The Capitol Report | July 12th, 2018

End of Fiscal Year Sees Strong Revenue Growth

As Fiscal Year 2018 ended at the close of June, the state received good news regarding the healthier-than-expected growth of state revenues. While state budget leaders had predicted growth of 1.9 percent, the state saw the fiscal year end with growth of 5 percent.

The growth means the state collected $9.47 billion in general revenue from July 2017 through June 2018. In comparison, general revenue collections for Fiscal Year 2017 were only $9.02 billion. The additional dollars in the state’s coffers are a result of 5.6 percent increase in individual income tax collections, and a 2.3 percent increase in sales tax collections. The state also saw corporate income tax collections grow by more than 6 percent.

As promised, I will continue to summarize Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed (TAFP) bills from this legislative session. All of these bills have been signed and delivered to the governor’s office.

HB 1796 — Establishes the “First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account Act” and authorizes an individual income tax deduction for 50% of the contributions to such a savings account dedicated to buying a first home. The bill specifies that the annual contribution deduction limit is $1,600 for an individual or $3,200 for a couple filing a joint tax return.

HB 1797 (Signed by Governor: 06/01/18) — Specifies the levels of physical force, including deadly force, an armed nuclear security guard may use against another person at a nuclear power plant or within a structure or fenced yard of a nuclear power plant to prevent certain dangerous actions by the other person. An armed nuclear security guard, employer of an armed nuclear security guard, or owner of a nuclear power plant will not be subject to civil liability for conduct of an armed nuclear security guard that is permitted in the bill.

HB 1809 (Signed by Governor: 06/01/18) — Adds Franklin County to the compact between Missouri and Illinois creating the Bi-State Development Agency and the Bi-State Metropolitan Development District.

HB 1831 (Signed by Governor: 06/22/18) – Clarifies that disposable diapers are included in the items exempted from sales tax during the Back to School Sales Tax Holiday in August each year. This bill authorizes a state and local sales and use tax exemption for initiation fees and dues paid to nonprofit organizations exempt from taxation by the IRS under Section 501(c)(7).

HB 1832 (Signed by Governor: 06/01/18)  — Currently, scrap dealers must keep documentation for any transaction involving certain metals. This bill expands the documentation requirements to add transactions involving motor vehicle, heavy equipment, or tractor batteries.

HB 1838 (Signed by Governor: 06/01/18) — Authorizes and empowers the Governor to convey all interest in specific property, described in the bill, located in Jefferson City, Missouri. The Commissioner of Administration shall set the terms and conditions for the conveyance as he or she deems reasonable.

HB 1858 (Signed by Governor: 06/01/18) — Beginning July 1, 2019, this bill requires interest on a tax overpayment be paid after 45 days at the same rate of interest as the rate imposed for an underpayment of income tax and removes the provision exempting interest on amounts of less than $1. This bill directs the Department of Revenue to create an online mapping feature whereby the taxing information of political subdivisions and special taxing districts will be made readily available.

If you ever have questions, comments, or concerns, please call my office at 573-751-1688 or email me at: jason.chipman@house.mo.gov

You may read in more detail about what is happening at your State Capitol below.

As always, I will work diligently for you as your State Representative.

-Jason

 

 

Missouri Ends Fiscal Year 2018 with Strong Revenue Growth

As Fiscal Year 2018 ended at the close of June, the state received good news regarding the healthier-than-expected growth of state revenues. While state budget leaders had predicted growth of 1.9 percent, the state saw the fiscal year end with growth of 5 percent.

The growth means the state collected $9.47 billion in general revenue from July 2017 through June 2018. In comparison, general revenue collections for Fiscal Year 2017 were only $9.02 billion. The additional dollars in the state’s coffers are a result of 5.6 percent increase in individual income tax collections, and a 2.3 percent increase in sales tax collections. The state also saw corporate income tax collections grow by more than 6 percent.

2018 Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed Bills

I will continue to summarize Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed (TAFP) bills from this legislative session. All of these bills have been signed and delivered to the governor’s office.

HB 1796 — Establishes the First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account Act and authorizes a tax deduction for contributions to a savings account dedicated to buying a first home

Beginning January 1, 2019, this bill establishes the “First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account Act” and authorizes an individual income tax deduction for 50% of the contributions to such a savings account dedicated to buying a first home. The bill specifies that the annual contribution deduction limit is $1,600 for an individual or $3,200 for a couple filing a joint tax return.

HB 1797 (Signed by Governor: 06/01/18) — Establishes the Nuclear Power Plant Security Guard Act

This bill defines “armed nuclear security guard,” “structure or fenced yard,” and “nuclear power plant” for purposes of the laws relating to armed nuclear security guards. The bill specifies the levels of physical force, including deadly force, an armed nuclear security guard may use against another person at a nuclear power plant or within a structure or fenced yard of a nuclear power plant to prevent certain dangerous actions by the other person. An armed nuclear security guard, employer of an armed nuclear security guard, or owner of a nuclear power plant will not be subject to civil liability for conduct of an armed nuclear security guard that is permitted in the bill. The bill also provides that if an offense that would be trespass in the first degree, a class B misdemeanor, occurs at a building of or on real property of a nuclear power plant, it will be a class E felony.

HB 1809 (Signed by Governor: 06/01/18) — Changes the laws regarding the Bi-state Metropolitan Development District compact by adding Franklin County

This bill adds Franklin County to the compact between Missouri and Illinois creating the Bi-State Development Agency and the Bi-State Metropolitan Development District.

HB 1831 (Signed by Governor: 06/22/18) — Changes the laws regarding the sales tax holiday that occurs in early August by adding an exemption for disposable diapers

This bill clarifies that disposable diapers are included in the items exempted from sales tax during the Back to School Sales Tax Holiday in August each year. This bill authorizes a state and local sales and use tax exemption for initiation fees and dues paid to nonprofit organizations exempt from taxation by the IRS under Section 501(c)(7).

HB 1832 (Signed by Governor: 06/01/18)  — Changes merchandising practices and credit user protection law and creates the offenses of defacing a credit card reader and illegal use of a card scanner

Currently, scrap dealers must keep documentation for any transaction involving certain metals. This bill expands the documentation requirements to add transactions involving motor vehicle, heavy equipment, or tractor batteries.

HB 1838 (Signed by Governor: 06/01/18) — Authorizes the conveyance of certain state property

This bill authorizes and empowers the Governor to convey all interest in specific property, described in the bill, located in Jefferson City, Missouri. The Commissioner of Administration shall set the terms and conditions for the conveyance as he or she deems reasonable.

