The Capitol Report | June 14th, 2018

Governor Calls for Fresh Start in Address

As the legislative special session came to a close on Monday night, the Missouri House and Senate convened for a joint session in the House Chamber to listen to an address from Gov. Mike Parson. The new governor, who was sworn into office Friday, June 1, delivered an address to lawmakers that focused on the importance of public service and the need to work together to create a better Missouri. As the governor said in his remarks, “We have witnessed politics at its worst and at its best. We have been divided, and we have been united. Missouri has risen to the occasion, as we always do.  Today is a time for a fresh start for our state and to recommit ourselves — we must work together for a better Missouri!”

Shortly after the governor completed his address, House Speaker Richardson issued a statement saying he looked forward to working with Gov. Parson in the months ahead. Richardson added, “I am especially pleased that Governor Parson acknowledged the recent historic legislative session and the substantive conservative policies the General Assembly passed.  I am confident the governor’s proven conservative track record means he will remain a strong advocate of views Missourians overwhelmingly voted for in 2016 for us to fight for in Jefferson City.”
With the special session now concluded, members of the House and Senate are next scheduled to convene for the annual Veto Session on Sept. 12.

HB 1465 – allows for community colleges potentially to be authorized to offer baccalaureate degrees to meet local workforce needs, and for other universities to collaborate with the University of Missouri to offer degrees in engineering, chiropractic, osteopathic medicine, and podiatry.

HB 1469 – Modifies provisions of the Missouri military code by changing the name of the “Missouri reserve military force” to the “Missouri state defense force”

HB 1484 – Allows persons who have, for at least six months, been a bona fide member of an organization licensed to conduct bingo to participate in the operation of a bingo game.

HB 1492 – Extends eligibility in the Show-Me Heroes program from one year to five years from discharge of deployment.

HB 1500 – Establishes guidelines for the future regulation of occupations and professions in the State of Missouri. The bill specifies that the state may not impose a substantial burden on an individual’s pursuit of his or her occupation or profession unless there is a reasonable interest for the state to protect the general welfare.

HB 1503 – Allows veteran-owned small businesses to participate in the Missouri Linked Deposit Program. An “eligible veteran-owned small business” is defined as any business owned by an honorably discharged veteran and Missouri resident who has agreed to locate his or her business in the state for at least three years and employs less than 100 employees, a majority of whom are Missouri residents.

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

 

Governor Parson Calls for a Fresh Start in Address to the Missouri General Assembly

As the legislative special session came to a close on Monday night, the Missouri House and Senate convened for a joint session in the House Chamber to listen to an address from Gov. Mike Parson. The new governor, who was sworn into office Friday, June 1, delivered an address to lawmakers that focused on the importance of public service and the need to work together to create a better Missouri.

As the governor said in his remarks, “We have witnessed politics at its worst and at its best. We have been divided, and we have been united. Missouri has risen to the occasion, as we always do.  Today is a time for a fresh start for our state and to recommit ourselves — we must work together for a better Missouri!”

During his remarks, Parson also stressed that his focus in office will be on serving the people of the state. “As we move forward, together, I pledge that I will spend every day working to make our state stronger and more prosperous,” said Parson. “I promise that the welfare of the people will be my guiding principle and sole consideration. And I will never forget – never forget – that public service is—first and foremost— about serving Missourians.”

Shortly after the governor completed his address, House Speaker Richardson issued a statement saying he looked forward to working with Gov. Parson in the months ahead. Richardson added, “I am especially pleased that Governor Parson acknowledged the recent historic legislative session and the substantive conservative policies the General Assembly passed.  I am confident the governor’s proven conservative track record means he will remain a strong advocate of views Missourians overwhelmingly voted for in 2016 for us to fight for in Jefferson City.”

With the special session now concluded, members of the House and Senate are next scheduled to convene for the annual Veto Session on Sept. 12.

2018 Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed Bills

HB 1465 – Modifies various provisions relating to degree offerings at public institutions of higher education

This bill allows the Coordinating Board for Higher Education to approve new degree programs offered by state institutions of higher education. Community colleges may be authorized to offer baccalaureate degrees to meet local workforce needs, and other universities may collaborate with the University of Missouri to offer degrees in engineering, chiropractic, osteopathic medicine, and podiatry. The West Plains Campus of Missouri State University and the State Technical College of Missouri may also offer baccalaureate degrees if authorized by the Coordinating Board. The University of Missouri remains the state’s only public research university and the only institution authorized to grant research doctorates and first-professional degrees including dentistry, law, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine. No state college or university may seek the land grant designation held by Lincoln University and the University of Missouri or the research designation currently held by the University of Missouri.

HB 1469 – Modifies provisions of the Missouri military code by changing the name of the “Missouri reserve military force” to the “Missouri state defense force”

This bill changes references to the “reserve military force” in the Missouri Military Code to the “state defense force.”

HB 1484 – Changes the laws regarding the requirements for the operation of a bingo game

This bill allows persons who have, for at least six months, been a bona fide member of an organization licensed to conduct bingo to participate in the operation of a bingo game. The Constitution currently requires at least two years of membership prior to

participation. This bill also removes the statutory restrictions on the advertisement of bingo. This bill will only become effective upon the passage of a Constitutional amendment.

HB 1492 – Changes the law regarding the Show-Me Heroes program

Currently, the spouses of active duty National Guard or reservists and active duty military personal, and returning National Guard troops and reservists can participate in the Department of Economic Development’s Show-Me Heroes Program for one year following discharge of deployment. This bill extends eligibility in the program to five years from discharge of deployment.

HB 1500 – Modifies provisions relating to the practice of cosmetology and barbering

This bill establishes guidelines for the future regulation of occupations and professions in the State of Missouri. The bill specifies that the state may not impose a substantial burden on an individual’s pursuit of his or her occupation or profession unless there is a reasonable interest for the state to protect the general welfare. If such interest exists, the regulation adopted by the state shall be the least restrictive type of occupational regulation consistent with the public interest to be protected. The bill states that all bills introduced in the General Assembly to regulate an occupation or profession shall be reviewed according to criteria set forth in the bill. Additionally, the bill requires that the Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration, or any relevant regulatory agency, report and submit certain information to the General Assembly upon the filing of any bill that proposes a new or additional regulation of an occupation or profession.

HB 1503 – This bill changes the laws relating to military affairs

This bill allows veteran-owned small businesses to participate in the Missouri Linked Deposit Program. An “eligible veteran-owned small business” is defined as any business owned by an honorably discharged veteran and Missouri resident who has agreed to locate his or her business in the state for at least three years and employs less than 100 employees, a majority of whom are Missouri residents. In considering which small businesses should receive reduced-rate loans through the Linked Deposit Program, a lending institution must give priority to those owned by veterans. Any veteran who receives a small business loan through the Linked Deposit Program must also complete a boots-to-business program approved by the Department of Economic Development and be assigned a mentor for 365 days following the loan approval date. The owner and his or her mentor must meet at least once every 90 days.

District Visits

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Last Friday, I enjoyed meeting with and presenting House resolutions to three Washington, D.C. Youth Tour delegates for Crawford Electric Cooperative. The delegates are (L to R) Faith Bair of Steelville High School, Faith Skaggs of Bourbon High School, and Ella Wright of Ownesville High School.

The delegates get an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the 2018 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. During the tour, the students will experience unique leadership development opportunities, meet legislators, and explore some of our country’s most historic sites and monuments.

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Congratulations to Crawford County for becoming certified work ready by the Missouri Department of Economic Development. A big thank you to Dr. Sean Siebert and Sheriff Darin Layman for getting us over the finish line.

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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