Tracking List: Chamber Voice

HB1426 - Establishes provisions relating to civil liability for publishing or distributing material harmful to minors on the internet
Sponsor: Rep. Mike McGirl (R)
Summary: HB 1426 -- AGE VERIFICATION FOR PORNOGRAPHIC WEBSITES

SPONSOR: McGirl

This bill requires any commercial entity that knowingly or intentionally publishes or distributes on the internet material harmful to minors, as defined in the bill, to verify that any person attempting to access the material is at least 18 years old. The requirement to verify the age of users only applies to websites for which more than 33 1/3% of the total material meets the definition of material harmful to minors. Any commercial entity that violates these provisions will be subject to civil liability for damages resulting from a minor's access to the material. The bill does not impose an obligation or liability on a provider or user of an interactive computer service on the internet.
Progress: Chamber 1: Referred to Committee
Last Action:
02/06/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB1438 - Modifies criteria to issue permits for the construction and operation of solid waste processing facilities.
Sponsor: Rep. Sherri Gallick (R)
Summary: HB 1438 -- SOLID WASTE PERMITTING

SPONSOR: Gallick

Currently, the Department of Natural Resources is prohibited from issuing a permit for the operation of a solid waste disposal area designed to serve a city with a population greater than 400,000 inhabitants located in more than one county, if the site is located within one-half mile of an adjoining municipality without approval of the adjoining municipality.

This bill changes the required distance from the adjoining municipality from one-half mile to one mile for any construction or operating permit for a solid waste disposal area or a solid waste processing facility. In addition, the bill increases the time frame in which the governing body of the municipality must hold a public hearing from 15 days to 30 days from receipt of notice.

The bill also specifies the Department is prohibited from issuing a permit if the site is within one mile of certain school districts without the approval of the governing body of the school district. The school district must meet the same public notification requirements as a municipality.
Progress: Chamber 1: Referred to Committee
Last Action:
01/30/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB1486 - Changes provisions governing early childhood education programs
Sponsor: Rep. Brenda Shields (R)
Summary: HB 1486 -- STATE FUNDING FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAMS

SPONSOR: Shields

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass" by the Standing Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education by a vote of 10 to 6.

Currently, children between three and five years old who are eligible for free and reduced price lunch and attend an early childhood education program operated by a school district or a charter school may be included in such district's or charter school's calculation of average daily attendance. The total number of such pupils shall not exceed 4% of the total number of pupils between five and 18 years old who are eligible for free and reduced price lunch and who are included in such district's or charter school's calculation of average daily attendance.

Beginning with the 2024-25 school year, this bill provides that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) shall remit to school districts and charter schools an amount equal to the product of the state adequacy target, the dollar-value modifier, and the average daily attendance of pupils who are eligible for free and reduced price lunch and who attend, in the year prior to their kindergarten enrollment eligibility, an early childhood education program that is operated by a school district or a charter school.

Three-year-old pupils and other pupils who are more than one year prior to kindergarten enrollment eligibility, who are eligible for free and reduced price lunch, and who attend such early childhood education programs shall be included in a district's or charter school's calculation of average daily attendance under existing law, although such increases will not disqualify districts from specific funding sources outlined in the bill.

This bill is similar to HB 833 (2023).

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that early childhood education is vital to improving the overall educational quality for the State. Economic impact of early childhood education provides a return of investment that is significant and directly relates to a reduction in future crime prevention measures. Missouri currently has several regions of the State that are experiencing a shortage of early childcare providers and this bill would provide funding to expand the availability of current early childhood programs to positively impact these regions.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative Shields; Aligned; Missouri Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics; Missouri State Teachers Association; Kids Win Missouri; Jack Gamble, Missouri Alliance of YMCAs; The Opportunity Trust; Missouri NEA; Missouri Council of School Administrators; Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry; North Kansas City Schools; Kari Monsees, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; Quality Schools Coalition; Coop School Districts of Greater Kansas City; and the Missouri School Boards' Association.

OPPONENTS: Those who oppose the bill say that additional support for early childhood education creates a situation that has children relying on the government from the cradle to grave and violates principles of the free market economy. Schools being provided additional resources without having to follow the same regulations as a private independent daycare is also problematic.

Testifying in person against the bill were Liberty Link Missouri and Armorvine.

Written testimony has been submitted for this bill. The full written testimony and witnesses testifying online can be found under Testimony on the bill page on the House website.
Progress: Chamber 1: Referred to Committee
Last Action:
02/05/2024 
H - Reported Do Pass

HB1570 - Establishes the offense of unlawful tracking of a motor vehicle
Sponsor: Rep. Kemp Strickler (D)
Summary: HB 1570 -- UNLAWFUL TRACKING OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

SPONSOR: Strickler

This bill establishes the offense of unlawful tracking of a motor vehicle, which a person commits if the 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.

The offense of unlawful tracking of a motor vehicle is a class B misdemeanor.

This bill is similar to HB 531 (2023).
Progress: Chamber 1: Referred to Committee
Last Action:
02/19/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB1751 - Modifies provisions governing solid waste disposal area permits
Sponsor: Rep. Mike Haffner (R)
Summary: HB 1751 -- SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL AREA PERMITS

SPONSOR: Haffner

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass" by the Standing Committee on Local Government by a vote of 13 to 0.

Currently, the Department of Natural Resources is prohibited from issuing a permit for the operation of a solid waste disposal area designed to serve a city with a population greater than 400,000 inhabitants located in more than one county, if the site is located within one-half mile of an adjoining municipality without its approval.

This bill changes the required distance from the adjoining municipality from one-half mile to one mile.

This bill is the same as HB 909 (2023).

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that the bill is necessary because of the decline in property values and the smells that travel on the wind. This needs to be a regional issue. The person who wants to put in the landfill should talk to the neighbors. There is no need for a landfill in this area.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative Haffner; Jackson County Legislature; Arnie Dienoff; Patricia O'Connell; Kaleena Schumacher; Brooke Morehead, Lee's Summit R7 School District; Macie Thomas; Bradley Kempf, Clayton Properties Group D/B/A Summit Homes; Christopher (Kit) Starr; William A. Baird; Leonard Jones; Kris Turnbow; Norman Larkey; and Milan J. Rodgers, Jr.

OPPONENTS: Those who oppose the bill say that the law should not be changed "in the middle of the game" and the need for another landfill might not exist now, but with the time it takes to get a permit, the need will be there.

Testifying in person against the bill was Jennifer Monheiser, KC Recycle & Waste Solutions.

Written testimony has been submitted for this bill. The full written testimony and witnesses testifying online can be found under Testimony on the bill page on the House website.
Progress: Chamber 1: Referred to Committee
Last Action:
02/19/2024 
H - Reported Do Pass

HB1989 - Establishes transfer procedures to nonresident districts for students in public schools
Sponsor: Rep. Brad Pollitt (R)
Summary:

HCS HB 1989 -- ADMISSION OF NONRESIDENT PUPILS (Pollitt)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Standing Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education

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.

