The Capitol Report | July 6th, 2018

State Operating Budget Signed into Law

With the governor’s signature, the appropriations bills that make up the Fiscal Year 2019 state operating budget officially became law and took effect when the new fiscal year began July 1. In total, the bills make up a $28.6 billion budget that makes a record investment in K-12 education, and stabilizes funding for Missouri’s institutions of higher learning. While the governor signed the majority of the legislature’s budget priorities into law, he also used his line-item veto authority to strike several appropriations from the spending plan. In total he issued 21 line-item vetoes totaling more than $12 million.

The vetoes impact funding for several of the state’s colleges and universities, including Missouri Southern, Harris-Stowe, Truman State, Northwest Missouri State, and Three Rivers Community College. Other vetoes impact funding for the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Office of Child Advocate, and Volunteer Firefighter Workers’ Compensation Grants. With the vetoed appropriations, lawmakers will have the option to consider veto overrides during the annual Veto Session in September. An override requires a two-thirds vote in each chamber of the legislature and would reauthorize the vetoed spending line.

As promised, 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.

HB 1690 – Removes a provision specifying that nonpro rata assessments for administrative and legal costs shall not exceed $150 per member insurer in any one calendar year, and specifies that the amount of other assessments for long-term care insurance written by the impaired or insolvent insurer shall be allocated according to a methodology included in the plan of operation and approved by the director.

HB 1713 – Allows a birth parent, with proof of identification, or adoptee to request or update a contact preference form, which states whether the birth parent or adoptee would like to be contacted, that will accompany the birth certificate of an adopted person.

HB 1719 – Establishes regulations and registration requirements for professional employer organizations (PEOs). The bill requires all PEOs to be registered with the Secretary of State. Registration of PEOs may be done individually or as a group. At the time of registration, and every year thereafter, the PEO or PEO group must file with the Secretary of State an audit performed by an independent certified public accountant.

HB 1729 – Amends Missouri’s prevailing wage law. Prevailing wage shall not be paid for public works where the estimated cost, or accepted bids, are $75,000 or less. All public works projects estimated to cost, or with an accepted bid of $10,000 or less for all occupational titles shall be exempt from competitive bidding requirements. Wage determination schedules are provided in the bill.

HB 1744 – Modifies the A+ Schools Program by removing the requirement that the student’s attendance of a high school in the state be the three years immediately prior to graduation. This bill also contains one of my bill’s which prohibits public colleges from requiring a student to buy a meal plan or dine on-campus if the student presents medical documentation of a food allergy or medical dietary issue to the institution. This bill contains an emergency clause.

HB 1769 – Creates the offense of filing a false document, which is committed if, with intent to defraud, deceive, harass, alarm, or negatively impact financially, a person files, causes to be filed, or attempts to file, creates, uses as genuine, transfers or has transferred, presents, or prepares with knowledge or belief that it will be filed, presented, or transferred to the Secretary of State or his or her designee, any county recorder of deeds or his or her designee, any municipal, county, district, or state government entity or office, or any credit bureau or financial institution specified documents.

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

 

State Operating Budget Signed into Law

With the governor’s signature, the appropriations bills that make up the Fiscal Year 2019 state operating budget officially became law and took effect when the new fiscal year began July 1. In total, the bills make up a $28.6 billion budget that makes a record investment in K-12 education, and stabilizes funding for Missouri’s institutions of higher learning.

Some of the highlights of the state spending plan include:

  • Full funding for the school foundation formula for the second consecutive year for the first time in the state’s history. Lawmakers approved a $99 million funding increase for K-12 public schools, while also increasing funding for school transportation by more than $10 million.
  • Reversal of a recommended cut of $68 million for higher education funding in conjunction with a deal that will prevent excessive tuition increases at the state’s universities and colleges.
  • Funding increases for the state’s scholarship programs, which include a $2 million increase for Access Missouri, $3.5 million in additional funds for the A+ Scholarship Program; and an additional $1 million for Bright Flight.
  • $1.8 million increase in funding for the state’s independent living centers, which help people with disabilities to increase their independence and their opportunity to participate in day-to-day life within their communities.
  • $4 million in state support for Missouri’s Access to Recovery program and peer support, which helps individuals and families struggling with substance use disorders and provides the tools needed for long-term recovery.
  • $8.5 million increase in funding for the First Steps Program that provides services to families with children, birth to three years of age, with disabilities or developmental delays.
  • $4.75 million increase over the governor’s recommendation for tourism funding and grants ($14.75 million total).

