Chamber Voice


HB91 - Modifies provisions relating to MO HealthNet services for pregnant and postpartum women
Sponsor: Rep. Jonathan Patterson (R)
Summary: HB 91 -- MEDICAID SERVICES FOR PREGNANT WOMEN

SPONSOR: Patterson

Currently, low-income pregnant and postpartum women receiving benefits through MO HealthNet for pregnant women or the Show-Me Healthy Babies Program are eligible for pregnancy-related coverage throughout the pregnancy and for 60 days following the end of the pregnancy. This bill provides MO HealthNet coverage for those women will include full Medicaid benefits for the duration of the pregnancy and for one year following the end of the pregnancy.

This bill has an emergency clause.

This bill is similar to HB 2604 (2022).
Last Action: 2023-01-05 H - Read Second Time
HB253 - Establishes transfer procedures to nonresident districts for students in public schools
Sponsor: Rep. Brad Pollitt (R)
Summary: HB 253 -- STUDENT TRANSFERS

SPONSOR: Pollitt

This bill establishes transfer procedures to nonresident districts for students in public schools.

MAGNET SCHOOLS (Section 163.161)

This bill permits school districts that operate magnet schools included in a master desegregation settlement agreement to be exempt from transportation inefficiency requirements when transporting students to magnet schools.

PUBLIC SCHOOL OPEN ENROLLMENT ACT (Sections 167.1200 to 167.1230)

The bill adds Sections 167.1200 to 167.1230, RSMo, establishing the "Public School Open Enrollment Act".

DEFINITIONS (Section 167.1200)

This bill defines "nonresident district" and "resident district" among other definitions.

TRANSFER POLICY AND PARTICIPATION (SECTION 167.1205)

The bill creates a public school open enrollment program with the design to improve quality instruction and increase parental involvement, provide access to programs and classes, and offer opportunity to align parental curriculum options to personal beliefs.

The bill specifies that any student beginning kindergarten or already enrolled in a public school may attend a public school in a nonresident district participating in the program. Districts must declare participation in the Open Enrollment Program by December 1 for the following school year. Participating districts are not required to add teachers, staff, or classrooms to accommodate transfer applicants. The bill includes a procedure for districts when a transferring student has special education needs. Schools may also establish standards for transfer applications and post the information on the school website and in the student handbook.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) or an entity skilled in policy development shall develop a model open enrollment transfer policy as outlined in the bill. All public schools must adopt the model policy, regardless of participation in the program; however, each school board can modify the model policy based on the district's needs. Students who wish to attend nonresident schools that have an academic or competitive entrance process shall furnish proof that they meet the admission requirements.

Students that participate in open enrollment in high school may not participate in varsity sports during the first 365 days of enrollment in a nonresident district with exceptions outlined in the bill.

No transfers under this act can begin until the school year 2024- 25. For school years 2024-25 through 2027-28 districts may restrict the number of transferring students to 4% of the previous school year's enrollment and the bill allows Hickman Mills school district to prevent or otherwise restrict the number of students leaving the district under this program until the 2026-27 school year.

APPLYING FOR TRANSFER (Section 167.1210)

Any student that applies for a transfer may only accept one transfer per school year, although the student may return to their resident district and, if so, complete a full semester before applying for another transfer. Students may complete all remaining school years in their nonresident district and any sibling may enroll if the district has the capacity as provided by the bill.

For the purposes of determining federal and state aid the student shall be counted as a resident pupil of the nonresident district, except for federal calculations of military impact aid.

Parents will be responsible for transportation to the nonresident school or to an existing bus stop location in the nonresident district. Students that qualify for free and reduced meals may have transportation expenses reimbursed quarterly as outlined in the bill.

PARENT PUBLIC SCHOOL CHOICE FUND (Sections 167.1211 and 167.1212)

The bill allows districts to receive funding from the "Parent Public School Choice Fund" for special education services up to three times the current expenditure per average daily attendance and for transportation costs for students that qualify for free and reduced meals.

The bill establishes the "Parent Public School Choice Fund" with a $80 million appropriation to be used to supplement open enrollment transfers from any resident district for transportation cost for students that qualify for free and reduced meals and to reimburse for special needs education as outlined in Section 167.1211.