DEFINITIONS

The bill adds Sections 167.1200 to 167.1230, establishing the "Public School Open Enrollment Act". For the purposes of the Act, the bill defines "nonresident district" and "resident district" among other definitions.

TRANSFER POLICY AND PARTICIPATION (Section 167.1205)

The bill establishes 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 1st 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. School districts that are served by special school districts must reach an agreement with such special school district regarding finance, staffing, and other items prior to participating in the program.

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 2025- 26.

Districts may restrict the number of outgoing transfer students to 3% of the previous school year's enrollment.

APPLYING FOR TRANSFER (Section 167.1210)

Any student who applies for a transfer may only accept one transfer per school year, although the student may return to his or her 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 that 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 who 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 creates the "Parent Public School Choice Fund" which is created with an $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. The Department shall create an online resource to facilitate and provide notice to all applicants regarding the acceptance or rejection of each application on April 1st.

Superintendents 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 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 specifies that prior to December 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 who 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 specified under Section 167.131. Additional exemptions are specified for students who qualify for transfers under other listed sections.

APPEAL PROCEDURE (Section 167.1227)

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

ANNUAL REPORTING (Section 167.1229) 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.

ALTERNATIVE FUNDING (Section 167.1230)

The bill requires that enrollment of students under the program not occur before July 1, 2025. The bill outlines what steps shall be taken if the Parent Public School Choice Fund does not have sufficient funding necessary to provide for eligible reimbursements for transportation and special education expenses. Transportation costs shall be considered eligible expenses under 163.161, and special education students will be provided additional weight in the formula calculation for the nonresident district.



This bill is similar to HCS HB 253 (2023) and HB 1814 (2022).

Progress: Chamber 2: Filed
Last Action:
01/31/2024 
S - Reported to the Senate and not read

HB1993 - Establishes provisions relating to civil liability for publishing or distributing material harmful to minors on the internet
Sponsor: Rep. Sherri Gallick (R)
Summary: HB 1993 -- AGE VERIFICATION FOR PORNOGRAPHIC WEBSITES

SPONSOR: Gallick

This bill requires any commercial entity that knowingly or intentionally publishes or distributes on the Internet material harmful to minors, as defined in the bill, to verify that any person attempting to access the material is at least 18 years old. The requirement to verify the age of users only applies to websites for which more than 33 1/3% of the total material meets the definition of material harmful to minors. Any commercial entity that violates these provisions will be subject to civil liability for damages resulting from a minor's access to the material. The bill does not impose an obligation or liability on a provider or user of an interactive computer service on the Internet.

This bill is similar to HB 1426 (2024).
Progress: Chamber 1: Referred to Committee
Last Action:
02/15/2024 
H - Referred to House committee on General Laws

HB2050 - Modifies the "Senior Citizen Property Tax Relief Credit" or "circuit breaker" tax credit by increasing the maximum upper limit and property tax credit amounts
Sponsor: Rep. Kemp Strickler (D)
Summary: HB 2050 -- CIRCUIT BREAKER

SPONSOR: Strickler

Currently, a tax credit is offered to eligible senior citizens and disabled individuals for a portion of the real estate taxes or rent they have paid for the year. The credit is for a maximum of $750 for renters and $1,100 for owners who occupied their home. The actual credit is based on the amount of real estate taxes or rent paid and total household income.

Beginning January 1, 2025, the tax credit for renters shall be increased to $1,055. For homeowners, the tax credit shall be increased to $1,550.

This bill also increases the maximum upper limits of qualifying income for both renters and homeowners. Beginning January 1, 2025, the following maximum upper limits shall be established:

(1) For an unmarried renter, $38,200; for a married renter, $41,000; and

(2) For an unmarried homeowner, $42,200; for a married homeowner, $48,000.

Beginning January 1, 2026, these totals shall be increased annually for inflation.

This bill also gives qualifying taxpayers a larger reimbursement of the tax credit by increasing the incremental phase out from $300 to $495.

This bill is similar to HB 1670 (2024); and HCS HB 1134 and HB 135 (2023).
Progress: Chamber 1: Referred to Committee
Last Action:
01/11/2024 
H - Referred to House-Special Committee on Property Tax Reform

HB2051 - Requires in-state public educational institutions to grant undergraduate course credit for students who score 4 or higher on international baccalaureate examinations
Sponsor: Rep. Kemp Strickler (D)
Summary: HB 2051 -- UNDERGRADUATE COURSE CREDIT

SPONSOR: Strickler

This bill requires public community colleges, colleges, and universities to adopt a policy for undergraduate course credit for any student that receives a score of 4 or higher on an international baccalaureate exam.

This bill is the same as HB 1578 (2024) and HB 1173 (2023).
Progress: Chamber 1: Referred to Committee
Last Action:
01/24/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB2111 - Modifies powers of the state auditor
Sponsor: Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R)
Summary: HB 2111 -- POWERS OF THE STATE AUDITOR

SPONSOR: Christofanelli

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass" by the Standing Committee on Government Efficiency and Downsizing by a vote of 8 to 0.

This bill defines "improper governmental activity," as official misconduct, fraud, misappropriation, mismanagement, waste of resources, or a violation of state or federal law, rule, or regulation.

The bill provides that the Auditor or their authorized representative may audit all or part of any political subdivision or government entity if, after an investigation, the Auditor believes improper governmental activity has occurred, or when requested to by a prosecuting attorney, circuit attorney, or law enforcement agency as part of an investigation.

This bill provides that testimony and records obtained through subpoenas issued by the Auditor shall be subject to the same confidentiality and disclosure requirements for audit workpapers and related supportive material.

Currently, each fiscal year, the State Auditor must audit, adjust and settle all receipts and disbursements in the insurance dedicated fund and the insurance examiners' fund, and taxes certified and collected on foreign and domestic insurance premiums, surplus line premiums, and county taxes on property owned by insurance companies. This bill repeals the requirement to audit taxes certified and collected on foreign and domestic insurance premiums, surplus line premiums, and county taxes on property owned by insurance companies and requires that the results of audits of the insurance dedicated fund and the insurance examiners' fund shall be reported as part of the annual audit of the state's financial statements.

The bill adds records relating to reports of allegations of improper governmental activities to the list of records exempt from public disclosure.

This bill is similar to HB 1175 (2023).

