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May God bless you - Representative Bill Reiboldt
The Bill of Rights—the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution—are perhaps the most important guarantee every American citizen has against a centralized federal government. All elected state officials, while being sworn in, are required to take an oath to defend and protect both the U.S. Constitution and the Missouri Constitution.
When the U.S. Constitution was adopted it provided for an increased federal authority; however, the Bill of Rights insured the protection of the basic rights of the citizens. Our founding fathers were very skeptical and even hostile to the over-reaching powers of a federal government. They understood it all too well, having fought a war of independence to free the new nation from the oppression and tyranny of a government that neither understood nor respected the people it was supposed to represent. Today, this concept sounds all too familiar.
Following the official ending of the legislative session, the Governor has 45 days to either veto bills sent to him, sign them, or observe “the passover.” They become law if he signs them or just does nothing. Numerous pieces of legislation are still awaiting the Governor’s decision, but he did sign several bills this past week. Included in that number are Senate Bill (SB) 624, SB 838, House Bill (HB) 1565, and HB 1583.
Senate Bill 624 deals with preventing identity theft. In 2015, 13 million Americans were victimized by identify theft, and this crime continues to be a prevalent and persistent problem all across our nation. Identity thieves tend to target credit cards and bank cards, and approximately 86% of the victims see their existing bank accounts compromised in some way.
Politically speaking, the summer of 2016 could be “hot,” and not just for Missourians. Both major political parties (Democrat and Republican) will be holding their National Conventions to select their presidential candidates, a process set into play nearly two hundred years ago.
Missouri will have multiple contested state and local races. Local races will vary with the region, but statewide, there will be five of the six state offices up for election this year: Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, and State Treasurer. In addition, all seats in the Missouri House and one-half of them in the Missouri Senate go up before voters. There will also be a number of ballot measures, both legislative referendums and petition initiatives that voters will have to decide. Some of the ballot measures will appear on the August Primary ballot, while others will be on the November General Election ballot. Where the initiatives ultimately land will be up to the discretion of Governor Nixon.
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.”
Select Committee on Agriculture - Chairman
Appropriations - Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources