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Article can also be viewed at:  http://www.staterepday.com/Last_Article.pdf

My Time has Come and Gone
(Thank you for the honor)

Eight years have gone by fast, much faster than I could have ever dreamed it could.  As I sit here typing on my laptop, writing my last article as your State Representative, I must admit it is difficult to decide what to write about.  So many things have happened during my time in the Capitol.

Over the last eight years, I have been fortunate enough to have many pieces of legislation passed; things that I hope make Missouri a little better place.  Legislation that dealt with issues like tax relief for some businesses in our state, almost 6 million dollars in funding for our Career Center, final funding for our Veteran’s Cemetery, several 2nd Amendment bills, pro-life legislation, and, of course, numerous pieces of legislation that hopefully will help our veterans are all things I am proud to have accomplished.  In total, there are over 25 signed bills hanging on my wall.  It’s important to remember that nobody passes legislation by themselves and I was always fortunate to have support for all of my legislation from both sides of the aisle.

Constituent work, something that is seldom talked about or campaigned on, is a huge part of the job.  Helping someone get the child support they deserve or a family trying to get veteran’s benefits for a family member is all part of the job that people don’t hear much about.  Sometimes it’s helping a business deal with state laws and regulations, and sometimes it’s helping a kid who bought their first pickup and the title was messed up.  Sadly, we couldn’t help everyone, but we always gave it our best effort.  Hopefully, we were able to make a little difference in a few people’s lives.

Life in the Capitol is something that is hard to explain and I believe those that have served before me would agree.  It is a culture unlike any other, not necessarily good or bad, just very different.  The people you serve with become your family for about five months out of the year and, like any family, there are some interesting folks there.  We have the practical jokers, the folks that take themselves too seriously, the ones that don’t know when to stop talking, and others who talk so seldom that, when they do, everyone listens.  What I can tell you about that family is that they are some wonderful public servants; people that truly do care about our state and its citizens.  By the way, those people are found on both sides of the aisle.

However, what I think I really want to focus on with this last article are some people that I owe a great deal of thanks to.  First on that list are my wife, Leasa, and daughter, Savanna.  The only people that know what their lives have been like are the family members of other state elected officials.  There are many challenges that come with being the family member of a state legislator and they have handled the experience with a great deal of understanding, grace, patience, and support.  All I can say is “thank you” to them. Without them, it would never have been possible.

I also want to say thank you to my Legislative Assistant, Angie Thessen.  It is incredibly rare that a State Rep has the same LA for their entire career in the legislature. Actually, I am the only one leaving this year that has.  Angie has been with me from day one and has been such an important part of all that we have done in my office.  She has worked hard for the 148th, handled thousands of constituent calls and issues, kept me on time and made sure I was where I needed to be and, in general, just put up with me.  I’m led to believe that isn’t always easy.  Thank you, Angie. You will always be very special to me and many of the people in the 148th that you have helped.

Lastly, I want to say thank you to all of the wonderful people that make up the 148th District.  During my first campaign, and for the last eight years, I have met some of the most wonderful, caring, and dedicated people in the world.  We have not always agreed on every issue, but in almost all cases, even when we do disagree, it is with understanding and respect.  I couldn’t ask for more than that.  Thank you to each of you for allowing me the honor of representing you in our state’s capitol.

In closing, you will not be hearing much from me for quite a while, at least on state government issues.  Being a State Representative is a difficult job. Right now, the newly elected members of the House are receiving more information than you can imagine.  As I always say, absorbing the information a freshman legislator receives is like trying to drink from a fire hydrant: too much, too fast.  Like every State Legislator, they have to make the job their own.  They must decide the best way to navigate the numerous landmines that are out there waiting for them, and make the best decisions they can for their district.  The last thing any newly elected official needs is the person that just left office second-guessing what they do; it just makes a difficult job much more difficult.  Few things bother me more than an elected official that just can’t let go; my time has come and gone.  It is their job now and I wish them all the success in the world, I have no doubt they will do an amazing job for the districts they represent.

Thank you, citizens of the 148th. I have tried to serve you well and, in return, you have truly blessed me.  God Bless each of you, the Great State of Missouri, and the United States of America.


