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2024 Legislative Priorities and Policy Statement

2024 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES & POLICY STATEMENT pdf

 

 

2024 Legislative Priorities

 

Preservation and Expansion of Municipal Revenue Sources – Numerous bills were proposed on the 2023 session which would negatively impact municipal revenues.  The most concerning was legislation which would have exempted food from local sales taxes.  This would significantly reduce sales taxes for cities, counties, and other local taxing entities – perhaps as much as 25%. Other revenues, likely property taxes, would have to be increased (subject to voter approval) or vital services would need to be reduced or eliminated.  Neither is a desirable option.

Also proposed in 2023 was legislation to eliminate personal property taxes and freeze property taxes for senior citizens, no matter their income level.  The latter bill passed and if implemented by County government would also lead to limiting of property tax revenue increases needed to keep up with inflation.  

Current statutes limit municipal sales taxes to specific uses and amounts.  For most municipalities in St. Louis County the maximum sales tax rate is 1.75%, for those municipalities with fire departments, the maximum rate is 2.25%.  In 2022, SB 759 was introduced which would authorize any taxing jurisdiction to impose one or more sales taxes for purposes to be designated by the taxing jurisdiction, provided that the total combined rate of local sales taxes imposed by a municipality does not exceed 4.5%; the total combined rate of local sales taxes imposed by a county not exceed 4.5%; and for all other taxing jurisdictions, the total combined rate of sales taxes in any given taxing jurisdiction shall not exceed 3.0%.

Policy – The League strongly supports maintaining current sales tax authority and encourages the legislature to respect the will of the voters who voted for these taxes to provide vital municipal services.  Legislation to allow a property tax freeze for seniors has passed but has not been implemented by the County.  While League members generally oppose this legislation, there is a need to limit the potentially significant financial impact.  Therefore, the League supports revisions to these provisions that would establish an income-based means for implementing the property tax freeze and/or provide new sources of municipal revenue.

The League further supports legislation that would simplify the sales tax statutes and allow municipalities the flexibility to designate sales tax use, subject to voter approval.

 

Juvenile Justice ReformCurrently, Missouri juvenile detention centers use a scoring system known as Rule-28 to determine if a juvenile should be detained or released with or without conditions.  Rule-28 allows broad discretion by juvenile officers and is not assessed consistently throughout the State.  For example, St. Louis City and County Juvenile officers only use the points for the most egregious crime allegedly committed by the juvenile as opposed to a total of all points from all crimes allegedly committed by the juvenile upon being detained by law enforcement officers.  This results in many juveniles detained by law enforcement for vehicle theft, tampering with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and gun violation being released without any record of being detained by police.  Thus, a juvenile who allegedly committed the crime faces no consequence for making a bad choice and receives no available services to help prevent future criminal activity.   In some cases, police officers are told by detention center officers to take the juvenile home with no notice to their parents or guardians.

PolicyThe League supports legislation currently in use in St. Charles, Franklin, and Jefferson counties to assess points in the assessment form based on all crimes allegedly committee by the juvenile.  Often, juveniles detained in these jurisdictions are detained for 24-hours, they receive appropriate services to help deter future criminal activity and appropriate notification of their activity is given to their legal guardians.

 

Maintaining Current Municipal Election Laws – Legislation has been proposed for the last several years to revise municipal elections by, among other things, changing the date to November and requiring partisan elections.  Municipal residents have been well-served by keeping local issues and elections separate and not having issues and candidates caught up in county, State, and federal elections.

 Policy The League supports maintaining the current local election dates and non-partisanship of candidates.

 

 Video Service, Telecommunications Providers and Right-of-Way – With the passage of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, Congress sought to establish a pro-competitive, deregulatory framework for telecommunications and video service providers.  In 2007, the Missouri General Assembly enacted the Video Services Providers Act.  This Act allows video service providers to obtain a state-issued video service authorization to provide local video services instead of acquiring a municipal cable/video service franchise.  Both the federal Act and the Missouri Act preempt municipal oversight of video service providers.

            In addition, the right-of-way is a valuable piece of property obtained by local governments for the purpose of installing important facilities such as roads, sidewalks, sewers and utilities.  As private demands for space within the public rights-of-way increases due to expansion of broadband, internet, cable TV and other telecommunications technology, protection of taxpayers’ investment in public rights-of-way is essential.

Policy – The League opposes any new federal and state legislation or regulations that would diminish the ability of local governments to manage the public rights-of-way or to charge a fee or taxes to telecommunications and video service providers that use the public rights-of-way to deliver their product or service.  All video service and telecommunications providers must comply with all local right-of-way regulations and consumer protection provisions.

            The League supports the authorization of local governments to impose reasonable fees for any use of the public rights-of-way and opposes any legislation that limits municipalities’ authorities to manage the right-of-way for the public interest and/or transfer the cost of regulation of utilities from private industry to public entities.