NUMBER OF TRANSFER STUDENTS (Section 167.1215)

The bill specifies that annually, before December 1st, each school district shall set and publish the number of transfer students the district is willing to receive for the following school year. This number does not have to be more than zero. Districts will also develop a policy for a wait list.

APPLICATION PROCESS (Section 167.1220)

The processes for a transfer application and the details for notifications of acceptance or rejection are specified within the bill. Superintendents will review and reject applications in a timely manner and must present to the board any rejections for review. The bill explains the reasons that an eligible application may be rejected, and notification must be provided in writing by June 1st. The bill defines "good cause" and allows for consideration of applications that are submitted after February 1st and before July 1st. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shall be notified of all accepted students and will request an anonymous survey related to the reasons for participating in the open enrollment program. The Department will publish an annual report based on the survey results.

ALLOWED EXEMPTIONS (Section 167.1225)

This bill provides that prior to April 1st, a school district may annually declare an exemption for the upcoming school year, from the requirements set forth in this bill, provided that the school district is subject to a desegregation order or mandate of a federal court or agency remedying the effects of past racial segregation or subject to a settlement agreement remedying the effects of past racial segregation. The bill requires that any student that transfers from a K-eight district enroll before the start of the student's sixth grade year, or the K-eight district must pay tuition as provided under Section 167.131. Additional exemptions are specified for students who qualify for transfers under other listed sections.

APPEAL AND ANNUAL REPORTING (Section 167.1230)

The bill determines when a student may be denied a transfer based on his or her discipline record and includes an appeal procedure.

The Department shall collect and report data annually from school districts on the number of applications and study the effects of the public school choice program transfers. The report shall be submitted annually by December 1st to the Joint Committee on Education, the House Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Senate Committee on Education (Section 167.1230).

Some provisions of this bill have a delayed effective date of July 1, 2024

This bill is similar to HB 1814 (2022) and HS HCS HB 543 (2021).
Last Action: 2023-01-25 H - Public hearing completed
HB398 - Prohibits a child-placing agency contracting with the state to provide foster care services from discriminating against a family because of the family's religion
Sponsor: Rep. Keri Ingle (D)
Summary: HB 398 -- FOSTER CARE

SPONSOR: Ingle

This bill prohibits a child placing agency contracting with the state to provide foster care services from discriminating against a family because of religion.

This bill is the same as HB 2258 (2022) and similar to HB 326 (2021).
Last Action: 2023-01-05 H - Read Second Time
HB399 - Requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to promulgate regulations consistent with CDC guidelines for prescribing opioids
Sponsor: Rep. Keri Ingle (D)
Summary: HB 399 -- GUIDELINES FOR OPIOID PRESCRIPTIONS

SPONSOR: Ingle

This bill requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to promulgate regulations, by December 31, 2023, regarding tapering a patient off of opioids for all health care professionals with the authority to prescribe opioids. The regulations must be consistent with the most recent iteration of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The Department must review and update as necessary, the regulations every five years.

This bill is similar to HB 2394 (2022).
Last Action: 2023-01-05 H - Read Second Time
HB531 - Establishes the offense of unlawful tracking of a motor vehicle
Sponsor: Rep. Kemp Strickler (D)
Summary: HB 531 -- UNLAWFUL TRACKING OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

SPONSOR: Strickler

This bill establishes the offense of unlawful tracking of a motor vehicle if a person knowingly installs, conceals, or otherwise places an electronic tracking device on a motor vehicle without the consent of all owners of the vehicle.

There are several exceptions to the offense as described in the bill, including, but not limited to, for the purposes of a criminal investigation, at the discretion of a parent or legal guardian, or if the vehicle is being repossessed.

This offense is a class B misdemeanor.
Last Action: 2023-01-05 H - Read Second Time
HB803 - Establishes the "Enough is Enough Act"
Sponsor: Rep. Keri Ingle (D)
Last Action: 2023-01-18 H - Read Second Time
HB804 - Establishes the offense of sexual contact with a child or incapacitated person
Sponsor: Rep. Keri Ingle (D)
Last Action: 2023-01-18 H - Read Second Time
HCR1 - Convenes a joint session for the State of the State Address
Sponsor: Rep. Jonathan Patterson (R)
Last Action: 2023-01-18 H - House Escort Committee: Pollitt, Dinkins, Black, Houx, Owen, Thompson, Shields, Bangert, Mosley, and Young
HCR2 - Convenes a joint session to receive a message from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri
Sponsor: Rep. Jonathan Patterson (R)
Last Action: 2023-01-11 S - Adopted - Y-29 N-0
SB5 - Allows the enrollment of nonresident students in public school districts
Sponsor: Sen. Andrew Koenig (R)
Summary: SB 5 - This act establishes provisions allowing enrollment of nonresident students in public school districts and modifies provisions regarding transportation costs for certain school districts.

