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					                                      MEMORANDUM


TO:            St. Joseph Area Legislative Partnership

FROM:          Mark Rhoads, Datra Herzog, and Trent Watson

RE:            Legislative Report

DATE:          April 30, 2010

SESSION UPDATE: The race to the end of session has begun as the Senate and House
feverously slap together omnibus bills that number hundreds of pages in some instances. Session
ends at 6:00 p.m. on May 14. This week, the General Assembly concluded its budget
considerations sending to the Governor a $23.3 billion dollar budget a week before the
constitutional deadline. According to reports, the General Assembly cut $484 million and
approximately 1,000 state jobs from the Governor’s recommended budget. Of note, the
legislature budgeted just enough to higher education institutions to maintain the deal that
Governor Nixon struck with them to continue to freeze tuition rates. It has also been reported
that Nixon is not happy that the finally passed budget does not reflect his plan to scale back on
the state’s 59tax credit programs totally approximately $600 million. Nixon urged the General
Assembly to pass pending state restructuring bills that he believes will “right-size and refocus”
government leading to more efficient services and cost savings.

Your report next week may be abbreviated if the General Assembly decides to conduct session
activities on Friday.

In the news…

      A classic battle is shaping up between Governor Jay Nixon (D) and Lt. Governor Peter
       Kinder (R) over the issue of tax credit reform. This week, Kinder publicly defended the
       tax credits for historic preservation, saying that he had seen firsthand the job creation
       associated with the program.
      As part of the state budget cuts, the Missouri Senate this week passed an amendment to
       SCS/HCS/HB 1965 which would allow the Joint Committee on Legislative Research to
       discontinue the printing of the state’s Blue Book and hard-bound state statute books.
       Senate Majority Floor Leader Kevin Engler told his colleagues that the printing of these
       huge documents was a waste of state funds since the information is available on-line.
      This week, the “Let Voters Decide” Committee submitted 210,000 signatures to the
       Missouri Secretary of State to place on the November ballot an initiative petition measure
       that would repeal the local earnings tax imposed by Kansas City and St. Louis. The
       signatures were submitted a week earlier than the deadline and number twice the required
       amount. Kansas City and St. Louis city officials expressed concern about the repeal of
       tax and the significant revenues (about $200 million in Kansas City) it provides for city
       services.
      This week 56 Democrats and 3 Republicans signed a petition to remove an ethics reform
       bill from the House Ethics Committee and place the measure on the House Calendar for
       debate. This is the second time this session that a bill has been petitioned out of
       committee and House leadership reacted by saying that “House Democrats have
       effectively killed the ethics bill in an attempt to gain political headlines”. Governor Nixon
       this week expressed his disappointment that the House Rules Committee sent back to the
       Ethics Committee a measure that included various ethics and campaign contribution
       reforms.
      This week, Governor Jay Nixon signed into law legislation that would impose new
       financial penalties on health insurance companies that violate new prompt pay provisions.

PROPERTY TAX BILL PASSSED OUT OF COMMITTEE: On Thursday, the Senate
Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government voted “do pass” on
SCS/HCS/HB 1316. This measure now incorporates a number of county collector and county
property taxation issues into a substitute bill. Major issues include:
    Fees for collection of delinquent taxes;
    Electronic records and disbursements;
    Provisions for collection of taxes in the event that a township organization county is
       abolished;
    A provision that non-charter counties will not have to provide a projected tax liability
       notice until and unless monies are appropriated by the General Assembly for software
       and implementation;
    Provisions relating to the purchase of property at a tax sale;
This measure will now be eligible to be placed on the Senate Calendar – House Bills for Third
Reading.

FEDERAL BUDGET STABILIZATION ACT: SCS/HCS/HB 1903 was Third Read and
Finally Passed this week in the Missouri Senate. This act creates the Federal Budget Stabilization
Extension Fund to receive moneys from any federal legislation enacted by the 111th United
States Congress intended to assist states in budget stabilization or that contains a provision that
extends the temporary increase in the Medicaid Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP).
This act also creates the Race to the Top Fund, in which all funds received from the federal
government through the Race to the Top Program will be deposited. Prior to the distribution of
any such funds, the Commissioner of Education must appear before the Joint Committee on
Education and present the proposed distribution of funds. The Joint Committee must approve or
deny, by majority vote, the Commissioner's proposed distribution. The act contains an
emergency clause.

The bill now goes back to the House for consideration of the Senate changes.

COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS: On April 28, the House Professional Registration and
Licensing Committee held a hearing on SCS SB 616 sponsored by Sen. Goodman. This bill
contains provisions for pre-paid health insurance provided to low income individuals and enacts
provisions relating to liability provisions for providers at nonprofit community health centers.
JOINT EDUCATION COMMITTEE ELECTION OF OFFICERS The Joint Committee
on Education met on Wednesday April 28 to elect officers and discuss interim agendas. Elected
as Chairman was Senator David Pearce and elected as Vice-Chairman was Representative
Rodney Schad. Senator Pearce offered the following items for further study in the interim:
Voluntary pre-kindergarten classes, Race to the Top grant application, and ways to turn around
failing schools. Representative Jason Holsman suggested studying year round schooling, MAP
testing difficulty, and district consolidation. Senator Pearce stated that the committee had many
items to study and many more meetings in the interim to achieve a better understanding of the
difficulties that students are facing.

PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT NOTICES On Tuesday, April 27th, the Missouri House
took up SS/SCS/SB 588, handled by Representative Mike Parson, for Third Reading. This bill is
known as the SB 711 fix that Senator Nodler sponsored in the Senate. Under current law,
assessors in counties without a charter form of government will be required to provide taxpayers
with a projected tax liability notice which must accompany a notice of increased assessed value
effective January 1, 2011. This act extends the effective date for the projected tax liability notice
requirements for assessors in counties without a charter form of government and Jefferson
County to January first of the year following the year in which such assessors receive software
from the state tax commission which is necessary to provide such notices. For all calendar years
prior to January first of the year following receipt of such software, all assessors in counties
without a charter form of government and Jefferson County will be required to provide property
owners with additional information accompanying the notice of increased assessed value. The
notice shall include the previous assessed value and any increase, provide a statement indicating
that the change in assessed valued may impact the record owner's tax liability, and provide
processes and deadlines for appealing determinations of the assessed value. Such notice shall be
provided in a way that alerts the record owner of the potential impact on tax liability and the
available appellate processes.
Effective January 1, 2011, the St. Louis County Assessor, must provide taxpayers with a notice
that information regarding the assessment method and computation of value for such real
property is available on the assessor's website and provide the website address whenever the
assessor notifies such taxpayers of changes in assessed value. Such notification shall provide the
assessor's contract information so taxpayers without internet access can request and received
such information.
Representative Parson stated that this legislation contains a measure that would remove the date
in which they would need to implement this program.
The bill was Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed by a vote of 155-1 and has been sent to the
Governor.

AD VALOREM PROPERTY TAX RATES: On Wednesday, April 28th the Senate third read
and passed SCS/HB 1392, sponsored by Rep. Jeanne Kirkton (D-Webster Groves). This consent
bill prohibits the certification of ad valorem tax rates, other than rates necessary to pay principal
and interest on outstanding bonds, for political subdivisions located at least partially within
charter counties or the City of St. Louis which do not fix their tax rates on or before October first
of each year. The act also prohibits the certification of ad valorem property tax rates, other than
rates necessary to pay principal and interest on outstanding bonds, for all other political
subdivisions which fail to certify their tax rate on or before September first. Fire protection
districts located at least partially within charter counties or the City of St. Louis must certify their
ad valorem property tax rates by no later than October first of each year. All other fire protection
districts must certify their rates no later than September first of each year. The act allows one
change of hearing officer for each party to an appeal heard by the State Tax Commission. A
party to an appeal need not show cause to receive a change of hearing officer, but must file a
written application to disqualify the assigned hearing officer within thirty days of such
assignment. Assignment of a hearing officer will be deemed to have occurred when the first
scheduling order is issued by the commission and signed by the hearing officer assigned, unless
otherwise stated in the order.

The bill was third read and passed by a vote of 32-0.

COLLECTION OF PROPERTY TAXES: On Monday, April 26th the Senate took up for
debate SCS/HB 1424, sponsored Rep. Ward Franz (R-West Plains). Currently, in counties
without a charter form of government the collector collects a seven percent fee for the collection
of delinquent taxes. In counties with a charter form of government and St. Louis City, the
collector collects a two percent fee for the collection of such taxes. Under this act, in counties
adopting a charter form of government after January 1, 2008, the collector will collect a seven
percent fee for the collection of delinquent taxes, while the collector in counties adopting a
charter form of government before January 1, 2008, will collect a two percent fee. The
provisions contained in a county's charter authorizing the collection of a fee for the collection of
back taxes which conflict with state law will control.

