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Life at the Capitol is beginning to get more intense already. Various organizations are looking at bills that did not pass and new bills which they want introduced. There will be many meetings this coming week while the special session is going on to address these various interest groups. The special session has been called by the governor in conjunction with the veto session.

However, these issues are not complicated. I believe we will not allow them to become complicated, and we should have a short, economically efficient session.

Speaker of the House Elijah Haar has appointed me to the State Records Commission. This type of commission works well in that I am in Jefferson City, and I can meet with the various people on a more frequent basis.

The State Records Commission was established in 1965 for the purpose of commission reviewing, approving and recommending guidelines for the management of electronic records generated by the State of Missouri. Currently more than 865 state agencies, commissions, bureaus and boards operate under approved records retention schedules as well as the Missouri General Retention Schedule.

The commission is chaired by the secretary of state and consists of the executive director of the State Historical Society, the attorney general, or designee, the state auditor or designee, a state representative, a state senator, the state chief information officer, and the state archivist, who serves as the commission secretary.

In this day of age, accountability is key for an open and transparent government, and I look forward to helping to ensure that our records are kept safe and open to all.

This week, I had the pleasure of fishing in Alaska with good friends Dr. Alan Doerhoff and Lee Wilbers. This was not paid for by lobbyists, nor any other organization, but it is important that we keep a good relationship with all of our sister states.

When elk season comes, I believe I will work to build a good interstate relationship with Montana.

State Rep. Rudy Veit, R-Jefferson City, represents the 59th District, and shares his perspective on statehouse issues twice a month.

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