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2013 Legislative Session will begin January 9

Posted Thursday, December 6, 2012, at 3:15 PM

*IN MEMORY OF PETER MYERS -- He was a good friend. I learned a great deal from him, including how to slow down when it comes to making important decisions. He had a wonderful sense of humor and never judged people. It was his faith that made him a person of strong, good character. He will be missed.

*I pre-filed two bills Monday, December 3rd. One is a re-filing of my 2012 HB 1355 which provides for fair pay to Physical Therapists in all care-venues. In other words, it requires health carriers to reimburse a physical therapist in the same amounts as paid to a licensed physician therapist for rendering the same services regardless of the setting or venue of treatment.

The other is a bill that gives county commissions the authority to set and impose a fine for violation of a No Burn Order/Notice.

*On or about December 17, I will be filing two more bills: The first one I'll mention here will not be popular with many of my legislative colleagues, but then I wasn't elected to gain new friends. The bill will eliminate state pensions for General Assembly members beginning January 1, 2014. With State revenue shortages continuing, we as public servants to the Missouri taxpayers should take responsibility to find ways to ease the burden.

The second is also controversial -but with a different group of people- and will allow Missourians to vote regarding labor organizations. That is, whether employees should have the right to refuse to join a labor organization, pay dues, fees, assessments and other charges.

The 2013 Legislative Session will officially begin January 9 when legislators of the 97th General Assembly will be sworn in during a ceremony at the State Capitol.

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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.
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