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  • The Missouri Legislature Begins Anew



    January 2014 marked the beginning of another session of the Missouri Legislature. This is the First Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly.

    As the Missouri Parent project also exists to inform our audience of public policy issues which impact public education in our state, you will begin to see more content published here and shared across our social media about the activities of our elected officials.

    We would like to share a couple general pieces of information you may find helpful as the session works its way towards completion in May.

    • You can find contact information, listen to live floor debate, and follow the progress of legislation through the Missouri General Assembly website. Additionally, The Missouri Senate and the Missouri House of Representatives have their own websites with these functions.

    • There are several committees in the legislature which have importance to our public schools. These include the House Appropriations - Elementary and Secondary Education, the House Select Committee on the Budget, the House Elementary and Secondary Education, Emerging Issues in Education, the Select Committee on Education, the Senate Education, and the Senate Appropriations committees.

    • The Missouri Senate and the Missouri House both provide web functions for finding legislation by topic.

    • You can follow live progress or ongoing discussions and posts about the Missouri Legislatures activities on social media by following the hashtag #MoLeg. Here are links to the search on Twitter and Facebook. You will also see #MoLeg on Instagram, Google+, and occasionally in our #MOParent posts.

    • Finally, from the Missouri House site, we share a page highlighting legislative processes in Missouri and a glossary of legislative terms which you will find very handy!

    If there are any other questions you have about our policy discussions, the legislature or issues you would like to see addressed, please leave a comment below or contact us at any time.

  • These Legislators Stood Strong for Education in Missouri

    During the last session of the Missouri Legislature, legislators sponsored and sent a bill to Governor Nixon that would harm state funding for public education.

    Billed as an economic development initiative, the main plank of the legislation was to provide an income tax cut to Missourians of nearly $800 million. This tax cut would have largely come at the expense of funding our state’s public schools which have not received full funding for the past six years under the school foundation formula lawmakers wrote and passed.

    This year alone, those promised funds fell short to the tune of $600 million.

    Governor Nixon vetoed the legislation and the House of Representatives failed to override his veto during the Legislature’s veto session in September. Proponents of the ideas, both elected and from the general public, have vowed to bring the issue back again for the next legislative session beginning in January of 2014.

    The veto was sustained through the political courage of many state representatives of both parties. Several Republicans bravely rebuffed the efforts of House leadership and wealthy donors and stood with our public school students and their school districts.

    While the Missouri Parent program is a fiscally conservative effort and supports many of the economic development practices of our state, we cannot let certain billionaires and politicians put their aspirations in front of the education of Missouri’s K-12 students.

    Today we begin saluting the dozens of legislators who stood with our students. Specifically we would like to honor seventeen state representatives who did the right thing in September. We ask them to maintain their decision in the future and continue to work with Missouri Parent and public education supporters like you from across the Show-Me State as we seek to balance the funding needs of the future, the economic development needs of today, and to replace the appropriation shortages for education of that linger.

    The seventeen who especially #StoodStrong for education are as follows:

    Rep. Steve Hodges, D-East Prarie
    Rep. Jeff Roorda, D-Barnhart
    Rep. Ed Scheiffer, D-Troy
    Rep. Nate Walker, R-Kirksville
    Rep. Craig Redmon, R-Monticello
    Rep. Sue Entlicher, R-Bolivar
    Rep. Paul Fitzwater, R-Potosi
    Rep. Mike Thomson, R-Maryville
    Rep. Lyle Rowland, R-Cedarcreek
    Rep. Lyndall Fraker, R-Marshfield
    Rep. Lynn Morris, R-Nixa
    Rep. Jeffrey Messenger, R-Republic
    Rep. Kent Hampton, R-Malden
    Rep. Donna Pfautch, R-Harrisonville
    Rep. Elaine Gannon, R-DeSoto
    Rep. David Wood, R-Versailles
    Rep. Dennis Fowler, R-Advance

    We ask all involved with and supportive of the Missouri Parent program to take a moment to send a note or phone call of thanks to these representatives. Their official websites are linked above. You can also share this article or any of the member links with the #StoodStrong hashtag on Social Media to help broaden support.

    The days ahead, especially in the next legislative session, will not be easy for these members or public education funding. The importance of all Missourians getting involved in grassroots organizations like Missouri Parent may have never been greater than now.

    To get involved, use the links at the top of this page, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter as we frequently share ways for you to make an impact on education policy along with our informative articles about education and learning in our schools.

    Your support is greatly appreciated.

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