Legislative Update February 16, 2024

 

February 16, 2024

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE 2-16-24

 

Bills are being referred to committees and hearings are the primary focus.  The Senate seems to have solved some of its intra-party disputes.  Each week we will send out an update report showing bill actions during the week.  Below are summaries of bills of interest.  Changes from the last report, including committee assignments and hearings, are noted in red.

Priority Bills

SB 1062 (Coleman) – eliminates sales tax on food over a four-year period.  Economic Development & Tax Policy Committee.  (Oppose)

SB 1115 (Schroer) – provides that when a juvenile officer makes a risk and needs assessment of a child, he or she shall use a cumulative total of points assessed for all alleged offenses committed to determine whether or not the court shall order the child to be detained. Judiciary & Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.  Heard 1/29.  Passed Committee 2/5.   (Support)

SB 1252 (Rehder) – exempts food from sales tax. Economic Development & Tax Policy Committee. (Oppose) 

HB1418 (Sauls) – exempts food from sales tax.  (Oppose)

HB1464 (Sander) – similar HB 1418.  (Oppose)

HB 2055 (Keathley) – exempts food from sales tax over a four-year period. (Oppose)

HB 2174 (Schnelting) – similar to HB 1418 (Oppose)

HB 2273 (Dinkins) – similar to HB 2055.  (Oppose)

HB 2401 (Quade) – eliminates the retail sale of food from state and local sales and authorizes certain tax increases to offset lost revenues, subject to voter approval.

 Court Bills

HB 1796 (Mackey) – eliminates municipal courts and requires all trials in the circuit court.  (Oppose)

Economic Development Bills

 SB 750 (Hough) – authorizes St. Louis County and any municipality with more than 1,500 inhabitants and not located in St. Louis County to establish a land bank.  Emerging Issues Committee. Heard 1/16.  Passed Committee 1/25.  (Support)

SB 919 (Koenig) – requires community improvement districts to be approved by a 2/3 vote of the governing body if a sales tax is proposed.  Also requires a 2/3 vote of the highway commission or local transportation authority if a sales tax is proposed.  Local Government & Elections Committee.

SB1210 (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. The school district shall adopt a resolution making such determination and shall deliver the resolution to the municipality establishing the redevelopment area. Within thirty days of receiving the resolution, the municipality shall remove such property from the redevelopment area or terminate the redevelopment area.  Economic Development & Tax Policy Committee.

SB 1242 (Washington) – modifies the definition of “blighted area” for the purposes of tax increment financing (TIF). Such areas shall be in a distressed community and be insanitary or unsafe for living or working; shall have unemployment one and one-half times greater than the average for the state; or have a median household income of less than fifty percent of the median household income of the metropolitan statistical area in which the area is located.  Economic Development & Tax Policy Committee.

HB 2058 (Keathley) – requires CIDs and TDDs to be unanimously approved by 2/3 vote of the governing body.  Also prohibits resubmission of failed tax proposals for two years unless the proposal is substantially changed. The bill also excludes streaming services from the definition of video services thus eliminating streaming services from local fees.  Government Efficiency & Downsizing Committee.  Heard 2/7.  Passed Committee 2/14. (Oppose)

HB 2065 (Owen) – authorizes St. Louis County and any municipality with more than 1,500 inhabitants and not located in St. Louis County to establish a land bank.  Local Government Committee. Heard 2/13 (Support)

Election Bills

SB 774 (Gannon) – changes the filing period for April elections to 8:00 a.m. on the 16th Tuesday prior to the election until 5:00 p.m. on the 13th Tuesday prior to the election, unless the 13th Tuesday prior to an election falls on a holiday, then the closing of filing shall be at 5:00 p.m. on the next day that is not a holiday.  Local Government & Elections Committee.  Heard 2/5.  Passed Committee 2/12.  (Support)

SB 856 (O’Laughlin) – under current law, mayors of 3rd and 4th class cities must be a resident of such city at the time of the election and for a certain time period before the election.  This act modifies that provision to provide that a person must be a resident of the county in which such city is located at the time of the election and for a certain time period before the election. Local Government & Elections Committee. Heard 2/12. (Oppose)

SB 926 (Crawford) – contains same filing provisions as SB 774 and other election revisions.  Local Government & Elections Committee.

SB 929 (Cierpiot) – requires all proposals for new local taxes, licenses, or fees, or for a renewal or increase in an existing tax, license, or fee, to be submitted to the voters on a general election day or primary election day – August or November of even numbered years.  Local Government & Elections Committee.  (Oppose)

HB1517 (Murphy) – requires election issues to be labeled in alphabetical or numerical order.  Tax Reform Committee.  Heard 1/23.

HB 1604 (Hinman) – changes the filing period for April elections to the 16th Tuesday prior to the election to the 13th Tuesday prior to the election, unless the 13th Tuesday prior to an election falls on a holiday, then the closing of filing shall be the next day that is not a holiday.  Elections Committee.  Heard 1/9.  Passed Committee Consent (Non-controversial) 1/30.  Referred Consent & House Procedures Committee.  Passed Committee 2/13.

HB 2061 (Keathley) – prohibits resubmission of failed tax election for four years unless the proposal is substantially changed. Tax Reform Committee.  Heard 2/13. (Oppose)

HB 2140 (McGaugh) – changes filing period to open 16 weeks before election and close 13 weeks before election.  Elections Committee.  Heard 1/16.  Passed Committee 1/30.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 2/12.

HB 2225 (Bonaker) – changes filing period to open 16 weeks before election and close 11 weeks before election.  Elections Committee. 

Miscellaneous Bills

 SB 911 (Ben Brown)- under this act, the state’s laws shall preempt any local laws, ordinances, orders, rules, or regulations enacted by a county, municipality, or other political subdivision of the state regulating the sale of tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, or vapor products.  Emerging Issues Committee. Hearing 2/20.  (Oppose)

SB 994 (Ben Brown) – provides that when a person submits a request to a political subdivision for a permit to develop property, the political subdivision shall approve or deny the request within 60 days upon the receipt of the request from an applicant. If the political subdivision fails to approve or deny the request within 60 days, then the request is approved. If the political subdivision denies the request, the political subdivision shall provide in writing the reasons for the denial.  Local Government & Elections Committee.

SB 1346 (Trent) – as it relates to political subdivisions purchasing liability insurance for tort claims made against the political subdivision, this act defines the term “purchase” to refer only to the direct acquisition of insurance coverage by a governing body and not any indirect action by contract or otherwise.  Insurance & Banking Committee.  Heard 2/6. (Support)

SB 1362 – (Crawford) – Modifies provisions relating to financial statements of certain local governments, allows State Auditor to wave fines for failure to submit annual financial report in certain situations.   Local Government and Elections.  Heard 2/12. (Support)

HB 1635 (Terry) – establishes term limits of 8 years for mayors and alderpersons in 4th class cities. 

HB 1720 (Falkner) – defines as closed records 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 limited to newsletters, notifications, advisories, alerts, and periodic reports.  Local Government Committee.  Heard 1/16.  Passed Committee 1/23.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 1/29.  House Perfection Calendar. Perfected 2/6. Passed House 2/8.   (Support)

HB 1724 (Falkner) – no public official or other person who would otherwise be personally  liable under applicable law or at equity to a contractor, subcontractor, supplier at any tier, or otherwise, by reason of the failure of a public entity to require a contractor to furnish a payment bond as required by this section shall be so liable unless the contractor provides, prior to the time the contract is executed, to the presiding official or officer and to the secretary, clerk, or similar official or officer of the public entity a written notice identifying the persons who will have personal liability for payment.  (Support)

HB 1809 (Wright) – establishes authority for cities to issue municipal search warrants for ordinance violations.

HB 1902 (Proudie) – specifies that limited liability companies that own real property in St. Louis County must designate a contact person with the county clerk.

HB 1931 (Toalson-Reisch) – eliminates prevailing wage on public works projects.

HB 2060 (Keathley) – enacts state pre-emption of local authority over tobacco products and sales.  (Oppose)

HB 2206 (West) – requires public comment and establishes procedures for public comment at local government meetings.  Government Efficiency & Downsizing Committee.  Heard 1/17.

HB 2279 (Toalson Reisch) – requires city populations to be posted on city limits signs.  Transportation Accountability Committee.  Heard 1/18. Passed Committee 2/8.  Referred Rules Committee.

HB 2282 (Lovasco) – no political subdivision shall require an exempt homeowner to obtain any license, certification, or professional registration or submit to any examination or testing as a condition of applying for or utilizing a building or construction permit, provided all 8 work is performed by the owner or other current resident.  Government Efficiency & Downsizing Committee.   Heard 1/31.  Passed Committee 2/14.

HB 2284 (Lovasco) – limits authority of political subdivisions to restrict parking of unlicensed vehicles or to restrict usage of property.

HB 2292 (Falkner) – establishes provisions governing no-impact, home-based businesses.  General Laws Committee.  (Support)

HB 2328 (Casteel) – requires public notices that are filed in newspaper to also be filed on the Secretary of State website.

HB 2380 (Brown) – prohibits political subdivisions from requiring a home inspection before the sale of residential property.  Small Business Committee.  Heard 1/17.  Passed Committee 1/23.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 1/29.  House Informal Perfection Calendar.

HB 2385 (Keathley) – prohibits local governments from requiring private property owners to accept Section 8 vouchers.  General Laws Committee.  Heard 1/30.

HB 2419 (Burnett) – repeals the state prohibition of local governments regulating paper and plastic bags.

