Missouri State Representative Kevin Corlew represents Missouri House district 14. Most of Representative Corlew’s district is in Platte County, but a small portion of it extends into Clay County. For more information on our Opinion Section and why we publish these newsletters from elected officials please click here.
Good Participation at Town Hall by District 14 Residents
I enjoyed meeting with constituents on February 18 at our District 14 Town Hall. About 80 people attended to discuss legislative issues that are important to our area. Thanks to all who came out for your questions and comments. Citizen involvement is essential for a healthy republic. Thanks to the City of Riverside and to Mayor Kathy Rose for allowing us to hold the event at the Riverside City Hall.
Expanding Virtual School Options for Missouri Students (HB 138)
This week the Missouri House of Representatives approved legislation to expand course options and access for K-12 students. The Missouri Virtual Instruction Program (“MoVIP”) allows students to take advanced courses that are not currently offered by their local school districts. The legislation would expand MoVIP to give Missouri students more options and allows rural schools to offer the same education options as larger schools. HB 138 is great for students and gives them more options to better prepare them for when they graduate.
Cronkite New Voices Act Advances Out of Committee (HB 441)
This week the House Rules Committee voted to advance my legislation that would guarantee the freedom of the press for Missouri public high school and college students.
The Cronkite New Voices bill, named after the famed CBS news anchor and St. Joseph native, would prevent teachers and administrators at public high schools and state universities from censoring school-sponsored media, except when content would be libelous, invade privacy, violate the law, or cause a disruption at the school.
Having made it through the House committee process, HB 441 will now advance to the House floor to be considered by the entire chamber. I am hopeful that it will be on the floor within the next week or two.
Legislation to Grant KC Police an Additional Deputy Chief Advances (HB 752)
I am sponsoring a bill that would allow the Chief of Police for the Kansas City Police Department to appoint a Lieutenant Colonel (Deputy Chief) who will be responsible for matters relating to homeland security. This week the House Local Government Committee unanimously voted the bill “do pass,” to advance the legislation. The next step for the bill will be for the Rules Committee to consider it.
Seniors Tax Relief Bill is Heard (HB 154)
This week I presented legislation to the Local Government committee that would provide meaningful property-tax relief to our senior citizens and disabled persons on fixed incomes. HB 154 would give Missouri counties the opportunity to put a cap on residential property taxes for senior citizens and the disabled so that the tax rate would not rise above the cost-of-living increase (if one occurs) for Social Security benefits.
Observing Missouri Memory Day
House members and visitors to the Capitol wore purple on Wednesday, Feb. 22 in honor of Missouri Memory Day. The annual event saw hundreds of advocates make their way to Jefferson City to educate elected officials about Alzheimer’s disease and the need to enhance access to care, support and services for people with dementia and their families.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s. It is the most expensive disease in America. By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease may increase dramatically to a projected 13.8 million. Over the next 40 years, caring for people with Alzheimer’s will cost the United States $20 trillion, with nearly 60 percent of that borne by Medicare. Advocates say that the development of a treatment that delayed onset of Alzheimer’s by just five years would reduce Medicare spending on those with the disease by 45 percent in 2050.