Political Editorials

All across Missouri, in my town halls or at the grocery store, I’ve heard story after story from families struggling with rising healthcare costs. Whether it’s unexpected emergency room bills, rapidly increasing prescription drug prices or insurance premiums going up—Missouri families are getting...
“My home is in heaven, I am just traveling through this world.” On Feb. 21 the Rev. Billy Graham was welcomed to his true home in heaven. Last week, we honored his life and legacy with a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol. It was an honor to attend the ceremony and pay my respects to a man who lifted up...
Last week started out a little stressful with the governor’s indictment being announced. I am in full support of our House leadership team’s decision to form a committee to investigate the incident. We hope to find  the true facts of the incident and be able to make our decisions based on those...
 Last week we celebrated National FFA week. Since its founding in 1928, the National FFA Organization has brought together students, educators and private sector agriculture professionals to support agriculture education in schools across our country. More specifically, FFA teaches young adults...
Some activities around the Capitol were canceled last week due to winter weather around the state. We hope that will be the last of the problems this winter will cause.Our Appropriations Committee on Education has met to finalize our budget requests to the entire budget.  This meeting went well...
Greetings from your state Capitol. Last week was extremely busy here in the Capitol. The budget committee is finishing up with hearing all of the state departments’ budgets. Late nights every day! This week will give us a little relief as the Education Appropriations Committee, which I chair, will...
Greetings from your state Capitol.Last week the House passed to the Senate the following bills: HB 1484 allows persons who have been, for at least six months, a bona fide member of an organization licensed to conduct bingo to participate in the operation of a bingo game. The Constitution currently...
Greetings from your state Capitol. The governor’s budget was released Monday afternoon, Jan. 23, via the governor’s website. The number of people visiting the website was apparently huge, and the website became unresponsive to requests. The problem was solved, and most everyone has now had their...

Lyle Rowland
Greetings from your state Capitol. We had cold beginnings to start the week but hopes of a warmup by weekend sounded great. We got hit with news about Governor Greitens, and rumors are of course running bank high. The news media is in frenzy over the issue. Most of the other representatives, as...

Lyle Rowland
Greetings from your state Capitol. The new year seemed to arrive quicker than those of past years. Maybe that’s due to the fact that this is my final session – or it may be due to my being another year older (as of Jan. 2). The second session of the 99th General Assembly started on Jan. 3 with...

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