Tracking List: Education Policy

HB1405 - Enacts provisions relating to the use of identifying pronouns by school employees and independent contractors
Sponsor: Rep. Hardy Billington (R)
Summary: HB 1405 -- SCHOOL EMPLOYEES AND CONTRACTORS

SPONSOR: Billington

This bill prohibits any school employee or independent contractor from using a pronoun for a student that does not align with such student's biological sex as indicated on the student's birth certificate without written permission from the student's parent.

The bill restricts schools from requiring any employee or independent contractor from using a pronoun for a student that is different from that student's biological sex if doing so is contrary to the employee's or contractor's religious or moral convictions.

This bill is similar to HB 1258 from 2023.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1408 - Prohibits an employer from terminating an employee for having a firearm in the employee's vehicle on the employer's premises
Sponsor: Rep. Hardy Billington (R)
Summary: HB 1408 -- EMPLOYEE POSSESSION OF FIREARM

SPONSOR: Billington

This bill prohibits an employer from terminating an employee for having a firearm in his or her vehicle when arriving to or leaving from the employer's property for employment purposes or when the employee is acting within the scope of his or her employment. This provision shall only apply to employees who are not prohibited from possessing a firearm by law. The employer is not civilly liable for injuries or damages resulting from the use of the firearm.

This bill is the same as HB 38 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1410 - Changes the law regarding primary elections
Sponsor: Rep. Dan Stacy (R)
Summary: HB 1410 -- CLOSED PRIMARY ELECTIONS

SPONSOR: Stacy

This bill provides that no person shall be entitled to vote in a primary election of an established political party unless their voter registration establishes affiliation with said party.

Under the provisions of this bill, a candidate, a campaign committee, or a political party can request from the Secretary of State the political party affiliations of voters who applied for an absentee ballot.

Registered voters must select a party affiliation before the 23rd Tuesday prior to the date of the election in order to select that party's ballot at the primary election.

If a voter changes their party registration within 23 weeks of a party primary election, they will only be entitled to vote the ballot of the party with which they were registered prior to their change of registration.

Any person not previously registered in this state must select their party affiliation by the fourth Wednesday prior to the primary election in order to select that party's ballot at the primary election.

Voters voting in-person or absentee who are unaffiliated with a political party shall be entitled to cast only an unaffiliated ballot.

Any person who files a declaration of candidacy or is selected by a party nominating committee as a candidate in a primary election must be affiliated with that political party as evidenced by their voter registration no later than the 23 weeks prior to the last Tuesday in February immediately preceding the primary election.

Any person who files a declaration of candidacy as an independent candidate or as the candidate of a new political party must be unaffiliated with an established party as evidenced by their voter registration no later than the 23rd Tuesday prior to the opening date of candidate filing for the primary election.

No later than 19 weeks prior to the primary election date the Secretary of State shall distribute a list of eligible voters for each political party to local election authorities. Any political party entitled to ballot access is allowed to exempt itself from a closed primary and conduct a party caucus at its own expense.

The state shall pay the costs of implementing and providing notice of the closed primary system.

Provisions of this bill have a January 1, 2025, delayed effective date.

This bill is similar to HB 31 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1412 - Modifies provisions for candidate filing
Sponsor: Rep. Dan Stacy (R)
Summary: HB 1412 -- CANDIDATE FILING

SPONSOR: Stacy

This bill requires any person who files a declaration of candidacy or is selected by a party nominating committee as a candidate in a primary election to be affiliated with that political party as evidenced by their voter registration no later than 23 weeks prior to the last Tuesday in February immediately preceding the primary election.

The bill requires any person who files a declaration of candidacy as an independent candidate or as the candidate of a new political party to be unaffiliated with an established party as evidenced by their voter registration no later than the 23rd Tuesday prior to the opening date of candidate filing for the primary election.

This bill has an delayed effective date of January 1, 2025.

The bill is similar to provisions of HB 1410 (2024).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1414 - Requires the national motto to be posted in all public buildings, including public schools
Sponsor: Rep. Dan Stacy (R)
Summary: HB 1414 -- NATIONAL MOTTO IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS

SPONSOR: Stacy

This bill specifies that, if funds are available, the national motto shall be displayed in public buildings, including public schools and state institutions of higher education.

This bill also specifies the display requirements, poster specifications, and display locations.

The posters or framed copies authorized by this section are to be either donated or purchased solely with funds made available through voluntary contributions to the local school boards or the State Board of Public Buildings for the specified purpose.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1417 - Modifies provisions governing the minimum school term
Sponsor: Rep. Robert Sauls (D)
Summary: HB 1417 -- NUMBER OF SCHOOL DAYS REQUIRED

SPONSOR: Sauls

Current law requires 1044 hours of pupil instruction with a minimum of 174 days for schools with a five-day school week or 142 days for schools with a four-day school week.

This bill modifies current provisions of law relating to the minimum school term and school day by requiring specific school districts, located wholly or partially in a county with a charter form of government or any school district located wholly or partially within a city with more then 30,000 inhabitants with a five-day week to have a minimum school term that consists of 1044 hours or 169 school days of actual pupil attendance.

This bill provides that such school districts may adopt a four-day school week in lieu of a five-day school week for a period of 10 years and only by submitting to the qualified voters of the school district a ballot measure authorizing the same.

This bill provides for additional funding in an amount equal to 2% of the schools preceding year's June state aid to any district that has more than 169 school days, provided such funding is used for teacher salaries.

The bill also modifies current law that no public school district shall select an earlier start date than 14 calendar days prior to the first Monday in September to allow any district to vote to allow an earlier opening date, provided such district has a minimum term of 175 days.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1418 - Exempts the retail sale of food from state and local sales and use tax
Sponsor: Rep. Robert Sauls (D)
Summary: HB 1418 -- TAX EXEMPTION ON FOOD

SPONSOR: Sauls

Beginning January 1, 2025, this bill eliminates any state or local sales or use tax from being levied or imposed on any retail sale of food.

The bill modifies the term "food" to include only the types of food that are included in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

This bill is similar to HB 591 (2023) and HB 2530 (2022).
Last Action:
02/20/2024 
** REVISED for TIME CHANGE ** - House-Agriculture Policy - 2/22/24 - 8:30 am or Upon Adjournment - HR 6

HB1423 - Modifies provisions relating to income tax deductions for private pensions
Sponsor: Rep. Mike McGirl (R)
Summary: HB 1423 -- PRIVATE PENSIONS

SPONSOR: McGirl

This bill increases an individual's income tax adjustments related to private pensions in the following manner:

(1) Married Filing Combined -- increases from $32,000 to $40,000;

(2) Single, Head of Household -- increases from $25,000 to $29,000; and

(3) Married Filing Separate -- increases from $16,000 to $20,000

This bill increases the maximum amount to be subtracted from a taxpayer's adjusted gross income for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2025, to the first $12,000 of any retirement allowance received from any privately funded sources. The previous maximum was $6,000.

This bill is the same as HB 356 (2023).
Last Action:
02/01/2024 
H - Not heard in committee

HB1424 - Creates new provisions relating to COVID-19 vaccination requirements
Sponsor: Rep. Mike McGirl (R)
Summary: HB 1424 -- BANNING COVID-19 VACCINE MANDATES

SPONSOR: McGirl

This bill modifies current law to prohibit political subdivisions from requiring a COVID-19 vaccination to access transportation systems, services, or public accommodations. Under this bill, no public or private entity receiving public funds or any other public accommodation shall require documentation of a COVID-19 vaccination to access transportation systems, facilities, services, or public accommodations, as defined in the bill.

No student in grades K-12 shall be required, as a condition of school attendance or participation in any school-sponsored extracurricular activities, to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or to undergo any testing policy as an alternative to a COVID-19 vaccination. Additionally, no public institution of higher education shall require a COVID-19 vaccine or diagnostic testing in order for a student to access facilities, services, or activities, including attending class in person. These provisions expire on December 31, 2028.

The bill prohibits any day care center, preschool, or nursery school from requiring a child to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of his or her attendance. This provision expires on December 31, 2028.

The bill makes it an unlawful employment practice for an employer to require employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment without permitting employees to be exempted on the grounds of their religious, moral, ethical, or philosophical beliefs; for medical reasons, including pregnancy; or due to previous exposure and subsequent recovery from COVID-19. The employer shall not require the employee to provide any kind of explanation or proof regarding his or her religious, moral, ethical, or philosophical beliefs or medical conditions relating to requesting an exemption from vaccination. The Commission on Human Rights is required to develop and make available to employers and employees a form that employees may use to make requests for exemption. No employer shall require an employee to undergo testing as an alternative to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. This provision expires on December 31, 2028.

This bill contains an emergency clause.

This bill is similar to SB 201 (2023) and SCS SBs 702, 636, 651, & 693 (2022).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

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.
Last Action:
03/12/2024 
H - Superseded by HB 1993

HB1427 - Modifies provisions relating to taxation
Sponsor: Rep. Mike McGirl (R)
Summary: HCS HB 1427 -- TAXATION

SPONSOR: McGirl

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass with HCS" by the Standing Committee on Ways and Means by a vote of 10 to 1.

The following is a summary of the House Committee Substitute for HB 1427.

This bill modifies provisions relating to taxation.

MEDICAL DEVICES (Sections 144.030 and 144.813)

This bill authorizes a sales tax exemption for sales of class III medical devices that use electric fields for the purposes of treating cancer, including components, repair parts, and disposable or single-patient-use supplies required for such devices.

Current law provides a sales tax exemption for certain durable medical equipment as defined on January 1, 1980, by the federal Medicare program. This bill removes the reference to January 1, 1980.

Additionally, current law provides a sales tax exemption for the sales or rental of manual and powered wheelchairs, including parts. The bill also applies the exemption to accessories for such wheelchairs.

PERSONAL PROPERTY (Sections 144.030 and 144.615)

This bill exempts from sales tax all sales of used tangible personal property, including any tangible personal property that is sold a second time or any number of additional subsequent times after the initial point of sale, at an auction. The provisions of this bill shall not apply to motor vehicles, trailers, boats, or outboard motors purchased or acquired for use on the highways or waters of this state which are required to be titled.

RESEARCH AND EXPERIMENTAL EXPENDITURES (Section 143.121)

Currently, Missouri taxpayers are unable to deduct certain research and experimentation expenditures from their adjusted gross income for tax purposes. This limitation is a result of the federal "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" of 2017. This bill de-couples Missouri from the provisions of the federal law, and allows taxpayers to deduct specified research and experimental expenditures from their federal adjusted gross income, beginning with the 2022 tax year. BINGO (Sections 313.057 & 313.057)

This bill repeals a 2% tax on the gross receipts of retail sales paid on each pull tab card sold in the state.

The bill also repeals a tax imposed on each organization conducting a game of bingo which annually awards at least $5000 and more than $100 in a single day.



The following is a summary of the public testimony from the committee hearing. The testimony was based on the introduced version of the bill.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that this bill will allow tax exempt organizations to utilize all income that they generate to help pay for necessities. Such tax exempt organizations would include VFWs, Elks Clubs, and American Legions. Most of these organizations hold bingos, and any organization hosting a bingo must be classified as tax exempt. Supporters further say that the income that these tax exempt organizations receive is used to promote their objectives, such as helping veterans. A large amount of the income they receive is paid towards the current 2% tax, which gives the organizations much less of an opportunity to use those funds to promote their charitable objectives. Bingo games are the highest producing revenue activities that these organizations host, requiring that a lot of people are hired to run the event, and making it much less profitable for smaller tax exempt organizations.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative McGirl; Gary Grigsby, Association of Charitable Games of Missouri; and John E. Mueller.

OPPONENTS: Those who oppose the bill say that games of chance, such as bingo, are very profitable, and provide a good deal of revenue to state schools. Therefore, the 2% tax should be viewed as the cost of doing business for these tax exempt organizations to support state services.

Testifying in person against the bill was Arnie C. Dienoff.



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.
Last Action:
03/13/2024 
H - Reported Do Pass

HB1428 - Modifies the "circuit breaker" tax credit by increasing the maximum upper limits and adjusting the property tax credit income phase-out increment amounts
Sponsor: Rep. Mike McGirl (R)
Summary: HCS HB 1428 -- PROPERTY TAX CREDIT

SPONSOR: McGirl

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass with HCS" by the Special Committee on Property Tax Reform by a vote of 21 to 0.

The following is a summary of the House Committee Substitute for HB 1428.

This bill amends statutes related to senior citizens property tax relief, also known as the Circuit Breaker tax credit.

This tax credit is available to eligible senior citizens and disabled veterans for a portion of their real estate taxes or rent that such individuals have paid for the year.

Currently, the tax credit is limited to qualifying taxpayers with an income of $30,000 or less in the case of a homestead owned and occupied by a claimant for the entire year. An additional exemption of $4,000 is provided when a qualifying taxpayer's spouse resides at the same address, bringing the total credit to $34,000 for a married homestead owner.

This bill increases such maximum income in the following manner:

For an unmarried homeowner: from $30,000, now $40,000;

For a married homeowner: the additional exemption is increased from $4,000 to $5,000 making the total credit now $45,000;

For an unmarried renter: from $27,200, now $32,000;

for a married homeowner: the additional exemption is increased from $2,000 to $5,000 making the total credit now $37,200.

Currently, the tax credit is set at a maximum of $1,100 in actual property taxes paid for a homeowner, and a maximum of $750 in rent constituting property taxes actually paid for renters.

This bill increases the maximum amount of the tax credit in the following manner:

For a homeowner: from $1,100, now $1,550;

For a renter: from $750, now $1,055. If the income on a return is over the minimum base but not over the maximum upper limit, the property tax shall be in increments of $25 and the income in increments of $495.

This bill is similar to HCS SS SCS SB 133 (2023).

The following is a summary of the public testimony from the committee hearing. The testimony was based on the introduced version of the bill.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that with an increase in the maximum income levels, more seniors can take advantage of the program. With the cost of living rising each year, more and more seniors are cut out of the program. The last time the maximum income levels were adjusted to reflect inflation was 2008, which makes change long overdue.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative McGirl; AARP; and Catholic Charities Archdiocese of St. Louis.

