PERSPECTIVE: Senate Committee Appointments named

It has been another full week for me in the Capitol. Tuesday, the “Rebooting Government” working groups began discussions on more control, alterations or deletions of state programs to make our state more efficient.

On Wednesday, I was named vice chairman of the Transportation Committee. As a freshman senator, I am honored that the president pro tem, Sen. Rob Mayer, has entrusted me with this responsibility. Considering my previous experience on Missouri’s Highway and Transportation Commission, I am hopeful that I can quickly come up to speed on the issues the committee will address, and look forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work at making transportation better across the state.

In addition to the Senate Transportation Committee, I was also named as a member to the Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment Committee and the Education Committee. All of these committees will begin hearings next week, and all will hear and consider many important bills on a variety of topics that are important to citizens across the 6th Senate District.

In addition to committee assignments, Senate Bill 50, which will create jobs, help secure our energy future, and keep our electric rates among the lowest in the nation, was referred to a committee on Wednesday. I have asked the committee chairman to hear this bill quickly so that it can be thoroughly debated and considered, then quickly voted out of the committee so that the whole Senate can discuss the benefits of this legislation on the floor.

I will make my first coffee tour stop this Friday morning, Jan. 21, from 7-8 a.m. in Moniteau County at the Subway in Tipton. This is a time for me to listen to your concerns and your ideas and for you to provide me feedback on the job I am doing. On Jan. 28, I will be in Callaway County at the Wright Brothers’ Store in Calwood, also from 7-8 a.m. On Saturday, Feb. 5, I will be on the KWOS radio station, broadcasting live from Hy-Vee in Jefferson City, from 8-9 a.m., and will be available to talk with you there, too.

I am in this office to serve the constituents of the 6th Senatorial District. Please contact us at (573) 751-2076 if my office or I can be of any assistance to you or if you have questions.

Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, serves Missouri's sixth state senate district.

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