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Just a reminder for the folks in the Pulaski Co. area. August 7th, Primary Election Day, is the election for your next State Rep. All three House Districts that are included in Pulaski County only have candidates filed on the Republican Ballot, so there will be no General Election in those races…Aug 7th is the final election for those races. Those districts include the 121st (Richland, Crocker, Dixon areas that are now with much of Phelps Co), the 122nd (St. Robert, Waynesville, Ft. Wood, Laquey areas), and the 142nd (Devil’s Elbow area and much of Texas Co and some of Phelps Co). Again, the Primary will be the only race for the next State Rep from these areas.
 
If you are unsure of what district you are in, at my site, www.StateRepDay.com, there is a link to the new House and Senate Maps.
 
Just a reminder,

Dave

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Representative David Day’s Farewell Comments on the House Floor, the last day of the 2012 Regular Session

When I first walked into this Capitol eight years ago, I thought if I were allowed to serve until term limits kicked in for me, that would be forever.  Mr. Speaker, while some of the days and even weeks seemed to go on forever at the time, now I am standing on this floor for my last time in Regular Session.  It seems forever comes quicker than I thought it would.  The time has flown by.

Eight years ago, I knew very few people in this chamber. Today, I have friends that I’ll remember forever.  The kind of friends that you don’t find very often.  Just one example that I’ll never forget is when my father passed away.  The circumstances surrounding his passing were very difficult for all of our family.  I remember when we pulled up to the funeral home for the family visitation, there sat a guy on the steps, waiting for me.  This gentleman had driven from the Capitol after a long week of session, budget week to be precise, and then had to make a drive to Festus, Missouri for an event in his district.  That gentleman is my dear friend from across the aisle, Representative Ron Casey.  When I told him that he didn’t need to do that, his comment was simply: “Dave, I wanted to give you a hug and make sure you knew I was thinking of you.  We all love you.”  The gentleman from the Casey District is without a doubt one of the dearest souls I have ever met in my life. 

There are stories like that all over this chamber, life-long friendships that have evolved…often with people that we aren’t politically aligned with, but with people that are just wonderful individuals.

I was asked the other day in an interview if I could give any advice to returning members and those who will be entering for the first time, what would it be?  Well, I don’t know that I am in a position to give anyone advice but here is what I told that reporter:  “My simple advice would be to remember a few of the rules you were taught in kindergarten, or even earlier by your parents.  Treat others as you want to be treated and be truthful.”

Just because someone has a different set of beliefs, values, and priorities than you do does not make them a bad person.  Remember, Missouri is a very diverse state because the people that make it up are very diverse.  I sincerely believe that each person in this chamber is here to represent their districts to the best of their ability and that's what we all try to do.  Remember, when someone is on the other side of the issue from you, chances are their district is also.  It doesn’t make anyone a bad person; they are just doing what their job is for their part of our state.  I believe that everyone here truly wants what is best for our state. Sure we disagree on what that is at times, or how to get there, but I know every person in this chamber, both sides of the aisle, love this state every bit as much as I do.  Fight for what you believe in, be passionate about your values, but be respectful of other’s ideas and positions at the same time.  They are just as passionate in their ideas as you are.  Even when your beliefs are as far apart as possible, remember to treat them with the respect they deserve: treat them as you want to be treated.

Be truthful.  When you walk in this chamber all you have is your word, nothing more.  I’ve seen legislators who are so determined to pass a piece of legislation that they are willing to be less than honest about it just to gain a few votes.  In almost every case, those same legislators went on to be some of the most ineffective in the building, resulting in a failed career in the Capitol.  Once you lose the trust of your fellow legislators, which is easy to do here, you have nothing left in this building. Just be truthful. It was a good idea in kindergarten and it still is.

Serving in this beautiful building, this amazing chamber, is one of the greatest honors I’ve ever known.  I owe a debt of gratitude to the people that make up the 148th District that I can never repay.  I’ve tried to serve them well during my time here and all I can do is say “thank you” to them.  They are the greatest people anywhere.  I also have to give a very special thanks to my wife Leasa and daughter Savanna.  Everyone here knows the toll that being one of our family members can take on those we love the most.  Without them, my time here would never have been possible.  They are my heroes.

In closing Mr. Speaker, I am confident that in the years to come, as I think back on my eight years in this body, I am sure it isn’t the battles I will remember.  It won’t be the victories I won or the defeats I experienced.  It probably won’t even be the legislation that I was fortunate enough to pass while here.  Mr. Speaker, what I will remember are the friends, the people that make up this body.  The dear friends I have gained during my time here that will be with me for a lifetime.

