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This week, House Speaker Todd Richardson announced the formation of the Special Committee on Oversight which will conduct the investigation of the indictment of Governor Greitens. Members of the House gave unanimous, bipartisan support to HR 5565 which outlines the investigative process. We will let the committee proceed with their investigation and will strive to keep our work in the House Capitol as normal as possible.

This week the House moved 12 bills to the Senate. Two of the 12 bills moving to the Senate are HB 1383. This bill will require the notification of both parents, rather than one, when a minor in Missouri seeks to have an abortion. The other bill moving on the Senate is HB 1288, which extends the expiration date of tax credit programs for charitable organizations. If not passed, these tax credits would have expired at the end of this year. We have stayed true to our commitment of protecting the lives of unborn children and the health of women by passing bills that strengthen centers that offer alternatives to abortion and ensuring a minor considers all the effects of an abortion.

These next few weeks will mainly be focused on working towards a balanced budget for the state of Missouri. None of us here take this task lightly. There is only so much money to work with and so many places that are so deserving of funding. We will all do the best we can for the people of Missouri.

Always, on a lighter side, I enjoy seeing the people here. This week, I had the opportunity to meet with several individuals or groups from my district.

Add me as a friend on Facebook at Kevin Engler-Missouri Legislature to view weekly video capitol updates and other happenings at the capitol.

To access any information regarding the Missouri House of Representatives, go to www.house.mo.gov.

Once again, I want to thank you for allowing me to be your voice at the Missouri State Capitol. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

This report was filed March 2, 2018

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