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Dugger Report 3.3.2016

House Approves Resolution to Protect Missourians from the Federal Clean Power Plan (HCR 69) 

In recent weeks the United States Supreme Court issued a stay on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which would require a reduction of approximately 28 percent in carbon dioxide emissions from Missouri power plants by 2030. The move was one applauded by members of House leadership as it put a freeze on what they saw as overly burdensome energy regulations.

This week the Missouri House again addressed the issue of the EPA’s regulations by passing a resolution that calls on the attorney general to take necessary legal actions to prevent the “unlawful obligations” of the plan from being imposed on Missouri families and businesses. As the resolution points out, Missouri generates more than eighty percent of its electricity from coal. The requirement to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 would cost the state more than $6 billion according to Missouri’s energy providers.

The resolution notes that “the Clean Power Plan is based on emission reduction measures that interfere with the regulation of electricity by individual states and that will have a major impact on energy resources, electricity ratepayers, grid reliability, jobs, and the economy of the United States.” It also points out that a total of twenty-nine states do not believe the Clean Power Plan is consistent with the EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act.

House Bill 1474 Passes the House of Representatives

My legislation that would require more local elected officials to file financial disclosure reports electronically has been approved by the House. This bill will help improve transparency and efficiency in government. Certain exemptions for candidates who raise and spend small amounts of money will still be in place, but now the vast majority of these reports will be available to the public in an electronic format.

Additionally, this bill cleans up Missouri’s laws by deleting out a significant amount of statute that was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

House Gives Approval to Additional Legislation: 

HB 1477

This week the House also approved another piece of legislation I have sponsored: HB 1477. This legislation will add St. Louis City committees to the political party committee statutes, redefine committee membership to only residents of the committee district, and set dates for political party committee meetings. This bill also removes from statue a restriction on the disabled from serving on these committees.

With the passage of HB 1477, the House has now approved five pieces of my legislation. This may seem like a lot, but there is still a significant amount of work to be done! I will continue to work diligently for our district during my final term in office.

Thank you for taking the time to read my Capitol Report. Serving you at your state Capitol is a true honor and is always my pleasure. If I can ever be of assistance, please do not hesitate to call or email! If you are around Jefferson City at any time of year, please feel free to visit my Capitol office in Room 300.