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that this bill changes the process through which the Auditor can conduct an audit of a political subdivision. It is highly unlikely that a political subdivision will invite the Auditor to audit it, which is one of the ways it is able to initiate an audit. Alternatively, citizens have a way to invite the Auditor but it is very cumbersome. This bill allows different ways for the Auditor to initiate an audit. This bill would grant the Auditor the same power he or she has to initiate an audit with a school district. This is a much more sensible approach to allow our Auditor to use government resources to investigate where necessary. The complaints would not be subject to open records statutes so it would allow complainants to make allegations without having their names out there. The scope of an audit is determined by the Auditor when the office goes in and starts an investigation. Sometimes law enforcement requests that the Auditor conduct an audit but he does not have the authority to do so. There are some audits required by law to be conducted and they might not be as useful as the ones the office is requested to conduct. Currently, the complaint submitted by a whistle blower is an open record, but the identity of the complainant is redacted. This would allow the complaint to be closed, too. The issue with leaving the complaint portion open is that sometimes the identity of the whistle blower can be deduced from the content of the complaint. The word “audit” is a little misleading from a citizen standpoint because it ends up being a waste of time and resources and it didn’t answer any questions. Audits are not necessarily a bad thing. Financial audits can assure citizens that their tax dollars are being used properly. They are so important to the political subdivision and to the citizen because it proves that they are doing their jobs correctly.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative Christofanelli; April Cederburg; Scott Fitzpatrick, Missouri State Auditor's Office; and Kerri VanMeveren.

OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.



Written testimony has been submitted for this bill. The full written testimony and witnesses testifying online can be found under Testimony on the bill page on the House website.
Progress: Chamber 1: Referred to Committee
Last Action:
02/05/2024 
H - Reported Do Pass

HB2157 - Establishes standards to promote the safety of minors using the internet and social media
Sponsor: Rep. Josh Hurlbert (R)
Summary: HB 2157 -- CHILDREN'S INTERNET SAFETY ACT

SPONSOR: Hurlbert

This bill requires the local board of education for each school district to develop, prior to June 30, 2025, an Internet safety policy for student access to district-provided Internet. The bill specifies the requirements that the policy must address.

The bill additionally requires the state board of education to adopt and promulgate rules and regulations that require certain curricula for students in grades six through 12 on the social, emotional, and physical effects of social media. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shall make available online the instructional material being used, and each district school board shall notify parents of its availability.

The bill also modifies provisions relating to written policies of discipline by requiring the policy to feature a notice that use of a wireless communications device includes the possibility of the imposition of disciplinary action by the school or criminal penalties if the device is used in a criminal act. While a student may possess a wireless communications device when he or she is on school property or at a school function, use of a wireless communications device is prohibited during instructional time, except when expressly directed by a teacher solely for educational purposes.

This bill establishes the "Children's Internet Safety Act", specifying that beginning July 1, 2025, a social media company shall not permit a Missouri resident who is a minor to be an account holder or to open an account on the social media company's social media platform unless the Missouri resident has the express consent of a parent or guardian. The social media company is required to verify the age of an existing or new Missouri account holder and, if the existing or new account holder is a minor, confirm the minor has consent as required by the bill.

Moreover, the Attorney General, with stakeholder input, is required to promulgate rules to:

(1) Establish processes or means by which a social media company shall meet age verification requirements;

(2) Establish acceptable methods of identification, which are not to be limited to a valid identification card issues by a government entity; (3) Establish requirements for providing confirmation of the receipt of any information provided by a person seeking to verify his or her age;

(4) Establish processes to confirm that a parent or guardian has provided consent for the minor child to open or use an account as specified;

(5) Establish requirements for retaining, protecting, and securely disposing of any information obtained by a social media company or its agent as a result of complying with the provisions of the bill;

(6) Require that information obtained by a social media company or its agent, for the purposes of complying with the required provisions of this bill, is retained only for the purpose of compliance;

(7) If permitting an agent to process verification requirements, ensure that the agent have its principal place of business in the United States;

(8) Require other applicable state agencies to comply with any rules under the provisions of this bill; and

(9) Comply with state and federal law.

The bill requires social media companies to:

(1) Prohibit direct messaging between the Missouri minor's account and any user that is not linked to the minor's account through the express consent of the account holder;

(2) Prevent the sharing of the minor's account in search results for any user that is not linked to the account through the express consent of the account holder;

(3) Prevent the display of any advertising to the account holder;

(4) Refrain from collecting or using any personal information from the account other than what is necessary to comply with the provisions of this bill; or

(5) Refrain from the promotion of target or suggested groups, services, products, posts, accounts, or users to the account holder.

Beginning on July 1, 2025, social media companies are required to provide to a parent or guardian who has given consent for a Missouri minor account holder with a password or other means to access the account. Social media companies are also required, beginning on July 1, 2025, to prohibit a minor account holder from accessing his or her account during the hours of 10:30pm to 6:30am, unless access has been specifically modified as provided in the bill.

Any consumer complaints that allege a violation of the provisions of this bill shall be filed with the Attorney General, who has the exclusive authority to administer and enforce the requirements of this bill. The bill specifies that the Attorney General shall, subject to the ability to cure an alleged violation under the provisions of this bill, impose an administrative fine of up to $2500 for each violation, and the Attorney General shall bring an action in court to enforce the provisions of the bill.

The bill specifies the abilities of the court in a court action by the Attorney General to enforce a provision of this bill. At least 30 days before the day on which the Attorney General initiates an enforcement action against a person who is subject to the requirements of the provisions of this bill, the Attorney General is required to provide the person with a written notice identifying each allegation; and an explanation of the basis for each allegation. The bill additionally establishes provisions for instances when the Attorney General shall initiate a civil action.

The Attorney General shall be required to compile an annual report to the General Assembly relating to the administration and enforcement of the provisions of this bill.

Beginning July 1, 2025, a person is allowed to bring an action against a person that does not comply with a requirement of the provisions of this bill.

Beginning July 1, 2025, the Attorney General shall administer and enforce the provisions of this bill and shall audit the records of a social media company in order to determine compliance or to investigate a complaint. Also beginning on July 1, 2025, a social media company shall not use a practice, design, or feature on the company's platform that the company knows about, or through the exercise of reasonable care should know about, that causes a Missouri minor account holder to have an addiction to the social media platform. The bill specifies the penalties a social media company shall be subject to if found to have violated the provisions of this bill, as well as an example of an instance that does not subject the social media company to a civil penalty.

Beginning July 1, 2025, a person may bring an action as specified in the bill against a social media company to recover damages incurred after July 1, 2025, by a Missouri minor account holder for any addiction, or financial, physical, or emotional harm suffered as a consequence of using or having an account on the company's social media platform. The bill specifies the provisions of such a suit, and what awards to which the minor seeking relief is entitled.

A waiver or limitation of any of the following is void as unlawful, is against public policy, and a court or arbitrator shall not enforce or give effect to the waiver, notwithstanding any contract or choice-of-law provision in a contract:

(1) A protection or requirement provided under the provisions of this bill;

(2) The right to cooperate with the Attorney General or to file a complaint with the Attorney General;

(3) The right to a private right of action as provided in the bill; or

(4) The right to recover actual damages, statutory damages, civil penalties, costs, or fees, as allowed and specified in the bill.