 

Land Banks – HB 587 was filed in 2023 which would have allowed municipalities and counties to create land bank agencies to help return nonproductive abandoned properties to the tax rolls.  This would be a valuable tool, particularly in areas of St. Louis County that lack investment.

Policy The League supports legislation to allow the creation of a land back in St. Louis County and throughout the state to help supplement redevelopment efforts.

 

Sunshine Law and Closed Records – Many cities maintain resident email addresses and phone numbers so that citizens can receive important updates from their local government.  Under current law these email addresses are public records that must be shared with anyone requesting this information.  SB 174 filed in 2023 would allow a public governmental body to close certain records if the records are related to resident’s email addresses and telephone numbers submitted to a public governmental body for the sole purpose of receiving electronic newsletters, emergency alerts and other information. In addition, the legislation would close all records related to minors, including but not limited to physical address, email address, phone number, and employment information.

PolicyThe League supports legislation such as SB 174 (2023) that would allow the closure of certain email and phone records in addition to information pertaining to minors under the Sunshine Law.  In addition, Missouri Revised Statute Section 610.010 Definitions, subsection (6) “Public Record” states “that personally identifiable student records maintained by public educational institutions” are not subject to the sunshine law.  The League supports amending subsection (6) to include “public educational institution, city, towns or villages” to protect identifiable student information held by any governmental body.

 

2024 POLICY STATEMENTS

 LOCAL CONTROL

 Background – The issue of local control is discussed at all levels of government. Trying to solve a problem in one community by creating statewide legislation can have unforeseen negative impacts on other communities when a fair, public/private solution is possible. In addition, businesses often try to sidestep local regulations by seeking legislative pre-emption of municipal oversight. This is questionable public policy and should be avoided because special interests can conflict with public interests.

In addition, the legislature placed a constitutional amendment on the November 2022 ballot requiring a certain level of increased spending by Kansas City for police services.  It was approved despite opposition from Kansas City officials.  Previous legislative discussions focused on an amendment to change the governmental structure of St. Louis City and County.  The proposals completely usurp the idea of local control by requiring a statewide vote on issues of no interest to residents outside of these jurisdictions.

Another issue related to local control involves HB 1662 (2022) which provides that a political subdivision shall not prohibit the operation of a no-impact, home-based business or require a person to apply for any permit or license to operate such a business.  Furthermore,  zoning ordinances or regulations may not explicitly restrict or prohibit a home occupation.  This sets a dangerous precedent that may lead to a growing number of home-based businesses that could negatively impact the quality of life in residential areas.

Policy – The League, in its effort to support citizen-driven decisions, supports clearly defined roles and responsibilities for local governments so that municipal officials can effectively and efficiently serve their communities while being held to certain standards of quality and responsiveness. The League strongly recommends that the General Assembly avoid enacting legislation to address localized issues that will impact  communities statewide. Legislative proposals, especially budgetary issues, should be reviewed for their overall impact on municipalities before being considered.

The League also supports local autonomy and opposes legislation authorizing statewide votes on local issues pertaining to specific political subdivisions.

The League further supports legislation to allow municipalities to license, tax and regulate home-based businesses and to enact any such land use regulations that would preserve the residential character of neighborhoods that may be threatened by a proliferation of home-based businesses.  In addition, the law should be amended to include a definition for those employees simply working from home as opposed to operating a home-based business.

 

REGIONAL COLLABORATION FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Background – Recently the City of St. Louis has studied the issue of privatizing St. Louis Lambert International Airport. The airport is a regional asset that benefits the entire metropolitan area as a major component in areawide economic development efforts. Assets that promote economic growth, such as airports and river ports, should not be sold to private entities without a regional option to purchase the entity.

Policy – The League supports a collaborative approach for local review and the opportunity to develop a plan to purchase regional economic development assets through a right of first refusal and full compensation to the government entity relinquishing control.

                The League supports funding and development of the Rock Island Trail and other similar trails throughout the state to support environmental, health, economic development, and tourism benefits that the trails would provide.

 

LAND USE/PLANNING & ZONING

 Background – Land use decisions can play a major role in preserving the investment of property owners and ensuring that commerce prospers.  Whether planning a new local building or transportation corridor or changing the zoning designation, local officials must balance the interests of many parties.  In addition, officials in municipalities have the responsibility to ensure that local planning and zoning laws are implemented fairly and protect the interests of residents, businesses and other important institutions that make up the fabric of society.

Challenges to municipal planning and zoning ordinances, comprehensive plans and architectural review board guidelines by special interests and businesses continue to threaten property values, safety, and community stability.

Another issue concerns absentee property owners who may neglect their properties to the detriment of their neighbors. Initially, such neglect may start with minor issues such as tall grass or trash in the yard.  However, over time these issues may escalate to the point of the property becoming unsafe for residents and a haven for squatters or other illegal activity. Such nuisance properties create eyesores for neighbors and may lower property values. Absentee owners may reside out-of-state and, in some cases, may have little interest in maintaining the properties. Municipalities need to have the means to contact the owners of these properties.

