Hearings begin today at the state capital over firearms legislation. A bill is being considered that combines many proposals put forth by house and senate republicans last year in response to tighter gun regulations proposed after the sandy hook elementary school shooting. The bill’s provisions include declaring many firearms regulations invalid, allowing anyone with a concealed-carry permit to carry a firearm openly anywhere in the state, letting schools designate one or more teachers as school protection officers who would be allowed to carry concealed firearms, forbidding healthcare professionals from asking about or documenting a patient’s status as a firearms owner, lowering the minimum age for a concealed-carry permit from 21 to 19 and providing that any person who is in the country illegally and has a firearm in their possession commits the offense of unlawful possession of a firearm. Some lawmakers say the bill’s survival is far from guaranteed. Out of the dozens of bills containing these or similar provisions last session, very few reached the house or senate floors. One bill similar to this year’s proposal passed the legislature but was vetoed by Governor Nixon.
The Camden Commission County is meeting today. A swamp land quit claim is expected to be heard. The meeting starts at 10:00 am at the Camden County Courthouse and is open to the public.
Sunrise Beach’s first full time city clerk Connie Stadler is now the first person to retire from the village. Connie says she has loved her job working at the heart of the growing Sunrise Beach community since she came on board in 1996. As city clerk, she pushed the board to extend city hall hours until eventually they got to the current regular hours of 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Connie also has been a part of 25 of 27 annexations that have broadened the boundaries of sunrise beach. The village will host an open house from 2-4 p.m. Friday, January 31 at city hall to help Connie celebrate her retirement. Jeni Hamm, hired as deputy clerk in 2009, will become the new Sunrise Beach city clerk upon Connie’s retirement.
Governor Jay Nixon is revealing a few clues about what he will say to Missourians in his state of the state address tomorrow. Nixon says he will make a, “strong case for maintaining fiscal discipline, a very strong case for how the best economic development tool we have in the state is education, and how that at this defining moment for our state we should not miss the opportunity to make the strategic investments that will pay dividends for our state for generations to come.” Nixon will deliver the annual address at 7 p.m. in the House of Representatives with the members of that chamber and the state senate present. In it he will lay out legislative priorities and release his proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Full coverage of the event will be aired on KRMS.
Several thousand dollars worth of property was reported stolen from a storage unit rented from a business on West Commercial Street, in Lebanon. The victim told police that the unit had been broken into some time between January 3rd and January 18th. The lock to the storage unit was found on the ground, and it appeared that a pair of bolt cutters may have been used to cut the lock. A vintage record collection valued at one thousand dollars, 3 saddles valued at $34-hundred-dollars, a breast collar and a bridle were also stolen. The owner of the stolen items gave police the name of a possible suspect and the investigation is ongoing.
The School of the Osage board of education will meet tonight. The board is expected to discuss committee reports on planning and student achievement along with operations and communications. The superintendent’s report will include a construction update as well as a strategic planning update and student faculty recognition. Under new business, the board will consider overnight trip requests and facility usage requests. A closed session for legal and personnel matters will follow tonight’s meeting. The meeting begins at 6:00pm in the middle school library and is open to the public.
Legislation allowing cell phone towers to be placed within city limits is being opposed by the city of Osage Beach. Alderman Fred Catcott says abandonment is one of the many concerns the city has with this legislation.
Catcott says there are other reasons for opposing this legislation including public safety as a potential future danger could be a tower falling down. Osage Beach Mayor Penny Lyons is also leading the charge in opposition to the proposed legislation. Previously a bill introduced by Representative Rocky Miller attempted to correct all these issues for the entire state but the bill was hijacked in the senate and wound up being nothing like it was when the city had approved it previously.