District 120 Capitol Report | July 23, 2015

Disaster Declaration & Labor Reform
Governor Nixon requested on Tuesday that the federal government declare a major disaster for 69 of Missouri’s 114 counties as a result of the prolonged severe storm systems that have generated tornadoes, straight line winds, torrential rain, hail, flooding and flash flooding across large portions of the state since May 15. The storm systems, which brought record rainfall to much of the state, extensively damaged roads, bridges and other public infrastructure, along with homes and businesses, and resulted in at least 10 deaths, the Governor said.

Individual assistance means that eligible individuals and households can seek federal assistance for uninsured losses from severe weather and flooding; public assistance allows local governments and eligible nonprofit agencies to seek assistance for response and recovery expenses associated with the severe weather and flooding.

Gov. Nixon first declared a state of emergency in Missouri on June 18. The Governor’s order activated the State Emergency Operations Center and enabled the state to mobilize its resources, including the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to assist local authorities. Last week, the Governor extended the state of emergency until Aug. 14.

After much publicity and for the first time in Missouri’s history, the General Assembly passed HB 116, a bill to give workers the freedom to choose whether to join a union. The legislation prohibits an employer from requiring a person to become a member of a labor organization as a condition or continuation of employment. The bill was meant to make Missouri a more attractive location for new and existing job creators, but was vetoed last month by the Governor. The General Assembly will reconvene this September to consider an override of the veto.

Also, the General Assembly approved and the House overrode the governor’s veto on HB 150 this past May. The bill, however, still requires a successful veto override in the Senate before going into law. The bill is meant to protect the state’s unemployment system from insolvency in the event there is another economic downturn. 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

Disaster Declaration
Gov. Nixon requested on Tuesday that the federal government declare a major disaster for 69 of Missouri’s 114 counties as a result of the prolonged severe storm systems that have generated tornadoes, straight line winds, torrential rain, hail, flooding and flash flooding across large portions of the state since May 15. The storm systems, which brought record rainfall to much of the state, extensively damaged roads, bridges and other public infrastructure, along with homes and businesses, and resulted in at least 10 deaths, the Governor said.

Gov. Nixon’s disaster declaration request is for public assistance in the following 68 counties: Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Audrain, Barry, Bates, Benton, Buchanan, Caldwell, Chariton, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cole, Crawford, Dade, Dallas, Daviess, DeKalb, Douglas, Gentry, Harrison, Henry, Hickory, Holt, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Laclede, Lafayette, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Livingston, McDonald, Macon, Maries, Marion, Miller, Moniteau, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Osage, Ozark, Perry, Pettis, Pike, Platte, Polk, Putnam, Ralls, Ray, Ste. Genevieve, Saline, Schuyler, Scotland, Shannon, Shelby, Stone, Sullivan, Taney, Texas, Washington, Webster, Worth and Wright.

In addition, the Governor is seeking individual assistance for these 15 counties: Barry, Clay, Christian, Greene, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Lewis, Lincoln, Marion, Osage, Ray, Ste. Genevieve, Stone and Webster. Each of those counties, except for Greene, also is included in the request for public assistance.

Individual assistance means that eligible individuals and households can seek federal assistance for uninsured losses from severe weather and flooding; public assistance allows local governments and eligible nonprofit agencies to seek assistance for response and recovery expenses associated with the severe weather and flooding.

Gov. Nixon first declared a state of emergency in Missouri on June 18. The Governor’s order activated the State Emergency Operations Center and enabled the state to mobilize its resources, including the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to assist local authorities. Last week, the Governor extended the state of emergency until Aug. 14.

Labor Reform
After much publicity and for the first time in Missouri’s history, the General Assembly passed HB 116, a bill to give workers the freedom to choose whether to join a union. The legislation prohibits an employer from requiring a person to become a member of a labor organization as a condition or continuation of employment. The bill was meant to make Missouri a more attractive location for new and existing job creators, but was vetoed last month by the Governor. The General Assembly will reconvene this September to consider an override of the veto.

The General Assembly approved and the House overrode the governor’s veto on HB 150 in May. The bill, however, still requires a successful veto override in the Senate before going into law. The bill is meant to protect the state’s unemployment system from insolvency in the event there is another economic downturn. The legislation is designed to make sure the state has enough money in its unemployment trust fund so that businesses don’t lose a portion of a federal tax credit they normally receive.

The bill requires increased payments from employers to help the state’s Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund reach a balance that is capable of paying for benefits without going into debt. The bill also ties unemployment benefits to the average unemployment rate so that more benefits are available when unemployment is high. If the state were in a position of high unemployment (9 percent or higher) benefits would be available for 20 weeks. In periods of low unemployment (lower than 6 percent) benefits would be available for 13 weeks.

Capitol Visit
C071615-0006 (2)
I was quite honored to speak to students from across the state on the House Floor who were visiting the Capitol on their annual Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience or CYCLE. CYCLE is a three-day conference of learning about electric cooperatives, Missouri government, and leadership skills. A part of their conference is traveling to the Capitol for a tour and going onto the Floor to debate a bill they have written with their CYCLE peers and to observe the procedures it takes for a bill to become law. C071615-0017 (3)Following the speech, I presented six essay-winning delegates with House Resolutions to commemorate their accomplishments and successes. On a personal note, I am very proud of my cousin, Kaytlin Rivera, (pictured above) who was an essay-winning delegate. Great job CYCLE delegates!

District Visit
I was honored last Friday to visit the St. James Veterans Home where Governor Nixon announced that the home would soon be getting a $6.9 million dollar upgrade. This is fantastic news for our CKIqglcUEAA0-AUDistrict and those that reside in the St. James Veterans Home. Other veterans homes across the state are also receiving upgrades. A total of $33 million dollars in upgrades to seven veterans homes across the state will dramatically improve living conditions and deliver much needed enhancements.

Special Events
Job Fair Hosted by National Medical Billing Services — Friday, July 24, from 10 AM until 2 PM at Recklein Auditorium, located at 202 North Smith Street in Cuba. Applicants should bring a resume and come prepared for on-site job interviews. Dress appropriately for the occasion. The company is seeking qualified applicants to fill approximately 15 positions.

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 Debt Per Capita ranges from $3,930 in Idaho, and $7,692 here in Missouri, to $17,405 in New York.

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

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s