TRANSPORTATION AID

Under this act, any school district that operates magnet schools as part of a master desegregation settlement agreement shall not be considered inefficient for purposes of state aid for transportation of pupils attending such magnet schools and shall not receive a financial penalty for the magnet school transportation portion of the overall transportation budget. (Section 163.161)

PUBLIC SCHOOL OPEN ENROLLMENT ACT

This act establishes the Public School Open Enrollment Act to enable K-12 students to attend school in a nonresident school district or charter school ("nonresident district"). On or before October 1st of each year, each school district and charter school shall indicate whether it will participate in the program during the subsequent school year. Participating districts and schools may accept transfer nonresident students from any other school district. For the 2024-25 and 2025-26 school years, a district may restrict the number of students who may transfer away from the school district to a maximum of 5% of the district's enrollment for the prior year.

The act shall not be construed to require any school to add teachers, staff, or classrooms. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shall develop a model policy for districts and charter schools to determine such standards and the number of transfers they may accept. The model policy shall be adopted by all districts and charter schools, whether or not they participate in the program, and may be modified to meet each district's and charter school's particular needs. The model policy shall require each district and charter school to define "insufficient classroom space" and may provide additional standards for evaluating transfer applications.

Nonresident districts shall accept credits toward graduation from other districts and shall award a diploma to any transfer student meeting such nonresident district's graduation requirements.

Superintendents shall cause information regarding the open enrollment program to be posted on his or her school district's and charter school's website and in the district's and charter school's student handbooks.

A student seeking to transfer to a magnet school, academically selective school, or school with a competitive entrance process shall submit proof that the student meets all admission requirements. A student may be denied transfer if, in the most recent school year, he or she has been suspended from school two or more times, was suspended for an act of school violence, or expelled for acts school administrators are required to report to law enforcement under current law. Such student may alternatively be permitted to transfer on a provisional, probationary basis subject to no further disruptive behavior based on standards that shall be developed by the nonresident district. Students denied transfer shall have the right to an in-person meeting with the nonresident district's superintendent.

A 9th-12th grade transfer student shall be ineligible to participate in varsity sports during the first 365 days of such student's enrollment, unless the student meets certain conditions as provided in the act. A statewide activities association may provide additional penalties if the student was unduly influenced to transfer for reasons related to participation in sports. (Sections 167.1200 and 167.1205)

Students may transfer into only one nonresident district per school year. Such students shall commit to attending and taking all courses through the nonresident district for at least one school year, and at least one such course shall be in-seat. Students that transfer back to their resident districts shall reapply in order to transfer back into a nonresident district and shall first remain in the resident district for at least one full semester.

Siblings of transfer students may also enroll in the nonresident district, subject to limitations based on school capacity and such sibling having no disciplinary issues.

Except for students who qualify for reimbursement of transportation costs as described in the act and for agreements allowing such student to be picked up at an existing bus stop, transferring students or their parents shall be responsible for transportation to nonresident districts. By agreement with the nonresident district, parents of transfer students may waive requirements for such district to provide transportation required under the student's Individualized Education Program plan.

Any student who qualifies for free and reduced price lunch and transfers to an adjacent school district or charter school shall be reimbursed quarterly by the Parent Public School Choice Fund established in this act, based on calculations as described in the act. (Section 167.1210)

Transfer students who receive special education services shall be reimbursed by the Parent Public School Choice Fund for the costs of providing such services in excess of applicable state and federal funds. Such reimbursement shall not exceed the district's current expenditure per average daily attendance. (Section 167.1211)

This act establishes the Parent Public School Choice Fund. The Fund shall consist of an appropriation of $60 million and any subsequent appropriations. The Department shall annually evaluate the availability and use of moneys from the fund. If additional moneys are needed to fulfill the purposes of the act, the Department shall request such moneys by a specific line item appropriation. (Section 167.1212)

By October 1st annually, each school district and charter school shall set the number of transfer students such district will accept for the following school year. The district or charter school may set criteria, including limits on the number of students to be accepted to particular buildings, grades, classrooms, or programs. Districts and charter schools shall publish and notify the Department of such information.

