The House Truly Agreed and Finally Passed SB 149 that creates Tax Incentives for Data Storage. This bill gives firms state and local sales tax exemptions on all machinery, equipment, computers, electrical energy, gas, water, and other utilities, including telecommunication and Internet services, used in a new data storage center facility for a project period of up to 15 years from the date of conditional approval and subject to specified requirements. This bill also provides a tax exemption for the purchases of tangible personal property for the construction of a new data storage center. The application must be made to the Department of Economic Development. It is projected that this will result in at least $25 million of new facility investment within 36 consecutive months and create at least 10 new jobs within 36 consecutive months with wages of at least 150% of the county average wage over a three-year period. Representative White voted against this bill. Last year the legislature overrode the Governor's veto of the first income tax reduction that only begins when the state revenue increases by $100 million over any of the preceding 3 years. Bills granting tax credits or tax exemptions for specific corporations or industries reduces the possibility of state revenue from reaching the $100 million threshold. An across the board tax reduction will be a greater stimulus and is more fair to all taxpayers
HB 769 that deals with Direct Health Care Services passed the House. This bill specifies that a medical retainer agreement is a contract between a physician and an individual patient or the individual patient’s legal representative in which the physician agrees to provide certain health care services described in the agreement to the individual patient for an agreed-upon fee and period of time. A medical retainer agreement is not insurance, and a physician or agent of a physician is not required to obtain a certificate of authority or license to market, sell, or offer to sell a medical retainer agreement. This bill creates criteria for a medical retainer agreement:
1) Be in writing
2) Be signed by the physician or agent of the physician and the individual patient or the individual patient’s legal representative
3) Allow either party to terminate the agreement or written notice to the other party
4) Describe the specific health care services that are included in the agreement
5) Specify the fee for the agreement
6) Specify the period of time under the agreement
7) Prominently state in writing that the agreement is not health insurance
Any patient who enters into medical retainer agreement under these provisions may use funds from his or her health savings account, flexible spending arrangement, or health reimbursement arrangement, to pay the fees under the patient’s medical retainer agreement. Representative White voted “yes’ on this bill.
The House also passed SB 11. This bill addresses ethics for state elected officials. The main part of this bill specifies that elected officials have to wait a year after they finish their term before he or she is allowed to become a lobbyist and while they are serving in office they are only allowed to accept gifts less than $25.
Missouri Department of Conservation Events
Introduction to Archery
Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area (Just 5 minutes from Wildcat)
Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Learn the fundamental skills and safety of archery shooting. Youth across the state are participating in school archery competition as interest in archery continues to grow. Join in the fun as you discover the basics of archery, how to hone your skills and start to enjoy this lifelong activity. For more information or to register call 417-629-3423.
Located in the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center in Wildcat Park just south of I-44, the Joplin Conservation Office is your local connection to Missouri’s fish, forests and wildlife. Stop by for a fishing/hunting license, and stay for a nature program, go for a hike, enjoy a picnic or access Shoal Creek.
Kids Fishing Day
Location: Bennett Spring State Park
Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015, 6:30 AM to 8:15 PM
The Missouri Department of Conservation proudly present Kid’s Fishing Day, May 2, at Bennett Spring State Park. Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish and learn about fishing at Bennett Spring Kid’s Fishing Day. A designated fishing area will be reserved for youths age 15 and under. Limited fishing equipment will be available on a first come basis to borrow so children are encouraged to bring their own. Lunch will be available for the children 15 and younger from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If there are any questions please call the hatchery at 417-532-4418.