Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Legislation Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Grisamore

Missouri House of Representatives

I don't see anything about autism or disabilities on here.

200995th General Assembly, 1st Regular Session
Legislation Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Grisamore

Authorizes an income tax deduction from a taxpayer's Missouri adjusted gross income for 100% of any military retirement income, regardless of age or income
HB27 -- (LR# 0200L.01I)
Prefiled (H)
Allows unclaimed remains of veterans to be collected by a veterans' service organization for the purpose of internment in a veterans' cemetery under certain circumstances
HB111 -- (LR# 0668L.01I)
Prefiled (H)
Requires all employers in the state who provide paid or unpaid leave for the birth of a child to provide the same leave for the adoption of a child
HB126 -- (LR# 0573L.01I)
Prefiled (H)
Requires certification of law enforcement canine teams
HB149 -- (LR# 0128L.01I)
Prefiled (H)

Friday, December 5, 2008

Alliance For Orphans and Widows


The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Children of Promise International has commissioned our president, Jeff Grisamore, to launch a new initiative, hereby known as, the Alliance for Orphans and Widows. As President of Children of Promise since 2000, Jeff's legacy has been a consistent passion for the care of orphans and widows, a quality that will serve him well in this new endeavor. Jeff will assume his new duties as founder and president of Alliance for Orphans and Widows in April 2006.

The vision of the Alliance for Orphans and Widows is to help catalyze and enable more organizations to actively engage in orphan and widow care. Because of his commitment to this vision, Jeff will seek funding and programming opportunities not only for Children of Promise, but also for other organizations who share God's heart to care for orphans and widows. Children of Promise and Alliance for Orphans and Widows will seek continued partnership to care for orphans and widows, the poor, and those who have never heard the Gospel.

Dr. Lynn Wiens will be the interim President of Children of Promise International until a more permanent position can be arranged. Dr. Wiens, along with his wife, Dr. Ann Wiens, have been members of our Board of Directors since 2002. Dr. Wiens is a physician in Hutchinson, Kansas where he resides with his wife and five children, Peter, Josiah, Abigail, Evangelina, and Amber Joy.

We are thankful to God for Jeff's six years of faithful service to Children of Promise International. Please join us in praying for Jeff, his wife Mary, and their children in this new venture.

Thank you for your continuing commitment and generosity to the mission of Children of Promise, as we care for orphans, widows, and the poor worldwide, in order to reach the unreached with the Gospel. Your faithfulness is greatly appreciated.

Alliance Charities, the donor advised fund I direct at Servant Christian Community Foundation (SCCF) Contributions are tax-deductible and you will receive tax receipt from SCCF.

Alliance Charitiesc/o Servant Christian Community Foundation
706 N. Lindenwood Drive
Olathe, KS 66062

You can also make secured credit card contributions online at www.alliancefororphans.org

If you have questions, please call Jeff Grisamore at 816.225.5695 or email him at jeff@alliancefororphans.org

Why choose a Giving Fund?

Your SCCF Giving Fund can serve your church or ministry in a wide variety of ways – as a capital fund, endowment, community outreach, or other purpose. Its many benefits include:
Flexibility – Accept all kinds of non-cash gifts – from real estate to business interests to restricted securities – and reduce your legal liability in the process.

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Legacy – Deepen the relationship that your supporters have with your church or ministry, and strengthen your church or ministry by implementing a system of financial support for years to come.

Creating A Culture of Generosity

That's the vision behind Servant Christian Community Foundation (SCCF).SCCF helps people give creatively and efficiently. We provide tools, resources and expertise that enable givers to give more generously and to use the most tax-efficient methods for giving.

Our donor advised funds are tailored to accommodate your giving needs. SCCF serves families/individuals, churches, ministries, and professional advisors.

Why a Christian Community Foundation

There are at least ten major reasons why you should seriously consider establishing a Foundation Fund with the Servant Christian Community Foundation. Of course, responsible stewardship and the satisfaction of contributing resources to be used for Christian causes are the most important reasons of all.

1. A Private Foundation Alternative. A Foundation Fund with SCCF is very much like having your own private foundation without the drawbacks. Your Fund can even be personalized, i.e., 'The John Smith Foundation Fund.' By channeling your gifts through SCCF rather than establishing your own private foundation, you avoid costly legal fees, restrictions on contributions, excise taxes, and penalties often associated with private foundations.