I will miss seeing each of you; however, I have to admit it’ll be at least a few years before I miss hearing any of you (laughter).  For those of you returning, you have great challenges coming, just as we always do.  I am confident you will meet those challenges and I wish you great success.  For those of you that are leaving this body as I am, I wish the very best that life has to offer you.

Mr. Speaker, thank you for allowing this Point of Personal Privilege, and thank each of you for your service to our great state.

God Bless each of you and God Bless the great State of Missouri.

Representative Day will continue to serve as State Representative of the 148th District until the end of 2012, this address was given during the last day of his last session.

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Missouri General Assembly Approves Rep.
Day’s Funding Solution for Veterans’ Homes

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The seven nursing homes that provide critical care to more than 1,300 veterans would have a stable source of funding under legislation approved by the Missouri House Thursday. Sponsored by state Rep. David Day, R-Dixon, the bill (HB 1731) would provide more than $30 million in additional funding to the homes, which have been faced with a funding crisis. The bill received overwhelming support in the House where it was approved by a vote of 150-0. With the approval of the House the bill is now on its way to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.
 
“This is a great day for the veterans of Missouri who rely on these homes for much-needed health care services,” said Day. “We have traveled a long road to reach this point but I’m extremely pleased with the fact we’re now at a place where there will be no doubt the homes will have the funding they need to stay in operation.”
 
Day’s legislation will provide the homes with a dedicated revenue stream based on the money generated from casino entrance fees. Currently those fees are used to fund early childhood education programs. Day’s bill would instead fund the early childhood programs with money from Missouri’s share of the national tobacco settlement. The final bill represents a change from Day’s original proposal that utilized lottery moneys to provide funding for early childhood education. Day said the change is the result of negotiations and compromise that ultimately produced the best possible solution.
 
“The veterans’ home funding issue became the focal point of discussion in the final weeks of session but it was clear that members from all parts of the state and both sides of the aisle viewed this as one of the most important issues we had to address,” said Day. “I’m proud that everyone came together to do what is right for our veterans and to ensure the needs of those who have served in defense of our nation are met in the years to come.”
 
Day, who is completing his final year in office because of term limits, was praised by his colleagues on the House floor, to include receiving a standing ovation, for his commitment and dedication to the issues important to Missouri’s veterans. Day said he was thrilled to be able to help pass such a critical issue for veterans before his time in office expired.
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House Committee Approves Legislative Solution to Provide
Permanent Funding Source for Veterans Homes


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The efforts of state Rep. David Day, R-Dixon, to find a new funding source for the state’s veterans homes took an important step forward Tuesday. The House Veterans Committee approved legislation that would dedicate more of the state’s lottery prize money to education, which would in turn free up funding generated by casino entrance fees to be used for the state’s veterans homes. Day said the change could generate an extra $30 million to help keep the existing seven homes open and potentially build an eighth home in the future.
 
“I’m excited to find what I believe is a solution that is a win-win for everyone involved,” said Day. “This allows us to find a stable funding source for our veteran’s homes and even allows us to increase funding to early childhood education and the Missouri National Guard Trust Fund. The best part is this proposal does it without any kind of increase in entrance fees or taxes.”
 
HB 1731 would change the disbursement of lottery prize money so that 30.5 percent goes to education. Under current law, education receives 27 percent of lottery money. The change would provide approximately $35 million in funding to early childhood education – an increase of slightly more than $4 million. By drawing funding for early childhood education from lottery prize money, the current funding source derived from the existing casino entrance fee would be freed up to help maintain the state’s veteran’s homes. Day said the change would reduce the amount of prize money going back to lottery winners from 63 cents of every dollar to 59.5 cents.
 
“It’s a relatively small change to the amount of money that goes to prizes, but it’s a huge change in funding for both early childhood education and our veterans,” said Day. “This is a great day for the many veterans who call our state home. With this funding we can not only keep the existing homes open, we also can realistically look at building another home down the road to provide bed space for the many veterans currently on the waiting list.”
 
Day’s bill was approved by the committee by a vote of 14-0. The bill now moves to the House Rules Committee of which Day is a member of for approval before heading to the House floor for discussion.

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The new House and Senate District maps have been released.  They are not all uploaded to the sites yet but here is what I know.
 
New House Districts can be viewed at:  http://oa.mo.gov/bp/redistricting/documents/House%20Apportionment%20Plan%208.5x11%20Statewide.pdf
 
Senate:  Pulaski County will remain in the 16th Senatorial Dist but that district now includes Phelps, Pulaski, Laclede, and Camden County.
 
