The week started with the formalities of inauguration. The inaugural parade kicked off the day and we were able to watch it from our new office. The Senate went into session briefly at 10 a.m. and then went to watch the swearing in of statewide officials. The State Capitol building is always a different place when it is busy. With the marble floors and walls, the sound of a full building can be a bit overwhelming. Add in tuxedos and ball gowns, and it is quite a sight.
Since we didn’t have an election, the District Eight office was not as busy as many others, but we did have several constituents drop in to say hello. It was good to have a chance to walk around to other Senate and House offices. Congratulations to all the newly elected state representatives, including those that serve in the eighth District: Jeanie Lauer, Sheila Solon, Mike Cierpiot, Jeff Grisamore, Gary Cross, Donna Pfautsch and Ira Anders.
On Tuesday, we got right down to work with an 8:15 a.m. committee hearing for the Seniors, Families and Pensions Committee. Right now, about 100 bills have been referred to committees and the hearing process is moving forward. On Thursday, I was proud to chair my first Ways and Means Committee and look forward to our tax policy discussions.
After a brief break for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we will be back at work next week with many committees meeting to continue deliberations. The Ways and Means Committee will meet on Thursday at 8 a.m. to begin discussions of several tax policy bills.
State Senator Will Kraus-R serves District 8 and is a resident of Lee’s Summit.