HB 2526 (Owen) – establishes new procedures for municipalities to select repositories of public funds.

HB 2533 (Morse) – prohibits the state and any political subdivision from requiring businesses to be open on Sundays.

HB 2611 (Gray) – prohibits 3rd & 4th cities in St. Louis County from imposing a fee for a false alarm to which the police department responds if it is the alarm user’s first false alarm in a twelve-month period.  

Personnel & Employment Bills

 SB 1066 (Ben Brown) – Under current law, state minimum wage laws preempt and nullify all political subdivision ordinances, rules, and regulations relating to the establishment or enforcement of a minimum or living wage or the provision of employment benefits that exceed state laws, rules, or regulations. This act adds to the list of political subdivision policies, ordinances, or resolutions that may not be enacted to include the following:

  • Those that regulate the information an employer or potential employer shall request, require, or exclude on an application for employment from an employee or prospective employee.
  • Those that regulate work stoppage or strike activity of employers and its employees or the means by which employees may organize;
  • Those requiring an employer to provide to an employee paid or unpaid leave time;
  • Those regulating the hours and scheduling that an employer is required to provide to employees;
  • Those requiring an employer or its employees to participate in any educational apprenticeship or apprenticeship training program that is not required by state or federal law; and
  • Those regulating or creating administrative or judicial remedies for wage, hour, or benefit disputes, including, but not limited to, any benefits described in this subsection. Local Government & Elections Committee.

HB 1735 (Crossley) – establishes the “First Responders’ Bill of Rights” and provisions relating to investigations of first responders.

HB 1769 (Perkins) – establishes a disciplinary procedure process for firefighters.  Crime Prevention & Public Safety Committee.  Heard 1/18.  Passed Committee 2/1.

HB 1861 (Sauls) – establishes a procedure for investigations of firefighters.

HB 2056 (Keathley) – requires municipalities to reimburse non-rate regulated utilities for site relocation costs incurred due to road maintenance.  General Laws Committee.  Heard 1/30.

HB 2459 (Ealy) – similar to HB 1861.

Public Safety Bills

 SB 730 (Rowden) – establishes a pilot program known as the “Community Crime Reduction Grant Program” which shall provide money to municipal police departments that apply to the Department of Public Safety for a grant for

  • Up to 50% of the cost of employing new law enforcement officers needed to raise the department’s officer to population ratio to two officers per one thousand people; and
  • Up to 100% of the cost for law enforcement officers hired with grant money by the municipal police department to attend not less than one seminar relating to fair and impartial policing and one seminar relating to racial sensitivity at the University of Missouri Law Enforcement Training Institute. Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety Committee.

SB 808 (Schroer) – puts St. Louis City police back under a state appointed board of commissioners.  Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety Committee.  Heard 1/17.  Passed Committee 2/1.

SB 820 (McCreery) – creates the offense of aggravated fleeing a stop or detention of a motor vehicle if the person knows that a law enforcement officer is attempting to detain the vehicle and the person flees at a high speed which creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury or death or causes physical injury or death to another person. This shall be a class D felony if the person creates a substantial risk of injury, a class B felony is the person causes physical injury, and a class A felony if the person causes death of another.  Additionally, a person is presumed to be fleeing a vehicle stop if he or she has seen or heard or reasonably should have seen or heard emergency lights or sounds. It shall not be a defense that the law enforcement officer was acting unlawfully in making the arrest.  Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety Committee. Heard 2/7.

SB 901 (Schroer) – similar to SB 820.  Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety Committee. Heard 2/7.

SB 948 (Brattin) – no political subdivision shall adopt any order or ordinance relating to the sale, purchase, or ownership of a firearm unless it conforms exactly with state law.  This act adds that any officer of a governing body who violates those provisions shall be subject to a penalty of $1,000 for every offense and shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.  Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety Committee.

SB 1334 (Eigel) – prohibits state agencies and political subdivisions from purchasing, installing, or using automated license plate reader systems (ALPRs) as defined in the act, and from accessing or using captured license plate data from vehicles located on public highways.  Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety Committee.

SB 1414 (May) – places all municipal police departments under a state board of police commissioners.  (Oppose)

SJR 72 (Schroer) – constitutional amendment to require the Department of Public Safety to establish a uniform crime reporting system and shall annually determine the most dangerous cities in the state. Each political subdivision in this state shall report their crime statistics. Any political subdivision which fails to do so shall not receive any state funds.  The Department shall then develop a policing plan for those cities which shall determine a minimum number of commissioned peace officers required to be on duty. Such cities shall implement the policing plan within 90 days. If any city fails to implement the policing plan, the Attorney General shall file a petition with the circuit court for injunctive relief or a declaratory judgment.  Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety Committee.

HB 1462 (Brown) – repeals provisions that prohibit political subdivisions from adopting orders, ordinances, or regulations relating to firearms.

HB 1481 (Christ) – puts St. Louis City police back under a state appointed board of commissioners.  Crime Prevention & Public Safety Committee.  Heard 2/8.

HB 1601 (Bosley) – requires all peace officers in the state to wear video cameras that include audio and video affixed to their uniforms when they are on duty, with some exceptions. Recordings must be preserved for at least 60 days and the recordings must be made available to the public within 14 days of an incident.

HB 1692 (Sparks) – creates the offense of aggravated fleeing a stop or detention of a motor vehicle if the person knows that a law enforcement officer is attempting to detain the vehicle and the person flees at a high speed which creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury or death or causes physical injury or death to another person. This shall be a class D felony if the person creates a substantial risk of injury, a class B felony is the person causes physical injury, and a class A felony if the person causes death of another.  Additionally, a person is presumed to be fleeing a vehicle stop if he or she has seen or heard or reasonably should have seen or heard emergency lights or sounds. It shall not be a defense that the law enforcement officer was acting unlawfully in making the arrest.  Crime Prevention & Public Safety Committee.  Crime Prevention & Public Safety Committee.  Heard 2/8.

Taxation & Revenue Bills

 SB 725 (Hoskins) – requires political subdivisions to annually reduce current personal property tax rate percentage such that the amount by which the revenue generated by taxes levied on such personal property is reduced is substantially equal to one hundred percent of the growth in revenue generated by real property assessment growth, as defined in the act. Annual reductions shall be made until December 31, 2073. Thereafter, the percentage of true value in money at which personal property is assessed shall be equal to the percentage in effect on December 31, 2073.  Economic Development & Tax Policy Committee.  Heard 1/16.  (Oppose)

SB 733 (Eigel) – similar to SB 725. Economic Development & Tax Policy Committee. Heard 1/16. (Oppose)

SB 777 (Moon) – eliminates food sales from the state 1% education sales tax and authorizes political subdivisions to exempt food from local sales taxes.  Economic Development & Tax Policy Committee. 

SB 879 (Beck) – authorizes municipalities located within St. Louis County to impose a property tax to provide fire protection services, with such tax not to exceed $0.25 per $100 assessed valuation.  This act also authorizes fire protection districts and municipalities located within St. Louis County to impose a sales tax of up to 0.5% to provide fire protection services. A fire protection district or municipality imposing a sales tax authorized by this act shall reduce any property tax levy imposed by such district or municipality for the purposes of providing fire protection services such that the revenue generated by such property tax levy is offset in an amount equal to one hundred percent of the amount of revenue generated by the sales tax imposed pursuant to this act.  Local Government & Elections Committee (Oppose fire district sales tax provision)

SB 1086 (Brattin) – identical to SB 725.  Economic Development & Tax Policy Committee. (Oppose)

SJR 53 (Eigel) – constitutional amendment to freeze state revenues and eliminate personal property tax by 2028.  Fiscal Oversight Committee.  (Oppose)

SJR 82 (Brattin) – replaces real property taxes with a countywide sales tax.  General Laws Committee.

HB 1527 (Buchheit-Courtway) – specifies that motor vehicles seven years of age or older, based on the model year and used solely for noncommercial purposes, will be assessed at 5% of their true value in money.

HB 1667 (Matthiesen) – authorizes taxpayers to submit petitions to reduce local tax rate levies up to 5%.  Property Tax Reform Committee.

HB 1669 (Matthiesen) – exempts vehicles from personal property taxes upon adoption of a constitutional amendment.  Property Tax Reform Committee.  (Oppose)

HB 2231 (Merideth) – allows political subdivisions to tax tobacco products.

HJR 82 (Seitz) – constitutional amendment provides that any individual 65 years or older that has a Missouri taxable income of less than $45,000 will not be subject to or liable for any property tax.  Property Tax Reform Committee. 

HJR 85 (Terry) – constitutional amendment provides that residential property shall be assessed at 50% of the value at which such property would otherwise be assessed if the property owner is a senior or disabled.  Property Tax Reform Committee. 

HJR 88 (Matthiesen) – constitutional amendment to allow the legislature to eliminate personal property taxes. Property Tax Reform Committee.   (Oppose)

Transportation and Vehicle Bills

SB 953 (Moon) – repeals the gas tax increase.  Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety Committee.  (Oppose)

B 1269 (Schroer) – prohibits political subdivisions from using automated photo red light enforcement systems to enforce red light violations.  Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety Committee.  (Oppose)

SB 1377 (Cierpiot) – prohibits state agencies and political subdivisions from purchasing, installing, or using automated license plate reader systems and from accessing or using captured license plate data from vehicles located on public highways. Referred Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee.

HB 1511 (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.  Government Efficiency & Downsizing Committee.  Heard 1/10.  Passed Committee 1/17.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 1/29.  Perfected 2/5.  Passed House 2/8.

