Now that the July 14 deadline for the governor to take action on bills has officially passed, Gov. Parson signed several pieces of legislation into law, and vetoed a handful of others. In total, Gov. Parson signed 6 3bills after taking office. In addition to the bills signed by the previous governor, the legislature saw the majority of the 150 bills it TAFP’d signed into law.
The governor vetoed only three bills and said he would reach out to House and Senate leadership to explore options and discuss efforts to address veto concerns. The governor had also issued 21 line-item vetoes in the state budget. In total, he line-item vetoed more than $12 million in funding contained in 10 different appropriations bills.
Lawmakers will now consider what, if any, actions to take with the vetoed bills. The House Budget Committee met July 17 to review the line-item vetoes in the budget. Committee members used the time to gather information to assess whether immediate action needs to be taken to address the programs that will lose funding because of the vetoes. We will next meet on September 12for the annual Veto Session where we will consider further action on the vetoes.
Also, as promised I will continue to summarize Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed (TAFP) bills from this legislative session. Next week we will wrap up House bills and move on to Senate bills.
2018 Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed Bills
HB 2034(Signed by Governor:06/01/18)—Modifies provisions relating to industrial hemp
This bill exempts industrial hemp, which is defined as Cannabis sativa L. containing no greater than 0.3%THC, from the definition of marijuana and the list of controlled substances. In addition, it is legal for any person who has received an industrial hemp license to grow, harvest, cultivate, and process industrial hemp. Industrial hemp is used for such purposes as cloth, canvass, paper, as well as other items.
HB 2101(Signed by Governor: 06/22/18)—Specifies that guardian ad litem fees shall not be automatically waived in certain civil actions
Currently, when a person is represented in a civil action by a legal aid society or other nonprofit organization that provides legal services to indigent persons, all costs related to the prosecution may be waived without a motion or court approval. This bill provides that this automatic waiver shall not include guardian ad litem fees. A party requesting waiver of guardian ad litem fees, who is represented by a legal aid society or other nonprofit, must file an updated certification form with the court prior to trial. Any party may present to the court additional evidence on the financial condition of the parties. Any failure to pay guardian ad litem fees shall not preclude a certifying party from filing future suits and shall not be used as a basis to limit the certifying party's prosecution or defense of the action.
HB 2116 (Signed by Governor: 06/01/18)—Exempts certain types of vessels from provisions prohibiting passengers from riding in certain areas of a motorboat
This bill specifies that the operator of a watercraft that is in violation of the requirements that the watercraft be equipped with a personal flotation device for each person on board shall be guilty of an infraction and fined not more than $25. The bill also specifies that the owner of any watercraft in violation of the slow-no wake provisions shall be guilty of an infraction and fined not more than $25. Court costs will not be imposed for these infractions.
HB 2129(Signed by Governor:07/05/18)—Requires thirty minutes of instruction regarding decisions on organ donation during high school
This bill requires public schools to allow any recognized organization that provides unbiased information on organ, eye, and tissue donation to make a 30-minute presentation to the schools' governing bodies. Schools must consider the presentation and decide whether to present the information to students and parents. The bill provides that no student may be required to participate in donation instruction if the student has a sincere belief contrary to such instruction.
HB 2183(Signed by Governor:07/06/18)—Modifies provisions relating to hospital licensure and regulations
This bill allows an applicant for or holder of a hospital license to define the premises of a hospital campus to include tracts of property which are adjacent but for a single intersection. This bill changes the law so that only a health care facility licensed under Chapter 198 needs to obtain a certificate of need to increase its licensed bed capacity bymorethan10bedsormorethan 10%of the total bed capacity.
Any such facility seeking a non applicability review for an increase in total beds or total bed capacity that is 10 beds or less or 10 percent or less of total bed capacity are only eligible for nonapplicability review if the facility has had no patient care class I deficiencies within the last 18 months and has maintained at least an 85 percent average occupancy rate for the previous six quarters. The bill also allows certain hospital licensure regulations to in corporate by reference Medicare conditions of participation, including later additions or amendments.
HB 2280(Signed by Governor: 06/01/18)—Expands MO HealthNet benefits for pregnant women to provide substance abuse treatment for up to one year after giving birth
Currently, certain pregnant women receiving MO HealthNet benefits continue to be eligible for all pregnancy-related and postpartum benefits for 60 days following the last day of their pregnancy. This bill specifies that pregnant women receiving substance abuse treatment within 60 days of giving birth shall be, subject to appropriations and federal approval, eligible for MO HealthNet benefits for substance abuse treatment and mental health treatment for substance abuse for no more than 12 additional months, as long as the woman remains adherent with treatment.
No later than 15 months following the receipt of any necessary waivers or state plan amendments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Social Services shall report to the House Budget Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee on compliance with federal cost neutrality requirements.
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