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2017 Comprehensive Legislative Report - last update 1/12/2017


 

1/12/2017 

Capitol Report 

MML CAPITOL REPORT:

 Committee Activity

Senate Ways and Means Committee

SB 16 (Kraus) - sales tax exemption for delivery charges. (response to recent MO Supreme Court Alberici decision).

Support: AIM, NFIB, MO Chamber of Commerce, MO Concrete Assoc., MO Retail Assoc., MO Rental Dealers, MO Limestone Producers, MO Trucking Assoc., MO Budget Project., MO Restaurant Assoc., National Restaurant Assoc.

No opposition testimony. 

SB 17 (Kraus) -  three-year phase out of corporate income taxes.
Discussion highlights: Senators' asked about hybrid taxes that may take the place of corporate taxes, current tax revenues shortfalls, and how this legislation will affect future state revenues.
Support: Associated Industries of Missouri
Opposition: Civic Council of KC, MO Budget Project, MO Coalition Community Behavioral, and NEA.

House-Economic Development Committee
Held hearings and voted Do Pass on "right-to-work" bills. Headed to House floor debate.

House General Laws Committee

HB 130 Matthews - Relating to transportation network companies.

Support: Lyft, Uber, City of Springfield, St. Charles County, Uber drivers from Jefferson City and Columbia, St. Charles Economic  Development Councils, Greater St. Charles Area C of C, and O'Fallon C of C.

Opposition: St. Louis Taxi Company - wants parity for taxis and ride sharing

Information only: St. Louis Metropolitan Taxi Commission

Executive Session: HB 130
Sponsor offered admendment that would allow Kansas City to conduct two random audits of drivers per year to verify compliance. Also, language to clarify drivers as independent contractors.  Admendment passes. 

HCSHB 130, as amended voted Do Pass. 11 - 1.

 

Coming Soon...

First meeting for House Local Government Committee. No bill assignments to date.

House Economic Development Committee to take up prevailing wage bills


1/6/2017 

Legislative Report 

99th General Assembly Convenes

The Missouri House and Senate opened the 2017 Legislative Session at noon on Wednesday by swearing in 163 members of the House and 18 members of the Senate.  The first days of the session were taken up by ceremonial and housekeeping activities.

When the Legislature convened this week, there were 406 pre-filed bills and 16 House Joint Resolutions. Senators pre-filed 244 bills and 12 Senate Joint Resolutions.  Members in both chambers have until March 1 to introduce bills, so we will see many more bills introduced.

In his opening address, Speaker of the House, Representative Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff) outlined House legislative priorities for the session. Speaker Richardson's address focused on right to work, tort reform, economic development, education reform, and regulation of ride sharing (Uber and Lyft). The Speaker indicated that right-to-work legislation will move swiftly through the legislative process.

Pro Tem Richard’s address to the Senate focused on the history of the Senate Chamber. He reminded the Senators that their work is adding to that rich history. Senator Richard, together with the Majority Floor Leader, Senator Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City), laid out the Senate Republicans’ priorities in a separate interview.  They said their party will focus on creating a smaller, better government that helps to create more jobs and meaningful work opportunities. They said they will also focus on tort reform and look forward to working collaboratively with the new Governor.

Key House Committees

  • Local Government – Lyndall Fraker, Chair
  • Judiciary – Joe Don McGaugh, Chair
  • Utilities – Rocky Miller, Chair
  • Ways and Means – Paul Curtman, Chair
  • Economic Development – Holly Rehder, Chair
  • General Laws – Robert Cornejo - Chair
  • Transportation – Bill Reiboldt, Chair

Key Senate Committees

  • Local Government and Elections – Dan Hegeman, Chair
  • Economic Development – Jay Wasson, Chair
  • Ways and Means – Will Kraus, Chair·
  • Commerce – Ryan Silvey, Chair

Enhanced Capitol Security

For those who plan to visit the Capitol this session, be prepared for delays entering the Missouri State Capitol Building.  Effective January 10 there will be enhanced security measures at the Capitol.  Everyone will be required to enter through either the first floor, South carriage entrance (facing the Supreme Court Building) or the west entrance on the first floor.  Visitors will be subject to search, including exposure to x-ray conveyors and walk-through magnetometers.  Unauthorized weapons of any kind are prohibited.  A concealed carry permit does not make an allowance for a firearm to be brought into the Capitol.  

 - Richard Sheets, MML Deputy Director

 


 

Thank You MML Member Officials! Deputy Director Richard Sheets thanks Missouri municipal officials in this video for their continued work to keep their local legislators informed of local government needs.

  


 

 


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