The Carthage Chamber of Commerce will host the first of the annual series called “Eggs and Issues,” where state lawmakers brief area residents on how the legislative session is going.
The first of these events is slated for 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at Grace Pointe Assembly Church, 1605 S. Baker St. in Carthage.
This series is hosted by the Chambers of Commerce of Carthage, Neosho, Webb City and Joplin.
The Carthage Eggs and Issues will be sponsored by The Carthage Press. Cost is $10 per person at the door to attend.
Future meetings will be held in March, April and May, when the legislative session ends. They will be held in Webb City, Joplin and Neosho.
State Reps. Tom Flanigan, R-Carthage, Mike Kelley, R-Lamar, and the other representatives from around the area, along with State Sen. Ron Richard, generally attend and brief area business leaders and others on how the legislative session is progressing.
The lawmakers talk about their specific areas of expertise, the committees they serve on and the issues facing the lawmakers as they work to create the state’s $27 billion budget.
The Missouri General Assembly convened Wed, Jan. 2, with area legislators installed in powerful positions of influence in both the House and Senate.
• Richard, who served as Speaker of the Missouri House from 2008 to 2010, was elected this year to serve as Majority Floor Leader in the Senate. He also serves as Chairman of the Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics committee, vice chair of the Administration Committee and other committees.
• Flanigan is vice chairman of the House committee that will write the state’s budget. He also serves on interim committees on disaster recovery, budget transparency and pre-need funeral trust, and government oversight and accountability and vice chairman of the fiscal review committee.
• Kelley, R-Lamar, who represents much of rural Jasper County outside Carthage, Webb City, Joplin and Carl Junction, serves on the appropriation sub-committee on education, ways and means committee, workforce development and workplace safety committee and ways and means committee.
• State Rep. Charlie Davis, R-Webb City, serves as vice chairman of the House Committee on Veterans and the committees on utilities, small business and tax reform.
• State Rep. Bill White, R-Joplin, serves as vice chairman of the interim committee on disaster recovery, and serves on the committees on small business and downsizing state government and on an appropriations sub-committee on transportation and economic development.
• State Rep. Bill Reibolt, R-Neosho, is vice chair of the House agriculture policy committee, chairman of the interim committee on agriculture innovation and economic recovery, and serves on the committees on corrections, crime prevention and public safety and ways and means.
• State Rep. Bill Lant, R-Neosho, also serves on the appropriations sub-committee on transportation and economic development, and serves on committees on workforce development and workplace safety, professional registration and licensing, and transportation funding and public institutions.
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