99th General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session
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Special Committee on Homeland Security, Chairman
Corrections and Public Institutions
Elections and Elected Officials
Joint Committee on Capitol Security
MO House of Representatives
201 West Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City MO 65101
Rep. Galen Higdon
6630 Belding Street
St. Joseph MO 64504
Rep. Galen Higdon, a Republican, represents Buchanan and Platte Counties (District 11) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2010.
In addition to his legislative duties, Rep. Higdon is retired after a 30-year career as a deputy for the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department. During his career, Galen was elected vice president of the Missouri Deputy Sheriffs Association by his peers.
Rep. Higdon is a member of the St. James Catholic Parish. He is active with the Knights of Columbus and St. Joseph Host Lions Club, and is a member of the National Rifle Association. Rep. Higdon also is a member of FOP Lodge #3 in St. Joseph.
Rep. Higdon is a 1973 graduate of Benton High School.
Born May 30, 1954 in St. Joseph, Rep. Higdon currently resides there with his wife, Lou Anne. They have three children, Monica, Andrea and Emily.
Prohibits the use of hand-held electronic wireless communications devices while driving non-commercial and commercial motor vehicles; but allows the use of such devices when used hands-free by operators of non-commercial motor vehicles who are fully licensed and eighteen years of age or older.
Brings municipal sewer districts under the control of the public service commission
Provides that certain mandatory minimum sentences may be discretionary and creates provisions when a person is eligible for a parole hearing
Establishes the Fair Fare Passenger Safety Act that prohibits any person operating a motor vehicle for compensation from using a hand-held wireless device
Establishes the Senior Services Growth and Development Program to provide additional funding for senior services
Establishes an administrative procedure for driver's license suspensions and revocations for persons with intermediate driver's license who have been cited for certain high-risk driving offenses
Modifies provisions for waterworks and sewerage rates.
Modifies provisions about documents in the public service commission that are open to sunshine requests.
Modifies provisions related to disability benefits for members of the Missouri Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol Employees' Retirement System