More/better maps will be available in the coming hours/days at:  http://oa.mo.gov/bp/redistricting/new_state_legislative_districts.htm
 
Dave

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I want to wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope everyone has a great day, hopefully with the ones you love.
 
From the House:  Happy Thanksgiving (from our family to yours).  http://staterepday.com/From_the_House_11-18-11.pdf
 
Dave

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This week's From the House can be viewed at:  http://staterepday.com/FromTheHouse/FTH_08-22-11.pdf
 
 Fixing a Broken List

“Rep. Day what are you doing coddling sex offenders?  I just heard where you went to a meeting full of registered sex offenders and said that you would be standing up for them!  I am going to tell the entire community what you are up to; you have to clarify your position.”  That was a recent call I received in my office, of course no name or number was left for me to reply to, otherwise I would have.

Since I did receive this call I thought I would share with you just want I am up to in regard to the Sex Offender Registry.  Last year we worked on a bill that my good friend Rep. Rodney Schad sponsored and I proudly supported, it was HB 999.

The meeting I attended and spoke at in St. Louis was made up of a group of individuals that who, like me, feel the current Sex Offender Registry laws are broken and they are trying to reform them.  My purpose at the meeting was to visit with them about working with elected officials and lobbying them, something I have done with several groups in the state.

What last session’s HB 999 would have done is simply recognize the difference between a true sex offender and someone who makes a dumb mistake at a young age or even can almost be an innocent bystander.  I will try to explain what I mean by that.

We all know what a true sex offender is, the really bad people that often prey on children, sometimes in a violent manner and often in repeated fashion.  Trust me, nobody in the Missouri Legislature, of any political affiliation, wants to coddle or give these people a break.  Actually HB 999 would have increased the penalty for many of them, as I think it should be.

But what do I mean by young people making dumb mistakes?  There are many people currently on the registry that at the age of 19 or 20 had a relationship with someone a few years younger than them, which then qualifies them to be put on the registry.  Now if the incident was an issue that involved violence, that is one thing and not what I am talking about.  However, often it is a situation where two young people want to be together, maybe one was less than honest about their age, whatever the circumstance it was consensual.  Today we have those then 19 or 20 year olds on the Sex Offender Registry, meaning at the age of 35 they can’t even take their kids to a ball game because other kids are there.

Or how about the person who is sent an inappropriate photo to their cell phone, not necessarily knowing who the photo is of or even who sent it, maybe they received it by mistake and someone found out.  They are now candidates for the registry and there are examples of individuals on there because of such situations.

These are just a couple of examples of where a law that has great intentions has become out of control in my opinion.  Not only does it destroy lives of individuals that don’t need this kind of life-long punishment, but it also costs taxpayers huge amounts of money.  These individuals often can’t get jobs, they are restricted on where they can live, all of the things that will often put them on public assistance because they can’t provide for themselves.  The system is broken.

All HB 999 does, and all this group I visited with in St. Louis wants, is a system that recognizes the difference between true violent sex offenders and a young man or woman that just makes a dumb mistake.  It allows for an effective appeal process after a number of years and does not treat all offenders the exact same, because not all offenses are the same.  They would still be punished, but is a life-long sentence truly appropriate for someone that makes a mistake at the age of 19 or 20?  Someone who has never committed such an act before and has not since?  I don’t think so.

So…regardless if you agree or disagree with me, I wanted to let you know where I stand on the issue and what we are working on…in case the same guy who can’t leave his name and number decides to call you too.

Last year HB 999 passed out of the House with only 16 “No” votes, but never received floor time in the Senate because of it being so late in session.  Our hope is to have it moving much quicker next session and try to fix a system that in my opinion is a broken one.

As always, please feel free to contact me anytime I can be of service.  My office number is (573) 751-1446 and my e-mail address is david.day@house.mo.gov.

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Story can be found at http://staterepday.com/PRHB294SenttoGovernor.aspx
 
   General Assembly Gives Final Approval to   
Legislation Expanding Gun Rights of Missourians   

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    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – On the final day of the 2011 legislative session the Missouri House gave overwhelming support to legislation that will expand the rights of gun owners in Missouri. The House approved House Bill 294, 123, 125, 113, 271 & 215, of which Rep. Day was a sponsor of, by a vote of 125 to 25. Day said the bill updates Missouri’s conceal and carry laws to make them more in line with those in other states.
 
