How Mid-Missouri lawmakers’ priorities fared

Here's a summary of bills proposed by local lawmakers in the 2013 session of the Missouri General Assembly.

PASSED:

• Closed Records for Public Building Security Plans — prohibits public access to security and emergency evacuation plans developed for schools, government and other public buildings, in the event of an emergency such as an armed intruder.

Rep. Caleb Jones, R-California, version to governor; also sponsored by Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City.

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• Linn State name change — Allows Linn, Missouri, school to change its name (on July 1, 2014) to “State Technical College of Missouri.”

Rep. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, version sent to governor; also sponsored by Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City.

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• State employees can keep weapons in their vehicles parked on state-owned, or leased, lots — would replace a previous executive order; does not change state rules prohibiting weapons in state buildings.

Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane.

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• Doctor presence required for administering abortion-inducing drugs — prohibits use of tele-health or other remote video contact for giving initial dose of drug intended to end a pregnancy, and requires the doctor — or a person acting on the doctor’s behalf — to make all reasonable efforts to get the patient to make a follow-up visit.

Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane.

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• Emergency Service Providers — Prohibits political subdivisions from preventing any off-duty first responder from engaging in political activity; allows campus police (such as Lincoln University) to enforce campus and state traffic regulations; allows residents of Boone, Cole, Callaway and other first class counties (under 85,000 people) to serve on a fire protection district while also working for the state or a political subdivision.

Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane.

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• “Fix” to sales/use taxes on out-of-state vehicle buys — Missouri Supreme Court ruled in January 2012 that counties and cities can’t impose “use” tax on vehicles purchased out-of-state, unless local voters have authorized it.

After Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed one version last year and another one earlier this year, Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, added modified language to several bills that are being sent to the governor this month.

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FAILED:

• Surcharge — would have allowed investor-owned electric companies (AmerenMissouri and others) to add a surcharge to customers’ bills for infrastructure repairs, before going through a full PSC rate case.

Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, and Rep. Jeanie Riddle.

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• 1-cent, 10-year transportation sales tax — if approved by voters, would have provided an estimated $7.8 billion for road, bridge and other state transportation improvements over 10 years, with some of the money earmarked for cities’ and counties’ use.

Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, and Rep. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan.

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• Criminal Code rewrite — would have reorganized the state’s criminal laws and their possible punishments, including all the new laws added since the code last was rewritten in the 1970s.

Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, and Rep. Stanley Cox, R-Sedalia

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• Eliminates solid waste districts — would have placed their duties in Natural Resources Department. Lawmakers approved a study this summer of the current 20 districts and their operations.

Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia.

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• Several “Sunshine Law” changes involving meeting notices, closed meetings and a “presumption” that records are “open” to the public.

Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia.

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• Medicaid reform — proposed a number of changes to eligibility for the “MO HealthNet” program.

Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City.

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• Right to Bear Arms Constitutional Amendment — if voters had approved, it would have added the right to keep and bear arms in defense of the family to the existing rights to defend home, person and property.

Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia.

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