Representative White has filed two bills this Session to support local law enforcement. The first bill, HB 828, creates a fund that local law enforcement agencies can use to improve their technology such as purchasing new or updating existing computer systems, buying audio or video recording devices, or buying equipment or software that will improve and expand law enforcement capabilities. The money for the fund will come from a fee on criminal cases that are higher than a class C misdemeanor. This fee will not be charged on any traffic violations. The other bill, HB 845, will require the Department of Corrections to reimburse county jails a reasonable amount when the county is holding a prisoner in violation of state stature or probation or parole as a result of a statute violation.
March 3—MDC Springfield Nature Center—5-8 p.m.
The Missouri Department of Conservation is seeking public input on proposed changes to the state’s deer hunting regulations for the 2016-2017 hunting season. For the fall firearms season, MDC proposes:
· Maintaining the current timing of the November portion but reducing the length from 11 days to nine days
· Expanding the late youth firearm weekend from two days to three days and having it begin the Friday after Thanksgiving instead of early January
· Reducing the length of the antlerless firearms portion from 12 days and beginning it on the Friday in December
· Eliminating the urban zones portion
For the fall archery deer and turkey season, MDC proposes:
· Allowing crossbows as a legal method
· Reducing the limit of antlered deer during the archery season from two to one
MDC also proposes simplifying conservation area regulations and wants public comment on permit fees for nonresidents regarding a possible increase, decrease, or no change in price.
To learn more or provide a comment visit the Department’s website: www.mdc.mo.gov/node/28079.
Right to Work
Two “right to work” bills were heard during Session last week.
The first bill, HB 582, says a person employed in the construction industry cannot be required to become or refrain from becoming a member of a labor organization, pay dues, fees, assessments, or other charges required of a labor organization. This bill allows people who are employed in the construction industry to decide if they want be part of a labor organization or which organization they want to be part of. Representative Courtney Curtis sponsored this bill because some of his constituents felt as if they were not being properly represented by the labor organization they belonged to. This bill was perfected on Wednesday and still has one more vote before it moves out of the House and on to the Senate.
HB 116 and 569 also dealt with labor organization; however, this bill included everyone instead of just singling out people in the construction industry like Representative Curtis’s bill did. HB 116 and 569 was perfected on Wednesday and was voted out of the House on Thursday, 92 to 66.
Representative White supported both of the bills because he believes it is the right of the individual to join the organization, not the right of the organization to exist.