            In addition, cities may have added staff costs for implementing such a program.  However, some charter cities have enacted annual landlord fees to recover some of the costs.

Policy – The Legislature should support local efforts to maintain viable and sustainable communities and allow cities the necessary latitude to set guidelines for land uses that promote responsible development, balance the desires of citizens, preserve property values, and protect the rights of property owners.

The general framework for planning and zoning responsibility has been established in Chapter 89 RSMo. Cities are expected to abide by these provisions.  Cities should have the necessary latitude and support to set and enforce guidelines for desirable land uses and limitations for those deemed incompatible or that would negatively impact others. Prudent balance is the goal.

The League supports legislation that provides municipalities with the authority to require owners of rental property to provide contact information for responding to questions or concerns about the property.  This contact information, at a minimum, must include the name, address, telephone number and emergency contact information for the owner of the property. Properties owned by individuals or entities that do not reside at that location should be required to have a local contact for the property.

            Additionally, all cities should be granted legislative authority to enact minimal fees for landlords to help defray the costs of a landlord registration program or other issues related to rental properties.

 

QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUES

 Background – In Missouri, and St. Louis County, municipal park and recreation programs have received tremendous support from citizens. Park amenities and programs are critical to neighborhood vitality and positive health outcomes. Our recreational and cultural amenities are heavily used, available in all areas, and up to date because of overwhelming citizen support.  We believe these amenities contribute to the region’s vibrancy and make St. Louis an attractive place to live and raise a family.

Policy – The League encourages all levels of government to continue the collaborative efforts that have resulted in premier parks, trails, cultural institutions, and a greater sense of community pride.

 

FINANCE AND TAXATION

 Background – Technology and the economy are changing rapidly. Cell phones are replacing landlines.  More goods are purchased on the internet. Services may be purchased more often than goods in our growing service­ oriented society. People may work from home and not in commercial centers. These and other changes impact municipal revenues.  As society changes, tax policy must also change to be fair, certain, and enjoy citizen support.  Principles focusing on an equitable tax burden should apply across the County, region and State. This allows citizens and the officials they elect to produce the underlying support for services demanded and expected by residents and businesses.

Policy – The League supports financial and tax policies that allow greater flexibility for local governments to adapt to technological and economic changes that impact funding for core services.  A new far-reaching tax policy discussion is needed with input from officials at all levels of government to design a system that moves Missouri into the 21st century.  Isolated changes, especially exemptions with vague benefits, should be avoided.  The League offers its assistance in this effort to create a tax policy that is equitable to all while allowing local governments the needed revenue to maintain quality service levels. Objective analysis should govern efforts to offer state tax incentives and exemptions which should avoid financial harm to local governments.

 

 GENERAL ADMINISTRATION (PERSONNEL, PURCHASING, LEGAL)

 Background – Public administration must translate voters’ visions into viable services. For example, personnel must be hired and managed, contracts arranged, streets and public facilities maintained, financial programs managed and monitored, codes written, laws enforced, land managed, parks developed and maintained, and programs offered. Cities are municipal corporations and are highly regulated by state and federal governments. Third- and fourth-class cities and villages can only do what state law permits, while charter cities have more freedom to do what state law does not restrict. The Sunshine Law provides additional options for public oversight of local governments as well as audits, the media, and regular elections.

One aspect of this relates to sovereign immunity.  Under current law, the governing body of each political subdivision of the state is allowed to purchase liability insurance for tort claims.  A recent court case established that municipalities that are listed as additionally insured on a construction project could be sued along with contractors working on the project if legal action is undertaken.  Legislation is needed to reverse the impacts of this decision and limit the liability of local governments.  HB 2690 was introduced in 2022 to define “purchase” as only the direct acquisition by the governing body of a political subdivision of insurance coverage from an insurance company or other business entity and does not include any indirect action by contract or otherwise including, but not limited to, requiring additional coverage or insured status under the insurance policy of another person or entity.

 

Policy – The League advocates for legislation that encourages local decision-making within a framework that promotes transparency, fairness, high standards and positive sustainable outcomes in public administration. Training is very valuable to ensure that best practices are known, especially in smaller cities without professional management and sometimes frequent turnover. The League supports partnering with the legislature to foster best practices at all levels of local government.

The League further supports the provisions of HB 2690 (2022) which would allow local governments to be listed as additionally insured on the policies of other non-government entities without waiving sovereign immunity.

PUBLIC WORKS & INFRASTRUCTURE

 Background – Governments and citizens throughout Missouri deserve a modern, safe, and well-maintained multi -modal transportation system along with utility services that are efficient, reliable and reasonably priced and can meet changing demographic needs. Over the years each of these systems has been developed and matured. Some components are showing their age while others are subject to mandates that do not adequately balance costs and benefits. Creating sustainable, cost-effective solutions that are equitably funded is a challenge. Many of the transportation projects in the past decades have tended to produce additional suburban sprawl while reducing the population and tax base for much of St. Louis County.