While the governor signed the majority of the legislature’s budget priorities into law, he also used his line-item veto authority to strike several appropriations from the spending plan. In total he issued 21 line-item vetoes totaling more than $12 million. The vetoes impact funding for several of the state’s colleges and universities, including Missouri Southern, Harris-Stowe, Truman State, Northwest Missouri State, and Three Rivers Community College. Other vetoes impact funding for the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Office of Child Advocate, and Volunteer Firefighter Workers’ Compensation Grants.

With the vetoed appropriations, lawmakers will have the option to consider veto overrides during the annual Veto Session in September. An override requires a two-thirds vote in each chamber of the legislature and would reauthorize the vetoed spending line.

2018 Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed Bills

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.

HB 1690 – Modifies provision of the Missouri life and health insurance guarantee act.

The bill modifies provisions relating to Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association member assessments. It removes a provision specifying that nonpro rata assessments for administrative and legal costs shall not exceed $150 per member insurer in any one calendar year, and specifies that the amount of other assessments for long-term care insurance written by the impaired or insolvent insurer shall be allocated according to a methodology included in the plan of operation and approved by the director. The methodology shall provide for 50% of the assessment to be allocated to accident and health member insurers, and 50% to life and annuity member insurers. These provisions shall not apply to any member insurer that is impaired or insolvent prior to the bill’s effective date.

HB 1713 – Modifies provisions relating to the Missouri Adoptee Rights Act

This bill allows birth parents to obtain a copy of an adopted person’s original birth certificate. This bill allows a birth parent, with proof of identification, or adoptee to request or update a contact preference form, which states whether the birth parent or adoptee would like to be contacted, that will accompany the birth certificate of an adopted person. Currently, only a birth parent may request the form. If an adopted person is deceased, his or her lineal descendants have the right to obtain a copy of the adoptee’s birth certificate, contact form, and medical history form.

HB 1719 – Modifies provisions relating to professional registration

This bill establishes regulations and registration requirements for professional employer organizations (PEOs). The bill requires all PEOs to be registered with the Secretary of State. Registration of PEOs may be done individually or as a group. At the time of registration, and every year thereafter, the PEO or PEO group must file with the Secretary of State an audit performed by an independent certified public accountant. A PEO may be eligible for limited registration if it meets certain requirements. The Secretary of State shall maintain a list of PEOs registered in this state. PEOs shall pay an initial registration fee not to exceed $500 with an annual renewal fee not to exceed $250. However, no fee shall exceed the amount reasonably necessary for the administration of the bill.

HB 1729 – Repeals provisions relating to prevailing wages on public works

This bill amends Missouri’s prevailing wage law. Prevailing wage shall not be paid for public works where the estimated cost, or accepted bids, are $75,000 or less. All public works projects estimated to cost, or with an accepted bid of $10,000 or less for all occupational titles shall be exempt from competitive bidding requirements. Wage determination schedules are provided in the bill.

HB 1744 – Modifies the A+ Schools Program by removing the requirement that the student’s attendance of public high school occur in the three years immediately prior to graduation

The bill modifies the A+ Schools Program by removing the requirement that the student’s attendance of a high school in the state be the three years immediately prior to graduation. This bill adds an additional mechanism by which the taxing district of a public school may attach itself to a community college district in order to increase the tax base of the community college district and secure in-district tuition rates for students of the school district. The new mechanism allows the community college to propose the plan to the school district’s voters and requires the community college to pay for the election. The bill modifies the Missouri Higher Education Savings Program to allow Missouri 529 account holders to transfer money from that account to a Missouri ABLE account while retaining tax exempt status on the transferred money.

This bill also adds approved virtual institutions to the Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program, as described in the bill. This bill also contains one of my bills which prohibits public colleges from requiring a student to buy a meal plan or dine on-campus if the student presents medical documentation of a food allergy or medical dietary issue to the institution. This bill contains an emergency clause.

HB 1769 – Establishes the offense of filing false documents

This bill creates the offense of filing a false document, which is committed if, with intent to defraud, deceive, harass, alarm, or negatively impact financially, a person files, causes to be filed, or attempts to file, creates, uses as genuine, transfers or has transferred, presents, or prepares with knowledge or belief that it will be filed, presented, or transferred to the Secretary of State or his or her designee, any county recorder of deeds or his or her designee, any municipal, county, district, or state government entity or office, or any credit bureau or financial institution specified documents. For the first offense, filing a false document is a class D felony. Filing false documents is a class C felony in certain specified instances. Any person who is found guilty of committing such offense will be ordered to make full restitution to any person or entity that has sustained any actual losses as a result of the commission of such offense.

 

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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