HB 2550 (Fountain Henderson) – establishes requirements for speed humps installed for traffic calming purposes.

Utility & Broadband Bills

SB 803 (Trent) – modifies the definition of “video service” to include the provision of video programming by a video service provider provided through wireline facilities located in a public right-of-way without regard to the delivery technology. “Video service” does not include any video programming accessed via a service that enables users to access content over the internet, including streaming content. Commerce, Consumer Protection Energy & Environment Committee.  (Oppose)

SB 947 (Thompson Rehder) – identical to SB 803. Commerce, Consumer Protection Energy & Environment Committee.  Hearing 2/20.  (Oppose)

SB 999 (Hoskins) – identical to SB 803.  Commerce, Consumer Protection Energy & Environment Committee. (Oppose)

SB 1018 (Justin Brown) – whenever the state or a municipality requires a broadband or a video service provider to relocate their telecommunications infrastructure installed for the purpose of delivering internet and video service to customers, the state or the municipality shall reimburse the internet and video service providers for all relocation costs. Commerce, Consumer Protection Energy & Environment Committee.  (Oppose)

SB 1205 (McCreery) – completion of the Task Force on the Future of Right-of-Way Management and Taxation report of its activities for submission to the General Assembly shall be submitted no later than December 31, 2025, instead of December 31, 2023, as currently provided. The Task Force shall expire on December 31, 2025, instead of on December 31, 2023, as currently provided.  Commerce, Consumer Protection Energy & Environment Committee.  (Support)

SB 1316 (Cierpiot) – identical to SB 803.  Commerce, Consumer Protection Energy & Environment Committee.  (Oppose)

SB 1411 (May) – extends the expiration date for the task force on right-of-way management to 12/31/29.

HB 1816 (Riggs) – establishes a broadband development council.  Workforce & Infrastructure Development Committee.  Heard 2/7.

HB 1995 (Perkins) – repeals the expiration date of the Uniform Small Wireless Facility Deployment Act.  Utilities Committee.  Heard 1/17.  Passed Committee 1/24.  Consent & House Procedures Committee.  Passed Committee 2/13.

HB 2057 (Keathley) – excludes streaming services from the definition of video services thus eliminating streaming services from local fees.  Utilities Committee. Heard 1/10. Passed Committee 1/24.  Referred Rules Committee. Passed Committee 2/5.   (Oppose)

HB 2281 (Knight) – identical to HB 2057.

HB 2409 (Falkner) – extends the expiration date for the task force on right-of-way management to 12/31/26.

HB 2501 (Farnan) – identical to HB 1995. 

HB2549 (Christ) – identical to HB 1995. 

HB 2606 (McGirl) – establishes the “Municipal Telecommunications Business License Tax Modernization Act” which would prohibit city class actions to enforce telcom taxes.  The bill also caps tax rates at 5% and does not authorize any increases.  It also limits the tax base to sales tax base and abrogates court victories applying tax more broadly such as the recent case against Charter.  (Oppose)

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE 2-2-24 pdf

 

February 2, 2024

 Bills are being referred to committees and hearings are the main focus.  The Senate seems to have solved some its intra-party disputes.  Each week we will send out an update report showing bill actions during the week.  Below are summaries of bills of interest.  Changes from the last report, including committee assignments and hearings, are noted in red.

Priority Bills

SB 1062 (Coleman) – eliminates sales tax on food over a four-year period.  Economic Development & Tax Policy Committee.  (Oppose)

SB 1115 (Schroer) – provides that when a juvenile officer makes a risk and needs assessment of a child, he or she shall use a cumulative total of points assessed for all alleged offenses committed to determine whether or not the court shall order the child to be detained. Judiciary & Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.  Heard 1/29.  (Support)

SB 1252 (Rehder) – exempts food from sales tax. Economic Development & Tax Policy Committee. (Oppose) 

HB1418 (Sauls) – exempts food from sales tax.  (Oppose)

HB1464 (Sander) – similar HB 1418.  (Oppose)

HB 2055 (Keathley) – exempts food from sales tax over a four-year period. (Oppose)

HB 2174 (Schnelting) – similar to HB 1418 (Oppose)

HB 2273 (Dinkins) – similar to HB 2055.  (Oppose)

HB 2401 (Quade) – eliminates the retail sale of food from state and local sales and authorizes certain tax increases to offset lost revenues, subject to voter approval.

 Court Bills

 HB 1796 (Mackey) – eliminates municipal courts and requires all trials in the circuit court.  (Oppose)

 Economic Development Bills

 SB 750 (Hough) – authorizes St. Louis County and any municipality with more than 1,500 inhabitants and not located in St. Louis County to establish a land bank.  Emerging Issues Committee. Heard 1/16.  Passed Committee 1/25.  (Support)

SB 919 (Koenig) – requires community improvement districts to be approved by a 2/3 vote of the governing body if a sales tax is proposed.  Also requires a 2/3 vote of the highway commission or local transportation authority if a sales tax is proposed.  Local Government & Elections Committee.

SB1210 (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. The school district shall adopt a resolution making such determination and shall deliver the resolution to the municipality establishing the redevelopment area. Within thirty days of receiving the resolution, the municipality shall remove such property from the redevelopment area or terminate the redevelopment area.  Economic Development & Tax Policy Committee.

SB 1242 (Washington) – modifies the definition of “blighted area” for the purposes of tax increment financing (TIF). Such areas shall be in a distressed community and be insanitary or unsafe for living or working; shall have unemployment one and one-half times greater than the average for the state; or have a median household income of less than fifty percent of the median household income of the metropolitan statistical area in which the area is located.  Economic Development & Tax Policy Committee.

HB 2058 (Keathley) – requires CIDs and TDDs to be unanimously approved by 2/3 vote of the governing body.  The bill also excludes streaming services from the definition of video services thus eliminating streaming services from local fees.  Government Efficiency & Downsizing Committee.  Hearing 2/7.  (Oppose)

HB 2065 (Owen) – authorizes St. Louis County and any municipality with more than 1,500 inhabitants and not located in St. Louis County to establish a land bank.  Local Government Committee. (Support)

Election Bills

SB 774 (Gannon) – changes the filing period for April elections to 8:00 a.m. on the 16th Tuesday prior to the election until 5:00 p.m. on the 13th Tuesday prior to the election, unless the 13th Tuesday prior to an election falls on a holiday, then the closing of filing shall be at 5:00 p.m. on the next day that is not a holiday.  Local Government & Elections Committee.  Hearing 2/5.  (Support)

SB 856 (O’Laughlin) – under current law, mayors of 3rd and 4th class cities must be a resident of such city at the time of the election and for a certain time period before the election.  This act modifies that provision to provide that a person must be a resident of the county in which such city is located at the time of the election and for a certain time period before the election. Local Government & Elections Committee. (Oppose)

SB 926 (Crawford) – contains same filing provisions as SB 774 and other election revisions.  Local Government & Elections Committee.

SB 929 (Cierpiot) – requires all proposals for new local taxes, licenses, or fees, or for a renewal or increase in an existing tax, license, or fee, to be submitted to the voters on a general election day or primary election day – August or November of even numbered years.  Local Government & Elections Committee.  (Oppose)

HB1517 (Murphy) – requires election issues to be labeled in alphabetical or numerical order.  Tax Reform Committee.  Heard 1/23.

HB 1604 (Hinman) – changes the filing period for April elections to 8:00 a.m. on the 16th Tuesday prior to the election until 5:00 p.m. on the 13th Tuesday prior to the election, unless the 13th Tuesday prior to an election falls on a holiday, then the closing of filing shall be at 5:00 p.m. on the next day that is not a holiday.  Elections Committee.  Heard 1/9.  Passed Committee Consent (Non-controversial).  Referred Consent & House Procedures Committee.

HB 2061 (Keathley) – prohibits resubmission of failed tax election for four years unless the proposal is substantially changed.  (Oppose)

HB 2140 (McGaugh) – changes filing period to open 16 weeks before election and close 13 weeks before election.  Elections Committee.  Heard 1/16.  Passed Committee 1/30

HB 2225 (Bonaker) – changes filing period to open 16 weeks before election and close 11 weeks before election.  Elections Committee. 

Miscellaneous Bills

 SB 911 (Ben Brown)- Under this act, the state’s laws shall preempt any local laws, ordinances, orders, rules, or regulations enacted by a county, municipality, or other political subdivision of the state regulating the sale of tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, or vapor products.  Emerging Issues Committee.

SB 994 (Ben Brown) – provides that when a person submits a request to a political subdivision for a permit to develop property, the political subdivision shall approve or deny the request within 60 days upon the receipt of the request from an applicant. If the political subdivision fails to approve or deny the request within 60 days, then the request is approved. If the political subdivision denies the request, the political subdivision shall provide in writing the reasons for the denial.  Local Government & Elections Committee.

SB 1346 (Trent) – as it relates to political subdivisions purchasing liability insurance for tort claims made against the political subdivision, this act defines the term “purchase” to refer only to the direct acquisition of insurance coverage by a governing body and not any indirect action by contract or otherwise.  Insurance & Banking Committee.  (Support)

HB 1635 (Terry) – establishes term limits of 8 years for mayors and alderpersons in 4th class cities. 

