regulate water quality and the use of coal and wood as energy sources...

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April 18 Capitol Report
Posted Friday, April 18, at 8:42 AM

>House Bill 1317 sponsored by Rep Stanly Cox, is currently in the Senate and looks as though it will move through the Senate quickly since Rep. Cox has worked intensely with Senators to revamp Missouri's criminal code. Its 75 provisions make it one of the most voluminous bills this year. The bill's summary will give the reader an idea what sections of the criminal code will be affected...

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Right to Work, Right to Carry & Common Core
Posted Thursday, April 10, at 3:52 PM

I would like to pay tribute to Representative Rory Ellinger who lost his battle with cancer Wednesday, April 9. He was one of the kindness people I've ever had the pleasure to work with. Although we disagreed philosophically regarding many issues, we were able to work well together because of our mutual support to help those who cannot help themselves; neither could we tolerate people defrauding the state. ...

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Perfected and Reported Bills
Posted Thursday, April 3, at 4:22 PM

Two bills reported to the Senate this week which should be of interest to most Missourians are: The Second Amendment Preservation Act, House Bill 1439, is headed for the Senate after vigorous debate and more than 20 amendments, including an emergency clause. The potential for strict federal gun control is real and on the national political horizon; it's a way of being pro-active to protect our national, historic right to bear arms...

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Budget Bills Pass the House this Week
Posted Friday, March 28, at 1:41 PM

>The General Assembly has an obligation to appropriate revenue in such a manner that state departments and their various divisions can function adequately and in line with revenue projections. This week House Bills 2001 through 2013, all appropriation bills, were third read and passed. ...

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House Budget Committee Passes Medicaid Reform Measures
Posted Tuesday, March 18, at 8:39 AM

Below is a report issued by Representative Sue Allen, Chairman of the Appropriation: Health, Mental Health and Social Services, regarding the committee's efforts to improve health outcomes for Missourians and remain fiscally responsible to taxpayers...

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House Bills Moving Forward
Posted Thursday, March 13, at 3:16 PM

= Wednesday my most important child-care bill passed out of the Judiciary committee. This legislation, House Bill 1492, intends to limit the time foster children remain in the foster-care system with little to no hope of ever being re-united with their birth parent (s) due to drug or alcohol abuse. ...

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March 6, 2014 Legislative Update
Posted Thursday, March 6, at 2:16 PM

Important HB 1327 prohibits a health benefit plan that provides coverage for cancer treatment from requiring prior authorization or charging a higher dollar limit, co-payment, deductible or other out-of-pocket expense amount to a patient for a prescribed orally administered anticancer medication than the amount the plan charges for an intravenously administered or injected cancer medication, regardless of the formulation or benefit category determination by the plan...

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Important Bills Making Legislative Progress
Posted Friday, February 28, at 1:09 PM

The following four House bills were reported to the Senate this week: A bill that will give adequate time for caseworkers to complete a child abuse investigation was reported to the Senate. House Bill 1092 will not, however, prevent an emergency removal of an endangered child. ...

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Legislative Progress Report
Posted Friday, February 21, at 10:35 AM

As a dental hygienist I am all too aware of the importance of fluoride to healthy gums and teeth. Last year my fluoride notification bill passed committee and almost made it to the House floor for debate. I re-filed this bill again this year, because my colleagues also recognize the importance for the public to be notified if the fluoride treatment in their public water system is to be adjusted or eliminated. ...

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2015 State Budget Process Begins
Posted Friday, February 7, at 1:39 PM

The various House of Representatives Appropriation Committees are underway to examine and compare the state's 2014 budget-spending to make recommendations for the 2015 budget. Remember Missouri's fiscal year runs from July to June. For example we are currently in the fiscal year 2014 (FY14) which will end June 30; the 2015 fiscal year (FY15) will begin July 1, 2014 and end June 30, 2015. ...

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First Legislation to pass the House this Session
Posted Friday, January 31, at 8:39 AM

IMPORTANT: Ameren warns of an email scam alert. Please remember never give out personal information of any type to an unconfirmed source especially when it comes to you via email or call. The first House bill to pass "allows a candidate with a physical disability or a candidate on active duty with the armed forces to have a representative draw for his or her placement on an election ballot. ...

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State Representative Donna Lichtenegger is currently serving the 146th District of the Missouri House of Representative. Born July 26, 1950, in St. Louis, MO. A 1969 graduate of Normandy High School. She received an A.S. in Dental Hygiene in 1973 from St. Louis Community College -- Forest Park. Rep. Lichtenegger has 37 years of experience as a dental hygienist. She resides in Jackson with her husband, John. They have two children, Brent and Leigh Ann. Current and past memberships: Missouri Dental Hygiene Association; American Dental Hygienist Association; Southeast Missouri Dental Hygienist Association. St. Paul Lutheran Church -- Ladies Guild; Jackson Noon Optimist Club; Cape Girardeau Boys and Girls Club, board member; Cape County Black and Gold Club; Lutherans For Life; University of Missouri Alumni Association; and the Regional Samaritan Clinic, board member; and former memberships with JC Wives and the Lutheran Family Children Services' Cape Girardeau board. Public Service: 20 years Republican Central Committee; the Republican State Committeewoman from 1998 to 2010 for the 25th Senatorial District; Chair of the 32nd Judicial District for six years; ten years Chair for the Eighth Congressional District.