Capitol Report | June 30th, 2016

Gov. Nixon Vetoes Constitutional Carry

Earlier this week Gov. Nixon vetoed SB 656, sponsored by Sen. Munzlinger,  which is the bill containing several gun reform provisions including the widely publicized provision coined “constitutional carry”. The governor’s veto stops the bill from becoming law, unless the Missouri General Assembly votes to override the governor’s veto in September.

On the other hand, a bill now set to become law with the governor’s signature is meant to provide lifesaving support for heroin and opiate overdose victims. HB 1568, sponsored by Rep. Lynch, will allow pharmacists to sell Naloxone, which is an antidote for heroin overdoses, without a prescription. The antidote has FDA approval and can be administered in the form of a shot or nasal spray.

This year the legislature revisited the issue to provide additional protections for Missouri citizens by further limiting the ability of municipalities to profit from traffic tickets and fines. SB 572, sponsored by Sen. Schmitt, is now set to become law following the governor’s recent signature. The bill will lower the maximum fine for minor traffic violations from $300 to $225. The bill also expands the law to include limits on fines from ordinance violations. The new law will cap fines for first offenses for violations of nuisance, building, and zoning ordinances at $200. It also will make it clear that defendants will not be jailed for non-payment.

Also set to become law with the governor’s signature is a piece of legislation designed to help stop the multi-billion dollar criminal industry of human trafficking. HB 1562, sponsored by Rep. Haahr, expands the crime of sexual trafficking of a child to include the advertisement of a child participating in a commercial sexual act. Similar to the federal SAVE Act that is already law, the new state law gives law enforcement another tool to investigate and prosecute those who knowingly advertise the victims of sex trafficking.

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

In recent weeks the governor has signed into law numerous bills that were passed by the General Assembly during the 2016 legislative session. The majority of bills signed by the governor will take effect as law on August 28. The governor has until July 14 to take action on all of the bills sent to him by the legislature. If he does not sign or veto a bill, it will take effect as law without his signature. This week I will continue to cover bills acted on by the governor.

Constitutional Carry Vetoed (SB 656)

Earlier this week Gov. Nixon vetoed SB 656, sponsored by Sen. Munzlinger, which is the bill containing several gun reform provisions including the widely publicized provision coined “constitutional carry”. The governor’s veto stops the bill from becoming law, unless the Missouri General Assembly votes to override the governor’s veto in September. In addition to constitutional carry, the bill allows Missouri citizens to obtain 10-year, 25-year, or lifetime permits for $200, $250, and $500 respectively, and a “Stand Your Ground” measure that removes the requirement that a person who is any place they are legally allowed to be can use force without retreating first, among other provisions.

Saving the Lives of Overdose Victims (HB 1568)

Another bill now set to become law with the governor’s signature is meant to provide lifesaving support for heroin and opiate overdose victims. HB 1568, sponsored by Rep. Lynch, will allow pharmacists to sell Naloxone, which is an antidote for heroin overdoses, without a prescription. The antidote has FDA approval and can be administered in the form of a shot or nasal spray. The General Assembly approved legislation in 2014 that put Naloxone in the hands of qualified first responders. The bill passed this year will place the lifesaving medication in the hands of family or friends who can save the life of a loved one who overdoses on opiates. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than in any year on record, and more than six out of every 10 drug overdose deaths involve an opioid.

Municipal Court Reforms Signed into Law (SB 572)

It was in 2015 when the Missouri General Assembly passed legislation to crack down on the predatory practices some municipalities have used to raise revenue through excessive traffic tickets. That legislation put limits in place on the amount of revenue municipalities can generate from traffic tickets and other violations. This year the legislature revisited the issue to provide additional protections for Missouri citizens by further limiting the ability of municipalities to profit from traffic tickets and fines.

SB 572, sponsored by Sen. Schmitt, is now set to become law following the governor’s recent signature. The bill will lower the maximum fine for minor traffic violations from $300 to $225. The bill also expands the law to include limits on fines from ordinance violations. The new law will cap fines for first offenses for violations of nuisance, building, and zoning ordinances at $200. It also will make it clear that defendants will not be jailed for non-payment.

Fighting Human Traffickers (HB 1562)

Also set to become law with the governor’s signature is a piece of legislation designed to help stop the multi-billion dollar criminal industry of human trafficking. HB 1562, sponsored by Rep. Haahr, expands the crime of sexual trafficking of a child to include the advertisement of a child participating in a commercial sexual act. Similar to the federal SAVE Act that is already law, the new state law gives law enforcement another tool to investigate and prosecute those who knowingly advertise the victims of sex trafficking.

Missouri has been proactive in its approach to stop traffickers. It was in 2004 that Missouri became one of the first states in the nation to put sex trafficking laws in place. The new law is an important part of the comprehensive approach the legislature wants to take to fight human trafficking in Missouri.

District Visit

Yesterday, I was honored to attend the South Central Regional Professional Development Center Recognition and Award Luncheon at the Havener Center on the S&T campus in Rolla. This year fifteen exemplary teachers from the region were nominated for South Central Teacher of the Year.

South Central Teacher of the Year 2016Our district was fortunate to have four of the fifteen nominees! Congratulations to Casey Hassell—Crawford Co. R-I, Matt Lewis—St. James, Heather Farmer—Steelville, and a special congratulations to Tammy Lueck—Rolla 31, who was a nominee and also selected as a finalist to advance to the Missouri Teacher of the Year competition!


Photo courtesy of Stephanie Billingsley, Steelville Elementary Principal

Firework Shows & Events

Cuba
Fireworks Display – Sunday, July 3rd Hood Park – Fireworks begin at dusk

Rolla
81st Annual Carnival – Fri, July 1st to Mon, July 4th Lions Club Park – Fireworks are held on July 2nd & July 4th beginning at 11 PM.

Steelville
Freedomfest 2016 – Monday, July 4th events starting at 3 PM Steelville City Park – Fireworks begin at 9:30 PM

St. James
Fireworks Display – Monday, July 4th St. James Veterans Home – Fireworks begin at dusk

Please have a safe and fun 4th of July! If you plan to light your own fireworks, please remember: refrain from lighting fireworks in any areas where the sparks could ignite dry grass, leaves, or other potential fire fuel. Always have an approved fire extinguisher and an available water supply to douse sparks or flames. Wet the area around where fireworks are being discharged. Check with local ordinances and authorities for bans on fireworks and open burning.

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.

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