  HB 294 et al. would lower the age requirement to obtain a conceal and carry firearm permit in Missouri from 23 to 21. Day noted that Missouri's current age restriction is the highest among states that allow concealed gun permits. The age reduction will bring Missouri in line with almost all other states.
 
  “This gives us an age requirement that has been proven to be effective in the many other states that already utilize it,” said Day. “We consider 21-year-olds to be responsible enough for a whole host of rights and being able to carry a concealed weapon should be on that list. It was time for Missouri to make this change and I’m excited to see this piece of legislation receive such overwhelming approval in both chambers of the legislature.”
 
The legislation also prohibits the sales tax on any firearms or ammunition from being levied at a higher rate than taxes on other goods or any other excise tax levied on sporting goods. Day said there is not currently a higher sales tax on ammunition in Missouri but the legislation will ensure a higher tax does not exist in the future as has been attempted in other states at times.
    
  Another provision of the bill allows legislative staff members and statewide elected officials to carry a concealed weapon in the state Capitol. Under current law, only legislators are allowed to carry.
 
The bill now moves to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.   

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Article w/photo can be seen at: http://staterepday.com/PRHouseandSenatePassSawmillLegislation.aspx
 
House & Senate Pass Rep. Day’s and Senator Brown’s
Sawmill Legislation
 
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Senate and House of Representatives both gave final approval to legislation in their respective bodies sponsored by Senator Dan Brown, R-Rolla, and Rep. David Day, R-Dixon, that would decrease property tax rates on sawmills and planing mills. HB 112 and SB 55 would change the classification of the structures to agricultural and horticultural property instead of commercial.
 
            “This bill has been introduced several times and I’m glad that a compromise was able to be reached so that we can provide some much needed relief for this very vital industry” said Senator Brown.
 
“Making these changes could really help the industry,” said Day. “This is a business that so many Missouri citizens have made their primary income for centuries. In these tough times we need to encourage the growth of the timber industry.”
 
            Missouri’s milling industry is under strain from the decreasing of construction and cheap imports. The Missouri Department of Revenue reported a 60% drop from 2008 to 2010, and the Missouri Department of Conservation statistics said 90 mills were closed from 2006 to 2009.
 
            “I have worked on this legislation for several years, it has always passed out of the House but stalled in the Senate.  Because of the great work of my friend Senator Brown in the Senate this year, it looks like we are finally going to be getting this legislation to the Governor’s desk for his consideration.  It’s great to have a true partner in the Senate as we work to help those that live in rural Missouri” concluded Day.
 
Brown said, offering these incentives would allow for the mills to offer more competitive prices which would possibly entice new customers to the Missouri timber industry.
 
Each bill will now travel to the other chamber for final approval.  Because the legislation has been passed in its respective chamber, it is expected that the measure will be approved.
 

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Story w/audio along with links to rules and submission form can be found at: http://staterepday.com/148thDistPhotoContestRelease.aspx
 
 
Rep. Day Announces District Directory Photo Contest
 
March 14, 2011

Jefferson City- State Representative David Day (R-Dixon) announced today that his last District Directory as State Representative will feature the photo of a local photographer.  Day announced today that the cover of the next District Directory will be a photo from someone in the 148th District who will be the winner of Rep. Day’s District Directory Photo Contest.

“Anyone that knows me, or maybe has looked around my website or Facebook page, knows I love photography.  While I’m not very good at it, I have a blast taking pictures as a hobby.  I just thought this might be a great chance to display a photo of one of our local amateur photographers and maybe even get a few more people interested in the hobby” said Day.

The submission dates for the contest will run from March 15th until May 20th.  Photos submitted must be taken by residence of the 148th District and must be taken in the 148th District.  Color or black & white pictures are accepted but all photos will be transformed to black & white for the purpose of judging because that is how it will appear on the directory.  Photos will be judged by a professional photographer who does not live in the 148th District.

“I just thought this might be a fun contest and hopefully people of all ages will participate, senior citizens to young children.  I am hopeful some of the amateur photography clubs or photography classes will get involved, along with anyone that just likes to take pictures” concluded Day.

Rules for the contest along with submission forms can be found at www.StateRepDay.com.  If you are unable to access the internet or have problems downloading the forms, you can request they be mailed to you by contacting Rep. Day’s Office at (573) 751-1446.