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.
Last Action:
02/26/2024 
H - Reported Do Pass

HB1429 - Prohibits counties from charging interest on entire personal property tax liabilities when a taxpayer has made installment payments
Sponsor: Rep. Willard Haley (R)
Summary: HB 1429 -- INTEREST ON PROPERTY TAX LATE PAYMENT

SPONSOR: Haley

This bill prohibits counties from charging interest on an entire real or personal property tax liability when a taxpayer misses an installment payment. This bill requires that the county charge interest but only on the amount of property taxes still owed for that year, including the late installment.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1430 - Modifies provisions governing tangible personal property assessments of boats
Sponsor: Rep. Willard Haley (R)
Summary: HB 1430 -- PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT ON BOATS

SPONSOR: Haley

This bill clarifies that certain items of tangible personal property used for lodging must be assessed for property tax purposes in the county where the items are located. These items include houseboats, cabin cruisers, and manufactured homes.

Other items of tangible personal property also must be assessed in the county where the items are located. These items include floating boat docks and motor boats, if the motor boats as defined in Section 306.010, RSMo, are housed or stored outside the owner’s county of residence on a boat lift or in a marina, and are not regularly transported to the owner’s county of residence.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1431 - Establishes minimum teacher's salaries and provides grant moneys to assist school districts with increasing teacher salaries
Sponsor: Rep. Willard Haley (R)
Summary: HB 1431 -- TEACHER SALARIES

SPONSOR: Haley

The current minimum teacher salary is $25,000 and for those teachers with a Master's Degree and 10 years of experience the minimum is $33,000. This bill raises the minimum in the 2025- 26 school year to a minimum of $38,000. For a teacher with a Master's Degree and 10 years of experience these minimums are raised to $44,000 and increase to $46,000 by the 2027-28 school year.

The bill creates the "Teacher Baseline Salary Grant Fund" and the "Teacher Baseline Salary Grant" program, with the purpose of providing a 70/30 matching grant to school districts. Beginning in the 2025-26 school year through June, 30, 2028, districts may apply to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for grants to increase minimum teacher salaries.

This bill is similar to HB 2357 (2022).
Last Action:
02/21/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB1432 - Adds a condition under which a certificate of license to teach will be granted
Sponsor: Rep. Willard Haley (R)
Summary: HB 1432 -- TEACHER EXEMPTION FROM TESTING

SPONSOR: Haley

This bill creates an alternative teaching certification process. Beginning in the 2024-25 school year the state board may authorize teaching certification to anyone with a bachelor's degree or higher. This teaching certification will be limited to the holder's major area of study.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1435 - Allows electrical corporations to charge for services based on the costs of certain construction work in progress
Sponsor: Rep. Willard Haley (R)
Summary: HB 1435 -- CONSTRUCTION WORK IN PROGRESS

SPONSOR: Haley

This bill establishes the "Missouri Nuclear Clean Power Act", which allows clean baseload electric generating plants or facilities rated at 600 megawatts or less that utilize clean baseload electric generating plants to produce energy not in commercial operation as of August 28, 2024, to charge for costs associated with construction work in progress before the facility is operational.

Before any construction begins, the electrical corporation seeking to include construction work in progress (CWIP) in its rates must file with the Public Service Commission a plan detailing the costs and the plan to recover those costs through rates. The costs recovered by an electrical corporation are subject to inclusion or exclusion in a ratemaking proceeding under the authority of the Public Service Commission. The Commission may also authorize an electrical corporation to charge for additional amortization to maintain the corporation's financial ratios that will better allow it to cost-effectively construct a clean baseload generating plant.

This bill is the same as HB 225(2023).
Last Action:
03/06/2024 
H - Superseded by HB 1804

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.
Last Action:
01/30/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB1440 - Modifies provisions relating to school protection officers
Sponsor: Rep. Chris Dinkins (R)
Summary: HCS HB 1440 -- SCHOOL PROTECTION OFFICER

SPONSOR: Dinkins

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass with HCS" by the Standing Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education by a vote of 14 to 3.

Currently, school districts may designate teachers or administrators to be school protection officers.

This bill adds other school personnel to the list of employees a school district may designate as a school protection officer and allows designated school personnel the authority to carry a weapon on school grounds if he or she has obtained a concealed carry endorsement or permit.

This bill is similar to HB 70 (2023).

The following is a summary of the public testimony from the committee hearing. The testimony was based on the introduced version of the bill.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that this bill would authorize additional school district employees to serve as a school protection officer. Often it is difficult for schools to have enough eligible teachers to serve as a school protection officer so additional staff options are the better fit for that role.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative Dinkins; and Missouri Council of School Administrators.

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.
Last Action:
04/09/2024 
H - Reported Do Pass

HB1441 - Expands the definition of special victim to include sports officials at a sporting event and limits civil liability for sports officials
Sponsor: Rep. Chris Dinkins (R)
Summary: HB 1441 -- SPORTS OFFICIALS

SPONSOR: Dinkins

This bill provides that sports officials who officiate athletic contests at any level of competition in this state shall not be liable, with exceptions, in a civil action for injuries or damages claimed to have arisen because of actions or inactions related to their officiating duties.

The bill also adds to the definition of "special victim" a sports official assaulted while he or she is performing sports official duties or as a direct result of such duties.

This bill is the same as HB 72 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1444 - Authorizes a tax credit for donations made to certain organizations
Sponsor: Rep. Travis Smith (R)
Summary: HB 1444 -- TAX CREDIT FOR DONATIONS TO CERTAIN ORGANIZATIONS

SPONSOR: Smith (155)

Subject to appropriation, beginning on or after January 1, 20025, this bill establishes a tax credit against a taxpayer's state tax liability of up to 50% of their contribution to a qualified organization that provides support services and assistance to justice-involved individuals and people in recovery from substance use disorders.

Qualified organizations shall not have an annual budget in excess of $5 million, any employee who receives more than $125,000 in annual compensation, or include any housing organization unless accredited by the National Alliance of Recovery Residences or Adult and Teen Challenge USA. Qualified organizations are permitted to decline contributions.

Any tax credit that cannot be claimed for the tax year in which the contribution is made may be carried forward to the next four succeeding tax years until the full credit has been claimed.

No taxpayer shall be allowed to claim a credit unless the total amount of their contribution has a value of at least $250, except for any excess credit carried forward.

The cumulative amount of tax credits allowed to all taxpayers shall not exceed $2.5 million per tax year. In any given calendar year, no more than 20% of the total available tax credits shall be authorized for contributions to a single qualified organization.

The tax credit created in this bill shall be subject to the provisions of the Tax Credit Accountability Act.

This bill sunsets on December 31st, 6 years after the effective date.

This bill is similar to HB 1028 (2023) and HB 2527 (2022).
Last Action:
02/28/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass

HB1445 - Creates a new state holiday for election day and requires colleges and universities to close unless used as a polling place
Sponsor: Rep. Jamie Johnson (D)
Summary: HB 1445 -- ELECTION DAY

SPONSOR: Johnson (12)

This bill adds the general election day that occurs in November of even numbered years to the list of public holidays in Missouri.

Additionally, the Coordinating Board of Higher Education must require that all colleges and universities be closed on the general election day, unless such college or university serves as a polling place.
Last Action:
04/15/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB1447 - Modifies provisions governing teacher recruitment and retention
Sponsor: Rep. Ed Lewis (R)
Summary: HCS HB 1447 -- TEACHER RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION

SPONSOR: Lewis (6)

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass with HCS" by the Standing Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education by a vote of 12 to 0.

The following is a summary of the House Committee Substitute for HB 1447.

The current minimum teacher salary is $25,000 and for those teachers with a Master's Degree and 10 years of experience the minimum is $33,000. This bill raises the minimum in the 2025-26 school year to $38,000. For a teacher with a Master's Degree and 10 years of experience the minimum is raised to $44,000 with increases each year until the 2027-28 school year when the minimum shall be $46,000.

Beginning in the 2028-29 school year and in all subsequent years the minimum teacher salary base will be adjusted annually by a calculated percentage increase in inflation, not to exceed 3% as outlined in the bill. The State Board of Education shall publish the calculated minimum salaries beginning in February, 2026.

The bill creates a "Teacher Baseline Salary Grant Fund" to assist school districts with a grant from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to increase the districts minimum teacher salary to the required level. The grant will be necessary funds used to increase the districts minimum salary.

The bill authorizes the State Board for Education to grant an additional teaching certificate in a specific content or subject area to already certificated teachers based upon successfully completing the state-approved teacher evaluation system comprised of seven walk-through evaluations, two formative evaluations, and one summative evaluation, a recommendation from the school district, and the completion of a background check..

The bill removes the requirement that salary schedules adopted by a district's board of education apply to all teachers in the district and allows school boards to include differentiated placement of teachers on the salary schedule for hard-to-staff subject areas and hard-to-staff schools. Districts may annually review and modify hard-to-staff subject areas and schools, as defined in the bill, and are prohibited from placement of any teacher on a schedule that would result in a salary demotion. The bill modifies the "Missouri Professional Teacher and Administrator Act" by removing the requirement that prospective teacher education students pass an entry-level test with a satisfactory rating before being admitted into a university or college teaching program.

The bill modifies the "career plan or program" requirement that qualifying career ladder responsibilities and volunteer effort occur after school hours by clarifying that they must be outside of duties that require a teaching certificate and includes teacher mentorship to the suggested options. The bill also exempts military members and the member's spouse from the two year residency requirement if such individual has experience in another state..

The bill modifies the existing "Urban Flight and Rural Needs Scholarship Program" by changing the name to the "Teacher Recruitment and Retention State Scholarship Program". The corresponding state treasury fund is also renamed accordingly. Additional provisions of the existing program are modified including increasing the maximum number of two-year scholarships from 200 in the 2025 academic year to 600 such scholarships by the 2030-31 school term.

Scholarships for up to 100% of eligible tuition and fees are to be awarded to "eligible students" as defined in the bill for up to two years. Students must agree to teach in "hard-to-staff schools" or "hard-to-staff subject areas" for two years for every year the scholarship is received.

The repayment rate of the scholarships for a failure to fulfill the agreement is set forth in the bill as 1% over the prevailing prime rate in effect on January 1st of the year the student is ineligible, with annual adjustments.

The bill includes provisions from HB 2092 and HB 1986 (2024)



The following is a summary of the public testimony from the committee hearing. The testimony was based on the introduced version of the bill.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that the Blue Ribbon Commission pointed out that for past several years Missouri teachers have been leaving the profession or are not entering the profession in large enough numbers to sustain the numbers of teachers needed to effectively teach. Missouri salaries are some of the lowest in the surrounding area and in the nation. Teachers have the biggest impact on student learning and investments in this resource need to be made. Testifying in person for the bill were Representative Lewis; Aligned; Missouri Retired Teachers Association; Missouri State Teachers Association; Perry Gorrell, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; Quality Schools Coalition; Missouri School Boards Association; and Missouri NEA.

OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

OTHERS: Others testifying on the bill say local school boards and local communities do not spend the local effort raised the same way, with some districts focused on teacher salaries while others spend it in other areas. This state approach may not solve the teacher salary issue if local districts do not act accordingly.

Testifying in person on the bill was John T. Grady.

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.
Last Action:
03/04/2024 
H - Reported Do Pass

HB1448 - Modifies provisions governing tuition reimbursement calculations for schools that do not maintain a high school through grade twelve
Sponsor: Rep. Ed Lewis (R)
Summary: HB 1448 -- K-EIGHT TUITION REIMBURSEMENT

SPONSOR: Lewis (6)

This bill modifies the calculation of tuition for students from a district that only offers grades K-Eight that are attending a district offering a high school program. The current calculation is based on the average attendance of the receiving district. This bill modifies the calculation to reflect the actual average daily attendance of the sending school's students or by an agreed upon percentage of enrollment that must not exceed 95%.
Last Action:
01/18/2024 
H - Referred to House committee on Elementary and Secondary Education

HB1450 - Modifies and establishes provisions relating to the protection of children and vulnerable persons
Sponsor: Rep. Ed Lewis (R)
Summary: HB 1450 -- PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE PERSONS

SPONSOR: Lewis (6)

This bill replaces the term "child pornography" with "child sexual abuse material" throughout statute, but child pornography as it will have existed prior to the effective date of this legislation will still be subject to the provisions of the relevant statutes.

The term "child sexual abuse material" now includes any anatomically correct doll, mannequin, or robot meant to resemble a minor under 18 years of age and intended to be used for the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of any person or for the purpose of terrorizing or causing emotional distress to any person.

The bill also establishes the "Statewide Council Against Adult Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children" to replace the "Statewide Council on Sex Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children", which expires on December 31, 2023. The new council must be created within 30 days of August 28, 2024, is required to meet at least quarterly, and is within the Office of the Attorney General of Missouri and the Attorney General or his or her designee shall be the chair of the council. The members of the council are specified and include two members of the Senate appointed by the President Pro Tem of the Senate rather than one being appointed by the Minority Floor Leader of the Senate, and the two members of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives rather than one being appointed by the Minority Floor Leader of the House of Representatives. The bill creates the "Anti-Trafficking Fund", of which the state Treasurer will be the custodian. Money in the fund will be used solely to pay for the position of the executive director of the statewide council, education and awareness regarding human trafficking, and anti-trafficking efforts throughout the state.

Currently, under certain circumstances, a statement made by a child under the age of 14 or a vulnerable person, or the visual and aural recording of a verbal or nonverbal statement of such child or vulnerable person, is admissible in evidence in criminal proceedings as substantive evidence to prove the truth of the matter asserted. This bill increases the age to a child under the age of 18 and it amends the definition of "vulnerable person" to include a person whose developmental level does not exceed that of an ordinary child of 17 years of age, increased from 14 years of age. The bill amends Section 537.046, RSMo, to add to the definition of "childhood sexual abuse" the offenses of rape in the second degree, sodomy in the second degree, sexual abuse in the second degree, sexual trafficking of a child in the first degree, sexual trafficking of a child in the second degree, sexual exploitation of a minor, and child used in a sexual performance. Currently, a person may file a cause of action to recover damages from injury or illness caused by childhood sexual abuse within 10 years of the plaintiff turning 21 years old or within three years of discovering the cause of the injury or illness. This bill increases the time from 10 years to 20 years and adds that a person can file a cause of action to recover damages from injury or illness caused by tortious conduct that caused the victim to be a victim of childhood sexual abuse within 20 years of the plaintiff turning 21 years old or three years of discovering the cause of the injury or illness.

