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

 

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

 

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT LUNCH & LEARN SERIES

The Municipal League of Metro St. Louis invites elected officials and city staff to attend “Lunch & Learn,” a series of interactive workshops designed to help participants master their leadership skills. Linda Goldstein, an expert in innovative community engagement strategies, strategic communications and public policy will facilitate the programs.

We hope you’ll join us for one or all three presentations!

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

January 24, February 28 and March 28, 2016

The Municipal League of Metro St. Louis offices

Second floor Conference Room, 1034 S. Brentwood Blvd., Richmond Heights, MO 63117

Join us for three workshops:

  • Leading Change: Strategies for Successful Citizen Engagement
  • Leading Change: Effective Teamwork and Leadership Styles
  • Leadership Challenges: Leading Other Leaders

The workshop outlines are attached.  The cost is $45 per luncheon. For more information or to reserve your seat please call the League office at 314-726-4747 or e-mail at staff@stlmuni.org

About Linda Goldstein

The first female mayor of the City of Clayton, MO, Linda spent more than 14 years in public service and is known for her ability to build consensus and a collective vision in order to achieve bold and transformative community initiatives. She has more than 20 years experience as a senior level organizational leader and small business owner.

Missouri State Senator Doug Libla Announces Intent to File Legislation Regarding Violence Against Law Enforcement

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For Immediate Release:

Nov. 23, 2016          

Contact: Kyle Aubuchon

(573) 751-4843

JEFFERSON CITY — Today, Senator Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff) announced he will file legislation on December 1st enhancing penalties for those who are convicted of attacking law enforcement officers and first responders.

 

“Our law enforcement officers need to know that members of the Missouri General Assembly have their back,” stated Sen. Libla. “As Chairman of the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure, and Public Safety Committee I will keep this important issue at the forefront of the committee and Missouri Senate’s agenda this upcoming legislative session.”

 

Under current law Missouri statute outlines the penalties for crimes, and allows for enhanced penalties on special victims, which definition includes law enforcement officers and first responders. Senator Libla’s legislation will further increase the penalties for specifically attacking law enforcement officers and first responders. “I am amazed and dismayed at the level of disrespect being shown to the brave men and women who have chosen to serve and protect us. For simply wearing the uniform our heroes are being targeted and attacked. This has to stop,” declared Sen. Libla.

 

Senator Libla was re-elected to a second term in the Missouri Senate earlier this month. He proudly serves the counties of Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Shannon and Stoddard. For the last two years he has served as Chairman of Senate Transportation, Infrastructure, and Public Safety Committee.

 

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Proposal for City Re-Entry into St. Louis County

CITY RE-ENTRY INTO ST. LOUIS COUNTY:  A UNITY OF PURPOSE FOR REGIONAL ECONOMIC PROSPERITY The Municipal League of Metro St. Louis believes that one of the most critical strategic issues confronting our metropolitan area is the need to generate new sources of revenue by attracting new jobs and businesses to our cities.  We believe that […]

Municipal League of Metro St. Louis Approves City Re-Entry Policy

St. Louis (October 28) On Thursday evening, The Executive Board of the Municipal League of Metro St. Louis introduced to their members a policy supporting the City of St. Louis re-entering St. Louis County as the region’s 91st municipality.

 

The policy states that the multi-city structure of the County has served our residents well and should be preserved.  But unless significant steps are taken to improve the opportunity to create new jobs and attract new businesses to our metropolitan area, the policy proposes that there will not be sufficient resources to sustain that form of government.
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