Moreover, any commercial entity that knowingly or intentionally publishes or distributes material that is harmful to minors on the Internet from a website that contains a substantial portion of such material shall verify that any person attempting to access such material is 18 years of age or older through the use of:

(1) A commercially available database that is regularly used by businesses or governmental entities for the purpose of age and identity verification; or

(2) Another commercially reasonable method of age and identity verification.

Any commercial entity that violates the provisions of this bill shall be subject to civil liability for damages resulting from a minor's access to such material, and reasonable attorney's fees and costs.

Nothing in this bill shall be construed to impose an obligation or liability on a provider or user of an interactive computer service on the Internet.
Progress: Chamber 1: Referred to Committee
Last Action:
02/06/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB2295 - Changes the laws regarding the dispensing of contraceptives
Sponsor: Rep. Keri Ingle (D)
Summary: HB 2295 -- DISPENSING OF CONTRACEPTIVES

SPONSOR: Ingle

This bill specifies that, the practice of pharmacy will include the dispensing of self-administered hormonal contraceptives, defined in the bill as a drug composed of one or more hormones that is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration to prevent pregnancy. A pharmacist may dispense self-administered hormonal contraceptives to a person under a prescription order for medication therapy services. Such prescription orders will have no expiration dates.

The Board of Pharmacy and the Board of Registration for the Healing Arts will jointly promulgate rules implementing this provision, including requiring a pharmacist to complete a training program, provide a self-screening risk assessment tool to patients, verbally refer patients to their health care provider at least once every 12 months prior to dispensing the contraceptive, providing patients with written records of dispensations, and dispensing the contraceptive as soon as practicable. All laws relating to insurance coverage of contraceptives will apply to self- administered hormonal contraceptives dispensed.

Nothing in this bill can be construed to allow a pharmacist to make a therapeutic substitution of a pharmaceutical prescribed by a physician unless authorized by the written protocol or the physician's prescription order.

This bill is the same as SB 1128 (2024) and is similar to SB 659 (2023).
Progress: Chamber 1: Filed
Last Action:
01/05/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2296 - Prohibits certain mental health professionals from engaging in conversion therapy with minors
Sponsor: Rep. Keri Ingle (D)
Summary: HB 2296 -- CONVERSION THERAPY FOR MINORS

SPONSOR: Ingle

This bill specifies that, any licensed psychologist, behavior analyst, professional counselor, social worker, or marital and family therapist may have his or her application for licensure or renewal denied, or may have a complaint filed with the Administrative Hearing Commission, if such person engages in conversion therapy with a minor. "Conversion therapy" is defined as any practice or treatment intended to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity.

This bill is the same as HB 2263 (2024) and SB 285 (2023).
Progress: Chamber 1: Filed
Last Action:
01/05/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2297 - 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 2297 -- 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 398 (2023) and HB 2258 (2022).
Progress: Chamber 1: Filed
Last Action:
01/05/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2298 - 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 2298 -- PRESCRIBING OPIOIDS

SPONSOR: Ingle

This bill requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to promulgate regulations, by December 31, 2024, 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 399 (2023).
Progress: Chamber 1: Filed
Last Action:
01/05/2024 
H - Read Second Time

SB739 - Modifies provisions relating to solid waste disposal area permits
Sponsor: Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R)
Summary: SB 739 - Under the act, the Department of Natural Resources shall not issue a permit for the operation of a solid waste disposal area located in the city of Kansas City without receiving approval from an adjoining municipality if such area is located within one mile of such municipality, instead of one-half mile as in the current law.

This act is identical to SCS/SB 590 (2023) and HCS/HB 909 (2023).

JULIA SHEVELEVA

Progress: Chamber 1: Referred to Committee
Last Action:
02/07/2024 
S - Placed on Informal Calendar

SB769 - Modifies provisions relating to solid waste disposal area permits
Sponsor: Sen. Rick Brattin (R)
Summary: SB 769 - Under the act, the Department of Natural Resources shall not issue a permit for the operation of a solid waste disposal area located in the city of Kansas City without receiving approval from an adjoining municipality if such area is located within one mile of such municipality, instead of one-half mile as currently provided.

This act is identical to SCS/SB 590 (2023) and to the perfected HCS/HB 909 (2023).

JULIA SHEVELEVA

Progress: Chamber 1: Referred to Committee
Last Action:
01/21/2024 
S - Committee hearing cancelled - Senate-Local Government and Elections - 1/22/24 - 2:00 pm - SCR 2

SB774 - Modifies the candidate filing period for certain local elections
Sponsor: Sen. Elaine Gannon (R)
Summary: SB 774 - Under current law, the period for filing a declaration of candidacy in certain political subdivisions and special districts is from 8:00 a.m. on the 17th Tuesday prior to the election until 5:00 p.m. on the 14th Tuesday prior to the election. This act changes that period to 8:00 a.m. on the 16th Tuesday prior to the election until 5:00 p.m. on the 13th Tuesday prior to the election, unless the 13th Tuesday prior to an election falls on a holiday, then the closing of filing shall be at 5:00 p.m. on the next day that is not a holiday.

This act is effective January 1, 2025.

This provision is identical to a provision in SCS/SB 346 (2023) and CCS/HS/HCS/SS#2/SCS/SB 96 (2023) and substantially similar to HCS/HB 1214 (2023), provisions in the perfected HCS/HBs 267 & 347 (2023), and HCS/HB 783 (2023).

SCOTT SVAGERA

Progress: Chamber 1: Referred to Committee
Last Action:
02/12/2024 
S - Voted Do Pass

SB824 - Modifies provisions relating to gaming
Sponsor: Sen. Denny Hoskins (R)
Summary: SB 824 - This act establishes provisions relating to gaming.

MISSOURI RETURNING HEROES EDUCATION ACT

Current law requires public institutions of higher education to offer reduced tuition rates to certain combat veterans. This act provides that such institutions shall be eligible to receive up to one million dollars annually from the Gaming Commission Fund to offset the actual costs of such tuition reductions. (Section 173.900)

HONORING MISSOURI VETERANS AND SUPPORTING MISSOURI EDUCATION ACT

This act establishes the Honoring Missouri Veterans and Supporting Missouri Education Act.

This act allows the State Lottery Commission to implement a system of video lottery game terminals and to issue licenses to video lottery game manufacturers, distributors, operators, handlers, and retailers. The Commission shall not allow a single vendor or licensee to be responsible for implementing the program, nor shall it allow a single vendor or licensee to control or operate more than twenty-five percent of video lottery game terminals in the state after December 31, 2028. (313.429.1 and .2)

Video lottery game terminals may be placed in fraternal organizations, veterans' organizations, and truck stops, as such terms are defined in the act, and in business entities licensed to sell liquor by the drink. (Section 313.427)

Video lottery game terminals shall be connected to a centralized computer system developed or procured by the Commission. No video lottery game terminal shall be placed in operation without first being connected to such centralized computer system.

