Legislative Report from Representative Shawn Rhoads

The week started out fast as committees began to work on hearing bills and also the budget process. Inclement weather slowed down the legislative process when a few inches of snow were dumped on our State Capital. Several bills were heard in committees and budget committees were busy hearing the various department budgets.

As the Propane shortage if being looked into in the State of Missouri Governor Nixon, Attorney General Koster, and US Congressman Jason Smith all stated they will be investigating the sudden spike in propane prices. Hopefully the consumers will find some relief soon.

Yesterday Senate Bill 518, offered by Senator David Sater, reforming Medicaid was heard on the floor of the Senate. There was an amendment offered by Senator Paul LeVota to expand Medicaid to the 138 % of poverty level. The amendment was defeated in the Senate by a vote of 23 no to 9 yes.

Bills in the House of Representatives

Several Bills are on the calendar in the House of Representatives, one of those is a bill I offered HB 1051 which will add more chemicals to the controlled substance list in the State of Missouri. House bills that will be heard next week on the floor are

HB 1058, Creates the Alcohol and Tobacco Control Trust Fund consisting of specified fees collected by the Director of Revenue to be used for the administration and regulation of the liquor control and tobacco laws

HB 1191, Changes provisions relating to rights-of-way of political subdivisions

HB 1198, Changes the laws regarding municipal utility poles

HB 1219, Changes provisions relating to absentee ballots

HB 1253/1297, Changes the laws regarding taxation by reducing the tax on corporate business income and business income for certain tax entities

HB 1295, Changes the laws regarding income tax

HB 1349, Changes the laws regarding the disruption or failure of communications services during emergencies

HB 1454, Changes the laws regarding utilities

HB 1133, Establishes the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Act

HB 1310/1236, Establishes the Missouri Angel Investment Incentive Act

As Always you can keep up with day to day activities in the House of Representatives by getting on the website at www.house.mo.gov