Legislative Update February 15, 2018

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
WEEK ENDING 2/15/18

The legislature is continuing committee hearings that will last for the next several weeks. Priority bills are being brought up for debate.  Changes from last week are shown in red.

  Court Bills

HB 1249 (Plocher) – Allows a court to order credit for time served when an individual has been held in custody for a show cause order pertaining to any matter related to a minor traffic violation. The bill further requires any summons, notice to appear, or citation for a minor traffic violation to include the date and time a defendant is to appear in court when the defendant is first provided the summons, notice to appear, or citation. If the summons does not include such information when first given to the defendant, the summons will be void.  General Laws Committee

HB 1307 (Ellebracht) – Specifies that limits on fines for traffic violations shall not apply if the defendant is represented by counsel and entered into a plea agreement with the court.

HB 1327 (Roberts) – Allows a law enforcement agency to file a motion, on its own behalf in circuit court, to properly dispose of seized property.

HB 1475 (Brattin) – Modifies the definition of the terms “annual general operating revenue” and “minor traffic violation” as applied in provisions regarding the assessment of fines in minor traffic violation and municipal ordinance violation cases. “Annual general operating revenue” now includes, rather than excludes, designated sales or use taxes, restricted user fees, grant funds, funds expended for technological assistance and other revenue designated for a specific purpose. “Minor traffic violation” now excludes, rather than includes, amended charges.  General Laws Committee

HB 1522 (Davis) – Increases municipal court costs from $12 to $17.50.

HB 1556 (Neely) – Allows any local governing agency to establish a work for restitution program and requires certain nonviolent offenders to participate in and complete the program.  Corrections Committee.  Heard 1/11

HB 1982 (Gray) – Modifies the penalties permitted for certain traffic and traffic-related offenses

HB 2045 (Nichols) – Repeals the definition of municipal ordinance violations which were added to the calculation limiting the percentage of annual general operating revenue that can come from fines and court costs for minor violations and allows for confinement for minor traffic violations

SB 553 (Dixon) – Repeals provisions stating that failure to appear procedures in moving traffic violation cases, which include driving license suspension, shall not apply to minor traffic violations. The terms “annual general operating revenue”, “minor traffic violation”, and “municipal ordinance violation”, as applied in provisions regarding the assessment of fines in minor traffic violation and municipal ordinance violation cases, are modified.  The act repeals a provision prohibiting defendants in minor traffic violation or municipal ordinance violation cases from being placed in confinement for failure to pay a fine unless such nonpayment violates terms of probation or unless due process procedures are followed. Under the act, if such defendant fails to appear and the court finds there is not good cause for failing to appear, then the current limitations regarding fines and confinement shall not apply. Under current law, a county or municipality that has a municipal court must submit a financial report to the auditor. This act provides that a county or municipality will meet compliance with this requirement by filing a statement confirming that twenty percent or less of its general revenue comes from fines, bond forfeitures, and court costs in municipal court cases. stating that the community service alternatives are to be offered at no cost to the defendant.  Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. Heard 1/29.  Contact members of the Judiciary Committee and urge their support for this bill.

SB 692 (Emery) – Modifies the definition of the terms “annual general operating revenue” and “minor traffic violation” as applied in provisions regarding the assessment of fines in minor traffic violation and municipal ordinance violation cases. “Annual general operating revenue” now includes, rather than excludes, designated sales or use taxes, restricted user fees, grant funds, funds expended for technological assistance and other revenue designated for a specific purpose. “Minor traffic violation” now excludes, rather than includes, amended charges.  Local Government Committee.  Heard 2/13

 Economic Development Bills

HB 1234 (Stacy) – Requires election authorities to conduct transportation development district director elections upon the filing of a petition with the court. Such elections will follow the same procedure and notice provisions under Chapter 115 as other elections and shall be held on the general election day. If the measure passes, the election authority will provide notice to the court which has authority to authorize the formation of the transportation development district.  Elections Committee.  Heard 1/17.  Passed Committee 2/14

HB 1236 (Stacy) – Requires a 30-day comment period before a municipality may pass an ordinance establishing a TIF redevelopment project or Community Improvement District.  The municipality pursuing a TIF project or CID must also post information regarding the proposed project or plan, public hearings, and certain disclaimers on a public website.  This bill also provides that the board or body overseeing a special taxing district may have their property or sales taxes excluded from a TIF project or plan by passing a resolution with a 2/3 majority provided certain notice and public comment requirements are met. A school board of a school district may also have its portion of property tax revenue allocated to the district by a county or city excluded from a TIF project or plan by passing a resolution with a 2/3 majority provided certain notice and public comment requirements are met.

HB 1280 (Beck) – Authorizes the State Auditor to audit any redevelopment project created under the TIF Act within the state in the same manner as the auditor can audit any agency of the state. The bill changes the definitions of “economic activity taxes” to exclude local sales taxes dedicated to an education program or a fire protection district and “payment in lieu of taxes” to exclude revenue from any tax levied on real property whose revenue is dedicated to an education program or a fire protection district. The bill requires a redevelopment commission to approve a redevelopment plan before the redevelopment project can begin.

HB 1466 (Berry) – Authorizes municipalities to establish technology business facility projects and authorizes tax exemptions for such projects.  Economic Development Committee

HB 1568 (Christofanelli) – Requires a 30-day comment period before a municipality may pass an ordinance establishing a TIF redevelopment project or Community Improvement District. In addition, the municipality pursuing a TIF project or CID must also post information regarding the proposed project or plan, public hearings, and certain disclaimers on a public website.

HB 1700 (Green) – Requires TIF commissions to give priority to low-income areas, as specified in the bill. These provisions apply for any redevelopment project that is approved by a municipality after June 30, 2019.  Tax increment financing cannot be used for more than 5% of the total estimated redevelopment costs or 30% of the infrastructure costs, whichever is greater, of a project that is primarily retail unless the redevelopment is in a municipality, census block group, or group of block groups with a median household income less than 70% of that of the metropolitan area, a distressed community, a federal enterprise zone, or a federal empowerment zone.

HB 1847 (Kidd) – Specifies that a school board may vote to remove its operating levy from a certain definition related to tax increment financing for redevelopment projects

HB 1912 (Brattin) – Detrimental changes to TIF law.

HB 2250 (Christofanelli) – Provides that no community improvement district (CID), tax increment financing (TIF) project, or transportation development district (TDD) created after August 28, 2018, shall exist for longer than 10 years without being reauthorized by a public vote

HJR 65 (Ellington) – Constitutional amendment to require public approval in the relevant county before authorizing tax increment financing.