This bill allows a prosecuting or circuit attorney to request assistance from the Attorney General to assist in prosecution of child sex trafficking cases.

The bill specifies that the term of imprisonment for the offense of sexual trafficking of a child in the second degree when it is committed by a parent, legal guardian, or other person having custody or control of a child is "life imprisonment", which, in this instance, means for the duration of the person's natural life.

Any real or personal property that was used, attempted to be used, or intended to be used to commit a certain unlawful sexual offense may be seized and remaining proceeds from the sale of the seized property owned by the defendant will be first allocated to pay an order of restitution to a victim of human trafficking and any remaining funds will be deposited into the Crime Victims' Compensation Fund.

Currently, the offense of patronizing prostitution is a class D felony if the individual the person patronizes is 14 years of age or younger. This bill increases the penalty to a class B felony if the individual the person patronizes is 15 years of age or younger.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1464 - Creates a sales tax exemption for food
Sponsor: Rep. Chris Sander (R)
Summary: HB 1464 -- GROCERY SALES TAX EXEMPTION

SPONSOR: Sander

Currently, there is a statutory sales tax of 1% on all retail sales of food, as defined in the bill, with the revenue from sales being deposited into the School District Trust Fund.

This bill provides that all retail sales of food are exempt from sales and use tax.

This bill is similar to HB 260 (2023) and HB 6 (2022 Special Session).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1465 - Exempts eye glasses and contact lenses from sales tax
Sponsor: Rep. Chris Sander (R)
Summary: HB 1465 -- TAX EXEMPTION OF EYE GLASSES

SPONSOR: Sander

This bill provides a sales tax exemption for prescription eye glasses and contact lenses.

This bill is similar to HB 261 (2023) and HB 1 (2022 Special Session).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1467 - Changes the assessment cycle for determining the assessed valuation of subclass (1) residential real property from two years to four years, beginning in 2027.
Sponsor: Rep. Chris Sander (R)
Summary: HB 1467 -- PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS

SPONSOR: Sander

This bill adjusts the manner and timing that a County Assessor shall assess certain classes of real property.

Currently, assessments of subclass (1) real property are conducted on a two-year cycle, every odd-numbered year. Beginning January 1, 2027, the assessment for the valuation of subclass (1) real property shall be conducted on a four-year cycle.

On or before January 1 of the first year of the four-year cycle in which the newly assessed values apply to subclass (1) real property, the Assessor shall prepare and submit a four-year assessment maintenance plan for subclass (1) real property to the county governing body and the State Tax Commission for their respective approval or modification.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1468 - Modifies the duties of the state tax commission
Sponsor: Rep. Chris Sander (R)
Summary: HB 1468 -- STATE TAX COMMISSION

SPONSOR: Sander

This bill adds additional duties to the State Tax Commission. The new duties shall be as follows:

1) To review and approve or reject all assessor office assessment software;

2) To review, audit, and investigate the assessment processes of any assessor office with a parcel assessment appeals rate of 10% or more in a calendar year;

3) To serve as the Board of Equalization for personal property registered in Missouri and real property located in Missouri, and that is owned by any Missouri resident deployed and engaged in military service outside of the state; and

4) To review, audit, and investigate unresolved property assessment appeals still pending at the time property tax bills are due each December 31st.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1469 - Enacts provisions establishing an elected city assessor of the City of St. Louis
Sponsor: Rep. Chris Sander (R)
Summary: HB 1469 -- ST. LOUIS CITY ASSESSOR

SPONSOR: Sander

Currently, the Assessor of the City of St. Louis is appointed by the city's Mayor. Under this bill, the City Assessor would become an elected position.

Beginning on the general municipal election day in 2025, the voters of the City of St. Louis will elect an assessor to a four year term of office.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1474 - Reduces the tax on diapers and feminine hygiene products
Sponsor: Rep. Mark Sharp (D)
Summary: HB 1474 -- DIAPERS AND FEMININE HYGIENE TAX

SPONSOR: Sharp (37)

Beginning October 1, 2024, this bill reduces the tax rate on retail sales of feminine hygiene products and diapers to equal the reduced sales tax rate imposed on the retail sale of food.

This bill is similar to HB 114 (2023) and HCS HB 1679, 2859, & 2272 (2022).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1475 - Requires the observation of black history month in school districts
Sponsor: Rep. Mark Sharp (D)
Summary: HB 1475 -- BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN SCHOOLS

SPONSOR: Sharp (37)

This bill requires public schools to conduct educational programs and activities to honor the struggles and triumphs of Black Americans for at least one class period in the month of February.

This bill is similar to HB 112(2023) and HB 2689 (2022).
Last Action:
02/01/2024 
H - Referred to House committee on Crime Prevention and Public Safety

HB1479 - Establishes earnings tax opportunity zones
Sponsor: Rep. Brad Christ (R)
Summary: HB 1479 -- EARNINGS TAX OPPORTUNITY ZONES

SPONSOR: Christ

This bill establishes "earnings tax opportunity zones." Such opportunity zones, as described in the bill, shall correspond to existing federal census tracts described as "distressed communities."

Beginning January 1, 2024, the following types of income shall be exempt from the city earnings tax:

1) Salaries, wages, commissions, and other compensation earned by any resident of an earnings tax opportunity zone;

2) Salaries, wages, commissions, and other compensation earned by any person who earns salaries, wages, commissions, and other compensation for work done or services performed or rendered in an earnings tax opportunity zone;

3) Net profits of associations, businesses, or other activities conducted by any person in an earnings tax opportunity zone; and

4) Net profits earned by all corporations as the result of work done or services performed or rendered and business or other activities in an earnings tax opportunity zone.

If a distressed community that is found within an opportunity zone imposes a city earnings tax, that distressed community shall publish and maintain an updated map of earnings tax opportunity zones on its website and shall provide a copy of such map upon request.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1480 - Incentivizes advanced manufacturing
Sponsor: Rep. Brad Christ (R)
Summary: HCS HB 1480 -- ADVANCED MANUFACTURING RECRUITMENT (Christ)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Standing Committee on Economic Development

Beginning January 1, 2025, a qualified manufacturing company may be allowed a tax credit of up to 20% of a capital investment in property within the state of Missouri for a period of 5 years. Such capital investment must equal at least $1 billion and create 500 or more jobs, 150 of which shall be reserved for full-time Missouri residents at the time of hiring. Qualifying full-time employees must work an average of at 35 hours per week for a 12 month period and whose annual wage is equal to or above the county average. The total amount of tax credits issued annually under this section must not exceed 200 million dollars per tax year.

A qualified manufacturing company shall submit an application to the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) in order to be eligible for consideration. A qualified company shall also enter into a written agreement with DED that details performance requirements and repayment penalties in the event of non- performance. The agreement shall specify, at a minimum:

(1) The committed number of retained jobs, payroll, and new qualified manufacturing capital investment for each year during the project period;

(2) Clawback provisions, as may be required by the DED; and

(3) Any other provisions DED may require.

In determining the amount of tax credits to award to a qualified company, DED shall consider the following factors:

(1) The significance of the qualified manufacturing company's need for program benefits;

(2) The amount of projected economic impact to the state of the project and the period in which the state would realize such net fiscal benefit;

(3) The overall size and quality of the proposed project, including the number of new jobs, new qualified manufacturing capital investment, proposed wages, growth potential of the qualified manufacturing company, the potential multiplier effect of the project, and similar factors;

(4) The financial stability and creditworthiness of the qualified manufacturing company; (5) The level of economic distress in the area; and

(6) An evaluation of the competitiveness of alternative locations for the project facility, as applicable.

DED shall award tax credits to a qualified manufacturing company that satisfies the qualified manufacturing capital investment requirement in four separate installments of equal value, equivalent to 1/4 of the total agreedupon value of awarded incentive when the value reaches:

(1) 25% of the agreed-upon qualified capital investment;

(2) 50% of the agreed-upon qualified capital investment;

(3) 75% of the agreed-upon qualified capital investment; and

(4) 100% of the agreed-upon qualified capital investment.

Qualified manufacturing companies shall have three years after DED has approved a tax credit to meet 25% of its qualified manufacturing capital investment. Once the 25% threshold is met, a qualified company has five years to receive the full agreed-upon tax credits. If a qualified company does not meet the 25% threshold by year three, the agreement shall be deemed void.

A qualified company shall provide an annual report detailing the number of jobs and such other information as may be required by DED no later than 90 days prior to the end of the qualified company's tax year. Tax credits may be claimed within one year of the close of the tax year for which they were issued.

If a qualified manufacturing company is owned by entities domiciled in the United States and such manufacturing company is relocating or reshoring from China or any country designated as a foreign adversary, as designated in 15 C.F.R 7.4, to a project facility in Missouri, DED shall expedite the approval process by giving priority to such applications. DED shall make a determination on expedited applications within 60 days of receipt.

Before January 1, 2026 and the first day of each quarter thereafter, DED must present a quarterly report to the General Assembly that details the benefits of the program.

These provisions sunset on December 31, 10 years after the effective date.
Last Action:
04/15/2024 
H - Placed on Informal Calendar

HB1483 - Modifies provisions relating to tax credits for sporting events
Sponsor: Rep. Brad Christ (R)
Summary: HCS HB 1483 -- TAX CREDITS FOR SPORTING EVENTS (Christ)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Special Committee on Tourism

The following is a summary of the House Committee Substitute for HB 1483.

This bill provides a tax credit to nonprofit organizations, described as "certified sponsors," that are active members of the Sports Events and Tourism Association.

Such certified sponsor shall supply the Department of Economic Development (DED) with a ticket sales or box office statement verifying the total number of tickets sold for a qualifying sporting event, or, if such event was participant based, a list of all registered participants, no more than 90 days after the sporting event.

After DED receives documentation of the ticket sales or registered participants, it shall issue refundable tax credits in the following manner:

1) An amount equal to $6 for every admissions ticket; or

2) An amount equal to $12 for every registered participant.

The Department of Revenue shall pay the amount of the refundable tax credit to the applicant within 90 days of the applicant's submission of a valid tax credit certificate.

The amount of tax credits issued by the DED shall not exceed $6 million in any fiscal year. For all events located within the following counties, the total amount of tax credits issued shall not exceed $5.5 million in any fiscal year:

1) A county with a charter form of government and with more than 600,000 inhabitants; or

2) A city not within a county.

Support contracts shall not be certified by DED after August 28, 2031, provided that the support contracts may be certified on or prior to August 28, 2031, for sporting events that will be held after such date.

This program sunsets six years after August 28, 2025.

This bill is similar to SB 1036 (2023).
Last Action:
04/24/2024 
S - Hearing Conducted

HB1485 - Authorizes the establishment of charter school in school districts in St. Louis County
Sponsor: Rep. Brad Christ (R)
Summary: HB 1485 -- CHARTER SCHOOLS EXPANSION ST. LOUIS COUNTY

SPONSOR: Christ

This bill allows for charter schools to be established in any school district located primarily in a county with more than one million inhabitants. Currently this would apply to St. Louis County.

The bill also allows for the funding mechanism for charter schools to include any newly established charters.
Last Action:
01/29/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

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

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Standing Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education

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).
Last Action:
04/09/2024 
S - Hearing Conducted

HB1487 - Requires bleeding control kits in all public school and charter school classrooms
Sponsor: Rep. Brenda Shields (R)
Summary: HB 1487 -- BLEEDING CONTROL KITS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

SPONSOR: Shields

This bill establishes the "Stop the Bleed Act", defines "bleeding control kit" and requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to develop a traumatic blood loss protocol for school personnel by January 1, 2025.

The bill outlines the specific requirements for the blood loss protocol which shall include that a bleeding control kit be placed in areas where there is likely to be high traffic or congregation, and areas where risk of injury may be elevated.

Additionally, each district must designate a school nurse or school health care provider, or if no school nurse or school health care provider is available, a school personnel member to receive annual training on the use of a blood control kit.

The bill requires DESE and each school district and charter school to maintain information regarding the traumatic blood loss protocol and the Stop the Bleed national awareness campaign on their respective websites.

This bill is the same as HB 116 from (2023) and HB 1722 (2022).
Last Action:
02/01/2024 
H - Referred to House committee on General Laws

HB1488 - Authorizes the "Child Care Contribution Tax Credit Act", "Employer-Provided Child Care Assistance Tax Credit Act", and "Child Care Providers Tax Credit Act", relating to tax credits for child care
Sponsor: Rep. Brenda Shields (R)
Summary: HB 1488 -- TAX CREDITS FOR CHILD CARE (Shields)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Standing Committee on Workforce and Infrastructure Development

CHILD CARE CONTRIBUTION TAX CREDIT ACT

This bill establishes the "Child Care Contribution Tax Credit Act". Beginning January 1, 2025, a taxpayer may claim a tax credit, against his or her state liability for that tax year, for verified contributions to a child care provider in an amount equal to 75% of the contribution. The tax credit issued shall not be less than $100, and shall not exceed $200,000 per tax year.

To be eligible for the tax credit, a donation must be:

(1) Used directly by a child care provider to promote child care for children 12 years of age or younger;

(2) If made to an intermediary, distributed in full by the intermediary within two years of receipt to one or more child care providers;

(3) Made to a child care provider or intermediary in which the taxpayer or a person related to the taxpayer does not have a direct financial interest; and

(4) Not made in exchange for care of a child or children in the case of an individual taxpayer that is not an employer making a contribution on behalf of its employees.

