2016 CAPITOL REPORT V
February 1 – 5
FEBRUARY 2016 - AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION MONTH
It was an honor to present a House Resolution to Mary Smith, a cardiac arrest survivor and volunteer for the American Heart Association to designate February 2016 as American Heart Association Month in Missouri. Members of the House and Senate were “wearing red” on Wednesday to kick off the event and to increase awareness of cardiovascular disease.
WHEREAS, Heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of both women and men; and
WHEREAS, cardiovascular diseases are the nation’s leading cause of death and costliest disease with direct and indirect costs estimated to be $316.6 billion in 2011-12; and
WHEREAS, about 2,200 in the U.S. die from cardiovascular diseases each day; and nearly 9,000 Missourians die from cardiovascular diseases in Missouri each year; and
WHEREAS, the American Heart Association’s 2020 Impact Goal seeks to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent through research, population- and community-level interventions, public health and policy measures; and
WHEREAS, about 80% of cardiovascular disease may be prevented through everyday healthy living steps, including physical activity, good nutrition, not smoking, maintaining healthy weight, and controlling blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels;
WHEREAS, the American Heart Association encourages citizens to help save lives by calling 9-1-1 if symptoms occur, become trained in CPR, and promote comprehensive automated external defibrillator programs in their communities; and
WHEREAS, the American Heart Association is celebrating February 2016 as American Heart Month and promoting education and awareness by encouraging citizens to learn the warning signs of heart attack and stroke;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kathryn Swan, in recognition of the importance of the ongoing fight against heart disease, do hereby proclaim February 2016 to be AMERICAN HEART MONTH in Missouri and urge all citizens to recognize the critical importance of recognizing symptoms, taking preventive measures to live healthy, and incorporating tools and skills that will increase survival rates and save thousands of lives each year.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Missouri this third day of February 2016.
Representative Kathryn Swan
Speaker Todd Richardson
SUMMARY OF HOUSE ACTION – THIRD READ & PASSED
HB 1562 – Expands the crime of sexual trafficking of a child to include advertising a child participating in a commercial sexual act, performance or production of explicit sexual material.
HB 1619 – Establishes a two-year statute of limitations for actions against a licensed mental health professional for damages for malpractice, negligence, error, or mistake related to health care.
HB 1658 – Creates the Show-Me Compassionate Medical Education Act permitting medical schools to collaborate in studying how to reduce medical student depression and suicide.
HB 1646 – Missouri Civics Education Initiative. Voted Do Pass in Select Committee
HB 1612 – Career and Technical Education Certificate. Voted Do Pass in Select Committee.
Bill helping high school grads passes education committee
February 04, 2016 7:12:01 AM CST in News
By: Jake Schnierow, KOMU 8 Reporter
JEFFERSON CITY - A bill designed to help high school graduates enter the workforce passed committee unanimously Thursday to move it to the floor of the House.
The bill would create the career and technical education (CTE) certificate, which students would receive for completing specialized courses.
The courses would be centered around different skills that students could use to find a job post-graduation, or to bolster their college application.
Rep. Kathryn Swan (R- Cape Girardeau) said she sponsored the bill because it would help fill a need in the job market.
“Employers around the state are looking for workers who are prepared, for workers who do not require an associate degree or four year degree,” Swan said. "So, coming out of high school this can be extremely advantageous for an employer to know that students that they’re interviewing has completed a course work of study and has a certificate.”
Missouri’s high school graduation rate has continued to rise during the past few years, going up from 85.7 percent in 2013, to 87.3 percent in 2014.
However, only 65.9 percent of students across the country enrolled in college immediately after graduating high school.
Swan said the bill was created to help those students in the gap.
"What I hope it [the bill] does do is encourage students who know that they want to go to work when they finish school,” Swan said. “Or know that they want specific training, but it may not be college it may be a trade school type of situation, that they have something that they can show an employer.”
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education would be responsible for creating the policies for completing the CTE certificate, which would vary by district.
Glen Cantrell, board members and representatives - SEMO Electric Coop
Ann Matthews, Teresa Johnson, Misty Love Lopez and Maura Kellams - Three Rivers College
President Carlos Vargas; Vice President for Finance and Administration, Kathy Mangels; and Director of Corporate Relations, Chris Martin – Southeast Missouri State University
Jan McFerron – Aging Matters
Mark Kiblinger, Jerry Welker, Anthony Kiel, and Lou Hagler – Father Marquette Council 11205, Knights of Columbus
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