Capitol Report | May 26th, 2016

Memorial Day & Veteran Dental Care
This Monday is Memorial Day! As citizens of the greatest nation in the world, it is important that we take time to reflect on what is really important to us. We look at the abundance of blessings we have been given and it is obvious that we have so much for which we must be thankful. It is just as obvious that we have the responsibility to make certain we do not allow these blessings to be taken for granted. Let this Memorial Day serve to remind us all that we must not only count our blessings, but also pause to remember and honor all those who have fought and died to give them to us.

Also, please note that thousands of veterans will receive free dental care on Saturday, June 25th, when doctors and their teams from nearly 400 Aspen Dental-branded practices in 33 states open their doors for Aspen Dental’s National Day of Service – an event that is expected to be the largest single-day oral health initiative for veterans in 2016.

Like millions of other Americans, veterans also struggle to find oral health care when they need it. That’s why Aspen Dental’s Healthy Mouth Movement, a community-giving initiative launched in 2014, is focusing its efforts on helping veterans get the dental care they need.

Participating practices in Missouri include Columbia, Joplin, Springfield, Branson, Farmington, Bridgeton, and Washington.

Interested veterans should call 1-844-AspenHMM to find a participating practice in their community and schedule an appointment in advance – space is limited and appointments are filling up fast! 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

 

This week I will continue to summarize bills that were Truly Agreed To and Finally Passed by the General Assembly. 

Reforming Missouri’s System of Unemployment (HB 1530)

Missouri businesses will avoid more than $900 million in future payments and the state will avoid losing more than $50 million annually in federal funds because of legislation approved by the Missouri General Assembly.

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Wanda Brown, will bring Missouri’s unemployment insurance system into compliance with federal law so that the program does not lose certification. In effect, it will allow both fraudulent and non-fraudulent overpayments of unemployment benefits to be recovered in the same manner. The Department of Employment Security estimates the legislation will allow the state to recover nearly $2 million annually in non-fraud overpayments to be placed in the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.

By coming into compliance with federal regulations, the bill will ensure the Unemployment Insurance program remains certified and that the state continues to receive $38 million each year in federal funds to administer the program. Compliance will also prevent the loss of another $12 million in federal funds received annually by the Division of Workforce Development. In addition, the bill will allow Missouri employers to continue to receive a credit against a federal payroll tax that will allow businesses to avoid approximately $917 million in annual payments.

Bring Jobs Home Act (SB 861)

The Missouri General Assembly has given final approval to legislation designed to bring businesses that have moved out of the state or the country back home to Missouri.

The Bring Jobs Home Act, sponsored by Sen. Paul Wieland, will authorize a tax deduction for out-of-state businesses that relocate to Missouri. Specifically, the bill will provide a tax deduction of up to 50 percent of the eligible expenses associated with eliminating a business located outside of the state and reestablishing it in Missouri. Under the bill, the business would have to stay in the state for at least ten years, or pay back the state the entire amount of the deduction. The bill also caps maximum annual amount of deductions at $5 million.

As the sponsor of the bill noted, “I know we have seen many businesses relocate out of the state because of better offers. I believe the Bring Jobs Home Act will give us a powerful tool to help attract some of these businesses to come back with the family-supporting jobs they provide.”

House Members Approve Bill to Expand Services for Deaf-Blind Individuals in Missouri (HB 1696)

The members of the Missouri House gave bipartisan approval this session to legislation meant to help deaf and blind Missourians live more independently. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Lyle Rowland, allows the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to issue grants to provide necessary services to deaf-blind individuals and their families.

Under the bill, the commission will be able to issue up to $300,000 in grants each year.The grants will be utilized for the training and certification of new support service providers, and will help offset the costs to organizations that provide support services to deaf-blind persons.

Supporters say that additional providers, who help with tasks such as getting to work or shopping, will allow more deaf-blind individuals to become independent. The bill also is meant to decrease the reliance of deaf-blind individuals on public assistance.

Veteran Dental Services

Thousands of veterans will receive free dental care on Saturday, June 25th, when doctors and their teams from nearly 400 Aspen Dental-branded practices in 33 states open their doors for Aspen Dental’s National Day of Service – an event that is expected to be the largest single-day oral health initiative for veterans in 2016.

Like millions of other Americans, veterans can struggle to find oral health care when they need it. That’s why Aspen Dental’s Healthy Mouth Movement, a community-giving initiative launched in 2014, is focusing its efforts on helping veterans get the dental care they need.

Participating practices in Missouri include Columbia, Joplin, Springfield, Branson, Farmington, Bridgeton, and Washington.

Interested veterans should call 1-844-AspenHMM to find a participating practice in their community and schedule an appointment in advance – space is limited and appointments are filling up fast!

Capitol Visit

OsageNationThis week was a very special one! I was honored to visit with and present Chief Standing Bear, John Williams, and Justice Drew Pierce of the Osage Nation with resolutions from the House and Senate. A special thanks to Dennis Roedemeier, President of the Cuba Development Group and Dr. Sean Siebert, Founder of the Adopt-An-Innovator Programs, who facilitated the visit. We were able to meet with several directors of many state agencies, tour the State Capitol, the Attorney General’s Office, and the Missouri Supreme Court. It was great way to collaborate, exchange ideas, and work toward boosting tourism!

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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