The tax credits authorized by this section shall not be refundable and shall not transferred, sold, or otherwise conveyed. The cumulative amount of tax credits authorized shall not exceed $20 million for each calendar year. If the maximum amount of tax credits allowed in any calendar year is authorized, the maximum amount of tax credits shall be increased by 15%, provided that all such increases of tax credits shall be reserved for contributions made to child care providers located in a child care desert.

Tax credits allowed under this section are considered a "domestic and social tax credit" under the provisions of the Tax Credit Accountability Act.

The program sunsets on December 31, 2030.

EMPLOYER PROVIDED CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE TAX CREDIT ACT This bill also establishes the "Employer Provided Child Care Assistance Tax Credit Act". Beginning January 1, 2025, a taxpayer with two or more employees may claim a tax credit in an amount equal to 30% of the qualified child care expenditures paid or incurred with respect to a child care facility. The maximum amount of any tax credit issued shall not exceed $200,000 per taxpayer per tax year.

For the purposes of this provision, "taxpayer" is defined as a corporation defined in Chapter 143, RSMo; any charitable organization exempt from federal income tax and whose Missouri unrelated business taxable income, if any, would be subject to the state income tax under Chapter 143; or individuals or partnerships subject to the state income tax imposed by the provisions of Chapter 143.

A facility shall not be treated as a child care facility with respect to a taxpayer unless enrollment in the facility is open to the dependents of the taxpayer's employees during the tax year, provided that the dependents are within the age range ordinarily care for by, and only require a level of care ordinarily provided by, such facility.

The tax credits shall not be refundable, transferable, sold, assigned, or otherwise conveyed. The cumulative amount of tax credits shall not exceed $20 million for each calendar year. If the maximum amount of tax credits allowed in any calendar year is authorized, the maximum amount of tax credits shall be increased by 15%, provided that all such increases of tax credits shall be reserved for contributions made to child care providers located in a child care desert.

The program sunsets on December 31, 2030.

CHILD CARE PROVIDERS TAX CREDIT ACT

This bill also establishes the "Child Care Providers Tax Credit Act". Beginning January 1, 2025, a child care provider with three or more employees may claim a tax credit in an amount equal to the child care provider's eligible employer withholding tax, and may also claim a tax credit in an amount up to 30% of the child care provider's capital expenditures.

No tax credit for capital expenditures shall be allowed if the capital expenditures are less than $1,000. The amount of any tax credit issued shall not exceed $200,000 per child care provider per tax year. To claim a tax credit for capital expenditures, a child care provider shall present proof acceptable to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that the expenditures fall within the definition of capital expenditure, as defined in the bill.

The tax credits shall not be refundable, transferred, sold, assigned, or otherwise conveyed. Any amount of credit that exceeds the child care provider's state tax liability for the tax year for which the tax credit is issued may be carried back to the child care provider's immediately prior tax year or carried forward to the child care provider's subsequent tax year for up to five succeeding tax years. The cumulative amount of tax credits authorized pursuant to this section shall not exceed $20 million for each calendar year.

If the maximum amount of tax credits allowed in any calendar year is authorized, the maximum amount of tax credits shall be increased by 15%, provided that all such increases of tax credits shall be reserved for contributions made to child care providers located in a child care desert.

The program sunsets on December 31, 2030.

This bill is similar to HB 870 (2023) and SB 509 (2023).
Last Action:
04/10/2024 
S - Placed on Informal Calendar

HB1502 - Requires school districts to provide instruction in cursive writing
Sponsor: Rep. Gretchen Bangert (D)
Summary: HB 1502 -- INSTRUCTION IN CURSIVE WRITING (Bangert)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Special Committee on Education Reform

This bill requires school districts and charter schools to provide instruction in cursive writing by the end of the fifth grade, including a proficiency test of competency in reading and writing cursive.

This bill is the same as HB 2852 (2024) and HB 232 from (2023).
Last Action:
04/16/2024 
H - Placed on Informal Calendar

HB1505 - Establishes the "Missouri Teachers Classroom Supply Assistance Program"
Sponsor: Rep. Gretchen Bangert (D)
Summary: HB 1505 -- MISSOURI TEACHERS CLASSROOM SUPPLY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SPONSOR: Bangert

This bill establishes the "Missouri Teachers Classroom Supply Assistance Program", which, beginning with the 2025-26 school year, requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide money to each school district and charter school specifically for teachers to purchase classroom materials and school supplies. The Department shall calculate the amount for school districts and charter schools based on the average daily attendance of resident pupils enrolled in the previous year and distribute such amount to each district and school before August 1st of each year.

School districts and charter schools will provide each teacher in their district with a pre-loaded debit card issued specifically for this Program, and with a tax exempt number. The Department shall determine all necessary procedures and requirements for use of the cards. Any teacher using the card must submit receipts for all purchases to be maintained by the school district or charter school for five years.

This bill is the same as HB 235 from 2023.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1513 - Establishes the "Media Literacy and Critical Thinking Act"
Sponsor: Rep. Jim Murphy (R)
Summary: HB 1513 -- MEDIA LITERACY AND CRITICAL THINKING ACT

SPONSOR: Murphy

This bill establishes the "Media Literacy and Critical Thinking Act". This bill defines "media literacy" to include concepts such as but not limited to: an individual's ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and participate with all forms of media, including news in print and social media content, and recognize bias and stereotypes in media, as well as Internet safety.

The bill requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to establish a "Media Literacy and Critical Thinking" pilot program for the 2025-26 and 2026-27 school years. Between five and seven diverse schools shall be selected by DESE to participate in the Pilot Program as specified in the bill.

The Program shall address media literacy, develop strategies for student learning in classroom curricula, and demonstrate various literacy strategies used. Pilot program schools shall provide a report to DESE before August 1, 2027 and before January 1, 2028 DESE shall compile and submit a summary report to the General Assembly. The Pilot Program shall terminate June 30, 2027.

This section shall terminate on December 31, 2027.

This bill is similar to HB 492 from 2023.
Last Action:
02/21/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass

HB1517 - Modifies provisions relating to tax levies by political subdivisions
Sponsor: Rep. Jim Murphy (R)
Summary: HCS HB 1517 -- BALLOT LANGUAGE RELATING TO TAXATION

SPONSOR: Murphy

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass with HCS" by the Special Committee on Tax Reform by a vote of 8 to 3.

The following is a summary of the House Committee Substitute for HB 1517.

This bill specifies that the election authority for a political subdivision or special district must label taxation-related ballot measures submitted by the political subdivision or special district numerically or alphabetically, and that ballot measures cannot be labeled in any other descriptive manner.

The bill requires any ballot measure seeking approval to add, change, or modify a tax on real property to express the effect of the proposed change within the ballot language in terms of the change in real dollars owed per $100,000 of a property's market valuation.

The bill specifies that, if the voters in a political subdivision approve a temporary levy increase prior to the expiration of a previously approved temporary levy increase, the new tax rate ceiling will remain in effect only until the temporary levy increase expires under the terms originally approved by a vote of the people. At that time, the tax rate ceiling will be decreased by the amount of the temporary levy increase unless voters of the political subdivision are asked to approve an additional permanent increase and such increase is approved.

This bill requires that when voters in a political subdivision pass an increase in the political subdivision's tax rate, the political subdivision shall use the current tax rate ceiling and the increase approved by the voters in establishing the rates of levy for the tax year immediately following the election. If the assessed valuation of real property in a political subdivision sees a reduction in value in the tax year immediately following the election, the political subdivision may raise its tax rates so that the revenue received from the local real property tax rates equals the amount the political subdivision would have received from the increased rates of levy had there been no reduction in the assessed valuation of real property in the political subdivision. In the event of an increased tax rate ceiling, such rate shall be revenue neutral as required in Article X, Section 22 of the Constitution of Missouri.

This bill is similar to HS HCS HB 186 (2023). The following is a summary of the public testimony from the committee hearing. The testimony was based on the introduced version of the bill.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that when a political subdivision passes a tax increase, but does not "roll back" its local tax rates according to the provisions of the Hancock Amendment, the political subdivision has deceived the voters. This bill would require political subdivisions to present potential tax increases in an honest and ethical manner, without making use of any loopholes to skirt the law.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative Murphy; and Arnie C. Dienoff.

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.
Last Action:
04/17/2024 
H - Reported Do Pass

HB1523 - Changes provisions relating to student interactions in schools
Sponsor: Rep. Brad Hudson (R)
Summary: HB 1523 -- INSTRUCTION IN HUMAN SEXUALITY

SPONSOR: Hudson

This bill defines "gender identity" and "sexual orientation".

Currently, schools are required to notify parents of certain information related to the school's human sexuality instruction and make all curriculum materials used in the human sexuality instruction available for public inspection.

This bill expands those requirements to also include any curriculum, material, test, survey, questionnaire, activity, or instruction of any kind related to sexual orientation and gender identity.

The bill prohibits school districts from providing false or misleading information to a parent or guardian relating to the student's gender identity or intention to transition to a gender other then that listed on the student's birth certificate. Additionally, the bill requires district and charter school employees to report any request to be addressed by a name or pronoun different than the name or pronoun used for such student's registration to school administration which must report such information to the student's parent or guardian.

The bill provides authorization for civil action for any violation of this section with outlined compensations.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1527 - Modifies provisions relating to taxation of vehicles over seven years old
Sponsor: Rep. Cyndi Buchheit-Courtway (R)
Summary: HB 1527 -- TAXATION ON VEHICLES

SPONSOR: Buchheit-Courtway

This bill specifies that motor vehicles seven years of age or older, based on the model year and used solely for noncommercial purposes, will be assessed at 5% of their true value in money.

This bill is similar to HB 206 (2023) and HB 2164 (2022).
Last Action:
04/24/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass

HB1531 - Modifies provisions relating to the liability of employers
Sponsor: Rep. Cyndi Buchheit-Courtway (R)
Summary: HB 1531 -- LIABILITY OF EMPLOYERS

SPONSOR: Buchheit-Courtway

The bill provides that when an injury or death of an employee is caused by the failure of the employer to comply with any safety standard issued by the employer or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), regulation, or statute in this state or any lawful order of the Division of Workers' Compensation within the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations or the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission (LIRC), the compensation and death benefit provided to such employee shall be increased at least 25% but not more than 50%.

This bill provides that the exclusive remedy provision of the Workers' Compensation law shall not apply to any cause of action that may be brought on behalf of an unborn child or their representative in the case of an injury or death which caused the death of an unborn child.

The bill increases from $5,000 to $15,000 the maximum compensation owed to persons furnishing burial expenses for deceased employees under Workers' Compensation laws (Sections 287.120, 287.240, RSMo).

This bill increases the amount of liability insurance for tort claims that may be purchased by the Commissioner of the Office of Administration or the governing body of any political subdivision as follows:

(1) From $2 million to $4 million arising out of a single occurrence; and

(2) From $300,000 to $500,000 for any one person in a single accident or occurrence.

The bill increases the liability of all public entities on claims that fall under the sovereign immunity exceptions as follows:

(1) From $2 million to $4 million arising out of a single occurrence; and

(2) From $300,000 to $500,000 for any one person in a single accident or occurrence.

Current law prohibits punitive damages against a public entity. This bill allows punitive damages to be awarded if a plaintiff shows by clear and convincing evidence that the public entity violated a safety standard issued by the employer or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), regulation, or statute in this state, or any lawful order of a court or other judicial body (Section 537.610).

This bill is similar to HB 1077 (2023) and HB 2831 (2022).
Last Action:
03/06/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB1535 - Modifies the offense of unlawful possession of a firearm to include any minor possessing a firearm on public property
Sponsor: Rep. Donna Baringer (D)
Summary: HB 1535 -- MINOR POSSESSING A FIREARM IN PUBLIC

SPONSOR: Baringer

Currently, an individual unlawfully possesses a firearm if such person knowingly has a firearm in his or her possession and: has been convicted of a felony in Missouri, a crime in any other state, or a federal crime that, if committed in Missouri, would be a felony; or such person is a fugitive, is habitually intoxicated or drugged, or is mentally incompetent.

This bill adds to that list a person under 18 in possession of a firearm on public property. However, possession of a firearm is not an offense if such person possesses the firearm while with someone who is at least 21 years of age; for a school-sanctioned, firearm-related event or club; for legal hunting; or for an otherwise lawful purpose.

This bill contains a penalty provision.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1536 - Modifies provisions relating to employment modifying work hours on school nights for certain students less than eighteen years of age
Sponsor: Rep. Donna Baringer (D)
Summary: HB 1536 -- CHILD LABOR

SPONSOR: Baringer

As specified in this bill, a person who is 16 years of age or older but under 18 years of age, who is enrolled in a secondary school as a full-time student, and is employed for wages, shall not be permitted, forced, or compelled to work beyond 10:00 p.m. on an evening before a school day when the school is in session.

The bill includes exceptions for:

(1) A person who is employed by or working under the direct control of the person's parent or legal guardian;

(2) A student who attends home school;

(3) A full-time student who is eligible to receive credit for work that is performed during the school year;

(4) A full-time student who is a member of a professional sports team or entertainment group.

This bill is similar to HB 960 (2023).
Last Action:
02/15/2024 
H - Referred to House Special Committee on Tourism

HB1540 - Modifies sunshine fee provisions for geographical information system data
Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Coleman (R)
Summary: HB 1540 -- GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEM DATA

SPONSOR: Coleman

This bill provides that no fee in excess of the reasonable replacement costs of materials provided be charged for sunshine requests related to geographical information system products.

This bill is the same as HCS HB 50 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1543 - Modifies the offense of providing explicit sexual material to a student
Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Coleman (R)
Summary: HB 1543 -- EXPLICIT SEXUAL MATERIAL

SPONSOR: Coleman

This bill amends the definition of "explicit sexual material" as it relates to the offense of providing explicit sexual material to a student. The definition was amended to apply to any material, including written material, if, taken as a whole and applying contemporary community standards: the predominant appeal of the material is to prurient interest in sex; the average person would find the material describes or depicts sexual conduct in a patently offensive way; and a reasonable person would find the material lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1568 - Modifies provisions governing school employee training requirements
Sponsor: Rep. Ann Kelley (R)
Summary: HB 1568 -- SCHOOL EMPLOYEE TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

SPONSOR: Kelley (127)

Beginning with the 2024-25 school year this bill modifies the current required training that school employees must receive annually.

