Legislative Day Recap
Each year members of the AGC of Missouri travel to Jefferson City for our annual Legislative Day activities. The 2016 activities started on Tuesday night with dinner at Alexandro’s. Dinner included almost 20 AGC members, 8 legislators, the director of MoDOT and the chair of the Highways & Transportation Commission. Staff and the entire lobbying team also participated. It was an evening of relaxed conversation and developing a more personal relationship with those in attendance.
Wednesday’s meetings began with an 8:00 AM meeting with the Republican Leadership in the Senate. President Pro Tem Ron Richard (R-Joplin) gave AGC members his insight on various legislative issues such as transportation funding, prevailing wage, right to work and economic development and his prognostication regarding their viability for passage by the Senate. Joining us in the meeting were Senators Brian Munzlinger, Bob Onder and Mike Kehoe. Throughout the day, members met with Republican and Democratic leadership from both the House and Senate and staff members from Governor Nixon’s office.
It’s an election year with every Missouri House seat up for election/re-election and half of the Senate seats up for grabs as well as Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State and Treasurer. Consequently, our take away from these meetings that everyone is focused on changes that the November elections might bring both statewide and nationally, given the Presidential election. That focus will likely preclude any major legislative action this session on issues like transportation funding or economic development.
The Legislative Day event is only successful when we have members who are willing to make the time to participate – and it is a significant time investment. We would like to personally thank this year’s participants:
Don Ardolino; J.D. Kutter Insurance Associates
Tom Barta; Honorary Member & Advisor to Govt. Affairs Policy Committee
Randy Besand; Pace Construction Company
Scott Drury; Bloomsdale Excavating Co., Inc.
Dirk Elsperman; Tarlton Corporation
Steve Faust; Icon Mechanical Construction & Engineering
Phil Hocher; Pace Construction Company and AGC Chairman of the Board
Tom Hohenstein; Polsinelli PC
Chip Jones; Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc.
Kelly Kenter; Sitelines, Inc.
Greg McMurtrey; Missouri Petroleum Products
Linda Moen; EFK Moen, LLC
Brian Murphy; BAM Construction Co. LLC
Michael Richardson; Pyramid Electrical
Joe Ritz; Comanche Construction, Inc.
Steve Schrimpf; Schrimpf Landscaping, Inc.
Duane Smith; RG Rents
Sean Thouvenot; Branco Enterprises, Inc.
Ed Twehous; Twehous Excavating Company
Gary Yost; Barker-Phillips-Jackson, Inc.