SB 629 (Wasson) – TIF plans or projects approved prior to August 28, 2018, which are expanded with buildings of new construction, and for all redevelopment plans or projects approved after August 28, 2018, no single redevelopment plan or project shall receive an appropriation of state funds that exceeds three million dollars annually.  Economic Development Committee.  Heard 1/23.  Passed Committee 1/30.  Perfected 2/12.  On Senate 3rd Reading Calendar.

SB 859 (Koenig) – Modifies local TIF projects by limiting such projects to redevelopment areas that are found to be blighted. This act also provides that a redevelopment area shall not be found to be blighted without a study conducted by a party other than the municipality and developer which details how the redevelopment area meets the definition of “blighted area”. Economic Development Committee

SB 936 (Eigel) – Provides that ambulance and fire protection districts shall annually set TIF reimbursement rates prior to the time assessments are paid into the Fund.  Economic Development Committee

 Election Bills

HB 1265 (Schroer) requires candidates for all statewide offices, the General Assembly, political subdivisions, and special districts to use his or her legal last name as changed by marriage or court order, or maiden name as it appears on his or her birth certificate when declaring his or her candidacy to run for office.  Elections Committee.  Heard 1/31.  Passed Committee 2/7.  Referred Rules Committee

HB 1284 (Conway, 10) – Requires the state and political subdivisions to share the costs of elections held among such entities in a proportional manner and applies in the case of general elections and primary elections.

HB 1423 (Roeber) – Prohibits the contribution or expenditure of public funds by any officer, board member, director, employee, or agent of any political subdivision to advocate, support, or oppose any ballot measure, any measure proposed or pending before the General Assembly, or candidate for public office.  Elections Committee.  Heard 1/31

HB 1446 (Eggleston) – Increases population limit to 2000 for municipalities to forgo elections if the number of candidates equals the number of seats to be filled.  Elections Committee. Heard 1/10.  Passed Committee 1/17.  Referred Rules Committee.  Heard 1/29.  Passed Rules Committee 1/29.  Perfected 2/6.  Passed House 2/8.

HB 1567 (Christofanelli) – Changes the filing period for political subdivision and special district elections to the period beginning on 8:00 a.m. on the 17th Tuesday prior to the election day and ending at 5:00 p.m. on the 14th Tuesday prior to the election day.

HB 1909 (Brattin) – Requires candidates in political subdivision and special district elections to declare membership in a political party, if any.

SB 592 (Hegeman) – Modifies several provisions relating to elections.  Local Govt & Elections Committee.  Heard 1/30.  Passed Committee 2/13.

SB 876 (Sater) – Increases population limit to 2000 for municipalities to forgo elections if the number of candidates equals the number of seats to be filled.  Heard 1/30.  Passed Committee 2/6

HJR 50 (Plocher) – Constitutional amendment to increase term limits to 12 years in one chamber or 16 years combined.  General Laws Committee

HJR 52 (Lichtenegger) – Constitutional amendment to increase terms of senators to 6 years and reps to 4 years.  Increases term limits to 12 years in one chamber and 24 years total.  General Laws Committee

Miscellaneous Bills

HB 1396 (Shaul) – Prohibits political subdivisions from adopting ordinances restricting the use of plastic bags or other disposable containers.  Local Government Committee.  Heard 1/17.  Passed Committee 1/17.  Referred Rules Committee

HB 1398 (DeGroot) – Prohibits villages, towns, and cities from regulating dogs in a breed-specific manner.  Local Government Committee

HB 1496 (Dogan) – Prohibits lobbyists from giving gifts to local government officials, with an exception for group gifts.  General Laws Committee

HB 1508 (Cross) – Provides that no person or entity that rents or leases real property shall be required to obtain a business license by any political subdivision.

HB 1510 (Cross) – Changes the laws regarding local ordinances so that no political subdivision may require interior inspections of private residences.  General Laws Committee.  Heard 2/13.  

HB 1547 (Davis) – Changes the laws regarding unsecured loans of $750 or less, commonly known as payday loans.

HB 1683 (Runions) – Provides that, as an alternative to the Municipal Planning Commission electing its chair, beginning with the first term after the expiration of the term of the commission chair serving on the effective date of this subsection, the mayor, with the approval of the board or council, must appoint one citizen member from the first ward of the municipality to be chair of the planning commission; thereafter, the term of chair shall be for one year, and the position of chair shall rotate among wards in numerical order.  Local Government Committee

HB 1948 (Rhoads) – Sets guidelines for cities’ ability to manage the public right-of-way through permitting requirements for towers and small cell devices.  Utilities Committee.

HB 1991 (Rhoads) – Enacts the Uniform Small Wireless Facility Deployment Act.  Utilities Committee.  Heard 1/24.  Passed Committee 2/12

HB 2097 (Brattin) – Requires voter approval of municipal trash collection contracts

HB 2140 (Haefner) – Allows state offices, political subdivisions, agencies, and other institutions to purchase supplies from any authorized General Services Administration vendor without regard to competitive bid limits under Section 34.040.  Government Oversight Committee. Heard 1/30.  Passed Committee 2/13.   Referred Rules Committee

HB 2182 (Gannon) – Requires all counties and municipalities in the state to comply with the provisions of the National Flood Insurance Program and designate a floodplain manager to oversee policies and activities to mitigate losses and costs caused by flooding and protect the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains. A municipality may enter into an agreement with the county to use the services of its floodplain manager.

HB 2242 (Wiemann) – Requires municipalities, but not other political subdivisions, to submit quarterly to the state treasurer a list of all municipal vendors and payments made to those vendors.  The Treasurer happens to be Eric Schmitt, the author of SB 5.  Local Government Committee.  Heard 2/7.  This bill has a fiscal note of $2.9 million to implement the system which may help opponents stop it.

HB 2334 (Shaul) – Prohibits political subdivisions from adopting ordinances restricting the use of plastic bags or other disposable containers.  Economic Development Committee.

HB 2357 (Haefner) – If St. Louis City join the County, unincorporated areas may incorporate using outstate laws, rather than the Boundary Commission process.

HB 2457 (Anderson) – Cities may not restrict residential lodging (Air B&B).  Local taxes shall be collected  General Laws Committee.

