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Final week in the House: Friday, May 17

During the last week of the session, the Missouri Times will bring you updates of floor activity of each chamber. Below is all the floor activity in the House from Friday, May 17. For live updates on the Senate, click here.

House leadership holds an end of session press conference

The House is adjourned.

HB 959, motor vehicle franchise practice act, TAFP with 139-3 vote

This bill repeals an existing provision of the Motor Vehicle Franchise Practices Act (MVFPA) regarding coercion of franchisees to alter their facilities, and enacts new prohibitions against coercion.

Speaker Elijah Haahr signs HB 126

Sweeping anti-abortion bill given final legislative approval

HB 547, veterans treatment courts, TAFP

Requires each judicial circuit to establish a veterans’ treatment court.

HB 266, historic preservation, TAFP

Creates the designation of “Missouri Historical Theater” and specifies criteria to apply for and achieve such designation.

SB 297, court proceedings,  TAFP

This act allows a person who is 75 years of age or older to be excused from jury service on a petit or grand jury upon a timely application to the court.

SB 147, transportation, TAFP with 94-46 vote

The bill alters the cost of license fees, vehicle inspections, turning left on red to a one-way street, digital driver’s licenses, and multiple other provisions.

It would also partially repeal the helmet requirement for some adult motorcyclists.

SB 54, insurance companies, TAFP with 136-6 vote

SB 36, real estate, TAFP with 136-6 vote

This act expands the immunity of real estate licensees to include information about the size or area of a property or of improvements to property if the information was from a third party and the source is disclosed by the licensee prior to an offer to purchase being transmitted to the seller. However, such licensee shall not have immunity if he or she knew the information was false, or acted with reckless disregard as to whether such information was true or false.

SB 202, mining royalties, TAFP

Starting in fiscal year 2020, moneys disbursed to the Missouri Office of Administration from the Office of Natural Resources Revenue within the U.S. Department of the Interior from mining royalties on federal land located within the state shall be distributed on a proportional basis by the Office of Administration to each county in this state where such mining royalties accrued.

SB 83, relocation of a child, TAFP with 138-6 vote

This act modifies several provisions relating to court proceedings, including: (1) child relocation; (2) grandparent visitation; (3) public defenders; and (4) the “Save the Family Farm Act”.

HB 335, public service commission, TAFP with 109-36

Currently, an applicant may file the notice of appeal of a decision issued by the Public Service Commission with the commission, which must forward the appeal to the appellate court. This bill would modify the filing requirements so that the applicant files the appeal directly with the appellate court and pays all necessary filing fees and notice of the appeal is served on the commission.

HB 604, school turnaround act, TAFP with 116-25 vote

The bill states beginning September 1, 2020 and subject to appropriations, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shall use an outcome-based measure to set criteria for the designation of schools in need of intervention and specifies a time line for the initial remedial year.

The bill includes more than a dozen other provisions.

SB 230, guardianship and conservatorship, TAFP with 137-3 vote

This act modifies several provisions relating to judicial proceedings, including: (1) ABLE account assets; (2) venue in guardianship and conservatorship proceedings; (3) public defenders; and (4) venue.

SB 275, health care, passed

Under this act, long-acting or extended-release opioids shall not be used to treat acute pain in dentistry. If the dentist, in his or her professional judgment, believes a long-acting or extended-release opioid is necessary to treat the patient, the dentist shall document and explain in the patient’s dental record the reason for the necessity for the long-acting or extended-release opioid.

Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman moved tongue-in-cheek for the adoption of the House committee substitute. After rolling it back to the version voted out of the Senate, the House proceeded to amendment the bill.

SB 17, public school retirement system, TAFP with 138-4

Exempts any person retired and receiving a retirement allowance from PSRS and employed by a public community college from current law relating to retirement allowance restrictions.