The Commission may impose a non-refundable application fee, as described in the act. The initial license shall be for a period of one year. Thereafter, the license renewal period shall be four years with the applicable license renewal fee paid for each year such license is renewed, as described in the act. In addition to such license fees, video lottery game operators shall pay the Commission an annual administrative fee of $300 for each video lottery game terminal placed in service. No license shall be issued to any person who has been convicted of a felony or crime involving illegal gambling. Sales agents shall be registered with the Commission by a video lottery game operator and may not solicit or enter into any contract with a retailer prior to such retailer being licensed to conduct video lottery games. (Section 313.429.3 and .4)

Video lottery game operators shall pay winning tickets using a video lottery game ticket redemption terminal, which shall be located within the video lottery game retailer's establishment in direct proximity of where such video lottery games are offered. Video lottery game operators shall pay to the Commission thirty-two percent of any unclaimed cash prizes associated with winning tickets that have not been redeemed within 180 days of issue.

Video lottery game operators and video lottery game retailers shall enter into a written agreement for the placement of video lottery game terminals. The agreement shall specify an equal division of adjusted gross receipts, or, upon approval of the Commission, a negotiated division of adjusted gross receipts between the video lottery game operator and the video lottery game retailer after adjustments for taxes and administrative fees are made. Video lottery game operators and video lottery game retailers are prohibited from offering anything of value other than the percentage of adjusted gross receipts for the placement of video lottery terminals, except that video lottery game operators may pay for construction of a video lottery terminal area inside the premises of a video lottery game retailer. (Section 313.429.7)

The price of video lottery game terminal credits shall be determined by the Commission, and the maximum wager played per video lottery game shall not exceed $5.00. No cash award for the maximum wager played on any individual lottery game shall exceed $1,100 or the maximum amount allowable by federal law before tax withholding is required.

Operators shall not operate more than eight terminals at any one fraternal organization, veterans organization, or truck-stop, and not more than five video lottery game terminals at any one lottery game retailer that is not a fraternal organization, veterans organization, or truck-stop. (Section 313.429.8)

A person under the age of twenty-one shall not play video lottery games, and such video lottery game terminals shall be under the supervision of a person that is at least twenty-one years of age. Video lottery game terminals shall be placed in a fully enclosed room that is continually monitored by video surveillance and where access to persons under the age of twenty-one is prohibited. Recorded video surveillance footage shall be reviewed by video lottery game operators as required by the Commission and shall be made available to the Commission upon request. An operator or retailer that fails to report any known violation of law may be subject to an administrative fine not to exceed $5,000. Any operator or retailer found to have knowingly committed a violation of provisions governing the conduct of video lottery games may be subject to a fine of $5,000, the suspension of such operator's retailer's license for up to thirty days, or, in the case of repeated violations, the revocation of such operator's or retailer's license for up to one year. (Section 313.429.9)

Video lottery game operators shall pay to the Commission thirty-six percent of the video lottery game adjusted gross receipts. The net proceeds of the sale of video lottery game tickets shall be appropriated equally to public elementary and secondary education and public institutions of higher education with an emphasis on funding elementary and secondary education student transportation costs and higher education workforce development programs. The Commission shall compensate the administrative costs of the city or county in which a video lottery retailer maintains an establishment in an amount equal to four percent of the video lottery game adjusted gross receipts.

The remainder of video lottery game adjusted gross receipts, after the cost of the centralized computer system and administrative costs are paid and apportioned, shall be retained by video lottery game operators and shall be split evenly between video lottery game operators and video lottery game retailers as provided under an agreement. (Section 313.429.10)

All revenues collected by the Commission from license renewal fees and any reimbursements associated with the enforcement of the act shall be appropriated for administrative expenses associated with supervising and enforcing the provisions of the act. (Section 313.429.11)

The Commission shall contract with a state law enforcement entity to assist in conducting background investigations of applicants for licenses and for the enforcement of the provisions of the act. (Section 313.429.12)

A video lottery game licensee suspected of a violation of the act shall be afforded an administrative hearing by the Director of the State Lottery on the record, and an appeal of any action taken to impose a fine on such licensee shall be to the Commission. Any such administrative suspension or revocation upheld by the Commission may be appealed by the video lottery game licensee in a state court of competent jurisdiction. (Section 313.429.13)

Participation in the state lottery under this act shall not be construed to be a lottery or gift enterprise in violation of Article III, Section 39 of the Constitution of Missouri, and shall not constitute a valid reason for the denial or revocation of a permit to sell liquor. (Section 313.433)

This act allows a municipality or a county to adopt an ordinance within one hundred eighty days of the effective date of this act prohibiting video lottery game terminals within the municipality or the unincorporated area of the county. (Section 313.435)

These provisions are identical to HB 699 (2023) and to provisions in SB 1 (2023), are substantially similar to SB 192 (2023), SB 557 (2023), SB 574 (2023), SB 642 (2022), SB 686 (2022), SB 19 (2021), SB 319 (2021), HB 1014 (2021), SB 566 (2020), SB 43 (2019), and SB 452 (2017), and to provisions in SB 906 (2022), SS/HCS/HBs 2502 & 2556 (2022), HB 2080 (2022), SCS/SB 98 (2021), HB 915 (2021), SS#3/SCS/SB 44 (2019), and SS/SCS/SB 767 (2018), and are similar to HB 990 (2017).

COMPULSIVE GAMBLING

The Commission shall promulgate rules for a sports wagering self-exclusion program, as described in the act. Any person who has been self-excluded and is found to have entered an excursion gambling boat or placed a sports wager shall forfeit his or her winnings. (Section 313.813)

Current law allows the Commission to establish programs to provide treatment, prevention and education services for compulsive gambling. This act requires such programs and includes recovery services. This act also requires the Commission to conduct an annual socioeconomic study on the impact of gaming, as described in the act. (Section 313.842)

This act requires the General Assembly to appropriate at least $5 million annually from the Gaming Commission Fund to the Compulsive Gamblers Fund. (Section 313.1021)

SPORTS WAGERING

This act authorizes wagering on sporting events, including esports, and modifies the definition of "gambling game" to include sports wagering. (Sections 313.800 and 313.1003)

Sports wagering shall only be authorized to be conducted on an excursion gambling boat or over the internet to persons physically located in this state. Licensed applicants shall apply to the Missouri Gaming Commission for authorization to conduct sports wagering and shall pay an application fee not to exceed $100,000. If granted a certificate of authority, a certificate holder shall be authorized to conduct sports wagering in a licensed facility or through an interactive sports wagering platform, as defined in the act. (Section 313.1006)

