The Capitol Report | August 24th, 2017

Legislative Updates & Senator Chappelle-Nadal

As has been covered in the news recently, Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal made some inflammatory comments on social media last week that has sparked a bipartisan response from many local, state, and federal officials asking Senator Chappelle-Nadal to resign. The senator did issue an apology, but, thus far, has refused to resign. Earlier this week, Lt. Governor Mike Parson issued a press release following Senator Chappelle-Nadal’s removal from her Senate Committees by Minority Leader Gina Walsh. In the press release, Lt. Governor Parson asked for the Senate to expel Senator Chapelle-Nadal during next month’s veto session.

Personally, I hope Sen. Chapelle-Nadal does the right thing and resigns. Respectful disagreement has been a part of what has made this country the greatest in history. The violence seen in recent days does nothing to solve the problems we are facing. Continued calls for violence will only make it worse. While I respect the right of anyone to express their opinions, no matter how reprehensible I find their rhetoric, calling for the death of someone you disagree with is not how anyone, much less an elected official, should solve those disagreements.

While only time will tell exactly how the situation with Senator Chapelle-Nadal will be resolved, according to statements issued by the Governor, Lt. Governor, and other officials, further action, in addition to the removal of her committee assignments, is likely to be considered in the coming months. Whatever the action, the process is required to both begin and end in the Senate.

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

SB 182 (Signed by Governor: 5/30) – Current law prohibits the state from requiring, or prohibiting, bidders from entering into agreements with labor organizations when entering into contracts for the construction of public projects funded by more than 50% by the state. This act removes the 50% funding threshold and further prohibits requiring, or prohibiting, bidders from entering into agreements with labor organizations when entering into contracts for the construction, repair, remodeling, or demolition of a facility.

SB 222 (Signed by Governor: 6/28) – This act allows agricultural machinery and implements to be operated on state highways between sunset and sunrise so long as such vehicles are equipped with certain lighting.

SB 225 (Signed by Governor: 6/29) – This act allows the assessed valuation of any tractor or trailer owned by a corporation and used in interjurisdictional commerce to be apportioned to Missouri based on the average per vehicle distance chart provided under the International Registration Plan, or any other reasonable source of distance data, when historical distance records are unavailable.

SB 240 (Signed by Governor: 6/29) – This act creates a statewide license for electrical contractors, which shall be issued by the Division of Professional Registration.

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

 

Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal

As has been covered in the news recently, Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal made some inflammatory comments on social media last week that has sparked a bipartisan response from many local, state, and federal officials asking Senator Chappelle-Nadal to resign. The senator did issue an apology, but, thus far, has refused to resign.

Earlier this week, Lt. Governor Mike Parson issued a press release following Senator Chappelle-Nadal’s removal from her Senate Committees by Minority Leader Gina Walsh. In the press release, Lt. Governor Parson asked for the Senate to expel Senator Chapelle-Nadal during next month’s veto session.

Personally, I hope Sen. Chapelle-Nadal does the right thing and resigns. Respectful disagreement has been a part of what has made this country the greatest in history. The violence seen in recent days does nothing to solve the problems we are facing. Continued calls for violence will only make it worse. While I respect the right of anyone to express their opinions, no matter how reprehensible I find their rhetoric, calling for the death of someone you disagree with is not how anyone, much less an elected official, should solve those disagreements.

While only time will tell exactly how the situation with Senator Chapelle-Nadal will be resolved, according to statements issued by the Governor, Lt. Governor, and other officials, further action, in addition to the removal of her committee assignments, is likely to be considered in the coming months. Whatever the action, the process is required to both begin and end in the Senate.

Governor Announces Appointments to Boards & Commissions

Governor Greitens announced appointments to several boards and commissions yesterday, including three new members of the Coordinating Board of Higher Education.

The new members of the coordinating board announced Wednesday are Carl Bolm, the founder and owner of Investa Management; Bobby Robertson, CEO of Omnigo Software and chairman of the board of HEALTHCAREFirst, a healthware software technology company; and Shawn Saale, a lawyer with Saale & Bailey who specializes in estate law, business-succession planning and charitable giving.

The governor also appointed Claudia Onate Greim and Doug Russell to the State Board of Education. Onate Greim is a compliance counsel for Lockton Cos. Russell is president of Durham Co.

Greitens appointed Daniel Finney III, the principal attorney at Daniel Finney III law firm, to the Missouri Gaming Commission.

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 TAFP bills span a variety of topics. Below is a brief summary of additional TAFP bills. As promised, more TAFP bill summaries will follow in the weeks to come.

SB 182 (Signed by Governor: 5/30) – Modifies provisions of law relating to project labor agreements

Current law prohibits the state, or any agency or instrumentality of the state, from requiring, or prohibiting, bidders from entering into agreements with labor organizations when entering into contracts for the construction of public projects funded by more than 50% by the state. This act removes the 50% funding threshold and further prohibits the state, any agency, or political subdivision, or instrumentality of the state from requiring, or prohibiting, bidders from entering into agreements with labor organizations when entering into contracts for the construction, repair, remodeling, or demolition of a facility. Discrimination against such bidders is also prohibited. Moreover, the state, any agency, political subdivision, or instrumentality of the state, shall not encourage or give preferential treatment to bidders who enter or refuse to enter into agreements with a labor organization.

SB 222 (Signed by Governor: 6/28) – Modifies provisions relating to motorized vehicles

This act allows agricultural machinery and implements to be operated on state highways between sunset and sunrise so long as such vehicles are equipped with certain lighting. This act modifies the definition of “autocycle” to include partially or completely enclosed vehicles with a non-straddle type seating area. This act also removes statutory requirements for certain safety features, and instead requires that the vehicle meet applicable National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requirements or federal motorcycle safety standards. Also, this act provides that lamps, lights, and other pieces of vehicle lighting equipment that consist of multiple light-emitting diodes shall be deemed to be operating properly so long as at least 75% of the light-emitting diodes are operating properly.

SB 225 (Signed by Governor: 6/29) – Modifies provisions relating to transportation

This act allows the assessed valuation of any tractor or trailer owned by a corporation and used in interjurisdictional commerce to be apportioned to Missouri based on the average per vehicle distance chart provided under the International Registration Plan, or any other reasonable source of distance data, when historical distance records are unavailable. This act also provides that 2-year colleges shall qualify for substantially the same road signs as traditional 4-year colleges, irrespective of differences in student housing or types of degrees offered.

Moreover, current law allows repeat DUI offenders required to have an ignition interlock device installed on his or her vehicle to apply for an exemption to allow him or her to operate a vehicle owned by his or her employer. Such variances shall not be granted where the offender is self-employed or owns the business entity that owns the vehicle.

SB 240 (Signed by Governor: 6/29) – Creates a statewide license for electrical contractors

This act creates a statewide license for electrical contractors, which shall be issued by the Division of Professional Registration. Any person who is operating as an electrical contractor in a political subdivision that does not require the contractor to hold a local license is not required to possess a statewide license. However, each corporation, firm, institution, organization, company, or representative thereof who engages in electrical contracting must have a least one statewide licensed electrical contractor employed at a supervisory level. Electrical contractors who hold a license that was issued by an authority in the State of Missouri prior to January 1, 2018, and that required the passing of a nationally accredited written examination based upon the National Electrical Code and completion of twelve thousand hours of practical experience shall be issued a statewide license.

 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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