The Capitol Report | December 22nd, 2016

Legislative Priorities & Enhanced Security

Earlier this week, members of the Republican Caucus gathered to conduct winter caucus where we discussed the upcoming legislative agenda and voted on a new Majority Caucus Secretary. I was honored to be elected as the new Caucus Secretary. In this role, I will serve as a member of the House leadership team, and will be part of leadership meetings to discuss policy priorities and other important legislative issues.

I am thankful to have the support of my colleagues and to have their trust and faith in my ability to take on the responsibilities of this position. I look forward to having a seat at the table as we talk about the best ways to make Missouri an even better place to live, work, and raise a family. This also gives the people of the 120th District a stronger voice in the process. I am excited to be able to talk about the things that matter most to my constituents with the leadership team.

In other news, labor, tort, education, ethics, and regulatory reforms will be part of the legislative agenda for the Missouri House of Representatives during the 2017 legislative session that begins next month. House Speaker Todd Richardson recently gave greater detail to the legislative priorities his caucus will pursue in the coming year. Among these will be labor reform efforts as well as reforms to project labor agreements. In education reform, the Speaker said expansion of charter schools will be considered, and the caucus will look for ways to improve student achievement “across the board.” The Speaker also wants to pick up where the legislature left off last year with ethics reform. The House will also study the way Missouri regulates businesses. The Speaker hopes to work to cut red tape and remove some of the regulatory barriers for business.

In addition to legislative priorities, one of the other issues discussed during winter caucus was an increase in Capitol security measures and protocols. Several of these security enhancements are currently being implemented in the Capitol to coincide with the quickly approaching inauguration and related festivities.

b6ac2437-f765-4aad-addb-4cc00092f71bOn a lighter note, I want to thank you all for a great year! It is my pleasure to continue to serve as your State Representative. I wish you a safe and joyful holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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

House Legislative Priorities Take Shape

Labor, tort, education, ethics, and regulatory reforms will be part of the legislative agenda for the Missouri House of Representatives during the 2017 legislative session that begins next month.

House Speaker Todd Richardson recently gave greater detail to the legislative priorities his caucus will pursue in the coming year. Among these will be labor reform efforts that will include efforts to pass legislation supporters call “right-to-work,” and “paycheck protection,” as well as reforms to project labor agreements. Tort reforms will include resumption of efforts to pass legislation changing how expert witnesses are evaluated, and Missouri’s collateral source rule.

In education reform, the Speaker said expansion of charter schools will be considered, and the caucus will look for ways to improve student achievement “across the board.” Richardson announced the House is creating a task force of members to look at these issues specifically.

The Speaker also wants to pick up where the legislature left off last year with ethics reform. With that, his first goal in the House will be to again pass a bill banning gifts from lobbyists to legislators. “I was proud that we were able to take some substantive, meaningful steps forward on ethics reform last year, but I don’t think anybody thinks that job is complete,” said Speaker Richardson. “We want the environment in Jefferson City to be better than it is today and that’s going to be an ongoing process. This year that’s going to start with work on the gift ban.”

The House will also study the way Missouri regulates businesses. The Speaker hopes to work to cut red tape and remove some of the regulatory barriers for business. He noted that the legislature will continue the work it began last year on a statewide regulatory framework for ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft.

The House will also push legislation being called “The Sunshine Act,” which would require an analysis of proposed regulations before they are enacted. The Speaker said the House will also take a more comprehensive look at what licensing requirements exist in Missouri, to see if they present “unnecessary barriers” to employment.

The pre-filing of bills for the 2017 legislative session began December 1.The legislative session begins January 4.

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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 415-B, 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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