99th General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session
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Health and Mental Health Policy
Special Committee on Government Oversight
MO House of Representatives
201 West Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City MO 65101
Representative Messenger was elected into the House of Representatives (District 130) in November 2012 for his first two-year term. The Republican representative serves numerous towns in Greene County, including Republic, Willard, Ash Grove, Walnut Grove and Brookline.
Rep. Messenger was born in Scott City, Kansas and eventually moved to Springfield, Missouri. He was raised on a small farm and his responsibilities included taking care of livestock and agricultural work.
Rep. Messenger joined the Navy in 1969 after graduating for the prestigious Naval Aviation Electronics School. After his graduation, he was assigned to the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas. Rep. Messenger served for the squadrons at Corpus Christi, Beeville and Kingsville, Texas. His duties included maintaining and supporting the electronics equipment on the Training Aircraft. After serving four years in the Navy, Rep. Messenger received an honorable discharge in 1973.
Rep. Messenger has been a self-employed business owner since the early 1980s. He owned a water well drilling company for over 22 years. This company served most of Southwest Missouri in the residential and commercial markets. During his time as a business owner, Rep. Messenger also served as Secretary of the Missouri Water Well Association. He was instrumental in developing the guidelines and regulations regarding the “methods of drilling” in Missouri.
After selling his water well drilling company, Rep. Messenger and his wife purchased a prosthetics and orthotics company called Kessler Heasley Artificial Limb Co. The company was located in Ozark, Missouri, but a few years later it was moved to Springfield, Missouri. During this time Rep. Messenger also opened another branch of the Kessler Heasley Artificial Limb Company in Monett, Missouri; with a new location opening soon in Joplin, Missouri.
Rep. Messenger has been married to his wife, Wanda, since 1969. His sons, Eric and Jeffery, work alongside them in their prosthetics and orthotics business.
Requires the director of the department of transportation to be appointed by the governor, subject to the advice and consent of the senate
Establishes the Missouri Freedom to Choose Health Care Act
Prohibits the consumption or possession of open alcoholic beverage containers in the passenger area of a motor vehicle, with certain exceptions
Establishes the Retirees Experiencing a Better Living Initiative Fund to advertise Missouri to retirees in other states
Adjusts motor vehicle licensing and registration fees for inflation
Changes the laws regarding taxation
Establishes the Joint Committee on Social Services
Proposes a constitutional amendment to make state revenue deposited into the state road fund subject to appropriation by the general assembly
Proposes a constitutional amendment to authorize the highways and transportation commission to construct toll roads and impose and collect tolls on interstates and four-lane roadways
Proposes a constitutional amendment to direct proceeds from an overweight fee for garbage trucks to the newly established Farm to Market Fund
Proposes a constitutional amendment to direct increased funding from motor vehicle registration fee adjustments for inflation to a farm to market fund, a port development fund, the state road bond fund, and the highway patrol.