Each district and charter school shall develop a procedure for creating a waiting list for all transfer applications when applications exceed the district's or charter school's maximum. In accepting transfer students from the waiting list, nonresident districts shall give additional priority to students in the following order: siblings of transfer students, children of active duty military personnel, children of district or charter school employees, students who previously attended as resident students, and students whose parents' employment circumstances would cause transfer to be in the student's best interest. Nonresident districts may also include other priority factors. Parents of applicants shall be informed of how the waiting list shall operate and may be required to reapply to remain on the waiting list. (Section 167.1215)

Transfer applications shall be submitted to the nonresident and resident districts on a form approved by the Department before December 1st in the year prior to the school year in which the student seeks to transfer. Nonresident districts shall mark the date and time of receipt on each such application. Applications shall be reviewed and decided upon by the superintendent. Reasons for any rejection shall be submitted to the school board or governing body for a charter school for review, and rejection decisions may only be finalized by a majority vote of the board or governing body.

School boards and governing bodies of charter schools may adopt a policy granting the superintendent authority to approve transfer applications submitted after the December 1st deadline if conditions described in the act are met, including a finding of good cause. The act provides additional procedures related to the timing of late applications. Resident districts may appeal the decisions of nonresident districts for suspected violations of the late application provisions of the act. The Commissioner of Education or a three member panel selected by the Missouri Charter Public School Association shall mediate such disputes and shall conduct a hearing if the mediation is unsuccessful. A decision shall be issued within 10 days of such hearing and may be appealed within 5 days.

The superintendents of nonresident districts shall notify the parents of transfer applicants by February 1st whether the application has been accepted or rejected. Such notice shall include, if the application is rejected, the reason for a rejection, or, if the application is accepted, an enrollment deadline and instructions for renewing the transfer enrollment. (Section 167.1220)

The provisions of the Public School Open Enrollment Act shall not supercede any provision of an enforceable desegregation court order or a court-approved desegregation plan. A school district may declare an exemption from the Act if the district is subject to such an order or desegregation plan, or if the district is subject to a settlement agreement to remedy past segregation. Such an exemption is irrevocable for one year from the date the district gives notice to the Department. Notice of an exemption or to resume participation in the Act for the next school year shall be issued to the Department by April 1st.

By June 1st of each year, the Department shall report to each school district the maximum number of transfers under the Public School Open Enrollment Act for the next school year.

When students are unable to transfer due to an exemption declared by a school district due to a court order, desegregation plan, or segregation-related settlement agreement, such students shall be given priority for any transfers in the subsequent school year by the resident district in the order application notices were received from such students.

A school district with an approved or voluntary diversity plan may deny an Public School Open Enrollment Act transfer if the district determines that such transfer conflicts with such plan. Such denials shall be deemed to be made in good faith.

Students transferring to nonresident districts pursuant to provisions of current law allowing transfer if the resident district does not offer high school instruction, under the Elementary and Secondary School District Enrollment Option Act, or through the Metropolitan Schools Achieving Value in Transfer Corporation, shall not be subject to the requirements of the Open Enrollment Act. School districts participating in such programs shall also not be subject to such requirements. Students transferring pursuant to the Open Enrollment Act shall not be considered transfer students for purposes of other provisions of current law allowing transfer. (Section 167.1225)

Transfer applicants who are rejected may file an appeal with the Department or a three member panel selected by the Missouri Charter Public School Association. The appeal shall be sent in writing within 10 business days after the student or the student's parent receives notice of rejection. A copy shall also be sent to the superintendent of the nonresident district where the applicant seeks to transfer. The appeal shall state the basis for appeal, shall include a copy of the notice of rejection, and may include documentation to show that transfer would be in the student's best interest. The nonresident district may submit additional documentation or arguments supporting the rejection decision to the Department or the three member panel, and shall submit copies of any such response to the student or student's parent, no later than 10 days after receiving a copy of the appeal. The Department or the three member panel shall notify the parent, nonresident district, and resident district of the basis for the Department's or panel's decision if it overturns the rejection.