The act allows certain counties of the first and second classification to collect property taxes
using electronic records and disbursements. County collectors of these counties are required by
the fifteenth day of each month to file, with the county clerk and auditor, a detailed statement of
all taxes and license fees collected during the preceding month. The act requires payment of
current taxes due, in addition to payment of taxes under protest, as a condition precedent to the
collector's disbursement of taxes not under protest and the impounding of protested or disputed
taxes. Taxing authorities will be required to request notification of current taxes paid under
protest by February 1, and county collectors must provide the information by March 1.

Currently, all counties, except counties with a charter form of government excluding St. Charles
County, are required to establish a "Tax Maintenance Fund" to be used solely as a depository for
funds received or collected for the purpose of funding additional costs and expenses incurred in
the collector's office. Under this act, counties adopting a charter form of government after
January 1, 2008, will be required to establish such a fund as well.

In the event a county of the third or fourth classification abolishes its township organization, the
collector treasurer must assume all duties, compensation, and requirements of the collector-
treasurer.

Sen. Scott Rupp (R-Wentzville) offered an amendment that deals with the appeal process, which
was adopted. Sen. Gary Nodler (R-Joplin) offered an amendment that deals which would delay
any requirement to send an estimated tax liability statement by non-charter counties until monies
were appropriated to pay for county tax software programs, which was adopted. The bill was
then laid onto the informal calendar.

CONSOLIDATED PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT ANNUAL STATUS REPORTS: On
Monday, April 26th the Senate Committee on Financial/Governmental Organization and
Elections held an executive session and voted out HB 1559, sponsored by Rep. Jason Brown (R-
Platte City). Currently, the librarian of a consolidated public library district is required to submit
an annual status report to the district board by August 31, and the board is required to submit this
report and an independent audit to the county commission and the State Library Commission by
September 30 of each year. This bill changes the due dates to September 30 and October 31,
respectively.

The bill was voted out of committee “do pass” by a vote of 6-0.

INCREASES THE ASSESSED VALUATION OF A COUNTY TO MOVE INTO A
HIGHER CLASSIFICATION: On Tuesday, April 27th the Senate took up for debate HCS/HB
1806, sponsored by Rep. Ward Franz (R-West Plains). This bill increases the assessed valuation
a county must maintain in order to move into a higher classification. The assessed valuation for
counties of the first classification is increased from $600 million to $900 million. The assessed
valuation for counties of the second classification is increased from $450 million to $600
million. All counties with an assessed valuation of less than $600 million will be counties of the
third classification. However, counties of the second classification, which on August 28, 2010
have had an assessed valuation of at least $600 million for at least one year may, by resolution,
instead choose to be a county of the first classification. The required assessed valuation for each
classification shall be increased annually by an amount equal to any percentage change in the
annual average of the consumer price index for all urban consumers or zero, whichever is
greater. The state tax commission shall calculate and publish this amount so that it is available to
all counties. This act specifies that county classification changes shall become effective as
provided for under Section 48.030. The governing body of a municipality may annex a parcel of
land within a research, development, or office park, as defined in Section 172.273 that is
compact and contiguous to the existing municipal boundaries if the municipality receives the
written consent of all the property owners within the area. If the adjacent territory proposed for
annexation by Byrnes Mill does not contain any registered voters, such city shall not proceed
with annexation until it has obtained the written consent of all the property owners within such
area. This act contains an emergency clause.

Senator Jack Goodman (R-Mount Vernon) offered the Senate substitute, which is explained
above. Sen. Scott Rupp (R-Wentzville) offered an amendment that dealt with a research park in
his district, which was adopted. The Senate substitute was adopted and the bill was third read
and passed by a vote of 32-1.

FRACTIONAL REQUIREMENTS TO PASS TAX MEASURES: On Monday, April 26th
the Senate Committee on Financial/Governmental Organization and Elections held an executive
session and voted out HB 1842, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Wilson (R-Neosho). For the purpose
of interpreting all tax measures that are required by law to be enacted by a popular vote, this bill
specifies that the fractional requirement for passage must be deemed satisfied only if the popular
vote percentage is equal to or greater than a four decimal percentage equivalent of the fraction
with the last decimal in the ten thousandths position increased by adding one. These provisions
must not be construed to permit or require the rounding requirements if they do not appear in the
context of tax measures.

The bill was voted out of committee “do pass” by a vote of 5-2.

