AMENDMENT 10 – APPROPRIATION WITHHOLD OVERRIDES
In 2014, voters approved Amendment 10 to the Missouri Constitution that grants authority to the General Assembly to override budget withholdings made by the governor. A two-thirds vote is required in both the House and Senate to override the restrictions.
For the first time in state history, the Missouri House exercised the authority for the release of $575,000 for the Missouri Scholars Academy and the Missouri Fine Arts Academy. The Missouri Scholars Academy is an academic program for the state’s most gifted high school students and the Missouri Fine Arts Academy is a program for highly motivated student artists. The additional funds would allow students to attend the programs without having to pay additional charges.
The House also voted to release $350,000 for the Brain Injury Waiver Fund that is used to help provide care to Missourians with brain injuries, including early intervention and treatment options, and access to rehabilitation services.
Both motions go to the Senate for approval.
SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET – HB 2014
The House approved approximately $489 million in supplemental funds for the 2016 fiscal year budget to include:
• Additional $19.5 million for Early Childhood Special Education
• Additional $5.26 million for Prop C sales tax distribution to school districts
• Additional $5.5 million for a drug assistance program
• Additional $267 million for the Medicaid program.
(The Medicaid program consumes more than 36% of the state’s operating budget.)
HOUSE ACTION – THIRD READ & PASSED
HB 1370 Abortion - Changes the laws regarding consent for a minor to obtain an abortion. Requires the “consenting” parent/guardian to notify any other custodial parent/guardian in writing. A “custodial parent” is one who has not been separated or divorced or any parent who has been awarded joint legal or joint physical custody.
HB 1643 CPR Instruction in Schools – Makes CPR instruction a high school graduation requirement – 30 minutes of instruction and training to be included in school’s existing health or physical education curriculum.
HB 1698 “Meet Me in Missouri Act” – Establishes the act to attract national conventions to Missouri and creates the Major Economic Convention Event in Missouri Fund for grants and administration.
HB 1583 Antibullying in Schools – Establishes specific components for antibullying policies in school districts.
HB 1546 Youth Suicide Prevention – Establishes policies and training for youth suicide awareness and prevention in schools by addressing appropriate strategies and professional development for teachers.
HB 2186 Constitution Project – Allows schools to develop policies on student recognition for participation in the Constitution Project of the Missouri Supreme Court.
HB 1716 Virtual Education – Adds WGU to the “Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program.”
HB 2429 Unpaid Volunteers and Worker’s Compensation – Specifies that unpaid volunteers of a tax-exempt veteran’s organization are not subject to work comp laws.
HB 1675 Vacancies in County Offices – Requires the county commission in non-charter counties to make an appointment to fill a vacancy in a county elected office until it is filled by the Governor or by another provision of law.
HB 1598 Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday – Increases the allowed cost of a new appliance from state sales tax during the sales tax holiday from $1500 to $2000.
HB 2337 Students and Third-Party Health Insurance – Prohibits public postsecondary institutions from binding students to third-party contracts for health insurance without the written approval of student or guardian.
HB 1618 Credit Reports – A security freeze on an individual’s credit may only be removed with the consumer’s request and allows parents to place a security freeze on their children’s credit report.
HB 1678 Law Enforcement and Higher Education – Requires public institutions of higher education to implement Memorandums of Understanding with law enforcement regarding sexual assaults on campus.
HB 2238 High School Equivalency Exams – Requires the subsidy of exam fees for first=time high school equivalency test takers, subject to appropriations.
TRULY AGREED & FINALLY PASSED
HB 1891 – Union Dues - Prohibits any public employee from being required to pay dues or other fees to a labor organization
Kelley Pujol, Jaley Montgomery and music therapists from throughout the state for Missouri Music Therapy Hill Day at the Capitol - testified at the public hearing in support of HB 1607.
Kathy Bess Holloway and Billy Bess (Bluff City Beer Co)
Kevin Patterson (River Eagle Distributing Co)
Nell Holcomb School Students
Thank you for visiting our Capitol and for your contributions to our community!
ACTIVITY ON SPONSORED BILLS
HB 1607 Music Therapy Licensure-Hearing complete
HB 1608 "Pill Mill" Regulation -Hearing complete
HB 1609 Tax Credits and Budget
HB 1610 Postsecondary Education-Third Read and Passed in House
HB 1611 School Counseling Programs- On House Calendar
HB 1612 Career and Technical Education Certificate-Third Read and Passed in House
HB 1613 Remedial Education-Third Read and Passed in House
HB 1614 Tax Credit for Charitable Contributions for Schoolchildren-Voted out of Select Committee
HB 1615 Public Bidding Requirements-Voted out of Select Committee
HB 1616 EMS Licensure Interstate Compact-Hearing complete
HB 1645 Modified Film Tax Credit Program-Hearing complete
HB 1646 Missouri Civics Education Initiative-Referred to Senate Education Committee
HB 1667 Early Childhood and Charter Schools-Voted out of Select Committee
HB 1720 Flexibility in Teacher Compensation
HB 1785 Local Sales and Use Tax-Referred to Local Government Committee
HB 1929 Veterinary Euthanasia Technicians
HB 1953 Abortion, Tissue Reporting, Clinic Licensing and Inspections-Hearing Scheduled 3/29/16
HB 2043 Nurse Licensure Compact-Voted out of Standing Committee
HB 2055 Child Custody-Shared Parenting-Hearing complete
HB 2221 Limits Lobbyist Gifts, Prohibits Accepting Anything of Value for Votes-Referred to Govt Accountability and Oversight
HB 2222 Imposes 2-year Rule for Members of General Assembly Referred to Govt Accountability and Oversight
HB 2223 Anonymous Complaints to Ethics Commission Referred to Govt Accountability and Oversight
HB 2379 Dyslexia Screening-Voted out of Select Committee
HB 2396 Tax Exemption for Out-of-State Income
HB 2428 School Counselors - Name Change-On House Calendar
HB 2593 Urban Early Childhood Fund
HB 2684 Changes Collaborative Practice Agreements
HB 2696 Creates K-12 Education Savings Plan
HJR 79 Constitutional Amendment Establishing Campaign Contribution Limits