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100th Missouri General Assembly 2020 Legislative Update- Week 4

We have quite a few controversial pieces of Legislation making their way through Missouri’s General Assembly these days. Here’s our update regarding the bills being heard and discussed in week 4 of the 2020 Regular Session of our 100th General Assembly.

SJR38 (Hegeman) (also HJR101 and HJR76)- undoing Amendment 1 “CLEAN". The major change to Amendment 1 in this legislation is the redistricting portion. This proposal would put redistricting power in the hands of political appointees as opposed to a non-partisan demographer.
Kiehne doesn’t support this measure.

HB1664 (Richey)- Relates to Charter school funding.
The bill requires school districts to pay for each pupil attending a charter school in that district based on the formula established in the bill which includes all state aid and local aid received by the school district divided by the total weighted average daily attendance of the school district and all charter schools within the school district.
Kiehne doesn’t support this measure.

SB528 (Cunningham)- Pupil Transportation Funding. This bill mandates that any remaining school funding be diverted to transportation fund for schools. Currently schools are 15% funded by the State for transportation which has been a factor in dozens of Missouri School Districts going to 4-day weeks in order to address the shortfall. (transportation *should* be 75% funded by the State)
Kiehne doesn’t support this measure.

HB1682 (Wood)- Prohibits vapor product usage in indoor areas of public schools or on school buses.
Kiehne supports this measure.

HB1347 (Baker)- Changes the law relating to the prohibition on expenditure of public funds to support or oppose candidates and certain measures. This essentially prevents public employees from expressing political views.
Kiehne doens’t support this measure.

“No officer, board member, director, administrator, employee, or agent of any political subdivision or special district shall directly use public resources or property paid for with public funds to advocate, support, or oppose any ballot measure, any candidate for public office, or any issue before the general assembly. This section shall not be construed to prohibit any officer, board member, director, administrator, employee, or agent of a political subdivision or special district from making public appearances , issuing press releases ,or testifying before the general assembly as long as such officer, board member, director, administrator, employee, or agent does so for informational purposes only and does not do so in his or her official capacity while receiving compensation by the political subdivision or special district for time worked unless such actions are part of his or her job description."

HB1688/SB647 (Grier)- Establishes the “Expanded Workforce Access Act of 2020" This proposal would help advance apprenticeships in Missouri as an avenue for acquiring the skills and education needed for a licensed profession. It would eliminate certain restrictions regarding an applicant’s criminal history as well.
Kiehne is watching this bill. Could possibly open doors for training a more skilled workforce.

HB2088 (Shaul)- regarding gambling machines and online betting. Legalizes a variety of currently illegal gambling types including video poker machines and online sports betting.
Kiehne opposes this measure.

HB 1450 (Schroer) – Changes laws regarding controlled substance offenses making penalties stiffer for drug offenders.
Kiehne opposes these measures.

SB649 (Eigel)- Charter Expansion bill. This bill would allow Charter Schools to be sponsored by outside entities (other than the local school board) and operate in Districts around the State. It also provides guidelines by which School Districts must cooperate with Charter Schools.
Kiehne opposes this measure.

SB663 (Burlison)- This bill would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry in currently prohibited places like hospitals, day cares, churches, amusement parks, bars and college campuses.
Kiehne opposes this measure.

HB2380 (Pollock)- A piece of anti-vaxx legislation regarding informed-consent and immunization exception.
Kiehne opposes this measure.

HB1346 (Baker)- Requires school districts to display “In God We Trust" in prominent locations in all schools.
Kiehne opposes this measure.

HB2044 (Baker)- Establishes the “Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act". This legislation’s purpose is to control what materials are available to minors and prohibit access to materials deemed to be “offensive". Each public library shall establish a parental library review board that will make the determination as what is appropriate or not.
Kiehne opposes this measure.

HJR60 (Billingsly)- Increases the threshold to certify a petition for a ballot initiative to 8% of all legal voters in all 8 Congressional Districts instead of 6.
Kiehne opposes this measure.

HB1811 (Simmons)- Adds a $500 application fee (and other fees) to submit petitions for approval to be ballot initiatives.
Kiehne opposes this measure.

HJR97 (Eggleston)- Initiative petitions proposing amendments to the Constitution of Missouri shall be subject to approval by the General Assembly after the initiative petition has received the requisite number of signatures but before it is placed on the ballot.
Kiehne opposes this measure.

HB1583 (Haden)- Prohibits the inspection of certain grounds or facilities in Missouri to enforce the laws of a state other than Missouri. This includes preventing the County Health Department from inspecting sites. (sounds like a CAFO protection)
Kiehne opposes this measure.

HB1721/SB848 (Schnelting/Eigel)- Prohibits medical providers from administering any medical or surgical treatment for the purpose of gender reassignment for anyone under the age of eighteen.
Kiehne opposes this measure.

HB2051/SB842 (Pollock/Emery)- Adds that a person commits the offense of abuse or neglect of a child if such person assists, coerces, or provides for a child to undergo any surgical or hormonal treatment for the purpose of gender reassignment.
Kiehne opposes this measure.

HJR82/SJR50 (Ross/O’Laughlin)- Any student who is enrolled in a publicly funded secondary school and who participates in any sex-separated interscholastic athletic contest  organized by the school shall be eligible to participate only in athletic contests organized for persons of the same biological sex included on the student’s birth certificate.
Kiehne opposes this measure.

HB1926/SB761 (Kelly/Burlison)- Prohibits public institutions of higher learning from discriminating against a religious student association or denying a religious student association any benefit available to any other student association.
Kiehne opposes this measure.