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Thank you all for the kind comments, they mean more to me than you will ever know.

This forum has been a great tool in doing my job, for several reasons.  It gives me insight, even when I was in Jeff City, into what folks thought about various issues and often brought things to light that I had not thought of.  It also has given a direct line to many folks to one of their elected officials.  Between the two local websites that I post information/try to answer questions on, I have probably received messages about constituent issues from well over 300 folks that resulted in my office taking action.  These are individuals that might not have thought of contacting our office if I were not on this site.

I have always felt the lack of communication is one of the greatest shortcomings of many elected officials, and no doubt I could have done better also…we all can always do better.  That said, this site has allowed me to reach out to individuals that I might not otherwise have been able to communicate with.  Everyone uses different media, to me sites like this are just another form of media and elected officials should strongly consider using it just as they would the radio or newspaper.  So I owe a very special thanks to the site administrator/owner for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of their “web world.”

A lot of folks have been asking what I am doing next.  A company called GPA, Inc. has made me an offer that frankly, I just couldn’t refuse.  They have offered me a position with a partnership.  They have many different interests but the one I am working with is overseeing several of their cigar shops in three different states and currently I am working on opening several cigar/pipe tobacco shops in North Dakota.  While I am a firm believer in “never say never”, other elected positions are not in my plans at this time.  Could that change, sure…I don’t know what the future holds, but at this time I am looking forward to working in the private sector.  When you consider my time with Missouri Farm Bureau (also an elected position), I have been running for some kind of office for 21 years.  As my daughter said on a Facebook post on the day of the last election, “It seems odd to not see my dad’s name on a ballot, odd in a good way.”  She has never known me not in some type of elected office, and she is 19 now.  A break is needed.

Again, thanks for the wonderful comments and for the opportunity to serve you in our State’s Capitol.

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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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That is partially true (or I should say part of the reason), which is another reason I didn't understand your comment that they were the winners if it failed.

The other reason is as I said, it costs them nothing.  They sell tobacco in all 50 states, they don't care what state someone buys it in, Missourians should in my opinion.  This will hurt the city and county budgets big time of all areas on our boarder.

Like I said, I respect all sides of the argument, but what I said in the article is factual.  There is no guarantee education will see additional funding, along with the other points.  I know of four fairly powerful members of the House and Senate that already have plans for the money, things like mass transit projects in St. Louis, some highway projects in specific areas (no, not ours), things like that.

Again, I do respect all sides.

Dave

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Just to address something that was said, about the only ones that benifit from a No vote is Big Tobacco Companies.  That could not be more incorrect, as a matter of fact the biggest tobacco companies are not putting money in the Anti-Prop B effort, they are sitting it out.  Why?  Simple, the tax is on the consumer, not on them...so it costs them nothing at all.  As I said in the article, tax increases have proven to have little to no impact on the number of smokers, the latest research being done in New York where they have some of the highest taxes on tobacco in the nation.

Who will suffer are the retailers on Missouri's boarders.  Ones in places like St. Louis, K.C., West Plains, Joplin, Sikeston, and others   Again, as I said in the article, Missouri residents will leave our boarder cities to buy their goods in other states where it will be much cheaper.  Currently Missouri and those communities get the revenue from citizens in other states coming here, that will be lost.

So to say "Big Tobacco" are the loosers in this Prop is totally incorrect.  They couldn't care less, which is why they are not fighting it.  The ones that in the fight are the smaller, often independent convience store owners who make up various groups, because they know it will kill business in our boarder cities.

Dave

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Like I said in the article, I respect all sides of the issue.

You are correct, not a penny is going to any medical care related to smoking, however the argument is always what smokers cost society.  BTW, being overweight cost society much more than smoking.  I have no doubt taxes will be associated with that at some point if some think they can get it passed.

As far as it being illegal to take tobacco products across state lines in quanity, that is true of some states.  I honestly don't know if that is in this Prop or not, but don't believe it is.  If not it will be up to the legislature to pass a law dealing with that if they want.  That said, it isn't enforceable for the most part.  What cities or counties have enough law enforcement to focus on that, it sure won't be the cities and counties on our state lines where it will be happening, they are the ones that will lose more revenue than any other part of the state.  All of those sales impact their local budgets, those sales will be gone.

I always appreciate opinions, take care.

Dave

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Also, a little known secret is insurance companies don't really make much on rates from car or home insurance. Just because you have no wrecks or damage claims doesn't stop them from paying for all that do. Where they make their money on those lines of business is through investing that money, in the stock market. If you follow the market, you know they aren't making it there either, meaning that hurts thrie reserves even more  Life policies are a different story, they make them money.

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Actually, yes they can raise rates if the Commission approves it, which it appears they did. Ours took a similar jump several months ago. MO is becoming a much higher risk state. Just think about all of the twisters, hail storms, flooding, etc... we have had.

The MO Ins Commission has placed MO Insurance companies in a bind, going all the way back to the Carnahan years. The level of reserves they have to have is amazing, so when they have big payouts those reserves have to be filled again or they have to stop doing business. Not making excuses for them, that is just the way it is. Anytime the legislature tries to force a lowering of reserves we are accused of not protecting the public, so it remains high.

My recommendation would be to shop around, there are almost always better deals out there. Not all companies are hit by storms the same, there are some that have had good years and probably have much lower rates.

Dave

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If they are within the city I would assume they need a city license, that would be a start. Yes, I would also contact law enforcement and ask what they can do. If it is a business that requires a state license to operate and they don't have one, that is against the law. The county Health Dept is another place I would check with, they may have some authority in such situations, not sure about that.