The Department shall collect data from school districts and each charter school sponsor shall collect data from each sponsored charter school on the number of applications made under the act to study its effects. The Department shall consider the maximum number of transfers and exemptions for up to two years to determine whether a significant racially segregative impact has occurred in any district. Before October 1st of each year, the Department and each charter school sponsor shall report its findings to the Joint Committee on Education, the House Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education, the Senate Committee on Education, and any other education committee designated by the Speaker of the House of Representatives or the President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

(Section 167.1230)

These provisions shall become effective on July 1, 2024.

This act is substantially similar to SB 1010 (2022), HB 1814 (2022), and HS/HCS/HB 543 (2021).

OLIVIA SHANNON

Last Action: 2023-01-26 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  01/31/2023 8:15 AM - Senate-Education and Workforce Development, Senate Lounge
SB15 - Modifies the Senior Citizens Property Tax Relief Credit
Sponsor: Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R)
Summary: SB 15 - Current law authorizes an income tax credit for certain senior citizens and disabled veterans in amount equal to a portion of such taxpayer's property tax liabilities, not to exceed $750 in rent constituting property taxes actually paid or $1,100 in actual property tax paid. This act adjusts such maximum amounts annually for inflation. (Section 135.025)

Additionally, current law limits the tax credit to qualifying taxpayers with an income of $27,500 or less. This act increases such maximum income to $35,000 and adjusts such maximum annually for inflation. (Section 135.030)

JOSH NORBERG

Last Action: 2023-01-17 S - Hearing Conducted
SB16 - Requires weighted voting in county political party committees
Sponsor: Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R)
Summary: SB 16 - This act requires any county political party committee to use weighted voting in all matters before the committee by giving each committeeman and committeewoman a number of votes equal to the proportion of vote cast in the jurisdiction from which the committeeman or committeewoman was elected for the person who won the political party's nomination at the most recent gubernatorial primary election or state auditor primary election, as the case may be, and multiplying that number by two. Weighted voting shall not be used for the purpose of nominating candidates for elections to fill vacancies in county offices.

SCOTT SVAGERA

Last Action: 2023-01-23 S - Not heard in committee
SB81 - Authorizes parents to choose the school that their children attend and creates a tax credit for educational expenses incurred by parents whose children attend home schools
Sponsor: Sen. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R)
Summary: SB 81 - This act creates a refundable tax credit for a taxpayer in an amount equal to one hundred percent of the taxpayer's eligible education expenses incurring for educating a child at a home school. The annual amount of the tax credit shall be not exceed the state adequacy target.

Beginning with the 2023-24 school year, each parent or guardian of a child shall be afforded the opportunity at the time of school enrollment to direct that state aid for educating the child that would be used to educate the child at a school within the school district of residence shall be remitted to a qualified school, as defined in the act, of the parent or guardian's choice, if the parent or guardian chooses a school outside of the district of residence. A parent or guardian may choose to enroll their student at a different school within the school district of residence.

The State Treasurer shall create and provide to each school district a form for use by the parent or guardian at the time of enrollment to indicate the parent or guardian's choice as to the school their student will attend for that school year. The school district shall transmit the form to the State Treasurer. The school district shall also notify the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Upon receipt of the form, the State Treasurer shall remit state aid that would have been remitted to the school district of residence to the school chosen by the parent or guardian if such school is outside of the school district of residence. If the student enrolls in a school outside of the school district of residence, the student shall not be counted in the resident school district's weighted average daily attendance as a resident student.

The state aid remitted to the school of choice shall be the lesser of the state adequacy target for the student or the amount of tuition at the qualified school.

OLIVIA SHANNON

Last Action: 2023-01-26 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  01/31/2023 8:15 AM - Senate-Education and Workforce Development, Senate Lounge
SB104 - Reduces the assessment percentage of personal property
Sponsor: Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R)
Summary: SB 104 - Current law requires personal property to be assessed at 33.3% of its true value in money. Beginning with the 2024 calendar year, this act reduces such percentage by one percent a year through the 2035 calendar year. Beginning with the 2036 calendar year, personal property shall be assessed at 20% of its true value in money.

JOSH NORBERG

Last Action: 2023-01-19 S - Referred to Senate-Governmental Accountability
SB105 - Reduces the assessment percentage of real property
Sponsor: Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R)
Summary: SB 105 - Current law requires residential real property to be assessed at 19% of its true value in money. Beginning with the 2024 calendar year, this act reduces such percentage by one percent a year through the 2026 calendar year. Beginning with the 2027 calendar year, residential real property shall be assessed at 15% of its true value in money.