Policy – The League supports solutions to solve ongoing public works issues and helps maintain quality infrastructure at reasonable costs, including utility rates. Environmental directives from Washington, DC and Jefferson City are often very expensive to implement. The legislature should evaluate how best to meet these standards cost-effectively without placing a large financial burden on residents and businesses.

 

Submitted by the Legislative Affairs Committee

Mayor Mike Clement, Manchester, Chairman

Councilmember Merrell Hansen, Chesterfield

Mayor Scott Shipley, Crestwood

Mayor Mike Roemerman, Ellisville

Mayor Ella Jones, Ferguson

Mayor Kate Hatfield, Frontenac

Sam Johnson, City Administrator, Normandy

Mayor Sharon Pace, Northwoods

Mayor Marty Little, Overland

Frank Johnson, City Administrator, Twin Oaks

Mayor Laura Arnold, Webster Groves

 

Legislative Update 4/29/2022

 

April 29, 2022

 

There is still no agreement between the House and Senate on the congressional district bill, the House has asked meet in conference with the Senate to hash out a compromise, but the Senate has refused to meet.  The Senate has approved its version of the budget and now the House and Senate will appoint conference committees to work out the differences.  The budget must be approved by May 6, per the Missouri Constitution.  Bills from the opposite chamber are now being heard.  Below are summaries of bills of interest.  Changes from last week are shown in red.  Bills that have not come out of committee have been deleted.  Bills that have not been perfected have been lined through.

 

The links below will take you to the weekly hearing schedules.  Bills are added throughout the week, by clicking on the link and committee name you can see the most current bills that will have public hearings or be voted out of committee.

 

Senate Hearing Schedule

House Hearing Schedule   

 

Priority Bills

HB 1992 (Coleman) – exempts food from state and LOCAL sales taxes.  Ways & Means Committee.  Heard 2/9.  Passed Committee 3/9.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 3/23.  Informal Perfection Calendar and could be debated next week. (Oppose)

SB 743.  (Crawford) authorizes any taxing jurisdiction to impose one or more sales taxes for purposes to be designated by the taxing jurisdiction, provided that the total combined rate of local sales taxes imposed and retained by a taxing entity that is an incorporated city, town, or village shall not exceed 4.5%; the total combined rate of local sales taxes imposed and retained by a county shall not exceed 4.5%; the total combined rate of local sales taxes imposed and retained by the City of St. Louis shall not exceed 9.0%; and for all other taxing jurisdictions, the total combined rate of sales taxes in any given taxing jurisdiction shall not exceed 3.0%.  Perfected 3/9.  Passed Senate 3/21.  House Government Accountability Committee.  Heard 4/20.

The provisions of this bill have been included in the Senate Committee Substitute for SB 649 (Eigel) Perfected 3/2.  3rd Reading Calendar. 

The provisions are also in  SB 759 (Hough) – Local Government and Elections Committee.  Heard 1/26.  Passed Committee 2/16. (Support) 

 SB 930 (Koenig) – a public governmental body is authorized to close records that are related to email addresses and telephone numbers submitted to a public governmental body by individuals or entities for the sole purpose of receiving electronic or other communications.  Government Accountability Committee.  Heard 3/3.  Passed Committee 3/10.  (Support) This language has been amended onto SB 741 (Crawford) – Perfected 4/21.  3rd Reading Calendar.

 HB 1594 (Walsh) – repeals the gas tax increase.  Government Oversight Committee.  Heard 2/8.  Passed Committee 2/16.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 2/24.  Perfection Calendar.  (Oppose).  Similar bills are SB 782 (Moon) and SB 811 (Eigel)

 HB 2363 (McGirl) – current law authorizes ambulance and fire protection districts in certain counties to propose a sales tax at a rate of up to 0.5%. This bill allows such districts to propose a sales tax of up to 1.0%.  The bill also allows municipalities that contract for fire protection services to, with voter approval, implement a sales tax of up to .5%.  Local Government.  Passed Committee 3/3. Referred to Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 3/23.  Informal Perfection Calendar.   (Support) Similarly there is HB 2147 (Schwadron) – allows cities which contract for fire service to levy up to 1/2 cent sales tax.  Local Government Committee.  Heard 3/10.  Passed Committee 3/24.  Referred Rules Committee. (Support)

HB 2209 (Hurlbert) – the state, any political subdivision thereof, and any other entity that receives public funds shall not establish, levy, maintain, or collect any fee for parking on any public street or road and shall not use any mechanical or electronic device to receive funds for such a fee including, but not limited to, on-street parking meters.  (Oppose) Downsizing Government Committee.  Heard 3/23.  Passed Committee 3/31.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 4/6.  Informal Perfection Calendar

