Greetings From the Missouri State Capitol
Wishing you a Successful year, I am proud to be serving the hard working people of the 77th district. I know each day you are dedicated to making the city of St. Louis and the state of Missouri better. In Jefferson City, I am working to improve the quality of life for all Missourians. I am working with my colleagues on the Judiciary Committee to create a strategic plan to improve our justice system. I serve on the Special Committee on Litigation Reform. I am a ranking Democrat on the Workforce Development Committee; we will focus on improving access to employment for citizens of Missouri. Through education, training and support services needed to succeed in the labor market and compete in the global economy. “I know firsthand from my previous experience as a prosecutor that unemployment is an underlying factor resulting in increased crime in our city and state.
My office in Jefferson City is available to assist you with questions you may have about state government or legislative issues. Please call, email or write anytime. If you are unable to reach me, my assistant, Ly Syin Lobster is ready to help you. If you are in Jefferson City, come by my Capitol office in room 109 H, and introduce yourself. The door is always open, and I encourage you to visit.
GOP BLOCKS ATTEMPT TO SEND RIGHT-TO-WORK TO VOTERS
House Republicans on Jan. 11 rejected an attempt by Democrats to ensure that Missouri voters have the final say on so-called “right-to-work” legislation that would make it a crime punishable by jail for companies to agree to labor contracts that require workers to pay dues for the representation they receive.
During a hearing on House Bill 91 before the House Economic Development Committee, state Rep. Doug Beck, D-St. Louis offered an amendment to put the measure on the statewide ballot, but it was defeated on a straight party-line vote.
Republicans had long opposed putting right-to-work before voters, who defeated the issue when it last went on the ballot in 1978. In passing a right-to-work bill in 2015, supporters could have avoided a veto by then-Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, by putting the measure on the ballot, but they opted not to, and the veto was upheld. New Gov. Eric Greitens, a Republican, has said he will sign right-to-work into law.
SAINT LOUIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS REGAIN FULL ACCREDITATION
The Missouri State Board of Education on Jan. 10 voted unanimously to grant full accreditation to the St. Louis Public Schools, effective immediately. The board took its action after the district scored in the fully accredited range on its state evaluation for two straight years.