HB 1858 (Signed by Governor: 06/01/18) — Requires the Department of Revenue to feature a map of all special taxing districts on its website

Beginning July 1, 2019, this bill requires interest on a tax overpayment be paid after 45 days at the same rate of interest as the rate imposed for an underpayment of income tax and removes the provision exempting interest on amounts of less than $1. This bill directs the Department of Revenue to create an online mapping feature whereby the taxing information of political subdivisions and special taxing districts will be made readily available. The mapping feature will display the geographical boundaries of such political subdivisions and taxing districts, and shall have the option of superimposing those boundaries on Missouri House of Representatives and Senate districts. Political subdivisions collecting sales tax are required to provide to the department mapping and geographic data pertaining to its borders and jurisdictions. The department may contract with a third party to maintain the mapping feature. The department shall implement the mapping feature by July 1, 2019.

I am committed to serve the constituents of the 120th District, so please feel free to contact my office anytime at 573-751-1688. Your District 120 Capitol Office is 201 W Capitol Ave, Rm 415-B, Jefferson City, MO 65101. If you wish to unsubscribe from this report, please email Dylan Bryant at dylan.bryant@house.mo.gov

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The Capitol Report | July 6th, 2018

State Operating Budget Signed into Law

With the governor’s signature, the appropriations bills that make up the Fiscal Year 2019 state operating budget officially became law and took effect when the new fiscal year began July 1. In total, the bills make up a $28.6 billion budget that makes a record investment in K-12 education, and stabilizes funding for Missouri’s institutions of higher learning. While the governor signed the majority of the legislature’s budget priorities into law, he also used his line-item veto authority to strike several appropriations from the spending plan. In total he issued 21 line-item vetoes totaling more than $12 million.

The vetoes impact funding for several of the state’s colleges and universities, including Missouri Southern, Harris-Stowe, Truman State, Northwest Missouri State, and Three Rivers Community College. Other vetoes impact funding for the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Office of Child Advocate, and Volunteer Firefighter Workers’ Compensation Grants. With the vetoed appropriations, lawmakers will have the option to consider veto overrides during the annual Veto Session in September. An override requires a two-thirds vote in each chamber of the legislature and would reauthorize the vetoed spending line.

As promised, I will continue to summarize Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed (TAFP) bills from this legislative session. All of these bills have been signed and delivered to the governor’s office.

HB 1690 – Removes a provision specifying that nonpro rata assessments for administrative and legal costs shall not exceed $150 per member insurer in any one calendar year, and specifies that the amount of other assessments for long-term care insurance written by the impaired or insolvent insurer shall be allocated according to a methodology included in the plan of operation and approved by the director.

HB 1713 – Allows a birth parent, with proof of identification, or adoptee to request or update a contact preference form, which states whether the birth parent or adoptee would like to be contacted, that will accompany the birth certificate of an adopted person.

HB 1719 – Establishes regulations and registration requirements for professional employer organizations (PEOs). The bill requires all PEOs to be registered with the Secretary of State. Registration of PEOs may be done individually or as a group. At the time of registration, and every year thereafter, the PEO or PEO group must file with the Secretary of State an audit performed by an independent certified public accountant.

HB 1729 – Amends Missouri’s prevailing wage law. Prevailing wage shall not be paid for public works where the estimated cost, or accepted bids, are $75,000 or less. All public works projects estimated to cost, or with an accepted bid of $10,000 or less for all occupational titles shall be exempt from competitive bidding requirements. Wage determination schedules are provided in the bill.

HB 1744 – Modifies the A+ Schools Program by removing the requirement that the student’s attendance of a high school in the state be the three years immediately prior to graduation. This bill also contains one of my bill’s which prohibits public colleges from requiring a student to buy a meal plan or dine on-campus if the student presents medical documentation of a food allergy or medical dietary issue to the institution. This bill contains an emergency clause.

HB 1769 – Creates the offense of filing a false document, which is committed if, with intent to defraud, deceive, harass, alarm, or negatively impact financially, a person files, causes to be filed, or attempts to file, creates, uses as genuine, transfers or has transferred, presents, or prepares with knowledge or belief that it will be filed, presented, or transferred to the Secretary of State or his or her designee, any county recorder of deeds or his or her designee, any municipal, county, district, or state government entity or office, or any credit bureau or financial institution specified documents.

If you ever have questions, comments, or concerns, please call my office at 573-751-1688 or email me at: jason.chipman@house.mo.gov

You may read in more detail about what is happening at your State Capitol below.

As always, I will work diligently for you as your State Representative.

-Jason

 

State Operating Budget Signed into Law

With the governor’s signature, the appropriations bills that make up the Fiscal Year 2019 state operating budget officially became law and took effect when the new fiscal year began July 1. In total, the bills make up a $28.6 billion budget that makes a record investment in K-12 education, and stabilizes funding for Missouri’s institutions of higher learning.

Some of the highlights of the state spending plan include:

  • Full funding for the school foundation formula for the second consecutive year for the first time in the state’s history. Lawmakers approved a $99 million funding increase for K-12 public schools, while also increasing funding for school transportation by more than $10 million.
  • Reversal of a recommended cut of $68 million for higher education funding in conjunction with a deal that will prevent excessive tuition increases at the state’s universities and colleges.
  • Funding increases for the state’s scholarship programs, which include a $2 million increase for Access Missouri, $3.5 million in additional funds for the A+ Scholarship Program; and an additional $1 million for Bright Flight.
  • $1.8 million increase in funding for the state’s independent living centers, which help people with disabilities to increase their independence and their opportunity to participate in day-to-day life within their communities.
  • $4 million in state support for Missouri’s Access to Recovery program and peer support, which helps individuals and families struggling with substance use disorders and provides the tools needed for long-term recovery.
  • $8.5 million increase in funding for the First Steps Program that provides services to families with children, birth to three years of age, with disabilities or developmental delays.
  • $4.75 million increase over the governor’s recommendation for tourism funding and grants ($14.75 million total).

While the governor signed the majority of the legislature’s budget priorities into law, he also used his line-item veto authority to strike several appropriations from the spending plan. In total he issued 21 line-item vetoes totaling more than $12 million. The vetoes impact funding for several of the state’s colleges and universities, including Missouri Southern, Harris-Stowe, Truman State, Northwest Missouri State, and Three Rivers Community College. Other vetoes impact funding for the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Office of Child Advocate, and Volunteer Firefighter Workers’ Compensation Grants.

With the vetoed appropriations, lawmakers will have the option to consider veto overrides during the annual Veto Session in September. An override requires a two-thirds vote in each chamber of the legislature and would reauthorize the vetoed spending line.

2018 Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed Bills

I will continue to summarize Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed (TAFP) bills from this legislative session. All of these bills have been signed and delivered to the governor’s office.

HB 1690 – Modifies provision of the Missouri life and health insurance guarantee act.

