The House of Representatives worked on the perfection calendar and third reading calendar this week. The highlights of week included statutory cause of action claims (tort reform), autocycles, month, week and day designations, and tax amnesty.
Several days, weeks, and months were designated for special recognition.
July 3rd was designated as “Organ Donor Recognition Day”. The week in which May 15 falls will be “Missouri Peace Officers Memorial Week.” The first full week before Memorial Day will be “Safe Boating Week.” The third week of February will be “Engineer Awareness Week.” November will be “Epilepsy Awareness Month.” Statutory Cause of Action Claims (Tort Reform) was discussed and passed this week. Representative White argued strongly for this bill. This will limit the amount someone can be awarded for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, in a medical malpractice lawsuit to $350,000. This will keep medical malpractice insurance premiums down, keeping doctors in Missouri and keeping down the cost of health care. Representative White’s tort reform resolution is a constitutional fix, and has been passed out of the Standing Committee. The House perfected a bill that will let motorists and passengers to not have to wear helmets when the autocycle has a roof with meets or exceeds the standards established for protective headgear. This also allows for the operation of the autocycle on a highway as long as the motorist has a valid driver’s license. The House passed a bill that allows amnesty from the payment of all penalties, additions to tax, and interest on delinquencies of unpaid taxes administered by the Department of Revenue which occurred on or prior to December 31, 2014. Taxpayers must apply for the amnesty, pay unpaid taxes in full from July 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015, and agree to comply with state tax laws for the next 8 years from the date of the agreement. If the taxpayer does get amnesty, he or she will not be eligible to participate in any future amnesty for the same type of tax.
Missouri Department of Conservation Events
Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Saturday, March 21 12:00pm-3:00pm
Here is your chance to see some of our avian friends up close! Join us for a winter bird banding demonstration with the Missouri River Bird Observatory. Birds will be captured around the feeding stations and then banded in a location for easy viewing. Stop by anytime. All ages. No registration required.
Tree Selection and Planting Workshop
Wildcat Glade Conservation & Audubon Center
Thursday, March 26 6:30pm-9:00pm
Before you select and plant a tree, you need to ask several questions to evaluate your planting site. This a decision that lasts a lifetime or longer. Learn to make informed decisions about your trees by attending this program. To register for the this program or for more information call (417) 629-3423.
Did you know? The Missouri Department of Conservation maintains about 730 miles of designated trails on conservation areas and over 70 unstaffed and 5 staffed shooting ranges for outdoor recreational use.
House Bill 283
Representative White has been working on getting several bills of his own passed. He has sat down with the Department of Health, funeral directors, and the Funeral Director’s Association to iron out details on the Death Certificate bill he has filed. Currently 30% (14,725) of death certificates are completed within 4-7 days, and almost double that, 37% (18,445) are completed sometime after 8 days. This bill will make the process that funeral directors and doctors and coroners have to go through to fill out a death certificate more efficient in order for families to receive death certificates in a more timely manner. Some of the highlights of the bill include death certificates must be completed in 3 business days once the doctor or coroner gets notification. Once a physician or coroner determines the cause of death and enter it into the medical record someone who the physician or coroner has delegated authority can complete the death certificate by entering the data from the medical record to the death certificate form. If the death certificate is not completed within the time period then the family can request a provisional death certificate. All fees relating to obtaining a copy of death certificate will apply.