The winning photo will be announced in late June of 2011 and will appear on the cover of the next 148th District Directory which will be released in late 2011.  The Directory is mailed to several thousand households in the Pulaski County area.
 

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Rep. David Day Appointed to Missouri Sentencing Advisory Commission

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Rep. David Day, R-Dixon, has been appointed to the Missouri Sentencing Advisory Commission by Speaker of the House Steve Tilley, R-Perryville. The Commission is dedicated to supporting public safety, fairness and effectiveness in criminal sentencing.
“It’s an honor to be named to this important commission,” Rep. Day said.  “It’s vital that we carefully study sentencing recommendations and find the best solutions for crime prevention and deterrence, while at the same time trying to address ways to help make as many of these individuals as possible become productive citizens of our state at some point.  I look forward to working with the commission and coming up with solutions to make public safety in Missouri even better.”The Missouri Sentencing Advisory Commission is comprised of different sectors of the public including private citizens, lawmakers and law enforcement professionals.

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Story with audio comments can be found at: http://staterepday.com/PRHB136PassesHouse.aspx
 
 
House Passes Legislation Aiding Military Families

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Legislation, sponsored by Rep. David Day, (R-Dixon), meant to aid military families in Missouri, was third read and passed out of the House today.  The bill passed by a vote of 154 to 0.
The bill, HCS HB 136, would allow a spouse of an active member of the United States Armed Forces to be eligible for unemployment benefits if accompanying the spouse in the event of a military transfer. Currently, military spouses cannot collect unemployment in Missouri if they left their job to travel with their spouse to a new duty station.  If the bill becomes law, Missouri would be the 39th state to allow unemployment benefits for military spouses.
Included in the unemployment section of HCS HB 136 is protection for the businesses that employ military spouses also.  The unemployment benefits paid in this circumstance will not be a claim against the individual business but will be paid out of the larger pool of funds that the entire state pays into.  According to Day this was an effort to eliminate any disincentives to hire these individuals that could be an unintended consequence.
The other portion of the bill would also allow for temporary licensing in Missouri for military spouses who come to Missouri with their family. Consumer safeguards are included in the bill but if the spouse of an active duty military member meets the requirements they can obtain a temporary professional license so they can go to work immediately while at the same time obtaining their Missouri license or certification in that particular field.
“It’s wonderful that this bill passed with such overwhelming support,” Rep. Day said. “This bill is intended to help families in the military and put MO at the front of the line in being a Military Friendly State, which will help keep our military bases in Missouri.  The military impacts our economy each year by about 3.5 billion.  That does not include indirect benefits we receive, just direct money in our economy.”
The bill now moves to the Senate where Senator Dan Brown (R-Rolla) will be the bill sponsor.  Senator Brown is carrying companion legislation in the Senate.
 

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Story w/audio comments can also be found at http://staterepday.com/PRLegislationProhibitingFuneralProtestsPassesHouseCommittee.aspx
 
 
February 15, 2011

Legislation Prohibiting Funeral Protests Passes House Committee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Legislation, co-sponsored by Rep. David Day, R-Dixon, intending to protect the peace and dignity of funerals has passed out of the House General Laws Committee.  The bill, HCS HB 276, 233 & 274, will change the laws regarding picketing or protesting a funeral.
The bill specifies that no protests may take place within 300 feet of the location in which the funeral is held one hour prior and up to one hour afterward.  Funeral processions would not be covered by the bill if passed into law.
“No one deserves to have their funeral picketed or protested,” Rep. Day said.  “A Funeral is a sacred time that needs to be respected and shown the utmost dignity.  This law will make certain that families are allowed to grieve without worrying about what’s going on outside the church or funeral home.”
Previous versions of this bill had been ruled unconstitutional, but Rep. Day is confident the newly worded bill will stand up to constitutional scrutiny.  “We have tried to address the concerns that the courts have had in the past and I am hopeful this legislation will be able to stand what is a certain court battle.”
“I fully understand the concern about infringing on our 1st Amendment rights, it is one of the Rights and makes our nation the great one that it is.  However, during the discussions and debates we must remember to hold just as sacred the rights of the family members as they go through one of the most difficult times they will ever face in their lives” concluded Day.
The bill now heads to the House floor for debate.
 