JOSH NORBERG

Last Action: 2023-01-19 S - Referred to Senate-Governmental Accountability
SB374 - Modifies provisions relating to the renewable energy standard
Sponsor: Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R)
Summary: SB 374 - This act modifies provisions relating to the current renewable energy standard.

Under this act, energy that meets the criteria of the renewable energy portfolio requirements under this act and contracted for by an accelerated renewable buyer must do the following:

(1) Have all associated renewable energy certificates retired by the accelerated renewable buyer and the certificates shall not be used to meet the electric utility’s portfolio requirements under in the act;

(2) Be excluded from the total electric utility’s sales used to determine the portfolio requirements under the act;

(3) Be used to offset all or a portion of its electric load to determine compliance with the portfolio requirements under the act.

This act defines an "accelerated renewable buyer" as a customer of an electric utility, with an aggregate load of over ten megawatts in the prior calendar year, who enters into a contract to obtain renewable energy certificates from renewable energy sources or energy sources described in the act.

Under this act, the accelerated renewable buyer shall be exempt from any renewable energy standard compliance costs as established by the utility and approved by the Public Service Commission under the act.

Under this act, each electric utility shall certify, and verify as necessary, to the Commission that the accelerated renewable buyer has satisfied the exemption requirements under the act. The accelerated renewable buyer may also certify the exemption requirements to the Commission individually.

JULIA SHEVELEVA

Last Action: 2023-01-04 S - Read First Time
SB375 - Modifies provisions relating to child protection
Sponsor: Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R)
Summary: SB 375 - Current law requires the Children's Division to make an immediate referral to the juvenile officer when a SAFE CARE provider makes a diagnosis that a child 3 years of age or younger has been subjected to physical abuse. Under this act, the Division shall not be required to make a recommendation for protective custody when making the referral under this provision, particularly when the perpetrator or cause of the injury leading to the diagnosis of child abuse or neglect is unknown. Additionally, a referral shall not relieve the Division of its responsibility to conduct an appropriate investigation or family assessment under current law, or to make reasonable efforts to prevent or eliminate the need for removal of the child. The Division's investigation shall not solely consist of the SAFE CARE provider's report when the bruising is minimal and this is the first instance of reported suspicions or findings of abuse or neglect for the child.

Under current law, the Division shall provide an alleged perpetrator of child abuse or neglect with a written description of the investigation process, including notice at the termination of an investigation that the Division has found insufficient evidence of abuse or neglect or that evidence shows the existence of abuse or neglect and the alleged perpetrator shall be contacted for further services. This act requires such notice about insufficient evidence to contain language specifying that the investigation will be ended, the case closed, and no further services offered.

When a child is taken into custody by a juvenile officer or law enforcement official for child abuse or neglect, this act requires the parent, guardian, or custodian of the child to be given adequate notice of the allegations contained in the petition for removal in advance of a court hearing so that they may have a reasonable opportunity for preparation. In the case of a protective custody hearing, the juvenile officer or law enforcement official serving summons upon the parent, guardian, or custodian shall include a copy of the petition; a copy of the order for protective custody; a copy of the affidavit demonstrating the Division's reasonable efforts to prevent or eliminate the need for removal; notice of the parent, guardian, or custodian's right to counsel at the protective custody hearing and any subsequent hearings and a copy of a financial affidavit in support of a request for court-appointed counsel; and a copy of a handbook describing the court process, including the various hearings, and the rights, duties, and obligations of involved persons, as described in the act.

Under this act, a parent, guardian, or custodian of the child shall be entitled to counsel at all hearings relating to removal. If the parent, guardian, or custodian is financially unable to employ counsel, the court shall appoint counsel as soon as practicable prior to the first hearing relating to protective custody or removal. Additionally, the parent, guardian, or custodian shall have the right to access any written records or reports relating to the child, including medical records, prior to the protective custody hearing and any subsequent hearings, as well as any case records compiled by the Division.

By January 1, 2024, the Office of State Courts Administrator, in cooperation with the Division, shall develop and make available a handbook for parents, guardians, and custodians of children removed and placed under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court for allegations of child abuse or neglect, as specified in the act. The handbook shall be made available online through the courts and the Division and printed copies shall be made available to parents, guardians, and custodians upon service of summons and at every hearing involving the child, as needed.