HB 1720 (Falkner) – defines as closed records 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 limited to newsletters, notifications, advisories, alerts, and periodic reports.  Local Government Committee.  Heard 1/16.  Passed Committee 1/23.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 1/29.  House Perfection Calendar.  (Support)

HB 1724 (Falkner) – no public official or other person who would otherwise be personally  liable under applicable law or at equity to a contractor, subcontractor, supplier at any tier, or otherwise, by reason of the failure of a public entity to require a contractor to furnish a payment bond as required by this section shall be so liable unless the contractor provides, prior to the time the contract is executed, to the presiding official or officer and to the secretary, clerk, or similar official or officer of the public entity a written notice identifying the persons who will have personal liability for payment.  (Support)

HB 1809 (Wright) – establishes authority for cities to issue municipal search warrants for ordinance violations.

HB 1902 (Proudie) – specifies that limited liability companies that own real property in St. Louis County must designate a contact person with the county clerk.

HB 1931 (Toalson-Reisch) – eliminates prevailing wage on public works projects.

HB 2060 (Keathley) – enacts state pre-emption of local authority over tobacco products and sales.  (Oppose)

HB 2206 (West) – requires public comment and establishes procedures for public comment at local government meetings.  Government Efficiency & Downsizing Committee.  Heard 1/17.

HB 2279 (Toalson Reisch) – requires city populations to be posted on city limits signs.  Transportation Accountability Committee.  Heard 1/18.

HB 2282 (Lovasco) – no political subdivision shall require an exempt homeowner to obtain any license, certification, or professional registration or submit to any examination or testing as a condition of applying for or utilizing a building or construction permit, provided all 8 work is performed by the owner or other current resident.  Government Efficiency & Downsizing Committee.   Heard 1/31.

HB 2284 (Lovasco) – limits authority of political subdivisions to restrict parking of unlicensed vehicles or to restrict usage of property.

HB 2292 (Falkner) – establishes provisions governing no-impact, home-based businesses.  General Laws Committee.  (Support)

HB 2328 (Casteel) – requires public notices that are filed in newspaper to also be filed on the Secretary of State website.

HB 2380 (Brown) – prohibits political subdivisions from requiring a home inspection before the sale of residential property.  Small Business Committee.  Heard 1/17.  Passed Committee 1/23.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 1/29.  House Perfection Calendar.

HB 2385 (Keathley) – prohibits local governments from requiring private property owners to accept Section 8 vouchers.  General Laws Committee.  Heard 1/30.

HB 2419 (Burnett) – repeals the state prohibition of local governments regulating paper and plastic bags.

HB 2526 (Owen) – establishes new procedures for municipalities to select repositories of public funds.

HB 2533 (Morse) – prohibits the state and any political subdivision from requiring businesses to be open on Sundays.

HB 2611 (Gray) – prohibits 3rd & 4th cities in St. Louis County from imposing a fee for a false alarm to which the police department responds if it is the alarm user’s first false alarm in a twelve-month period.

 Personnel & Employment Bills

 SB 1066 (Ben Brown) – Under current law, state minimum wage laws preempt and nullify all political subdivision ordinances, rules, and regulations relating to the establishment or enforcement of a minimum or living wage or the provision of employment benefits that exceed state laws, rules, or regulations. This act adds to the list of political subdivision policies, ordinances, or resolutions that may not be enacted to include the following:

  • Those that regulate the information an employer or potential employer shall request, require, or exclude on an application for employment from an employee or prospective employee.
  • Those that regulate work stoppage or strike activity of employers and its employees or the means by which employees may organize;
  • Those requiring an employer to provide to an employee paid or unpaid leave time;
  • Those regulating the hours and scheduling that an employer is required to provide to employees;
  • Those requiring an employer or its employees to participate in any educational apprenticeship or apprenticeship training program that is not required by state or federal law; and
  • Those regulating or creating administrative or judicial remedies for wage, hour, or benefit disputes, including, but not limited to, any benefits described in this subsection. Local Government & Elections Committee.

HB 1735 (Crossley) – establishes the “First Responders’ Bill of Rights” and provisions relating to investigations of first responders.

HB 1769 (Perkins) – establishes a disciplinary procedure process for firefighters.  Crime Prevention & Public Safety Committee.  Heard 1/18.  Passed Committee 2/1.

HB 1861 (Sauls) – establishes a procedure for investigations of firefighters.

HB 2056 (Keathley) – requires municipalities to reimburse non-rate regulated utilities for site relocation costs incurred due to road maintenance.  General Laws Committee.  Heard 1/30.

HB 2459 (Ealy) – similar to HB 1861.

Public Safety Bills

 SB 730 (Rowden) – establishes a pilot program known as the “Community Crime Reduction Grant Program” which shall provide money to municipal police departments that apply to the Department of Public Safety for a grant for

  • Up to 50% of the cost of employing new law enforcement officers needed to raise the department’s officer to population ratio to two officers per one thousand people; and
  • Up to 100% of the cost for law enforcement officers hired with grant money by the municipal police department to attend not less than one seminar relating to fair and impartial policing and one seminar relating to racial sensitivity at the University of Missouri Law Enforcement Training Institute. Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety Committee.

SB 808 (Schroer) – puts St. Louis City police back under a state appointed board of commissioners.  Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety Committee.  Heard 1/17.  Passed Committee 2/1.

SB 820 (McCreery) – creates the offense of aggravated fleeing a stop or detention of a motor vehicle if the person knows that a law enforcement officer is attempting to detain the vehicle and the person flees at a high speed which creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury or death or causes physical injury or death to another person. This shall be a class D felony if the person creates a substantial risk of injury, a class B felony is the person causes physical injury, and a class A felony if the person causes death of another.  Additionally, a person is presumed to be fleeing a vehicle stop if he or she has seen or heard or reasonably should have seen or heard emergency lights or sounds. It shall not be a defense that the law enforcement officer was acting unlawfully in making the arrest.  Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety Committee.

SB 901 (Schroer) – similar to SB 820.  Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety Committee.

SB 948 (Brattin) – no political subdivision shall adopt any order or ordinance relating to the sale, purchase, or ownership of a firearm unless it conforms exactly with state law.  This act adds that any officer of a governing body who violates those provisions shall be subject to a penalty of $1,000 for every offense and shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.  Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety Committee.

SB 1334 (Eigel) – prohibits state agencies and political subdivisions from purchasing, installing, or using automated license plate reader systems (ALPRs) as defined in the act, and from accessing or using captured license plate data from vehicles located on public highways.  Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety Committee.

SJR 72 (Schroer) – constitutional amendment to require the Department of Public Safety to establish a uniform crime reporting system and shall annually determine the most dangerous cities in the state. Each political subdivision in this state shall report their crime statistics. Any political subdivision which fails to do so shall not receive any state funds.  The Department shall then develop a policing plan for those cities which shall determine a minimum number of commissioned peace officers required to be on duty. Such cities shall implement the policing plan within 90 days. If any city fails to implement the policing plan, the Attorney General shall file a petition with the circuit court for injunctive relief or a declaratory judgment.  Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety Committee.

HB 1462 (Brown) – repeals provisions that prohibit political subdivisions from adopting orders, ordinances, or regulations relating to firearms.

HB 1481 (Christ) – puts St. Louis City police back under a state appointed board of commissioners.  Crime Prevention & Public Safety Committee.

HB 1601 (Bosley) – requires all peace officers in the state to wear video cameras that include audio and video affixed to their uniforms when they are on duty, with some exceptions. Recordings must be preserved for at least 60 days and the recordings must be made available to the public within 14 days of an incident.

HB 1692 (Sparks) – creates the offense of aggravated fleeing a stop or detention of a motor vehicle if the person knows that a law enforcement officer is attempting to detain the vehicle and the person flees at a high speed which creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury or death or causes physical injury or death to another person. This shall be a class D felony if the person creates a substantial risk of injury, a class B felony is the person causes physical injury, and a class A felony if the person causes death of another.  Additionally, a person is presumed to be fleeing a vehicle stop if he or she has seen or heard or reasonably should have seen or heard emergency lights or sounds. It shall not be a defense that the law enforcement officer was acting unlawfully in making the arrest.  Crime Prevention & Public Safety Committee.  Crime Prevention & Public Safety Committee.

Taxation & Revenue Bills

 SB 725 (Hoskins) – requires political subdivisions to annually reduce current personal property tax rate percentage such that the amount by which the revenue generated by taxes levied on such personal property is reduced is substantially equal to one hundred percent of the growth in revenue generated by real property assessment growth, as defined in the act. Annual reductions shall be made until December 31, 2073. Thereafter, the percentage of true value in money at which personal property is assessed shall be equal to the percentage in effect on December 31, 2073.  Economic Development & Tax Policy Committee.  Heard 1/16.  (Oppose)

SB 733 (Eigel) – similar to SB 725. Economic Development & Tax Policy Committee. Heard 1/16. (Oppose)

SB 777 (Moon) – eliminates food sales from the state 1% education sales tax and authorizes political subdivisions to exempt food from local sales taxes.  Economic Development & Tax Policy Committee. 

SB 879 (Beck) – authorizes municipalities located within St. Louis County to impose a property tax to provide fire protection services, with such tax not to exceed $0.25 per $100 assessed valuation.  This act also authorizes fire protection districts and municipalities located within St. Louis County to impose a sales tax of up to 0.5% to provide fire protection services. A fire protection district or municipality imposing a sales tax authorized by this act shall reduce any property tax levy imposed by such district or municipality for the purposes of providing fire protection services such that the revenue generated by such property tax levy is offset in an amount equal to one hundred percent of the amount of revenue generated by the sales tax imposed pursuant to this act.  Local Government & Elections Committee (Oppose fire district sales tax provision)

SB 1086 (Brattin) – identical to SB 725.  Economic Development & Tax Policy Committee. (Oppose)

SJR 53 (Eigel) – constitutional amendment to freeze state revenues and eliminate personal property tax by 2028.  Fiscal Oversight Committee.  (Oppose)

SJR 82 (Brattin) – replaces real property taxes with a countywide sales tax.  General Laws Committee.