The bill modifies provisions relating to Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association member assessments. It removes a provision specifying that nonpro rata assessments for administrative and legal costs shall not exceed $150 per member insurer in any one calendar year, and specifies that the amount of other assessments for long-term care insurance written by the impaired or insolvent insurer shall be allocated according to a methodology included in the plan of operation and approved by the director. The methodology shall provide for 50% of the assessment to be allocated to accident and health member insurers, and 50% to life and annuity member insurers. These provisions shall not apply to any member insurer that is impaired or insolvent prior to the bill’s effective date.

HB 1713 – Modifies provisions relating to the Missouri Adoptee Rights Act

This bill allows birth parents to obtain a copy of an adopted person’s original birth certificate. This bill allows a birth parent, with proof of identification, or adoptee to request or update a contact preference form, which states whether the birth parent or adoptee would like to be contacted, that will accompany the birth certificate of an adopted person. Currently, only a birth parent may request the form. If an adopted person is deceased, his or her lineal descendants have the right to obtain a copy of the adoptee’s birth certificate, contact form, and medical history form.

HB 1719 – Modifies provisions relating to professional registration

This bill establishes regulations and registration requirements for professional employer organizations (PEOs). The bill requires all PEOs to be registered with the Secretary of State. Registration of PEOs may be done individually or as a group. At the time of registration, and every year thereafter, the PEO or PEO group must file with the Secretary of State an audit performed by an independent certified public accountant. A PEO may be eligible for limited registration if it meets certain requirements. The Secretary of State shall maintain a list of PEOs registered in this state. PEOs shall pay an initial registration fee not to exceed $500 with an annual renewal fee not to exceed $250. However, no fee shall exceed the amount reasonably necessary for the administration of the bill.

HB 1729 – Repeals provisions relating to prevailing wages on public works

This bill amends Missouri’s prevailing wage law. Prevailing wage shall not be paid for public works where the estimated cost, or accepted bids, are $75,000 or less. All public works projects estimated to cost, or with an accepted bid of $10,000 or less for all occupational titles shall be exempt from competitive bidding requirements. Wage determination schedules are provided in the bill.

HB 1744 – Modifies the A+ Schools Program by removing the requirement that the student’s attendance of public high school occur in the three years immediately prior to graduation

The bill modifies the A+ Schools Program by removing the requirement that the student’s attendance of a high school in the state be the three years immediately prior to graduation. This bill adds an additional mechanism by which the taxing district of a public school may attach itself to a community college district in order to increase the tax base of the community college district and secure in-district tuition rates for students of the school district. The new mechanism allows the community college to propose the plan to the school district’s voters and requires the community college to pay for the election. The bill modifies the Missouri Higher Education Savings Program to allow Missouri 529 account holders to transfer money from that account to a Missouri ABLE account while retaining tax exempt status on the transferred money.

This bill also adds approved virtual institutions to the Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program, as described in the bill. This bill also contains one of my bills which prohibits public colleges from requiring a student to buy a meal plan or dine on-campus if the student presents medical documentation of a food allergy or medical dietary issue to the institution. This bill contains an emergency clause.

HB 1769 – Establishes the offense of filing false documents

This bill creates the offense of filing a false document, which is committed if, with intent to defraud, deceive, harass, alarm, or negatively impact financially, a person files, causes to be filed, or attempts to file, creates, uses as genuine, transfers or has transferred, presents, or prepares with knowledge or belief that it will be filed, presented, or transferred to the Secretary of State or his or her designee, any county recorder of deeds or his or her designee, any municipal, county, district, or state government entity or office, or any credit bureau or financial institution specified documents. For the first offense, filing a false document is a class D felony. Filing false documents is a class C felony in certain specified instances. Any person who is found guilty of committing such offense will be ordered to make full restitution to any person or entity that has sustained any actual losses as a result of the commission of such offense.

 

I am committed to serve the constituents of the 120th District, so please feel free to contact my office anytime at 573-751-1688. Your District 120 Capitol Office is 201 W Capitol Ave, Rm 415-B, Jefferson City, MO 65101. If you wish to unsubscribe from this report, please email Dylan Bryant at dylan.bryant@house.mo.gov

The Capitol Report | June 28th, 2018

As promised, I will continue to summarize Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed (TAFP) bills from this legislative session. All of these bills have been signed and delivered to the governor’s office.

HB 1617 – Specifies that the Department of Social Services shall reimburse providers for services provided through telehealth if the provider can ensure that services are rendered meeting the standard of care that would be expected if the services were rendered in person. Telehealth services are the delivery of health care using technology to communicate with a health care provider who is at a different location than the patient.

HB 1625 – Establishes the “Missouri Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.” The Department of Agriculture, through a federal grant program with the USDA Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, will provide low-income seniors at least 60 years of age or older with vouchers from county designated distribution sites that may be exchanged for eligible foods at farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community supported agricultural programs.

HB 1635 – Modifies provisions relating to the reporting of suspected abuse and neglect of a resident of a long-term care facility who is 60 years of age or older or an eligible adult. Currently, a report is required to be made to the Department of Health and Senior Services in the event of suspected abuse or neglect. The bill requires that in the event of suspected sexual assault of the resident, a report shall also be made to local law enforcement.

HB 1646 – States that one purpose of the brush control law is to prevent brush from interfering with vehicles traveling on the road. If the county is required to take action to control the brush because the owner fails to do so, the county will extend the costs as a special tax due on the landowner’s real and personal property tax assessment and will collect the costs in the same manner as state and county taxes.

HB 1665 – Allows the State Board of Education to grant an initial visiting scholar certificate as a license to teach in public schools. The applicant must be employed in a content area in which the individual has an academic degree or professional experience.

If you ever have questions, comments, or concerns, please call my office at 573-751-1688 or email me at: jason.chipman@house.mo.gov

You may read in more detail about what is happening at your State Capitol below.

As always, I will work diligently for you as your State Representative.

-Jason

 

 

Celebrating America’s Independence

It’s a holiday that many mark with its date, and while most simply refer to it as the Fourth of July, the people of this great nation cannot and should not forget its true designation as Independence Day. This special day is far more than just another on the calendar, or a reason to take time off from work. It is recognition of the battles fought, the lives given, and the peace that was forged in order to form a more perfect union. It is a celebration of all that makes America great and a reminder that the freedoms that define this nation were hard-earned, and require the continued commitment of the American people to maintain.

Interestingly, while the nation will celebrate its independence on July 4, it is the date of July 2, 1776 that marks when a closed session of Congress first approved a resolution of independence. In fact, it was John Adams who wrote, “The second day of July, 1776 will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary festival.” Adams missed the mark by two days, as the nation now celebrates the date shown on the Declaration of Independence, but his point remains valid about the annual celebration that occurs in recognition of this nation’s greatness.

2018 Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed Bills

I will continue to summarize Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed (TAFP) bills from this legislative session. All of these bills have been signed and delivered to the governor’s office.

