Advocacy



The AGC of Missouri advocacy department represents our members on a variety of legislative issues of importance to the construction industry. Currently the AGC of Missouri actively represents our members in the Missouri State Capitol, St. Louis County Council and St. Louis City Hall. In the future, additional local and regional governments may also be added dependent on issues that arise.

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.