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 Wednesday, May 15. For live updates on the Senate, click here.
The House adjourned at 5 p.m.
SCR 6, organ harvesting, TAFP with 137-1 vote
The resolution calls on the Chinese government to end the practice of organ harvesting from prisoners as well as prisoners of conscience, specifically Falun Gong prisoners of conscience.
SCR 5, solid waste management district, TAFP with 141-1 vote
The resolution establishes the Joint Committee on Solid Waste Management District Operations. The committee shall be composed of five members of the Senate and five members of the House, with not more than three from each chamber being from the same party.
SB 87, taxation, passed with a 112-30 vote
The bill modifies provisions relating to income tax refund donations. The House added multiple amendments, including interest relief to Missourians on tax bills.
The measure now goes back to the Senate.
SB 358, health professionals, passed with an 88-50 vote
The bill, sponsored by Sen. David Sater, adds psychiatrists to the Health Professional Student Loan Repayment Program.
After a title change, Rep. Chuck Basye was able to add his bill on developmental disability coverage to the measure. Rep. Jon Carpenter added an amendment establishing the “Missouri Task Force Task Force” to oversee Missouri’s task forces.
Nearly two dozen other amendments, which were standalone bills, were added on the legislation. The bill now goes back to the Senate for another vote.
SB 330, utilities, passed
The bill establishes an “Association of Missouri Electrical Cooperatives” special license plate. The plate requires an annual emblem-use authorization fee of $25, paid to the Association of Missouri Electrical Cooperatives, in addition to the $15 special personalized license plate fee and other requirements and fees as provided by law.
Rep. Jim Hansen added his eminent domain bill as an amendment to the bill. Multiple other amendments were added and the bill now goes back to the Senate.
Senate approves plan to provide more funding for utility training programs
SB 133, agricultural, TAFP with 135-4 vote
An aall-encompassingagricultural bill, SB 133 includes provisions on industrial hemp, zoning classifications, eggs, and treated timber.
General Assembly approves changes to Missouri’s fledgling hemp program
HB 499, sent to conference
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.
At 11:43 a.m., the House recessed until 1:14 p.m.
SB 54, sent to conference
SB 36, sent to conference
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 source other than the real estate licensee or the seller and the source is disclosed by the licensee.
SB 514, health care, sent to fiscal review
Under the bill championed by Sen. David Sater, those who reside in Missouri, and are at least 18 years of age and under 26, and who have received foster care for at least six months in another state will be eligible for MO HealthNet benefits.
The House added multiple other provisions to the bill in committee but, after a tongue-in-cheek motion by House handler Rep. David Wood, those changes were stripped off.
Wood then added a variety of bills, with corrected language, to the measure. One of the provisions included Telehealth sunset, Medicaid reimbursement rates, utilization reviews, self-insured health plans, suicide assessment, and more than a dozen others.
SB 21, local sales taxes, TAFP with 139-5 vote
This act adds the cities of Portageville, Riverside, and Fayette to the list of authorized places to propose a sales tax for the purposes of improving public safety. Such sales tax, if approved by the voters, shall not exceed a rate of 0.5 percent.
The House added multiple other provisions to the bill in committee but, after a tongue-in-cheek motion by House handler Rep. Don Rone, those changes were stripped off.
HB 677, tourism infrastructure facilities, TAFP with 89-58 vote
With funding set to expire this year, the bill would extend state appropriations for the Truman Sports Complex and Bartle Hall. Championed by freshman Rep. Jon Patterson, the measure also includes funding for improvements to the Enterprise Center in St. Louis.
Legislature votes to continue funding convention, sports centers
House gavels in at 10:00 a.m.
The legislative day officially got underway shortly before 10 a.m. with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. The chamber then introduced special guests and approved the House journal from May 14, 2019.
Alisha Shurr was a reporter for The Missouri Times and The Missouri Times Magazine. She joined The Missouri Times in January 2018 after working as a copy editor for her hometown newspaper in Southern Oregon. Alisha is a graduate of Kansas State University.