The Capitol Report | August 10th, 2017

Process Begins For Adult High Schools

As mentioned in my report a few weeks ago, the Governor signed HB 93 into law last month, which will give approximately 500,000 Missourians without a high school diploma a second chance to obtain an education that will allow them to secure good-paying, family-supporting jobs. The bill will establish four adult high schools located in Southeast Missouri, St. Louis City, Mid-Missouri, and Southwest Missouri for individuals age 21 and up who do not have a high school diploma.

A high school diploma is a key component to giving Missourians an opportunity to obtain gainful employment. Many proponents point to Census Bureau statistics that indicate a high school diploma can increase a person’s lifetime earnings by as much as $400,000. Moreover, a high school diploma is critical to empower people to move off of government assistance and toward self-sufficiency.

The schools will help these individuals complete their high school education and obtain a diploma. They will also offer skills certifications based on regional demand through partnerships with community colleges and other programs. Additionally, they will offer a child care center to remove a significant barrier for many adults who would like to participate.

Most recently, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) began implementing the new law by issuing a “Request for Information” to allow the opportunity for qualified vendors to provide DESE with ideas, suggestions, and other information related to developing adult high schools. For more information, visit: https://missouribuys.mo.gov/bidboard.html

196stateofmoOn August 10, 1821, 196 years ago, Missouri joined the union. Happy birthday to the great Show-Me State!

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.

SB 108 (Signed by Governor: 6/14) – Grants reemployment rights to members of the military

SB 111 (Signed by Governor: 7/11) – Modifies various provisions regarding bonds issued by a political subdivision, qualifications for candidates of public office, limited liability companies who own property in certain cities, public administrators, and guardianships

SB 112 (Signed by Governor: 7/11) – Modifies provisions relating to political subdivisions

SB 128 (Vetoed by Governor: 7/14) – Modifies various provisions regarding criminal offenses, the Attorney General, the Department of Revenue, child support and custody, trusts and estates, guardianships, judges, court surcharges, court reporter fees, and victims of crime

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

 

 

DESE Begins Implementation of Adult High Schools

As mentioned in my report a few weeks ago, the Governor signed HB 93 into law last month, which will give approximately 500,000 Missourians without a high school diploma a second chance to obtain an education that will allow them to secure good-paying, family-supporting jobs. The bill will establish four adult high schools located in Southeast Missouri, St. Louis City, Mid-Missouri, and Southwest Missouri for individuals age 21 and up who do not have a high school diploma.

A high school diploma is a key component to giving Missourians an opportunity to obtain gainful employment. Many proponents point to Census Bureau statistics that indicate a high school diploma can increase a person’s lifetime earnings by as much as $400,000. Moreover, a high school diploma is critical to empower people to move off of government assistance and toward self-sufficiency.

The schools will help these individuals complete their high school education and obtain a diploma. They will also offer skills certifications based on regional demand through partnerships with community colleges and other programs. Additionally, they will offer a child care center to remove a significant barrier for many adults who would like to participate.

Most recently, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) began implementing the new law by issuing a “Request for Information” to allow the opportunity for qualified vendors to provide DESE with ideas, suggestions, and other information related to developing adult high schools. For more information, visit: https://missouribuys.mo.gov/bidboard.html

Rare Solar Eclipse

solar-eclipse-151211_960_720On Monday, August, 21, 2017, the Great American Total Solar Eclipse will sweep across the United States along a stretch of land only 70 miles wide. For the first time in 148 years (Aug. 7, 1869) asolar eclipsecome to Missouri. The 1869 eclipse only clipped the northeast corner of our state. The upcoming eclipse promises to be even better as the center of the eclipse’s path will follow a diagonal line crossing Missouri from Buchanan County in the northwest to Perry County in the southeast. Be sure not to miss this historic event which is expected to draw spectators from around the world. Depending upon where you are in the state,eclipse will begin between 11:30 a.m. and noon, and will continue until between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. For more info, visit: https://www.mo.gov/eclipse/

Truly Agreed To & Finally Passed Bills

Now that the regular and both 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 a few more TAFP bills. As promised, more TAFP bill summaries will follow in the weeks to come.