POLITICAL PARTY EMBLEMS REMOVED FROM BALLOTS: On Monday, April 26th
the Senate Committee on Financial/Governmental Organization and Elections held an executive
session and voted out HB 2294, sponsored by Rep. Tony Dugger (R-Hartville). This bill repeals
the provision that requires a political party's emblem to be printed on an election ballot above the
party caption.

The bill was voted out of committee “do pass” by a vote of 6-1.

ELECTIONS BILL VOTED OUT OF HOUSE COMMITTEE: On Tuesday, April 27th the
House Committee on Elections held an executive session and reconsidered HCS/SB 741,
sponsored by Sen. John Griesheimer (R-Washington). This bill relates to qualifications for
public office.

SECTIONS 28.190 - 105.050
Currently, the Office of United States Senator and most statewide offices, except for the Office
of the Governor, may be filled by a gubernatorial appointment when there is a vacancy. This act
requires special elections to be held for vacancies in the offices of United States Senator,
Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Auditor, and State Treasurer.
If there is an impeachment proceeding for one of these officers, the Governor will temporarily
administer the duties of the office until the trial; and if there is a conviction, the special election
process will be used to fill the vacancy. In the case of a vacancy in the Office of the Attorney
General, the Office of the State Auditor, or the Office of a United States Senator, the Governor
will appoint a temporary acting attorney general, auditor, or senator who will serve until a
special election for the office is held.

SECTION 115.124
Currently, municipalities must hold an election in nonpartisan elections when there are the same
number of candidates as open offices. This section would make such provision applicable only to
cities with a population greater than 7,500.

SECTION 190.056 Under this act, each member of an ambulance district board of directors shall
be subject to recall from office by the registered voters of the election district from which he or
she was elected. Proceedings for the recall are commenced by the filing of a notice of intention
to circulate a recall petition.

The notice must be served personally, or by certified mail, on the board member and filed with
the election authority. A separate notice is needed for each member sought to be recalled and
must contain information explaining the reason for the recall. It must list at least one but not
more than five proponents of the recall.

Within seven days, the board member may file a statement answering the statement of the
proponents. The answer must be served on at least one proponent. The statement and answer are
for the voters' informational purposes only.

A member cannot be recalled if he or she: 1) has not held office during the current term for more
than 180 days; 2) has 180 days or less remaining on his or her current term; or 3) has had a recall
election determined in his or her favor within the current term.

The person circulating the petition must sign an affidavit verifying certain information. A recall
petition must be filed with the election authority not more than 180 days after the filing of the
notice of intention. The number of signatures needed shall equal at least 25% of the number of
voters who voted in the most recent gubernatorial election in the election district.

The election authority has twenty days from the date of filing the petition to determine if enough
voters signed the petition. It must file a certificate showing whether there are enough signatures.
If the election authority certifies the petition does not have enough signatures, it may be
supplemented within ten days of the date of certificate. The election authority must then certify
the supplemented petition. If it is insufficient, no further action shall be taken.

If the petition is sufficient, the election authority shall submit its certificate to the board of
directors and order an election within a certain amount of time. Nominations for board
membership openings shall be made by filing a statement of candidacy with the election
authority.

Any time prior to forty-two days before the election, the member sought to be recalled may offer
his or her resignation and the recall question shall be removed from the ballot and the office
declared vacant.

The new House committee substitute added the language above that requires special elections to
be held for vacancies in the offices of United States Senator, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney
General, Secretary of State, State Auditor, and State Treasurer.

There were a couple of amendments dealing with write-in candidates that were offered, but they
were defeated. The House committee substitute was adopted and the bill was voted out of
committee “do pass” by a vote of 9-0.

TAX INCENTIVES TO ATTRACT SPORTING EVENTS: This week the Senate
Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government held a hearing on HCS HB
1786 sponsored by Rep. Jones-89 (R-St. Louis). This substitute authorizes an income tax credit
for the eligible costs, as specified in the substitute, for bringing eligible events such as
conventions or sporting games to Missouri. Eligible event" is defined in the substitute and is
based on population characteristics of the areas where the events will occur. Testifying in
support was the St. Louis Sports Commission. No one testified in opposition. The committee met
in executive session and voted SCS HCS HB 1786 Do Not Pass by a vote of 4 Yes and 6 No.

