By Missouri State Representative Jim Hansen
As of Wednesday the Missouri General Assembly is officially back in session.
I am excited to get back to work in Jefferson City on behalf of the people of the entire 40th District.
While I have enjoyed the opportunity to be back home in the district—meeting with constituents, businesses, and organizations all across area, I am excited to have the opportunity to now work to address some of the issues brought to my attention while back home through the legislative process.
Several bills have already been filed and I have begun drafting some of my own bills to be considered.
I have teamed up with Senator Munzlinger to present a House Joint Resolution that, if passed, will go to a vote of the people to ensure the Right of all Missourians to Hunt, Fish, and Harvest animals. Some may ask if this is necessary, but I assure you that if you have watched national trends and followed stories about overreaching Federal regulations there is a serious threat to our Missouri way of life. We must ensure that our rights are not being infringed upon and this constitutional amendment will provide a safety barrier between Missouri’s sportsmen and women and out of state interest groups wishing to put a halt to all animal harvesting.
Soon, many of these filed bills will make their way through the committee process.
Once again I will be serving on the Veterans, Insurance Policy, Economic Development, and Emerging Issues in Agriculture Committees. We have a lot of work to do in these areas and I am looking forward to having an active role in the conversation.
Speaker Tim Jones has outlined some of his priorities for the upcoming session using what he calls the “4 G’s”—Growth and Opportunities, Guaranteeing access to a great education, Generating reliable energy and infrastructure, and Guarding and protecting Missouri Values. These broad goals will serve as a good roadmap determining legislative priorities moving forward this year. Of course tax reform and Medicaid reform will be two of the big issues being worked on this year.
Last Friday I met with Superintendents from across the District to discuss the upcoming legislative session and issues and concerns relating to education policy. These are ongoing conversations that we began last year and I look forward to continuing them throughout the upcoming session.
Last year I was proud to secure $1 million for the Pike-Lincoln Technical Center. This year I hope to continue the fight for adequate funding for vocational education throughout the state. We must ensure we have a highly-skilled workforce as we work to bring more jobs into the state.
As always, my door is always open and I look forward to hearing from you throughout the legislative session. Please do not hesitate to call or email me if I can ever be of assistance to you.