The bill requires that newly hired employees receive instruction on a variety of topics annually for the first three years of employment, such topics include: school discipline, seclusion and restraint, school bullying, employee-student communications, mandatory reporting, dyslexia and related disorders, youth suicide awareness and prevention, and active shooter and intruder response training. All other employees shall be provided training and education on such topics as determined by the school district based on the specific needs of the district and employee instead of annually.

All employees shall be required to train for a minimum of three years for any newly developed trainings required by state law in the 2025-26 school year. Additionally, employees shall receive federal trainings and trainings for specific job requirements as specified.

The bill modifies active shooter and intruder response training to make such training a requirement as outlined in the bill.

This bill is similar to HCS HB 633 (2023).
Last Action:
03/06/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB1569 - Support for students attending institutions of higher education
Sponsor: Rep. Ann Kelley (R)
Summary: HCS HB 1569 -- STUDENTS ATTENDING INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION (Kelley (127))

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Standing Committee on Higher Education

The following is a summary of the House Committee Substitute for HB 1569.

This bill relates to support for students attending institution of higher education.

STEM GRANT (Section 173.685)

This bill directs the Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development (DHEWD) to make available a STEM grant for up to $2000 to eligible recipients. Eligibility for a STEM grant is outlined in the bill, and includes financial considerations similar to the Missouri Access Program under Sections 173.1101 to 173.1107, RSMo.

Recipients must also be working toward a STEM degree, which includes science, technology, engineering, or mathematics fields as specified in the bill. Specific requirements for STEM grant renewal are also provided and include satisfactory academic progress, five or less semesters at a two-year institution, or a total of 10 semesters at an approved four-year institution, or a combination of the two.

These provisions sunset six years after the effective date.

CAREER-TECH CERTIFICATE PROGRAM (Section 173.836)

Beginning with the 2025-26 academic year, this bill creates the “Career-Tech Certificate (CTC) Program” and the "Career-Tech Certificate (CTC) Program Fund".

This Program is for students who have met the GPA, attendance, and service requirements for the A+ Program and are eligible for reimbursement of tuition, books, and fees, and are attending an approved institution of postsecondary education, as defined in the bill, for an eligible program of study or specified training program

The bill specifies that DHEWD will develop a tuition reimbursement authorization request form and procedure for private entities to use to seek prior approval before accepting students if the entities offer a similar program as a public institution.

This bill provides reimbursement for students for one certificate program or completion of a program of study or until a student has completed 150% of the time usually required to complete such a program.

ACCESS MISSOURI FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (Section 173.1105)

Beginning in the 2024-25 academic year, this bill specifies an increase for eligible recipients of the Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program.

For public two-year institutions the maximum increases by $400 to $1700 and the minimum by $200 to $500.

For public four-year institutions and the State Technical College, and approved private and virtual institutions, the maximum increases by $700 to $3500 and the minimum by $250 to $1750.

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE EXAMINATIONS (Section 173.1352)

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

FAST TRACK WORKFORCE INCENTIVE GRANT (Section 173.2553)

Beginning January 1, 2025, this bill increases the maximum gross income for eligibility for the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant from $80,000 to $100,000 for taxpayers who are married filing jointly and from $40,000 to $50,000 for all other taxpayers, adjusted annually based on inflation.

This bill contains language from HB 2313, HB 1569, HB 2326, HB 2415, and 2278 (2024).
Last Action:
04/09/2024 
S - Hearing Conducted

HB1575 - Exempts political subdivisions with fewer than five hundred inhabitants from fines levied for late filings of annual financial statements
Sponsor: Rep. Mazzie Christensen (R)
Summary: HB 1575 -- POLITICAL SUBDIVISION FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

SPONSOR: Christensen

This bill exempts political subdivisions with fewer than 500 inhabitants from the fine imposed for not filing a financial statement with the State Auditor’s Office, and any fine previously assessed but not paid will be deemed void. Political subdivisions exempted from fines will still be required to file financial statements.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1576 - Requires instruction on human sexuality and development in schools
Sponsor: Rep. Mazzie Christensen (R)
Summary: HB 1576 -- INSTRUCTION IN HUMAN SEXUALITY AND DEVELOPMENT

SPONSOR: Christensen

This bill modifies the course materials and instruction relating to human sexuality to include beginning in the 2024-25 school year a human growth and development discussion. The bill requires districts and charter schools to require such instruction beginning in grade 3 and outlines requirements including requiring a high definition video of fetal development and the "Meet Baby Olivia" video showing the process of fertilization and every stage of human development.

The bill provides the Attorney General standing as parens patriae to enforce the requirements and provides a cause of action for damages and relief.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1578 - Requires in-state public educational institutions to grant undergraduate course credit for students who score 4 or higher on international baccalaureate examinations
Sponsor: Rep. Maggie Nurrenbern (D)
Summary: HB 1578 -- INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE EXAMINATIONS

SPONSOR: Nurrenbern

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 1173 (2023).
Last Action:
01/24/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB1579 - Changes the laws regarding the taxation of feminine hygiene products and diapers
Sponsor: Rep. Maggie Nurrenbern (D)
Summary: HB 1579 -- TAXATION OF FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS AND DIAPERS

SPONSOR: Nurrenbern

Beginning October 1, 2024, this bill reduces the state sales tax rate on retail sales of feminine hygiene products and diapers to equal the reduced state sales tax rate imposed on the retail sale of food.

As specified in this bill, if the United States Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service creates and makes available to the states a waiver permitting recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) to use such benefits to purchase diapers or certain feminine hygiene products, the Department of Social Services or the Department of Health and Senior Services must apply for the waiver. If the waiver is approved the Department will adopt rules and make changes as necessary to implement the approved waiver.

This bill is similar to HB 126 (2023) and HB 1971 (2022).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1580 - Modifies provisions relating to school buses
Sponsor: Rep. Maggie Nurrenbern (D)
Summary: HB 1580 -- SCHOOL BUSES

SPONSOR: Nurrenbern

This bill requires that school districts have a written policy on access to school buses, and modifies the definition of a school bus in regards to offense of trespass of a school bus which is a class A misdemeanor.

This bill is similar to HB 1172 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1581 - Modifies provisions relating to corporal punishment in schools
Sponsor: Rep. Maggie Nurrenbern (D)
Summary: HB 1581 -- CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IN SCHOOLS

SPONSOR: Nurrenbern

This bill mandates that each district prohibit the use of corporal punishment and spanking in schools. It defines corporal punishment as the infliction of pain by an adult upon the body of a child as penalty for doing something that has been disapproved of by the adult.

This bill is the same as HB 160 and HB 121 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1584 - Establishes the "Biometric Information Privacy Act"
Sponsor: Rep. Doug Clemens (D)
Summary: HB 1584 -- BIOMETRIC INFORMATION PRIVACY ACT

SPONSOR: Clemens

This bill establishes the "Biometric Information Privacy Act". Any private entity in possession of biometric identifiers or information, as defined in the bill, must have a written and publicly available retention schedule and guidelines for permanently destroying such identifiers and information when the initial purpose for collecting or obtaining them has been satisfied, or within one year of the individual's last interaction with the private entity, whichever occurs first.

No private entity may collect, purchase, receive, or otherwise obtain an individual's biometric identifier or information without first informing such individual in writing of the information being collected and the purpose for collection, and receiving a written release from the individual authorizing the collection. No private entity in possession of biometric identifiers or information may sell, lease, trade, or otherwise profit from an individual's identifier or information.

Any entity or individual required to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act shall treat biometric identifiers and information as individually identifiable health information protected under the Act.

No private entity may disclose or disseminate an individual's biometric identifier or information unless it has a written release from the individual, the disclosure completes a financial transaction requested or authorized by the individual, the disclosure is required by law, or the disclosure is required pursuant to a warrant or subpoena.

A private entity in possession of biometric identifiers or information shall securely store such identifiers or information in accordance with the provisions of the bill.

A private entity shall not:

(1) Condition the provision of a good or service on the collection, use, disclosure, transfer, sale, retention, or processing of a biometric identifier unless the biometric identifier is strictly necessary to provide the good or service; or

(2) Charge different prices or rates for goods or services or provide a different level of quality of a good or service to any individual who exercises the individual's rights. Any person aggrieved by a violation of the provisions of this bill shall have a right of action in court. The court shall award all attorney's fees and costs, including expert witness fees and other litigation expenses, to a prevailing plaintiff. A prevailing plaintiff may recover against a private entity for each violation:

(1) If the private entity was found negligently in violation, liquidated damages of $1,000 or actual damages, whichever is greater;

(2) If the private entity was found intentionally or recklessly in violation, liquidated damages of $5,000 or actual damages, whichever is greater; and

(3) Other relief, including an injunction, as the court may deem appropriate.

This bill is the same as HB 1047 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1587 - Modifies provisions for "paid for by" statements on political advertisements
Sponsor: Rep. Doug Clemens (D)
Summary: HB 1587 -- POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENTS

SPONSOR: Clemens

This bill requires any printed material paid for by a campaign committee to include a statement identifying the three largest donors to the committee in the preceding quarter.

This bill is the same as HB 599 (2023) and HB 2312 (2022).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1589 - Expands the definition of special victim to include sports officials at a sporting event and limits civil liability for sports officials
Sponsor: Rep. Jerome Barnes (D)
Summary: HB 1589 -- SPORTS OFFICIALS

SPONSOR: Barnes

This bill provides that sports officials who officiate athletic contests at any level of competition in this state shall not be liable, with exceptions, to any person or entity in a civil action for injuries or damages claimed to have arisen because of actions or inactions related to officiating duties.

The bill also adds to the definition of "special victim" a sports official assaulted while he or she is performing sports official duties or as a direct result of such duties.

This bill is the same as HB 108 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1590 - Establishes the offenses of harassment of a school or recreation athletic official and entry or remaining on site of a school or recreation athletic contest after being forbidden
Sponsor: Rep. Jerome Barnes (D)
Summary: HB 1590 -- RESPECT THE WHISTLE ACT

SPONSOR: Barnes

A person commits the offense of harassment of a school or recreation athletic contest official if the harassment occurs while the official is actively engaged in the conducting, supervising, refereeing, or officiating of a school-sanctioned athletic contest or a sanctioned recreation athletic contest, or in the immediate vicinity of a school-sanctioned athletic contest or a sanctioned recreation athletic contest and is based on the official's performance in conducting, supervising, refereeing, or officiating of an athletic contest.

A person who commits the offense of harassment of a school or recreation athletic contest official will be fined no more than $500, imprisoned for no more than 90 days, or both. In addition, the person will be ordered to perform court-approved community service work and to participate in a court-approved counseling program.

A person commits the offense of entry or remaining on site of a school or recreation athletic contest if the person, without authority, goes into or upon or remains in or upon, or attempts to go into or upon or remain in or upon, any immovable property that is used for any school or recreation athletic contest after having been forbidden to do so by any owner, lessee, or custodian of the property or by any other authorized person. A person who commits this offense will be fined no more than $500, imprisoned for no more than six months, or both.



This bill is the same as HB 103 (2023) and HB 1731 (2022).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1604 - Modifies the deadline for filing a declaration of candidacy
Sponsor: Rep. Dave Hinman (R)
Summary: HB 1604 -- DEADLINE FOR FILING DECLARATIONS OF CANDIDACY (Hinman)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Standing Committee on Elections and Elected Officials

Currently, the filing time for declarations of candidacy for offices in political subdivisions or special districts not otherwise specified in law or charter is from the 17th Tuesday prior to the election through the 14th Tuesday prior to the election. This bill moves the filing time by one week, from the 16th Tuesday prior to the election to the 13th Tuesday prior to the election.

The bill also specifies that if the 13th Tuesday prior to the election is a State or Federal holiday, the closing filing date shall be the next day that is not a State or Federal holiday.

This bill is the same as HCS HB 1214 (2023).
Last Action:
04/15/2024 
S - Voted Do Pass

HB1606 - Provides a sales tax exemption for certain used tangible personal property
Sponsor: Rep. Dean Van Schoiack (R)
Summary: HB 1606 -- SALES TAX FOR USED TANGIBLE PROPERTY

SPONSOR: Van Schoiack

This bill exempts from sales tax all sales of used tangible personal property, including any tangible personal property that is sold a second time or any number of additional subsequent times after the initial point of sale, at an auction.

The provisions of this bill shall not apply to motor vehicles, trailers, boats, or outboard motors purchased or acquired for use on the highways or waters of this state which are required to be titled.

This bill is similar to HB 1141 (2023).
Last Action:
02/01/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB1610 - Establishes provisions relating to law enforcement officers or employees of a state agency or political subdivision surveilling or entering private property
Sponsor: Rep. Dean Van Schoiack (R)
Summary: HB 1610 -- SEARCHING PRIVATE PROPERTY

SPONSOR: Van Schoiack

Subject to exceptions specified in the bill, this bill prohibits a law enforcement officer or an employee of a state agency or political subdivision from placing or using surveillance equipment on private property unless the officer or employee has reasonable suspicion that a violation of a law or regulation has occurred, and it prohibits such officer or employee from entering private property without a valid search warrant or permission from the land owner or lessee. A land owner or lessee may refuse entrance onto the private property by a law enforcement officer or employee of a state agency or political subdivision unless the officer or employee has a valid search warrant.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1615 - Changes the definition of "qualified student" for purposes of Missouri empowerment scholarship accounts
Sponsor: Rep. Brad Hudson (R)
Summary: HB 1615 -- MISSOURI EMPOWERMENT SCHOLARSHIP

SPONSOR: Hudson

This bill modifies the definition of "qualified student" to expand which students may qualify for a Missouri empowerment scholarship account. The definition changes from elementary or secondary school students in specific counties and cities to all elementary or secondary school students residing in the state.
Last Action:
02/12/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB1622 - Creates provisions relating to workforce development investments of public utilities
Sponsor: Rep. Doyle Justus (R)
Summary: HB 1622 -- WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT INVESTMENTS OF PUBLIC UTILITIES

SPONSOR: Justus

This bill requires the Public Service Commission to permit electrical corporations and gas corporations to recover workforce development investments.