SB 108 (Signed by Governor: 6/14) – Grants reemployment rights to members of the military

This act provides that a Missouri employee who is a member of the National Guard of another state called on active state duty by the governor of that state or who is a member of any reserve component of the Armed Forces called to active duty shall be entitled to reemployment rights upon his or her return to Missouri as granted under federal law.

SB 111 (Signed by Governor: 7/11) – Modifies various provisions regarding bonds issued by a political subdivision, qualifications for candidates of public office, limited liability companies who own property in certain cities, public administrators, and guardianships

This act requires political subdivisions with an unenhanced bond rating of AA+ or higher to issue such debts through a competitive process unless such political subdivision employs the services of a municipal advisor, as defined in the act. Such political subdivisions may use a negotiated or competitive process. This requirement shall not apply when the bonds are sold to a government entity, when the principal amount of the bonds issued does not exceed $12,500,000, or to bonds issued for refinance. Any person who is engaged as a municipal advisor by a political corporation or subdivision with respect to a particular issue of securities shall be independent, as defined in the act, of the underwriter of that issue of securities. The State Treasurer shall make relevant information regarding debt issuance and bidding practices available to political subdivisions.

Currently, property tax exemptions for property located in an enhanced enterprise zone may not be granted for a period longer than twenty-five years from the date on which the enhanced enterprise zone was created. This act removes the language that limits the exemption to the date on which the zone is created. This act also requires that no exemption be granted during the final ten years of an enhanced enterprise zone for a period longer than ten years. Moreover, this act, among other provisions, states that a guardian may execute a preneed contract for a ward’s funeral services. If a next-of-kin does not exercise his or her right of sepulcher within ten days of the ward’s death, then the guardian may consent for the disposition of the body.

SB 112 (Signed by Governor: 7/11) – Modifies provisions relating to political subdivisions

This act authorizes a county commission to combine two or more road districts within the county upon petition request by a majority of the commissioners in each of the road districts seeking to be combined. The county commission shall hold a public hearing after publishing notice for a period of 4 weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the county. The county may issue an order to consolidate the districts if it finds, after the public hearing, that the consolidation is in the public good. The act also designates the procedure for appointing commissioners to the new consolidated district and transferring of assets, liabilities, and tax levies. The provisions for consolidation do not apply to road districts located in two counties.

Among other provisions, This act requires candidates for the office of public administrator provide the election authority a copy of a signed affidavit from one surety company indicating that the candidate meets the bonding requirements. After being elected to office, a public administrator shall enter into bond to the state in a sum not less than $10,000 with one or more securities, rather than two or more securities.

SB 128 (Vetoed by Governor: 7/14) – Modifies various provisions regarding criminal offenses, the Attorney General, the Department of Revenue, child support and custody, trusts and estates, guardianships, judges, court surcharges, court reporter fees, and victims of crime

This act would have authorized the state auditor or his or her authorized representatives to audit all or part of any government entity, upon request by a prosecuting attorney or law enforcement agency. Violating provisions relating to conflict of interest and lobbying is a Class E felony if the offense involves more than seven hundred and fifty dollars in value, or if the offender has previously been found guilty of official misconduct. A court may enter a judgment of restitution against an offender and may order the offender to pay restitution against the victim, a government entity, or a third-party payer. The act provides for the determination and enforcement of this restitution.

Among other provisions, this bill also creates the “Supporting and Strengthening Families Act”. It provides that during a child protective investigation if the child is at risk for possible removal, the Children’s Division shall provide information to the parent about community service programs that provide support services for families in crisis. Additionally, a parent or legal custodian of a child may delegate to an attorney-in-fact, without compensation, any powers regarding the care and custody of a child for a period not to exceed one year, unless an exception applies as specified in the act. A parent who intentionally uses a power of attorney to permanently avoid legal responsibility for the care of the child is guilty of violating current law on transferring child custody without a court order. A child subject to the power of attorney shall not be considered placed in foster care and the parties shall not be subject to any licensing regulations for foster care or community care for children. The Governor’s veto letter states he vetoed the bill due to its expansive number of topics and contradiction with the Missouri Constitution.

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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