SB 580 (Libla) – Allows legally required notice to be published on a website established and maintained by the Secretary of State, rather than in a newspaper.  Local Govt & Elections Committee

SB 769 (Cunningham) – Modifies several provisions relating to financial transactions by public entities.  Insurance & Banking Committee.  Heard 1/23.  Passed Committee 2/6

SB 837 (Rowden) – Establishes the Uniform Small Wireless Facility Deployment Act.  Commerce & Environment Committee.  Heard 2/7.  Passed Committee 2/14  

SB 853 (Wallingford) – Prohibits political subdivisions from adopting ordinances restricting the use of auxiliary containers, such as  plastic bags or other disposable containers.   Local Government Committee

SB 941 (Romine) – Requires all counties and municipalities in the state to comply with the provisions of the National Flood Insurance Program and designate a floodplain manager to oversee policies and activities to mitigate losses and costs caused by flooding and protect the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains. A municipality may enter into an agreement with the county to use the services of its floodplain manager.  Commerce & Environment Committee

SJR 21 (Chappelle-Nadal) – Constitutional amendment to require the question of whether to recall the county executive to be submitted to voters in St. Louis County.  Local Government Committee

 Personnel & Labor Bills

HB 1243 (Bangert) –  Establishes a presumption that an emergency worker diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder incurred the disorder in the course of employment as an emergency worker.

HB 1277 (Beck) – Repeals the law that specifies that a person cannot be required to become or refrain from becoming a member of or paying dues to a labor organization as a condition or continuation of employment.

HB 1282 (Beck) – modifies the Fairness in Public Construction Act by permitting the state or any political subdivision to enter into a union-only project labor agreement for the procurement of construction services on a project-by-project basis if the project is funded 50% or less with state funds.

HB 1641 (Roden) – Establishes a presumption that a firefighter assigned to a certain number of years of hazardous duty, exposed to certain agents, and disabled as a result of cancer incurred the cancer in the course of employment as a firefighter.

HB 1647 (Shroer) – Modifies provisions relating to workers’ compensation for firefighters and police officers.

SB 602 (Onder) – Modifies and expands the Public Sector Labor Law.  General Laws Committee.  Heard 1/17 Committee Substitute Passed Committee 1/24.  Senate Informal Perfection Calendar

Police & Public Safety Bills

HB 1316 (Mitten) – Requires a peace officer to provide an oral advisement and obtain written consent for a voluntary search of a person not under arrest or the person’s effects or vehicle.

HB 1323 (Roberts) – Prohibits ticket quotas by police

HB 1456 (Lauer) – Changes the laws regarding funding for emergency 911 services, administration of 911 funding, Missouri 911 Service Board, and the cooperation and contracting between emergency services providers.  Public Safety Committee.  Heard 1/23.  Passed Committee 1/30.  Referred Rules Committee.  Rules Committee Hearing 1/31.  Passed Committee 2/1.    

HB 1497 (Dogan) – Requires law enforcement agencies to adopt a written investigation policy for officer-involved deaths.

HB 1501 (Dogan) – Prohibits law enforcement agencies from transferring seized property to a federal agency in forfeiture litigation except if the seized property is $100,000 or more in currency.  Public Safety Committee.  Heard 1/30

HB 1519 (Rieboldt) – Allows law enforcement officers to enforce the seat belt law as a stand-alone offense

HB 1536 (Butler) – Adds a requirement that the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) commission include in its requirements for continuing education a requirement that all peace officers complete a minimum of 72 total credit hours of continuing education training within each 3-year reporting period.

HB 1537 (Butler) – Creates the Quality Policing Act that establishes reporting and conduct guidelines for law enforcement agencies.

HB 1583 (Franks) – Requires the director of the department of public safety to initiate disciplinary action when the director is presented with any information demonstrating cause to discipline a peace officer licensee.

HB 1642 (Roden) – Counties are prohibited from requiring attendance at a specific training academy by candidates for firefighter positions but are allowed to require a specific certification from any training academy.  Public Safety Committee.

HB 1780 (Ellington) – Establishes law enforcement procedures relating to racial profiling, searches and seizures, and traffic stops.

HB 1815 (Smith) – Requires police officers in St. Louis County to be paid a minimum of $20 per hour.

HB 1937 (Taylor) – Prohibits political subdivisions from regulating the open carry of firearms.   General Laws Committee

HB 1959 (Butler) – Requires the highway patrol to investigate any incident in which a law enforcement officer is involved in a shooting or instance resulting in serious bodily harm or death

HB 1960 – Requires applicants for employment as peace officers to undergo psychological evaluations aimed at identifying an applicant’s potential prejudices, including overt and implicit biases

HB 1985 (Ellington) – Cancer contracted by a firefighter shall be presumed as an occupational disease under certain circumstances.

HB 1990 (Butler) – Requires law enforcement officers to give persons under arrest forty-eight hours to arrange for their motor vehicle to be removed before authorizing a towing company to remove a motor vehicle

HB 1993 (Spencer) – Requires a crime inquiry and inspection report for every towing where a law enforcement officer is involved, regardless of whether the towing is initiated by a law enforcement officer or requested by another party

HB 1996 (Roberts) – Modifies provisions relating to racial profiling and training standards for law enforcement, and establishes the Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board.

HB 2132 (Butler) – Specifies procedure in officer-involved deaths and severe officer misconduct by requiring a special prosecutor

HB 2235 (Newman) – Requires counties to establish civilian review boards for police.  Unclear if  municipal departments within the county would fall under this jurisdiction.

HB 2427 (Hill) – Within 5 years, requires small police departments in St. Louis County to merge with larger departments or the County.

SB 560 (Chappelle-Nadal) – Creates the “Fair and Impartial Policing Act of 2017”, which requires the reporting of certain information regarding stops by law enforcement officers.  Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety Committee

SB 570 (Silvey) – Cancer contracted by a firefighter shall be presumed as an occupational disease under certain circumstances.  Small Business Committee

SB 621 (Hummel) – Cancer contracted by a firefighter shall be presumed as an occupational disease under certain circumstances.  Small Business Committee.  Heard 2/6

SB 651 (Nasheed) – Law enforcement agencies may require their uniformed law enforcement officers to wear video cameras on their uniforms while on duty.  The bill also sets procedures for data storage and allows a court surcharge to fund the cameras.  Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety Committee

SB 828 (Nasheed) – Creates a process for reducing bias in policing.  Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

SB 854 (Wallingford) – Modifies provisions relating to emergency communication services.   Commerce & Environment Committee.  Heard 1/31

 Public Works Bills

HB 1270 (Lant) – Allows the residents of a county to vote to exempt public subdivisions and public institutions of higher education from the prevailing wage law for the construction of public works constructed wholly within the county.  Economic Development Committee.  Heard 1/30

HB 1272 (Lant) – Allows public bodies to opt out of prevailing wage laws for the construction of public works projects that are $750,000 or less.  Economic Development Committee.  Hearing 1/23 cancelled.

