A look at Boone County lawmakers' legislative records

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  • Kip Kendrick

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    Chuck Basye

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    Cheri Toalson- Reisch

  • Kip Kendrick

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    Chuck Basye

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    Cheri Toalson- Reisch

Only one current legislator from Boone County has sponsored a bill that has become law: Caleb Rowden.

But that isn’t out of the norm — from 2012-2017, only 7 percent of introduced legislation became law.

While bill passage isn’t the only metric to judge the effectiveness of a legislator, it can be indicative of a lawmaker’s power.

To round out the picture, factors such as leadership posts, committee memberships and key legislative subject areas based on sponsored bills have also been included.

Here’s a look at area lawmakers’ records:

Caleb Rowden

Caleb Rowden Caleb Rowden

Bills passed: House Bill 1698, House Bill 1979, House Bill 1300

Committee memberships:

Vice chairman — Senate Professional RegistrationInsurance and BankingGovernment ReformLocal Government and ElectionsEconomic Development

Leadership positions: N/A

Key legislative subjects: Health care, economic development, real ID, ethics

Caleb Rowden is the only sitting Boone County lawmaker to have been the primary sponsor of legislation that passed (former lawmakers Caleb Jones and Kurt Schaefer were also successful in passing legislation).

Rowden did not respond to requests for comment.

Chuck Basye

Chuck Basye Chuck Basye

Bills passed: None

Committee memberships:

Elementary and Secondary EducationGeneral LawsSpecial Committee on Homeland SecurityChairman — Subcommittee on Education Savings AccountsChairman — Subcommittee on Quality Care for the Developmentally DisabledChairman — Subcommittee on Second Amendment Preservation

Leadership positions: N/A

Key legislative subjects: Education, veterans affairs, agriculture

Basye points to the sheer difficulty of passing legislation, which requires meetings with several colleagues and lawmakers from each party in order to accrue ample support for each piece of legislation.

He said the most difficult part is getting something through committees, seeing as some bills can go through as many as three before reaching the House floor for debate.

“It’s frustrating, but I think we’ve got a great system,” Basye said. “We’re down there to advocate for the constituents we represent.”

Cheri Toalson-Reisch

Cheri Toalson-Reisch Cheri Toalson- Reisch

Bills passed: None

Committee memberships: N/A

Leadership positions: N/A

Key legislative subjects: N/A

Elected in 2016, Rep. Cheri Toalson-Reisch said she focused more on supporting other lawmakers during her first year with keystone legislation such as “right to work.”

“My first year in office there were so many bills that I was totally on board with that there was no need for me to duplicate or replicate bills,” Toalson-Reisch said. “So I co-sponsored a lot a bills.”

Kip Kendrick

Kip Kendrick Kip Kendrick

Bills passed: None

Committee memberships:

Budget CommitteeEducation Appropriations SubcommitteePensions CommitteeConsent & House Procedure Committee

Leadership positions: Minority whip

Key legislative subjects: Student debt relief, health care, ethics

Kip Kendrick did not respond to requests for comment.

Martha Stevens

Martha Stevens Martha Stevens

Bills passed: None

Committee memberships:

Agriculture PolicySubcommittee on Agriculture EducationConsent and House ProcedureHealth and Mental Health PolicyInterim Committee on Stabilizing Missouri’s Health Insurance MarketsJoint Committee on Legislative Research

Leadership positions: N/A

Key legislative subjects: Health care, low-income assistance

Stevens said that sometimes good bills aren’t passed because others get similar legislation through.

“One of the bills that I filed was a 911 good Samaritan bill and another representative had different language, and his bill passed,” she said.

Supervising editor is Dylan Jackson: news@columbiamissourian.com, 882-7884.

 

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