The Capitol Report | December 29th, 2016

Uber Regulations & Governorship Transition

For some time now, the grievances between Uber and Lyft and the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission (MTC) have been festering. After the MTC launched new rules on vehicles-for-hire last year, which included provisions that would apply to rideshare drivers, Uber took the MTC to court in an antitrust case while the commission promised to cite St. Louis Uber drivers who did not follow the new ordinances.

Currently, two lawsuits on the issue are tangled up in federal and state courts, and law enforcement has taken little to no action on Uber drivers. Proposals for ridesharing legislation have been presented in the state legislature but have not completed the legislative process. This year, however, that may change as the issue is not going away but continuing to grow. Thirty-five other states and the District of Columbia have ridesharing legislation and proponents of the measure fear that the state may be falling behind. Therefore, this issue will undoubtedly be brought up for debate this coming year in the House and Senate.

In just a few short days, Gov. Nixon will leave his office at the Missouri Capitol and hand over the reins of the governorship to Governor-Elect Eric Greitens. In an outgoing message, Gov. Nixon mentioned watching the first transit van roll off of the Ford plant in northwest Missouri’s Claycomo as one of his greatest memories while serving as governor.

As Nixon’s reign is winding down, Gov.-Elect Greitens is ramping up for succeeding Nixon by preparing a four-day, statewide “thank you” tour to all of those who supported the candidate’s race for the governorship. The tour will start on January 3rd in Kirksville and end on January 7th in St. Louis.0ccdfdbc8fce243a205e420e28862ddd_free-new-years-clipart-happy-new-year-clipart-fireworks_856-501

I want to personally thank my constituents for a fantastic year! It is my pleasure to continue to serve as your State Representative. I wish you a safe and joyful 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 

Uber and The Taxicab Commission

For some time now, the grievances between Uber and Lyft and the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission (MTC) have been festering. After the MTC launched new rules on vehicles-for-hire last year, which included provisions that would apply to rideshare drivers, Uber took the MTC to court in an antitrust case while the commission promised to cite St. Louis Uber drivers who did not follow the new ordinances.

Currently, two lawsuits on the issue are tangled up in federal and state courts, and law enforcement has taken little to no action on Uber drivers. Proposals for ridesharing legislation have been presented in the state legislature but have not completed the legislative process. This year, however, that may change as the issue is not going away but continuing to grow. Thirty-five other states and the District of Columbia have ridesharing legislation and proponents of the measure fear that the state may be falling behind.

Yet even with relatively little legislation or statute, Uber has still found room to operate in the state of Missouri. Kansas City, Columbia, and Springfield have passed laws that earned the approval of ridesharing companies, but their operation in St. Louis shows that government sometimes has trouble keeping up with an ever-changing marketplace that may only present new challenges down the line.

Speaker Pro Tem Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, chaired the Emerging Issues Committee which hears testimony on major topics that leadership believes requires quick, decisive action such as the Uber issue. He notes that regulation is important, but he also stresses that a fair, free market approach best serves businesses and consumers in the state. This issue will undoubtedly be brought up for debate this coming year in the House and Senate.

Governorship Transition

In just a few short days, Gov. Nixon will leave his office at the Missouri Capitol and hand over the reins of the governorship to Governor-Elect Eric Greitens. In an outgoing message, Gov. Nixon talked about one of the most memorable moments during his time serving as governor.

Gov. Nixon mentioned watching the first transit van roll off of the Ford plant in northwest Missouri’s Claycomo as one of his greatest memories while serving as governor. He said, “That plant was going to be closed at Claycomo. Instead, this is the largest and most productive Ford plant in the world. To ride in that vehicle as it came off after I had to call a special session and we had to get our pension system to get it paid for there and to know those workers were going to lose their jobs and now they’re hiring 700, 800, 900 more just right in that tranche. Almost 7,500 people are working there making good wages. Those moments kind of stick out, where historic things happen that I was really involved in.” Nixon says once he leaves office, he’ll take a vacation and then begin working for the Dowd Bennett law firm in the St. Louis area.

As Nixon’s reign is winding down, Gov.-Elect Greitens is ramping up for succeeding Nixon by preparing a four-day, statewide “thank you” tour to all of those who supported the candidate’s race for the governorship. The tour will start on January 3rd in Kirksville and end on January 7th in St. Louis.

Celebrating the New Year

0ccdfdbc8fce243a205e420e28862ddd_free-new-years-clipart-happy-new-year-clipart-fireworks_856-501The earliest recorded festivities in honor of a new year’s arrival date back some 4,000 years to ancient Babylon! For the Babylonians, the first new moon following the vernal equinox—the day in late March with an equal amount of sunlight and darkness—heralded the start of a new year. They marked the occasion with a massive religious festival that involved a different ritual on each of its 11 days! Throughout ancient times, civilizations around the world developed increasingly sophisticated calendars, typically pinning the first day of the year to an agricultural or astronomical event. With the passage of time, we have come to celebrate the new year in our own way. This year, we must be sure to keep the tradition alive!

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Today, I was honored to present the Cuba Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center with a new American flag certified as being flown over the Missouri Capitol. Present to accept the flag was Cuba Mayor Ray Mortimeyer and Cuba Development Group President Dennis Roedemeier.

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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