Representative Randy Railsback’s Interim Capitol Report
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo – Legislative Session has ended, and it’s now time for Governor Mike Parson to pick up his pen and sign the bills that were sent to his desk by the General Assembly. One of those bills was House Bill 85, otherwise known as the Second Amendment Preservation Act. This bill is meant to protect Missouri citizens from gross federal overreach and protect our Second Amendment rights. It also reaffirms the duty of our courts and law enforcement agencies to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners, and states that no public officer or employee of the state has the authority to enforce or attempt to enforce federal gun laws that violate our constitutional right to bear arms.
Recently, the Governor also signed Senate Concurrent Resolution 7. I was proud to stand with him in Milan, Missouri for the ceremony. SCR 7 is a critical step toward ensuring that citizens in the North Central region always have access to a clean, quality, and sustainable source of water. Sponsored by Senator Dan Hegeman, SCR 7 expresses support for up to $24 million in state funding to support the East Locust Creek Reservoir project in Sullivan County. As the former Director of the Green Hills Regional Planning Commission, I was proud to work alongside county and state officials to see this project come to fruition. I am excited to see the progress that will be made on the reservoir with these funds.
Something else to note is the newly-formed committee assigned to finding solutions for the lack of broadband access in Missouri. Speaker Rob Vescovo created the Interim Committee on Broadband Development, which will spend the next several months gathering data and public testimony as it works towards creating policy recommendations that will make high-speed internet more available and affordable. The committee will take written testimony, live testimony, and remote testimony between now and December 1st. They will use the information gathered to prepare a report and create policy options before the end of 2021.
While Session may be at an end, I am still here to serve you and the needs of House District 8. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call my office at (573) 751-0246 or email me at Randy.Railsback@house.mo.gov. As always, it is an honor and pleasure to serve you.