What’s Happening Report: September 9, 2019

If we were having coffee, I would make sure to load up on caffeine before I head to Jefferson City today!

On Tuesday, we have committee meetings. Both the Ways and Means committee and the Rules — Legislative Oversight committee will be voting on the bill we are hearing in special session. I am on both committees.
Wednesday is the day I really need caffeine. At 8:00, the Subcommittee on Healthcare Reform will meet to hear about healthcare shopping, surgery centers, price transparency, and direct primary care. At 10:00, the bell will ring to begin Special session, where we will discuss sales taxes on cars. We will also vote to waive the rules so we can have all House votes on the bill on Wednesday. (The Senate will do their work on Thursday and Friday.)

At noon we will break from special session to go to veto session to discuss the bills that Governor Parson vetoed this year.

Following veto session, the House will finish its work on the special session bill(s).

On Thursday, the House Democrats will hold an unofficial hearing about thedrops in Medicaid coverage. Over 120,000 fewer people receive Medicaid now than they did a year ago, and the Legislature needs to be looking into that. The hearing will be at 10:00 in Hearing Room 3.

In other news …
I hope to see you next Saturday at Einstein’s Bagels at 9:30 for open office hours!

I have begun receiving reports of Medicaid denying mental and behavioral health services. This is concerning and something I want to look into.

We are preparing for Make a Difference Day in Shrewsbury/Webster Groves on October 26. This is a day of good deeds, when neighbors are encouraged to volunteer to help their neighborhood. Make a Difference Day is held the fourth Saturday in October. If you are interested in being a sponsor for this year’s event or in participating, please e-mail me.

I have been asked about a response to my letter to our Congressional delegation about immigration detention. I received a response from Sen. Blunt, stating that as the chairman of the appropriations subcommittee, he has worked hard for full funding for facilities that house immigrant children. As of this writing, I have not received a response from either Rep. Wagner or Sen. Hawley.
Each year the Governor’s Council on Disability distributes a Legislative Priorities Poll to assist in understanding issues important to Missourians with disabilities and those who work and live with them.Here is a link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QNRSVQ2. It is open until November 7. I look at the results of the survey every year!
RealID Update
RealID compliant drivers and nondrivers licenses are now available with proper documentationYou can go to the DMV and request a replacement for your current license with the Real ID for a $5 processing fee. If you renew your license at the time of the request you will be charged the renewal fee. You need a RealID compliant Identification Card to board an airplane and enter federal buildings; Missouri issued Identification Cards (including drivers’ licenses) will be accepted in lieu of RealID until October 1, 2020. For more information about RealID, go to dor.mo.gov/drivers/real-id-information/.
Capitol Construction
The Missouri Capitol will be under construction for the next two years. Many streets around the Capitol are closed, with signs directing an alternate route. The Capitol Dome is also closed. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2020.
Even though I will not be in Jefferson City regularly, you are welcome to stop by my office if you are there. If you have an issue to talk with me about, it is best to make an appointment through my assistant, Nancy, at 573-751-1285.

I enjoy opportunities to meet with people in the community and participate in local events. It’s one of the best parts of my job!
Thanks for reading. Have a great week!