2. Give Now, Distribute Later. One of the unique aspects of SCCF is that you can make your charitable contribution, take a current year tax deduction, but elect not to distribute some or all of those funds until a later year. You have up to 10 years before distributions must begin from the SCCF fund you have established.

3. Giving Appreciated Property. You may give non-cash charitable contributions including real property, limited partnerships, stocks, notes, etc. You get your full tax deduction, even if SCCF holds the asset for a period of time before it is converted to cash. To make gifting more simple, SCCF can receive gifts of marketable securities directly into a SCCF brokerage account.

4. Higher Deductions than Private Foundations. Making a donation to SCCF allows you to take a deduction of up to 50% of your adjusted gross income as opposed to 30% if you had your own foundation. Certain gifts to private foundations are limited to cost basis deductions where as the full-appreciated value may be deducted when donated through SCCF.

5. Simplified Giving. SCCF can simplify your giving and save you time by administering the distribution of gifts for you. For instance, should a donor wish to make a large donation of property or stock and wish to divide the proceeds among many different worthy causes, SCCF can sell the property and distribute the proceeds in accordance with your recommendations.

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9. Gifts to Needy Individuals. SCCF can assist you in your ministry of benevolence through our affiliate, Helping Hands Ministries, allowing you to make tax-deductible payments to needy individuals who are not related to you

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Half Truths and Half Answers

Dear Sherri,

Thank you for your e-mail. I am sorry you continue to feel animosity toward me. I certainly do not toward you and welcome your correspondence as a constituent. I would also suggest—as Bill Regan, one my supporters, has suggested—that we meet sometime soon with him and Debbie Shaumeyer. I would welcome that opportunity. There is no way that this is ever going to happen. I will not let him use us one more time. Bill Regan will have to continue looking for people to get on the Grisamore bandwagon because he's not using us anymore.

First and foremost, Sherri, I want to assure you that if you were offended I did not acknowledge you when you attended the Autism Day at the Capitol or the Autism Blue Ribbon Panel meeting in Kansas City, I am sorry. I did not get a chance to talk to you at either event. I think I recall Debbie alerting me she would be at the Blue Ribbon panel meeting, but I went in late after it had started and had to leave early for another meeting. We were very happy to have had you attend the legislative ball as our guest. Debbie didn't alert him that she would be at this meeting. He asked me to get him an invitation and I did it. He was not invited and knew nothing about it until I invited him. Anyone can attend the Legislative Ball. You don't have to have an invitation. Anyone can walk into the door at any time. He just wanted me to believe that I was his guest.

As for your misunderstanding of my relationship to the Blue Ribbon Panel on Autism, my fuller discussions about having missed appointment to that panel were not with Senator Justus, but with Senator Gibbons. He appointed that panel and when he learned of my personal and legislative interest in autism he suggested I speak to Senator Rupp about being added to the panel, which I did. Senator Gibbons had expressed interest in me being added to the panel and wished he had known earlier so I could have been appointed. It worked out just as well as my responsibilities as Chairman of the Missouri Children’s Services Commission have taken up a lot of my time. Once again, he lies. He asked Jolie Justus to be on that panel and he was told that there were only Senators on that Panel. I was there and I saw it happen. It continues to amaze me how he can tell someone that something didn't happen when they were right there to witness it.

Sponsoring three autism related bills this year and helping oversee appropriations that more than doubled funding for autism in each of the last two budget years has also consumed much of my time. I relied on the recommendations of the panel to formulate legislation and continue to do so as we continue to pursue future autism legislation and increased funding and services.

Whenever you are at the Capitol or an event I am attending, please let me know so I can acknowledge you. Others from Lee’s Summit came up to me after I spoke at the Autism Day Rally and/or came to my office at the Capitol. I simply did not see you and know you were there. I spoke at that rally on very little sleep the night before—frankly because I was so excited about and thinking about the rally the next day. With hundreds of people at rallies at the Capitol, we cannot always know constituents are at the Capitol unless they let us know. In the future when you are there, please let us know or come by my office or call ahead of time. We can also introduce you and LSASG on the House floor during session. Wouldn't it be great if he could introduce the Lee's Summit Autism Support Group and take credit, again, for all that we have done? No thanks. I'll only be used once and then I learn. He walked within two feet of me at the Rally. He saw me and he knows it. He chose to ignore me.