HB 1293 (Toalson Reich) – Repeals prevailing wage law.  Economic Development Committee

HB 1436 (Love) – Repeals prevailing wage law.  Economic Development Committee.  Heard 2/6.  See HB 1729

HB 1594 (Davis) – Allows municipalities to opt out of the prevailing wage law.  Economic Development Committee.  Heard 1/23

HB 1621 (Rehder) – Repeals prevailing wage law.  Economic Development Committee.  Heard 2/6.  See HB 1729

HB 1729 (Justus) – Repeals prevailing wage law.  Economic Development Committee.  Heard 2/6.  Passed Committee 2/13

HB 1926 (Henderson) – Excluded from the prevailing wage law are projects in which an engineer’s estimate for the total project cost is $25,000 or less. Such projects are also exempted from any law requiring the use of competitive bids.  Economic Development Committee.

HB 2451 (Cross) – Requires prompt review of building plans

SB 555 (Brown)Repeals prevailing wage law.  General Laws Committee. Heard 1/24.  Passed Committee 1/31.  On Senate Perfection Calendar.

SB 599 (Schatz) – Stipulates that the prevailing hourly rate of wages shall be equivalent to the average hourly wage rate in each locality as determined by the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center within the Department of Economic Development. The prevailing wage law shall only apply to the construction of public works for which the contract awarded is more than $500,000.  General Laws Committee.  Heard 1/24.  Passed Committee 1/31.  On Senate Perfection Calendar

SB 688 (Sater) – Modifies the definition of “construction” for purposes of prevailing wage laws. The definition of “maintenance work” is also modified to include repairs that restore existing facilities to a previous state or condition or improve the utility or enhance the appearance of existing facilities when the size, type or extent of the existing facilities is not thereby changed or increased. Maintenance work further includes any improvement done that does not exceed the original cost of the facility.     General Laws Committee.  Heard 1/24.  Passed Committee 2/7.

SB 927 (Romine) – Stipulates that the prevailing wage requirements shall only apply to the construction of public works for which the engineer’s estimate of the total project cost is more than $25,000. For all construction projects of public works for which the contract awarded is in the amount of $25,000 or less, all public bodies are exempt from competitive bidding requirements. Furthermore, for such projects public bodies are permitted to select a contractor based solely upon qualifications. General Laws Committee.  Heard 1/31.

 Taxation & Revenue Bills

 HB 1479 (Brattin) – Implements the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement and dedicates the resulting revenue to the State Road Fund.

HB 1513 (Corlew) – Establishes a limit on residential property assessment increases for the elderly and disabled who own and live in their principal residence proportional to the increase of their Social Security benefit.  Local Government Committee

HB 1587 (Helms) –  This bill prevents any political subdivision from adopting any new occupational fees or licensing requirements. A political subdivision cannot collect more than $25 from one individual under any existing occupational fee requirement.  Heard 1/24.  Passed Committee 1/31.  Referred Rules Committee

HB 1599 (Fraker) – Removes the $2,000 threshold for out-of-state purchases, upon voter approval, before a use tax is required to be filed.

HB 1699 (Quade) – Implements the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement and directs the savings created to certain funds

HB 1824 (Fitzwater) – Implements streamlined sales and use tax agreement, increases gas tax by 6 cents and reduces state income tax rates.

HB 1836 (Adams) – Implements streamlined sales and use tax agreement.

HB 1855 (Curtis) – Repeals a provision preempting political subdivisions from passing any tax increase on cigarettes or tobacco.

HB 1879 (Fraker) – Changes the laws regarding financial transactions by public entities.  Financial Institutions Committee.  Heard 1/23.  Passed Committee 1/30.  Referred Rules Committee.  Rules Committee Hearing 1/31.  Passed Committee 1/31.  Perfected 2/7.  Passed House 2/12

HB 2091 (Rieboldt) – Increases gas tax by 10 cents subject to voter approval

HB 2092 (Rieboldt) – Increases gas tax by 10 cents and diesel fuel by 12 cents subject to voter approval

HB 2118 (Davis) – Allows any city to levy a public safety sales of up to 1/2 cent, subject to voter approval.

HB 2142 (Marshall) – Specifies that any issue to increase any tax, license, fee, or levy requiring voter approval under the Hancock Amendment must be placed on the ballot only on the general election day (November)

HB 2148 (Korman) – Gradual increases in gas tax up to 27 cents, subject to voter approval.

HB 2149 (Korman) – Changes the law regarding taxation to modify sales and use tax definitions and to increase the motor fuel tax by seventeen cents

HB 2162 (Brown) – Implements streamlined sales and use tax agreement.

HB 2168 (Christafonelli) – Changes the laws regarding local sales taxes so that no political subdivision may raise the rates above twelve percent

HB 2269 (Love) – Implements streamlined sales and use tax agreement

HB 2288 (Hannegan) – Allows counties, cities, towns, and villages to charge an additional $1 fee on car rentals, with the proceeds to be used for road and bridge improvements.

HB 2324 (Korman) – Establishes a sales tax holiday for goods made in the US.

HB 2390 (McCann) – Requires certain out of state sellers to remit sales tax.

HJR 58 (Brattin) – Constitutional amendment to exempt seniors owning property for 30 years from property taxes and personal property taxes for property owned for 10 years.

HJR 60 (Cross) – Constitutional amendment to eliminate personal property taxes.

HJR 77 (Marshall) – Constitutional amendment to specify that any issue to increase any tax, license, fee, or levy requiring voter approval under the Hancock Amendment must be placed on the ballot only on the general election day (November)

SB 611 (Koening) – Increases gas tax to 21 cents.  Caps local sales tax rates at 7.275% and implements streamlined sales tax agreement.  The arbitrary local sales tax cap in this bill would be extremely damaging to cities and counties.   Ways & Means Committee.  Heard 1/16.  See SB 617

SB 617 (Eigel) – Implements streamlined sales tax agreement and gradually increases gas tax to 23 cents.  Ways & Means Committee.  Heard 1/16.  Passed Committee 2/13

SB 734 (Schatz) – Increases the gas tax to 27 cents.  Transportation & Public Safety Committee.

