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State Rep. David Tyson Smith (D-Columbia) speaks in a Missouri House committee hearing in Jefferson City on January 24, 2023 (file photo courtesy of Tim Bommel at House Communications)

(LISTEN): State Rep. David Tyson Smith (D-Columbia) discusses Missouri legislative priorities on “Wake Up Mid-Missouri”

State Rep. David Tyson Smith’s (D-Columbia) district is primarily in north Columbia, but he also represents some areas south of I-70 as well. Representative Smith joined us live this morning in-studio on 939 the Eagle’s “Wake Up Mid-Missouri.” He says the transgender issue is being used as a “wedge” issue by some in Jefferson City. Representative Smith tells listeners that 40 percent of his constituents are Republicans, and that no one brings up transgender issues when he goes door-to-door. He says his constituents are worried about roads and I-70. Representative Smith also tells “Wake Up Mid-Missouri” that he’d like to see the GOP-controlled Legislature focus more on education, paying teachers more and having safer elections:

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