KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A St. Louis area representative, Courtney Allen Curtis (D), has introduced a bill to make “high fives” the official state greeting in Missouri.
How about a high-five for that?!
“It sounds kind of fun!” said Yvette Hanigan, a Missouri resident.
“Unless they’re going to be putting out hand things to wipe the hands off and things like that with all the viruses and things going around, I’m not sure that would be a good idea,” said Michael Sherrill, another Missouri resident.
There are mixed feelings from Missouri residents about House Bill 1624. The bill was introduced by Rep. Curtis to make a high-five as the official greeting of Missouri.
“It’s something that I actually do on the floor on a regular basis, I just walk around giving my colleagues high-fives to promote a friendly environment and to make sure that, were connected so we can actually do the work of the state,” said Rep .Curtis.
He says he’s simply trying to reduce tensions caused by more serious discussions, things like education and the economy, that have been impacting the country in recent years.
“It’s necessary and it’s not a waste of time, because it does promote solidarity, and that’s what we need in order to work together to improve Missouri,” he added.
Rep. Curtis says the house has been concentrating on other bills as well.
“Right-to-work, we’ve already had a hearing on that, pro-life and pro-choice issues,” he said.
But he says there is room to discuss both.
“It’s promoting us working together, sure we want to work all the time, but when tensions get raised to a certain level, it prevents any productivity from actually occurring,” added Rep. Curtis.
Many Missouri residents feel that this bill probably should not be at the top of the list.
“Given the state of the economy and a lot of people are struggling, it just doesn’t seem like something to me that it’s something to spend money on,” said Hanigan.
“I think they have probably better things they probably could be concentrating on instead of hand shaking and high fiving,” added Sherrill.
Rep. Curtis said he’s an optimistic person and hopes this bill will pass, and believes he should get bipartisan support for it. Or at least a high-five or two!