An electrical or gas corporation is entitled to defer to a regulatory asset such corporation's workforce development investments made between August 28, 2024, and December 31, 2034, up to .55% of the corporation's total operating revenues as reported to the Commission for calendar year 2023.

This bill is the same as HB 874 and SB 140(2023).
Last Action:
02/21/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB1623 - Requires public schools to establish the general municipal election day and the general election day as a school holiday
Sponsor: Rep. Jamie Gragg (R)
Summary: HB 1623 -- PUBLIC SCHOOLS CLOSED ON ELECTION DAYS

SPONSOR: Gragg

This bill requires that beginning with the 2024-25 school year school districts and charter schools must set the general municipal and general election day as a school holiday and not be in session.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1626 - Modifies provisions relating to school bus endorsements
Sponsor: Rep. Danny Busick (R)
Summary: HCS HBs 1626 & 1940 -- SCHOOL BUS ENDORSEMENTS (Busick)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Standing Committee on Transportation Accountability

Currently, for persons 70 years and older who have school bus endorsements on their drivers license, the license is issued or renewed for only one year at a time, the renewal fee is waived, the school bus portion of the drivers license examination must be taken annually, and a commercial drivers license with a school bus endorsement must be issued annually.

This bill changes the age for these specific provisions to age 77 or over.

This bill contains an emergency clause.
Last Action:
04/17/2024 
S - Voted Do Pass

HB1636 - Modifies provisions related to the "circuit breaker" property tax credit, reenacts the "Missouri Homestead Preservation Tax Credit Program", and implements a homestead exemption for certain individuals
Sponsor: Rep. Marlene Terry (D)
Summary: HB 1636 -- REAL PROPERTY TAXES

SPONSOR: Terry

This bill amends statutes related to senior citizens property tax relief, also known as the Circuit Breaker tax credit.

This tax credit is available to eligible senior citizens and disabled veterans for a portion of their real estate taxes or rent that such individuals have paid for the year.

Currently, the tax credit is limited to qualifying taxpayers with an income of $30,000 or less in the case of a homestead owned and occupied by a claimant for the entire year. An additional exemption of $4,000 is provided when a qualifying taxpayer's spouse resides at the same address, bringing the total credit to $34,000 for a married homestead owner.

Currently, the tax credit is further limited to qualifying taxpayers with an income of $27,200 or less in the case of a renter. An additional exemption of $2,000 is provided when a qualifying taxpayer's spouse resides at the same address, bringing the total credit to $29,200 for a married renter.

This bill increases the maximum income levels in the following manner:

For an unmarried homeowner: from $30,000, now $42,200;

For a married homeowner: the additional exemption is increased from $4,000 to $5,800, making the total credit now $48,000;

For an unmarried renter: from $27,200, now $38,200;

For a married renter: the additional exemption is increased from $2,000 to $2,800, making the total credit now $41,000.

Beginning January 1, 2026, the maximum upper limits shall be increased annually for inflation based on the Consumer Price Index.

Currently, the tax credit is set a maximum of $1,100 in actual property taxes paid for a homeowner, and a maximum of $750 in rent constituting property taxes actually paid for renters.

This bill increases the maximum amount of the tax credit in the following manner:

For a homeowner: from $1,100, now $1,550; For a renter: from $750, now $1,055.

Beginning January 1, 2026, the maximum property tax credits shall be increased annually for inflation based on the Consumer Price Index.

If the income on a return is over the minimum base but not over the maximum upper limit, the property tax shall be in increments of $25 and the income in increments of $495.

Beginning January 1, 2025, this bill provides a tax credit for senior citizens or for disabled individuals who:

(1) Have reached the age of 65;

(2) Are the owners of a home used as their primary residence;

(3) Are liable for real property taxes on the property; and

(4) Have a total household income of $125,000.

Qualifying taxpayers are eligible for an annual tax credit for such property that is used as a homestead equal to 100% of the tax assessed on their homestead. Each eligible homeowner who has been granted an exemption shall reapply on an annual basis.

A qualifying taxpayer shall not claim such a tax credit if such taxpayer has also claimed the Senior Citizen Property Tax Relief tax credit (the Circuit Breaker) for the same tax year. Such tax credit shall be refundable, but shall not be transferred, sold, or assigned. This program expires December 31, 2030.

This bill is similar to HB 1351 (2023).
Last Action:
01/11/2024 
H - Referred to House-Special Committee on Property Tax Reform

HB1643 - Establishes a one-time one year period to set up payment plans for unpaid vehicle sales tax
Sponsor: Rep. Marlene Terry (D)
Summary: HB 1643 -- MOTOR VEHICLE SALE TAX PAYMENT PLAN

SPONSOR: Terry

This bill defines the terms "qualified amount" and "qualified purchaser" and specifies that beginning October 1, 2024, and ending September 30, 2025, the Department of Revenue may accept applications to establish payment plans from qualified purchasers to pay for a qualified amount. The Department is encouraged to work with the qualified purchaser to establish an equitable plan that isn't overly burdensome, taking into consideration the qualified purchaser's income and any other financial obligations.

The bill allows a qualified purchaser to apply for a payment plan on or before September 30, 2025. The Department must review all applications received in a timely manner and to contact all qualifying applicants to provide them with an opportunity to establish a payment plan before December 31, 2025. After entering into a payment plan, the qualified purchaser is required to make a down payment equal to one month's payment before the Department will issue a new temporary permit.

The bill authorizes the Department to establish protocols such as how payments are to be processed, how updated payment counts will be made accessible to the qualified purchaser, and what forms or documents the qualified purchaser will need to carry in his or her motor vehicle for presentation to law enforcement during motor vehicle stops or other entities requesting verification of the payment plan status.

For the period beginning October 1, 2024, and ending December 31, 2025, this bill grants discretionary authority to the Director of the Department of Revenue to issue a temporary permit to an individual who establishes a payment plan with the Department.

The provisions of the motor vehicle sales tax payment plan shall automatically sunset December 31st one year after the effective date.

This bill is similar to HB 1350 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1645 - Requires particular topics to be included in history curriculum in grades seven to twelve
Sponsor: Rep. Marlene Terry (D)
Summary: HB 1645 -- SCHOOL CURRICULUM

SPONSOR: Terry

Under the provisions of this bill, the State Board of Education must require that the history curriculum taught in grades seven through 12 includes topics of Native American history and African American history, as specifically described in the bill.

This bill is similar to HB 66 from (2023) and HB 1776 (2022).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1646 - Requires the state board of education to provide for a transition to a special administrative board for certain unaccredited school districts
Sponsor: Rep. Marlene Terry (D)
Summary: HB 1646 -- SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE BOARDS

SPONSOR: Terry

This bill provides, as an option upon the classification of a school district as unaccredited, for the State Board of Education to suspend the governing or managing authority of the elected school board members of the unaccredited district, and take additional actions relating to special administrative boards as specified in the bill. Currently, a special administrative board for a school district shall have no less than five members.

As specified in this bill, such board shall have seven members, four of whom shall be residents of the district. Each member of the board shall serve for three years, the qualifications of the members are listed in the bill. The special administrative board shall meet at least once per month and each member shall receive a salary of $500 a month. Within 30 days after the vote to appoint a member to the special administrative board, if a member of the Missouri House of Representatives whose district touches the school district, in whole or in part, submits a request to the President Pro Tem of the Senate, the appointment shall be subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. The members of the district's elected school board shall be ex-officio non-voting members of the special administrative board.

Upon failure of the school district to be classified as provisionally or fully accredited for at least two successive academic years, the State Board of Education shall require the special administrative board to establish a specific plan and timeline for achieving accreditation, including appointing a new superintendent of the school district every three years.

A special administrative board may be extended for no more than three years after its expiration date by the State Board of Education. Governance of the school district shall be returned to the elected school board upon the expiration of the authority of the special administrative board.

The bill repeals a provision of law that allows the State Board of Education to appoint additional members to any special administrative board and sets final terms of office for members of such board.

This bill is the same as HB 63 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1647 - Changes provisions relating to charter school funding and state pupil transportation aid
Sponsor: Rep. John Black (R)
Summary: HB 1647 -- CHARTER SCHOOL FUNDING & STATE PUPIL TRANSPORTATION AID

SPONSOR: Black

Beginning in the 2024-25 school year and in all subsequent school years, this bill specifies that if the amount appropriated for pupil transportation under Section 163.161, RSMo is not at the highest percentage for allowable costs of such transportation, the calculation for state aid disbursement to charter schools in the state shall be prohibited.

This bill is the same as HB 226 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1648 - Creates incentive programs for public employees
Sponsor: Rep. John Black (R)
Summary: HB 1648 -- PUBLIC EMPLOYEE INCENTIVES

SPONSOR: Black

In order to encourage retention or exceptional employment achievement, this bill provides for personnel payments to be made according to specific, written criteria, predetermined and approved by the department director in writing, at least one year prior to the exceptional employment achievement. The payments authorized by the bill shall not exceed 20% of the employee's base wages or salary and are awarded upon the completion of the retention period in question and not more frequently than annually. The payments indicated in the bill are not considered a bonus in violation of Article III, Section 39 of the Missouri Constitution. These provisions shall not apply to any public employee whose salary is set by statute.

This bill allows school districts to adopt written policies describing criteria, to be approved by their school boards, allowing exceptional employment achievement payments in contracts between school districts and individual district employees.

This bill also allows the board of education of a school district to include differentiated placement of teachers on the salary schedule to increase compensation for teachers in hard-to-staff subject areas or hard-to-staff schools, as defined in the bill. Each school district that includes differentiated placement of teachers on the district salary schedule shall submit an annual report to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The contents of the report are specified in the bill

This bill is the same as HCS HB 471 (2023).
Last Action:
01/17/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB1663 - Establishes written parental consent requirements for individualized education programs (IEPs)
Sponsor: Rep. Tara Peters (R)
Summary: HB 1663 -- PARENTAL CONSENT

SPONSOR: Peters

This bill requires public schools that serve students with an individualized education program (IEP) to implement parental consent procedures. Written parental consent shall be obtained and maintained for initial placement, annual placement, or other revisions to a student's IEP as outlined in the bill.

If the parents and local educational agency (LEA) only reach an agreement on certain IEP services or interim placement, the child's new IEP shall only be implemented in the areas of agreement with the current services remaining unchanged unless the local education agency follows procedures set forth in the bill which include a due process complaint and hearing.

If a child is identified as eligible for special education services, the parents have the right to visit any program proposed for their child. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shall adopt a parental consent form, as described in the bill, that each school district shall provide to parents, and districts may not proceed with implementation of a student's IEP without the parental consent form completed except as provided in the bill.

This bill is similar to HB 1163 (2023).
Last Action:
04/03/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB1667 - Authorizes taxpayers to submit petitions to reduce local tax rate levies
Sponsor: Rep. Mark Matthiesen (R)
Summary: HB 1667 -- TAXATION OVERSIGHT AND REDUCTION ACT

SPONSOR: Matthiesen

This bill establishes the "Taxation Oversight and Reduction Act".

A taxpayer may submit a petition to the local election authority with jurisdiction over a political subdivision for the reduction of the political subdivision's property tax rate, excluding any tax rate set to pay for bonds or debt services.

The reduction must not exceed 5% of the tax rate in effect on the day the question is submitted to voters, unless the maximum authorized levy is more than 5% higher than the current tax rate ceiling, in which case the reduction may be equal to the percentage necessary to reduce the maximum authorized levy to equal the tax rate ceiling.

A reduction of the same political subdivision's property tax rate may be submitted to voters no more than once every four years.

Petitioners must notify the political subdivision's local election authority of their intent to submit a petition and provide the local election authority a copy of the petition.

Upon notification, the local election authority shall notify the taxpayer of the minimum required number of signatures to approve the petition, the estimated cost for signature verification, and the date by which the petition will be due in order for the question to be placed on the ballot.

The minimum signature requirement to place a tax reduction on the ballot will be 5% percent of the number of registered voters who voted in the most recent election of the political subdivision's governing body. The local election authority shall verify that signatures are from registered voters of the political subdivision in question. Election authorities may charge petitioners a fee for signature verification, provided that the fee shall not exceed $0.50 per signature.

If petitioners meet all requirements, the local election authority shall place the tax reduction on the ballot of the next general municipal election. The form of the ballot question is specified in the bill.

If a majority of the registered voters of the political subdivision approve the reduction, the political subdivision shall reduce the property tax rate by the percentage approved by the voters.
Last Action:
03/06/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB1668 - Changes the percentage of the cap on the inflationary growth factor for the assessment growth of real or personal property occurring within a political subdivision
Sponsor: Rep. Mark Matthiesen (R)
Summary: HB 1668 -- INFLATIONARY ASSESSMENT GROWTH RATE

SPONSOR: Matthiesen

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass" by the Special Committee on Property Tax Reform by a vote of 15 to 6, 1 present.

This bill modifies the manner in which a political subdivision may revise each tax levy to allow for inflationary assessment growth for all subclasses of real and personal property.

Currently, the inflationary growth factor for any subclass of real and personal property is limited to the actual assessment growth, exclusive of new construction and improvements, but not to exceed the consumer price index, or 5%, whichever is lower.

This bill limits the inflationary growth factor for any subclass of real or personal property to the actual assessment growth, but not to exceed the lower of the following:

(1) The consumer price index; or

(2) The following percentages:

(a) For tax levy revisions before January 1, 2025, 5%; or

(b) For tax levy revisions on or after January 1, 2025, 3%.



PROPONENTS: Supporters say that this bill will slow the growth in assessment valuations, which will in turn reduce the amount of new revenue for local governments to spend. Supporters further say that when inflation is high, and prices are pushing upwards, government officials should be constrained in what they can do.

