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State Sen. Gina Walsh Hitting the Groun Running in Jefferson City

The new District 13 senator has introduced more than a dozen bills and has a number of duties among committees.

While the trip to Jefferson City is not her first, freshman Sen. Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, said that it’s a quite different experience as a senator.

Walsh defeated Republican Jacquelyn Thomas with more than 80 percent of the vote in the November general election. Previously, she served as a state representative for District 69.

“It’s a lot different,” she said. “You have more ability to have an impact on legislation. I can count on one hand my impact in the House.”

She hit the ground running in getting into the senate role by introducing more than a dozen bills, including a bill relating to home foreclosures.

Senate Bill 336 will help homeowners who are facing foreclosure “to elect to participate in dispute resolution or convert to judicial foreclosure.”

“This will help people stay in their homes,” she said. Walsh also noted that the bill will allow homeowners more time to get resources to stay in their home.

The bill had its first reading Feb. 18.

The bill closest to her heart is SCR 3, which would recognize Sept. 26 as Mesothelioma Awareness Day in Missouri.

As a former asbestos worker, Walsh said she wants to bring further awareness of the cancer to the public.

Walsh also serves on a number of committees, including appropriations, commerce, consumer protection, energy and the environment and rules, joint rules, resolutions and ethics.

As a member of appropriations, Walsh has the duty along with other senators of reviewing the state budget.

She said the committee listens to recommendations from every department as well as the governor and the state House of Representatives. While Walsh admits the budget is a tall task, it’s one that she is ready to handle.

Walsh encourages her constituents to contact her with any concerns or questions they have.

“I have an open door policy, and that will remain so,” she said.

Karen McKay February 24, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Missouri will benifit having Senator Gina Walsh for many years. Gina is one of the most dynamic power houses seated in the Missouri Senate at this time. She understands better than most how important her voice has to be for the Missouri 13th District. Proud to call her my Missouri Senator!
Dan February 24, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Missourians should keep a watchful eye on the voting record of Senator Walsh. She has already introduced legislation to end capital punishment, even for the most heinous murders and has been given a rating of "F" by several organizations that work to protect the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment. It appears she is not a moderate by any means.
Elizabeth O'Fallon February 25, 2013 at 03:43 PM
I would love to see Senator Walsh come out to support school choice. I have have had a few conversations with her regarding homeschooling and while she says she supports the rights of parents to homeschool, the entire email I received back focused solely on public schools. She believes in the power of unions first and foremost, and as a result I'm not so sure she would support any sort of real reform regarding our schools. I believe when teacher unions have as much control and clout as they do in Jefferson City, our kids are the ones who lose out. Children should always come first not labor unions! Also, in our area we are spending a ridiculous amount of money on our local public schools and are not seeing results. As the amount we spend on education goes up, our test scores seem to go down. It doesn't make sense to me.

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