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Rowland Report 5.15.2014

Greetings from your state Capitol.  This week started off with the discussions of a possible veto override of SBs 509 & 496.  This is a tax cut for individuals and small businesses. We heard lots of discussion, both factual and some fictional. When we convened at 10 a.m. Tuesday we were poised to vote and we managed to get the necessary votes. Hopefully, this measure will provide some relief to individuals and businesses over the phase-in period for the reductions.  Education, has been told, they will lose lots of money. If we look at both revenue and appropriated money, education has continually received appropriation increases, even in years when state revenues declined.  Funding education has and will be a priority for the legislature.
Bills passed this week included:
SB 639 requires mammography facilities to provide to patients certain information regarding breast density.
SB 892 Changes the presidential primary election date from February to March.
SB 706 prohibits bad faith assertions of patent infringement.
SB 719 modifies the laws relating to school purchases.
SB 859 repeals the sunset provision of the large animal veterinarian student loan program.
SB 796 establishes a procedure to obtain a marriage license for incarcerated persons.
HB 2077 creates the Surplus Reserve Fund.
HB 2063 authorizes any Missouri port authority to establish an Advanced Industrial Manufacturing Zone for the development or redevelopment of certain structures.
HJR 75 proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting state appropriations in any fiscal year from exceeding certain limits.
SJR 36 modifies constitutional provisions regarding the right to keep and bear arms.
SB 662 requires the Department of Revenue to notify affected sellers of certain decisions modifying sales tax law.
SB 614 modifies provisions of law regarding judicial personnel.
SB 693 authorizes amnesty for penalties and interest on delinquent state taxes.  It exempts sales tax on vehicles 10 years or older and having a sales price of less than $15,000.
SB 621 adds a circuit judge to the 38th District which is Taney & Christian Counties.
HCR 19 recognizes March 2014 as “Missouri Whole Child Month.”
HCR 22 urges the United States Congress and the President of the United States to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program.
HCR 48 strongly urges the Army Corps of Engineers to not proceed with the Jameson Island project unless excavated soil is deposited outside the meander belt and not into the Missouri River.
HCR 49 designates the week of May 18th – 24th “Missouri Safe Boating Week”.
We passed all the budget bills (HBs 2001-2013 and HB 2021) and sent them to the Governor on Thursday.  Complete budget text can be found at www.house.mo.gov.
One week left.  The schedule for floor activity came out today and it shows we will be in session for a majority of the days we have remaining.  I will be trying to pass meaningful bills and trying to defeat “bad” items.
As always, it is a privilege to represent you in State Government.

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