Well we certainly had an eventful election. Depending on what news channel you listen to, we either have a complete lack of confidence in our present administration or the voters want to see if congress can work together better with one party in the Senate and House and another in the White House.

Well we certainly had an eventful election. Depending on what news channel you listen to, we either have a complete lack of confidence in our present administration or the voters want to see if congress can work together better with one party in the Senate and House and another in the White House.

My personal opinion is that we had better try something different than what we’ve been doing if we want to continue enjoying the freedoms we have all grown up with. In the Missouri House, we have a Republican majority that hasn’t been seen in modern history. We ended up election day with 117 members which was a gain of eight seats and the following morning, Linda Black, a fourth term Democrat switched parties to become the 118th member of the Republican Caucus.

Representative Black has voted with us on many conservative bills like second amendment rights and abortion issues. The Senate gained another seat as well and they also enjoy a super majority. The significance of this is that both the House and the Senate are able to override the governor’s vetoes with a two thirds majority.

Realistically speaking, both bodies want to work with the governor to pass much needed reforms and jobs bills. If he will leave political ambitions aside, we should be able to do some good things for the state.

I’ve received a lot of emails and calls about the  decision to put aside our gay marriage laws. The president is encouraging federal judges to rule against the voter approved state laws. Our attorney general could have petitioned the court for an emergency stay until such time as the Supreme Court rules on the merits of the case. It is the job of the attorney general to enforce the Marriage Amendment that voters approved in 2004. Once again, political ambitions are stopping our elected officials from doing their constitutional duty. Recently, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the rights of Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, and Michigan to regulate the definition of marriage and likely sets up a review by the Supreme Court. This is how it should be done, not a politically motivated end run by 2016 hopefuls.

While we were in Jefferson City last week, I visited with the budget chairman about this coming years’ revenue projections. He told me that the thought is to establish a moderate figure of around 2 percent and if we exceed that, there is a Surplus Revenue Fund, where additional allocations for Education etc. can be set aside.

After all the “sky is falling” rhetoric from the governor this past year, the House and Senate budget projections are nearly dead on. The nearly 6 percent growth number forecast by the governor’s office was the only glitch. He tenaciously held out for those projections and made un-needed and harmful withholds based on his flawed math. We’re still waiting for him to restore the funding for Education, Mental Health and Children’s Services. The overwhelming passage of Amendment 10 will hopefully put a stop to these political manipulations of critical funding.

Representatives from CLAIM, a group that helps us make decisions on Medicare enrollment for Part D were here for the second year. They spent two hours at the library in Pineville then went to Seneca for two hours and helped participants find affordable solutions to Part D insurance. There were several people at both locations for the help they offered.

Seneca FFA had their “Barn warming” on Friday night. Jane and I were there for great fun, great food and (great music??).Did I mention that my granddaughter was one of the Queen candidates? I even got to dance with her. Mrs. Roller does a fantastic job with those kids. It’s always one of the high points of my year when they come to the capitol.

More next week, until then I am and remain in your service.

Bill Lant represents the people of Newton and McDonald counties in the Missouri House of Representatives.