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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Week Ending 4/21/17

 

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 had a hearing have been deleted.  Bills which have not come out of committee have been lined through.

Court Bills

HB 321 (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.  Public Safety Committee.  Heard 2/14

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.

SB 81 (Dixon) – Repeals provisions stating that community service alternatives used by municipal courts must be offered at no cost to the defendant.  Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.  Heard 1/17.  Passed Committee 1/23.  Informal Perfection Calendar

SB 520 (Emery) – Enacts favorable revisions to SB 5 and SB 572.  Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.  Heard 4/3

Economic Development Bills

HB 389 (Berry) – Authorizes municipalities to establish technology business facility projects and authorizes tax exemptions for such projects.  Economic Development Committee.  Heard 2/21

HB 1090 (Christofanelli) – TIF sponsors must post project info on a website and have a 30 day public comment period.  Ways & Means Committee.  Heard  4/10

HJR 20 (Ellington) – Constitutional amendment to require countywide public vote before authorizing TIF project.  Local Government Committee.  Heard 3/8.  Passed Committee 3/15.  Referred Rules Committee

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 269 (Roeber) – Prohibits direct or indirect expenditure of public funds to lobby general assembly.  Elections Committee.  Heard 3/1

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

HB 754 (Shroer) – Specifies that anyone running for office at a municipal, city, county, or statewide level must use their legal last name or maiden name.  Elections Committee.  Heard 2/22.  Passed Committee 3/1.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 3/14.  Perfection Calendar

 HJR 13 (Bahr) – Constitutional amendment to establish term limits of 12 years for local offices.  Elections Committee.  Heard 3/1

SJR 10 (Holsman) – Modifies the number of members of the General Assembly and limits service in the General Assembly to 16 years in each chamber or 32 years total.  Rules Committee.  Heard 2/28

 Employment & Wage Bills

HB 78 (McGaugh) – 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.  Heard 1/31.  Passed Committee 3/7.  Referred Rules Committee

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 132 (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.  Heard 1/31

HB 238 (Wiemann) – Changes the law relating to public labor organizations.  Economic Development Committee.  Heard 2/14,  Passed Committee 2/28.  Referred Rules Committee

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.

HB 309 (Davis) –  Exempts municipalities from the prevailing wage law for projects in which they use only their own tax revenues.  Economic Development Committee.  Heard 1/31.  Passed Committee 3/7.  Referred Rules Committee

HB 482 (Roden) – Establishes a presumption that a firefighter assigned to at least five years of hazardous duty, exposed to certain agents, and disabled as a result of cancer incurred the cancer in the course of the employment as a firefighter.  Workforce Development Committee.  Heard 2/6.  Passed Committee 2/15.  Referred Rules Committee

HB 1048 (Shaul) – Prohibits political subdivisions from requiring employers to alter or adjust any employee scheduling unless required by state or federal law.  Workforce Development Committee.  Heard 3/29.  Passed Committee 4/5.  Referred Rules Committee

SB 20 (Brown) – Repeals the law pertaining to the prevailing wage.  General Laws Committee.  Heard 1/18.  Passed Committee 1/25.  Informal Perfection Calendar

SB 21 (Brown) – Creates new provisions of law relating to public labor unions.  General Laws Committee.  Heard 1/11.  Passed Committee 1/18.  Informal Perfection Calendar

SB 29 (Sater) – Modifies the law relating to prevailing wage to allow for maintenance work.  General Laws Committee.  Heard 1/18

SB 210 (Onder) – Modifies provisions relating to collective bargaining representation for public employees.  General Laws Committee.  Heard 1/25.  Passed Committee 2/1.  Informal Perfection Calendar.

SB 415 (Hummel) – Modifies provisions relating to occupational diseases for firefighters under workers’ compensation laws.  Small Business Committee.  Heard 2/28

General Government Bills

HB 99 (Swan) – Requires entities bidding on work for publicly funded projects to produce statements showing the entity owes no taxes.  Small Business Committee.  Heard 2/6.  Passed Committee 2/22.  Referred Rules Committee

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 424 (Cornejo) – Modifies provisions to the Sunshine Law.  General Laws Committee.  Heard 2/14.  Passed committee 4/4.  Referred Rules 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 545 (Vescovo) – Changes the law regarding the sale of public bonds to require certain political subdivisions to issue debt at public sale.  Financial Institutions Committee.  Heard 3/14

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

HB 869 (Brattin) – Municipalities cannot require insurance for construction industry, except liability and workers comp.  Licensing Committee.  Heard 2/22.  Passed Committee 3/1.  Referred Rules Committee

HB 887 (Barnes) – Requires counties and municipalities to maintain a website.  Government Oversight Committee.  Heard 4/4.  Passed Committee 4/11.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 4/19

HB 905 (DeGroot) – Prohibits municipalities from regulating dogs in a breed-specific manner.  Local Government Committee.  Heard 2/22.  Passed Committee 3/1.  Referred Rules Committee

HB 950 (Vescovo) – Changes the law regarding the sale of public bonds to require political subdivisions to issue debt at public sale.  Ways & Means Committee.  Heard 4/3.  Passed Committee 4/3.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 4/13

SB 47 (Libla) – Allows legally required notice to be published on a website to be established and maintained by the Secretary of State.  Local Government/Elections Committee.  Heard 2/14.  Passed Committee 3/7

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

SB 186 (Emery) – Modifies the authority of local governments to offer certain communications services.  Local Government/Elections Committee.  Heard 2/14.  Passed Committee 2/28

SB 232 (Schatz) – Adds a provision relating to population changes in St. Louis County for purposes of water corporations collecting an infrastructure system replacement surcharge. Commerce/Environment Committee.  Heard 3/1.  Passed Committee 3/15.  Informal Perfection Calendar

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.