NOTIFICATION OF PUBLIC MEETINGS This week the Senate Committee on Jobs,
Economic Development and Local Government held a hearing on HB 1444 sponsored by Rep.
Jones-89 (R-St. Louis). This legislation requires certain public governing bodies to hold a public
meeting and to allow public comment four business days prior to voting on certain issues.
Testifying in support of this bill was Mo AFL-CIO, Mid-America Joint Labor Management
Committee, Mo Press Association and the Mo Retailers Association. No one testified in
opposition. The St. Louis Municipal League testified for informational purposes only. The
committee met in executive session, Sen. Griesheimer offered SCS for HB 1444. This substitute
changed the language in the bill to mirror the agreed upon language in HCS SB 851. The
committee voted SCS HB 1444 Do Pass 7 Yes and 0 No.

ACCESS MISSOURI FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: This week the Senate
Committee on Education held a hearing on HCS HB 1473 sponsored by Rep. Thomson (R-
Nodaway). This substitute revises the grade required for renewing an Access Missouri
Scholarship from a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) on a four-point scale to maintaining
satisfactory academic progress for those scholarship recipients who have less than 60 semester
hours, while retaining the 2.5 GPA for those with 60 semester hours or more. Satisfactory
academic progress is to be defined by the institution of attendance but cannot be lower than a 2.0
on a four-point scale. The substitute clarifies that the required GPA for the renewal of other
assistance programs will continue to be 2.5. In order to award the additional scholarships as a
result of the revised GPA requirement, award amounts will be refigured within the annual
appropriation amount. Testifying in support of the legislation was ASUM, COPHE, Central
Methodist University, Community College Association, Coordinating Board of Higher
Education and MoNEA. No one testified in opposition. A representative of the Independent
universities testified for informational purposes only. The committee took no further action.

CONVENTION CENTER AND EXHIBITION CENTER BILL: This week the House Rules
Committee met in executive session and voted SB 644 sponsored by Sen. Shields (R-Buchannan)
Do Pass. The bill would permit the city and county to use the proceeds from the tax for capital
expenditures incurred in funding the promotion of tourism and convention facilities. The act also
allows the City of St. Joseph and Buchanan County to contract with one another to share
transient guest tax revenues for the purpose of promoting tourism and the construction,
maintenance, and improvement of convention center and recreational facilities. Finally, the act
permits the City of Jefferson City to increase its transient guest tax from five to seven percent,
subject to voter approval. This bill is currently on the House Calendar, Senate Bills for Third
Reading.

ESTIMATED TAX “SB 711” FIX: This week the House Truly Agree and Finally Passed SCS
SB 588, sponsored by Senator Nodler (R-Joplin). SS/SCS/SB 588 - Under current law, assessors
in counties without a charter form of government will be required to provide taxpayers with a
projected tax liability notice which must accompany a notice of increased assessed value
effective January 1, 2011. This act extends the effective date for the projected tax liability notice
requirements for assessors in counties without a charter form of government and Jefferson
County to January first of the year following the year in which such assessors receive software
from the state tax commission which is necessary to provide such notices. For all calendar years
prior to January first of the year following receipt of such software, all assessors in counties
without a charter form of government and Jefferson County will be required to provide property
owners with additional information accompanying the notice of increased assessed value. The
notice shall include the previous assessed value and any increase, provide a statement indicating
that the change in assessed valued may impact the record owner's tax liability, and provide
processes and deadlines for appealing determinations of the assessed value. Such notice shall be
provided in a way that alerts the record owner of the potential impact on tax liability and the
available appellate processes.
Effective January 1, 2011, the St. Louis County Assessor, must provide taxpayers with a notice
that information regarding the assessment method and computation of value for such real
property is available on the assessor's website and provide the website address whenever the
assessor notifies such taxpayers of changes in assessed value. Such notification shall provide the
assessor's contract information so taxpayers without internet access can request and received
such information.
This bill has now been sent to the Governor.

MERGING THE DUTIES OF CERTAIN STATE AGENCIES: The Senate Committee on
Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight met in executive session to discuss SS SB
1057, sponsored by Sen. Shields (R-Buchannan). This bill was not voted on for lack of a second
to the do pass motion.

UNIVERSITY LAND LEASE BILL HEARD: This week the House Committee on Rules met
in executive session and sent SCS/SB 778, sponsored by Sen. Pearce (R-Johnson) back to its
committee of origin. Current law provides that the boards of governors of certain state
institutions of higher education may convey or transfer the title to certain real property without
authorization from the General Assembly until August 28, 2011. This act extends this expiration
date to August 28, 2017. In addition, any conveyance or transfer must be done at fair market
value. This act also updates the name of the University of Central Missouri to reflect the name
change authorized by its board of governors.

