The General Assembly finished up the first full week of Session last week. The first order of business for the House of Representatives was to approve the new Rules of the House of the Representatives. There are several changes to how bills are heard in House Committees. Once the House Rules were approved, Representatives were appointed to House Committees. Representative White was appointed to:
¨ Regular Standing Committee on Pensions, Vice Chair
¨ Regular Standing Committee on Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence, Vice Chair
¨ Regular Standing Committee on Health Insurance
¨ Regular Standing Health and Mental Health Policy
Since the Rules have been approved, Committees will start hearing bills in the coming weeks.
Stella Eagle Days
¨ Veteran’s Memorial Park in Stella, Missouri
¨ Saturday, January 24, 4:30PM to 6:00PM
No registration is required and all ages are welcome to enjoy learning why the fish-filled streams of southwest Missouri are a favorite winter draw for bald eagles. Join staff from the Missouri Department of Conservation, community of Stella, and Missouri Master Naturalists for an eagle-viewing opportunity. There will be spotting scopes at designated viewing stations, education displays, and hands-on activities for the entire family. For more information call (417) 629-3423
New House Rules
The House of Representatives has voted to change to the way the House Committees are set up. In previous years, bills were heard in Committee as the first step towards their approval. During a Committee hearing, the Representative who wrote the bill presented the bill to the Committee members, and the public was allowed to provide testimony for or against the bill. Then the members vote to either pass the bill and send to the House Floor where it was voted on by all the Representatives, or vote to not let it leave the Committee.
This Session, the House has gone to a two-tiered system, with a bill starting in a Regular Standing Committee where the bill will be presented and testimony is heard. Once a bill is voted out of a Regular Standing Committee, it will move on to the Select Committee to be heard and voted on. Testimony can be heard in Select Committees, but is not required, and Committee members can amend the original bill. Members of that Committee can vote to send the bill on to the Floor for a vote or they can also vote to send it back the Regular Standing Committee to start over. For example, a health care bill will be first heard in the Regular Standing Health and Mental Health Policy Committee. After it is passed out of the that Committee, it will move on the Select Committee on Social Services where it will be heard and voted on. If it passes through that Committee it move to the House Floor.