CARTHAGE, Mo. —
Among area lawmakers’ remarks and responses to questions on Friday, there was a bit of encouragement to area chambers of commerce that organize a series of “eggs and issues” legislative forums in the region.
State Rep. Tom Flanigan, of Carthage, said the gatherings should start earlier in the year to increase their potential impact on the legislative process. Flanigan, of Carthage, speaking at the first of this year’s events, noted a December starting date doesn’t take advantage of that opportunity.
“It’s true the session doesn’t start until January, but our work for the next year really starts after the (September) veto session, and we can pre-file bills starting Dec. 1,” he said.
The entire legislative delegation attended the event, which attracted about 50 people to Grace Point Church in Carthage. Speaking, along with Flanigan, were Sen. Ron Richard, Joplin; Reps. Bill White, Joplin, Charlie Davis, Webb City, Mike Kelley, Lamar, Bill Reiboldt, Neosho and Bill Lant. Their comments touched on topics including bills they plan to sponsor next year, and their expectations for the upcoming session.
Richard, who is majority leader in the Senate, said he expects another tax cut measure to be introduced, though not as “massive” as the one passed last year that was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon.
He said education will be a major focus of the session as lawmakers discuss Common Core and issues involving school transfers in Kansas City.
Missouri’s 2014 legislative session is to start Wednesday, Jan. 8.