STACKED SALES TAX: This week the Senate Committee on Governmental Accountability
and Fiscal Oversight met in executive session and voted SS SCS HB 1442 sponsored by Sen.
Nodler (R-Jasper) Do Pass. This measure contains several issues pertaining to sales taxes and
transient guest taxes. The Senate substitute contains the provisions of SB 644 pertaining to the
use of transient sales tax for the funding of an exhibition center or convention center facility in
St. Joseph. This bill is now available to be Third Read and passed by the full Senate.

OMNIBUS LOCAL GOVERNMENT: This week the Senate moved to perfect SCS HCS HB
1290, handled by Sen. Griesheimer (R-Franklin). This act requires the auditor of any county with
a charter form of government to annually take an inventory of county property with an original
value of $1,000 or more, rather than $250. And also adds that the governing body of a
municipality may annex a parcel of land within a research, development, or office park, as
defined in Section 172.273 that is compact and contiguous to the existing municipal boundaries
if the municipality receives the written consent of all the property owners within the area.
During perfection Sen. Griesheimer offered SS SCS HCS HB 1290. This substitute contains
many of the same provisions as SS SCS SB 580 (Omnibus Local Government Bill). Issues of
note are the following:
     Increases the assessed valuation a county must maintain in order to move into a higher
        classification.
     Allows counties to amend the annual budget during a fiscal year to reflect any decrease in
        funds that were not estimated when the original budget was adopted.
     Creates the "Political Subdivision Construction Bidding Standards Act". If a political
        subdivision is not covered by a specific federal, state, or local law and if the political
        subdivision has not adopted a local construction procurement policy, it shall comply with
        the advertising and bidding requirements outlined in this act when soliciting bids and
        awarding construction contracts of $10,000 or more.
     Allows the use of transient sales tax for the funding of an exhibition center or convention
        center facility in St. Joseph.
     Allows port authority boards to establish port improvement districts.
     Prohibits political subdivisions from using photo radar speed detection to enforce speed
        limits on state highways.

HEARINGS OF INTEREST:
House-Corrections and Public Institutions
MONDAY - 05/03/10
2:00 PM, HR 5
 Public hearings will be conducted for the following bills:
    SB 778        Pearce         Changes an expiration date on state universities being able to
                  Jones-117      convey land without authorization from the General Assembly
                                 and allows the Governor to convey the Nevada Habilitation
                                 Center.
 Executive session may follow.


 Committee Members: Mike McGhee, Chair / Scott Largent, Vice Chair / Dan
 Brown / Ron Casey / Linda Fischer / Kenny Jones / Mike Lair / Chris Molendorp
 / Sharon Pace / Paul Quinn / Jeanie Riddle / Tom Todd

House-Higher Education
TUESDAY - 05/04/10
8:00 AM, HR 6
 Public hearing:
    SCR 31       Pearce           Encourages students and faculty to promote international
                                  education at Missouri colleges and universities.
    SJR 44        Shields         Proposes a constitutional amendment to eliminate the
                                  department of elementary and secondary education and the
                                  department of higher education and instead create a new
                                 department of education. Changes title of bill.
    SJR 45       Shields         Modifies the State Board of Education and requires the advice
                                 and consent of the Senate for the appointment of the
                                 Commissioner of Education.
 Executive session may follow.

 Committee Members: Gayle Kingery, Chair / Mike Thomson, Vice Chair / Walt
 Bivins / Bob Dixon / Chuck Gatschenberger / Denny Hoskins / Rebecca
 McClanahan / Margo McNeil / Chris Molendorp / Sue Schoemehl / Jill Schupp /
 Mary Still

House-Elections
TUESDAY - 05/04/10
8:30 AM, HR 5
 Public hearing:
    SB 581       Griesheimer     Allows the city council of a third class city to submit a question
                                 to the voters as an advisory referendum.
 Executive session may follow.

 Committee Members: Bill Deeken, Chair / John Diehl, Jr., Vice Chair / Mike
 Colona / Pat Conway / Stanley Cox / Cynthia Davis / Tony Dugger / Michael
 Frame / Chris Kelly / Beth Low / Jim Viebrock / Don Wells

If you would like the full text of a bill or a bill summary, they will be posted at
http://www.moga.state.mo.us/ as they become available. This report was distributed by the St.
Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce with support from the City of St. Joseph, Buchanan County,
Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Heartland
Health.



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