The Capitol Report | August 16th, 2018

New Laws: Insurance, Virtual Schools, Foreclosures

Missouri voters went to the polls in larger-than-usual numbers last week. Unofficial numbers released by the Missouri Secretary of State indicate that approximately 33.5 percent of the state’s 4.1 million registered voters made their voices heard on Election Day. That number is up significantly from both the August 2014 and August 2016 primaries, which saw voter turnout at roughly 25 percent.

Also, I will continue to summarize Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed (TAFP) bills from this legislative session. This week, I will move on to Senate bills.

SB 594 (Signed by Governor: 6/22/18) –exempts certain lines and endorsements of commercial insurance from requirements to file rates, rate plans, modifications, and manuals with the Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions, and Professional Registration, and specifies that filings for other commercial lines and endorsements shall be filed for informational purposes within 10 days of their use.

SB 598 (Signed by Governor: 6/1/18) – Requires that the Department of Transportation utility corridor be up to 12 feet wide, with the location of such corridor determined by the State Highways and Transportation Commission. This act also requires the Commission to promulgate rules setting forth a system for requesting and issuing variances to requirements.

SB 603 (Signed by Governor: 6/1/18) – Changes the Missouri Virtual Instruction Program (MOVIP) to “The Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program” and allows any eligible student to enroll in program courses of his or her choice to be paid by the school district or charter school, if the student has been enrolled full-time in a public school, including a public charter school, for at least one semester immediately prior to enrolling in the program, and the course is approved by the student’s school district or charter school through a procedure described in the act.

SB 608 (Signed by Governor: 7/5/18) – Under current law a land owner is not liable for the death or injury of a trespasser, when the trespasser is substantially impaired by alcohol or illicit controlled substances, unless the land owner acted with negligence or willful and wanton misconduct. This act removes that the property owner may be held liable when he or she acts with negligence.

SB 623 (Signed by Governor: 6/1/18) – Under current law, any surplus proceeds from a foreclosure sale of real estate are placed in the county treasury, for a term of three years, in trust for the publicly recorded owner of the property at the time of the delinquent land tax auction. This act modifies that provision such that surplus funds shall be distributed first to any recorded lien holders prior to being distributed to the owner. If after three years any funds have not been distributed such funds shall become a permanent school fund for the county.

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 Primary Election Sees Healthy Voter Turnout

Missouri voters went to the polls in larger-than-usual numbers last week. Unofficial numbers released by the Missouri Secretary of State indicate that approximately 33.5 percent of the state’s 4.1 million registered voters made their voices heard on Election Day. That number is up significantly from both the August 2014 and August 2016 primaries, which saw voter turnout at roughly 25 percent.

Despite the higher turnout, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft issued a statement urging more registered voters to participate in the process going forward. “While more voters went to the polls yesterday, there are still many who did not. I urge all eligible Missourians to participate in our democratic process and vote. If you’re not registered, there’s time to do so before the November general election — the deadline to register is Oct. 10, 2018. Contact your local election authority or visit www.sos.mo.gov to register, and most importantly, make your voice heard on Election Day,” said Ashcroft.

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. This week, I will move on to Senate bills.

SB 594 (Signed by Governor: 6/22/18) – Exempts certain types of commercial insurance lines from filing requirements with respect to rates, rate plans, modifications, and manuals

This act exempts certain lines and endorsements of commercial insurance from requirements to file rates, rate plans, modifications, and manuals with the Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions, and Professional Registration, and specifies that filings for other commercial lines and endorsements shall be filed for informational purposes within 10 days of their use.

SB 598 (Signed by Governor: 6/1/18) – Modifies provisions relating to the Department of Transportation utility corridor

This act requires that the Department of Transportation utility corridor be up to 12 feet wide, with the location of such corridor determined by the State Highways and Transportation Commission. This act also requires the Commission to promulgate rules setting forth a system for requesting and issuing variances to requirements.

SB 603 (Signed by Governor: 6/1/18) – Modifies provisions relating to virtual education

This act changes the Missouri Virtual Instruction Program (MOVIP) to “The Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program” and allows any eligible student to enroll in program courses of his or her choice to be paid by the school district or charter school, if the student has been enrolled full-time in a public school, including a public charter school, for at least one semester immediately prior to enrolling in the program, and the course is approved by the student’s school district or charter school through a procedure described in the act.

SB 608 (Signed by Governor: 7/5/18) – Modifies provisions regarding sovereign immunity and the liability of property owners when criminal conduct occurs on the property

Under current law a land owner is not liable for the death or injury of a trespasser, when the trespasser is substantially impaired by alcohol or illicit controlled substances, unless the land owner acted with negligence or willful and wanton misconduct. This act removes that the property owner may be held liable when he or she acts with negligence.

SB 623 (Signed by Governor: 6/1/18) – Modifies provisions relating to foreclosure proceeds

Under current law, any surplus proceeds from a foreclosure sale of real estate are placed in the county treasury, for a term of three years, in trust for the publicly recorded owner of the property at the time of the delinquent land tax auction. This act modifies that provision such that surplus funds shall be distributed first to any recorded lien holders prior to being distributed to the owner. If after three years any funds have not been distributed such funds shall become a permanent school fund for the county. Furthermore, the term for which the proceeds shall stay in the county treasury is modified to be the lesser of 3 years or 90 days following the expiration of the redemption period.

District Visit

Scenic Regional LibraryI had a great time today reading to kids at the brand new Scenic Regional Library branch in Sullivan. Thank you to Kecia Philpot, Children’s Programmer, Scenic Regional Library, for the invite.

The 10,000 sq. ft. facility features a 1,000 sq. ft. public meeting room, programming space, teen and children’s areas that feature a Xbox One, a Lego table, magnet walls, a 55-inch touch screen tablet, and much more. Be sure to stop by and check it all out.

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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