Category Archives: STATE

Wind Energy Infrastructure Means Property Taxes for Local Counties

Written on October 22, 2019 at 1:45 pm, by

Regardless of how we feel about wind energy, it is an industry that is growing in Northeast Missouri. The growth of wind farms, especially the High Prairie project that will eventually be owned by Ameren in Adair and Schuyler Counties, will put more than $1M in the coffers of those local governments. Infrastructure like pipelines, […]

Governor Parson Signs Executive Order 19-18 Regarding Youth Vaping in Missouri

Written on October 15, 2019 at 3:03 pm, by

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – On October 15, Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 19-18 regarding the use of vaping devices among youth in Missouri.  “As Governor, our future generation is very important to me. Despite the laws currently in place, there has been a rapid increase in vaping among our youth,” Governor Parson said. “People across […]

Senator O’Laughlin Visits Northeast Missouri

Written on October 8, 2019 at 11:07 am, by

On Monday, September 30th, Missouri State Senator Cindy O’Laughlin took time out of her busy schedule to visit northeast Missouri and meet with constituents. The tour opened at 11 a.m. at the Schuyler County High School where the senator joined guests for a meeting with Mr. Haines the district’s FFA director and agriculture science teacher. […]

Teacher’s Union May Place Significant Changes for School Policy on Missouri’s 2020 Ballot

Written on October 8, 2019 at 10:53 am, by

by Senator Cindy O’Laughlin The Missouri NEA has submitted six initiative petitions to the Secretary of State that could significantly change the landscape for K-12 schools in our state for decades. While each proposal has small differences, there are major changes to our state’s Constitution that would become law if this teacher’s union is successful […]

The Path Forward for Missouri’s Failing Schools

Written on October 1, 2019 at 11:35 am, by

Senator Cindy O’Laughlin JEFFERSON CITY — The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has an interesting way of defining the state’s failing public schools. DESE calls the bottom five percent of the schools in our state, “Comprehensive Schools”. According to the department, there are 63 “Comprehensive Schools” throughout our state. DESE defines “Comprehensive Schools” […]

Improving Missouri’s existing tax credit programs

Written on September 20, 2019 at 9:20 am, by

by Senator Cindy O’Laughlin As the chairwoman of the Interim Committee on Tax Credit Efficiency and Reform, I have the opportunity to initiate discussions about how to improve Missouri’s existing tax credit programs. I don’t believe it is government’s role to choose winners and losers; yet realistically I know credits will continue in some form. […]

Missouri Chamber Recognizes Rep. Greg Sharpe as 2019 Business Champion

Written on September 20, 2019 at 9:19 am, by

Representative Greg Sharpe was named a 2019 Business Champion by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday, September 11. The Business Champion designation recognizes state lawmakers who supported policies during the 2019 Legislative Session to grow the state’s economy and make Missouri a more competitive place to do business. The Missouri Chamber established […]

Secretary of State Ashcroft Discusses Election Cost Savings With Local Officials

Written on July 30, 2019 at 12:34 pm, by

As the county and state officials dedicated to administering elections, one might have been surprised to hear discussions between Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft and Scotland County Clerk Batina Dodge as they discussed the state’s presidential primary during Ashcroft’s recent stop in Memphis. The Secretary of State met with Scotland County Commissioners Duane Ebeling […]

Missourians Need to Be On Guard Against Robocalls Offering Health Insurance

Written on May 28, 2019 at 11:57 am, by

The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration warns Missourians to be aware of the surge of robocalls and other phone scams relating to health insurance products. Most people have experienced unwanted or unexpected robocalls offering a product, a lower interest rate or a special limited time offer. However, when they receive unsolicited […]

District 4 Report by Rep. Greg Sharpe

Written on May 14, 2019 at 4:46 pm, by

HB 831, Association of Missouri Electrical Cooperatives Special License Plate My first piece of legislation will become law as soon as the Governor signs it. I have written about this before when I added it to SB 330 and it was passed. That was great, but it is even better that my version, HB 831 […]