HB 1042 (McCaherty) – Changes the laws regarding development permits in floodplains.  Local Government Committee.  Heard 3/15

HB 1189 (Cross) – Prohibits municipalities from conducting interior property inspections of residences.  Local Government Committee.  Heard 4/5.  Passed Committee 4/12.  Referred Rules Committee

Police & Public Safety Bills

HB 37 (Hogdon) – Allows law enforcement officers to establish police lines or barricades when certain emergency situations may cause the congregation of persons in public areas.  Public Safety Committee.  Heard 1/24

HB 39 (Higdon) – 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.  Public Safety Committee.  Heard 1/24.  Passed Committee 2/21.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 3/15.  Perfection Calendar

HB 41 (McCann) – Specifies that if charges are filed against a law enforcement officer based on an officer involved shooting, the judge must appoint a special prosecutor.  Public Safety Committee.  Heard 2/14

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 224 (Kelley) – Increases the continuing education reporting period for peace officers from three years to five years.  Public Safety Committee.  Heard 1/31

HB 232 (Dogan) – Requires law enforcement agencies to have a written policy regarding the investigation of officer-involved deaths.  Public Safety Committee.  Heard 2/21

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

HB 826 (Marshall) – Creates the offense of unlawful traffic interference.  Public Safety Committee.  Heard 3/7

HB 1213 (Dogan) – Sets additional reporting requirements for police and training to reduce profiling.  Public Safety Committee.  Heard 4/11

HB 1214 (Curtman) – Establishes policies to prevent unlawful policing.  Public Safety Committee.  Heard 4/11

SB 233 (Wallingford) – Creates and modifies certain laws relating to emergency communication services.  Transportation/ Infrastructure Committee.  Heard 2/23.  Passed Committee 3/2.  Informal Perfection Calendar

SB 287 (Nasheed) – Sets additional reporting requirements for police and training to reduce profiling.  Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.  Heard 3/6

SB 414 (Riddle) – Changes law regarding forfeiture funds and reporting.  Heard 3/6. Passed Committee 4/10

SB 418 (Hegeman) – Modifies certain provisions relating to emergency medical services.  Professional Registration Committee.  Heard 2/27.  Passed Committee 3/6.  Informal Perfection Calendar

Tax Bills

HB 48 (Lichtenegger) –  Amended to allow  public safety sales tax for Eureka, Pacific and Rock Hill.  Local Government Committee.  Heard  1/18.  Passed Committee as amended 1/25.  Referred  Rules Committee.  Heard 3/6.  Returned to Local Government Committee.  Passed Committee 3/30.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 4/5.  Perfection Calendar

HB 154 (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.  Heard 2/22.  Passed Committee 3/1.  Referred Rules Committee

HB 781 (Tate) – Requires a political subdivision to notify voters that a proposed increase in the property tax rate ceiling may be adjusted if there is a subsequent decrease in the amount of assessed valuation from the previous assessment.  Ways & Means Committee.  Heard 3/6

HB 935 (Haefner) – Allows St. Louis City and St. Louis, Jefferson, St. Charles and Franklin County to propose a 1/8th of a cent sales tax to fund the St. Louis Zoo.  Local Government Committee.  Heard 3/8.  Passed Committee 3/15.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 3/29.  Perfected 4/12.  Passed House 4/18

HB 1079 (Matthews) – Limits new hotel taxes to 1/8 of 1 percent of gross receipts.  Local Government Committee.  Heard 4/19

SB 49 (Walsh) – Allows St. Louis City and St. Louis, Jefferson, St. Charles and Franklin County to propose a 1/8th of a cent sales tax to fund the St. Louis Zoo.  Progress & Development Committee.  Heard 2/8.  Passed Committee 2/15.  Perfected 4/13.  Senate 3rd Reading Calendar

SB 105 (Wallingford) – Requires the Department of Revenue to enter into the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement.  Ways & Means Committee.  Heard 2/7.  Passed Committee 2/28

SB 267 (Schatz) – Allows a public safety sales tax for Eureka.  Local Government Committee.  Heard  2/7.  Passed Committee 2/14.  Informal Perfection Calendar

SJR 12 (Eigel) – Places a cap on annual state appropriations and reduces income tax rates based on revenue growth.  Ways & Means Committee.  Heard 2/21.  Passed Committee3/2.  Informal Perfection 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

HB 651 (Kolkmeyer) – Requires cities to use 90% of local gas tax funds received from state for road construction.  Transportation Committee.  Heard 3/1.  Passed Committee 3/8.  Referred Rules Committee

HB 791 (Redmon) – Specifies that commercial motor vehicle operation on truck routes in accordance with a municipal ordinance shall not be deemed a nuisance or evidence of a nuisance.  Local Government Committee.  Heard 2/15.  Passed Committee 2/22. Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 4/13

SB 315 (Eigel) – Requires in person notification of traffic violations and prohibits traffic or speed cameras.  Transportation/Public Safety Committee.  Heard 3/2

SJR 3 (Schaaf) – Amends the Constitution to modify state highway maintenance by increasing the gas tax and returning state lettered highways to county control, with additional funding from the new tax.  Transportation/Public Safety 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 Commerce Committee.  Heard 4/19

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 Government Reform 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

SB 354 (Kraus) – Modifies provisions relating to wireless communications infrastructure and the Uniform Wireless Communications Infrastructure Deployment Act.  Commerce/Environment Committee.  Heard 2/22