 Court Bills

HB 1702 (Roberts) – amended to prohibit a court from issuing an arrest warrant for a person’s failure to respond, pay an assessed fine, or appear in court for a traffic citation issued for an offense that is classified or charged as an infraction. Instead, the court must issue a notice, which will include a second scheduled court date, to be sent to the driver of the vehicle. If the driver fails to respond a second time, the court will issue a second notice of failure to respond, pay the fine assessed, or appear. A copy of the notice will be sent to the driver and to the Department of Revenue. When the driver applies to renew his or her driver’s license, the Department of Revenue must deny the application until all delinquent fines and fees in connection with the traffic offense have been satisfied.  Crime Prevention Committee.  Heard 2/14.  Passed Committee 2/28.  Referred Rules Committee.  (Support) 

 HB 2007 (Haffner) – allows municipal judges to suspend the driver’s license for failure to appear in court for violations of municipal ordinances.  Local Government Committee.  Heard 2/23.  Passed Committee 2/24.  Referred Rules Committee.  (Support)

Economic Development Bills

 SB 735  (Koenig) – requires NIDs, CIDs and TDDs to be terminated upon completion of improvements and satisfaction of debt.    Also limits total combined sales taxes of CIDs and TDDs to 3.25% and exempts food.  Ways & Means Committee.  Heard 1/20.  Passed Committee 1/27.

 SB 874 (Arthur) – allows a school district to exclude real property from a proposed tax increment financing redevelopment area if the school district determines that such redevelopment area will have an adverse effect on such school district.  Ways & Means Committee.  Heard 3/3. Passed Committee 3/10.  Perfection Calendar. (Oppose)

 SB 908 (Koenig) – requires the governing body of a city or county establishing a NID, CID, TDD or TIF to submit to the State Auditor and the Department of Revenue a description of the boundaries of the district, as well as information on assessments made in the district, as described in the act.  Ways & Means Committee.  Heard 3/2.  Passed Committee 3/10. Passed Senate 4/6.  House Government Oversight Committee.  Heard 4/13.  Passed Committee 4/20.  House 3rd Reading Calendar.

Election Bills

HB 1601 (Chipman) – requires a person appointed to elective public office not be delinquent in the payment of state income tax, personal property tax, municipal tax, or real property tax.  Elections Committee.  Heard 3/9.  Passed Committee 3/10.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 3/23.  Informal Perfection Calendar.

HB 1859 (Eggleston) – political subdivisions or special districts shall label ballot measures of any type that are submitted to a vote of the people alphabetically in the order in which they are submitted.  Elections Committee.  Heard 2/9.  Passed Committee 2/16.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 2/24.  Perfected 4/14.  Passed House 4/25

HB 2678 (McCreery) – allows elected officials to use campaign funds for legal fees incurred as result of official duties.   Judiciary Committee.  Heard 3/2.  Passed Committee 3/9.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 3/30.

HJR 91  (Eggleston) – upon voter approval the Constitutional amendment would change the process and requirements for initiative petitions seeking a Constitutional amendment.  Heard 2/1.  Passed Committee 2/9.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 2/16.  Perfected 2/24.  Passed House 3/10.  Senate Elections Committee.  Heard 4/13.  Similar to HJR 102 (Evans) Elections Committee.  Heard 1/26. 

Miscellaneous Bills

 HB 1581 (Mayhew) – provides that, for a city of the fourth classification with no more than 2,000 inhabitants, if a statute or ordinance authorizes the mayor to appoint a member of a local board or commission, any requirement that the appointed person be a resident of the city will be deemed satisfied if the person owns real property or a business in the city.  Local Government Committee.  Heard 4/7.  Passed Committee 4/14.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 4/25.  Perfection Calendar.

 HB 1584 (Murphy) – requires political subdivisions that require the installation of electric vehicle charging stations at certain businesses to pay the costs associated with the installation, maintenance, and operation of such station.  Transportation Committee.  Heard 1/12.  Passed Committee 1/26.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Rules Committee 2/10.  Perfected 2/28.  Passed House 3/10.  Senate Commerce/Environment Committee.  Heard 4/20.  Passed Committee 4/27.

 HB 1614 (Lovasco) – prohibits the state and any political subdivision of the state from making or enforcing any statute, ordinance, or rule regarding the parking of an unlicensed motor vehicle on private property if the vehicle is wholly within the property boundaries, is parked on a surface suitable for a driveway or parking area, and is not supported by any device other than its own tires unless it is being repaired for a period not to exceed 72 hours. The bill also prohibits the state and any political subdivision from making or enforcing any statute, ordinance, or rule, except for a statute, ordinance, or rule restricting air pollution or noise pollution, that would prohibit or penalize a noncorporate owner or renter of a private, single family residence from using the residence in a way that does not pose a clear and present danger to the health or safety of the neighbors, or would require a noncorporate owner or renter of a private residence to use the property in a way contrary to the wishes of the owner or renter.  Downsizing Government Committee.  Heard 3/2.  Passed Committee 3/9.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 3/23.  Informal Perfection Calendar.

