Category Archives: STATE

Tax Increment Financing Dollars and Flood Plains Don’t Mix

Written on April 9, 2019 at 4:25 pm, by

This week, the Missouri Senate took a stance against the wasteful spending of Missourians tax dollars by approving Senate Bill 108. This proposal prohibits new projects from using funds from Tax Increment Financing (TIF) programs in an area designated as a flood plain by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In addition, this proposal also modifies […]

Rep. Sharpe Assures Constituents Proposed HJR 55 to Merge Counties Will Not Happen

Written on March 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm, by

Will Knox County and Schuyler County really disappear and be swallowed up into Scotland County? Not going to happen according to Fourth District State Representative Greg Sharpe, who serves the region. News of House Joint Resolution 55 spread across northeast Missouri last week. The proposed amendment to Article VI of the Constitution of Missouri, called […]

State Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin Reflects on The First Half of the 2019 Legislative Session

Written on March 19, 2019 at 2:28 pm, by

As the new state senator reflecting the 18th Senatorial District, the first half of the 2019 legislative session has truly been a productive and insightful experience. Over the course of the past 10 weeks, my colleagues and I in the Missouri Senate have reviewed numerous legislative proposals. The Missouri Senate has discussed several bills addressing […]

District 4 Report – Rep Greg Sharpe

Written on March 19, 2019 at 2:17 pm, by

I and the other members of the House Budget Committee have worked long hours during the course of the session to craft a fiscally responsible state spending plan. Finally we have concluded months of work by finalizing the appropriations bills that will make up the Fiscal Year 2020 state operating budget. When we return from […]

District 4 Report – Rep. Greg Sharpe

Written on March 12, 2019 at 4:56 pm, by

House Budget Chairman Unveils Plan to Fund Road and Bridge Improvements without Raising Taxes or Incurring New Debt (HB 4) House Budget Committee Chairman Cody Smith unveiled a spending plan this week that makes a significant investment in state transportation infrastructure without raising taxes or incurring new debt for the state. Smith rolled out the […]

State Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin Advocates to Strengthen Child Care Protection Laws

Written on March 12, 2019 at 4:49 pm, by

For many working families, having access to a reliable and safe child care facility is at the top of their list. Unfortunately, in Missouri, location is not one of the factors taken into consideration prior to licensing our child care facilities. As a result, I am working with my colleagues in the Missouri Senate to […]

State Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin Discusses Modifications to Missouri’s Joinder-Venue Laws

Written on March 4, 2019 at 4:49 pm, by

This week, the Missouri Senate engaged in 16 hours of meaningful debate and discussion on Senate Bill 7, a proposal that will put an end to out-of-state plaintiffs filing suit in Missouri seeking larger settlements.  Although it was a lengthy and exhausting evening for all my colleagues, this was a valuable demonstration of how the […]


Written on February 22, 2019 at 9:12 am, by

Rep. Greg Sharpe Members of the Missouri House of Representatives gave initial approval this week to legislation meant to put thousands of Missourians on a fast track to develop the skills they need to obtain good-paying jobs. The bill would create a new state financial aid program known as Fast Track that would address workforce […]

State Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin Opposes Prescription Monitoring Program – Here’s Why

Written on February 22, 2019 at 9:11 am, by

For several years, members of the Missouri General Assembly have filed legislation regarding the numerous opioid and drug-related deaths across our state. I also believe there is a need to take action against this epidemic, but a statewide prescription drug monitoring program is not the solution to our problem. Approved by Missouri House of Representatives, […]

State Senator Cindy O’Laughlin Advocates for School Choice Statewide

Written on February 5, 2019 at 4:53 pm, by

JEFFERSON CITY — In many of our small towns throughout Northeast Missouri, public schools have a major impact on our lives. Rural schools are our biggest employers, and we’re blessed to have some of the best educators in Missouri teaching foundational values to our children. The problem is that public school does not work for […]