After HB 1801 (Facilitating Rapid Response to Disasters Act) was stalled in the Senate, Representative White amended HB 1801 on to HB 1190 and Senator Kehoe placed the language from 1801 onto SB 693 in the Senate. Both HB 1190 and SB 693 have been sent to the Governor with the HB 1801 language intact. HB 1801 created the Facilitating Business Rapid Response to the State Declared Disasters Act that exempts an out-of state business and its employees from Missouri withholding, income, and use tax and employment, licensing, and registration requirements for a period of 10 days before and 60 days after the President or the Governor declares a state of emergency or major disaster if the business has no registrations, tax filings, or nexus in the state before the declared disaster or emergency. The out-of-state business can provide assistance to utilities and telecommunication companies in repairing, renovating, installing, or building infrastructure related to the declared disaster or emergency and must provide specified information to the Secretary of State within 10 days of entering the state. If the business stays in the state after 60 days, it must meet all tax, registration, licensing, and filing requirements resulting from having business with the state. These out-of-state businesses still must pay their own state taxes for the period that they are working in Missouri. The language waiving these filings will shorten the response time of these businesses by 24 to 48 hours.
HB 1307 (Waiting Period for Abortions) was sent to the Governor to sign. This bill changes the minimum waiting period before a woman can have an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours. If the provisions requiring a 72 hour waiting period for an abortion are ever temporarily or permanently restrained or enjoined by judicial order, the waiting period for an abortion must 24 hours; provided, however, that if the temporary or permanent restraining order or injunction is stayed or dissolved, or otherwise ceases to have effect, the waiting period for an abortion must be 72 hours. Representative White voted “yes” for this bill.
HB 1411 (Tanning Facilities) was Truly Agreed and Finally Passed. This bill requires a parent or guardian for any individual younger than 17 years old to sign in person a form acknowledging that he or she has read and understands the warnings given by the facility and consents to the minor’s use of a tanning device at the facility. Any tanning facility violating the provisions of the bill is subject to a $100 fine for the first violation, $250 for a second violation, and $500 for each subsequent violation. Every use of a tanning device in a tanning facility in violation of these provisions is a separate offense. The duties and penalties provided in these provisions cannot take effect or be enforced until the Department of Health and Senior Services adopts a rule containing the standard consent form. Inappropriate exposure from these tanning devices increases the risk of various skin cancers such as melanoma significantly. Representative White voted “yes” on this bill.
HB 1594 (Volunteer Labor on Public Works Projects) was sent to the Governor to be signed. This bill specifies that a volunteer on a civic project who agrees in writing to volunteer his or her labor without pay as defined in the bill must not be deemed to be employed on the project and is not subject to the prevailing hourly rate of wage regulations. An employer must not force, compel, or intimidate an employee into performing work as a volunteer for which the employee otherwise would be paid a prevailing wage. Representative White voted “yes” on this bill.
HB 1685 (Investigational Drugs) was Truly Agreed and Passed. This bill allows, but does not require, a manufacturer of an investigational drug, biological product, or device to make available the manufacturer’s investigational drug, biological product, or device to eligible patients in the state of Missouri. Representative White voted “yes” on the bill.
HB 2077 (Surplus Revenue Fund) was sent to the Governor to be signed. This bill requires up to $215 million of General Revenue Fund moneys to be deposited into the newly created Surplus Revenue Fund, only if during the two-year period beginning July 1, 2013, and ending June 30, 2015, state general revenue collections net refunds exceeding $16.834 billion. The General Assembly will appropriate the money. Representative White voted “yes” on this bill.
HB 1326 (Dairy and Agriculture Education Act) was Truly Agreed and Passed, but unfortunately during the process language was added to the bill to take captive cervids (deer) from under the purview of the Department of Conservation to the Department of Agriculture. By taking the captive cervids away from the Department of Conservation, one of the most highly recognized departments in the nation, where they are appropriately regulated to the Department of Agriculture which has a less regulative approach opens up the wild Missouri deer herd to a greater possibility of exposure to Chronic Wasting Disease which can be transmitted from deer brought into the captive cervid herd from another state. Additionally, this bill provides a new annual subsidy, costing millions of dollars, to the state’s dairy farmers equal to 70% of the new milk production insurance cost, despite being told by one of the sponsors that 8 out of 10 years the dairy farmers will show a profit. Due to these parts of the bill, Representative White voted “no” on the bill.