The House also passed HB 1439 (Firearms) 110-41 on Thursday. This bill invalidates federal laws that restrict or prohibit the manufacture, ownership, and use of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition exclusively within Missouri. HB 1439 will also declare that it is the duty of the courts and law enforcement agencies to protect the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms and that a public officer or state employee cannot have the authority to enforce or attempt to enforce federal firearms laws declared invalid by the act. Missourians 19 years of age or older can obtain a concealedcarrypermit. The legislation would allow certain school personnel, called school protection officers, to carry concealed weapons. These school protection officers would be designated by the district and would serve the purpose of protecting school children from any potential threats on school grounds. Schoolpersonnel would have to obtain both a valid concealed carry permit and complete a training program approved by the director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety in order to qualify for the position of school protection officer.
HB 1302 (Wood Burning) was passed in the House this week by 127-21. This bill prohibits the Department of Natural Resources from regulating the manufacture, performance, or use of residential wood burning heaters or appliances through a state implementation plan or otherwise, unless authorized to do so by the General Assembly. No rule or regulation establishing or the enforcing performance standards for residential wood burning heaters or appliances may become effective unless first approved by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules. No new rules or regulations may be applied to existing wood burning furnaces, stoves, fireplaces, or heaters that individuals are currently using as their source of heat for their homes or businesses. All wood burning furnaces, stoves, fireplaces, and heaters existing on August 28, 2014 may not be subject to any rules or regulations. No employee of the state or state agency can enforce any new rules or regulations against such existing wood burning furnaces, stoves, fireplaces, and heaters.
Representative White voted to pass all three bills.
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What to Do When the Power Goes Out
1.) Make sure you have a light source other than candles. Most people don’t think about this but candles are the first thing many of us reach for in a blackout. Resist the urge. Left unattended or misused, they become a fire hazard. Flashlights, LED powered candles, or battery operated lanterns are safer, give off more light and won’t catch the drapes on fire.
2.) Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.
3.) Know how to operate a generator, if you have one. Used improperly, generators can become a source of deadly carbon monoxide fumes. Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage. Don’t hook a generator up to your home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.