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Rowland Report 3.29.2012

Greetings from your State Capitol.  Work began in full swing upon returning from last weeks’ spring break.  Budget bills were introduced, discussed and then finally passed out of the House on Thursday.  Here is the list of bills approved this week:

HB 1466 creates the Math & Science Tutoring Act for the students in St. Louis public schools that have scored less than 50% proficient on their assessment tests.

HCS HB 1449 prohibits the issuance of a tax credit under certain economic incentive programs.  This is a measure to keep businesses in Missouri.

HB 1326 prohibits a business owner/operator from restricting any person from lawfully possessing a firearm in a motor vehicle while on their parking lot.  Also business owners do not have a duty to guard against the criminal act of a third party unless they know or have reason to know the acts are occurring.  An owner/operator of a business will not be liable for any injury or damage resulting from compliance with these provisions.

HB 1644 changes the license renewal periods for gambling boat operators and their suppliers.

HB 1191 authorizes the deposit of all monies in the State Park Earnings Fund to be secured in a manner provided by law and that all interest earned would be credited to the same fund.

HB 1324 will affirm the rights of citizens to raise livestock in a manner adhering to all state and local laws as enacted on August 28, 2012 or at the commencement of operations.

HB 1300 allows county assessors to use any value guide publication approved by the State Tax Commission to determine the trade-in value of a vehicle for personal property tax assessment purposes.

HB 2001 appropriates money to the Board of Fund Commissioners.

HB 2002 appropriates money for the expenses, grants, refunds and distributions of the State Board of Education and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

HB 2003 appropriates money for the expenses, grants, refunds and distributions of the Department of Higher Education.

HB 2004 appropriates money for the expenses, grants, refunds and distributions of the Department of Revenue and Department of Transportation.

HB 2005 appropriates money for the expenses, grants, refunds and distribution of the Office of Administration, Department of Transportation, and Department of Public Safety.

HB 2006 appropriates money for the expenses, grants, refunds and distributions of the Department of Agriculture, Department of Natural Resources and Department of Conservation.

HB 2007 appropriates money for the expenses and distributions of Economic Development; Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration.

HB 2008 appropriates money for the expenses, grants, refunds and distributions of Public Safety.

HB 2009 appropriates money for the expenses, grants, refunds and distributions of the Department of Correction.

HB 2010 appropriates money for the expenses, grants, refunds and distributions of the Department of Mental Health, Board of Public Buildings, and Department of Health and Senior Services.

HB 2011 appropriates money for the expenses, grants, and distributions of the Department of Social Services.

HB 2012 appropriates money for the expenses, grants, refunds and distributions of the statewide elected officials, the Judiciary, Office of the State Public Defender and General Assembly.

HB 2013 appropriates money for real property leases and related services.

A full description, including amounts, can be found at www.house.mo.gov.

Governor Jay Nixon also vetoed HB 1219 this week along with SB 572.

We had three schools visit the capitol this week:  Thornfield, Kirbyville and Hollister.  It was great to see these young students here at the capitol.  I hope everyone enjoyed their time in Jefferson City.

As always it is a privilege to represent you in State Government.

 

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