SJR 30 (Koenig) – Eliminates income taxes and replaces them with an expanded sales and use tax.  Ways & Means Committee

SJR 31 (Eigel) – Places a cap on annual appropriations and reduces income tax rates based on revenue growth.  Ways & Means Committee

 Traffic & Vehicle Bills

HB 1386 (Spencer) – Prohibits the use of red light cameras and speed cameras.  General Law Committee

HB 1393 (Gregory) – Requires law enforcement to file accident reports with the highway patrol for certain bicycle accidents.  Public Safety Committee

HB 2420 (Kolkmeyer) – Places restrictions on how municipalities may allocate revenues from state gas taxes

SB 847 (Eigel) – Prohibits the use of red light cameras and speed cameras.  Transportation & Public Safety Committee.

Legislative Updates Jan. 5, 2018

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

WEEK ENDING 1/5/18

The legislature went into session on Wednesday.  Prior to that a number of bills had been pre-filed.  Below are bills of interest to municipal officials.

Court Bills

HB 1249 (Plocher) – Allows a court to order credit for time served when an individual has been held in custody for a show cause order pertaining to any matter related to a minor traffic violation. The bill further requires any summons, notice to appear, or citation for a minor traffic violation to include the date and time a defendant is to appear in court when the defendant is first provided the summons, notice to appear, or citation. If the summons does not include such information when first given to the defendant, the summons will be void.  General Laws Committee

HB 1307 (Ellebracht) – Specifies that limits on fines for traffic violations shall not apply if the defendant is represented by counsel and entered into a plea agreement with the court.

HB 1327 (Roberts) – Allows a law enforcement agency to file a motion, on its own behalf in circuit court, to properly dispose of seized property.

HB 1475 (Brattin) – Modifies the definition of the terms “annual general operating revenue” and “minor traffic violation” as applied in provisions regarding the assessment of fines in minor traffic violation and municipal ordinance violation cases. “Annual general operating revenue” now includes, rather than excludes, designated sales or use taxes, restricted user fees, grant funds, funds expended for technological assistance and other revenue designated for a specific purpose. “Minor traffic violation” now excludes, rather than includes, amended charges.

HB 1522 (Davis) – Increases municipal court costs from $12 to $17.50.

HB 1556 (Neely) – Allows any local governing agency to establish a work for restitution program and requires certain nonviolent offenders to participate in and complete the program.  Corrections Committee

SB 553 (Dixon) – Repeals provisions stating that failure to appear procedures in moving traffic violation cases, which include driving license suspension, shall not apply to minor traffic violations. The terms “annual general operating revenue”, “minor traffic violation”, and “municipal ordinance violation”, as applied in provisions regarding the assessment of fines in minor traffic violation and municipal ordinance violation cases, are modified.  The act repeals a provision prohibiting defendants in minor traffic violation or municipal ordinance violation cases from being placed in confinement for failure to pay a fine unless such nonpayment violates terms of probation or unless due process procedures are followed. Under the act, if such defendant fails to appear and the court finds there is not good cause for failing to appear, then the current limitations regarding fines and confinement shall not apply. Under current law, a county or municipality that has a municipal court must submit a financial report to the auditor. This act provides that a county or municipality will meet compliance with this requirement by filing a statement confirming that twenty percent or less of its general revenue comes from fines, bond forfeitures, and court costs in municipal court cases. stating that the community service alternatives are to be offered at no cost to the defendant.

SB 692 (Emery) – Modifies the definition of the terms “annual general operating revenue” and “minor traffic violation” as applied in provisions regarding the assessment of fines in minor traffic violation and municipal ordinance violation cases. “Annual general operating revenue” now includes, rather than excludes, designated sales or use taxes, restricted user fees, grant funds, funds expended for technological assistance and other revenue designated for a specific purpose. “Minor traffic violation” now excludes, rather than includes, amended charges.

Economic Development Bills

HB 1234 (Stacy) – Requires election authorities to conduct transportation development district director elections upon the filing of a petition with the court. Such elections will follow the same procedure and notice provisions under Chapter 115 as other elections and shall be held on the general election day. If the measure passes, the election authority will provide notice to the court which has authority to authorize the formation of the transportation development district.  Elections Committee

HB 1236 (Stacy) – Requires a 30-day comment period before a municipality may pass an ordinance establishing a TIFredevelopment project or Community Improvement District.  The municipality pursuing a TIF project or CID must alsopost information regarding the proposed project or plan, public hearings, and certain disclaimers on a public website.

This bill also provides that the board or body overseeing a special taxing district may have their property or sales taxes excluded from a TIF project or plan by passing a resolution with a 2/3 majority provided certain notice and public comment requirements are met. A school board of a school district may also have its portion of property tax revenue allocated to the district by a county or city excluded from a TIF project or plan by passing a resolution with a2/3 majority provided certain notice and public comment requirements are met.

HB 1280 (Beck) – Authorizes the State Auditor to audit any redevelopment project created under the TIF Act within the state in the same manner as the auditor can audit any agency of the state. The bill changes the definitions of “economic activity taxes” to exclude local sales taxes dedicated to an education program or a fire protection district and “payment in lieu of taxes” to exclude revenue from any tax levied on real property whose revenue is dedicated to an education program or a fire protection district. The bill requires a redevelopment commission to approve a redevelopment plan before the redevelopment project can begin.

HB 1466 (Berry) – Authorizes municipalities to establish technology business facility projects and authorizes tax exemptions for such projects.

HB 1568 (Christofanelli) – This bill requires a 30-day comment period before a municipality may pass an ordinance establishing a TIF redevelopment project or Community Improvement District. In addition, the municipality pursuing a TIF project or CID must also post information regarding the proposed project or plan, public hearings, and certain disclaimers on a public website.

HB 1700 (Green) – Requires TIF commissions to give priority to low-income areas, as specified in the bill. These provisions apply for any redevelopment project that is approved by a municipality after June 30, 2019.  Tax increment financing cannot be used for more than 5% of the total estimated redevelopment costs or 30% of the infrastructure costs, whichever is greater, of a project that is primarily retail unless the redevelopment is in a municipality, census block group, or group of block groups with a median household income less than 70% of that of the metropolitan area, a distressed community, a federal enterprise zone, or a federal empowerment zone.

HB 1847 (Kidd) – Specifies that a school board may vote to remove its operating levy from a certain definition related to tax increment financing for redevelopment projects.

