Legislative report: Feb. 21, 2018

Greetings from your state Capitol. Last week was extremely busy here in the Capitol. The budget committee is finishing up with hearing all of the state departments’ budgets. Late nights every day!

This week will give us a little relief as the Education Appropriations Committee, which I chair, will be doing their recommendations for the K-12 education and higher education budgets.  This will be the first step in finalizing the entire budget.

Last week the House passed to the Senate the following bills:

HB 1251 changes the laws regarding foreclosure proceeds.

HB 1267 changes the laws by adding virtual institutions to the “Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program.”

HB 1367 allows licensees to obtain duplicate licenses from the board of cosmetology and barber examiners.

HB 1389 excludes autocycle operators from protective headgear requirements.

HB 1409 modifies the duration of unemployment compensation, modifies the method to pay federal advances, and raises the fund trigger causing contribution rate reductions.

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.

HB 1420 extends the sunset on the early learning quality assurance report program.

HB 1460 authorizes a tax deduction for any prize or award won by an Olympic medalist.

HB 1620 exempts health care entities registered with the Department of Health and Senior Services that distribute hypodermic needles or syringes from the crime of unlawful delivery of drug paraphernalia.

HB 1649 modifies provisions relating to the injuring or killing of law enforcement animals.

HB 1653 modifies provisions of law relating to certain incentives offered by manufacturers and retailers of intoxicating liquor.

HB 1685 changes the law relating to short-term medical policies sold in the state of Missouri.

HB 1691 modifies the appeal procedure for decisions by the public service commission.

HB 1838 authorizes and empowers the governor to convey all interest in specific property, described in the bill, located in Jefferson City.

HB 1859 allows law enforcement agencies to assist other law enforcement agencies.

HB 1879 changes the laws regarding financial transactions by public entities.

HB 1930 modifies rules regarding proper display of the United States flag.

Complete bill information can be found on the House website at www.house.mo.gov.

It was great to see FBLA and FFA students and teachers from Gainesville, Bakers-field and Lutie here in the Capitol last week. It was also my treat to visit with Sandra Walker from Ava.

As always, it is a privilege to represent you in state government.

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