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May God bless you - Representative Bill Reiboldt
This week I want to make several comments and observations about the just completed 2016 Veto Session and what lies ahead in state government. For all practical purposes, the Veto Session brings an end to Missouri’s 98th General Assembly. The legislature successfully overrode thirteen vetoed bills.
When lawmakers come back in January 2017 to begin the 99th General Assembly, many things will be different. Because of term limits, the make up of the legislature will certainly change. House members can serve four 2-year terms, and Senators can serve two 4-year terms, for a total of sixteen years for any person serving in Missouri’s legislature. Not only will the membership of the House and Senate change, but this fall Missourians will elect new people to 5 of the 6 statewide offices. The unique thing about this is that all individuals coming into these offices will be new to their jobs. We will have a new State Treasurer, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor, and a new Governor. Only the State Auditor will remain in office. We can expect change in January of 2017.
Article 3, Section 32 of the Missouri Constitution requires the General Assembly to hold an annual Veto Session in order to give legislators a final opportunity to enact legislation that was passed during the regular session but was vetoed by the Governor. On Wednesday, September 14, the Missouri House and Senate will reconvene for Veto Session.
In the regular legislative session, bills pass through the House or the Senate by a simple majority; however, to override a governor’s veto, it takes a two-thirds majority of both chambers, or 109 votes in the House and 23 votes in the Senate. Approximately 19 pieces of legislation will be considered in the 2016 Veto Session, and this past week, members of the majority caucus were surveyed to see if there is the required number of votes to override.
On August 28, more than 100 pieces of legislation approved by Missouri’s General Assembly became law. These bills covered a wide range of topics and received the Governor’s signature. In all,139 pieces of legislation were approved by the General Assembly during the 2016 session. The Governor vetoed twenty bills, some of which the legislature will attempt to override when the House and Senate convene for the annual Veto Session on September 14. It is obvious there are many constituents following some of the vetoed bills, as I am currently receiving numerous contacts from concerned individuals voicing their opinions on the override attempts. However, in this week’s Capitol Report, I want to take a closer look at three of the bills that took effect in August.
For various reasons, including political correctness, an increasing number of Christians in America today believe their religious freedoms are under attack. However, compared to some other places around the world, Americans have not experienced the same kinds, nor the severity of persecutions as Christians in the countries of Nigeria, Iran, Pakistan, Egypt or Syria. According to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, approximately, three-fourths of the world’s population lives in countries where there is no religious liberty or where there are major restrictions placed on religion.
Though Christians here in the U.S. aren’t victimized as are those elsewhere, there does seem to be an increased hostility and intolerance to basic Christian beliefs and teachings. For a large part, it has now become permissible in our society to mock or ridicule religion in general and Christianity in particular. Irreverence is seen daily in our liberal media, where much TV programming will somehow make jokes about Christian values. We have numerous cases in our nation where these values have come under attack. One such case that I am following with interest is the Joe Kennedy situation.
Perhaps most Missourians can readily tell you that our state’s number one industry is agriculture, but not all Missourians are aware that our state’s number two industry is tourism, nor that in 2015, our state’s tourism industry brought a record 40.4 million visitors to our state, visitors who spent more than $12.4 billion here that helped support more than 297,000 Missouri jobs.
This past week at the Missouri State Fair, I could see how agri-tourism works together to provide good opportunities for Missouri residents. Our fair is a showcase of agriculture, with an emphasis on youth in agriculture. It should make us all proud that many of our local and statewide youth had projects on display in the 4-H building, while others had prize livestock filling the various barns and pens at the fair. Their hard work and their talents were on display for thousands to admire.
The Obama Administration recently decided to keep marijuana on its list of dangerous drugs, stating that there is still more research needing to be done, especially in the area of medical usage. In Missouri, the Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative and the Recreational Marijuana Legalization Initiative will not be on the November ballot. For whatever reason, these ballot initiatives were not certified for the 2016 election. The medical marijuana initiative would have allowed the use of marijuana for medical purposes and would have created regulations and licensing procedures for its usage. The major complaint about medical marijuana is its high potential for abuse, with little to no accepted medical benefits. The other initiative—the Recreational Marijuana Legalization Initiative—seeks legalization for those 21 years of age or older in order to allow its use for recreational purposes.
In the 2016 session, a proposal to legalize medical marijuana was defeated twice in the Missouri House. Members in support of the measure portrayed the bill as a more restrained approach to any proposed constitutional amendment being pursued by those pushing an initiative petition for the 2016 ballot. This legislation would have allowed doctors to recommend marijuana for their patients suffering from certain debilitating illnesses. The proposal would have regulated the licensing for commercial marijuana growers and retailers, along with creating a system to track the drug from seed to sale.
Select Committee on Agriculture - Chairman
Appropriations - Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources