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Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013
Happy New YearPosted Thursday, December 27, 2012, at 1:32 PM
* My deepest condolences go out to the Parker King family. Parker, who was in my grandson Kaleb's class at St. Paul Lutheran, passed away due to an injury sustained in a recent accident.
*As this year comes to a close, we look to a new one to bring us closer to family -because recent events made us realize how precious they are; to make us people of good character-because we'll make better choices; and to strength our personal resolve -because fulfilling our resolutions builds our self-esteem. May you find the new year to be all this and more!
*Legislatively speaking, I look forward to a productive year. One that will properly assist families in need without putting Missouri's economy near bankruptcy; that will create more jobs for the unemployed, bringing more economic stability to families, individuals and the state; and one that will strengthen the public education system, both in the K through 12 and postsecondary sectors.
*Currently I have filed the following bills for 2013:
HB 28 - Authorizes any county commission, municipality, or fire protection district to adopt a burn ban order with enforceable fines or other penalty for violations.
HB 29 - Allows licensed physical therapists to receive the same pay for their services no matter in what setting or venue those services are rendered.
HB 91 - A Right To Work bill which allows Missourians to vote whether to allow employees the option to refuse to join a labor organization, pay dues, fees, assessments, or have donations go to charities or other third parties.
HB 93 - Eliminates legislators' state pensions beginning 2014. Those legislators already in the program will not be affected. Currently the state pays out more than 6 million dollars annually for these legislators on the pension roles.
*On December 14 the Southeast Missourian published a public poll titled "Should Missouri legislators receive a state pension?" The results of the 870 votes are below:
Yes: 8.6% (75 votes)
No: 37.8% (329 votes)
Yes. However, the current pension model for legislators and other state employees should be revised.: 14.3% (124 votes)
No. They shouldn't receive a pension but should be offered some type of retirement savings option.: 39.3% (342 votes)
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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.