Sen. Shields named Sen. Scott T. Rupp (R-Wentzville) as chair and Sen. Rita Heard Days (D-St. Louis) as vice-chair. The committee has invited the governor, lieutenant governor and all members of Missouri’s Congressional delegation to speak before the committee to share information and strategies for securing a share of the economic stimulus package for Missouri.
The committee was created so the Legislature can act quickly, if necessary, to modify and adopt state laws so as not to impede the state’s ability to receive a portion of the stimulus funds. States that show the ability to invest in and complete projects quickly will be more likely to receive grants from the federal economic stimulus package, Sen. Shields said.
Thirteen senators were named to the committee for their specific knowledge and their district’s relationship with the 13 primary areas of federal government. The members are:
- Sen. Chuck Purgason (R-Caulfield) for agriculture
- Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) for commerce
- Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) for defense
- Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) for education
- Sen. Luann Ridgeway (R-Smithville) for energy
- Sen. Tom Dempsey (R-St. Charles) for health
- Sen. Rita Heard Days for housing and urban development
- Sen. Scott T. Rupp for the interior (conservation and natural resources)
- Sen. Jack Goodman (R-Mt. Vernon) for justice
- Sen. Victor Callahan (D-Independence) for labor
- Sen. Jolie Justus (D-Kansas City) for science
- Sen. Bill Stouffer (R-Napton) for transportation
- Sen. Jason Crowell (R-Cape Girardeau) for veterans’ affairs
The Senate Select Committee on Oversight of Federal Stimulus Plan will hold its first meeting this Wednesday, January 28, in Senate Committee Room 1 at 2 p.m.