Sherri, I would also like to re-clarify the truth about some evident misunderstandings you have that you expressed in your letter.

First, you stated, “You don’t have a mortgage on your house. Bill Kenney paid for your house.” I have no idea where you got that assumption. In truth, we have two mortgages on our house. The first from when Bill Kenny sold us the house as a builder/developer and friend and the second we assumed after our daughter died to cover unexpected bills and expenses following her death. Bill did not pay for our house and did not contribute one penny to the purchase contract. He did discount the house from the list price of about $220,000 to just over $200,000 and we do have two mortgages on our home. Please do not perpetuate the false assumption that he paid for our house and we do not have a mortgage. You previously told me that your house was offered to you right after your daughter died. Now you are saying that you got the second mortgage after your daughter died. You also said that a significant portion of the house was gifted through the benevolence of friends, family, and a foundation. I will say to answer your questoin of how we live in a $200,000 house with such a low salary, we were offered the house right after our daughter died and a significant portion of the house was gifted through the benevolence of friends, family and a foundation. We do not make $100,000 a year as you claimed and never have. We bought that house in 2003 when my salary was much higher and it is difficult to keep up with our mortgage. We have considered downsizing, but want to honor the generosity of those who helped us with the home by trying to stay in it and it is a bad sellers market anyway.

You don't have a mortgage. All mortgages are on the Jackson County, Missouri website and can be looked up. This is all that they have for you.


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Secondly, you seem to misunderstand my statements in campaign literature about helping lead the fight to defeat legislation that would have required Lee’s Summit public schools to accept students from the Kansas City School District. I did lead that floor fight with Rep. Yates while we debated the sponsor from St. Louis. Rep. Yates and I both inquired of the bill sponsor and spoke against the bill before it was defeated in a roll call vote. What was that legislation? What was the bill number? I can't find it. I have searched and I can only find the bill sponsored by Rep. Schamhorst.

HB 2376 Changes the laws regarding the identification, assessment, and education of children with autism spectrum disorder

Sponsor: Grisamore, Jeff (47) Proposed Effective Date: 08/28/2008
CoSponsor: Lampe, Sara (138) ..........etal. LR Number: 5420L.01I
Last Action: 03/27/2008 - Referred: Elementary and Secondary Education (H)
Next Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a calendar



Mr. Jeff Grisamore, President

102 West Third StreetP.O. Box 200Alma, MO 64001-0200TEL: (660) 674-2262FAX: (660) 674-2755EMAIL: info@promise.orgWEB: www.promise.org

Cares for orphans, widows, and destitute children world-wide by establishing community-based residential facilitiesand providing needy children with feeding and nutritionprograms, free schools and higher education opportunities, and family assistance. COPI sees itself as a catalyst tomobilize thousands of individuals, families, churches, faith-based organizations, businesses, civic groups, and foundations into an "Alliance for Orphans"partnership.With allof these groups collaborating, COPI’s goal is to establishtens of thousands of orphan homes to rescue and restorethe lives of millions of orphans, widows, and destitute children around the world

Under construction for at least two years.

Your e-mail below refers to a different bill and piece of legislation—HB 1886—sponsored by Rep. Scharnhorst. I sponsored HB 2376, the Autism and Special Needs Education Act designed to serve all students with autism and other developmental disabilities.

HB 2376 -- Autism Spectrum Disorder

Sponsor: Grisamore

This bill changes the laws regarding the identification, assessment, and education of children with autism spectrum disorder. In its main provisions, the bill:

(1) Requires the state to provide early intervention services to children with autism under Part C of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Act, sometimes known as the First Steps Program;

(2) Requires course work in teacher training programs to include recognition of the characteristics and special needs of students with disabilities or autism and students who are gifted;

(3) Adds autism spectrum disorder to the definition of "children with disabilities"; IDEA has already done that. It is one of the 13 categories for special education.

(4) Adds consideration of children with autism to the duties of state and area advisory commissions on special education; Already done.