SB 629 (Wasson) – TIF plans or projects approved prior to August 28, 2018, which are expanded with buildings of new construction, and for all redevelopment plans or projects approved after August 28, 2018, no single redevelopment plan or project shall receive an appropriation of state funds that exceeds three million dollars annually.

SB 859 (Koenig) – Modifies local TIF projects by limiting such projects to redevelopment areas that are found to be blighted. This act also provides that a redevelopment area shall not be found to be blighted without a study conducted by a party other than the municipality and developer which details how the redevelopment area meets the definition of “blighted area”.

HJR 65 (Ellington) – Constitutional amendment to require public approval in the relevant county before authorizing tax increment financing.

Election Bills

HB 1265 (Schroer) requires candidates for all statewide offices, the General Assembly, political subdivisions, and special districts to use his or her legal last name as changed by marriage or court order, or maiden name as it appears on his or her birth certificate when declaring his or her candidacy to run for office.

HB 1284 (Conway, 10) – Requires the state and political subdivisions to share the costs of elections held among such entities in a proportional manner and applies in the case of general elections and primary elections.

HB 1423 (Roeber) – Prohibits the contribution or expenditure of public funds by any officer, board member, director, employee, or agent of any political subdivision to advocate, support, or oppose any ballot measure, any measure proposed or pending before the General Assembly, or candidate for public office.

HB 1446 (Eggleston) – Increases population limit to 2000 for municipalities to forgo elections if the number of candidates equals the number of seats to be filled.  Elections Committee

HB 1567 (Christofanelli) – Changes the filing period for political subdivision and special district elections to the period beginning on 8:00 a.m. on the 17th Tuesday prior to the election day and ending at 5:00 p.m. on the 14th Tuesday prior to the election day.

SB 592 (Hegeman) – Modifies several provisions relating to elections.

HJR 50 (Plocher) – Constitutional amendment to increase term limits to 12 years in one chamber or 16 years combined.

HJR 52 (Lichtenegger) – Constitutional amendment to increase terms of senators to 6 years and reps to 4 years.  Increases term limits to 12 years in one chamber and 24 years total.

Miscellaneous Bills

HB 1396 (Shaul) – Prohibits political subdivisions from adopting ordinances restricting the use of plastic bags or other disposable containers.  Local Government Committee

HB 1398 (DeGroot) – Prohibits villages, towns, and cities from regulating dogs in a breed-specific manner.  Local Government Committee

HB 1496 (Dogan) – Prohibits lobbyists from giving gifts to local government officials, with an exception for group gifts.  General Laws Committee

HB 1508 (Cross) – Provides that no person or entity that rents or leases real property shall be required to obtain a business license by any political subdivision.

HB 1510 (Cross) – Changes the laws regarding local ordinances so that no political subdivision may require interior inspections of private residences

HB 1547 (Davis) – Changes the laws regarding unsecured loans of $750 or less, commonly known as payday loans.

HB 1683 (Runions) – provides that, as an alternative to the Municipal Planning Commission electing its chair, beginning with the first term after the expiration of the term of the commission chair serving on the effective date of this subsection, the mayor, with the approval of the board or council, must appoint one citizen member from the first ward of the municipality to be chair of the planning commission; thereafter, the term of chair shall be for one year, and the position of chair shall rotate among wards in numerical order.

SB 580 (Libla) – Allows legally required notice to be published on a website established and maintained by the Secretary of State, rather than in a newspaper.

SB 769 (Cunningham) – Modifies several provisions relating to financial transactions by public entities.

SB 837 (Rowden) – Establishes the Uniform Small Wireless Facility Deployment Act.

SB 853 (Wallingford) – Prohibits political subdivisions from adopting ordinances restricting the use of auxiliary containers, such as  plastic bags or other disposable containers.

SJR 21 (Chappelle-Nadal) – Constitutional amendment to require the question of whether to recall the county executive to be submitted to voters in St. Louis County.

Personnel & Labor Bills

HB 1243 (Bangert) –  Establishes a presumption that an emergency worker diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder incurred the disorder in the course of employment as an emergency worker.

HB 1277 (Beck) – Repeals the law that specifies that a person cannot be required to become or refrain from becoming a member of or paying dues to a labor organization as a condition or continuation of employment.

HB 1282 (Beck) – modifies the Fairness in Public Construction Act by permitting the state or any political subdivision to enter into a union-only project labor agreement for the procurement of construction services on a project-by-project basis if the project is funded 50% or less with state funds.

HB 1641 (Roden) – Establishes a presumption that a firefighter assigned to a certain number of years of hazardous duty, exposed to certain agents, and disabled as a result of cancer incurred the cancer in the course of employment as a firefighter.

HB 1647 (Shroer) – Modifies provisions relating to workers’ compensation for firefighters and police officers.

SB 602 (Onder) – Modifies and expands the Public Sector Labor Law.

Police & Public Safety Bills

HB 1316 (Mitten) – Requires a peace officer to provide an oral advisement and obtain written consent for a voluntary search of a person not under arrest or the person’s effects or vehicle.

HB 1323 (Roberts) – Prohibits ticket quotas by police.

HB 1456 (Lauer) – Changes the laws regarding funding for emergency 911 services, administration of 911 funding, Missouri 911 Service Board, and the cooperation and contracting between emergency services providers.

HB 1497 (Dogan) – Requires law enforcement agencies to adopt a written investigation policy for officer-involved deaths.

HB 1501 (Dogan) – Prohibits law enforcement agencies from transferring seized property to a federal agency in forfeiture litigation except if the seized property is $100,000 or more in currency.

HB 1519 (Rieboldt) – Allows law enforcement officers to enforce the seat belt law as a stand-alone offense.

HB 1536 (Butler) – adds a requirement that the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) commission include in its requirements for continuing education a requirement that all peace officers complete a minimum of 72 total credit hours of continuing education training within each 3-year reporting period.

HB 1537 (Butler) – Creates the Quality Policing Act that establishes reporting and conduct guidelines for law enforcement agencies.

HB 1583 (Franks) – Requires the director of the department of public safety to initiate disciplinary action when the director is presented with any information demonstrating cause to discipline a peace officer licensee.

HB 1642 (Roden) – Counties are prohibited from requiring attendance at a specific training academy by candidates for firefighter positions but are allowed to require a specific certification from any training academy.

HB 1780 (Ellington) – Establishes law enforcement procedures relating to racial profiling, searches and seizures, and traffic stops.

