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At the Capitol, we are heading into the final weeks of our spring legislative session. Again this year, the final few weeks of spring session will be our busiest. more
Missouri State Rep. Travis Smith, Dora, recently welcomed four veterans and their families to Jefferson City for a ceremony honoring those who served in the U.S. military for their service. Smith, who described the experience as “an honor,” hosted Jim Kyle of Ozark County, Ron Simmons of Taney County, Scott Huffman of Douglas County and Crockett Oaks III of Howell County for a “heartfelt ceremony” held March 28 at the Capitol. more
After much prayer and thought, I’ll be coming back home from the Missouri Capitol at the end of this year. With a smile on my face, I’ll also be withdrawing my name from the race for Missouri State Representative, 154th District. I should have made this decision earlier, but sometimes God has to knock me in the head a time or two to get the message across.   more
Work at the Capitol is rapidly picking up in the 2024 legislative session. In this report, we’ll focus on the upcoming state budget, ongoing work to reduce taxes, the fentanyl crisis, and supporting after-school programs.  more
The Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (MAPA) recently recognized 154th District Rep. David Evans, West Plains, chair of the Missouri House Judiciary Committee, as MAPA’s 2023 Legislative Champion. more
I hope you all have had a wonderful week and that you are enjoying the rise in temperature. This past week, we heard from the governor in his State of the State Address and looked back over the great work that has been accomplished for Missourians.   more
I hope you have all stayed warm and safe as those frigid temperatures blew through the state. The snow can be so beautiful but so treacherous as well. Here in the capitol, I’ve been busy at work for you. It’s only the fourth week of session so most of our time is spent in committee, hearing bills and debating policy.  more
State Rep. Travis Smith, Twin Bridges and formerly of West Plains, announced his candidacy for the State Senate on Thursday. He is running for the 33rd District seat currently held by Karla Eslinger, Wasola, who will not seek reelection at the conclusion of her term. more
We have just begun this year’s Missouri legislative session. Budget hearings began last year and will continue throughout this session.   more
It is wonderful to be back in Jefferson City to complete my final year in the Missouri Senate. As I mentioned in my last column, I will not be running for reelection. I made a promise to the people of the 33rd Senatorial District to complete a four-year term and I plan to come to work every day this session with the same passion and energy that I carried with me into the Senate for my first day in 2021. more
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