The act establishes designated sports districts, as defined in the act, in areas surrounding stadiums in which professional sports teams play their home games. Professional sports teams may designate a designated sports district mobile licensee, as defined in the act, to conduct sports wagering via an interactive sports wagering platform within the designated sports district. Sports wagering commercial activity, defined as any operation, promotion, signage, advertising, or other business activity relating to sports wagering, shall be prohibited within designated sports districts, as defined in the act, without approval of the professional sports team. (Section 313.1003.3)

An excursion gambling boat may conduct sports wagering through an individually branded interactive sports wagering platform, as defined in the act, and may operate such platform or contract with a platform operator to administer sports wagering on behalf of the excursion gambling boat. An excursion gambling boat may conduct sports wagering through an additional two individually branded interactive sports wagering platforms and may operate such platform or contract with a platform operator to administer sports wagering on behalf of the excursion gambling boat, provided the excursion gambling boat pays to the Commission an annual administrative fee of $250,000 for the first additional interactive sports wagering platform and an annual administrative fee of $500,000 for the second additional interactive sports wagering platform. Each designated sports district mobile licensee may offer sports wagering through one interactive sports wagering platform. (Section 313.1008)

An interactive sports wagering platform may apply to the Commission to conduct sports wagering on behalf of a certificate holder. Such interactive sports wagering platform shall submit an application fee not to exceed $150,000. Every year after licensure, an interactive sports wagering platform shall submit an annual license renewal fee not to exceed $125,000. (Section 313.1010)

A sports governing body may notify the Commission that official league data for determining tier two sports wagers is available. The Commission shall notify sports wagering operators of such availability within seven days, and within sixty days of receiving such notification, sports wagering operators shall use only official league data to determine the outcome of tier two sports wagers, with exceptions as provided in the act.

Certificate holders shall ensure that the certificate holder's surveillance system covers all areas in which sports wagering is conducted, allow the Commission to be present through gaming agents during the hours sports wagering is conducted, ensure that individuals under the age of 21 are not making sports wagers, provide certain information to sports wagering patrons, and post a sign indicating the minimum and maximum amounts that may be wagered. (Section 313.1004)

The Commission shall also promulgate rules to ensure that advertisements for sports wagering do not target minors or other persons who are ineligible to place wagers, problem gamblers, or other vulnerable persons. (Section 313.1012)

The Commission shall conduct background checks on individuals seeking licenses under the act. Such background checks shall include a search for criminal history and any charges or convictions involving corruption or manipulation of sporting events.

The act prohibits the direct or indirect legal or beneficial owner of five percent or more of a sports governing body or its member teams from placing or accepting a wager on an event in which a member team participates. A violation of this provision is a Class C misdemeanor. (Section 313.1014.3(2))

A sports governing body may submit a request to the Commission to restrict, limit, or exclude a certain type, form, or category of sports wagering on sporting events sponsored by such sports governing body. The Commission shall request comments on such requests from sports wagering operators. Upon demonstration of good cause, the Commission shall grant such request, as described in the act.

The Commission and certificate holders shall cooperate with investigations conducted by law enforcement agencies. (Section 313.1014)

A certificate holder shall maintain records of all bets and wagers placed through an interactive sports wagering platform, and all bets and wagers placed in person that exceed $10,000, including personally identifiable information of the bettor, the amount and type of bet, the time the bet was placed, the location of the bet, the outcome of the bet, and records of abnormal betting activity for at least three years after the sporting event occurs. (Section 313.1016)

A tax is imposed at a rate of 10% on the adjusted gross receipts received from sports wagering conducted by a certificate holder. Such tax shall be remitted by the last business day of each month. Revenues received from the tax shall be deposited in the Gaming Proceeds for Education Fund.

A certificate holder shall also pay to the Commission an annual license renewal fee not to exceed $50,000. In addition to such administrative fee, a certificate holder shall pay to the Commission a fee of $10,000 every five years for a reinvestigation of the certificate holder. Such fees shall be deposited in the Gaming Commission Fund. (Section 313.1021)

All sports wagers placed under this act shall be deemed to be initiated, received, and otherwise made on the property of an excursion gambling boat in this state. The intermediate routing of electronic data shall not determine the location or locations in which such wager is initiated, received, or otherwise made. (Section 313.1022)

These provisions are identical to provisions in SB 1 (2023), are substantially similar to SS/SB 30 (2023), HCS/HBs 556 & 581 (2023), HB 953 (2023), SB 643 (2022), SB 764 (2022), SB 1046 (2022), SB 1061 (2022), HB 1666 (2022), HB 2752 (2022), SB 18 (2021), SB 217 (2021), SB 256 (2021), SB 567 (2020), SB 754 (2020), HB 2318 (2020), HB 2691 (2020), HB 119 (2019), SB 1009 (2018), HB 2406 (2018), and to provisions in SB 557 (2023), SS/HCS/HBs 2502 & 2556 (2022), SB 906 (2022), HB 2080 (2022), HB 2144 (2022), SCS/SB 98 (2021), SB 643 (2020), HCS/HB 2088 (2020), HCS/HB 2284 (2020), SS#3/SCS/SB 44 (2019), and SB 187 (2019), and is similar to HB 2320 (2018) and to a provision contained in SB 195 (2019).

JOSH NORBERG

Progress: Chamber 1: Referred to Committee
Last Action:
01/11/2024 
S - Referred to Senate Committee on Appropriations

SB852 - Authorizes sports wagering
Sponsor: Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R)
Summary: SB 852 - This act modifies provisions relating to sports wagering.

COMPULSIVE GAMBLING

This act requires the Missouri Gaming Commission to promulgate rules for a sports wagering self-exclusion program, as described in the act. Any person who has been self-excluded and is found to have entered an excursion gambling boat or placed a sports wager shall forfeit his or her winnings. (Section 313.813)

Current law allows the Commission to establish programs to provide treatment, prevention and education services for compulsive gambling. This act requires such programs and includes recovery services. This act also requires the Commission to conduct a socioeconomic study every five years on the impact of gaming. (Section 313.842)

This act requires the General Assembly to appropriate at least $1 million annually from the Gaming Commission Fund to the Compulsive Gamblers Fund. (Section 313.1021)

SPORTS WAGERING

This act authorizes wagering on sporting events, including esports, and modifies the definition of "gambling game" to include sports wagering.