HB 1527 (Buchheit-Courtway) – specifies that motor vehicles seven years of age or older, based on the model year and used solely for noncommercial purposes, will be assessed at 5% of their true value in money.

HB 1667 (Matthiesen) – authorizes taxpayers to submit petitions to reduce local tax rate levies up to 5%.

HB 1669 (Matthiesen) – exempts vehicles from personal property taxes upon adoption of a constitutional amendment.  Property Tax Reform Committee.  (Oppose)

HB 2231 (Merideth) – allows political subdivisions to tax tobacco products.

HJR 82 (Seitz) – constitutional amendment provides that any individual 65 years or older that has a Missouri taxable income of less than $45,000 will not be subject to or liable for any property tax.  Property Tax Reform Committee. 

HJR 85 (Terry) – constitutional amendment provides that residential property shall be assessed at 50% of the value at which such property would otherwise be assessed if the property owner is a senior or disabled.  Property Tax Reform Committee. 

HJR 88 (Matthiesen) – constitutional amendment to allow the legislature to eliminate personal property taxes. Property Tax Reform Committee.   (Oppose)

Transportation and Vehicle Bills

SB 953 (Moon) – repeals the gas tax increase.  Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety Committee.  (Oppose)

SB 1269 (Schroer) – prohibits political subdivisions from using automated photo red light enforcement systems to enforce red light violations.  Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety Committee.

SB 1377 (Cierpiot) – prohibits state agencies and political subdivisions from purchasing, installing, or using automated license plate reader systems and from accessing or using captured license plate data from vehicles located on public highways.

HB 1511 (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.  Government Efficiency & Downsizing Committee.  Heard 1/10.  Passed Committee 1/17.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 1/29.  House Perfection Calendar.

HB 2550 (Fountain Henderson) – establishes requirements for speed humps installed for traffic calming purposes.

 Utility & Broadband Bills

SB 803 (Trent) – modifies the definition of “video service” to include the provision of video programming by a video service provider provided through wireline facilities located in a public right-of-way without regard to the delivery technology. “Video service” does not include any video programming accessed via a service that enables users to access content over the internet, including streaming content. Commerce, Consumer Protection Energy & Environment Committee.  (Oppose)

SB 947 (Thompson Rehder) – identical to SB 803. Commerce, Consumer Protection Energy & Environment Committee.  (Oppose)

SB 999 (Hoskins) – identical to SB 803.  Commerce, Consumer Protection Energy & Environment Committee. (Oppose)

SB 1018 (Justin Brown) – whenever the state or a municipality requires a broadband or a video service provider to relocate their telecommunications infrastructure installed for the purpose of delivering internet and video service to customers, the state or the municipality shall reimburse the internet and video service providers for all relocation costs. Commerce, Consumer Protection Energy & Environment Committee.  (Oppose)

SB 1205 (McCreery) – completion of the Task Force on the Future of Right-of-Way Management and Taxation report of its activities for submission to the General Assembly shall be submitted no later than December 31, 2025, instead of December 31, 2023, as currently provided. The Task Force shall expire on December 31, 2025, instead of on December 31, 2023, as currently provided.  Commerce, Consumer Protection Energy & Environment Committee.  (Support)

SB 1316 (Cierpiot) – identical to SB 803.  Commerce, Consumer Protection Energy & Environment Committee.  (Oppose)

HB 1816 (Riggs) – establishes a broadband development council.  Workforce & Infrastructure Development Committee.

HB 1995 (Perkins) – repeals the expiration date of the Uniform Small Wireless Facility Deployment Act.  Utilities Committee.  Heard 1/17.  Passed Committee 1/24.  Consent & House Procedures Committee.

HB 2057 (Keathley) – excludes streaming services from the definition of video services thus eliminating streaming services from local fees.  Utilities Committee. Heard 1/10. Passed Committee 1/24.  Referred Rules Committee.   (Oppose)

HB 2281 (Knight) – identical to HB 2057.

HB 2409 (Falkner) – extends the expiration date for the task force on right-of-way management to 12/31/26.

HB 2501 (Farnan) – identical to HB 1995. 

HB2549 (Christ) – identical to HB 1995. 

HB 2606 (McGirl) – establishes the “Municipal Telecommunications Business License Tax Modernization Act” which would prohibit city class actions to enforce

Telcom taxes.  The bill also caps tax rates at 5% and does not authorize any increases.  It also limits the tax base to sales tax base and abrogates court victories applying tax more broadly such as the recent case against Charter.  (Oppose)

 

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE 1-19-2024

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE 1-19-24 PDF

 

January 19, 2024

 The 2024 session began on Wednesday, January 3.  Bills are being referred to committees and hearings are beginning, with several bills of interest having hearings next week.  Each week we will send out an update report showing bill actions during the week.  Below are summaries of bills of interest.  Changes from the last report, including committee assignments and hearings, are noted in red.

Priority Bills

SB 1062 (Coleman) – eliminates sales tax on food over a four-year period.  (Oppose)

SB 1115 (Schroer) – provides that when a juvenile officer makes a risk and needs assessment of a child, he or she shall use a cumulative total of points assessed for all alleged offenses committed to determine whether or not the court shall order the child to be detained. (Support)

SB 1252 (Rehder) – exempts food from sales tax.  (Oppose)

HB1418 (Sauls) – exempts food from sales tax.  (Oppose)

HB1464 (Sander) – similar HB 1418.  (Oppose)

HB 2055 (Keathley) – exempts food from sales tax over a four-year period. (Oppose)

HB 2174 (Schnelting) – similar to HB 1418 (Oppose)

HB 2273 (Dinkins) – similar to HB 2055.  (Oppose)

HB 2401 (Quade) – eliminates the retail sale of food from state and local sales and authorizes certain tax increases to offset lost revenues, subject to voter approval.

 Court Bills

 HB 1796 (Mackey) – eliminates municipal courts and requires all trials in the circuit court.  (Oppose)

Economic Development Bills

 SB 750 (Hough) – authorizes St. Louis County and any municipality with more than 1,500 inhabitants and not located in St. Louis County to establish a land bank.  Emerging Issues Committee. Heard 1/16.  (Support)

SB 919 (Koenig) – requires community improvement districts to be approved by a 2/3 vote of the governing body if a sales tax is proposed.  Also requires a 2/3 vote of the highway commission or local transportation authority if a sales tax is proposed.

SB1210 (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. The school district shall adopt a resolution making such determination and shall deliver the resolution to the municipality establishing the redevelopment area. Within thirty days of receiving the resolution, the municipality shall remove such property from the redevelopment area or terminate the redevelopment area.

SB 1242 (Washington) – modifies the definition of “blighted area” for the purposes of tax increment financing (TIF). Such areas shall be in a distressed community and be insanitary or unsafe for living or working; shall have unemployment one and one-half times greater than the average for the state; or have a median household income of less than fifty percent of the median household income of the metropolitan statistical area in which the area is located.

HB 2058 (Keathley) – requires CIDs and TDDs to be unanimously approved by 2/3 vote of the governing body.  The bill also excludes streaming services from the definition of video services thus eliminating streaming services from local fees.  (Oppose)

HB 2065 (Owen) – authorizes St. Louis County and any municipality with more than 1,500 inhabitants and not located in St. Louis County to establish a land bank.  Local Government Committee. (Support)

Election Bills

SB 774 (Gannon) – changes the filing period for April elections to 8:00 a.m. on the 16th Tuesday prior to the election until 5:00 p.m. on the 13th Tuesday prior to the election, unless the 13th Tuesday prior to an election falls on a holiday, then the closing of filing shall be at 5:00 p.m. on the next day that is not a holiday.  Local Government & Elections Committee. (Support)

SB 856 (O’Laughlin) – under current law, mayors of 3rd and 4th class cities must be a resident of such city at the time of the election and for a certain time period before the election.  This act modifies that provision to provide that a person must be a resident of the county in which such city is located at the time of the election and for a certain time period before the election. Local Government & Elections Committee. (Oppose)

SB 926 (Crawford) – contains same filing provisions as SB 774 and other election revisions.

SB 929 (Cierpiot) – requires all proposals for new local taxes, licenses, or fees, or for a renewal or increase in an existing tax, license, or fee, to be submitted to the voters on a general election day or primary election day – August or November of even numbered years.  (Oppose)

HB1517 (Murphy) – requires election issues to be labeled in alphabetical or numerical order.  Tax Reform Committee.  Hearing 1/23.

HB 1604 (Hinman) – changes the filing period for April elections to 8:00 a.m. on the 16th Tuesday prior to the election until 5:00 p.m. on the 13th Tuesday prior to the election, unless the 13th Tuesday prior to an election falls on a holiday, then the closing of filing shall be at 5:00 p.m. on the next day that is not a holiday.  Elections Committee.  Heard 1/9.

HB 2061 (Keathley) – prohibits resubmission of failed tax election for four years unless the proposal is substantially changed.  (Oppose)

HB 2140 (McGaugh) – changes filing period to open 16 weeks before election and close 13 weeks before election.  Elections Committee.  Heard 1/16.

HB 2225 (Bonaker) – changes filing period to open 16 weeks before election and close 11 weeks before election.  Elections Committee.

