Current Legislative Updates

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Week Ending 5/5/17

 

The legislature is continuing with hearings on many priority bills. A large number of  bills are now starting to come out of committee for floor debate.  New bills and changes from last week are in red.  Bills which have not been perfected have been deleted.  Bills which have not passed one chamber have been lined through.  The session ends next Friday May 12, so there will be no report that day.

Court Bills

HB 380 (Plocher) – Changes and creates provisions relating to minor traffic violations in municipal court.  Amended to prohibit the use of automated traffic enforcement systems.  General Laws Committee.  Heard 2/14.  Passed Committee 2/21.  Referred to Rules Committee.  Heard 3/27.  Passed Committee 3/27.  Perfected 4/19.  3rd Reading Calendar.

Economic Development Bills

SB 411 (Schatz) – Amended in House to change all municipal TIF commissions to 9 members.  TIF projects would also require approval from State Department of Economic Development.  Returned to Senate for consideration of House amendments.

Elections, Ethics  and  Term Limit Bills

 HB 229 (Dogan) – Prohibits lobbyists from giving gifts to local government officials.  General Laws Committee.  Heard 1/31.  Passed Committee 2/7.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 2/16.  Perfected 3/14.  Passed House 3/27.  Senate Rules Committee

HB 353 (Eggleston) – Increase population limit to 2000 for cities to forgo elections if the number of candidates equals the number of open seats.  Elections Committee.  Heard 1/25.  Passed Committee 2/2.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 2/9.  Perfected 3/6.  Passed House 3/8.  Senate Local Government Committee.  Heard 3/28.  Passed Committee 3/30.  Senate 3rd Reading Calendar

SB 111 (Hegeman) – Amended in House to require that anyone running for office at a municipal, city, county, or statewide level must use their legal last name or maiden name.  Passed House 4/26.  Returned to Senate for consideration of House amendments.

 Employment & Wage Bills

HB 104 (Love) – Repeals provisions relating to prevailing wages on public works projects.  Economic Development Committee.  Heard 1/31.  Passed Committee 2/28.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 3/8.  Perfected 3/28.  Passed House 3/30.  Senate General Laws Committee.  Heard 4/6.  Passed Committee 4/6.  Senate Informal 3rd Reading Calendar.

HB 251 (Taylor) – Requires authorization for public labor unions to use dues and fees to make political contributions and requires consent for withholding earnings from paychecks.  Economic Development Committee.  Heard 1/24.  Passed Committee 1/25.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Rules Committee 1/31.  Perfection Calendar.  Perfected 2/7.  Passed House 2/9.  Senate General Laws Committee.  Heard 2/22.  Passed Committee 2/22.  Senate Informal 3rd Read Calendar.

General Government Bills

HB 126 (Vescovo) – Modifies provisions relating to fairness in public construction.  Economic Development Committee.  Heard 1/31.  Passed Committee 1/31.  Referred Rules Committee.   Heard 2/13.  Passed Rules Committee 2/13.  Perfected 2/15.  Passed House 2/16.  Senate General Laws Committee

HB 451 (Austin) – Specifies that a change in population shall not remove a city, county, or political subdivision from the operation of a law.  Local Government Committee.  Heard 2/13.  Passed Committee 2/13.  Passed Rules Committee 2/15.  Perfected 2/27.  Passed House 3/2.  Senate Local Government Committee.  Heard 3/28.  Passed Committee 3/30.  Senate Informal 3rd Reading Calendar

HB 849 (Pfautsch) –  Political subdivisions not filing annual financial reports with the auditor subject to $500 per day fine.  Government Efficiency Committee.  Heard 3/14.  Passed Committee 3/28.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee.  Perfected 4/12.  Passed House 4/18.  Senate Ways & Means Committee. Heard 4/26.  Passed Committee 4/26.  Senate 3rd Reading Calendar

SB 95 (Sater) – Amended in House committee to change the law regarding the sale of public bonds to require political subdivisions to issue debt at public sale.  Passed Rules Committee 4/26

SB 111 (Hegeman) – Amended in House to change the law regarding the sale of public bonds to require political subdivisions to issue debt at public sale.  Passed House 4/26.  Returned to Senate for consideration of House amendments.

SB 112 (Schatz) –  Amended in House to require political subdivisions not filing annual financial reports with the auditor be subject to $500 per day fine.  Also amended to change the law regarding the sale of public bonds to require political subdivisions to issue debt at public sale.  House 3rd Reading Calendar

SB 124 (Wasson) – Provides that change in population shall not remove a city, county or political subdivision from operation of a law.  Local Government/Elections Committee. Heard 1/31.  Passed Committee 2/7.  Perfected 3/29.  Passed Senate 3/30.  House Economic Development Committee.  Heard 4/11.  Passed Committee 4/26.  Referred rules Committee

SB 302 (Wieland) – Amended in House to change the law regarding the sale of public bonds to require political subdivisions to issue debt at public sale.  Passed House.  Returned to Senate for consideration of House amendments. 