HB 1617 – Modifies provisions relating to telehealth

This bill specifies that the Department of Social Services shall reimburse providers for services provided through telehealth if the provider can ensure that services are rendered meeting the standard of care that would be expected if the services were rendered in person. Telehealth services are the delivery of health care using technology to communicate with a health care provider who is at a different location than the patient. Generally, reimbursement for telehealth services must be made in the same way as reimbursement for in-person contact. The bill specifies that before telehealth services can be provided in a school, the parent or guardian of the child must give authorization. This bill clarifies that current statute authorizing a health care provider to provide telehealth services shall not be construed to prohibit a health carrier from reimbursing non-clinical staff for services otherwise allowed by law. This bill repeals several existing provisions relating to telehealth services within MO HealthNet.

HB 1625 – Establishes the Missouri Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program to provide low-income seniors with fresh, Missouri-grown produce

This bill establishes the “Missouri Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.” The Department of Agriculture, through a federal grant program with the USDA Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, will provide low-income seniors at least 60 years of age or older with vouchers from county designated distribution sites that may be exchanged for eligible foods at farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community supported agricultural programs.

HB 1635 – Modifies mandated reporting requirements for sexual assault victims in long-term care facilities

This bill modifies provisions relating to the reporting of suspected abuse and neglect of a resident of a long-term care facility who is 60 years of age or older or an eligible adult. Currently, a report is required to be made to the Department of Health and Senior Services in the event of suspected abuse or neglect. The bill requires that in the event of suspected sexual assault of the resident, a report shall also be made to local law enforcement.

HB 1646 – Modifies provisions relating to landowners’ obligation to control brush adjacent to county roads

This bill states that one purpose of the brush control law is to prevent brush from interfering with vehicles traveling on the road. If the county is required to take action to control the brush because the owner fails to do so, the county will extend the costs as a special tax due on the landowner’s real and personal property tax assessment and will collect the costs in the same manner as state and county taxes. Notice that must be provided to the landowner of these requirements can be given in writing using any mail service with delivery tracking. The county right-of-way or county maintenance easement will be deemed to extend 15 feet from the center of the county road or at a distance set forth in the original conveyance. The center of the road will be a point equidistant from both edges of the drivable ground of the road in its current condition. In the event a county is required to obtain a land survey to enforce these provisions, the costs of the survey will be divided equally between the county and the land owner.

HB 1665 – Establishes a visiting scholars certificate of license to teach

This bill allows the State Board of Education to grant an initial visiting scholar certificate as a license to teach in public schools. The applicant must be employed in a content area in which the individual has an academic degree or professional experience. He or she may only teach classes for ninth grade or higher and the hiring school district must verify that the applicant will be employed as part of a business-education partnership initiative designed to build career pathways systems for students. The certificate will last for one year and the applicant can renew it a maximum of two times if certain requirements, as described within the bill, are met.

I am committed to serve the constituents of the 120th District, so please feel free to contact my office anytime at 573-751-1688. Your District 120 Capitol Office is 201 W Capitol Ave, Rm 415-B, Jefferson City, MO 65101. If you wish to unsubscribe from this report, please email Dylan Bryant at dylan.bryant@house.mo.gov

The Capitol Report | June 21st, 2018

Earlier this week, Governor Mike Parson appointed Senator Mike Kehoe to the position of Lt. Governor to fill the vacancy left when Parson took over for former Governor Eric Grietens. Lt. Governor Kehoe said he plans to focus on the state’s infrastructure needs, among other issues, during his tenure.

In other news, I will continue to summarize Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed (TAFP) bills from this legislative session. All of these bills have been signed and delivered to the governor’s office. Bill review will be one of the first duties of the new governor.

HB 1504 – Allows the governing bodies or county planning commissions in Newton and McDonald counties to adopt ordinances regulating incompatible land uses and structures within any or all the unincorporated area extending up to 3,000 feet outward from the boundaries of any National Guard training center if the county has participated in the completion of a joint land use study associated with the training center.

HB 1516 – Authorizes MO HealthNet reimbursement for up to 20 visits per year for services provided to MO HealthNet participants by licensed chiropractic physicians practicing within their scope of practice.

HB 1517 – Requires the Attorney General and the Commissioner of Administration, by no later than September 30, 2018, and by the last day of each calendar month thereafter, to submit a report to the General Assembly detailing settlements and judgments paid in the previous month from the State Legal Expense Fund, including any payments from or deposits to the fund, as specified in the bill. In cases of legal expenses incurred by specified state departments, universities, and colleges, the required report is to be submitted by the legal counsel provided by the respective entity and by the designated keeper of that entity’s accounts.

HB 1531 – Provides that a private attorney retained by the state is not entitled to a fee, exclusive of costs and expenses, of more than a set percentage determined by the dollar amount recovered. The total fee payable to retained private attorneys in any matter subject to a contingency fee shall not exceed $10 million, exclusive of costs and expenses provided for in the contracts and actually incurred by the attorneys. The bill specifies that a contingency fee is payable only from money actually received under a judgment or settlement agreement and shall not be based on any amount attributable to a fine or civil penalty.

HB 1558 – Creates the offense of nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images, which is a class D felony. The bill specifies certain exceptions to the offense. The bill also creates the offense of threatening the nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images, which is a class E felony.

HB 1606 – Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, this bill requires schools to be in session for 1044 hours of pupil attendance, and eliminates the requirement that schools be in session for any minimum number of days.

If you ever have questions, comments, or concerns, please call my office at 573-751-1688 or email me at: jason.chipman@house.mo.gov

You may read in more detail about what is happening at your State Capitol below.

As always, I will work diligently for you as your State Representative.

-Jason

2018 Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed Bills

I will continue to summarize Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed (TAFP) bills from this legislative session. All of these bills have been signed and delivered to the governor’s office. Bill review will be one of the first duties of the new governor.

HB 1504 – Requires certain counties to adopt ordinances regulating land use around National Guard training centers

This bill allows the governing bodies or county planning commissions in Newton and McDonald counties to adopt ordinances regulating incompatible land uses and structures within any or all the unincorporated area extending up to 3,000 feet outward from the boundaries of any National Guard training center if the county has participated in the completion of a joint land use study associated with the training center.

HB 1516 – Specifies that licensed chiropractic physicians may treat and be reimbursed for conditions currently reimbursed under MO HealthNet

This bill authorizes MO HealthNet reimbursement for up to 20 visits per year for services provided to MO HealthNet participants by licensed chiropractic physicians practicing within their scope of practice.