 HB 1657 (Hicks) – specifies that the General Assembly occupies and preempts the entire field of legislation touching in any way the control or regulation of specific breeds of dogs. However, a village, town, city, or county can still prohibit dogs from running at large or to further control or regulate dogs within its boundaries so long as the ordinance, order, policy, or regulation is not breed specific.  Local Government Committee.  Heard 1/27.  Passed Committee 3/3. Referred Rules Committee.

 HB 1661 (Hicks) – adopts the “International Swimming Pool and Spa Code” as it existed on May 1, 2021, and promulgated by the International Code Council, as the county and municipal swimming pool and spa code for the state. The Code applies to all construction, alteration, remodeling, enlargement, and repair of swimming pools and spas in any county or municipality that elects to regulate pools and spas. Counties and municipalities are authorized to establish procedures for the administration and enforcement of the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code and are authorized to adopt local amendments to the Code or amendments made by the International Code Council. 

Economic Development Committee.  Heard 2/24.  Passed Committee 3/24.  Referred Rules Committee.

 HB 1682 (Brown) – amended to state that no political subdivision shall require a property owner to have a home inspection conducted of a residential property regarding the sale of the property. This provision shall not apply to any inspection requirement of new construction or occupancy permit.  Perfected 3/30.  Passed House 4/6.  Senate Local Government Committee.  Hearing 5/2.

 HB 2593 (Lovasco) – limits political subdivisions regulations on home-based businesses.  Downsizing Government Committee.  Heard 2/23.  Passed Committee 3/3. Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 3/8.  Perfected 4/6. Passed House 4/14.  Senate Small Business Committee.  Heard 4/26. Passed Committee 4/28.  (Oppose)

 SB 697 (Gannon) – a village, town, city, or county may prohibit dogs from running at large or further control or regulate dogs within its boundaries so long as the ordinance, order, policy, or regulation is not breed specific.  Local Government Committee.  Heard 3/2.  Passed Committee 3/9.

 SB 724 (Hegeman) – if a political subdivision’s failure to timely submit annual financial statement is the result of fraud or other illegal conduct by an employee or officer of the political subdivision, the political subdivision shall not be subject to a fine if the statement is filed within 30 days of discovery of the fraud or illegal conduct.  If the political subdivision has an outstanding balance for fines at the time it files its first annual financial statement after August 28, 2022, the Director of Revenue shall make a one-time downward adjustment to such outstanding balance in an amount that reduces the outstanding balance by 90%. Local Government Committee.  Heard 1/26.  Passed Committee 2/16.  Perfected 3/9.  Passed Senate 3/21.  House Public Policy Committee.  Heard 4/14.  Passed Committee 4/21.  Referred Rules Committee.

 SB 809 (Koenig) — limits political subdivisions regulations on home-based businesses.  Small Business Committee.  Heard 3/8.  Passed Committee 3/22.  Perfection Calendar.

 SB 867 (Koenig) – establishes the statewide mechanical contractor license for mechanical contractors which shall be regulated by the Division of Professional Registration, within the Department of Commerce and Insurance. This act creates the Office of Mechanical Contractors within the Division to carry out the provisions of this act. Political subdivisions may establish their own local mechanical contractor’s license but shall recognize a statewide mechanical contractor license in lieu of a local license for the purposes of performing contracting work or obtaining permits to perform work within such political subdivision. No political subdivision may require the employees of a statewide licensed mechanical contractor or its subcontractors or manufacturers’ representatives to obtain journeymen licenses, apprenticeship licenses, or occupational licenses that require passing any examination or any special requirements to assess proficiency.  General Laws Committee.  Heard 3/1.  Passed Committee 3/22.  Perfection Calendar.

 Personnel & Employment Bills

 HB 1640 – (Seitz) – recognizes posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as an occupational disease, under Chapter 287, RSMo dealing with Workers Compensation, when diagnosed in specified first responders.  Public Safety Committee.  Heard 3/29.  Passed Committee 4/5.  Referred Rules Committee.

 HB 1656 (Hicks) – specifies that no political subdivision can require its employees to reside within a jurisdiction.  Public Safety Committee.  Heard1/25.  Passed Committee 2/1.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 2/22.  Perfected 3/23.  Passed House 3/28.  Senate Transportation/Infrastructure Committee.

 HB 2439 (Hovis) – adds additional grounds for when the Director of the Department of Public Safety shall discipline peace officers.  Crime Prevention Committee.  Heard 1/31.  Passed Committee 2/7.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 3/24.  Perfected 4/25.  Passed House 4/28.

 SB 689 (Williams) – adds additional grounds for when the Director of the Department of Public Safety shall discipline peace officers.  Public Safety Committee.  Heard 1/25.  Passed Committee 3/1.

