District 120 Capitol Report | June 25, 2015

Bolstering Economic Development
I will continue to summarize some of the bills that have been “Truly Agreed To and Finally Passed” during the First Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly. As time passes, some of these bills will be signed into law by the Governor, some will become law by default, and some will be vetoed. I will indicate what executive action has been taken on each bill summarized, but you may also visit www.governor.mo.gov/news/legislative-actions for the most up-to-date information. HB 514 recently became law this week with the Governor’s signature on Monday. The bill authorizes a plan that will help finance a redevelopment project in Fenton. HB 514 allows for designated tax increment financing for the former Chrysler plant in Fenton that closed in 2007. The site will now be developed as a business park with an emphasis on light manufacturing. The redevelopment is expected to help create up to 1,500 jobs within the first two years while adding as many as 2,000 additional jobs over time.

In addition, the state will have a new tool to attract new data storage businesses and the jobs they create to Missouri under legislation already signed into law by the governor. SB 149 will allow data centers to forego sales and use tax on the purchase of equipment and materials when expanding or building a new facility.

Also, I was honored last Friday to attend a Rolla Regional Economic Commission meeting . We discussed several current energy issues impacting both our local and national economies. You may read more about what is happening at your Capitol below.

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

-Jason

Tax Increment Financing
HB 514 recently became law this week with the Governor’s signature on Monday. The bill authorizes a plan that will help finance a redevelopment project in Fenton. HB 514 allows for designated tax increment financing for the former Chrysler plant in Fenton that closed in 2007. The site will now be developed as a business park with an emphasis on light manufacturing. The redevelopment is expected to help create up to 1,500 jobs within the first two years while adding as many as 2,000 additional jobs over time.

Data Center Attraction
The state will have a new tool to attract new data storage businesses and the jobs they create to Missouri under legislation already signed into law by the governor. SB 149 will allow data centers to forego sales and use tax on the purchase of equipment and materials when expanding or building a new facility. To qualify, an existing facility will have to invest at least $5 million and create 5 new jobs for an expansion. A new facility will need to invest $25 million and create 10 new jobs to qualify. The new jobs will have to pay 150 percent over the county average wage.

Administrative Rule Review
Review of the rules of multiple state agencies will open to the public in a few short weeks, as set forth in Section 536.175 of Missouri state statute. Rules relating to the Office of Administration, Department of Agriculture, Department of Conservation, Department of Economic Development, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Department of Higher Education will begin the review process on July 1, 2015. The public comment period is open for 60 days. To view all of the details visit: http://themissouritimes.com/18751/administrative-rules-review-approaches/

Missouri Alliance for Freedom
I was very honored to receive an “A” rating as a Champion for Freedom from the Missouri Alliance for Freedom—Limited Government. www.missourifreedom.com/chipman-jason

District Visit
I was honored last Friday to attend a Rolla Regional Economic Commission meeting . We discussed several current energy issues impacting both our local and national economies. Thank you to Cyndra Lorey with the Rolla Regional Economic Commission, Kim Cook with the Crawford County Republican Women’s Group, and Kathy Oliver with the Rolla Kiwanis Club for inviting me to speak with your organizations. They perform great work in our communities and are a testament to the commitment of our residents.

Special Events
Missouri State Capitol Time Capsule Unveiling—July 3, 2015 at 1 PM. South Lawn, Capitol Building, Jefferson City, MO
A 100-year-old time capsule was removed June 9, 2015 from the cornerstone of the Missouri State Capitol Building. Gov. Jay Nixon will unveil the original time capsule and announce the contents of the new time capsule at a ceremony Friday, July 3, 2015 commemorating the 100th anniversary of the laying of the Missouri State Capitol’s cornerstone.

Hummingbird Banding at Onondaga Cave State Park—July 4, 2015 10 AM, Onondaga Visitor Center
Researcher Lanny Chambers will visit Onondaga Cave State Park throughout the season to capture, band and study Missouri’s smallest flying machine, the ruby-throated hummingbird. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the event is scheduled for July 4, Aug. 8, and Sept. 5 and will take place at the park’s visitor center between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Onondaga Cave State Park is located seven miles southeast of the Leasburg exit off of Interstate 44 on Highway H. For more on the event, contact the park at 573-245-6576. For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com

Missouri Mission of Mercy Free Dental Services — July 31-Aug 1, Doors Open at 5 AM. Hearnes Center Field House, 600 E Stadium Blvd., Columbia, MO
MOMOM is a large scale dental clinic to provide free oral healthcare to patients of all ages who cannot otherwise afford care. Cleanings, fillings, and extractions are covered, but not crowns, bridges or dentures.. Arrive early as the clinic is first come first serve until we reach capacity. Please read the Patient FAQs available online at http://www.momom.org.

Facts & Figures
Each week you can find an interesting fact or figure here on how Missouri measures up to other states and the U.S. government: State and local excise tax collections per capita range from $283.00 in Wyoming, and $479.00 here in Missouri, to $1,013.00 in Vermont.

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 115H, 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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