The Capitol Report | September 1st, 2016

New Missouri Laws Take Effect

On August 28th, more than 100 pieces of legislation approved last session by the General Assembly officially took effect and became law in Missouri. The bills cover topics ranging from ethics reform to youth suicide prevention to new regulations for fantasy sports.

In total, the legislature approved 139 pieces of legislation during the 2016 session. However, the governor vetoed 20 bills that will now be reconsidered and potentially overridden in a little less than two weeks when my colleagues and I make the trip back to the Capitol for the annual veto session. Therefore, this week I will wrap-up the final list of bills likely to be reheard on September 14th.

SB 994, sponsored by Sen. Munzlinger, modifies provisions relating to alcohol. Currently, the Missouri Wine and Grape Board may participate in studies in the areas of sales, promotions, and the effective distribution of Missouri wines in order to effectuate the goals of the Board. Under this act, the Board would also be able to oversee and provide any professional or legal services to promote such marketing goals.

Also, under current law, if any person’s dealer license or permit is revoked, they shall not be granted any new liquor license or permit, or be allowed to work for any establishment possessing a liquor license or permit. Under SB 994 any person whose license or permit has been revoked shall be eligible to work as an employee of an establishment holding a license 5 years after the person’s license revocation, and such person shall be able to reapply for a new license or permit after 5 years. Any license or permit reapplication after 5 years shall be issued at the discretion of the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control.

Currently, a person may receive a license to sell liquor by the drink on any boat licensed by the United States Coast Guard to carry 100 or more passengers. SB 994 instead allows such license to be issued for boats licensed to carry 30 or more passengers. This act also repeals a provision that allows a person to get a license to serve liquor by the drink at retail for consumption on a boat that can carry 45 to 99 passengers and is on Table Rock Lake.

Also, under current law, the definition of “sale at retail” for purposes of sales tax law includes charges and fees to or in places of recreation. SB 1025, sponsored by Sen. Kraus, provides that the definition does not include amounts paid for instructional classes. In addition, current law imposes a four percent tax on the amounts paid to or in places of recreation. This act excludes amounts paid for instructional classes.

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 Chipman

 

This week wraps up the final list of bills likely to be reheard during the annual veto session on September 14th.

Alcohol (SB 994)

SB 994, sponsored by Sen. Munzlinger, modifies provisions relating to alcohol. Currently, the Missouri Wine and Grape Board may participate in studies in the areas of sales, promotions, and the effective distribution of Missouri wines in order to effectuate the goals of the Board. Under this act, the Board would also be able to oversee and provide any professional or legal services to promote such marketing goals.

Under current law, if any person’s dealer license or permit is revoked, they shall not be granted any new liquor license or permit, or be allowed to work for any establishment possessing a liquor license or permit. Under this act, any person whose license or permit has been revoked shall be eligible to work as an employee of an establishment holding a license 5 years after the person’s license revocation, and such person shall be able to reapply for a new license or permit after 5 years. Any license or permit reapplication after 5 years shall be issued at the discretion of the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control.

Currently, a person may receive a license to sell liquor by the drink on any boat licensed by the United States Coast Guard to carry 100 or more passengers. This act instead allows such license to be issued for boats licensed to carry 30 or more passengers. This act also repeals a provision that allows a person to get a license to serve liquor by the drink at retail for consumption on a boat that can carry 45 to 99 passengers and is on Table Rock Lake.

Political Subdivisions (SB 867)

SB 867, sponsored by Sen. Sater, contains provisions relating to taxes, counties, sheltered workshops, consolidation of road districts, license office fees, museum districts, highway designations, alcohol at the St. Louis airport, commercial zones, and property managers in Kansas City.

Currently, the revenues from a 1% sales tax in St. Louis County are distributed to unincorporated areas of the county as well as municipalities based on a formula. What are commonly called “Group B” entities pool their revenue from the tax. After a diversion to account for incorporation of previously unincorporated areas, revenues are generally split amongst the municipalities and unincorporated areas of the county in Group B by population, regardless of where the tax was collected.

Beginning January 1, 2017, municipalities and the unincorporated areas of the county in Group B receive at least 50% of the tax revenue generated in such municipality or unincorporated area of the county. However, such new formula shall not apply in any year where the total amount of sales taxes collected in the county is less than the amount collected in calendar year 2014 and any adjustment to provide a Group B entity with 50% of the tax revenue generated in that area shall not result in another Group B entity receiving less revenue than it received in 2014.

Sales Tax on Instructional Classes (SB 1025)

Under current law, the definition of “sale at retail” for purposes of sales tax law includes charges and fees to or in places of recreation. SB 1025, sponsored by Sen. Kraus, provides that the definition does not include amounts paid for instructional classes. In addition, current law imposes a four percent tax on the amounts paid to or in places of recreation. This act excludes amounts paid for instructional classes.

Labor Day

Labor Day

This coming Monday is Labor Day. Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Have a fun and safe Labor Day!

 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 115-H, Jefferson City, MO 65101.

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