[NFBMO] FW: Jefferson City Report

Gary Wunder gwunder at earthlink.net
Wed Feb 19 18:33:28 UTC 2020

What can you say but wow! Congratulations to the folks who did interviews
and to Daniel who pulled it all together for us.

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From: NFBMO <nfbmo-bounces at nfbnet.org> On Behalf Of Daniel Garcia via NFBMO
Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 8:29 PM
To: NFB of Missouri Mailing List (nfbmo at nfbnet.org) <nfbmo at nfbnet.org>
Cc: Daniel Garcia <dangarcia3 at hotmail.com>
Subject: [NFBMO] FW: Jefferson City Report

Dear NFB of Missouri Members:

Below my signature is a message I sent out to my chapter reporting on our
recent NFB of Missouri legislative seminar. Though the audience of the
message is the Kansas City Chapter, it contains information that you may
find useful.

Best Regards

Daniel Garcia, President, Kansas City Chapter
National Federation of the Blind of Missouri
dangarcia3 at hotmail.com
(816) 621-0902
Live the life you want.

From: Daniel Garcia
Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 8:22 PM
To: Daniel Garcia <dangarcia3 at hotmail.com>
Subject: Jefferson City Report

Dear Kansas City Chapter Members & Friends:

On February 17, and 18 the NFB of Missouri had its annual legislative
seminar which we call Jefferson City Seminar. We talked to our legislators
about issues affecting blind Missourians and we are making some progress.
The following members from our chapter attended: Sarita Cann, Sarah
Coccovizzo, Brent Ford, Daniel Garcia, Carla Keirns, Jeff Wright, and Shelia
Wright, who is also our affiliate president.

Rita Lynch, president of the Jefferson City Chapter says that HB 1270 was
unanimously reported out of the house Consent & Procedures Committee today.
This means that if there is no objections within the next 10 days, the bill
will be sent to the senate without the need for a floor vote.

The language of HB 1540 which allows parents to record IEP meetings was
introduced as an amendment to HB 1317, a bill dealing with gifted students.
HB 1317 was passed by the house yesterday by a vote of 149 to 4; it now
makes its way to the senate.

Representative Yolanda Young, who represents Jackson County in the Missouri
house, introduced a bill to provide for accessible voting machines in all
elections. This is bill number 2403 and the NFB of Missouri is carefully
reading the language to determine if this is a bill we can support. Yolanda
Young was elected to fill a vacancy when representative Branden Ellington
was elected to the Kansas City city council.

The legislative efforts of the NFB did not go unnoticed by the media.

Dacia Cole of our Columbia Chapter reports:

Here is a link to an interview done by KOMU TV. Both Gary [Wunder] and I
were interviewed. There is video clips as well as a text article.


Gene Coulter who is the Columbia Chapter president reports:
We had a radio interview on KBIA Radio yesterday. One positive result of my
interview is the Boone County Clerk committed publicly to have the
accessible machines available at every election. This was not surprise given
our conversations with her but it but   it was still nice to hear.
Here is the link to the article and inaudio.
If the link is bad their website is KBIA.org and the story is in the news

Melissa Kane of our Jefferson City Chapter sent out a URL to the Jefferson
City Tribune which carried a story about our legislative efforts:


If you have not yet had a chance to attend our Jefferson City Seminar or if
it has been a while since you came to help us, please consider attending the
2021 Jefferson City Seminar. Whether or not you came, you can help by
letting your state representative and state senator know how you feel about
the various issues we support.

I want to thank all the chapter members who attended and I want to thank
Ruby Polk and Brent Ford for securing the appointments with our legislators.

Best Regards

Daniel Garcia, President, Kansas City Chapter
National Federation of the Blind of Missouri
dangarcia3 at hotmail.com
(816) 621-0902
Live the life you want.

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