Rowland Report 5.5.2016

Greetings from your State Capitol.

This part of my report this week is a little hard to write.  On Monday morning, about 2:45 a.m., my mother-in-law, Beryl Jaqua, passed away.  She was a good woman and a great mother-in-law!  Heaven has definitely gained an asset!  She will be greatly missed.

The Bradleyville 7th & 8th grade classes, along with their teachers Tracey Shipley and Becky Williams, and a few of their parents, visited the capitol on April 28th.

Bills passed on to the Senate this week include the following:

HB 1448 – Changes the laws regarding sales and use tax exemptions for utilities used or consumed in the preparation of food.

HB 1465 – Changes the laws regarding collaborative practice arrangements between advanced practice registered nurses and physicians.

HB1468 – Allows any person to carry a concealed firearm anywhere that isn’t expressly prohibited by law.

HB 1585 – Modifies provisions relating to videoconferencing at parole hearings.

HBs 1589 & 2307 – Authorizes a tax credit for donations to a fund established for the provision of scholarships to foster care children.

HB 1605 – Authorizes an earned income tax credit in Missouri.

HB 1679 – Changes the laws regarding the dispensing of contraceptives.

HB 1754 – Prohibits a property owners’ association from preventing a property owner from placing political signs on his or her property.

HB 1765 – Changes provisions relating to judicial proceedings.

HB 1852 – Extends the termination date for provisions relating to refills for prescription eye drops.

HB 1867 – Specifies that beginning January 1, 2017, certain shareholders of S corporations may elect to reject workers’ compensation insurance coverage.

HB 1928 – Creates the “Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia” and requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to employ a dyslexia specialist and develop professional development programs for school staff.

HB 1955 – Specifies that unpaid volunteers of a tax-exempt veteran’s organization are not subject to the Workers’ Compensation Law.

HB 1969 – Changes the laws regarding the confiscation of animals.

HB 2028 – Provides that a person who has had a liquor license or permit revoked may apply for a new license or permit five years from the date of revocation.

HB 2057 – Specifies that except for credit card fees incurred no additional fee beyond $100 may be charged to process concealed carry permits and allows military members extra time to renew their permits.

HB 2065 – Authorizes tax incentives for data storage centers.

HB 2093 – Provides immunity for first responders for the reasonable use of restraints on a person suffering from an apparent overdose.

HB 2237 – Modifies provisions of law regarding University of Missouri extension councils.

HB 2327 – Establishes the Urban Education Institute.

HB 2345 – Authorizes the highways and transportation commission to promulgate administrative rules to implement a connected vehicle technology testing program.

HB 2473 – Prohibits law enforcement from releasing records containing personally identifiable health information, unless such information is redacted or a court orders disclosure.

Senate bills Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed:

SB 591 – Modifies provisions relating to expert witnesses.

SBs 620 & 582 – Modifies composition of the Career and Technical Education Advisory Council and requires said council to establish minimum requirement for a career and technical education certificate.

SB 624 – Modifies the crimes of stealing and fraudulent procurement of a credit or debit device.

SB 655 – Repeals the Advisory Council to the Director of the Missouri Agriculture Experiment Station and establishes the Fertilizer Control Board.

SB 660 – Modifies provisions of law relating to bidding procedures for county depositaries.

SB 847 – Modifies provisions relating to the collateral source rule and provides that parties may introduce evidence of the actual cost, rather than the value, of the medical care rendered.

All bill information can be found on the House website under bill tracking at www.house.mo.gov.

As always, it is a privilege to represent you in state government.