The Capitol Report | July 13th, 2017

Governor Signs State Operating Budget

The governor recently signed the state operating budget into law. The budget for the current fiscal year that began on July 1 includes record levels of spending for K-12 public education as it fully funds the School Foundation Formula for the first time. The budget passed by the legislature and signed by the governor also includes $6 million for the rural school broadband program; an additional $12 million for Early Childhood Special Education; more than $10 million to keep children out of dangerous and abusive situations; and over $12 million to combat the opioid crisis.

While the governor signed the budget into law, he also announced more than $250 million in budget restrictions. The restrictions are necessary because actual revenue growth has failed to meet the projections upon which the budget is based. Some of the restrictions include $47 million from the Facilities Maintenance Reserve Fund that is used to maintain government buildings; $24 million from funding for higher education; $15 million from funding for K-12 school transportation; $10 million from funds to promote Missouri tourism; and $30 million from the Department of Social Services, which is working to identify efficiencies in their department.

Also, as promised, below is a brief summary of more bills the legislature has passed this regular session. More passed bill summaries will follow in the weeks to come.

HB 850 – Currently, a member of the National Guard may file a complaint against his or her commanding officer with the Governor or the Adjutant General. This bill the filing of a complaint to the Adjutant General.

HB 1194 – Provides that no political subdivision shall require an employer to provide an employee a minimum or living wage, or employment benefits that exceed state law.

HCB 3 (Vetoed by Governor: 6/30) – Authorizes the Commissioner of Administration to make a one-time fund sweep of all unexpended balances from all fees, funds and moneys from whatsoever source received by any department, board, bureau, commission, institution, official or agency of the state government and deposit funds into Senior Services Protection Fund.

HCR 4 (Signed by Governor 2/15) – Disapproves the salary recommendations of the Missouri Citizens Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials

HCR 19 (Vetoed by Governor 6/29) – Authorizes the issuance of public bonds for half of the financing of a new conservatory building at UMKC

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 Signs State Operating Budget

The governor recently signed the state operating budget into law. The budget for the current fiscal year that began on July 1 includes record levels of spending for K-12 public education as it fully funds the School Foundation Formula for the first time. The budget passed by the legislature and signed by the governor also includes $6 million for the rural school broadband program; an additional $12 million for Early Childhood Special Education; more than $10 million to keep children out of dangerous and abusive situations; and over $12 million to combat the opioid crisis.

While the governor signed the budget into law, he also announced more than $250 million in budget restrictions. The restrictions are necessary because actual revenue growth has failed to meet the projections upon which the budget is based. Some of the restrictions include $47 million from the Facilities Maintenance Reserve Fund that is used to maintain government buildings; $24 million from funding for higher education; $15 million from funding for K-12 school transportation; $10 million from funds to promote Missouri tourism; and $30 million from the Department of Social Services, which is working to identify efficiencies in their department.

Truly Agreed To & Finally Passed Bills

Now that both the regular and first special legislative sessions have come to an end, the legislature stands at a little over 75 bills that have been Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed (TAFP). These bills now await the Governor’s approval or veto. These TAFP bills span a variety of topics. Below is a brief summary of three TAFP bills. As promised, more TAFP bill summaries will follow in the weeks to come.

HB 850 – Changes the law regarding military complaints against a commanding officer in the National Guard

Currently, a member of the National Guard may file a complaint against his or her commanding officer with the Governor or the Adjutant General. This bill limits the filing of a complaint to the Adjutant General.

HB 1194 – Prohibits political subdivisions from requiring a minimum wage that exceeds the requirements of state law

This bill provides that no political subdivision shall require an employer to provide an employee a minimum or living wage, or employment benefits that exceed state law, rules, or regulations. Sections 290.500 to 290.530, RSMo, preempt and nullify all political subdivision ordinances in effect or later enacted relating to these provisions.

HCB 3 (Vetoed by Governor: 6/30) – Modifies provisions relating to funds for vulnerable senior citizens

This bill requires the State Treasurer to deposit $35.4 million into the Senior Services Protection Fund on or before September 1, 2017. This bill authorizes, by June 30, 2018, the Commissioner of Administration to make a one-time fund sweep of all unexpended balances from all fees, funds and moneys from whatsoever source received by any department, board, bureau, commission, institution, official or agency of the state government by virtue of any law or rule or regulation made in accordance with any law, excluding the Senior Services Protection Fund; all funds received and disbursed by the state on behalf of counties, cities, towns, and villages; any unexpended balance as may remain in any fund authorized, collected and expended by virtue of the provisions of the constitution of this state; all funds for the payment of interest and principal for any bonded indebtedness; funds created in order to receive and disburse federal funds; all funds used to fund elementary and secondary education under the foundation formula; any fund for which at least 70% of moneys is derived from an appropriation of general revenue; any professional or occupational fund created under Chapters 324 to 346; and all hospital, nursing home, pharmacy, and ambulance Federal Reimbursement Allowance (FRA) funds. The provisions of this bill expire on July 1, 2018.

HCR 4 (Signed by Governor 2/15) – Disapproves the salary recommendations of the Missouri Citizens Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials

In accordance with the Missouri Constitution, the Missouri Citizens Commission on Compensation is charged with setting the amounts of compensation paid to statewide elected officials, legislators, and judges. This bill officially rejects the suggested increases proposed by the Commission.

HCR 19 (Vetoed by Governor 6/29) – Authorizes the issuance of public bonds for half of the financing of a new conservatory building at UMKC

Missouri law requires the approval of the General Assembly in instances of certain projects that are to be funded by revenue bonds shall be secured by a pledge of future appropriations to be made by the General Assembly. This bill would have approved the UMKC project to be funded in part by revenue bonds secured by a pledge of future appropriations to be made by the General Assembly.

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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