Sports wagering shall only be authorized to be conducted on an excursion gambling boat or over the internet to persons physically located in this state. Licensed applicants shall apply to the Missouri Gaming Commission for authorization to conduct sports wagering and shall pay an application fee not to exceed $100,000. If granted a certificate of authority, a certificate holder shall be authorized to conduct sports wagering in a licensed facility or through an interactive sports wagering platform, as defined in the act. (Section 313.1006)

The act establishes designated sports districts, as defined in the act, in areas surrounding stadiums in which professional sports teams play their home games. Professional sports teams may designate a designated sports district mobile licensee, as defined in the act, to conduct sports wagering via an interactive sports wagering platform within the designated sports district. (Section 313.1000)

An excursion gambling boat may conduct sports wagering through up to three individually branded interactive sports wagering platforms, as defined in the act, and may operate such platforms or contract with a platform operator to administer sports wagering on behalf of the excursion gambling boat. Each designated sports district mobile licensee may offer sports wagering through one interactive sports wagering platform. (Section 313.1008)

An interactive sports wagering platform may apply to the Commission to conduct sports wagering on behalf of a certificate holder. Such interactive sports wagering platform shall submit an application fee not to exceed $150,000. Every year after licensure, an interactive sports wagering platform shall submit an annual license renewal fee not to exceed $125,000. (Section 313.1010)

Sports wagering commercial activity, defined as any operation, promotion, signage, advertising, or other business activity relating to sports wagering, shall be prohibited within designated sports districts, as defined in the act. (Section 313.1003.3)

A sports governing body may notify the Commission that official league data for determining tier two sports wagers is available. The Commission shall notify sports wagering operators of such availability within seven days, and within sixty days of receiving such notification, sports wagering operators shall use only official league data to determine the outcome of tier two sports wagers, with exceptions as provided in the act.

Certificate holders shall ensure that the certificate holder's surveillance system covers all areas in which sports wagering is conducted, allow the Commission to be present through gaming agents during the hours sports wagering is conducted, ensure that individuals under the age of 21 are not making sports wagers, provide certain information to sports wagering patrons, and post a sign indicating the minimum and maximum amounts that may be wagered. (Section 313.1004)

The Commission shall also promulgate rules to ensure that advertisements for sports wagering do not target minors or other persons who are ineligible to place wagers, problem gamblers, or other vulnerable persons. (Section 313.1012)

The Commission shall conduct background checks on individuals seeking licenses under the act. Such background checks shall include a search for criminal history and any charges or convictions involving corruption or manipulation of sporting events.

The act prohibits the direct or indirect legal or beneficial owner of five percent or more of a sports governing body or its member teams from placing or accepting a wager on an event in which a member team participates. A violation of this provision is a Class C misdemeanor. (Section 313.1014.3(2))

A sports governing body may submit a request to the Commission to restrict, limit, or exclude a certain type, form, or category of sports wagering on sporting events sponsored by such sports governing body. The Commission shall request comments on such requests from sports wagering operators. Upon demonstration of good cause, the Commission shall grant such request, as described in the act.

The Commission and certificate holders shall cooperate with investigations conducted by law enforcement agencies. (Section 313.1014)

A certificate holder shall maintain records of all bets and wagers placed through an interactive sports wagering platform, and all bets and wagers placed in person that exceed $10,000, including personally identifiable information of the bettor, the amount and type of bet, the time the bet was placed, the location of the bet, the outcome of the bet, and records of abnormal betting activity for at least three years after the sporting event occurs. (Section 313.1016)

A tax is imposed at a rate of 12% on the adjusted gross receipts received from sports wagering conducted by a certificate holder. Such tax shall be remitted by the last business day of each month. Revenues received from the tax shall be deposited in the Gaming Proceeds for Education Fund.

A certificate holder shall also pay to the Commission an annual license renewal fee not to exceed $50,000. In addition to such administrative fee, a certificate holder shall pay to the Commission a fee of $10,000 every five years for a reinvestigation of the certificate holder. Such fees shall be deposited in the Gaming Commission Fund. (Section 313.1021)

All sports wagers placed under this act shall be deemed to be initiated, received, and otherwise made on the property of an excursion gambling boat in this state. The intermediate routing of electronic data shall not determine the location or locations in which such wager is initiated, received, or otherwise made. (Section 313.1022)

This act is identical to SS/SB 30 (2023), is substantially similar to HCS/HBs 556 & 581 (2023), HB 953 (2023), SB 643 (2022), SB 764 (2022), SB 1046 (2022), SB 1061 (2022), SB 18 (2021), SB 217 (2021), SB 256 (2021), SB 567 (2020), SB 754 (2020), HB 2318 (2020), HB 2691 (2020), HB 119 (2019), SB 1009 (2018), HB 2406 (2018), and to provisions contained in SB 1 (2023), SB 557 (2023), SS/HCS/HBs 2502 & 2556 (2022), SB 906 (2022), SCS/SB 98 (2021), SB 643 (2020), HCS/HB 2088 (2020), HCS/HB 2284 (2020), SS#3/SCS/SB 44 (2019), and SB 187 (2019), and is similar to HB 2320 (2018) and to a provision contained in SB 195 (2019).

JOSH NORBERG

Progress: Chamber 1: Referred to Committee
Last Action:
01/11/2024 
S - Referred to Senate Committee on Appropriations

SB928 - Creates new provisions relating to renewable energy
Sponsor: Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R)
Summary: SB 928 - This act creates the "Missouri Nuclear Clean Power Act" providing for clean baseload electric generating plants designed to be operated at 400 megawatts or less.

Before such construction work begins, an electrical corporation seeking to include construction work in progress in rates shall file with the Public Service Commission a plan detailing the projected costs of the construction and the plan to recover such costs through rates. Costs recovered by an electrical corporation under this act are subject to inclusion or exclusion from rates in a ratemaking proceeding. The Commission may authorize an electrical corporation to make or demand charges for service based on additional amortization to maintain the electrical corporation's financial ratios in improving cost effectiveness in constructing a clean baseload generation plant or a renewable source generating facility.

This act shall not apply to clean baseload electric generating plants that are in commercial operation before August 28, 2024.

This act is substantially similar to HCS/HB 225 (2023), and similar to SB 333 (2023), HB 1684 (2022) and HB 261 (2021).

JULIA SHEVELEVA

Progress: Chamber 1: Referred to Committee
Last Action:
01/25/2024 
S - Referred to Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy, and the Environment

SB929 - Requires all elections for local tax increases to be held at a general or primary election
Sponsor: Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R)
Summary: SB 929 - 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.

This act is identical to SB 479 (2023) and HB 1202 (2023).

JOSH NORBERG

Progress: Chamber 1: Referred to Committee
Last Action:
01/25/2024 
S - Referred to Senate Committee on Local Government and Elections

SB1010 - Reauthorizes an income tax deduction for certain savings accounts
Sponsor: Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R)
Summary: SB 1010 - Current law authorizes an income tax deduction for one hundred percent of a participating taxpayer's contributions to a long-term dignity savings account, with such deduction scheduled to sunset on December 31, 2024. This act extends the sunset on the deduction until December 31, 2029.

JOSH NORBERG

Progress: Chamber 1: Referred to Committee
Last Action:
02/19/2024 
S - Hearing Conducted

SB1051 - Allows the enrollment of nonresident students in public school districts
Sponsor: Sen. Curtis Trent (R)
Summary: SB 1051 - This act establishes provisions allowing enrollment of nonresident students in public school districts and modifies provisions regarding transportation costs for certain school districts. This act is similar to SB 5 (2023).

