As has been reported here for several weeks, the governor continues to sign numerous bills into law that were passed by the General Assembly during this past session. The soon-to-be laws cover a wide array of subject matter ranging from protections against child abuse and neglect to improvements to the state's system of education. The majority of bills signed by the governor will take effect as law on Aug. 28. The governor has until July 14 to take action on all of the bills sent to him by the legislature. If he does not sign or veto a bill, it will take effect as law without his signature.
One of the bills recently signed by the governor takes steps to better protect young people from abuse and neglect. HB 1877 aims to ensure anyone who would be a danger to children is listed on the Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry. In addition, the bill improves the system of notification so that the Children's Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services will be better able to add offenders to the registry.
Finally, as I have done for several weeks, I will to continue to list the bills that have been Truly Agreed To and Finally Passed, and now sit on the governor's desk awaiting executive action. This week's list wraps up the list of Senate Bills and we will move to the House Bills next week.
Truly Agree and Finally Passed Bills (SBs)
--SB 986 -- Authorizes the conveyance of certain state properties
This act authorizes the conveyance of certain state properties in Jackson, Phelps, Macon, Cole, and Buchanan counties. The conveyance in Buchanan county is identical to SCS/SB 1057 (2016) and contains an emergency clause.
--SB 988 -- Modifies several provisions relating to health care providers
This act modifies several provisions relating to health care providers, including: (1) investment of funds by municipal hospitals; (2) background checks for ambulance district employees, contractors, and volunteers; (3) alternative stroke center designations and emergency department physician education requirements; (4) medical helipad fences; (5) certificates of need; and (6) the investment of funds by county hospitals.
--SB 994 -- Allows the Missouri Wine and Grape Board to oversee and provide any professional or legal services on the distribution of wine to achieve the Board's marketing goals
Currently, the Missouri Wine and Grape Board may participate in studies in the areas of sales, promotions, and the effective distribution of Missouri wines in order to achieve the goals of the Board. Under this act, the Board would also be able to oversee and provide any professional or legal services to promote such marketing goals. Also, under this act, any person whose liquor license or permit has been revoked shall be eligible to work as an employee of an establishment holding a license five years after the person's license revocation, and such person shall be able to reapply for a new license or permit after 5 years. Finally, entertainment facilities such as arenas and stadiums shall not be prohibited from selling alcoholic beverages through the use of mobile applications if such facilities possess requisite licenses and permits.
--SB 1002 -- Allows the State Auditor to audit community improvement districts
Under this act, community improvement districts may be audited by the State Auditor in the same manner as state agencies.
--SB 1009 -- Designates the "Trooper James M. Bava Memorial Highway"
This act designates the portion of state highway FF in Audrain County beginning at Elmwood Drive in the city of Mexico and extending west to County Road 977 as "Trooper James M. Bava Memorial Highway". The act requires the Department of Transportation to erect and maintain appropriate signs designating such highway, with costs to be paid for by private donations provided by the Missouri State Troopers Association.
--SB 1025 -- Exempts instructional classes from sales tax
Under current law, the definition of "sale at retail" for purposes of sales tax law includes charges and fees to or in places of recreation. This act provides that the definition does not include amounts paid for instructional classes. In addition, current law imposes a four percent tax on the amounts paid to or in places of recreation. This act excludes amounts paid for instructional classes.
--SCR 42 -- Declares Nov. 14, 2016, as Neuroblastoma Cancer Awareness Day
This resolution designates Nov. 14, 2016, as Neuroblastoma Cancer Awareness Day.
--SCR 43 - Establishes the Joint Committee on Capitol Improvements
This concurrent resolution creates the Joint Committee on Capitol Improvements. The committee is tasked with examining the appropriate space needs of the General Assembly, certain statewide elected officers, and other entities within the State Capitol building.
--SCR 50 - Designates the month of September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
This resolution designates the month of September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
--SCR 58 - Urges the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to build a new facility in St. Louis City
Under this Concurrent Resolution, the General Assembly urges the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to remain in St. Louis by building a new facility in the city.