 Public Safety Bills

 HB 1462 (Schnelting) – allows a concealed carry permit holder to lawfully carry firearms on public transportation, as defined in the bill.   Anyone with a permit may also carry a firearm while traveling by bus.  Also removes the prohibition on the carrying of firearms in churches and other places of worship by a person with a valid concealed carry permit.   General Laws Committee.  Heard 1/31.  Passed Committee 2/7.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 2/24.  Perfected 3/1.  Passed House 3/9.  Senate General Laws Committee.  Heard 3/29.  Passed Committee 4/5.  Senate 3rd Reading Calendar.

 HB 1660 (Hicks) – allows concealed carry permit holders to lawfully carry firearms on public transportation. “Public transportation system” is defined in the bill. In addition, this bill exempts persons transporting non-functioning or unloaded firearms on buses from the crimes prohibiting the possession of weapons on buses.  General Laws Committee.  Heard 1/31.  Passed Committee 2/7.  Referred Rules Committee.

 HB 2154 (Perkins) – the costs of installing a fire hydrant, excluding dry fire hydrants, within the city limits of an incorporated city shall be paid by the city. If a city cannot or does not pay for the installation of such a fire hydrant, the city shall not require the installation of any such fire hydrant.  Public Safety Committee.  Heard 1/25.  Passed Committee 4/5.  Referred Rules Committee.

 HB 2432 (Roden) – returns the control of the City of St. Louis Police Department back to the Board of Police Commissioners.  Public Safety Committee.  Heard 3/29.  Passed Committee 4/26.  Referred Rules Committee.

 SB 752 (Burlision) – repeals provisions that prohibit someone with a valid concealed carry permit from carrying a concealed weapon in any meeting of the governing body of a unit of local government or the General Assembly.  General Laws Committee.  Heard 1/25.  Passed Committee 3/1.

 SB 804 (Onder) – a person carrying a concealed firearm who possesses a valid concealed carry permit or endorsement shall not be prohibited from accessing or using any public transportation system. The person may not be harassed or detained for carrying a concealed firearm on the property, vehicles, or conveyances owned, contracted, or leased by such systems that are accessible to the public. Additionally, an employee of the Bi-State Development Agency may carry a weapon into any facility or conveyance of the agency.  General Laws Committee.  Heard 1/25.  Passed Committee 3/1.

 Taxation & Revenue Bills

 HB 1583 (Murphy) – if, prior to the expiration of a temporary levy increase, voters approve a subsequent levy increase, the new tax rate ceiling shall remain in effect only until such time as the temporary levy expires under the terms originally approved by a vote of the people, at which time the tax rate ceiling shall be decreased by the amount of the temporary levy increase. If, prior to the expiration of a temporary levy increase, voters of a political subdivision are asked to approve an additional, permanent increase to the political subdivision’s tax rate ceiling, voters shall be submitted ballot language that clearly indicates that if the permanent levy increase is approved, the temporary levy shall be made permanent.  Ways & Means Committee.  Heard 1/12.  Passed Committee 1/19.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Rules Committee 2/7.  Perfected 4/6.  Passed House 4/14.  Senate Ways & Means Committee.  Heard 4/25.  Passed Committee 4/28.

 HB 1740 (Dogan) – prohibits telecommuting work from being subject to earnings taxes.  Workforce Development Committee.  Heard 2/7.  Passed Committee 2/14.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 3/3.  Informal Perfection Calendar.

 HB 2220 (Falkner) – relates to penalties for failure to file annual municipal finance reports.  Penalties could include disincorporation.  Local Government Committee.  Heard 2/23.  Passed Committee 3/3.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 3/10. Informal Perfection Calendar.

 SB 911 (Eigel) – for the 2022 and 2023 calendar years, this act requires each political subdivision to reduce its property tax levy such that the amount of tax revenue generated by such tax levy shall be reduced by an amount that is substantially equal to the total amount of funds received by such political subdivision pursuant to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 during such calendar years.  Clearly violates federal law.  Ways & Means Committee.  Heard 2/24.  Passed Committee 3/3.  (Oppose)

 SB 967 (Hough) – requires all motor vehicle dealers to apply to collect and remit sales tax on motor vehicles sold by such dealer.  Transportation Committee.  Heard 3/1.  Passed Committee 3/8.

 Transportation and Vehicle Bills

HB 2705 (Lovasco) – prohibits the use of traffic cameras.  Downsizing Government Committee.  Heard 4/13.  Passed Committee 4/27.  Referred Rules Committee.

 Utility Bills

SB 1074 (Hegeman) no federal funds received by the state, or a political subdivision shall be expended for the construction of broadband internet infrastructure unless the project to be constructed is located in an “unserved area” or “underserved area”, and the project will provide broadband internet service to customers at certain speeds as stated in the act.  Commerce Committee.  Heard 4/6.  Passed Committee 4/13.

