Missouri House of Representatives Seal

This week the House gave final approval for my bill that would classify any sawmill or planning mill as agricultural property for purposes of zoning property classifications. In some counties which have planning and zoning with an agricultural exemption, sawmills are being zoned commercial and must follow the ordinances for commercial property when in fact the property should be zoned agricultural. The bill would clarify that sawmills are agricultural operations. My bill has been sent to the Senate.

State Legislators Honor Missouri’s Vietnam Veterans:

The halls of the Missouri State Capitol were filled with hundreds of the state’s greatest heroes this week as the Missouri House of Representatives held a special ceremony in recognition of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War.

Legislators gathered in the first floor rotunda of the State Capitol to remember and recognize the courage and unwavering patriotism of the valiant individuals who served during the Vietnam War. The event was created to recognize Vietnam-era veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975. All those in attendance also paused to remember those who have been lost, including POWs and those who are still listed as MIA.

The state representative who organized the event in coordination with the Missouri Veterans Commission told the veterans in attendance, “We are honored that you are here. Let me offer my most sincere thanks and gratitude for the selfless service you have provided to our country. This is a nation with a rich tradition of heroism and bravery exhibited by outstanding individuals like you; Americans who put love of country before love of self.”

Governor Mike Parson and Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe participated in the event and offered words of support and appreciation for all of the veterans in attendance. The governor also presented an official proclamation in recognition of the “valiant men and women who served our country in the Armed Forces; protecting our rights, our freedoms, our ideals, and our hopes.”

The governor and legislators also participated in a special ceremony where they presented each veteran with a lapel pin. The pins were meant to serve as a symbol of the nation’s thanks for the service and sacrifice of Vietnam veterans. The pinning ceremony provided a wonderful opportunity for legislators to personally welcome veterans from around the state and thank them for their selfless service to the United States.

The Missouri House of Representatives has a proud tradition of recognizing and honoring the service of Vietnam Veterans. In 2012 the state legislature passed legislation to establish a Vietnam Veterans Day, which takes place on March 30 each year between 2012 and 2025, which is the year that marks the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War ending. This week’s event was held in conjunction with the 13-year Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War that began in 2012.

Thank you to the men and women in the 141st District who have served our nation in time of need.

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