HB 1815 (Smith) – Requires police officers in St. Louis County to be paid a minimum of $20 per hour.

SB 560 (Chappelle-Nadal) – Creates the “Fair and Impartial Policing Act of 2017”, which requires the reporting of certain information regarding stops by law enforcement officers.

SB 570 (Silvey) – Cancer contracted by a firefighter shall be presumed as an occupational disease under certain circumstances.

SB 621 (Hummel) – Cancer contracted by a firefighter shall be presumed as an occupational disease under certain circumstances.

SB 651 (Nasheed) – Law enforcement agencies may require their uniformed law enforcement officers to wear video cameras on their uniforms while on duty.  The bill also sets procedures for data storage and allows a court surcharge to fund the cameras.

SB 828 (Nasheed) – Creates a process for reducing bias in policing.

SB 854 (Wallingford) – Modifies provisions relating to emergency communication services

Public Works Bills

HB 1270 (Lant) – Allows the residents of a county to vote to exempt public subdivisions and public institutions of higher education from the prevailing wage law for the construction of public works constructed wholly within the county.  Economic Development Committee

HB 1272 (Lant) – Allows public bodies to opt out of prevailing wage laws for the construction of public works projects that are $750,000 or less.  Economic Development Committee

HB 1293 (Toalson Reich) – Repeals prevailing wage law.  Economic Development Committee

HB 1436 (Love) – Repeals prevailing wage law.  Economic Development Committee

HB 1594 (Davis) – Allows municipalities to opt out of the prevailing wage law.  Economic Development Committee

HB 1621 (Rehder) – Repeals prevailing wage law.  Economic Development Committee

HB 1729 (Justus) – Repeals prevailing wage law.  Economic Development Committee

SB 555 (Brown) – Repeals prevailing wage law.

SB 599 (Schatz) – Stipulates that the prevailing hourly rate of wages shall be equivalent to the average hourly wage rate in each locality as determined by the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center within the Department of Economic Development. The prevailing wage law shall only apply to the construction of public works for which the contract awarded is more than $500,000.

SB 609 (Hoskins) – Repeals prevailing wage law.

SB 688 (Sater) – Modifies the definition of “construction” for purposes of prevailing wage laws. The definition of “maintenance work” is also modified to include repairs that restore existing facilities to a previous state or condition or improve the utility or enhance the appearance of existing facilities when the size, type or extent of the existing facilities is not thereby changed or increased. Maintenance work further includes any improvement done that does not exceed the original cost of the facility.

Taxation & Revenue Bills 

HB 1479 (Brattin) – Implements the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement and dedicates the resulting revenue to the State Road Fund.

HB 1513 (Corlew) – Establishes a limit on residential property assessment increases for the elderly and disabled who own and live in their principal residence proportional to the increase of their Social Security benefit.

HB 1599 (Fraker) – Removes the $2,000 threshold for out-of-state purchases, upon voter approval, before a use tax is required to be filed.

HB 1699 (Quade) – Implements the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement and directs the savings created to certain funds.

HB 1824 (Fitzwater) – Implements streamlined sales and use tax agreement, increases gas tax by 6 cents and reduces state income tax rates.

HB 1836 (Adams) – Implements streamlined sales and use tax agreement.

HB 1855 (Curtis) – Repeals a provision preempting political subdivisions from passing any tax increase on cigarettes or tobacco.

HB 1879 (Fraker) – Changes the laws regarding financial transactions by public entities.

HJR 58 (Brattin) – Constitutional amendment to exempt seniors owning property for 30 years from property taxes and personal property taxes for property owned for 10 years.

HJR 60 (Cross) – Constitutional amendment to eliminate personal property taxes.

SB 611 (Koening) – Increases gas tax to 21 cents.  Caps local sales tax rates at 7.275% and implements streamlined sales tax agreement.

SB 617 (Eigel) – Implements streamlined sales tax agreement and increases gas tax to 23 cents.

SB 734 (Schatz) – Increases the gas tax to 27 cents.

SJR 30 (Koenig) – Eliminates income taxes and replaces them with an expanded sales and use tax.

SJR 31 (Eigel) – Places a cap on annual appropriations and reduces income tax rates based on revenue growth.

Traffic & Vehicle Bills

HB 1386 (Spencer) – Prohibits the use of red light cameras and speed cameras.

HB 1393 (Gregory) – Requires law enforcement to file accident reports with the highway patrol for certain bicycle accidents.

SB 847 (Eigel) – Prohibits the use of red light cameras and speed cameras.

League Promotes Police Department Certification

At the November 30 General Membership meeting, The League unanimously endorsed the St. Louis Area Police Chiefs Associations (SLAPCA), “Law Enforcement Best Practices Agreement”.

In September of 2016 the League started meeting with SLAPCA to develop a set of best practices for St. Louis area police departments.  The first part of this year, SLAPCA established a subcommittee to work toward developing a policy or set of standards.  The committee was Chaired by Chief Tim Lowery of Florissant.  The committee included chiefs from St. Louis County, St. Charles County, the St. Louis Area City Managers (SLACMA) and the Leageu.

Ultimately, the committee developed the Best Practice Agreement which calls for all police agency to adopt certain polices by January 1, 2019 and to be fully accredited by January 1, 2022 (accreditation is a three year process) as a requirement for membership in SLAPCA.  SLAPCA’s membership includes St. Charles agencies as well and the agreement was unanimously approved by their membership in October.

SLACMA, adopted the agreement earlier this month and the General Membership of the League unanimously endorsed the agreement on November 30.  The motion included compliance with the agreement as a condition of 2017 11 30 SLAPCA Best Practices Finalmembership in the League.

City of St. Louis and St. Louis County Intergovernmental Collaboration Study

The study examined nearly all service delivery areas within the City and the County governments. The goal of the study was to identify initiatives that have the potential to create financial savings for both governments or enhance existing service levels for the citizens in the St. Louis region. It is our opinion that substantial opportunities exist in a variety of areas. We are encouraged that as we shared our findings and recommendations with both leaders in both the City and County, some of our findings and recommendations are already being discussed and studied for possible implementation.City County Intergovernmental Collaboration Study PFM

Call for Public Comment – Transportation Alternatives Program

East-West Gateway is seeking public comment on the 21 pedestrian- and bicycle-focused transportation projects recently recommended for funding through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). You can find details regarding the program and submit your comments online by visiting the East-West Gateway website. Comments can also be mailed to East-West Gateway Council of Governments ATTN: TAP, One South Memorial Drive, Suite 1600, St. Louis, MO 63102. The public comment period runs through Tuesday, Sept. 5.

