The Capitol Report | July 19th, 2018

Governor Takes Final Action on Legislation

As the July 14 deadline for the governor to take action on bills approached, Gov. Parson signed several pieces of legislation into law, and vetoed a handful of others. In total, Gov. Parson signed 63 bills after taking office. In addition to the bills signed by the previous governor, the legislature saw the majority of the 150 bills it truly agreed signed into law.

The governor vetoed three bills and issued 21 line-item vetoes in the state budget. In total, he line-item vetoed more than $12 million in funding contained in 10 different appropriations bills.

Lawmakers will now consider what, if any, actions to take with the vetoed bills. The House Budget Committee met July 17 to review the line-item vetoes in the budget. Committee members used the time to gather information to assess whether immediate action needs to be taken to address the programs that will lose funding because of the vetoes. Legislators will next meet in September for the annual Veto Session where some vetoed bills could be overridden.

I will continue to summarize Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed (TAFP) bills from this legislative session.

HB 1872 (Signed by Governor: 06/01/18)  — Establishes a grant program within the Department of Economic Development to expand broadband Internet access to unserved and under-served parts of Missouri. Grants may be awarded to fund the acquisition and installation of middle-mile and last-mile infrastructure that support Internet speeds of at least 25 megabits per second download and three megabit per second upload.

HB 1879 (Signed by Governor: 06/01/18) — Currently, the State Treasurer and the Treasurer of the City of St. Louis are limited in the securities they may require as collateral from banks or financial institutions selected and approved for the safekeeping and payment of deposits. With regard to out-of-state municipal bonds, it must be determined that the bonds are rated in the highest category by at least one nationally recognized statistical rating agency to be qualified as collateral. This bill changes that standard to require the bonds to be rated “investment grade” by at least one such agency.

HB 1880 (Signed by Governor: 06/01/18) — Currently, rural electric cooperatives have certain powers, including the power to construct electric transmission and distribution lines or systems. This bill specifies that “electric transmission and distribution lines or systems” are specifically defined to include copper and fiber optic cable, facilities, and technology that carries light signals and data beyond that necessary for the transmission and distribution of electricity.

HB 1887 (Signed by Governor: 06/01/18) — Prohibits a property owners’ association from preventing a property owner from placing political signs on his or her property

HB 1953 (Signed by Governor: 07/05/18) — Requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to develop information regarding the bone marrow registry.

HB 1991 (Signed by Governor: 06/01/18) — Enacts the “Uniform Small Wireless Facility Deployment Act,” which establishes that an authority shall not enter into an exclusive arrangement regarding the use of the right-of-way for the collocation of small wireless facilities or the installation, operation, marketing, modification, maintenance, or replacement of utility poles.

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 Takes Final Actions on Legislation

As the July 14 deadline for the governor to take action on bills approached, Gov. Parson signed several pieces of legislation into law, and vetoed a handful of others. In total, Gov. Parson signed 63 bills after taking office. In addition to the bills signed by the previous governor, the legislature saw the majority of the 150 bills it truly agreed signed into law.

The governor vetoed only three bills and said he would reach out to House and Senate leadership to explore options and discuss efforts to address veto concerns. The governor had also issued 21 line-item vetoes in the state budget. In total, he line-item vetoed more than $12 million in funding contained in 10 different appropriations bills.

Lawmakers will now consider what, if any, actions to take with the vetoed bills. The House Budget Committee met July 17 to review the line-item vetoes in the budget. Committee members used the time to gather information to assess whether immediate action needs to be taken to address the programs that will lose funding because of the vetoes. Legislators will next meet in September for the annual Veto Session where some vetoed bills could be overridden.

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.

HB 1872 (Signed by Governor: 06/01/18)  — Establishes a grant program for the installation of broadband internet service

This bill establishes a grant program within the Department of Economic Development to expand broadband Internet access to unserved and under-served parts of Missouri. Grants may be awarded to fund the acquisition and installation of middle-mile and last-mile infrastructure that support Internet speeds of at least 25 megabits per second download and three megabit per second upload.

HB 1879 (Signed by Governor: 06/01/18) — Changes the laws regarding financial transactions by public entities

This bill modifies several provisions relating to financial transactions by public entities. Currently, the State Treasurer and the Treasurer of the City of St. Louis are limited in the securities they may require as collateral from banks or financial institutions selected and approved for the safekeeping and payment of deposits. With regard to out-of-state municipal bonds, it must be determined that the bonds are rated in the highest category by at least one nationally recognized statistical rating agency to be qualified as collateral. This bill changes that standard to require the bonds to be rated “investment grade” by at least one such agency.

HB 1880 (Signed by Governor: 06/01/18) — Declares the intent of the general assembly to facilitate and encourage development of fiber optic infrastructure by rural electric cooperatives

This bill modifies provisions relating to broadband communications services provided by rural electric cooperatives. Currently, rural electric cooperatives have certain powers, including the power to construct electric transmission and distribution lines or systems. This bill specifies that “electric transmission and distribution lines or systems” are specifically defined to include copper and fiber optic cable, facilities, and technology that carries light signals and data beyond that necessary for the transmission and distribution of electricity.

HB 1887 (Signed by Governor: 06/01/18) — Prohibits a property owners’ association from preventing a property owner from placing political signs on his or her property

This bill specifies that a deed restriction, covenant, or similar binding agreement running with a parcel of land cannot prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting the display of political signs. A homeowners’ association may adopt reasonable rules regarding political signs as specified in the bill. A homeowners’ association may not remove a sign or impose a fine or penalty unless written notice of a reasonable rule violation has been given and a three-day time period has passed.

HB 1953 (Signed by Governor: 07/05/18) — Relates in dissemination of information on the treatment of certain diseases

This bill requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to develop information regarding the bone marrow registry. A primary care provider or urgent care physician may inquire of a new patient who is 18 or older and under 45 whether he or she is registered with the bone marrow registry. If the patient is not registered, the provider or physician will provide the patient with the information on the registry provided by the department.

HB 1991 (Signed by Governor: 06/01/18) — Modifies provisions relating to wireless facilities and related infrastructure

This bill enacts the “Uniform Small Wireless Facility Deployment Act,” which establishes that an authority shall not enter into an exclusive arrangement regarding the use of the right-of-way for the collocation of small wireless facilities or the installation, operation, marketing, modification, maintenance, or replacement of utility poles. Municipal electric utilities are excluded from the definition of “authority.”

Capitol Visit

Delegates to CYCLE in Jefferson City

Earlier this week, I enjoyed visiting with three of Crawford Electric Cooperative’s CYCLE delegates who stopped by the Capitol during their conference in Jefferson City. This year’s delegates are: Emily Gargus, Bourbon (left); Emilie Blum, Sullivan (center); Madison Brauninger, Sullivan (right); Alison Bunch, Steelville (not pictured); Madalyn McPherson, Steelville (not pictured); and Emilia Morton, Viburnum (not pictured).

CYCLE — or the Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience as it’s formally known — lasts three days each July. For the 80 or so high school seniors who attend, it’s three days of learning  about electric cooperatives, Missouri government, and leadership skills.

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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