Those bills chosen to be overridden were primarily common sense reforms designed to benefit businesses and families across our state. We came together as a legislature to stand up for our constituents and stand against a Governor who has shown himself to be more and more distant from the people he is supposed to represent. Following are the bills we took up for consideration.
HB 150 Unemployment reform
This bill was overridden by the House during regular session and only needed to be voted on by the senate. What it does is link the unemployment benefits to the rate of unemployment. This helps to insure that the state keeps more money in the unemployment trust fund and protect against insolvency in the event of another economic downturn. We were the only state that was forced to borrow money from the federal government to pay for our unemployment benefits and that is not a mistake we intend to repeat. In periods of high unemployment (9% or more) benefits would be available for 20 weeks. During low unemployment periods, (below 6%), benefits would be limited to 13 weeks.
SB 224 Prevention of A+ Scholarships to Illegal Immigrants
This bill insures that scholarship benefits through the state's A+ program are received only by students who are legal residents of our country. The bill requires that a person be a United States citizen or permanent resident in order to receive benefits. This action insures that the limited funds in the A+ program will be reserved for legal Missouri residents. The program allows Missouri High School students who have met certain requirements to attend Community Colleges or vocational/technical schools for two years to pursue a college degree.
HB 722 Uniform Minimum Wage
This legislation is meant to keep minimum wages in municipalities throughout Missouri at a rate that does not exceed the state standard. A uniform minimum wage is necessary to provide a level playing field for employers and employees around the state. The bill simply clarifies existing law, which prohibits cities from setting arbitrary wages.
HB 618 Laws Concerning Human Remains
This bill allows assistant physicians, physicians’ assistants, and advance practice nurses to attest to a cause of death. This was done in part in response to requests from rural law enforcement.
HB 878 Corporate Security Advisors
Specifies that the department of Public safety has the authority to commission corporate security personnel and establishes procedures to do so.
HB 1022 Insurance
Authorizes a return of premiums paid by insured's.
SB 20 Sales Tax
Provides a sales tax exemption for material, machinery and energy used by commercial laundries. This stops the double taxation paid by this industry.
SB 142 DNR
Requires the DNR to prepare an impact report when developing a state plan for submission to the EPA. The report will be delivered to the Governor and Legislature at least 45 days prior to submission to the EPA. This provides more transparency.
SB 345 Banking
Increases from $75 dollars to $100 dollars the fees on short-term loans.
After debating the Right to Work bill for two hours, the House failed to garner enough votes to override the Governor. There were 96 votes in favor and we needed 109 to meet the 2/3rds requirement. The bill would have given workers in Missouri the right to decide whether to join a union and prohibited an employer from requiring a person to become a member of a labor organization as a condition of employment. Missouri would have become the 26th. state to approve RTW.