SB 1232 (O’Laughlin) – modifies the definition of “video service” for provisions of law relating to video service providers and such definition now includes streaming content.  The act also states that any suit arising out of a dispute over the video service provider fee established in statute shall be filed by the Public Service Commission under its own name or on behalf of the franchise entity seeking to recover an additional amount or seeking a refund.  A video service provider shall not be required to retain financial records associated with payment of the video service provider fee for more than 3 years unless the Public Service Commission, rather than a franchise entity, has commenced a dispute regarding such payment.  Commerce Committee.  Heard 4/13.  Passed Committee 4/27.

 

 

 

2021 – 21 State Legislature Contact Information

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Missouri House of Representatives

District 66 Marlene Terry (D) Marlene.Terry@house.mo.gov 573-751-6845
District 67 Neil Smith (D) Neil.Smith@house.mo.gov 573-751-2135
District 68 Jay Mosley (D) Jay.Mosley@house.mo.gov 573-751-9628
District 69 Gretchen Bangert (D) Gretchen.Bangert@house.mo.gov 573-751-5365
District 70 Paula Brown (D) Paula.Brown@house.mo.gov 573-751-4163
District 71 LaDonna Applebaum (D) LaDonna.Applebaum@house.mo.gov 573-751-4183
District 72 Doug Clemens (D) Doug.Clemens@house.mo.gov 573-751-1832
District 73 Raychel Proudie (D) Raychel.Proudie@house.mo.gov  573-751-0855
District 74 Michael Person (D) Michael.Person@house.mo.gov 573-751-4726
District 75 Alan Gray (D) Alan.Gray@house.mo.gov 573-751-5538
District 76 Marlon Anderson (D) Marlon.Anderson@house.mo.gov 573-751-7605
District 77 Kimberly-Ann Collins (D) KimberlyAnn.Collins@house.mo.gov 573-751-1400
District 78 Rasheen Aldridge, Jr. (D) Rasheen.Aldridge@house.mo.gov 573-751-2383
District 79 LaKeySha Bosley (D) LaKeySha.Bosley@house.mo.gov 573-751-6800
District 80 Peter Merideth (D) Peter.Merideth@house.mo.gov 573-751-6736
District 81 Steve Butz (D) Steve.Butz@house.mo.gov 573-751-0438
District 82 Donna Baringer (D) Donna.Baringer@house.mo.gov 573-751-4220
District 83 Jo Doll (D) Jo.Doll@house.mo.gov 573-751-2883
District 84 Wiley Price, IV (D) Wiley.Price@house.mo.gov 573-751-2198
District 85 Kevin Windham, Jr. (D) Kevin.Windham@house.mo.gov 573-751-4468
District 86 Joe Adams (D) Joe.Adams@house.mo.gov 573-751-4265
District 87 Ian Mackey (D) Ian.Mackey@house.mo.gov 573-751-0100
District 88 Tracy McCreery (D) Tracy.McCreery@house.mo.gov 573-751-7535
District 89 Dean Plocher (R) Dean.Plocher@house.mo.gov 573-751-1544
District 90 Barbara Phifer (D) Barbara.Phifer@house.mo.gov 573-751-4069
District 91 Sarah Unsicker (D) Sarah.Unsicker@house.mo.gov 573-751-1285
District 92 Michael Burton (D) Michael.Burton@house.mo.gov 573-751-9472
District 93 Bridget Walsh Moore (D) Bridget.WalshMoore@house.mo.gov 573-751-0211
District 94 Jim Murphy (D) Jim.Murphy@house.mo.gov 573-751-3719
District 95 Michael O’Donnell (R) Michael.ODonnell@house.mo.gov 573-751-3762
District 96 David Gregory (R) David.Gregory@house.mo.gov 573-751-2150
District 97 Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R) MaryElizabeth.Coleman@house.mo.gov 573-751-3751
District 98 Shamed Dogan (R) Shamed.Dogan@house.mo.gov 573-751-4392
District 99 Trish Gunby (D) Trish.Gunby@house.mo.gov 573-751-3859
District 100 Derek Grier (R) Derek.Grier@house.mo.gov 573-751-9765
District 101 Bruce DeGroot (R) Bruce.DeGroot@house.mo.gov 573-751-1247
District 110 Dottie Bailey (R) Dottie.Bailey@house.mo.gov  573-751-0562

 Missouri State Senators 

District 15 Andrew Koenig (R) andrew.koenig@senate.mo.gov  (573) 751-5568
District 4 Karla May (D) Karla.May@senate.mo.gov (573) 751-3599
District 13 Angela Mosley (D) Angela.Mosley@senate.mo.gov (573) 751-2420
District 5 Steven Roberts (D) Steven.Roberts@senate.mo.gov (573) 751-4415
District 26 Dave Schatz (R) Dave.Schatz@senate.mo.gov (573) 751-3678
District 24 Jill Schupp (D) Jill.Schupp@senate.mo.gov (573) 751-9762
District 14 Brian Williams (D) Brain.Williams@senate.mo.gov (573) 751-4106