The Capitol Report | June 7th, 2018

Upcoming Joint Session

Gov. Mike Parson has officially taken over as chief executive of the state. In one of his first official acts as governor, Gov. Parson will address a joint session of the General Assembly this coming Monday, June 11 at the State Capitol to share his administration’s vision for Missouri.

In other news, I will continue to summarize Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed (TAFP) bills from this legislative session. All of these bills have been signed and delivered to the governor’s office. Bill review will be one of the first duties of the new governor.

HB 1413 – The bill provides that no sum shall be withheld from a public employee’s earnings to pay dues or other fees to a public labor organization without annual authorization. Labor organizations are required to maintain financial records substantially similar to federal law, and must make the records available to employees in a searchable electronic format.

HB 1415 – The bill authorizes schools to rely on technical coursework and skills assessments developed for industry-recognized certificates and credentials when developing career and technical education pathways for their students. This bill establishes the “Career Readiness Course Task Force” to study the possibility of offering a middle school career readiness course and the members shall represent the geographic diversity of the state, as specified in the bill.

HB 1428 – This bill sets a 60-day time limit for the Governor to fill a vacancy in the office of county commissioner with the advice and consent of the Senate. The vacancies filled by appointment will be held by the appointee for the remainder of the term. The bill does not apply to any county that has adopted a charter for its own government under Article VI, Section 18 of the Missouri Constitution.

HB 1446 – (1) Requires the Department of Revenue to issue an annual report listing sales and use taxes authorized by state law and collected by the department; (2) Expands the existing exception for small cities, towns, and villages, which allows candidates for election to assume office without holding an election if a particular election is uncontested and the number of candidates available equal the number of open positions, from cities, towns, or villages with 1,000 or less persons to those with 2,000 or less persons; among other provisions.

HB 1456 –  The bill provides appointment procedures and criteria for county emergency dispatching service boards when the board is meant to consolidate central dispatching services in other political subdivisions that have contracted for such service.

HB 1460 – Beginning July 1, 2019, this bill increases the fuel tax from $.17 per gallon to $.27 per gallon in $.025 increments over four years. Beginning July 1, 2022, the tax rate of $.27 applies. The additional revenue generated by the tax increase is used for the actual costs of the State Highway Patrol, subject to appropriation. The bill contains a referendum clause and the provisions of this bill will become effective upon voter approval.

HB 1461 –  This bill makes changes to the Address Confidentiality Program, which authorizes the use of a designated address for victims of a crime. The bill expands the program to victims of any crime who fear for their safety.

If you ever have questions, comments, or concerns, please call my office at
573-751-1688 or email me at:
jason.chipman@house.mo.gov

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

 

2018 Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed Bills

HB 1413 – Requires authorization for certain labor unions to use dues and fees to make political contributions and requires consent for withholding earnings from paychecks

The bill provides that no sum shall be withheld from a public employee’s earnings to pay dues or other fees to a public labor

organization without annual authorization. Labor organizations are required to maintain financial records substantially similar to federal law, and must make the records available to employees in a searchable electronic format.

HB 1415 – Allows teachers to count hours spent in externships with local businesses as professional development hours

The bill authorizes schools to rely on technical coursework and skills assessments developed for industry-recognized certificates and credentials when developing career and technical education pathways for their students (Section 162.1115). This bill establishes the “Career Readiness Course Task Force” to study the possibility of offering a middle school career readiness course and the members shall represent the geographic diversity of the state, as specified in the bill. The task force shall report it findings and recommendations by December 1, 2019.

HB 1428 – Allows the county commission of noncharter counties to appoint persons to vacated county elected offices.

This bill sets a 60-day time limit for the Governor to fill a vacancy in the office of county commissioner with the advice and consent of the Senate. The vacancies filled by appointment will be held by the appointee for the remainder of the term. The bill does not apply to any county that has adopted a charter for its own government under Article VI, Section 18 of the Missouri Constitution.

The bill also requires the county commission in all noncharter counties to fill by appointment, within 14 days, a vacancy in a county elected office to serve until the Governor makes an appointment or until the vacancy is filled by operation of another provision of law. In counties with only two county commissioners, when there is the absence of an agreement, the presiding judge of the circuit court will make the appointment. The offices of associate circuit judge, circuit judge, circuit clerk, prosecuting attorney, and circuit attorney are excluded from this provision.

HB 1446 – Modifies provisions relating to non-election successions in certain political subdivisions

This bill changes elections laws. In its main provisions, the bill:

(1) Requires the Department of Revenue to issue an annual report listing sales and use taxes authorized by state law and collected by the department; (2) Expands the existing exception for small cities, towns, and villages, which allows candidates for election to assume office without holding an election if a particular election is uncontested and the number of candidates available equal the number of open positions, from cities, towns, or villages with 1,000 or less persons to those with 2,000 or less persons; (3) Requires the Secretary of State to furnish specified absentee ballot information upon request of a duly authorized campaign or political party committee representative. Fees for copying may be charged and will not exceed public record copying charges; This provision has an emergency clause.

HB 1456 – Changes the laws regarding 911 emergency communication services

The bill provides appointment procedures and criteria for county emergency dispatching service boards when the board is meant to consolidate central dispatching services in other political subdivisions that have contracted for such service. The terms of office for existing board members that consolidate with other boards shall end 30 days after the initial members of the newly consolidated board are appointed.

HB 1460 – Authorizes a tax deduction for any prize or award won by an Olympic medalist and fuel tax increases

Beginning July 1, 2019, this bill increases the fuel tax from $.17 per gallon to $.27 per gallon in $.025 increments over four years. Beginning July 1, 2022, the tax rate of $.27 applies. The additional revenue generated by the tax increase is used for the actual costs of the State Highway Patrol, subject to appropriation. In addition, the bill authorizes the Department of Agriculture to tax all types of fuel at a substantially equivalent rate by implementing a rule by January 1, 2026. This bill authorizes the “Olympic Dream Freedom Act” which allows a state individual income tax deduction for the value of any prize or award won by a taxpayer in athletic competition in the Olympic, Paralympic, or Special Olympic Games. The bill creates the “Emergency State Freight Bottleneck Fund” which is dedicated, subject to appropriation, only to road projects with criteria for such projects specified in the bill. The bill contains a referendum clause and the provisions of this bill will become effective upon voter approval.

HB 1461 – Modifies provisions relating to the Address Confidentiality Program

This bill makes changes to the Address Confidentiality Program, which authorizes the use of a designated address for victims of a crime. The bill expands the program to victims of any crime who fear for their safety. The bill also applies the program to other individuals living with the victim. The bill specifies that if a parent is participating in the program, a court order releasing information on a minor child in a custody case shall not release the parent’s address. Additionally, if a parent wishes to relocate a child who is under his or her custody, a parent in the program may provide his or her information under seal to the court for in camera review. The bill specifies that an applicant may complete his or her own renewal in the program, and does not need to use an application assistant. A participant in the program may be removed if he or she moves outside of Missouri.

Unclaimed Property

Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt has informed my office that he currently holds $1,608,637.46 in unclaimed property belonging to approximately 16,697 account owners within the 120th District. This money is sitting in holding awaiting the rightful owners to come forward.

Therefore, I encourage you to search for and claim your property free of charge at: www.ShowMeMoney.com

Banks, businesses, and insurance companies turn over Unclaimed Property to the Treasurer after accounts have been inactive and owners cannot be successfully contacted for a statutorily defined period of time, generally five years.

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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