This week I’m putting my work boots away and putting my suit back on. It’s hard to believe this will be my sixth year taking that seat on the Missouri House floor. I have to admit, I’m probably more anxious to get back this year than in years past. There seems to be a good chance to get my sex offender bill across the line, but my biggest challenge will be the tax break for seniors on their primary residence. If nothing else, it will bring attention to the fact that these ever-increasing taxes are crippling people on fixed incomes. They tend to push these increases through when the economy is thriving. In a discussion with one gentleman, he reminded me how they always use the saying “a rising tide lifts all boats”. The thing is, retired people’s boats are dry-docked. I will point that out during the debate. 

All the bills I’m working on are bi-partisan in nature. They are all up for discussion from everyone in the district. I have heard from many of you already and hope the discussions continue. Even if we disagree on something, I guarantee we can learn something from each other! 

You’ll hear a lot of talk in the media about the redistricting portion of Clean Missouri. I see some potential problems with it, but people are assuming the worst. At the end of the day, people voted for it. Good or bad, it is what it is. At the root of it, in my opinion, it’s a result of the distrust voters have in Government. I know, because I feel the same way. I’m sure most of you would agree with me! 

Gun control issues, red flags, gun-free zones, change age and others will be another big issue. I am a 2A guy myself. Law-abiding citizens are not committing these crimes, and I will not support any bill that punishes good people. I will support harsher punishment for bad people! We have plenty of laws and you can’t legislate good behavior!

It’s an honor to serve you in the Missouri House. If you would like to discuss an issue, please call 573-751-9459. You can also email me at randy.pietzman@house.mo.gov. I look forward to hearing from you.