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Jim Hansen’s Capitol report

Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 2:14 pm

What a productive week we had at the Missouri Capitol as we saw the successful perfection and passage of HB 87; The Benevolent Tax Credit Bill.   This bill basically allowed the restoration of the charitable tax credits for food banks, pregnancy resource centers and child crisis nurseries.

Many of these groups have been hurting since the legislature failed to extend these credits during the previous session.  I was glad to be able to cast a vote in support of these organizations working hard every day to take care of our most vulnerable Missourians, including the unborn.

Outside of the House Floor, most of my time was spent working on some personal pieces of legislation and conversing with visiting constituents about issues confronting our district.

One piece of legislation that I am currently working on is the creation of standardized procedures for the buying and selling of Travel Insurance.  This legislation will ensure consumer protection for those wishing to purchase traveler’s insurance before heading out on a trip.  The bill will also establish a statewide procedure for the distribution of this insurance, ensuring our licensed agents are aware and able to follow proper protocol.  This bill is something that several other states, in hopes of creating an uncomplicated nationwide protocol, are currently trying to pass.

This Friday, I was able to meet with the local Superintendents from the district.  It was a great meeting and we covered a pretty vast range of topics.  One of these topics is something I plan on spending a great deal of time working on while serving in the legislature—Vocational-Technical schools.  We have to do more to ensure a strong workforce for the future.  VoTech education provides students with the ability to join the workforce right after graduation, if not before.  Four year university educations, community college, no matter what it is, it’s not for everyone.  Some kids just want to work with their hands.  We need to ensure that adequate funding is being provided to our VoTech schools and work to improve Missouri’s VoTech programs.  We also discussed a pilot program for teacher evaluations and the importance of local control when it comes to school safety.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can ever be of assistance to you.  I can be reached by phone at 573-751-4028 or by email at