Miscellaneous Bills

 SB 911 (Ben Brown)- Under this act, the state’s laws shall preempt any local laws, ordinances, orders, rules, or regulations enacted by a county, municipality, or other political subdivision of the state regulating the sale of tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, or vapor products.

SB 994 (Ben Brown) – provides that when a person submits a request to a political subdivision for a permit to develop property, the political subdivision shall approve or deny the request within 60 days upon the receipt of the request from an applicant. If the political subdivision fails to approve or deny the request within 60 days, then the request is approved. If the political subdivision denies the request, the political subdivision shall provide in writing the reasons for the denial.

SB 1346 (Trent) – As it relates to political subdivisions purchasing liability insurance for tort claims made against the political subdivision, this act defines the term “purchase” to refer only to the direct acquisition of insurance coverage by a governing body and not any indirect action by contract or otherwise.  (Support)

HB 1635 (Terry) – establishes term limits of 8 years for mayors and alderpersons in 4th class cities.

HB 1720 (Falkner) – defines as closed records 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 limited to newsletters, notifications, advisories, alerts, and periodic reports.  Local Government Committee.  Heard 1/16.  (Support)

HB 1724 (Falkner) – no public official or other person who would otherwise be personally  liable under applicable law or at equity to a contractor, subcontractor, supplier at any tier, or otherwise, by reason of the failure of a public entity to require a contractor to furnish a payment bond as required by this section shall be so liable unless the contractor provides, prior to the time the contract is executed, to the presiding official or officer and to the secretary, clerk, or similar official or officer of the public entity a written notice identifying the persons who will have personal liability for payment.  (Support)

HB 1809 (Wright) – establishes authority for cities to issue municipal search warrants for ordinance violations.

HB 1902 (Proudie) – specifies that limited liability companies that own real property in St. Louis County must designate a contact person with the county clerk.

HB 1931 (Toalson-Reisch) – eliminates prevailing wage on public works projects.

HB 2060 (Keathley) – state pre-emption of local authority over tobacco products and sales.  (Oppose)

HB 2206 (West) – requires public comment and establishes procedures for public comment at local government meetings.  Government Efficiency & Downsizing Committee.  Heard 1/17.

HB 2279 (Toalson Reisch) – requires city populations to be posted on city limits signs.  Transportation Accountability Committee.  Heard 1/18.

HB 2282 (Lovasco) – no political subdivision shall require an exempt homeowner to obtain any license, certification, or professional registration or submit to any examination or testing as a condition of applying for or utilizing a building or construction permit, provided all 8 work is performed by the owner or other current resident.

HB 2284 (Lovasco) – limits authority of political subdivisions to restrict parking of unlicensed vehicles or to restrict usage of property.

HB 2292 (Falkner) – establishes provisions governing no-impact, home-based businesses.  (Support)

HB 2328 (Casteel) – requires public notices that are filed in newspaper to also be filed on the Secretary of State website.

HB 2380 (Brown) – prohibits political subdivisions from requiring a home inspection before the sale of residential property.  Small Business Committee.  Heard 1/17.

HB 2385 (Keathley) – prohibits local governments from requiring private property owners to accept Section 8 vouchers.

HB 2419 (Burnett) – Repeals the state prohibition of local governments regulating paper and plastic bags.

Personnel & Employment Bills

 SB 1066 (Ben Brown) – Under current law, state minimum wage laws preempt and nullify all political subdivision ordinances, rules, and regulations relating to the establishment or enforcement of a minimum or living wage or the provision of employment benefits that exceed state laws, rules, or regulations. This act adds to the list of political subdivision policies, ordinances, or resolutions that may not be enacted to include the following:

  • Those that regulate the information an employer or potential employer shall request, require, or exclude on an application for employment from an employee or prospective employee.
  • Those that regulate work stoppage or strike activity of employers and its employees or the means by which employees may organize;
  • Those requiring an employer to provide to an employee paid or unpaid leave time;
  • Those regulating the hours and scheduling that an employer is required to provide to employees;
  • Those requiring an employer or its employees to participate in any educational apprenticeship or apprenticeship training program that is not required by state or federal law; and
  • Those regulating or creating administrative or judicial remedies for wage, hour, or benefit disputes, including, but not limited to, any benefits described in this subsection.

HB 1735 (Crossley) – establishes the “First Responders’ Bill of Rights” and provisions relating to investigations of first responders.

HB 1769 (Perkins) – establishes a disciplinary procedure process for firefighters.  Crime Prevention & Public Safety Committee.  Heard 1/18.

HB 1861 (Sauls) – establishes a procedure for investigations of firefighters.

HB 2056 (Keathley) – Requires municipalities to reimburse non-rate regulated utilities for site relocation costs incurred due to road maintenance.

HB 2459 (Ealy) – similar to HB 1861.

Public Safety Bills

 SB 730 (Rowden) – establishes a pilot program known as the “Community Crime Reduction Grant Program” which shall provide money to municipal police departments that apply to the Department of Public Safety for a grant for

  • Up to 50% of the cost of employing new law enforcement officers needed to raise the department’s officer to population ratio to two officers per one thousand people; and
  • Up to 100% of the cost for law enforcement officers hired with grant money by the municipal police department to attend not less than one seminar relating to fair and impartial policing and one seminar relating to racial sensitivity at the University of Missouri Law Enforcement Training Institute. Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety Committee.

SB 808 (Schroer) – puts St. Louis City police back under a state appointed board of commissioners.  Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety Committee.  Heard 1/17.

SB 820 (McCreery) – creates the offense of aggravated fleeing a stop or detention of a motor vehicle if the person knows that a law enforcement officer is attempting to detain the vehicle and the person flees at a high speed which creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury or death or causes physical injury or death to another person. This shall be a class D felony if the person creates a substantial risk of injury, a class B felony is the person causes physical injury, and a class A felony if the person causes death of another.  Additionally, a person is presumed to be fleeing a vehicle stop if he or she has seen or heard or reasonably should have seen or heard emergency lights or sounds. It shall not be a defense that the law enforcement officer was acting unlawfully in making the arrest.  Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety Committee.

SB 901 (Schroer) – similar to SB 820.  Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety Committee.

SB 948 (Brattin) – no political subdivision shall adopt any order or ordinance relating to the sale, purchase, or ownership of a firearm unless it conforms exactly with state law.  This act adds that any officer of a governing body who violates those provisions shall be subject to a penalty of $1,000 for every offense and shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

SB 1334 (Eigel) – prohibits state agencies and political subdivisions from purchasing, installing, or using automated license plate reader systems (ALPRs) as defined in the act, and from accessing or using captured license plate data from vehicles located on public highways.

SJR 72 (Schroer) – constitutional amendment to require the Department of Public Safety to establish a uniform crime reporting system and shall annually determine the most dangerous cities in the state. Each political subdivision in this state shall report their crime statistics. Any political subdivision which fails to do so shall not receive any state funds.  The Department shall then develop a policing plan for those cities which shall determine a minimum number of commissioned peace officers required to be on duty. Such cities shall implement the policing plan within 90 days. If any city fails to implement the policing plan, the Attorney General shall file a petition with the circuit court for injunctive relief or a declaratory judgment.

HB 1462 (Brown) – repeals provisions that prohibit political subdivisions from adopting orders, ordinances, or regulations relating to firearms.

HB 1481 (Christ) – puts St. Louis City police back under a state appointed board of commissioners.

HB 1601 (Bosley) – which requires all peace officers in the state to wear video cameras that include audio and video affixed to their uniforms when they are on duty, with some exceptions. Recordings must be preserved for at least 60 days and the recordings must be made available to the public within 14 days of an incident.

HB 1692 (Sparks) – creates the offense of aggravated fleeing a stop or detention of a motor vehicle if the person knows that a law enforcement officer is attempting to detain the vehicle and the person flees at a high speed which creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury or death or causes physical injury or death to another person. This shall be a class D felony if the person creates a substantial risk of injury, a class B felony is the person causes physical injury, and a class A felony if the person causes death of another.  Additionally, a person is presumed to be fleeing a vehicle stop if he or she has seen or heard or reasonably should have seen or heard emergency lights or sounds. It shall not be a defense that the law enforcement officer was acting unlawfully in making the arrest.  Crime Prevention & Public Safety Committee.

Taxation & Revenue Bills

 SB 725 (Hoskins) – requires political subdivisions to annually reduce current personal property tax rate percentage such that the amount by which the revenue generated by taxes levied on such personal property is reduced is substantially equal to one hundred percent of the growth in revenue generated by real property assessment growth, as defined in the act. Annual reductions shall be made until December 31, 2073. Thereafter, the percentage of true value in money at which personal property is assessed shall be equal to the percentage in effect on December 31, 2073.  Economic Development & Tax Policy Committee.  Heard 1/16.  (Oppose)

SB 733 (Eigel) – similar to SB 725. Economic Development & Tax Policy Committee. Heard 1/16. (Oppose)

SB 777 (Moon) – eliminates food sales from the state 1% education sales tax and authorizes political subdivisions to exempt food from local sales taxes.  Economic Development & Tax Policy Committee.