HB 1517 – Requires the attorney general and the commissioner of administration to submit to the general assembly a monthly report of all settlements and judgments paid from the state legal expense fund

This bill requires the Attorney General and the Commissioner of Administration, by no later than September 30, 2018, and by the last day of each calendar month thereafter, to submit a report to the General Assembly detailing settlements and judgments paid in the previous month from the State Legal Expense Fund, including any payments from or deposits to the fund, as specified in the bill. In cases of legal expenses incurred by specified state departments, universities, and colleges, the required report is to be submitted by the legal counsel provided by the respective entity and by the designated keeper of that entity’s accounts.

HB 1531 – Modifies provisions relating to civil proceedings

This bill provides that a private attorney retained by the state is not entitled to a fee, exclusive of costs and expenses, of more than a set percentage determined by the dollar amount recovered. The total fee payable to retained private attorneys in any matter subject to a contingency fee shall not exceed $10 million, exclusive of costs and expenses provided for in the contracts and actually incurred by the attorneys. The bill specifies that a contingency fee is payable only from money actually received under a judgment or settlement agreement and shall not be based on any amount attributable to a fine or civil penalty.

This bill modifies the circumstances in which a party may be joined in a civil action. The bill clarifies that a plaintiff’s insured may be joined as a defendant and required to interplead when the plaintiff may be exposed to multiple claims. The term “plaintiff” includes an insurance company when the multiple claims exceed the total limits of applicable coverage. The bill further sets forth a procedure by which an insurer or risk management entity may timely deposit all applicable limits of coverage into court in an interpleader action, and will not be further liable for any amount in excess of its contractual limits of coverage so long as the insurer defends its insured from any further claim or lawsuit.

HB 1558 – Creates the offense of nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images

This bill creates the offense of nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images, which is a class D felony. A person commits such offense when he or she: intentionally disseminates an image of another person fitting criteria specified in the bill; obtains the image under circumstances in which a reasonable person would know or understand that the image was to remain private; and knows or should have known that the person in the image has not consented to the dissemination. The bill specifies certain exceptions to the offense. The bill also creates the offense of threatening the nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images, which is a class E felony. A person commits the offense of threatening the nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images if he or she gains or attempts to gain anything of value, or coerces or attempts to coerce another person to act or refrain from acting, by threatening to disseminate an image of another person, under the circumstances specified in the bill. This bill contains an emergency clause.

HB 1606 – Modifies provisions relating to elementary and secondary education

Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, this bill requires schools to be in session for 1044 hours of pupil attendance, and eliminates the requirement that schools be in session for any minimum number of days. The bill requires schools to post certain financial information online, including a searchable expenditure and revenue document or database detailing actual income, expenditures, and disbursements for the current calendar or fiscal year on its district or school website by September 1, 2019. A school is not required to post any confidential information, including any personal information regarding payroll.  This bill provides that if less than 25% of the public school student transportation funding formula is funded by the state, a school board may vote to reduce its allocation of foundation formula money going to professional development from a minimum of 1% to a minimum of 0.5%.

In addition, this bill provides students the opportunity to choose between the ACT WorkKeys assessment or the ACT assessment in any school year in which the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) or a school district directs an administration of the ACT assessment. This bill also requires the Governor to appoint a teacher representative to the State Board of Education (SBE). The teacher representative will not have the right to vote on any matter or be counted in establishing a quorum. The teacher representative is not allowed in a closed meeting.

District Visit

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My whole family is excited about having a comic book store so close to home. We were happy to be a part of the ribbon cutting last week for the new Little Shop Of Comics in Cuba. If you get a chance, stop by and check them out.

I am committed to serve the constituents of the 120th District, so please feel free to contact my office anytime at 573-751-1688. Your District 120 Capitol Office is 201 W Capitol Ave, Rm 415-B, Jefferson City, MO 65101. If you wish to unsubscribe from this report, please email Dylan Bryant at dylan.bryant@house.mo.gov

The Capitol Report | June 14th, 2018

Governor Calls for Fresh Start in Address

As the legislative special session came to a close on Monday night, the Missouri House and Senate convened for a joint session in the House Chamber to listen to an address from Gov. Mike Parson. The new governor, who was sworn into office Friday, June 1, delivered an address to lawmakers that focused on the importance of public service and the need to work together to create a better Missouri. As the governor said in his remarks, “We have witnessed politics at its worst and at its best. We have been divided, and we have been united. Missouri has risen to the occasion, as we always do.  Today is a time for a fresh start for our state and to recommit ourselves — we must work together for a better Missouri!”

Shortly after the governor completed his address, House Speaker Richardson issued a statement saying he looked forward to working with Gov. Parson in the months ahead. Richardson added, “I am especially pleased that Governor Parson acknowledged the recent historic legislative session and the substantive conservative policies the General Assembly passed.  I am confident the governor’s proven conservative track record means he will remain a strong advocate of views Missourians overwhelmingly voted for in 2016 for us to fight for in Jefferson City.”
With the special session now concluded, members of the House and Senate are next scheduled to convene for the annual Veto Session on Sept. 12.

HB 1465 – allows for community colleges potentially to be authorized to offer baccalaureate degrees to meet local workforce needs, and for other universities to collaborate with the University of Missouri to offer degrees in engineering, chiropractic, osteopathic medicine, and podiatry.

HB 1469 – Modifies provisions of the Missouri military code by changing the name of the “Missouri reserve military force” to the “Missouri state defense force”

HB 1484 – Allows persons who have, for at least six months, been a bona fide member of an organization licensed to conduct bingo to participate in the operation of a bingo game.

HB 1492 – Extends eligibility in the Show-Me Heroes program from one year to five years from discharge of deployment.

HB 1500 – Establishes guidelines for the future regulation of occupations and professions in the State of Missouri. The bill specifies that the state may not impose a substantial burden on an individual’s pursuit of his or her occupation or profession unless there is a reasonable interest for the state to protect the general welfare.

HB 1503 – Allows veteran-owned small businesses to participate in the Missouri Linked Deposit Program. An “eligible veteran-owned small business” is defined as any business owned by an honorably discharged veteran and Missouri resident who has agreed to locate his or her business in the state for at least three years and employs less than 100 employees, a majority of whom are Missouri residents.

If you ever have questions, comments, or concerns, please call my office at 573-751-1688 or email me at:
jason.chipman@house.mo.gov

You may read in more detail about what is happening at your State Capitol below.

As always, I will work diligently for you as your State Representative.

-Jason

 

Governor Parson Calls for a Fresh Start in Address to the Missouri General Assembly

As the legislative special session came to a close on Monday night, the Missouri House and Senate convened for a joint session in the House Chamber to listen to an address from Gov. Mike Parson. The new governor, who was sworn into office Friday, June 1, delivered an address to lawmakers that focused on the importance of public service and the need to work together to create a better Missouri.

As the governor said in his remarks, “We have witnessed politics at its worst and at its best. We have been divided, and we have been united. Missouri has risen to the occasion, as we always do.  Today is a time for a fresh start for our state and to recommit ourselves — we must work together for a better Missouri!”

