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Rowland Report 2.23.12

I am writing this column later than usual as the House was not in session last Thursday and I had no committee meetings on Thursday.  This week looks to be great weather all across Missouri.  Spring surely can’t be that for off.  Noticed some large flocks of geese headed back north driving to Jefferson City this morning.

The following bills were Perfected and Third Read this past week and head now across the Rotunda to the Senate for consideration:

HB 1041 – Currently, only the Board of Governors of Missouri Western State University may transfer property, except in fee simple, without an authorizing act of the General Assembly.  This bill restores that ability to the board of Governors of the other state universities and changes the expiration date of those provisions from August 28, 2014 to August 28, 2017.

HB 1103 relates to certain banks, savings institutions, and credit unions which are exempt from the Missouri Appraisal Management Company Registration and Regulations Act as it applies to the assignment of an appraisal request to an appraiser who is an independent contractor to the institution are required to file a notice with the Missouri Real Estate Appraisers Commission within the Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration that includes the same information that the registered real estate appraisal management company must file.  This bill repeals that requirement.

HB 1251 extends the authorization for the Department of Natural Resources to impose fees regarding the federal Safe Drinking Water Act from September 1, 2012 to September 1, 2017.

Consent bills (bills that contain zero fiscal note, no penalty provisions and are non-controversial in nature) that were Third Read as issued on the House Floor this week include the following:

HB 1075 prohibits a licensed pharmacy from being required to carry or maintain in inventory a specific prescription or non-prescription drug or devise.

HB 1093 allows for a special license plate for a person who is a recipient of the Navy Cross.

HB 1141 changes the laws regarding the “Don’t Tread on Me” special license plate.

HB 1156 sponsored by me designates a portion of U.S. Highway 160 in the City of Gainesville as the “Matthew England Memorial Highway.”

HB 1179 prohibits large water users from conveying water withdrawn or diverted from the southeast Missouri Regional Water District to a location outside of the district if it interferes with another major user.

HB 1192 changes the laws regarding investment contracts of the Missouri Higher Education Savings Program.

HB 1185 adds citizenship information to the sexual offender registration form and requires the State Highway Patrol to report to the federal government any non-U.S. citizen on the sexual offender registry.

HB 1250 allows certain third class cities to cancel any primary election for the office of mayor and councilman.

HB 1269 revises the laws regarding the Cass County-The Burnt District special license plate.

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Hopefully we will accomplish this much and more this week at your State Capitol.

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