The Governor did sign a few bills last week. SB 814 creates an income tax deduction for Missouri residents who are active duty members of the Armed Forces and stationed in Missouri. HB 1435 expands the ability for non-profits to receive refunds if they were incorrectly charged sales or use tax, HB 1582 allows businesses to file W-2 forms electronically, HB 1717 requires notice if a public water system adds or removes fluoridation, and SB 823 clarifies a state and local sales tax exemption for internet access. He also vetoed several bills including SB 591, which would have changed Missouri’s antiquated criteria for expert witnesses, SB 847, which would have caused stricter guidelines for insurance claims, SB 844, which provided protection against liability for farmers and ranchers when livestock got out through no fault of the owners, SB 641, which would end taxation of Federal payments for flood damages, HB 2030 which would eliminate capital gains on sales of employee stock plans (ESOPs), HB 1432, which would have caused the government to have policies limiting the process of “Administrative Leave” when employees are accused of wrongdoing, and HB 1713 which would cause the Clean Water Commission to place farmers, business owners and stakeholders on the Commission instead of government picked bureaucrats. Each of these vetoed bills would have decreased government powers and increased individuals’ powers. They would have relieved unfair tax burdens and enabled those who work for a living to keep more of what they earn. They would have caused the government to be more accountable. Some of them will be overridden during veto session, but we never seem to get them all done and we have to start all over next session.
We were at a ribbon cutting at the Freeman Clinic in Anderson on Monday. Freeman President, Paula Baker was on hand to show us the new Rehabilitation Wing. We met some great medical providers including my brand new Primary Physician, Dr. Zheng. My doctor had retired and I needed to find a new one and she fits the bill! Jane is delighted because she is already bossing me around telling me to wear sunscreen and stuff like that.
No report next week because I will be in Lexington, Kentucky for a Legislative Conference. I’ll tell you all about it when I get back.