This report marks the end of this year’s legislation sent to Governor Parson. Governor Parson called for a special session to focus on expanding the Federal Reimbursement Allowance (FRA) program and certain allowances, taxes and assessments that fund the MO HealthNet program. The Senate will begin the special session today, June 23. The House will consider and approve the bill sent by the Senate on Wednesday, June 30. For the full list of 2021 legislation, go to house.mo.gov and click on Legislation. I encourage you to sign up to receive my full Capitol report by emailing me at [email protected]
Honoring Military and Veterans (SB 120)
Establishes the Missouri Department of the National Guard to administer militia and state programs relating to military forces, with the exception of the Missouri Veterans Commission. Designates November as Military Family Month to recognize the daily sacrifices of military families. Grants an interview to all members of the Missouri National Guard applying for jobs in the state and adds veterans questions to state forms to help them log on to services and enacts several other provisions.
Strengthening the workforce with skilled veterans (HB 476)
HB 476 will cut red tape to ensure more skilled veterans are able to work and practice in the state. When the bill becomes law, the state will recognize military occupational specialties for licensing. Specifically, the legislation includes a military occupational specialty as a type of license to practice when applying for a Missouri license to practice in the same profession under the Missouri reciprocity laws. The bill will allow military men and women to use the training they received during their service to return home and obtain skilled jobs, and to continue to use the skills they worked so hard for. get.
Fire brigade assistance (SB 45)
SB 45 will ensure that firefighters and their families are taken care of if a firefighter develops cancer as a result of their work. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), firefighters face a 9% increase in cancer diagnoses and a 14% increase in cancer-related deaths, compared to the general population in the United States . a pool of volunteer cancer firefighters by three or more political subdivisions. By law, any political subdivision can make contributions to a volunteer cancer firefighters benefit pool. The pool is authorized to make payments to covered persons based on the type of cancer with which the covered person has been diagnosed.
Showing appreciation for law enforcement (SB 72)
The bill officially creates Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, which will take place on the first Friday in May of each year. On Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, Missourians are encouraged to participate in activities and events that recognize and support courageous men and women who make the difficult and sometimes inaccessible commitment to protect and serve the public.
Say no to court packaging
Competing Senate Resolution (SCR) 6 sends a strong message from the Missouri General Assembly urging the United States Congress to resist any attempt to increase the number of judges on the United States Supreme Court. The Supreme Court of the United States has been composed of nine judges since 1869. The resolution notes that the court is “an essential part of the American system of checks and balances which protects our constitutional rights” and that “the President of the United States and the Congress should be prohibited from undermining the independence of the Supreme Court by changing the number of judges sitting on the Supreme Court.
Abandon the Dred Scott decision
House Concurrent Resolutions (UNHCR) 4 & 5 fully and completely waives the Missouri Supreme Court decision Dred Scott in 1852. Dred and Harriet Scott, people of African descent, were denied their freedom in Missouri with the decision rendered on March 22, 1852. The resolution refers to the decision as “a regrettable legacy for this state and contrary to the founding values of the nation, in particular the principle that all men are created equal”. The resolution also notes “that it is time to draw a line between the history of Missouri, which encompassed such inhuman and unfair treatment of our citizens, and present and future Missouri, which aims to be a place of equal treatment for all ”.
Encourage kindness (SB 72)
In conjunction with Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in September, HB 72 is creating Random Acts of Kindness Day. The day will take place on August 31 each year. It aims to encourage citizens to engage in random acts of kindness towards their fellow citizens. The day is also meant to remind the people of Missouri that a small act of kindness has the power to change the course of a person’s life and the potential to impact countless lives as acts of kindness random are paid.
Fight against copper theft (HB 69 and HB 271)
Allows the state to better crack down on copper thieves, as well as those who steal precious metals and catalytic converters.
Requires most scrap transactions to be paid for by check or electronic funds transfer, or to include a copy of seller’s photo ID, to ensure all sales can be tracked.
Allows tracking of copper theft.
Makes catalytic converter theft a Class E felony.
Requires buyers of precious metals to wait at least ten days for the object to melt.
Permanent authorization of take-out cocktails (SB 126) This will allow bars and restaurants to sell take-out alcohol. The bill allows restaurants to provide tamper-proof single-use bags with seals to allow customers to take certain alcoholic beverages with them. Tamper-evident bags are intended to help prevent drunk driving. Alcoholic drink should be purchased with a meal.
My family and I feel lucky to live in such a wonderful community as the 48th arrondissement. I am committed to representing the good people of the District and the people of the State of Missouri with integrity. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at (573) 751-0169 or you can contact my legislative assistant, June, at [email protected]