Testifying in person for the bill was Representative Matthiesen.

OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

OTHERS: Others testifying on the bill say enacting a number of tax reforms all at once can prove difficult once the time comes to implement them.

Testifying in person on the bill was the Missouri Association of Counties.

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.
Last Action:
04/24/2024 
H - Placed on Informal Calendar

HB1669 - Reduces the assessment percentage of certain personal property and provides a personal property tax exemption for certain personal property upon adoption of a constitutional amendment authorizing such exemption
Sponsor: Rep. Mark Matthiesen (R)
Summary: HB 1669 --PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES

SPONSOR: Matthiesen

Beginning January 1 of the calendar year immediately following the adoption of a Constitutional amendment authorizing the exemption of tangible personal property from taxation under Article X, Section 6 of the Constitution of Missouri, this bill will exempt farm machinery and motor vehicles from personal property taxation.

Currently, assessors annually assess all personal property at 33.3% of its true value in money. Beginning January 1, 2025, the percentage of the true value in money at which personal property is assessed shall be 30% of its true value in money and such amount shall be reduced annually by 2% until the calendar year 2036 and every year thereafter, when personal property will be assessed at 6% of its true value in money.

This bill also decreases the percentages of true value in money for the following subclasses of personal property on or after January 1, 2034:

(1) Livestock, currently taxed at 12%, reduced to 6%;

(2) Farm machinery, currently taxed at 12%, reduced to 6%;

(3) Poultry, currently taxed at 12%, reduced to 6%; and

(4) Tools and equipment used for pollution control, currently taxed at 25%, reduced to 6%.

This bill is the same as HB 1103 (2023) and similar to HB 1103 (2023).
Last Action:
03/27/2024 
H - Voted Do Not Pass as substituted

HB1670 - Modifies the "circuit breaker" tax credit by increasing the maximum upper limit and property tax credit amounts
Sponsor: Rep. Mark Matthiesen (R)
Summary: HB 1670 -- PROPERTY TAX RECORDS

SPONSOR: Matthiesen

This bill amends statutes related to the Senior Citizens Property Tax Relief, also known as the Circuit Breaker tax credit.

This tax credit is available to eligible senior citizens and disabled veterans for a portion of their real estate taxes or rent that such individuals have paid for the year.

Currently the tax credit is limited to qualifying taxpayers with an income of $30,000 or less in the case of a homestead owned and occupied by a claimant for the entire year. An additional exemption of $4,000 is provided when a qualifying taxpayer's spouse resides at the same address, bringing the total credit to $34,000 for a married homestead owner.

Currently, the tax credit is further limited to qualifying taxpayers with an income of $27,000 or less in the case of a renter. An additional exemption of $2,000 is provided when a qualifying taxpayer's spouse resides at the same address, bringing the total credit to $29,200 for a married renter.

This bill increases the maximum income levels in the following manner:

For an unmarried homeowner: from $30,000, now $42,200;

For a married homeowner: the additional exemption is increased from $4,000 to $5,800, making the total credit now $48,000;

For an unmarried renter: from $27,000, now $38,200;

For a married renter: the additional exemption is increased from $2,000 to $2,800, making the total credit now $41,000.

Beginning January 1, 2026, the maximum upper limits shall be increased annually for inflation based on the Consumer Price Index.

Currently, the tax credit is set at a maximum of $1,100 in actual property taxes paid for a homeowner, and a maximum of $750 in rent constituting property taxes actually paid for renters.

This bill increases the maximum amount of the tax credit in the following manner:

For a homeowner: from $1,100, now $1,550; For a renter: from $750, now $1,055.

If the income on a return is over the minimum base but not over the maximum upper limit, the property tax shall be in increments of $25 and the income in increments of $495.



This bill is similar to HCS HB 1134 (2023) and HB 135 (2023).
Last Action:
02/21/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass

HB1671 - Changes the definition of "qualified student" for the "Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Program"
Sponsor: Rep. Mark Matthiesen (R)
Summary: HB 1671 -- MISSOURI EMPOWERMENT SCHOLARSHIP

SPONSOR: Matthiesen

This bill modifies the definition for "qualified student" for the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship program. Currently students must attend a public school for one semester or be eligible to begin kindergarten or 1st grade. The bill removes those requirements.
Last Action:
04/23/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB1672 - Changes provisions governing optional home school declarations of enrollment
Sponsor: Rep. Mark Matthiesen (R)
Summary: HB 1672 -- HOME SCHOOLING REQUIREMENTS

SPONSOR: Matthiesen

Currently, parents or guardians of a home school child may provide a declaration of enrollment stating said parent or guardian's intent to home school within 30 days of the establishment of the home school and annually thereafter.

This bill removes the annual reporting requirement for such home schooled children.
Last Action:
04/23/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB1674 - Establishes the "Employee Restroom and Locker Room Access Act"
Sponsor: Rep. Mark Matthiesen (R)
Summary: HB 1674 -- EMPLOYEE RESTROOM AND LOCKER ROOM ACCESS ACT

SPONSOR: Matthiesen

This bill creates the "Employee Restroom and Locker Room Access Act," effective January 1, 2025. The Act does not apply to any other provision of Chapter 213, RSMo, concerning human rights and does not limit action under that chapter. The bill defines terms including, among others,"employee," "employer," "gender identity," "hostile work environment," and "sex." The bill contains findings and declares it the public policy of the state to prohibit employers from requiring employees to share multiple-occupancy restrooms, changing areas, or locker rooms with members of the opposite sex. Employers cannot require sharing restrooms or locker rooms with members of the opposite sex, but they may provide single-occupancy restrooms or locker rooms designated as unisex and gender-neutral facilities open to all employees regardless of gender identity in addition to facilities designated for single-sex use.

Under the Act, it is an unlawful employment practice to discriminate against an individual on the basis of sex in employee restroom use. An exception is established for employees who have completed a full medical procedure to change the employee's sex, regardless of whether the change is reflected on the employee's birth certificate. A general exception covers employees who require assistance to use the restroom or locker room and employees who provide such assistance.

The Commission on Human Rights will enforce the Act. Corrective actions available to the Commission upon finding an employer violation include paying damages to the employee for harm suffered, reinstatement to the employee's prior position, or other equitable relief. A willful violation is a misdemeanor, which upon conviction creates liability for a civil penalty of not more than $250 for each violation.
Last Action:
01/23/2024 
Scheduled for Committee Hearing
01/24/2024 4:30 PM - House-Emerging Issues, HR 6
House-Emerging Issues

HB1677 - Bans using seclusion to confine a student
Sponsor: Rep. Ian Mackey (D)
Summary: HB 1677 -- BAN THE USE OF SECLUSION ROOMS

SPONSOR: Mackey

This bill requires that beginning in the 2025-26 school year school districts, charter schools, and publicly contracted private providers stop using seclusion on students as a form of punishment. Districts and charter schools must adopt a policy that defines and prohibits seclusion.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1688 - Requires public schools to offer a driver education course that students must complete before graduating
Sponsor: Rep. Rodger Reedy (R)
Summary: HB 1688 -- DRIVER EDUCATION COURSE OFFERINGS

SPONSOR: Reedy

This bill requires the State Board of Education to develop a driver education instruction and training program to be offered as part of the health curriculum in public and charter schools to pupils in grades 10 to 12. The instruction and training shall be made available by the 2025-26 school year and districts and charter schools will offer such instruction or a similar program. The instruction shall include, but is not limited to, habits and skills necessary for the safe operation of motor vehicles, distracted driving hazards, and traffic stop procedures.

The instruction does not require physical operation of a vehicle and the bill does not prohibit schools from offering additional driver education courses.

This bill is the same as HB 603 (2023) and HCS HB 2745 (2022).
Last Action:
04/10/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass

HB1690 - Modifies provisions relating to motor vehicle assessment valuations
Sponsor: Rep. Rodger Reedy (R)
Summary: HCS HB 1690 -- MOTOR VEHICLE ASSESSMENTS

SPONSOR: Reedy

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass with HCS" by the Standing Committee on Ways and Means by a vote of 9 to 2.

The following is a summary of the House Committee Substitute for HB 1690.

Currently, county assessors must use the October issue of the National Automobile Dealers' Association Official Used Car Guide to determine the true value of a motor vehicle. The assessor cannot use a value that is greater than the average trade-in value without performing a physical inspection, unless the car is two years old or newer.

This bill requires that the county assessor determine the true value in money for motor vehicles by using the trade-in value published in the October issue of a nationally recognized automotive trade publication selected by the State Tax Commission. The assessor will not use a value that is greater than the average trade-in value for such motor vehicle without performing a physical inspection of the vehicle, but for vehicles two years or newer from a vehicle's model, the assessor may use a value other than the average without performing a physical inspection.

Beginning January 1, 2025, the assessor applies a 15 year depreciation table to the trade-in value of motor vehicles; but in no case shall the assessed value of a motor vehicle depreciate below $300.

To implement the provisions of this bill without large variations from the prior method of assessment, the assessor will assume that the last valuation tables used prior to October 1, 2024, are fair valuations, and that these valuations are depreciated using the table described above until the end of the vehicle's useful life.

The State Tax Commission or the State of Missouri is the registered user of the nationally recognized automotive trade publication with rights to allow all assessors access to the publication. The publication will be made available to all vendors by December 15 of each year.

This bill is similar to HB 713 (2023).

The following is a summary of the public testimony from the committee hearing. The testimony was based on the introduced version of the bill. PROPONENTS: Supporters say that as the assessed values of motor vehicles go up people pay higher taxes, but political subdivisions do not roll back their local tax rates. Taxpayers have no choice but to pay the higher taxes, because otherwise the Division of Motor Vehicles will not provide renewed license plates. But the increasingly higher valuations of these motor vehicles do not represent the true value of the car. As a result, taxpayers are paying levels of tax that are far too high. Supporters further say that this bill will provide certainty that the assessed values of motor vehicles will go down, and therefore supply consistency in how the tax is applied.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative Reedy; and the Missouri Association of Counties.

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.
Last Action:
04/17/2024 
H - Reported Do Pass

HB1698 - Creates provisions relating to public health
Sponsor: Rep. Justin Sparks (R)
Summary: HB 1698 -- CONTAGIOUS DISEASE HEALTH ORDERS

SPONSOR: Sparks

This bill requires any public health order, ordinance, rule, or regulation that is issued by a political subdivision at a time other than during a statewide emergency to receive explicit prior approval from the General Assembly; if the General Assembly is not in session, the Governor may call an extraordinary session to consider whether to grant such approval. Additionally, a political subdivision issuing an order in violation of the provisions specified in the bill shall be liable to any person subject to the order for damages incurred by the person.

The bill also provides that, notwithstanding any laws, rules, orders, or directives made or promulgated in response to certain types of emergencies, individuals retain the right to be free, independent, and maintain their inalienable and fundamental right of self-determination to make their own health decisions including, but not limited to, the right to refuse any of the health-related countermeasures and procedures that are specified in the bill.

A person who has been directed or ordered by a government or its designees, or by a public or private business or entity, may decline to comply with, respond to, or participate in any countermeasure that may be described in the directive or order. The government or its designees, employers, businesses or nonprofit organizations, institutions, churches, travel carriers, or any other public or private entities shall not infringe upon or otherwise restrict or remove a person's ability to fully participate in any necessary and important services, as well as lifestyle choices and preferences, which are specified in the bill.

A person who declines to comply with a countermeasure directive or order may be required to isolate or quarantine if the person is infected, or reasonably believed to be infected, with a communicable disease or has been exposed to a toxic agent that can be transferred to other people, or if they have been exposed to a communicable disease; additionally, the toxic agent or communicable disease in question must be the basis of a declared emergency or nonemergency order, law, or rule. If an individual must isolate or quarantine, it shall be done so under the least restrictive means possible, shall include reasonable notice and due process, shall protect the right of the person to remain in their home and live with family, friends, and significant others, and shall not require any kind of renovation or alteration to any home.

Any kind of requirement to quarantine must be based on sufficient and credible evidence of contact or close proximity with an infected individual, and shall not be imposed based on any third- party location data. Moreover, any treatment, tracking, testing, or prevention orders cannot be imposed as a condition for ending the isolation or quarantine. A person's status in quarantine does not remove or alter in any way the legal or medical custody they may possess over another person. Before a health care provider or an individual who has been ordered to enforce a directive or order performs a countermeasure described in this bill, they must notify the person to whom the directive or order is being given of his or her rights under this bill by reading aloud to them certain subsections of this section, as well as providing a written copy and obtaining a signature that acknowledges receipt of the notification.

This bill is similar to HB 1130 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1699 - Prohibits state contracts with companies that engage in economic boycotts based on environmental, social, or governance criteria
Sponsor: Rep. Justin Sparks (R)
Summary: HB 1699 -- ELIMINATING ECONOMIC BOYCOTTS

SPONSOR: Sparks

This bill proposes to regulate state contracts with companies, specifically addressing economic boycotts. The contractual requirements, exceptions, and enforcement measures, including penalties for violations are specified in the bill.

The bill defines the following terms: "company", "economic boycott", "government entity", and "ordinary business purpose".

This bill specifies that its provisions apply exclusively to contracts meeting two criteria:

(1) The contract must be between a governmental entity and a company with ten or more full-time employees, and

(2) The contract's value must be $50,000 or more, with payment either wholly or partially funded by the public funds of the governmental entity. Additionally, in the case of multiple party contracts, the stipulations of this bill apply individually to each company involved in the contract.

Any governmental entity is prohibited from entering into a contract with a company unless the contract contains a written verification that the company does not engage in economic boycotts and will not do so during the contract term. The bill provides exceptions for governmental entities if the requirements are inconsistent with constitutional or statutory duties or if they hinder the entity from obtaining supplies or services economically.

This bill prohibits any party from penalizing or threatening to penalize a financial institution for compliance with the bill.

The bill specifies that the regulations in this bill shall be enforcement by the Attorney General or a county prosecutor. The Attorney General or prosecutor has the authority to require statements, examine individuals, and impound records related to potential violations.