Land Use Bills

HB 608 (Anderson) – Prohibits political subdivisions from enforcing or enacting ordinances that prohibit residential dwelling rentals, or have the effect of prohibiting their rental. Ordinances in effect prior to January 1, 2018, may be enforced.  Taxes to be collected.  Amended to prohibit municipalities from conducting interior property inspections of residences through a residential property licensing ordinance.  General Laws Committee.  Heard 2/21.  Passed Committee 3/7.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 3/16.  Perfected 4/20.  Passed House 4/27

Police & Public Safety Bills

HB 57 (Haefner) – Adds to the list of hate crimes certain offenses committed against law enforcement officers and first responders when the offenses are committed because the person is a law enforcement officer or first responder.  Crime Prevention & Public Safety Committee.  Public Safety Committee.  Heard 1/18.  Passed Committee 1/31.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 2/7.  Perfected 2/14. Passed House 2/16.  Senate Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.  Heard 4/10.  Passed Committee 4/12.  Senate 3rd Reading Calendar.

HB 334 (Lauer) – Change the law regarding emergency communications services.  Utilities Committee.  Heard 2/1.  Passed Committee 2/8.  Referred Rules Committee.  Heard 3/6.  Passed Committee 3/9.  Perfected 4/12.  Passed House 4/18.  Senate Commerce Committee.  Heard 4/26.  Passed Committee 4/27.  Senate 3rd Reading Calendar

SB 34 (Cunningham) – Amended in House to prohibit the use of traffic cameras.  Passed House.  Returned to Senate for consideration of House amendments.

Tax Bills

HB 935 (Haefner) – Allows St. Louis City and St. Louis County to propose a 1/8th of a cent sales tax to fund the St. Louis Zoo.  Residents of other counties could pay an entrance fee.  Local Government Committee.  Heard 3/8.  Passed Committee 3/15.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 3/29.  Perfected 4/12.  Passed House 4/18. Senate Health Committee.  Heard 4/26.  Passed Committee 4/26.  Senate 3rd Reading Calendar

SB 49 (Walsh) – Allows St. Louis City and St. Louis County to propose a 1/8th of a cent sales tax to fund the St. Louis Zoo.  Residents of other counties could pay an entrance fee.    Progress & Development Committee.  Heard 2/8.  Passed Committee 2/15.  Perfected 4/13.  Passed Senate 4/27.   House Local Government Committee.  Heard 5/3.  Passed Committee 5/3.  Referred Rules Committee

SB 112 (Schatz) – Amended in House to authorize public safety sales tax for Eureka, Pacific and Rock Hill.  House 3rd Reading Calendar.

SB 114 (Schatz) – Amended in House to authorize public safety sales tax for Eureka, Pacific and Rock Hill.  House 3rd Reading Calendar.

SB 134 (Chappelle-Nadal ) – Amended in House to authorize public safety sales tax for Eureka, Pacific and Rock Hill.  House 3rd Reading Calendar.

Transportation Bills

HB 275 (Spencer) – Prohibits the use of automated traffic enforcement systems, and requires any political subdivision to complete or terminate any automated traffic enforcement contract within one year.  Government Oversight Committee.  Heard 1/24.  Passed Committee 1/31.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 3/1.  Perfected 3/29.  Passed House 4/3.  Senate Transportation Committee

Utility Bills

HB 142 (Berry) – Authorizes telephone companies to elect to have their tangible personal property assessed in accordance with a depreciation schedule.  Ways & Committee.  Heard 1/23.  Passed Committee 2/13.  Referred Rules Committee.  Heard 3/6.  Passed Committee 3/9.  Perfected 3/29.  Passed House 4/3.  Senate CommerceCommittee.  Heard 4/26.  Passed Committee 4/27.  Senate 3rd Reading Calendar

HB 340 (Fitzwater) – Changes provisions of law related to net metering.  Utilities Committee.  Heard 2/15.  Passed Committee 3/1.  Referred Rules Committee.  Heard 3/13.  Passed Committee 3/16.  Perfected  3/29.  Passed  House 4/3.  Senate Commerce Committee.

HB 656 (Rhodes) – Changes the law regarding the uniform wireless communication infrastructure deployment act.  Utilities Committee. The Substitute bill virtually eliminates municipal authority over the public rights-of-way and places gross receipts business licenses and other fees on wireless service providers in jeopardy.   Heard 2/22.  Passed Committee 3/8.  Referred Rules Committee. Hearing 3/29.  Passed Committee 3/29.  Perfected 4/11.  Passed House 4/13.  Senate Commerce Committee. Heard 4/26.  Passed Committee 4/27.  Senate 3rd Reading Calendar