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May God bless you - Representative Bill Reiboldt
Memorial Day weekend for 2016 is now history. I hope that everyone had an enjoyable holiday and took some time to reflect on the true reason why we celebrate and why we remember. I always had a deep appreciation for those men and women who have served and are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Because of their commitment and service, we are the privileged benefactors who are allowed to live in the greatest nation the world has ever known.
This week my mailbox has been flooded with letters from concerned constituents regarding President Obama’s decree on transgender school bathrooms. Concern is huge, and in all of the letters I have received there has not been even one who supports the Administration’s stand on this volatile issue.
In reference to the recent letter from the U.S. Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary, Catherine E. Lhaman and the United States Department of Justice Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Vanith Gupta, the letter outlined the new Title IX requirements regarding the use of bathrooms in public educational facilities. The letter reads: “As a condition of receiving federal funds, a school agrees that it will not exclude, separate, deny benefits to, or otherwise treat differently on the basis of sex, any person in its educational program of activities… a school must not treat a transgender student differently from the way it treats other students of the same gender identity.”
On Friday, May 13, the 98th General Assembly of the State of Missouri came to an end. After more than four months of hard work and lengthy discussions and debate, the Missouri House concluded the 2016 legislative session with a long list of accomplishments, many of which will be discussed in upcoming weeks. However, today I want to share information about House Bill 2633, a highway naming bill.
This session I was honored to have the privilege of filing legislation that would name a portion of Interstate 49 from its intersection with State Highway 86 and continuing north to Iris Road in Newton County to be designated as the “Special Agent Thomas Crowell Memorial Highway.” The Department of Transportation shall erect and maintain appropriate signs designating the highway, with the cost for designation to be paid for with private donations. House Bill 2633, the original bill, was attached as an amendment to two highway naming bills—Senate Bill 625 and Senate Bill 852. Both of these bills are on the governor’s desk, and as with most highway naming bills, it is anticipated that they will be signed into law. Today there are 425 highway designations in Missouri.
Last fall the University of Missouri saw its share of campus unrest and turmoil, as most are aware from the numerous news stories coming out about that institution. The situation at the University resulted in the resignation of both its chancellor and the system president. Members of Missouri’s General Assembly last week passed legislation that would create the University of Missouri System Review Commission, a group of eight members of the General Assembly to be appointed to this commission by the House Speaker and the Senate Pro Tem.
The responsibility of the University of Missouri System Review Commission is to review the institution’s system of rules and regulations, administrative structures, campus structures, auxiliary enterprise structures, degree programs, research activities, and diversity programs. Following their review, the commission will prepare a detailed report offering their recommendations for changes. The MU system will then be expected to adopt and implement those recommendations. Their actions in adopting (or refusing to adopt) the changes will then be the General Assembly’s main consideration in the appropriation process in January of 2017.
Select Committee on Agriculture - Chairman
Appropriations - Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources