Rowland Report 2.26.2015

Greetings from your State Capitol.  I came up early to get in front of the weather this week and was glad I did.  Here in Jefferson City we only had about three inches of snow but roads got pretty slick before road crews arrived.
We had a short week as leadership cancelled all committee meetings on Monday and Tuesday mornings.  We had a technical session on Monday at 5 p.m. then adjourned until 4 p.m. Tuesday for our regular session.  This week we have passed out of the House the following:
HJR 1 will place on the statewide ballot an amendment to Article VIII of the Constitution of the State of Missouri, and adopting one new section relating to elections.  Specifically calling for a photo identification when voting.
HB 30 is companion language for HJR 1.  If the voters of Missouri adopt HJR 1 thru this  language would be put in place to accomplish the photo voter identification law.
HB 63 exempts certain political races from provisions specifying how candidates shall be nominated.
HB 615 specifies that unpaid volunteers of a tax-exempt veteran’s organization are not subject to the Worker’s Compensation law.
HCR 21 urges EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw their proposed rule expanding the definition of “waters of the United States”.
HB 64 increases the amount a lender may charge on a loan for 30 days or longer, which is other than an open-end credit loan, from a fee not to exceed 10% of the principal amount loaned up to $100.
HB 524 allows the director of the Department of Revenue to adopt rules and regulations allowing specified motor vehicle or trailer lienholders to electronically release a lien.
It is mid-February and the amount of bills heard on the floor is increasing.  We have had, as of Thursday at 11:30 a.m., 1002 bills filed.  This does not include resolutions.  We hope that this legislative body can glean out the best, most common sense bills that will help improve the lives of every Missourian.
All House bill information can be found at www.house.mo.gov.
As always, it is a privilege to represent you in state government.