Sen. Crawford’s Capitol Report, for the Week of March 4

We are nearing the midway point of the 2019 legislative session. During this past week, I was able to present three more important pieces of legislation in committee.

On Wednesday morning, Senate Bill 277 was heard in the Missouri Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee. The measure would reform state law relating to the enforcement of child support agreements.

The Missouri Senate Local Government and Elections Committee, which I chair, heard Senate Bill 221 on Wednesday. This legislation seeks to modify various provisions relating to elections.

In addition, the Missouri Senate Small Business and Industry Committee discussed Senate Bill 114 on Thursday. This bill would adjust the fees charged by Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) contractor license offices.

Also this week, one of my bills was passed by the Senate and is now on its way to the Missouri House of Representatives. Senate Bill 167 would modify provisions relating to bonding requirements on public works.

I would also like to let you know DOR will start offering REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and non-driver identification cards on March 25, 2019.

These are five things to keep in mind about REAL ID:

  • There is no immediate need to apply for a REAL ID-compliant driver license or ID card because the current Missouri-issued license and ID card will afford the same access as a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card until Oct. 1, 2020;
  • Applying for a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card is a choice under Missouri law;
  • Not every person will necessarily need a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card;
  • License offices will be unable to provide driver license services on Saturday, March 23, 2019, due to necessary system updates regarding REAL ID processing capabilities. Motor vehicle titling and registration services may still be provided at those license offices scheduled to be open; and
  • Transaction and processing fees for a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card, new or renewal, will be the same as they are currently. Detailed fee information can be found on DOR’s website. Customers can apply for an early duplicate license or ID card outside of their regular renewal period, which is six months prior to the expiration of their license or ID card.

I am honored to serve as your senator in the Missouri Senate. If, at any time, you have questions, concerns or ideas regarding state government, please feel free to contact me at (573) 751-8793 or

Senator Crawford and
Lesia Hessee (Dallas County)

Opening Day of trout season at Bennett Spring, March 1

Rally for Lebanon Lady Jackets Wrestling Team
Doctor David Schmitz, Rep. Suzie Pollock, Mayor Jared Carr, Gov. Parson,
Rep. Jeff Knight, Sen. Crawford and Dr. Kerwin Urhahn

Lebanon High School Lady Yellowjackets Wrestling Team won their first State Championship. Congratulations, Lady Yellowjackets!

Missouri Healthcare Association Lobby Day
Tim Francka (Polk County),
Citizens Memorial Healthcare Foundation,
and Sen. Crawford

Planners’ Day at the Capitol
Southwest Missouri Council of Goverments (SMCOG)
Megan Clark, Bailey DeJonge, Thomas Hughes,
Sen. Crawford, Adam Orlinger, Jason Ray and Jane Hood

West Central Association of Realtors Day at the Capitol
Josiah and Chelsea Town, and their son, Gideon
(all from Henry County), Monica Thacker, Sen. Crawford,
Lisa Sell and Dave Wiedeman (all from Pettis County)

Bankers from Central Bank of the Ozarks in Southwest Missouri met with Sens. Crawford and Cunningham.

Missouri Association of Insurance Agents Day at the Capitol
Devona Allen (Dallas County) and Sen. Crawford

Teddy and Cindy McDaniel (St. Clair County)
Cindy was confirmed by the Missouri Senate for the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
Not pictured: Bradley G. Gregory (Polk County), who was reappointed by the Missouri Senate to serve on the Missouri Development Finance Board.