(5) Raises the ending age for early childhood special education from four to five years of age;

(6) Allows schools to contract for services for children with autism; This is part of the Federal guidelines.

(7) Requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide a comprehensive, easy-to-understand guide to the individualized education plan process to help parents be effective in admission, review, and dismissal committee meetings. A notice about the availability of the guide must also be included in student handbooks and on school web sites; It will take far more than this to help families. Accountability is the key and you can't do that when the superintendents and teachers are endorsing you.

(8) Requires the Missouri Advisory Council of Certification for Educators to make recommendations on training and best practices for teachers of children with autism; Project Access is already doing this.

(9) Requires the department to appoint an autism ombudsman and to develop best practice guidelines for the assessment and evaluation of handicapped children from three to five years of age. Regional professional development centers must have an autism specialist available. Early childhood centers will be created, upon appropriations, giving priority to regions where
there is significant need and limited resources. Children who are receiving early childhood services on or after August 1, 2010, will be monitored for educational outcomes until they complete third grade; The ombudsman must be an expert and understand every little aspect of autism. This is impossible and could potentially cause more damage than good.

(10) Adds standards for the identification, assessment, and interventions for children with autism to the Parents as Teachers Program; This should not be done by lay persons. It takes a qualified physician to really make this diagnosis and should not be put into the hands of someone that might use it in a wrong way.

(11) Creates categorical funding for special needs identification and education and authorizes a tax credit for unreimbursed training expenses that exceed the categorical funding. All instructional employees from kindergarten to second grade and parent educators for the Parents as Teachers Program must be trained in autism early detection by July 1, 2012.
Instructional personnel for the remaining grades, nurses, and counselors must complete training by July 1, 2014; and There is already funding for this. It is not being used properly and there is no accountability.

(12) Establishes the Autism Spectrum Disorder Commission in the Department of Mental Health which must prepare a 10-year plan by December 1, 2009.

Finally, I find it perplexing as to why you feel I have let you down or those in the LSAG. In November of 2006 shortly after you formed the LSASG I met with you and some of your members and had other follow up meetings with you and others in your group that lasted cumulatively for multiple hours. It is unusual for any legislator to have multiple meetings over many hours with any one person or group. I was happy and most willing to do so because I am so passionately committed to fighting and advocating for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities and those that care for them, especially autism. Five of the bills I sponsored this year and six I co-sponsored were disabilities related and three were autism specific. They certainly earned you a lot of publicity and served to further your political career. Did you follow up on those and were any of them successful?

In one term we established the Missouri Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Office of Autism and more than doubled funding for autism in each of the last two budgets. I sponsored the House version of the bill to establish the Autism Commission and assisted Senator Rupp with his Senate version in advocating for it in the House. I am at a loss to understand how you feel all those efforts make you or the LSASG feel let down. No legislator is more committed or pro-active on autism issues than Senator Rupp and Rep. Scharnhorst and I. As for your assumption I have made false and misleading statements in my literature or correspondences, I am sorry you feel that way. All the statements to which you refer as false and misleading have been, in fact, truthful. You have simply misunderstood them. I didn't misunderstand anything. You are spinning the your lies to make everyone believe that you are something that you are not.

I would encourage you to not make false assumptions, such as assuming wrongly that Bill Kenney paid for our house and I do not have a mortgage—which I do (2)—or assume you know the background on the Blue Ribbon Panel on autism based on limited contact with Senator Justus when you do not know the fuller context of my discussions with Senators Gibbons or Rupp.

I have very strong, positive working relationships with many other individuals, advocates and groups in the autism and disabilities communities, such as EFECT and MCDD and others. I can assure you we will be continuing to advocate for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities, especially autism in the upcoming and future terms. EFECT does not advocate for families. They have parties. They won't allow information about autism to be posted on their listserve. When is the last time that they went to an IEP meeting with a family that was struggling? When did they take phone calls from mothers that are crying because of the damage that the district is doing to their child? When did they offer information on how to fight Lee's Summit for the FAPE that their children are entitled to? When did they use false information, with your cooperation, to make themselves look good to the school district at the opening of the Adminstration Center? They won't let anything negative about Lee's Summit School District to be posted on their listserve. They allow information that parents post on there to be used by school districts and legislators against those families. They even take information that parents post on there and send it to newspaper and impersonate the person that posted it. I have also been told that you went to the Missouri Department of Mental Health and spread false information about LSASG.