SB 182, interstate business incentives, TAFP with 143-3

This act reauthorizes the prohibition on the issuance of incentives under the BUILD program, the new or expanded business facilities program, the Urban Enterprise Loan program, or the Missouri Works program for businesses that relocate from certain counties in Kansas to certain counties in Missouri, contingent on similar action taken by Kansas. Such prohibitions expired on August 28, 2016.

‘Border Wars’ bill advances through legislature

SJR 14 & 9, term limits for public officers, TAFP in 114-32

This proposed constitutional amendment, if approved by the voters, prohibits any person from being elected to the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor, State Treasurer, or Attorney General more than twice.

SCR 14, transportation, TAFP with 107-31 vote

Authorizes and directs the Office of Administration to execute and deliver a financing agreement for payment of debt service on transportation bonds issued by the Highways and Transportation Commission.

“I am going to express my concerns with the bill but also in the end vote yes on it,” said Rep. Kip Kendrick.

Bonding compromise sent to governor’s desk

SB 224, discover, passed with 97-33 vote

The bill, championed by Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer, makes various statutory changes to discovery rules.

The bill now needs another vote by the Senate.

Senate reaches ‘genuine compromise’ on tort reform bill during another late night debate

SB 180, military jobs, TAFP with 140-7 vote

This act specifies that other persons specially appointed to serve orders of court shall also receive $10 for orders they serve, which shall also be paid into the county treasury to the credit of the deputy sheriff salary supplementation fund.

SB 12 & 123, service of court orders, TAFP with 89-51 vote

This act specifies that other persons specially appointed to serve orders of court shall also receive $10 for orders they serve, which shall also be paid into the county treasury to the credit of the deputy sheriff salary supplementation fund.

SB 333, public safety, TAFP with 103-41 vote

Current law authorizes certain fire protection districts and municipalities having a municipal fire department to propose to the voters a sales tax not to exceed 0.25 percent for the operation of the fire protection district or municipal fire department. This act increases the maximum rate to 0.5 percent.

SB 203, property in certain cities, third read with 136-6 vote

This act modifies how actions against another property owner whose property is a nuisance are brought in certain cities and counties. Specifically this act modifies how notice of a nuisance is given to the property owner or tenant of the property.

The bill needs one more vote by the Senate before heading to the governor.

HB 243, victims of certain offenses, TAFP with 141-3 vote

Allows victims of certain crimes to be released from certain lease agreements if documentation is provided to the landlord.

HB 188, million dollar boondoggle act, TAFP with 111-28 vote

Establishes the Million Dollar Boondoggle Act of 2019.

House Republican pushes ‘boondoggle’ bill disclosing status of state projects

HB 126, fetal heartbeat, TAFP with 110-44 vote 

The bill establishes the “Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act” that places new limits on abortion.

In a near silent chamber — only interrupted by a few outbursts from onlookers — lawmakers shared their stance on the bill.

“Missouri is doing a good thing,” said Rep. Sonya Anderson. “We are a pro-life state and we are here to prove it.”

“What this bill does is it simply takes the rights away from women to make choices on their own health care in this state,” said Rep. Doug Beck.

Sweeping anti-abortion bill given final legislative approval

HB 399, healthcare for disabled children, CCS passed 138-4

The bill, championed by Rep. Chuck Basye and Sen. Denny Hoskins, prohibits any third-party payer for health care services from limiting coverage or denying reimbursement for treatment for physical, cognitive, emotional, mental, or developmental disabilities in specified situations.

The conference committee removed a provision on air ambulances.

HB 499, driver’s license revocation, CCS passed 135-4

The bill, championed by Rep. Aaron Griesheimer, requires automatic driver’s license revocation when a driver strikes a highway worker in a construction or work zone and when a driver strikes and emergency responder in an emergency zone.

The conference committee removed a provision on air admissions.

House gavels in at 10:09 a.m.

The legislative day officially got underway shortly after 10 a.m. with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. The chamber then introduced special guests and approved the House journal from May 16, 2019.