During his remarks, Parson also stressed that his focus in office will be on serving the people of the state. “As we move forward, together, I pledge that I will spend every day working to make our state stronger and more prosperous,” said Parson. “I promise that the welfare of the people will be my guiding principle and sole consideration. And I will never forget – never forget – that public service is—first and foremost— about serving Missourians.”

Shortly after the governor completed his address, House Speaker Richardson issued a statement saying he looked forward to working with Gov. Parson in the months ahead. Richardson added, “I am especially pleased that Governor Parson acknowledged the recent historic legislative session and the substantive conservative policies the General Assembly passed.  I am confident the governor’s proven conservative track record means he will remain a strong advocate of views Missourians overwhelmingly voted for in 2016 for us to fight for in Jefferson City.”

With the special session now concluded, members of the House and Senate are next scheduled to convene for the annual Veto Session on Sept. 12.

2018 Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed Bills

HB 1465 – Modifies various provisions relating to degree offerings at public institutions of higher education

This bill allows the Coordinating Board for Higher Education to approve new degree programs offered by state institutions of higher education. Community colleges may be authorized to offer baccalaureate degrees to meet local workforce needs, and other universities may collaborate with the University of Missouri to offer degrees in engineering, chiropractic, osteopathic medicine, and podiatry. The West Plains Campus of Missouri State University and the State Technical College of Missouri may also offer baccalaureate degrees if authorized by the Coordinating Board. The University of Missouri remains the state’s only public research university and the only institution authorized to grant research doctorates and first-professional degrees including dentistry, law, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine. No state college or university may seek the land grant designation held by Lincoln University and the University of Missouri or the research designation currently held by the University of Missouri.

HB 1469 – Modifies provisions of the Missouri military code by changing the name of the “Missouri reserve military force” to the “Missouri state defense force”

This bill changes references to the “reserve military force” in the Missouri Military Code to the “state defense force.”

HB 1484 – Changes the laws regarding the requirements for the operation of a bingo game

This bill allows persons who have, for at least six months, been a bona fide member of an organization licensed to conduct bingo to participate in the operation of a bingo game. The Constitution currently requires at least two years of membership prior to

participation. This bill also removes the statutory restrictions on the advertisement of bingo. This bill will only become effective upon the passage of a Constitutional amendment.

HB 1492 – Changes the law regarding the Show-Me Heroes program

Currently, the spouses of active duty National Guard or reservists and active duty military personal, and returning National Guard troops and reservists can participate in the Department of Economic Development’s Show-Me Heroes Program for one year following discharge of deployment. This bill extends eligibility in the program to five years from discharge of deployment.

HB 1500 – Modifies provisions relating to the practice of cosmetology and barbering

This bill establishes guidelines for the future regulation of occupations and professions in the State of Missouri. The bill specifies that the state may not impose a substantial burden on an individual’s pursuit of his or her occupation or profession unless there is a reasonable interest for the state to protect the general welfare. If such interest exists, the regulation adopted by the state shall be the least restrictive type of occupational regulation consistent with the public interest to be protected. The bill states that all bills introduced in the General Assembly to regulate an occupation or profession shall be reviewed according to criteria set forth in the bill. Additionally, the bill requires that the Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration, or any relevant regulatory agency, report and submit certain information to the General Assembly upon the filing of any bill that proposes a new or additional regulation of an occupation or profession.

HB 1503 – This bill changes the laws relating to military affairs

This bill allows veteran-owned small businesses to participate in the Missouri Linked Deposit Program. An “eligible veteran-owned small business” is defined as any business owned by an honorably discharged veteran and Missouri resident who has agreed to locate his or her business in the state for at least three years and employs less than 100 employees, a majority of whom are Missouri residents. In considering which small businesses should receive reduced-rate loans through the Linked Deposit Program, a lending institution must give priority to those owned by veterans. Any veteran who receives a small business loan through the Linked Deposit Program must also complete a boots-to-business program approved by the Department of Economic Development and be assigned a mentor for 365 days following the loan approval date. The owner and his or her mentor must meet at least once every 90 days.

District Visits

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Last Friday, I enjoyed meeting with and presenting House resolutions to three Washington, D.C. Youth Tour delegates for Crawford Electric Cooperative. The delegates are (L to R) Faith Bair of Steelville High School, Faith Skaggs of Bourbon High School, and Ella Wright of Ownesville High School.

The delegates get an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the 2018 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. During the tour, the students will experience unique leadership development opportunities, meet legislators, and explore some of our country’s most historic sites and monuments.

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Congratulations to Crawford County for becoming certified work ready by the Missouri Department of Economic Development. A big thank you to Dr. Sean Siebert and Sheriff Darin Layman for getting us over the finish line.

I am committed to serve the constituents of the 120th District, so please feel free to contact my office anytime at 573-751-1688. Your District 120 Capitol Office is 201 W Capitol Ave, Rm 415-B, Jefferson City, MO 65101. If you wish to unsubscribe from this report, please email Dylan Bryant at dylan.bryant@house.mo.gov

The Capitol Report | June 7th, 2018

Upcoming Joint Session

Gov. Mike Parson has officially taken over as chief executive of the state. In one of his first official acts as governor, Gov. Parson will address a joint session of the General Assembly this coming Monday, June 11 at the State Capitol to share his administration’s vision for Missouri.

In other news, I will continue to summarize Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed (TAFP) bills from this legislative session. All of these bills have been signed and delivered to the governor’s office. Bill review will be one of the first duties of the new governor.

HB 1413 – The bill provides that no sum shall be withheld from a public employee’s earnings to pay dues or other fees to a public labor organization without annual authorization. Labor organizations are required to maintain financial records substantially similar to federal law, and must make the records available to employees in a searchable electronic format.

HB 1415 – The bill authorizes schools to rely on technical coursework and skills assessments developed for industry-recognized certificates and credentials when developing career and technical education pathways for their students. This bill establishes the “Career Readiness Course Task Force” to study the possibility of offering a middle school career readiness course and the members shall represent the geographic diversity of the state, as specified in the bill.

HB 1428 – This bill sets a 60-day time limit for the Governor to fill a vacancy in the office of county commissioner with the advice and consent of the Senate. The vacancies filled by appointment will be held by the appointee for the remainder of the term. The bill does not apply to any county that has adopted a charter for its own government under Article VI, Section 18 of the Missouri Constitution.

HB 1446 – (1) Requires the Department of Revenue to issue an annual report listing sales and use taxes authorized by state law and collected by the department; (2) Expands the existing exception for small cities, towns, and villages, which allows candidates for election to assume office without holding an election if a particular election is uncontested and the number of candidates available equal the number of open positions, from cities, towns, or villages with 1,000 or less persons to those with 2,000 or less persons; among other provisions.