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Story w/audio comments can be found at: http://staterepday.com/PRLegislationAidingMilitaryFamiliesPassesoutofHouseCommittee.aspx
 
 
February 15, 2011
 
Legislation Aiding Military Families Passes out of House Committee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Legislation, sponsored by Rep. David Day, (R-Dixon), meant to aid military families in Missouri, has passed out of the House Veterans Committee.  The bill passed by a unanimous vote.
The bill, HCS HB 136, would allow a spouse of an active duty member of the United States Armed Forces to be eligible for unemployment benefits if accompanying the spouse in the event of a military transfer is the reason for leaving employment. Currently, military spouses cannot collect unemployment in Missouri if they left their job to travel with their spouse to a new duty station.  If the bill becomes law, Missouri would be the 39th state to allow unemployment benefits for military spouses.
The bill would also allow for temporary professional licensing in Missouri for spouses of military members.  Spouses of active duty military members, under this legislation, would be able to go to work immediately in an occupation that requires licensing or certification in Missouri if they currently have credentials from another state that has similar standards as Missouri does and passes the appropriate background checks.  “This bill will allow them to be employed while they are working to obtain their professional license in our state.  “This is an attempt to decrease the time of unemployment for these families and make the transaction as easy as possible when coming to Missouri” said Day.
“This legislation is intended to help families in the military and put Missouri at the front of the line in being a Military Friendly State.  The military impacts our economy each year by about 3.5 billion dollars, most of that right here in the Central Missouri area.  That does not include indirect benefits we receive, just direct money in our economy,” concluded Day
The bill now moves to the House floor for debate.
 

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Story w/photo can be found at http://staterepday.com/PRDayNamedMAVOLegislatoroftheYear.aspx
 
January 31, 2011

Rep. David Day Named Legislator of the Year by the
Missouri Association of Veterans Organizations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –Rep. David Day, R-Dixon, has been named the Legislator of the Year by the Missouri Association of Veterans Organizations (MAVO).
Rep. Day serves as Chairman of the House Veterans Committee and has sponsored numerous pieces of legislation benefitting Missouri’s veterans.  Earlier this month Rep. Day passed out of committee legislation to extend the Missouri Military Family Relief Fund, a program that has provided financial assistance to many Missouri families.
“David has been the 'go to' person for veterans for the past seven years when it comes to veterans’ legislation in Missouri,” Richard A. Heigert, Legislative Chairman of the MAVO, said.  “Without his championing of veterans’ causes and his leadership, I dare say that much of the legislation would never have come to fruition. This award cannot begin to express the admiration that the veterans of Missouri have for Representative Day.”
“It’s an honor to be able to help Missouri’s veterans get the services and help they need and deserve,” Rep. Day said. “To be recognized in this way is such an honor, to receive this award from such a wonderful group of people, I’m very humbled.  I look forward to continue fighting for Missouri’s veterans in my remaining time with the legislature.”
Rep. Day was presented with the award on January 31st during the MAVO annual meeting held at the Truman Building in Jefferson City.

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Story w/photo can be seen at http://staterepday.com/PRHB149ClearsCommittee.aspx
 
Extension of Missouri Military Family
Relief Fund Clears Committee

January 25, 2011

Jefferson City, MO – Legislation that will extend the sunset on the Missouri Military Family Relief Fund has cleared its first hurdle in the Missouri House.  HB 149 sponsored by Rep. David Day (R-Dixon) was the first bill voted out of the House Veterans Committee and one of the first in a handful of bills that is working its way through the process this session.

“I am grateful to the committee members, recognizing how important this piece of legislation is too many Reserve and Guard families in Missouri and joining me in moving so quickly on it” said Day.  “By getting this bill out of committee early, the chances of it making it through the process are very good.”

The Missouri Military Family Relief fund was established in 2005 and was one of the first pieces of legislation that Rep. Day worked on as a freshman legislator.  The fund is collected through private donations along with a check-off on tax forms and administered by the State of Missouri.  The purpose of the fund is to help Missouri Guard and Reserve member’s families in times of emergency while a family member is on active duty.

“At times, when our men and women are called to active duty, they take a pay cut because of leaving their regular jobs for extended periods of time.  That when added to unexpected events can create a financial hardship for these families at times.  This fund is in place to help in situations where there is a crisis or family emergency for these families while their loved one is away serving our nation” concluded Day.

HB 149, which extends the sunset on the fund until 2018, now moves to the House Calendar where it will wait to be debated on the House Floor before going to the Missouri Senate.  Senator Dan Brown (R-Rolla) will be the bill sponsor in the Senate.

