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(Jefferson City) – Representative Courtney Allen Curtis (D-Berkeley) recently introduced HB 1624, which would designate the “high five” as Missouri’s official greeting.

After filing the bill, Curtis issued the following statement:

“The high five is friendly, fun, and can lift spirits; and with tensions running high in the Capitol building, the high five might be just what Missouri needs. Both Republicans and Democrats are passionate about their issues, and sometimes that passion can cause our legislators to be on edge. An official state greeting could help to break up the monotony of the day-to-day work and promote a friendlier environment between both sides of the aisle.

“This bill was designed to actually get children involved in our political process. These type of bills are used to engage our youth, many of whom I visit with in my district. In an election year, tensions are often at all-time high, so I think it’s a great way to break the partisan gridlock.”

In addition to his legislative duties, Representative Curtis is the Chairman of the Freshman Bipartisan Issue Development Committee.

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