HB 1456 –  The bill provides appointment procedures and criteria for county emergency dispatching service boards when the board is meant to consolidate central dispatching services in other political subdivisions that have contracted for such service.

HB 1460 – Beginning July 1, 2019, this bill increases the fuel tax from $.17 per gallon to $.27 per gallon in $.025 increments over four years. Beginning July 1, 2022, the tax rate of $.27 applies. The additional revenue generated by the tax increase is used for the actual costs of the State Highway Patrol, subject to appropriation. The bill contains a referendum clause and the provisions of this bill will become effective upon voter approval.

HB 1461 –  This bill makes changes to the Address Confidentiality Program, which authorizes the use of a designated address for victims of a crime. The bill expands the program to victims of any crime who fear for their safety.

If you ever have questions, comments, or concerns, please call my office at
573-751-1688 or email me at:
jason.chipman@house.mo.gov

You may read in more detail about what is happening at your State Capitol below.

As always, I will work diligently for you as your State Representative.

-Jason

 

2018 Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed Bills

HB 1413 – Requires authorization for certain labor unions to use dues and fees to make political contributions and requires consent for withholding earnings from paychecks

The bill provides that no sum shall be withheld from a public employee’s earnings to pay dues or other fees to a public labor

organization without annual authorization. Labor organizations are required to maintain financial records substantially similar to federal law, and must make the records available to employees in a searchable electronic format.

HB 1415 – Allows teachers to count hours spent in externships with local businesses as professional development hours

The bill authorizes schools to rely on technical coursework and skills assessments developed for industry-recognized certificates and credentials when developing career and technical education pathways for their students (Section 162.1115). This bill establishes the “Career Readiness Course Task Force” to study the possibility of offering a middle school career readiness course and the members shall represent the geographic diversity of the state, as specified in the bill. The task force shall report it findings and recommendations by December 1, 2019.

HB 1428 – Allows the county commission of noncharter counties to appoint persons to vacated county elected offices.

This bill sets a 60-day time limit for the Governor to fill a vacancy in the office of county commissioner with the advice and consent of the Senate. The vacancies filled by appointment will be held by the appointee for the remainder of the term. The bill does not apply to any county that has adopted a charter for its own government under Article VI, Section 18 of the Missouri Constitution.

The bill also requires the county commission in all noncharter counties to fill by appointment, within 14 days, a vacancy in a county elected office to serve until the Governor makes an appointment or until the vacancy is filled by operation of another provision of law. In counties with only two county commissioners, when there is the absence of an agreement, the presiding judge of the circuit court will make the appointment. The offices of associate circuit judge, circuit judge, circuit clerk, prosecuting attorney, and circuit attorney are excluded from this provision.

HB 1446 – Modifies provisions relating to non-election successions in certain political subdivisions

This bill changes elections laws. In its main provisions, the bill:

(1) Requires the Department of Revenue to issue an annual report listing sales and use taxes authorized by state law and collected by the department; (2) Expands the existing exception for small cities, towns, and villages, which allows candidates for election to assume office without holding an election if a particular election is uncontested and the number of candidates available equal the number of open positions, from cities, towns, or villages with 1,000 or less persons to those with 2,000 or less persons; (3) Requires the Secretary of State to furnish specified absentee ballot information upon request of a duly authorized campaign or political party committee representative. Fees for copying may be charged and will not exceed public record copying charges; This provision has an emergency clause.

HB 1456 – Changes the laws regarding 911 emergency communication services

The bill provides appointment procedures and criteria for county emergency dispatching service boards when the board is meant to consolidate central dispatching services in other political subdivisions that have contracted for such service. The terms of office for existing board members that consolidate with other boards shall end 30 days after the initial members of the newly consolidated board are appointed.

HB 1460 – Authorizes a tax deduction for any prize or award won by an Olympic medalist and fuel tax increases

Beginning July 1, 2019, this bill increases the fuel tax from $.17 per gallon to $.27 per gallon in $.025 increments over four years. Beginning July 1, 2022, the tax rate of $.27 applies. The additional revenue generated by the tax increase is used for the actual costs of the State Highway Patrol, subject to appropriation. In addition, the bill authorizes the Department of Agriculture to tax all types of fuel at a substantially equivalent rate by implementing a rule by January 1, 2026. This bill authorizes the “Olympic Dream Freedom Act” which allows a state individual income tax deduction for the value of any prize or award won by a taxpayer in athletic competition in the Olympic, Paralympic, or Special Olympic Games. The bill creates the “Emergency State Freight Bottleneck Fund” which is dedicated, subject to appropriation, only to road projects with criteria for such projects specified in the bill. The bill contains a referendum clause and the provisions of this bill will become effective upon voter approval.

HB 1461 – Modifies provisions relating to the Address Confidentiality Program

This bill makes changes to the Address Confidentiality Program, which authorizes the use of a designated address for victims of a crime. The bill expands the program to victims of any crime who fear for their safety. The bill also applies the program to other individuals living with the victim. The bill specifies that if a parent is participating in the program, a court order releasing information on a minor child in a custody case shall not release the parent’s address. Additionally, if a parent wishes to relocate a child who is under his or her custody, a parent in the program may provide his or her information under seal to the court for in camera review. The bill specifies that an applicant may complete his or her own renewal in the program, and does not need to use an application assistant. A participant in the program may be removed if he or she moves outside of Missouri.

Unclaimed Property

Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt has informed my office that he currently holds $1,608,637.46 in unclaimed property belonging to approximately 16,697 account owners within the 120th District. This money is sitting in holding awaiting the rightful owners to come forward.

Therefore, I encourage you to search for and claim your property free of charge at: www.ShowMeMoney.com

Banks, businesses, and insurance companies turn over Unclaimed Property to the Treasurer after accounts have been inactive and owners cannot be successfully contacted for a statutorily defined period of time, generally five years.

I am committed to serve the constituents of the 120th District, so please feel free to contact my office anytime at 573-751-1688. Your District 120 Capitol Office is 201 W Capitol Ave, Rm 415-B, Jefferson City, MO 65101. If you wish to unsubscribe from this report, please email Dylan Bryant at dylan.bryant@house.mo.gov

The Capitol Report | May 31st, 2018

On Tuesday, Missouri Governor Eric Grietens resigned from office effective Friday, June 1st. As a result, the Special Investigative Committee on Oversight will wrap up its work, and there will no longer be a need for members of the House to consider any potential recommendations from the committee. Once the Governor departs at 5 PM on Friday, Lt. Gov. Mike Parson will then take over as chief executive of the state.

