*The nation is waking up to the fact that to stave off dental problems later in life is to start dental care early in children. February is National Children's Dental Health Month. You can view valuable information and even ask questions from the American Dental Association by visiting their website. Below is a taste of what you'll find there:
"Whether you're a member of the dental team, a teacher or a parent, the ADA has free online resources that can help you with oral health presentations, ideas for the classroom and coloring and activity sheets that can be used as handouts. We also have booklets, videos and other materials available for purchase through our ADA Catalog."
*A public hearing is scheduled for my Worker's Freedom HB 91 on Wednesday, February 13. The bill will be heard in the Workforce Development Committee, chaired by Rep Bill Lant. Freedom is important to all of us, including your freedom to join a union. I will continue to work to protect the freedom to associate and join a union. At the same time though, it is imperative we recognize the reverse and protect our freedom to not associate.
This is what the Worker's Freedom bill does. Hearing from so many of you about your appreciation for your union and how much it does for you, I know that if my Worker's Freedom legislation passes, you will continue to be a member of your union and permit it to represent you in future negotiations. This will allow your union to continue to thrive and remain a voice on your behalf. Please feel free to contact me if you have any further question or concerns.
*I would like to thank my constituents Marsha Owens and her daughter Christine for taking their time and resources to travel to the Capitol to attend a public hearing on a different Worker's freedom bill. I'm encouraged to know that the people I serve in southeast Missouri care so much about legislation to travel such a long way to express their interest and support.
*This week I received artwork by Jordon Kiefer, a third grade student from South Elementary in Jackson. Her piece titled Flowers and Swirls will grace my office wall during 2013.
Every year the Southeast Missouri Arts Council provides Representatives with art work from area schools.
Thank You Jordon!
*County Commissioners from all over the state visited the Capitol this week. Cape Girardeau County commissioners who visited included Presiding Commissioner, Clint Tracy; Associate Commissioner- District 2, Charlie Herbst; and Associate Commissioner --District 1, Paul Koeper.
Thank you gentlemen for your service to our county residents!