Capitol Report

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Representative Copeland met with Governor Mike Parson to discuss legislative priorities — including rural broadband.

This week, the House took action to protect women’s sports. On Wednesday, we approved House Amendment 2 to HB 1141, which would require our schools to limit participation in men’s sports to biological men, and limit participation in women’s sports to biological women. After many hours of floor debate, the amendment was approved. I’m hopeful that the House will pass the underlying bill sometime next week.

I’m disappointed in some of the rhetoric I’ve heard during this debate. Many of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle sincerely believe that this legislation is some kind of “attack” on transgender individuals. I strongly disagree. This amendment simply acknowledges basic scientific differences between men and women. This legislation shouldn’t be controversial — it’s just common sense.

I also spent time working to expand rural broadband access in rural Missouri. I joined sixty seven of my colleagues in the House Rural Caucus, and requested that the Governor use $250 million in one-time federal funds to support the State Broadband Fund. After that, I had a very productive meeting with Governor Parson where we discussed our shared law enforcement backgrounds and our legislative priorities.

Finally, I was recently notified by the State Treasurer that residents of Missouri’s 143rd House district have over eight hundred thousand dollars of unclaimed property currently held by the State of Missouri. Each year financial institutions, businesses, government agencies, and other organizations turn over millions of dollars in cash and the contents of safe deposit boxes to the Treasurer’s Office. These entities are required to turn over Unclaimed Property to the State Treasurer’s Office after there has been no document transaction or contact with the owner for five years.

One in ten Missourians has Unclaimed Property, and the average return is $300. If you believe you may have unclaimed property, I’d encourage you to visit, or call the State Treasurer’s office at (573) 751-0123 for more information.