Missouri lawmakers spent the second week of session introducing proposed legislation and attending committee meetings. Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to Senator David Pearce:
An agriculture related bill was introduced in the Senate that stems from proposed action that would have impacted rural youth. “A year or so ago, the U.S. Department of Labor was going to make it difficult or impossible for young people to work on their own home farms,” said Pearce,” That was a ridiculoud thought and idea, so we heard a bill that would address that issue.”
Senate Bill 16 was introduced by Republican Brian Munzlinger. “Being from a farm family and having farm children myself, I know the importance of children being raised on farms and actually having jobs and tasks,” said Munzlinger,” It provides them with the opportunity to build the working skills they need. We want our children to be safe, but there are a lot of these jobs our there that children can be perfectly safe in doing.”
Muzlinger worked with both the Missouri Department of Labor and the Governor’s office to write the language of the bill.
Senator Pearce also discussed his work with the Missouri Senate Education Committee and said they reviewed a concept this week for higher education funding. The lawmakers have proposed that 10% of the existing budget to those institutions should be performance based. “The universities don’t like that,” said Pearce,” They think it should only be half of new funding, but that doesn’t really have much of an impact. So, that’s what we’re going to work through on the legislative process.”