I trust this Capitol Report finds you warm and safe! All the snow we've received over the last few days has caused quite a few problems. In Jefferson City we got about four or five inches! Be safe as you go about your days.
Below find a few highlights from the past two weeks of session.
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Bid for re-election
I would like to formally announce my bid for re-election! It has truly been an honor to serve the people of the 53rd district over the last year. The first Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly was one full of learning experiences. It was a time for me to grow and figure out where I belong in Jefferson City. This session, the second Regular Session in the 97th General Assembly, has already been one to remember. I know many of the ins and outs of daily routine, but I am never too surprised when something doesn't go exactly as planned. I am looking forward for the months to come. I am also excited to run for re-election and hopefully serve the 53rd district once again.
Propane price reaction
As all of you know, propane prices have skyrocketed over the last month. A propane shortage due to ill predictions and an extremely harsh winter has caused prices to soar from $1.50 per gallon to more than $5. I, too, use propane, so this dramatic price increase is also affecting me.
Earlier this week, Governor Jay Nixon released additional funds to help families deal with rising propane prices. He released $14.9 million in federal funds through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. In addition, Nixon said his administration would double the amount each household can receive for propane assistance from $264-$450 per year to $528-$900 per year.
With no end to the cold weather in sight, hopefully the additional funds will help Missouri families stay warm.
Brazilians visit the Capitol
Last week I had the privilege to meet a group of students from Brazil. The group of 12 students led by Cristhina Starke, the International Department director at Wentworth Military Academy and College, in Lexington, is going through a four-week culture and language course.
I thoroughly enjoyed having the group down to the Capitol. We were able to take a tour, see the Whispering Gallery and the House Lounge, and then had a Q&A session over pizza for lunch.
If you ever are around Jefferson City at any time during the year, feel free to visit my Capitol office, Room 400CA. For more updates you can follow me on my Facebook page and on Twitter. It is my pleasure to represent you in the days to come.