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May 3, 2019

Senate debates Fast Track bill
On Tuesday, April 30, the Senate took up for debate HB 225 (Swan), which creates the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant. During the almost five hours of debate, several amendments and substitutes were offered. Around 8 p.m., the bill was placed back on the Informal Calendar – House Bills on Third Reading.
A time for compromise: House and Senate name budget conferees
This week, the House and Senate named the conferees tasked with forging the compromise on the budget differences that were included in last week’s update. The conference committee members are:

      • Senators: Hegeman, Hough, Cunningham, Holsman, Nasheed
      • Representatives: Smith, Wood, R. Black, Kendrick, Burnette

In addition, the House took up and passed the capital improvements appropriations bills – HB 17, the re-appropriation bill for capital improvement projects not yet completed, and HB 19, new capital improvement projects – which will now go before the Senate.

During House debate on Thursday, the following higher education capital projects were added to HB 19:
    19.095    HARRIS-STOWE STEM LAB $500,000 GR
    19.105   OTC-REPUBLIC CAMPUS WITH 50% MATCH  $1,250,000 GR
    19.110   NWMS-AGRICULTURE LEARNING CENTER-0101  $2,500,000 GR

Fast Facts for the Week
Items in bold relate directly to higher education.

Sent to the Governor:
    • None

Passed by the Senate:
    • SB 1 (Curls): Removes certain offenses from the list of offenses where expungement is not currently available 
    • SB 3 (Curls): Modifies property regulations in certain cities and counties
    • SB 29 (Hegeman): Extends the sunset on certain health care provider reimbursement allowances
    • SB 37 (Onder): Modifies the offense and penalties of promoting prostitution in the first degree
    • SB 391 (Bernskoetter): Modifies provisions relating to agricultural operations
    • SB 514 (Sater): Modifies provisions relating to MO HealthNet benefits for persons in foster care
    • SCR 13 (Emery): Encourages schools to include courses on the Bible in education curriculum
    • HB 260 (Taylor): Imposes civil penalties for poaching certain animals

Passed by the House:
    • HB 17 (Smith): To appropriate money for capital improvement and other purposes for the several departments of state government and the division and programs thereof to be expended only as provided in Article IV, Section 28 of the Constitution of Missouri
    • HB 18 (Smith): To appropriate money for purposes for the several departments and offices of state government; for projects involving the maintenance, repair, replacement and improvement of state buildings and facilities
    • HB 19 (Smith): To appropriate money for purposes for the several departments and offices of state government; for planning and capital improvements including but not limited to major additions and renovations, new structures, and land improvements
    • HB 489 (DeGroot): Modifies provisions regarding punitive damages
    • HB 576 (Dohrman): Modifies the Campus Free Expression Act
    • HB 585 (Coleman): Establishes the Taxpayer Protection Act
    • HB 600 (Bondon): Modifies provisions relating to Medicaid per diem reimbursement rates
    • HB 632 (Shull): Changes provisions of law relating to insurance holding companies
    • HB 681 (Knight): Extends the expiration date for the fee imposed on new tire sales
    • HB 713 (Morris): Specifies that Purple Heart specialized license plates shall be issued without any fee for the first set of plates and only the regular registration fee shall apply to any additional plates
    • HB 842 (Griffith): Establishes the Capitol Complex Tax Credit Act
    • HB 868 (Mitten): Removes a provision regarding the preparing of a plan by the Director of the State Public Defender System to establish district offices
    • HB 1002 (Busick): Allows dump trucks to be equipped with mud flaps with up to 12 inches of clearance from the ground
    • HB 1049 (Wood): Modifies provisions relating to health benefits plans that provide medical care or benefits through insurance for minor children
    • HB 1137 (Hill): Modifies provisions relating to the misclassification of workers
    • HB 1162 (Riggs): Specifies that the Department of Economic Development shall maintain a record of all funds obtained under the Broadband Internet Grant Program
    • HJR 48 (Plocher): Proposes constitutional amendments relating to lobbying, redistricting, and the sunshine law
    • HJR 54 (Plocher): Proposes a constitutional amendment requiring ballots to merge or dissolve cities or counties only be approved if those cities or counties approve the ballot
    • SB 7 (Emery): Modifies provisions of civil procedure regarding joinder and venue
    • SB 30 (Hegeman): Allows evidence of failure to wear a seatbelt to prove comparative negligence or to mitigate damages
    • SB 134 (Wallingford): Modifies provisions relating to solid waste
    • SB 197 (Onder): Modifies provisions relating to intoxicating liquor
    • SB 368 (Hough): Allows for dealer license places to be displayed on motor vehicles owned by a dealership for use by a customer while the customer’s vehicle is being serviced or repaired


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