This week three of my bills were heard in committee meetings:
1. My Ste. Genevieve mining bill, House Bill (HB) 982, was well supported by Ste. Genevieve residents who filled the Rural Community Development Committee hearing room. Many gave testimony in favor of the bill. Thank you all for showing up! HB 982 - ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL
2. My Don Welge Memorial Bridge HB 487 was heard in the Transportation Infrastructure Committee meeting. HB 487 - MEMORIAL BRIDGE
3. I introduced my ATM/offenses with teller machines, HB 725, in the Crime Prevention & Public Safety committee meeting. HB 725 - OFFENSES INVOLVING TELLER MACHINES
Proposal to Improve Pay for Kansas City Police Officers (HBs 640 & 729)
This week we gave first round approval to help the Kansas City Police Department attract and retain the very best law enforcement personnel. This bill would eliminate the current authorized salary ceiling.
I think it is important to put the power to establish a salary schedule in the hands of the Board of Police Commissioners rather than the hands of the state.
The Kansas City Police Department is currently down 254 police officers and is losing officers to surrounding areas where they can receive better pay.
Kansas City had the second highest homicide rate in the city’s history, with 169 homicides last year. That is unacceptable. I support this bill and the men and women who are daily out there protecting and serving.
Protecting Businesses from Costly Mandates (HB 184)
We approved legislation this week aimed at protecting businesses, schools, and churches from burdensome government mandates. HB 184 will prohibit local ordinances to require businesses to pay for new electric vehicle charging stations.
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