UMSL Chancellor’s Certificate in Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning

The Chancellor’s Certificate in Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning from the University of Missouri-St.Louis is a seven-module course taught by a team of senior practitioners that covers planning practices, processes and other topics crucial for local government success. The program is designed for municipal and county planning and zoning commissioners, elected officials, municipal staff, and citizens interested in the planning and zoning process. Modules are held weekly on Thursdays from 6-9 p.m., Oct. 12 to Dec. 7 (no class on Oct. 19 and Nov. 23) at the J.C. Penney Conference Center on UMSL’s campus. You can register online for individual modules for $75 each or all seven for $400.

Missouri Lt. Governor Parson: There have been record crowds everyday at State Fair

SEDALIA- Missouri’s Lieutenant Governor says there has been record attendance at this year’s State Fair.

Lt. Governor Mike Parson prepares to ride a horse carriage at the Missouri State Fair on August 17, 2017 (Brian Hauswirth photo)

About 350,000 people attended the 2016 Missouri State Fair.

Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson (R), whose former State Senatorial district included the Fairgrounds, tells Missourinet there were about 1,000 people at the Governor’s ham breakfast on Thursday.

“Last (Wednesday) night we had a small reception here that we had, there were over 300 people here, there’s been record crowds everyday,” Parson says. “So every event that we’ve had so far, the numbers have just been huge.”

Parson credits good weather, adding that people are excited about Missouri’s future.

The Bolivar Republican attended Thursday’s ham breakfast on the Fairgrounds, and spoke at a morning agriculture rally.

“It’s always great to be at the State Fair, it’s just a great time of the year to showcase Missouri’s agriculture,” says Parson. “You know, I still come here, me and my family still come here. It’s just part of who we are.”

The 65th Governor’s ham breakfast featured lawmakers, commodity group leaders and State Fair supporters.

Parson says the Missouri State Fairgrounds are now used 12 months a year.

“The State Fairgrounds is used internationally now, events throughout the United States that come here all the way from car rallies to bicycle rallies, way beyond agriculture, way beyond the animals,” Parson says.

Parson notes the Fairgrounds are open to the public, adding that the State Fair in Sedalia is one of the best in the nation.

Thursday was also Legislators and Judges Day.

Governor Eric Greitens (R) spoke at the breakfast and later addressed reporters, outside the Director’s tent.

Greitens tells Missourinet he’s not ruling out calling another special session this year.

“We’re obviously keeping every option on the table as we move forward and right now I’m really, really pleased with where we’re at. We’ve had two great results from our two special sessions thus far,” Greitens says.

Greitens called two special sessions this summer: one involving the Noranda/steel mill bill and the second was abortion-related legislation.

Friday is Missouri Electric Cooperatives Day at the State Fair, which ends Sunday.

St. Louis County Council resolution tries, but can’t actually dictate how Prop P money spent

In an effort to block municipalities from using a recently passed “public safety” tax increase on things like potholes and snow removal, the St. Louis County Council passed a resolution Tuesday asking for the money be strictly spent on policing.

Problem is, the resolution doesn’t actually do anything.

Councilman Mark Harder said the resolution, which he sponsored, is meant to make clear “when the voters voted on this, they knew that this was supposed to go to law enforcement and to help our police.”

But Harder, R-Ballwin, said the council would have to go back to voters in order to be able to dictate how the 89 municipalities spend their share of the roughly $36 million that’ll start coming in in early October.

“From a legal standpoint, nothing’s going to happen because the St. Louis County Council doesn’t govern Chesterfield,” Harder said Monday. “They can do what they want with this money even today. What we’re trying to do and what I’m trying to do is this resolution is to remind everyone of the original intent. And 95 percent of the municipalities are going to use this the way they intended.”

While Harder’s resolution passed without opposition, several councilmembers, including Councilman Ernie Trakas, R-St. Louis County, and Councilwoman Rochelle Walton Gray, D-Black Jack, said they almost voted against it because it didn’t force cities to spend the money on policing.

Voters could recall local elected officials that spend Prop P money on non-law enforcement related items, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger said in a statement earlier this month.

But Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul said Stenger and the council should have written more specific language when they sent Prop P to voters in April.

“Ballot language is very, very important. And words have meanings. And when it says ‘public safety,’ that is a broad stroke terminology to cover a lot of different areas,” said Paul, who ran against Harder three years ago when the council seat was open.

Both Paul and Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said their cities plan to use their Prop P funds to raise police salaries. But Knowles agreed with other mayors that the plan wasn’t well thought-out, especially since a town’s share of the Prop P money is determined by population — not crime.

“It is kind of ill-conceived because what we’ve done here is communities like Chesterfield and Wildwood …They’ve been given this money,” Knowles said. “People would love to say it blanketly ‘Well, give it to police,’ but as it’s been said are you going to give cops $80,000, $90,000 or $100,000 salaries?”

About $46 million from Proposition P is slated to go to the St. Louis County Police Department for officer raises and equipment upgrades. Harder said he’s drafting an ordinance specifying how the county can spend that money.

2017 MUNI Awards Honors Local Governments

The Municipal League of Metro St. Louis announced the winners of its 2017 MUNI Awards during a ceremony at its May 31st meeting. The following cities and individuals were recognized for their accomplishment:

    • Citizen Engagement — Presented to the City of Crestwood for its “Christmas in Crestwood” program.
    • Collaboration — Presented to the St. Louis Area Insurance Trust (SLAIT) for creating a local insurance pool.
    • Policy Initiative — Presented to the city of Maryland Heights for operational and staffing assessments of its police department.
    • Public Safety — Presented to the city of Vinita Park for the creation of the North County Police Cooperative.
    • Sustainability — Presented to the city of Creve Coeur for their efforts to promote environmental consciousness.
    • Buzz Westfall Award for Excellence in Local Government — Presented to Florissant Mayor Tom Schneider for his lifetime of services and in particular his leadership in last year’s efforts to retain the out-of-state auto sales tax.

Photo Credit: City of Florissant Facebook page. Pictured (l-r) is Ward 2 Councilman Tim Jones, Ward 7 Council President
Jackie Pagano, Ward 8 Councilman Robert Parson, Mayor Thomas Schneider,
Ward 5 Councilman Keith Schildroth and Ward 4 Councilman Jeff Caputa