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The story with audio comments can be found at: http://staterepday.com/PRMOMilitaryFamilyReliefFundExtension.aspx
 
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January 11, 2011

Rep. David Day Files Legislation to Extend the
Missouri Military Family Relief Fund

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.Rep. David Day, (R-Dixon), has filed HB 149 which if passed will extend the sunset on a successful program that has provided financial assistance to many Missouri families.
The Missouri Military Family Relief Fund is a state-administered fund which provides assistance to families of individuals who are members of the Missouri National Guard or Missouri residents who are members of the reserves of the armed forces of the United States and have been called to active duty as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.  Originally signed into law in 2005, it is set to expire this year.
“One of the first bills I had the chance to work on when elected for the first time was HB 437, which established this fund in 2005.  Now we have reached the sunset that was placed on it and I want to extend it for another six years to continue to provide for families that have sacrificed so much for us,” Rep. Day said. “Many times individuals experience a pay-cut when called up for duty and are absent from their regular jobs, this fund does great things in assisting our military families who struggle because of that decrease in pay and has worked well for the past six years.  It should be continued so that it might help more families in need.”
16th District Senator Dan Brown (R-Rolla) has filed a companion bill in the Missouri Senate.  “I am thankful to have a partner in the senate helping me on this important issue.  Senator Brown filed SB 78, so hopefully between the two bills we can get one of them through the process.  Senator Brown is going to be a true champion in the Senate for the men and women in the military and I am so thankful to have his help on this issue” concluded Day.
The fund is scheduled to terminate on December 31, 2011 if action is not taken by the General Assembly to extend the program.  Money for the fund is collected by check-off box on the Missouri State Income Tax Form and from other donations.  The fund does not require any funding from General Revenue.
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January 7, 2010

 New Faces and Outlook for 2011 Legislative Session   The Missouri State House of Representatives opened the 96th Legislative session at noon on January 5th.  The opening ceremonies brought with it the type of grandeur that it should considering in reality we are putting a new legislative body in place for our state government with the formation of the new General Assembly.  An important part of that opening ceremony was the opening speech by our newly elected Speaker of the House, Rep. Steve Tilley (R-Perryville).

During Speaker Tilley’s comments he stated “The Missouri legislature must lead by example.  This year we will prove to the citizens of our state that government can and will tighten its belt and do more with less.”

Tilley also stressed the importance of challenging the status quo and changing the culture in Jefferson City. One area where he personally initiated change was in tapping 3 Democrats to chair substantive committees. “We’re not always going to agree – even with our own parties, but we must not let partisanship get in the way of good ideas,” said Tilley. 
 
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Speaker Tilley also set forth a bold and aggressive legislative agenda known as the Show Me Solutions initiative. The Speaker has challenged us to reach the goals of this initiative in the first 50 legislative days, half the time our colleagues in Washington DC typically shoot for.

The Show Me Solutions initiative encompasses 5 areas: Taxes and Spending, Job Creation, Government Accountability, Education, and Healthcare.

Limited room in this article prevents me from going into great detail about the initiative but it does address things like your state government living within our means so we don’t become like Washington, DC and accumulate outrageous debt.  It will also address making Missouri a more business friendly state by reducing some of the regulations that have proven to not be effective.  We will be working to make government, at all levels in Missouri, more transparent.  The dollars that government spends, at any level, are your dollars and you have a right to be able to see how they are being spent.  We will also be requiring state departments to submit cost containment plans during the budget process, something that is not currently required.

A few other areas are things that Missourians have told us very loudly that they support, things like drug testing for welfare recipients to ensure that taxpayer dollars are going to help people who need help, not to help pay for bad habits.

These are just a few of the areas we will be addressing.  These 5 areas were developed over a matter of months and out of core principles - fiscal prudence, limited government, personal responsibility, and individual freedom which Missourians value.  As the session continues and these initiatives are worked on, I will be keeping you posted.

This year there are many new faces joining us in the Missouri Legislature and there is a new outlook to go with them.  This session brings with it many challenges, but I have no doubt that working together in the bipartisan manner that Speaker Tilley is known for, we will meet those challenges and overcome them.

As always, if I can be of service to you I hope that you will contact me by calling my office at (573) 751-1446, through e-mail at david.day@house.mo.gov, or through my website at www.StateRepDay.com.

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