Dave

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BTW, cracking down on "unlicensed operators" can already be done, if they are unlicensed, they are already breaking current law.  That is a law enforcement issue, we can pass laws but it is up to the enforcement arm to enforce those laws.  What I had been approached with, was a very detailed plan by one person, an oversight board that would decide licenses and regulations for those in business.  That is what folks in your business had concerns about, others in the same business deciding what regulations they had to live by, they were happier it seems with being left alone.  Let's face it, almost everyone in any business thinks they are doing it the right way and may not like how someone else would regulate how they do things.

If your issue is the unlicensed folks, that is already in law....you have to have a license to legally operate almost any business in MO.

Off to Columbia, have a good one all.

Dave

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I don't know about the equipment part of your question, but yea, overall many it seems (again, I got this through other reps) were concerned that if a bullseye was put on the industry to go after one group, it could mean more regulation for everyone, which does happen often when a chapter of law is open and there are some that love more regs.  That is why other elected officials were concerned about doing anything, that or for the majority, nobody has ever contacted them at all so they are not interested in working on something that they feel is a non-issue in their districts. As I said, with all of the similar businesses in my area, only two have ever visited with me about the issue, for most up there it is none. I tried, had legislation drafted, but couldn't even get a chance of a hearing, so it never was filed. My point is, you were not ignored by me, at least in my opinion. If you think so, then hopefully the next person will do a better job for you.

Dave

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It wasn't ignored, just not able to get any traction at all on the issues. Every time I would talk to other lawmakers about some of the issues that have been brought to my attention there would be opposition from others in their districts in the same business.  Add that to just a lack of knowledge of the business and there was almost zero support to making changes to the industry.

Any industry/business that wants self regulation needs to come to an agreement within, then all of them need to start contacting their elected officials to raise awareness to get something done.  There are many in your business that appear to not want changes, want to be left alone, at least that is what they are telling their elected officials. I have only been contacted by two that do, I tried but two isn't much of a mandate in the Capitol. Sorry.

Dave

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Almost all of the candidates in the three districts are on Facebook for folks that use it.

For the 142nd I do know the website for Bordwell, it is www.bordwell2012.com  (full disclosure, he is a friend of mine who I have played music with for several years).  I don't know anything about the other candidates in that race or if they have websites.

Dave

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Thank you for the kind words, I really do appreciate them.

I am not sure if I will be doing any endorsements or not, it is very unlikely for a couple of reasons.  First, I have many friends running and of them, I think any would do a good job, there are some great candidates out there.  Second, I have always had a problem with an elected official even giving the appearance of trying to "fill their job" when they leave, I think that is something that is best left up to the voters.

Thanks again for the kind words, very nice of you.

Dave

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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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National Political Opinion / Re: A classy day at the white house
« on: June 04, 2012, 02:28:09 AM »
I believe that President Bush told us back in March of 2009 why we don't hear much from him, he said ""I'm not going to spend my time criticizing him,'' the former president said.  "There are plenty of critics in the arena,'' Bush said. "He deserves my silence.''  Speaking of President Obama.

I wish more former elected officials would give that a try.

Dave


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Per the Missouri Constitution, the Missouri Legislature is in session from the first part of January until the middle of May (there are exact days written in).  The Governor can call us in for Special Session anytime, but that is not expected at all this year.  There is a mandatory Veto Session later in the year, but at this time we are not expected to do anything there other than convene...it will last about an hour, there will probably be no action.  That is why some farewell comments were made on the 18th of May, for many of the members it will be our last time together.

Thanks for the kind words.
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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I have co-sponsored legislation numerous times to do that, and expand the no-call list.  Sadly it has never made it through the process.  I am sure folks will keep trying, hopefully someday.

Dave

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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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Pulaski Enquirer / Re: Happy Birthday David Day
« on: May 06, 2012, 12:22:42 PM »
Thanks guys, it was a great one.  Today...headed to hear Big Smith play their last show...gonna be a great concert!

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The deadline for filing legislation passed about 3 weeks ago.  Possibly the next Rep can file that next session, rules prevent that from happening this session.

Dave

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State News / Re: SENATOR BROWN'S MOTORCYCLE LAW
« on: April 21, 2012, 03:57:22 PM »
I think that the loophole of allowing a rider to ride "forever" on a learners permit needs closed, that is all this bill does...says you can only renew a learners permit 2 times, then you have to take the test and get a license.  The current system would be like allowing the learners permit a 15yo gets to be renewed as many times as they want and continue to drive, not a great idea.  Having a valid license has nothing to do with what safety equipment is required, two different things in my opinion.

I do not support the mandatory seatbelt law for adults, never have....just as I don't support a mandatory helmet law for adults.  I believe adults should be able to make those decisions on their own.

I don't see the hipocrisy in my positions.

Dave

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Thanks for your service Kevin!  Appreciate all that you do with your service as our PA and to our country.

Dave

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State News / Re: SENATOR BROWN'S MOTORCYCLE LAW
« on: April 19, 2012, 10:07:23 AM »
Under current law you (with a few restrictions) could be still using a temp. permit though.  There is no limit to the number of times you can renew your temp permit.  This bill simply says you can only renew a temp/learners permit twice, then you have to go through the process of getting the full license.  As far as never being checked, my drivers license hasn't been checked in many years....but that is because I havn't been pulled over.  You must be riding in a manner that doesn't give police cause to pull you over.

Dave

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State News / Re: SENATOR BROWN'S MOTORCYCLE LAW
« on: April 18, 2012, 09:07:55 PM »
It's a great bill that F.O.R.R. put together addressing a safety concern riders have for fellow riders.  I am proud to be handling the bill in the House for Sen. Brown, he has done a super job moving this legislation.  We have a Senator doing a great job for us up here!

Dave

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