Following the governor’s announcement, House Speaker Todd Richardson, Speaker Pro Tem Elijah Haahr, and Majority Floor Leader Rob Vescovo released a statement saying, “We believe the governor has put the best interest of Missourians first today by choosing to resign. The past few months have been difficult for everyone involved, including the governor and his family…As public servants, our solemn duty is to put the best interests of the people of this great state first in every decision we make. The governor’s decision today honors that duty and allows Missouri to move forward toward a better tomorrow.”

In other news, as promised, I will continue to summarize Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed (TAFP) bills from this legislative session. I will begin this week’s recap with more House bills.

HB 1288 – The bill clarifies that for purposes of the credit a child advocacy center includes an association based in Missouri, an association affiliated with a national association, and an association organized to provide support to the regional assessment centers listed in Section 210.001.2, RSMo.

HB 1291 – This bill, among other provisions, allows the governing bodies of certain counties to adopt ordinances regulating incompatible land uses and structures, as defined in the bill, within an unincorporated area surrounding the boundaries of any National Guard training center, if the county has participated in the completion of a joint land use study for the training center.

HB 1350 – Currently, in-home service providers and home health agencies are guilty of a class A misdemeanor if they employ a person to provide services to patients who is listed on any of the background checklists in the Family Care Safety Registry. This bill repeals that provision and provides that such entities shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor if they employ a person who is guilty or has pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to certain offenses, is on the Department of Health and Senior Services’ employee disqualification list or the Department of Mental Health’s employee disqualification registry, or has a finding on the child abuse and neglect registry.

HB 1355 – This bill establishes that any law enforcement agency in the state may supplement its workforce as necessary with qualified retired peace officers when a disaster or emergency has been declared by the Governor or when there is a national emergency, and those officers shall serve as volunteers.

HB 1364 – Currently, the petroleum storage tank insurance fund is due to expire on December 31, 2020. The bill extends the expiration date to December 31, 2025. The bill also establishes the “Task Force on the Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund.”

HB 1388 – This bill adds amateur kickboxing and amateur mixed martial arts to the list of contests the Division of Professional Registration has the authority to regulate.

If you ever have questions, comments, or concerns, please call my office at
573-751-1688 or email me at:
jason.chipman@house.mo.gov

You may read in more detail about what is happening at your State Capitol below.

As always, I will work diligently for you as your State Representative.

-Jason

 

2018 Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed Bills

HB 1288 – Extends the sunset for the Champion for Children Tax Credit and modifies provisions of a tax credit for donations to maternity homes

The bill clarifies that for purposes of the credit a child advocacy center includes an association based in Missouri, an association affiliated with a national association, and an association organized to provide support to the regional assessment centers listed in Section 210.001.2, RSMo. The cumulative amount of tax credits redeemed cannot exceed $1.5 million in any tax year. Tax credits cannot be transferred or sold. This bill also removes the expiration of June 30, 2020 from the tax credit for donations to maternity homes and the expiration date of December 31, 2019 from the tax credit for donations to pregnancy resource centers, increases the cap for each credit to $3.5 million beginning January 1, 2019, and states that these tax credits cannot be transferred or sold. These provisions sunset on December 31 six years after the effective date unless reauthorized.

HB 1291 – Revises the definition of counties exempt from certain requirements of the county special road and bridge tax

This bill, among other provisions, allows the governing bodies of certain counties to adopt ordinances regulating incompatible land uses and structures, as defined in the bill, within an unincorporated area surrounding the boundaries of any National Guard training center, if the county has participated in the completion of a joint land use study for the training center.

HB 1350 – Modifies provisions relating to criminal history records

Currently, in-home service providers and home health agencies are guilty of a class A misdemeanor if they employ a person to provide services to patients who is listed on any of the background checklists in the Family Care Safety Registry. This bill repeals

that provision and provides that such entities shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor if they employ a person who is guilty or has pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to certain offenses, is on the Department of Health and Senior Services’ employee disqualification list or the Department of Mental Health’s employee disqualification registry, or has a finding on the child abuse and neglect registry. Additionally, among other changes, this bill states that no state or federal financial assistance shall be available to pay for personal care assistance services if the personal care attendant has not undergone this background check process or if the personal care attendant has a disqualifying finding under this bill.

HB 1355 – Allows retired police officers to return to work when a disaster or emergency has been proclaimed by the governor or there is a national disaster

This bill establishes that any law enforcement agency in the state may supplement its workforce as necessary with qualified retired peace officers when a disaster or emergency has been declared by the Governor or when there is a national emergency, and those officers shall serve as volunteers. Retirees assisting law enforcement agencies under these circumstances shall be in compliance with the annual firearms training and qualification standards, established by the Department of Public Safety, for retired law enforcement officers carrying concealed firearms. Any compensation awarded to retirees for service under this bill shall be paid by the law enforcement agency the retired officer is assisting.

HB 1364 – Modifies provisions relating to hazardous waste fees paid to the Missouri Emergency Response Commission

Currently, the petroleum storage tank insurance fund is due to expire on December 31, 2020. The bill extends the expiration date to December 31, 2025. The bill also establishes the “Task Force on the Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund.” The task force shall be composed of eight members, with three being from the House of Representatives and appointed by the Speaker of the House and the Minority Floor Leader, three from the Senate, and two industry stakeholders. The task force shall conduct research and compile a report, by December 31, 2018, on certain topics relating to the petroleum storage tank insurance fund (Sections 319.129 and 319.140, RSMo). Allows the Director of the Department of Agriculture to waive certain testing standards for fuel in emergency situations so long as the waiver applies equally and uniformly to suppliers and distributors

HB 1388 – Modifies provisions relating to certain sports contests

This bill adds amateur kickboxing and amateur mixed martial arts to the list of contests the Division of Professional Registration, within the Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration has the authority to regulate. The bill requires that all contestants, other than amateur kickboxing contestants, be at least 18 years old and that all promoters provide a surety bond or irrevocable letter of credit before receiving a license. The bill also prohibits and restricts the use of certain strikes in amateur mixed martial arts. The bill removes the requirement that announcers and managers of professional boxing, sparring, professional wrestling, professional kickboxing, and professional full-contact karate be licensed by the division.

Unclaimed Property

Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt has informed my office that he currently holds $1,608,637.46 in unclaimed property belonging to approximately 16,697 account owners within the 120th District. This money is sitting in holding awaiting the rightful owners to come forward.

Therefore, I encourage you to search for and claim your property free of charge at: www.ShowMeMoney.com

Banks, businesses, and insurance companies turn over Unclaimed Property to the Treasurer after accounts have been inactive and owners cannot be successfully contacted for a statutorily defined period of time, generally five years.

I am committed to serve the constituents of the 120th District, so please feel free to contact my office anytime at 573-751-1688. Your District 120 Capitol Office is 201 W Capitol Ave, Rm 415-B, Jefferson City, MO 65101. If you wish to unsubscribe from this report, please email Dylan Bryant at dylan.bryant@house.mo.gov