SB 879 (Beck) – authorizes municipalities located within St. Louis County to impose a property tax to provide fire protection services, with such tax not to exceed $0.25 per $100 assessed valuation.  This act also authorizes fire protection districts and municipalities located within St. Louis County to impose a sales tax of up to 0.5% to provide fire protection services. A fire protection district or municipality imposing a sales tax authorized by this act shall reduce any property tax levy imposed by such district or municipality for the purposes of providing fire protection services such that the revenue generated by such property tax levy is offset in an amount equal to one hundred percent of the amount of revenue generated by the sales tax imposed pursuant to this act.  Local Government & Elections Committee (Oppose fire district sales tax provision)

SB 1086 (Brattin) – identical to SB 725 (Oppose)

SJR 53 (Eigel) – constitutional amendment to freeze state revenues and eliminate personal property tax by 2028.  (Oppose)

SJR 82 (Brattin) – replaces real property taxes with a countywide sales tax.

HB 1527 (Buchheit-Courtway) – specifies that motor vehicles seven years of age or older, based on the model year and used solely for noncommercial purposes, will be assessed at 5% of their true value in money.

HB 1667 (Matthiesen) – authorizes taxpayers to submit petitions to reduce local tax rate levies up to 5%.

HB 1669 (Matthiesen) – exempts vehicles from personal property taxes upon adoption of a constitutional amendment.  Property Tax Reform Committee.  (Oppose)

HB 2231 (Merideth) – allows political subdivisions to tax tobacco products.

HJR 82 (Seitz) – constitutional amendment provides that any individual 65 years or older that has a Missouri taxable income of less than $45,000 will not be subject to or liable for any property tax.  Property Tax Reform Committee.

HJR 85 (Terry) – constitutional amendment provides that residential property shall be assessed at 50% of the value at which such property would otherwise be assessed if the property owner is a senior or disabled.  Property Tax Reform Committee.

HJR 88 (Matthiesen) – constitutional amendment to allow the legislature to eliminate personal property taxes. Property Tax Reform Committee.   (Oppose)

Transportation and Vehicle Bills

SB 953 (Moon) – repeals the gas tax increase.  (Oppose)

SB 1269 (Schroer) – prohibits political subdivisions from using automated photo red light enforcement systems to enforce red light violations.

 HB 1511 (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.  Government Efficiency & Downsizing Committee.  Heard 1/10.  Passed Committee 1/17.

Utility & Broadband Bills

SB 803 (Trent) – modifies the definition of “video service” to include the provision of video programming by a video service provider provided through wireline facilities located in a public right-of-way without regard to the delivery technology. “Video service” does not include any video programming accessed via a service that enables users to access content over the internet, including streaming content. Commerce, Consumer Protection Energy & Environment Committee.  (Oppose)

SB 947 (Thompson Rehder) – identical to SB 803 (Oppose)

SB 999 (Hoskins) – identical to SB 803 (Oppose)

SB 1018 (Justin Brown) – whenever the state or a municipality requires a broadband or a video service provider to relocate their telecommunications infrastructure installed for the purpose of delivering internet and video service to customers, the state or the municipality shall reimburse the internet and video service providers for all relocation costs. (Oppose)

SB 1205 (McCreery) – completion of the Task Force on the Future of Right-of-Way Management and Taxation report of its activities for submission to the General Assembly shall be submitted no later than December 31, 2025, instead of December 31, 2023, as currently provided. The Task Force shall expire on December 31, 2025, instead of on December 31, 2023, as currently provided. (Support)

SB 1316 (Cierpiot) – identical to SB 803.

HB 1816 (Riggs) – establishes a broadband development council.  Workforce & Infrastructure Development Committee.

HB 1995 (Perkins) – repeals the expiration date of the Uniform Small Wireless Facility Deployment Act.  Utilities Committee.  Heard 1/17.

HB 2057 (Keathley) – excludes streaming services from the definition of video services thus eliminating streaming services from local fees.  Utilities Committee. Heard 1/10.  (Oppose)

HB 2281 (Knight) – identical to HB 2057.

HB 2409 (Falkner) – extends the expiration date for the task force on right-of-way management to 12/31/26.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE 1/5/2024

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE 1-5-24 pdf

January 5, 2024

The 2024 session began on Wednesday, January 3.  Each week we will send out an update report showing bill actions during the week.  Below are summaries of bills of interest that were pre-filed. 

Priority Bills

SB 1062 (Coleman) – exempts food from sales tax. (Oppose)

SB 1115 (Schroer) – provides that when a juvenile officer makes a risk and needs assessment of a child, he or she shall use a cumulative total of points assessed for all alleged offenses committed to determine whether or not the court shall order the child to be detained. (Support)

SB 1252 (Rehder) – identical to SB 1062.  (Oppose) 

HB1418 (Sauls) – exempts food from sales tax.  (Oppose)

HB1464 (Sander) – same as HB 1418.  (Oppose)

HB 2055 (Keathley) – exempts food from sales tax over a four-year period. (Oppose)

HB 2174 (Schnelting) – similar to HB 1418 (Oppose)

HB 2273 (Dinkins) – eliminates sales tax on food over a four year period.  (Oppose)

 Court Bills

HB 1796 (Mackey) – eliminated municipal courts and requires all trials in the circuit court.  (Oppose)

Economic Development Bills

 SB 750 (Hough) – authorizes St. Louis County and any municipality with more than 1,500 inhabitants and not located in St. Louis County to establish a land bank.  (Support)

SB 919 (Koenig) – requires community improvement districts to be approved by a 2/3 vote of the governing body if a sales tax is proposed.  Also requires a 2/3 vote of the highway commission or local transportation authority if a sales tax is proposed.

SB1210 (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. The school district shall adopt a resolution making such determination and shall deliver the resolution to the municipality establishing the redevelopment area. Within thirty days of receiving the resolution, the municipality shall remove such property from the redevelopment area or terminate the redevelopment area.

SB 1242 (Washington) – modifies the definition of “blighted area” for the purposes of tax increment financing (TIF). Such areas shall be in a distressed community and be insanitary or unsafe for living or working; shall have unemployment one and one-half times greater than the average for the state; or have a median household income of less than fifty percent of the median household income of the metropolitan statistical area in which the area is located.

HB 2058 (Keathley) – requires CIDs and TDDs to be unanimously approved by 2/3 vote of the governing body.  The bill also excludes streaming services from the definition of video services thus eliminating streaming services from local fees.  (Oppose)

HB 2065 (Owen) – authorizes St. Louis County and any municipality with more than 1,500 inhabitants and not located in St. Louis County to establish a land bank.  (Support)

Election Bills

SB 774 (Gannon) – changes the filing period for April elections to 8:00 a.m. on the 16th Tuesday prior to the election until 5:00 p.m. on the 13th Tuesday prior to the election, unless the 13th Tuesday prior to an election falls on a holiday, then the closing of filing shall be at 5:00 p.m. on the next day that is not a holiday. (Support)

SB 856 (O’Laughlin) – under current law, mayors of 3rd and 4th class cities must be a resident of such city at the time of the election and for a certain time period before the election.  This act modifies that provision to provide that a person must be a resident of the county in which such city is located at the time of the election and for a certain time period before the election. (Oppose)

SB 926 (Crawford) – contains same filing provisions as SB 774 and other election revisions.

SB 929 (Cierpiot) – requires all proposals for new local taxes, licenses, or fees, or for a renewal or increase in an existing tax, license, or fee, to be submitted to the voters on a general election day or primary election day – August or November of even numbered years.  (Oppose)

HB1517 (Murphy) – requires election issues to be labeled in alphabetical or numerical order.

HB 1604 (Hinman) – changes the filing period for April elections to 8:00 a.m. on the 16th Tuesday prior to the election until 5:00 p.m. on the 13th Tuesday prior to the election, unless the 13th Tuesday prior to an election falls on a holiday, then the closing of filing shall be at 5:00 p.m. on the next day that is not a holiday.  Elections Committee.

HB 2061 (Keathley) – prohibits resubmission of failed tax election for four years unless the proposal is substantially changed.  (Oppose)

HB 2225 (Bonaker) – changes filing period to open 16 weeks before election and close 11 weeks before election.

Miscellaneous Bills

 SB 911 (Ben Brown)- Under this act, the state’s laws shall preempt any local laws, ordinances, orders, rules, or regulations enacted by a county, municipality, or other political subdivision of the state regulating the sale of tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, or vapor products.

SB 994 (Ben Brown) – provides that when a person submits a request to a political subdivision for a permit to develop property, the political subdivision shall approve or deny the request within 60 days upon the receipt of the request from an applicant. If the political subdivision fails to approve or deny the request within 60 days, then the request is approved. If the political subdivision denies the request, the political subdivision shall provide in writing the reasons for the denial.

HB 1635 (Terry) – establishes term limits of 8 years for mayors and alderpersons in 4th class cities.

HB 1720 (Falkner) – defines as closed records 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 limited to newsletters, notifications, advisories, alerts, and periodic reports.  (Support)

HB 1724 (Falkner) – no public official or other person who would otherwise be personally  liable under applicable law or at equity to a contractor, subcontractor, supplier at any tier, or otherwise, by reason of the failure of a public entity to require a contractor to furnish a payment bond as required by this section shall be so liable unless the contractor provides, prior to the time the contract is executed, to the presiding official or officer and to the secretary, clerk, or similar official or officer of the public entity a written notice identifying the persons who will have personal liability for payment.  (Support)

HB 1809 (Wright) – establishes authority for cities to issue municipal search warrants for ordinance violations.

HB 1902 (Proudie) – specifies that limited liability companies that own real property in St. Louis County must designate a contact person with the county clerk.

HB 1931 (Toalson-Reisch) – eliminates prevailing wage on public works projects.

HB 2060 (Keathley) – state pre-emption of local authority over tobacco products and sales.  (Oppose)

HB 2206 (West) – requires public comment and establishes procedures for public comment at local government meetings.

