Rep. Hansen Capitol Report
HB 2620 - Oversight of How Electric Rates in Municipalities are Set
This will be my final bill due to deadlines and term limits. I believe this is an important bill because at this time there is no oversight on how utility rates are set in local municipalities. This bill would give the Public Service Commission oversight jurisdiction and ensure that any savings that the municipalities might gain from certain contracts would be passed on to the ratepayers. The bill state's in part, "Any city or subdivision thereof that engages in the retail sale of electricity and derives annual revenues from electricity sales that exceed its annual wholesale electricity purchase costs by more than five percent shall have its retail electric rates reviewed by the public service commission established under chapter 393..."
Race for the 40th
There are four that have filed to run for the seat that I have held for the last eight years as Representative for the 40th District. Heather Dodd and Ron Staggs, both of Monroe County, and Chad Perkins and Woodrow Polston, both of Pike County. I congratulate all four candidates for their willingness to serve and wish them all the best of luck.
House Gives Initial Approval to Legislation to Reinstitute Voter ID Law (HB 1600)
Missouri House members took action this week to reinstitute a voter ID requirement that was approved by more than 60 percent of Missourians in 2016. Lawmakers gave first-round approval to a bill that would bring clarity to the requirements that were gutted by a Missouri Supreme Court decision in January.
The bill approved by lawmakers would remove the affidavit requirement and instead give voters without a valid photo ID the option to cast a provisional ballot. Individuals who cast a provisional ballot would need to sign a statement saying they will return to the polling place the same day with a valid ID in order to have their vote counted. They would also have their vote counted if their signature on the ballot matches the signature that is on file with election authorities.
Speaker Haahr Creates Committee to Discuss Missouri’s Response to Novel Coronavirus
Missouri House Speaker Elijah Haahr announced the creation of the Special Committee on Disease Control and Prevention. The committee will host a public forum for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to share their response to the coronavirus.
“Dr. Randall Williams has briefed my office on the state’s preventive measures and response plan to protect Missourians’ health,” Haahr said. “I believe Missourians deserve to know the steps that have been taken and the proactive approach Dr. Williams and DHSS are utilizing to combat the coronavirus in our state.”
The committee will hold its meeting with Dr. Williams, director of DHSS, on Monday, March 2 at 1:30 p.m. in House Hearing Room 5 in the Missouri State Capitol building.
Bills Sent to the Senate
HBs 1387 & 1482 establishes the "Authorized Electronic Monitoring in Long-Term Care Facilities Act", which specifies the parameters of electronic monitoring by residents of long-term care facilities. Supporters say the bill is important to give peace of mind to nursing home residents and their families.
HB 1418 includes anyone employed by the Department of Corrections, corrections officers, and jailers in the list of persons whose home address and vehicle information is to be kept confidential by the Department of Revenue under state law.
HB 1868 requires the State Board of Education, in consultation with the Career and Technical Advisory Council, to develop a statewide plan establishing the minimum requirements for a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Certificate. The statewide plan will match workforce needs with appropriate educational resources.
HB 1694 requires the Department of Natural Resources to create and make available on its website an interactive map of hazardous waste sites in the state. The maps must link to certain information. Before January 1, 2021, each hazardous waste site must post an informational sign at each entrance to the site.
HB 1559 defines "private schools" as any non-public school or school operated by a religious organization and specifies that private schools shall not be required to increase their minimum wage annually as required by current law.
HB 1293 modifies a provision relating to sexual offenders who are Tier I sexual offenders. Currently, Tier I sexual offenses include child molestation in the second degree under state statute, as it existed prior to January 1, 2017, if the punishment is less than one year. This bill changes the provision to include the offense if the offense is a misdemeanor. Supporters say this is a technical fix for the sexual offender registry. A category of offenders was inadvertently left off the list and, because of that, they ended up on Tier III of the registry, which requires being on the registry for life.
As always, it is an honor to serve as your state representative, and feel free to contact our office if we can be of service.
Working on your behalf,
Representative Jim Hansen
Proudly Serving the 40th House District
Lincoln, Monroe, Pike, & Ralls Counties
Missouri House of Representatives
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