The Capitol Report | October 27th, 2016

Budget Dollars Released & Foster Care

Just a few weeks ago Governor Nixon released approximately $12 million of the more than $174 million in funds he had restricted. This week he released another $8.7 million in funds in reaction to a settlement with Volkswagen. The dollars obtained through the multi-state consumer protection settlement allowed the governor to release additional funds for school transportation, disaster response, and agricultural producers. Nevertheless, even with the latest release of dollars, the governor continues to withhold more than $150 million from the current state operating budget.

A piece of legislation that went into effect as law in August now gives courts more to think about before putting a youth back into the state’s foster care system, and gives foster parents more say in their foster children’s extracurricular activities.

The legislature approved House Bill 1877 during the 2016 regular session and the governor signed the bill into law. One of its provisions specifies what a court must weigh when considering a petition for a youth to reenter the foster care system. The goal is for a court to look at whether the individual had been behaving properly in the system before leaving it. The sponsor of the legislation said the bill is meant to address an issue where juvenile offenders are sometimes put back into the foster care system even if it’s not the proper place for them.

The new law also requires a court and other parties in a child’s case to defer to the foster parent in decisions regarding participation in extracurricular and other activities, such as school field trips. The bill is meant to give some clarity to the confusion that sometimes exists in regard to who has the right to give permission to the young person.

HB 1877 also included provisions dealing with when people should be placed on the state’s child abuse and neglect registry; identifying and responding to abuse and neglect of children three years old and younger; and the creation of a task force on the prevention of infant abuse and neglect.

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

Governor Nixon Releases More Budget Dollars

Just a few weeks ago Governor Nixon released approximately $12 million of the more than $174 million in funds he had restricted. This week he released another $8.7 million in funds in reaction to a settlement with Volkswagen.

The dollars obtained through the multi-state consumer protection settlement allowed the governor to release additional funds for school transportation, disaster response, and agricultural producers. Specifically, the governor’s decision provides $4.5 million for school transportation.

It also releases $3 million for a previously deferred biodiesel subsidies transfer. Additionally, $1.2 million in funding will go to the Emergency Management Agency Missouri Task Force 1 to support disaster response. Nevertheless, even with the latest release of dollars, the governor continues to withhold more than $150 million from the current state operating budget.

Improving Missouri’s System of Foster Care (HB 1877)

A piece of legislation that went into effect as law in August seems to be working as intended since its implementation. The new law now gives courts more to think about before putting a youth back into the state’s foster care system, and gives foster parents more say in their foster children’s extracurricular activities.

The legislature approved House Bill 1877 during the 2016 regular session and the governor signed the bill into law. One of its provisions specifies what a court must weigh when considering a petition for a youth to reenter the foster care system. The goal is for a court to look at whether the individual had been behaving properly in the system before leaving it. The sponsor of the legislation said the bill is meant to address an issue where juvenile offenders are sometimes put back into the foster care system even if it’s not the proper place for them.

The new law also requires a court and other parties in a child’s case to defer to the foster parent in decisions regarding participation in extracurricular and other activities, such as school field trips. The bill is meant to give some clarity to the confusion that sometimes exists in regard to who has the right to give permission to the young person.

HB 1877 also included provisions dealing with when people should be placed on the state’s child abuse and neglect registry; identifying and responding to abuse and neglect of children three years old and younger; and the creation of a task force on the prevention of infant abuse and neglect.

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. If you wish to unsubscribe from this report, please email Dylan Bryant at dylan.bryant@house.mo.gov

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