I hope to get a constitutional amendment passed governing funding and services for those with physical and developmental disabilities and create a cabinet level department for developmental/disabilities services. I would suggest you speak to Judy Green of MCDD or Tracy Damario of EFECT if you would be open to understand more of what I have done and am doing for those with autism and other special needs as a legislator. I am perfectly capable of doing my own investigation without being coached by those that support you without regard to those in their own community. I am not interested in furthering your political career. I am interested in helping families that are being destroyed by the school district that you so solidly support. You made promises to help families with the school district and instead you took their confidential information to the district and shared it.

Those efforts are part of why I was honored this year as Freshman Legislator of the Year for Disabilities Advocacy. Debbie had suggested I visit your LSASG again and I would be happy to do that and update them on developments in Jefferson City on autism and receive questions and comments. She suggested that many months ago and then you used her to try and make a division in our group. After that she told you that she didn't appreciate you using her and would not allow you to use her any further.

Thank you for your passion and all you do for children with autism and their families.


Jeff Grisamore
State Representative, District 47
Missouri House of Representatives
State Capitol - Room 201CA
201 West Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City, MO 65101-6806
Office: 573.751.1456
Cell: 816.225.5695
Fax: 573.526.8184
E-Mail: jeff.grisamore@house.mo.gov

You chose not to address the items below that I have emails for. Perhaps that is because you can't deny what you put into print.


"With five of our children that are school age attending Lee's Summit schools, I am passionately committed to support and defend the quality of education that our students enjoy," he said. "I co-led the fight in the Missouri House to defeat legislation this year that would have required Lee's Summit Schools to accept students from the Kansas City school district."

On another note, Grisamore told the Tribune that "One aspect of the bill that was "lost to compromise," Grisamore said, "were tax credits for parents to send their children to another school if their local public school wasn't able to provide an adequate education."

"We couldn't find common ground between the public educators and the school-of-choice folks," Grisamore said.

Grisamore said some lawmakers were nervous about the potential of public funding going to private schools.

That hardly says that you co-led the fight to defeat that legislation.

That is hardly a bill that was designed to make Lee's Summit schools accept students from Kansas City. We both know that no one would send their special needs child to Lee's Summit. Yet, you sent out mailings and have continued to state that it was. That was very misleading and I would expect more from a minister and definitely from my legislator.

The input I have received from them has influenced the three autism related bills I have filed this year—two of which are being heard in the health care policy committee this Tuesday. Many other autism and disabilities advocates and groups I work with are greatly dismayed by this and understand that no Missouri legislator is more pro-active on autism and special needs than me—and I am just getting started.

Comment by Jeff Grisamore from Lee's Summit, Missouri on Apr 12th, 2008, 15:16 pm

While I have gained much inspiration to advocate for Autism through the multiple meetings and hours I have spent with Sherri Tucker's autism support group, the three bills I am sponsoring did not come from them. Two of them are recommendations of the Missouri Blue Ribbon Panel and the other autism bill on education was developed in collaboration with educators.

Comment by Jeff Grisamore from Lees Summit on Apr 15th, 2008, 22:44 pm

As for a committee on autism and special needs in R-7, I have spoken to the Superintendent and Board, which relates to why he spoke to you. If that committee is formed, you will have one voice, although I would like to see D on it too, along with others, such as J. That will be up to R-7. Given your antagonism toward me and them, you are most fortunate you are being considered to be on such a committee. I would encourage you to consider changing your approach for the sake of LSASG's credibility and influence with R-7 and beyond. Your current approach is only isolating and alienating yourself from me and others who are doing much to help children with autism and their families.

"Rep grisamore is getting ahead of himself. There have been no follow up discussions about any ideas that may have been mentioned in some setting. Honestly, I do not recall discussing this committee but I may have forgotten. It happens. My invitation to discuss the issues is for you only at this time. You and I can discuss together where all of this goes from there. I hope this clarifies my intention. I do not go into this knowing where we will end up but do feel our dialogue has the potential to make us a better district and help you better understand our challenges. I am really looking forward to our meetings."