This act is identical to SB 1216 (2022).

SARAH HASKINS

Last Action: 2023-01-04 S - Read First Time
SB478 - Requires political subdivisions to submit tax reductions and repeals to the voters when receiving a petition
Sponsor: Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R)
Summary: SB 478 - This act requires a political subdivision which imposes a sales or property tax, and which receives a petition to repeal or reduce such sales or property tax as described in the act, to submit to the voters a proposal to repeal or reduce such sales or property tax.

JOSH NORBERG

Last Action: 2023-01-11 S - Introduced and Read First Time
SB479 - Requires all elections for local tax increases to be held at a general or primary election
Sponsor: Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R)
Summary: SB 479 - This act requires all proposals for new local taxes, licenses, or fees, or for a renewal or increase in an existing tax, license, or fee, to be submitted to the voters on a general election day or primary election day.

JOSH NORBERG

Last Action: 2023-01-11 S - Introduced and Read First Time
SB491 - Modifies provisions relating to abortion, including the importation and distribution of drugs used to perform or induce abortions
Sponsor: Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R)
Summary: SB 491 - Under this act, a person or entity commits the offense of trafficking abortion-inducing drugs if such person or entity knowingly imports, exports, distributes, delivers, manufactures, produces, prescribes, administers, or dispenses, or attempts to do so, any medicine, drug, or other means or substance to be used to induce an abortion on another person in violation of state or federal law. The offense is a Class B felony. A woman upon whom an abortion is induced, or attempted, in violation of this act shall not be prosecuted for: (1) violating any provision of this act; (2) a conspiracy to violate any provision of this act; or (3) being criminally responsible for the conduct of another person who, or entity that, violated any of the provisions of this act.

Additionally, this act prohibits the Board of Pharmacy from issuing or renewing a non-resident pharmacy license if the applicant or licensee knowingly delivers directly to a patient in this state any medicine, drug, or other means or substance to be used to induce an abortion.

Finally, it shall be unlawful for a licensed or registered out-of-state wholesale distributor, out-of-state pharmacy acting as a distributor, drug outsourcer, or third-party logistics provider to knowingly deliver directly to a patient in this state any medicine, drug, or other means or substance to be used to induce an abortion. The penalty for a violation of this provision is the same as other unlawful acts of such entities and is a Class D felony.

This act is identical to SCS/SB 1178 (2022) and provisions in SCS/HCS/HB 2012 (2022) and substantially similar to HB 2810 (2022).

SARAH HASKINS

Last Action: 2023-01-12 S - Introduced and Read First Time
SJR11 - Exempts noncommercial vehicles in excess of ten years old from property tax
Sponsor: Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R)
Summary: SJR 11 - This constitutional amendment, if approved by the voters, provides a property tax exemption for noncommercial motor vehicles in excess of ten years old.

This amendment is substantially similar to SJR 27 (2022), SJR 36 (2020), and SJR 28 (2019).

JOSH NORBERG

Last Action: 2023-01-19 S - Referred to Senate-Governmental Accountability
SJR13 - Requires all county assessors to be elected
Sponsor: Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R)
Summary: SJR 13 - Currently, assessors of all charter counties except for Jackson County are required to be elected officers. This proposed Constitutional amendment, if approved by the voters, removes this exception for Jackson County. Additionally, this amendment adds that assessors shall have any other qualifications as provided by law.

This amendment is substantially similar to SJR 46 (2022), SJR 10 (2021), SJR 47 (2020), and SJR 17 (2017).

MARY GRACE PRINGLE

Last Action: 2023-01-19 S - Referred to Senate Committee on Local Government and Elections
SJR37 - Repeals restrictions on legislative staff acting, serving, or registering as a lobbyist after legislative employment
Sponsor: Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R)
Summary: SJR 37 - This constitutional amendment, if approved by the voters, repeals a provision prohibiting staff of the General Assembly from acting, serving, or registering as a paid lobbyist, or soliciting prospective employers or clients to represent as a paid lobbyist during the time of employment until the expiration of two calendar years after the conclusion of the session of the General Assembly in which the employee last served.

SCOTT SVAGERA

Last Action: 2023-01-04 S - Read First Time