MAGNET SCHOOLS (Section 163.161)

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. This provision is identical to provisions in HCS/SS#2/SCS/SBs 4, 42, & 89 (2023), in SB 5 (2023), in HCS/HB 253 (2023), HB 672 (2023), and a provision in SB 1010 (2022).

PUBLIC SCHOOL OPEN ENROLLMENT ACT (Sections 167.1200 to 167.1230)

The act establishes the "Public School Open Enrollment Act" to enable students to transfer from their district of residence ("resident district") to a nonresident district. The Act shall become effective on July 1, 2025. These provisions are similar to provisions in SB 5 (2023) and to SB 1010 (2022), HCS/HB 253 (2023), HB 1814 (2022), and HS/HCS/HB 543 (2021).

TRANSFER POLICY AND PARTICIPATION (Section 167.1205)

On or before October 1st of each year, each school district and charter school shall indicate whether it will participate in the open enrollment program during the subsequent school year. Participating districts and schools may accept transferring nonresident students from any other school district. For the 2025-26 and 2026-27 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 or charter school's particular needs. The model policy shall require each district or 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 transferring student who meets the nonresident district's graduation requirements.

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

A student seeking to transfer to a magnet school, an academically selective school, or a 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 that 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 to 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.

APPLYING FOR TRANSFER (Section 167.1210)

Students may transfer into only one nonresident district per school year. Transferring 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 who 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 transferring students may also enroll in the same nonresident district to which their sibling transfers, subject to limitations based on school capacity and the student's disciplinary record.

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

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 described in the act.

PARENT PUBLIC SCHOOL CHOICE FUNDS (Sections 167.1211 and 167.1212)

Nonresident districts shall receive reimbursement for the costs of certain special educational services for transferring students. Such reimbursement shall not exceed the district's current expenditure per average daily attendance. The reimbursement shall come from the Parent Public School Choice Fund established in the act. 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.

NUMBER OF TRANSFER STUDENTS (Section 167.1215)

By October 1st annually, each school district and charter school shall set the number of transferring students such district or charter school is willing to 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 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 school in the district or charter school 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.

APPLICATION PROCESS (Section 167.1220)

A student's transfer application 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 charter school governing body for review. Rejection decisions may be finalized only 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 Commission 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.

AUTHORIZED EXEMPTIONS (Section 167.1225)

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 exemption is irrevocable for one year from the date the district gives notice to the Department. Notice of a district's exemption or intent to resume participation in open enrollment 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.

APPEAL PROCEDURE (Section 167.1230)

Transfer applicants who are rejected may file an appeal with the Department or a three member panel selected by the Missouri Charter Public School Commission. 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.

OLIVIA SHANNON

Progress: Chamber 1: Referred to Committee
Last Action:
02/21/2024 
S - Voted Do Pass

SB1079 - Modifies provisions relating to ballot language for certain debt service tax levies
Sponsor: Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R)
Summary: SB 1079 - For elections in which the board of education of a school district submits to the voters a question whether to issue additional bonds that do not result in an increase to the current debt service property tax levy, this act requires the ballot language for such question to include language that indicates that if the proposition is not approved, the current debt service levy shall be reduced upon the retirement of outstanding bonds, as described in the act.

JOSH NORBERG

Progress: Chamber 1: Referred to Committee
Last Action:
02/05/2024 
S - Removed from Senate Hearing Agenda - Senate-Select Committee on Empowering Missouri Parents and Children - 2/6/24 - 8:00 am - Senate Lounge

SB1366 - Establishes accountability measures for all public elementary and secondary schools
Sponsor: Sen. Curtis Trent (R)
Summary: SCS/SB 1366 - This act establishes accountability measures for all public elementary and secondary schools.

The act adds "student growth" to the categories of information required to be included in the school accountability report cards of all school districts, public schools, and public charter schools under current law. The act describes how student growth shall be calculated, with reference to a comparison of students' performance on statewide assessments in the current academic year to their performance in prior years.

By July 15 of each year, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) shall provide a confidential version of the school accountability report cards to each school building, school district, and charter school. By August 15 of each year, DESE shall publish the school accountability report cards for the previous year on the DESE website and include in DESE's annual budget request sufficient resources in personnel and equipment to prepare the report cards for the following year.

The act also establishes provisions relating to the preparation of annual performance ratings for public schools based on students' academic performance. Beginning with the 2026-27 school year and in all subsequent school years, the act sets forth a methodology for calculating the annual performance ratings based on students' year-to-year academic growth and achievement. For elementary schools, year-to-year student growth and overall student achievement shall each be weighted at 50% in the calculation, as specified in the act. For high schools, DESE shall create a college and career readiness measure that is based on statistical models that identify schools' contributions to students' long-term outcomes separately from their prior achievement. DESE shall determine a standard for both college readiness and career readiness, and shall promulgate rules relating to such standards. DESE shall consider certain factors when measuring college and career readiness, such as Advanced Placement scores and International Baccalaureate program scores. For high schools, 60% of the annual performance rating score shall be based on a combination of the attainment of college and career readiness credentials and student growth, as described in the act, and 40% of the score shall be based on a combination of student achievement on end-of-course exams and the five-year high school gradation rate.

Each school that has students who are enrolled in the school for the full academic year and who are tested using the statewide assessments shall receive an annual performance rating score and an annual report card. However, a school shall not earn an annual performance rating score based on students' academic performance if fewer than 10 students are tested in the statewide assessments.

DESE shall promulgate rules to implement the provisions of this act, and shall additionally have the authority to promulgate rules including incentives or rewards for schools and school districts that receive an annual performance rating score of 90% or more or that increase their score by 10% over a three-year period.

This act is similar to SB 804 (2024).

OLIVIA SHANNON

Progress: Chamber 1: Referred to Committee
Last Action:
02/21/2024 
S - Voted Do Pass as substituted

SJR54 - Repeals prohibition on legislative staff serving as lobbyists until two years after leaving their position
Sponsor: Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R)
Summary: SJR 54 - 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.

This constitutional amendment is identical to SJR 37 (2023).

SCOTT SVAGERA

Progress: Chamber 1: Referred to Committee
Last Action:
01/25/2024 
S - Referred to Senate Committee on Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions, and Ethics

SJR55 - Requires all county assessors to be elected
Sponsor: Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R)
Summary: SJR 55 - 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 identical to SJR 13 (2023) and substantially similar to SJR 46 (2022), SJR 10 (2021), SJR 47 (2020), and SJR 17 (2017).

MARY GRACE PRINGLE

Progress: Chamber 1: Referred to Committee
Last Action:
01/25/2024 
S - Referred to Senate Committee on Local Government and Elections