HB 2279 (Toalson Reisch) – requires city populations to be posted on city limits signs.

HB 2282 (Lovasco) – no political subdivision shall require an exempt homeowner to obtain any license, certification, or professional registration or submit to any examination or testing as a condition of applying for or utilizing a building or construction permit, provided all 8 work is performed by the owner or other current resident.

HB 2284 (Lovasco) – limits authority of political subdivisions to restrict parking of unlicensed vehicles or to restrict usage of property.

HB 2292 (Falkner) – establishes provisions governing no-impact, home-based businesses.  (Support)

Personnel & Employment Bills

 SB 1066 (Ben Brown) – Under current law, state minimum wage laws preempt and nullify all political subdivision ordinances, rules, and regulations relating to the establishment or enforcement of a minimum or living wage or the provision of employment benefits that exceed state laws, rules, or regulations. This act adds to the list of political subdivision policies, ordinances, or resolutions that may not be enacted to include the following:

  • Those that regulate the information an employer or potential employer shall request, require, or exclude on an application for employment from an employee or prospective employee.
  • Those that regulate work stoppage or strike activity of employers and its employees or the means by which employees may organize;
  • Those requiring an employer to provide to an employee paid or unpaid leave time;
  • Those regulating the hours and scheduling that an employer is required to provide to employees;
  • Those requiring an employer or its employees to participate in any educational apprenticeship or apprenticeship training program that is not required by state or federal law; and
  • Those regulating or creating administrative or judicial remedies for wage, hour, or benefit disputes, including, but not limited to, any benefits described in this subsection.

HB 1735 (Crossley) – establishes the “First Responders’ Bill of Rights” and provisions relating to investigations of first responders.

HB 1769 (Perkins) – establishes a disciplinary procedure process for firefighters.

HB 1861 (Sauls) – establishes a procedure for investigations of firefighters.

HB 2056 (Keathley) – Requires municipalities to reimburse non-rate regulated utilities for site relocation costs incurred due to road maintenance.

Public Safety Bills

 SB 730 (Rowden) – establishes a pilot program known as the “Community Crime Reduction Grant Program” which shall provide money to municipal police departments that apply to the Department of Public Safety for a grant for

  • Up to 50% of the cost of employing new law enforcement officers needed to raise the department’s officer to population ratio to two officers per one thousand people; and
  • Up to 100% of the cost for law enforcement officers hired with grant money by the municipal police department to attend not less than one seminar relating to fair and impartial policing and one seminar relating to racial sensitivity at the University of Missouri Law Enforcement Training Institute.

SB 808 (Schroer) – puts St. Louis City police back under a state appointed board of commissioners.

SB 820 (McCreery) – creates the offense of aggravated fleeing a stop or detention of a motor vehicle if the person knows that a law enforcement officer is attempting to detain the vehicle and the person flees at a high speed which creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury or death or causes physical injury or death to another person. This shall be a class D felony if the person creates a substantial risk of injury, a class B felony is the person causes physical injury, and a class A felony if the person causes death of another.  Additionally, a person is presumed to be fleeing a vehicle stop if he or she has seen or heard or reasonably should have seen or heard emergency lights or sounds. It shall not be a defense that the law enforcement officer was acting unlawfully in making the arrest.

SB 901 (Schroer) – identical to SB 820.

SB 948 (Brattin) – no political subdivision shall adopt any order or ordinance relating to the sale, purchase, or ownership of a firearm unless it conforms exactly with state law.  This act adds that any officer of a governing body who violates those provisions shall be subject to a penalty of $1,000 for every offense and shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

SJR 72 (Schroer) – constitutional amendment to require the Department of Public Safety to establish a uniform crime reporting system and shall annually determine the most dangerous cities in the state. Each political subdivision in this state shall report their crime statistics. Any political subdivision which fails to do so shall not receive any state funds.  The Department shall then develop a policing plan for those cities which shall determine a minimum number of commissioned peace officers required to be on duty. Such cities shall implement the policing plan within 90 days. If any city fails to implement the policing plan, the Attorney General shall file a petition with the circuit court for injunctive relief or a declaratory judgment.

HB 1462 (Brown) – repeals provisions that prohibit political subdivisions from adopting orders, ordinances, or regulations relating to firearms.

HB 1481 (Christ) – puts St. Louis City police back under a state appointed board of commissioners.

HB 1601 (Bosley) – which requires all peace officers in the state to wear video cameras that include audio and video affixed to their uniforms when they are on duty, with some exceptions. Recordings must be preserved for at least 60 days and the recordings must be made available to the public within 14 days of an incident.

HB 1692 (Sparks) – creates the offense of aggravated fleeing a stop or detention of a motor vehicle if the person knows that a law enforcement officer is attempting to detain the vehicle and the person flees at a high speed which creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury or death or causes physical injury or death to another person. This shall be a class D felony if the person creates a substantial risk of injury, a class B felony is the person causes physical injury, and a class A felony if the person causes death of another.  Additionally, a person is presumed to be fleeing a vehicle stop if he or she has seen or heard or reasonably should have seen or heard emergency lights or sounds. It shall not be a defense that the law enforcement officer was acting unlawfully in making the arrest.

Taxation & Revenue Bills

SB 725 (Hoskins) – requires political subdivisions to annually reduce current personal property tax rate percentage such that the amount by which the revenue generated by taxes levied on such personal property is reduced is substantially equal to one hundred percent of the growth in revenue generated by real property assessment growth, as defined in the act. Annual reductions shall be made until December 31, 2073. Thereafter, the percentage of true value in money at which personal property is assessed shall be equal to the percentage in effect on December 31, 2073.  (Oppose)

SB 733 (Eigel) – identical to SB 725.  (Oppose)

SB 777 (Moon) – eliminates food sales from the state 1% education sales tax and authorizes political subdivisions to exempt food from local sales taxes.

SB 879 (Beck) – authorizes municipalities located within St. Louis County to impose a property tax to provide fire protection services, with such tax not to exceed $0.25 per $100 assessed valuation.  This act also authorizes fire protection districts and municipalities located within St. Louis County to impose a sales tax of up to 0.5% to provide fire protection services. A fire protection district or municipality imposing a sales tax authorized by this act shall reduce any property tax levy imposed by such district or municipality for the purposes of providing fire protection services such that the revenue generated by such property tax levy is offset in an amount equal to one hundred percent of the amount of revenue generated by the sales tax imposed pursuant to this act.  (Oppose fire district sales tax provision)

SB 1086 (Brattin) – identical to SB 725 (Oppose)

SJR 53 (Eigel) – constitutional amendment to freeze state revenues and eliminate personal property tax by 2028.  (Oppose)

SJR 82 (Brattin) – replaces real property taxes with a countywide sales tax.

HB 1527 (Buchheit-Courtway) – specifies that motor vehicles seven years of age or older, based on the model year and used solely for noncommercial purposes, will be assessed at 5% of their true value in money.

HB 1667 (Matthiesen) – authorizes taxpayers to submit petitions to reduce local tax rate levies up to 5%.

HB 1669 (Matthiesen) – exempts vehicles from personal property taxes upon adoption of a constitutional amendment.  (Oppose)

HB 2231 (Mereideth) – allows political subdivisions to tax tobacco products.

HJR 82 (Seitz) – constitutional amendment provides that any individual 65 years or older that has a Missouri taxable income of less than $45,000 will not be subject to or liable for any property tax.

HJR 85 (Terry) – constitutional amendment provides that residential property shall be assessed at 50% of the value at which such property would otherwise be assessed if the property owner is a senior or disabled.

HJR 88 (Matthiesen) – constitutional amendment to allow the legislature to eliminate personal property taxes.  (Oppose)

Transportation and Vehicle Bills

SB 953 (Moon) – repeals the gas tax increase.  (Oppose)

SB 1269 (Schroer) – prohibits political subdivisions from using automated photo red light enforcement systems to enforce red light violations.

HB 1511 (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.  Government Efficiency & Downsizing Committee.  Hearing 1/10.

Utility & Broadband Bills

SB 803 (Trent) – modifies the definition of “video service” to include the provision of video programming by a video service provider provided through wireline facilities located in a public right-of-way without regard to the delivery technology. “Video service” does not include any video programming accessed via a service that enables users to access content over the internet, including streaming content. (Oppose)

SB 947 (Thompson Rehder) – identical to SB 803 (Oppose)

SB 999 (Hoskins) – identical to SB 803 (Oppose)

SB1018 (Justin Brown) – whenever the state or a municipality requires a broadband or a video service provider to relocate their telecommunications infrastructure installed for the purpose of delivering internet and video service to customers, the state or the municipality shall reimburse the internet and video service providers for all relocation costs. (Oppose)

SB 1205 (McCreery) – completion of the Task Force on the Future of Right-of-Way Management and Taxation report of its activities for submission to the General Assembly shall be submitted no later than December 31, 2025, instead of December 31, 2023, as currently provided. The Task Force shall expire on December 31, 2025, instead of on December 31, 2023, as currently provided. (Support)

HB 1816 (Riggs) – establishes a broadband development council.  Workforce & Infrastructure Development Committee.

HB 1995 (Perkins) – repeals the expiration date of the Uniform Small Wireless Facility Deployment Act.

HB 2057 (Keathley) – excludes streaming services from the definition of video services thus eliminating streaming services from local fees.  Utilities Committee.  (Oppose)

HB 2281 (Knight) – identical to HB 2057.

 

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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