Tuesday, Feb. 12 2013 4:06PM
Capitol back in full swing
By Will Kraus
Settling into session
The business of the Missouri Senate is well underway. Committees are now meeting on a regular basis, bills are flowing on to the floor, and discussions have begun on several critical issues. Please continue to let us know what issues are affecting you. Your 8th District office enjoys hearing from you.
Each year, our office is pleased to have one or more interns from local universities. This year, we are fortunate to have Kelsey Sullivan. Here is her take on her first month working in the Senate:
I am Kelsey Sullivan, and I’m interning for Sen. Will Kraus during the 2013 legislative session. I’m a junior at the University of Missouri in Columbia, and I am a Communications major with a minor in English. I am from the senator’s district in Lee’s Summit, and I graduated Lee’s Summit West High School in 2010. I hope to graduate from Mizzou in May 2014 and pursue a career in public relations, human resources or advising/counseling, where I can use my communication skills to guide and help people or companies in their careers and professional life.
I’m interning here at the Capitol on Tuesdays and Thursdays for writing-intensive class credits through the Civic Leaders Internship Program. This program specializes in matching qualified Mizzou students with offices at the Capitol that need some extra help during session.
I will frequently research topics for the office. I will also write papers throughout the session about my experience here in Sen. Kraus’ office where I am learning a lot about state government. I am excited to gain more experience in the areas of public and organizational communication, but, most of all, learn how a professional office works on a daily basis. I started this internship in early January over my winter break, and, thus far, have greatly enjoyed my time here and learned quite a bit about how government works. What I enjoy most about this internship is getting the chance to be of assistance to Sen. Kraus as he helps the people in his district. I enjoy assisting him with constituent services, such as answering letters, writing constituent recognition letters and helping organize certain events important to his district and the Legislature. I also love to interact with the staff and other people who come in and out of our office. I feel this internship will give me an unparalleled experience that I couldn’t get anywhere else. I hope to learn everything I can and seize every opportunity this job will provide for my future goals.
State no-call list
Last year, I was proud to sponsor a Senate bill, and carry a similar House bill in the Senate, that added the ability to put cell phones on the do-not-call list. The response has been overwhelming. Prior to August, 1.9 million land line phones had registered for the no-call list. Since then, more than 2.4 million cell phones have been added in just six months. If you have not registered your cell phone, you can do so my going to www.ag.mo.gov/nocalllaw.
Senior service award
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is seeking nominations for his Senior Service Award. Individuals must be at least 60 years of age and volunteer a minimum of 25 hours a year. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2013. Visit www.ltgov.mo.gov for more information or receive a copy of the application.
Resolutions were offered this week in honor of several district citizens and their accomplishments: Lee’s Summit North Air Force Junior ROTC took 1st place in the Leavenworth Drill Meet; Randy Dowell retired as principal of Blue Springs South High School; James Freeman won the Boy Scouts Silver Beaver award; and Travis Pratt for achieved the level of Eagle Scout.
We were pleased to host Blue Springs School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Finley and school board members Rhonda Gilstrap and Kay Coen this week. We also had several individuals down from the district, including: Donna Leonard, Lee’s Summit; Jeff and Janet Wilson, Greenwood; and Sni-A-Bar Elementary School from Blue Springs.