This bill imposes penalties on companies engaging in economic boycotts during the contract term, requiring payment to the state equal to three times the amount paid under the contract.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1700 - Modifies provisions relating to the fiduciary duty and proxy voting activities of public retirement systems
Sponsor: Rep. Justin Sparks (R)
Summary: HB 1700 -- PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEMS

SPONSOR: Sparks

This bill modifies provisions relating to fiduciaries' duties for public employee retirement systems. This bill specifies that, an investment fiduciary shall discharge his or her duties in the interests of the participants in a public employee retirement system and their beneficiaries for the exclusive purpose of providing financial benefits and paying reasonable expenses for administering the public employee retirement system. Additionally, when discharging fiduciary duties, which shall be the same as a member of the board of trustees of a system, an investment fiduciary shall take into account only financial factors. The term "financial" is defined in the bill as a material effect on the financial risk or the financial return of an investment, but does not include any action taken, or factor considered, by an investment fiduciary with a purpose to further social, political, or ideological interests.

This bill further provides that all shares held by or on behalf of a public employee retirement system, the participants, and their beneficiaries shall be voted solely in the financial interest of participants in the system and their beneficiaries. Unless no economically practicable alternative is available, the following actions shall not be allowed unless there is a practice and commitment to follow guidelines that match the system's obligations to act solely upon financial factors:

(1) The board of a system granting proxy voting authority to persons not on the board;

(2) The system entrusting assets to investment fiduciaries; and

(3) The system adopting a practice of following the recommendations of a proxy advisor or other service provider.

All proxy votes shall be tabulated and provided in an annual report containing certain information described in the bill to the board of trustees. Such report shall be posted on the system's website.

The Attorney General may enforce the provisions of this bill, or any contract subject to the provisions of this bill. If the Attorney General has reasonable cause to believe that a person is engaging in a violation of this bill, the Attorney General may require such person to file a written statement or report, under oath, as to all the facts and circumstances concerning the violation, and provide other necessary data and information. In addition to any other remedies available, a company who serves as an investment fiduciary and who violates this bill shall be obligated to pay damages in an amount equal to three times all moneys paid to the company by the system.

This bill is the same as HB 1333 (2023) and similar to SB 436 (2023).
Last Action:
02/13/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB1713 - Modifies provisions relating to income tax deductions for enlistment bonuses paid to members of the armed forces
Sponsor: Rep. Adam Schnelting (R)
Summary: HB 1713 -- TAX DEDUCTION FOR ARMED FORCES MEMBERS (Schnelting)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Special Committee on Tax Reform

Current law authorizes an income tax deduction for active and reserve members of the Armed Forces for a percentage of such taxpayer's income received as salary or compensation as a member of the Armed Forces. This bill provides that the term "salary or compensation" shall include any signing bonus.
Last Action:
04/22/2024 
S - Reported Do Pass

HB1714 - Enacts provisions providing protections for parents in school district interactions
Sponsor: Rep. Tricia Byrnes (R)
Summary: HB 1714 -- PARENTAL PROTECTIONS

SPONSOR: Byrnes

This bill requires public schools that serve students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to implement parental consent procedures. Written parental consent shall be obtained and maintained for initial placement, annual placement, or other revisions to a student's IEP as outlined in the bill. If the parents and local educational agency (LEA) only reach an agreement on certain IEP services or interim placement, the child's new IEP shall only be implemented in the areas of agreement with the current services remaining unchanged unless the local education agency follows procedures set forth in the bill which include a due process complaint and hearing. If a child is identified as eligible for special education services, the parents have the right to visit any program proposed for their child. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shall adopt a parental consent form, as described in the bill, that each school district shall provide to parents, and districts may not proceed with implementation of a student's IEP without the parental consent form completed except as provided in the bill (Section 161.854, RSMo).

This bill creates code of conduct standards for members of the school boards and for governing board of charter schools. The bill requires a public disclosure of member and employee conflicts of interest as outlined and including payments in excess of $500 per year to the following: superintendents, administrative staff, chief purchasing officers, and general counsel for school districts. Such individuals must disclose additional information as outlined in the bill. The bill prevents school districts from retaining any attorney or law firm for the purpose of providing counsel during an administrative or legal proceeding concerning a student if such attorney or law firm employs or contracts with the school district's members or employees (Section 162.106).

This bill requires that for hearings for children with disabilities the burden of proof and the burden of production shall be on the school district regarding any matter related to identification, evaluation, reevaluation, classification, educational placement, disciplinary action, or the provision of free appropriate public education.

The bill provides protections for students in a IEP proceeding, including mediation, to be allowed to remain in the present educational placement or stay put during the pendency of the proceedings(Section 162.961). This bill requires that the most recent student special education records as defined in the bill are to be retained by school districts as part of the student's permanent record and such records may not be destroyed by the district (Section 167.027).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1715 - Establishes antibullying requirements for school districts
Sponsor: Rep. Tricia Byrnes (R)
Summary:

HCS HBs 1715 & 2630 -- ANTIBULLLYING POLICIES (Byrnes)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Standing Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education

This bill modifies Section 160.775, RSMo, by naming the Section the "Missouri Childhood Hero Act". The bill defines "act of school violence" or "violent behavior" the same as bullying and provides a definition for a "zero-tolerance disciplinary policy".

The bill requires any school bullying policy to include a restriction on zero-tolerance disciplinary policies for any student that is a victim of bullying. A statement regarding any student who engages in self-defense must be considered by the school district or charter school administration when determining any disciplinary action for a student who was responding to an act of school violence or violent behavior committed against the student. The bill requires charter schools to adopt and school districts to update current school bullying policies.

Currently, employee's that witness an incident of bullying must report the incident within two days. This bill lowers the reporting requirement to one day and requires that all reported incidents be submitted in writing. Results of investigations must include a description of any interventions, initiatives, techniques, or discipline provided to all students involved on a standardized form developed by the district.

The policy is required to outline a procedure for responding to an investigation that finds an act of bullying has occurred. The procedure must include notifying the parents of the bullying student and a referral to law enforcement or to the Children's Division, for a student that is under 11 years old, if the investigation finds that the bullying was 2nd degree harassment. Additionally, students committing acts of bullying are included in educational trainings and prevention initiatives.

The bill requires the policy to outline annual mandatory training for any district employee and volunteer that has contact with students; training on appropriate interventions and associated liability for action or inaction must be included in the training.

This bill requires the school administration to report monthly to the school board all acts of bullying, discipline for bullying, and all other disciplinary referrals. The School board must review the monthly report in a closed meeting and address concerns related to reported incidents within 30 days. The bill provides immunity from liability for any school district employee and volunteer who intervenes in an incident of school violence, violent behavior, or criminal actions against any student that is a victim of bullying; the bill specifies that the employee must follow the proper procedure and act in good faith to intervene under the defense of justification provided under Chapter 563.

The bill provides protection from civil liability for any school district or charter school for disciplinary actions if the procedures were properly followed and if a suit is brought the school may recoup attorney's fees if they prevail.

This bill requires that for reporting requirements for mandated reporters under Section 210.115, bullying, incidents of school violence, and crime, are considered abuse and required to be reported, with protections provided for reporting compliance.

The bill prevents charter schools from expelling or transferring a student out of the school solely due to reports of bullying.

Last Action:
04/22/2024 
S - Referred to Senate-Select Committee on Empowering Missouri Parents and Children

HB1717 - Provides A+ scholarships for home school students who meet the program's eligibility requirements
Sponsor: Rep. Mike McGirl (R)
Summary: HB 1717 -- EXPANSION OF A+ ELIGIBILITY FOR HOME SCHOOL STUDENTS

SPONSOR: McGirl

This bill expands the A+ Schools Program grant awards for tuition reimbursements to home school students beginning in the 2024-25 school year. To qualify for reimbursement home school students must meet the specified requirements similar to those of a public or private school recipient.
Last Action:
01/18/2024 
H - Referred to House-Special Committee on Education Reform

HB1720 - Modifies provisions of the sunshine law
Sponsor: Rep. Bill Falkner (R)
Summary:

 

SCS/HCS/HB 1720 - This act authorizes a public governmental body to close any portion of a record that contains individually identifiable information of a minor that is seventeen years of age or under if the public governmental body is a city, town, village, or park board, except when such records are requested by the Division of Labor Standards to enforce child labor laws.

 

This act authorizes a public governmental body to close records, meetings, and votes that relate to individually identifiable customer information for visitors who make a camping, lodging, or shelter reservation for a Missouri State Park or State Historic Site, unless the records are requested by the visitor or authorized for release by the visitor. This provision is identical to SB 1019 (2024).

Last Action:
04/02/2024 
S - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB1722 - Modifies provisions relating to school employee retirement systems
Sponsor: Rep. Aaron Crossley (D)
Summary: HB 1722 -- PUBLIC SCHOOL EMPLOYEES WORKING AFTER RETIREMENT

SPONSOR: Crossley

When a Public School Retirement System school district has declared a shortage of noncertificated employees, it may employ a retired noncertificated employee for up to four years without affecting his or her retirement benefit. Currently, a cap of the lesser of 10% of noncertificated staff or five employees is in place. This bill changes the cap to the greater of 1% of the total of certificated teachers and noncertificated staff or five employees.
Last Action:
03/26/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass

HB1724 - Modifies provisions relating to contracts with public entities
Sponsor: Rep. Bill Falkner (R)
Summary: HB 1724 -- CONTRACTS WITH PUBLIC ENTITIES

SPONSOR: Falkner

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

This bill adds the definition of a "public official" to Section 107.170, RSMo, regarding bonds and public works contractors and modifies the definition of "public entity" to include any municipality.

This bill makes it the duty of all public entities in making contracts over $50,000 for public works exempt from attachment and execution to require the contractor to furnish a bond.

Currently, a school board member is not required to independently confirm that a bond company exists and is solvent if a contractor represents that it is, but the school board member is not exempt from liability if he or she has actual knowledge of the insolvency or does not in good faith comply with the law in requiring the contractor to have a sufficient lawful bond. The bill expands both the lack of duty to verify the status of the bond company and the lack of exemption from liability for actual knowledge regarding a bond company from a school board member to all public officials.

No public official who would be personally liable under law or at equity to a contractor, subcontractor, or supplier at any tier, because of a public entity's failure to require a contractor to furnish a payment bond will be liable unless the contractor provides to the presiding official and secretary of the public entity a written notice identifying the persons who will have personal liability for payment if no payment bond meeting the statutory requirements is furnished. Compliance with this written notice requirement is a condition precedent to the personal liability of any public official for a claim of payment. Any original contractor who fails to provide the written notice described in the bill, with intent to defraud, will be guilty of a class B misdemeanor. If consent that meets the requirements of Section 513.455, as specified below, is acknowledged and recorded as required, no bond is required. A lessee of a public entity contracting for a public works project to be used for nongovernmental purposes is not required to furnish a bond when the contractor furnishes a bond.

Currently, courthouses, jails, clerks' offices, and other buildings and the lots on which they stand owned by a county or municipality, as well as all burial grounds, are exempt from attachment and execution. This bill expands the exemption to other lands owned by the state; any public body corporate and politic; any county, city, town, municipality; any road, water, sewer, fire, library, hospital, or school district; and any other political subdivision of this state.

The bill also provides that the state or any political subdivision, as specified, may consent to have certain projects and the lands thereon become subject to the attachment of mechanics' liens filed under Chapter 429 if the consent is in writing, contains a legal description of the property subject to the attachment, and is acknowledged by an authorized official in a form that can be and is recorded in the office of the recorder of deeds for the county where the property is located.

This bill is the same as HB 926 (2023).

PROPONENTS: Allowing the use of mechanics' liens lowers the cost to the public when a construction project on public property has a nongovernmental purpose, by giving the option to require a payment bond or to consent to mechanic's liens being filed against an industrial revenue bond project.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative Falkner; Brad Lau, St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce & St. Joseph Economic Development Partnership; Missouri Economic Development Council; Missouri Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Missouri Municipal League; Missouri Economic Development Financing Association.

OPPONENTS: Those who oppose the bill say that the law currently makes the individuals who had the duty to obtain the bond and failed to do so personally liable for failing to perform their duty as governmental officials, so the change in this bill weakens this remedy. Some school districts do not need bonds for construction projects.

Testifying in person against the bill were American Subcontractors Association Midwest Council; and Arnie C. Dienoff.



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.
Last Action:
04/09/2024 
H - Reported Do Pass

HB1725 - Modifies standards in regards to financial transactions in this state
Sponsor: Rep. Michael O'Donnell (R)
Summary: HCS HB 1725 -- FINANCIAL INVESTMENTS

SPONSOR: O'Donnell

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass with HCS" by the Standing Committee on Financial Institutions by a vote of 13 to 0.

The following is a summary of the House Committee Substitute for HB 1725.

This bill relates to financial investments.

BONDS (Section 108.170)

This bill provides that bonds, notes, or other forms of indebtedness may be issued in book-entry rather than bearer form and bear interest at the current rate of 10% or at a rate up to 250 basis points above the longest maturity United States Treasury bond, whichever is greater. Such bonds may be sold at a competitive market yield not less than 50% rather than the current 95% of the par value. Such bonds may bear interest at 14% or at a rate up to 250 basis points above the longest maturity United States Treasury bond, whichever is greater, if sold at the lowest true interest cost bid received.

The bill prescribes similar requirements for industrial development revenue bonds, bonds issued by any housing authority, and revenue bonds issued for airport purposes. The bill repeals the current language which provides for a political subdivision to have an unenhanced bond rating of AA+ or higher or comparable rating, and replaces it with a bond rating that is one of the two highest long- term ratings or the highest short-term rating issued by a nationally recognized rating agency on its outstanding general obligation. The principal amount of general obligation bonds, currently $12.5 million, is increased to $20 million.



GREEN BONDS (Section 108.371)

Under the provisions of this bill, to be rated as a green bond, at least 85% of the bond proceeds should be used for eligible green projects, and interest on income from such bonds is exempt from income tax. Capital gains taxes on such bonds are not exempt from income taxation.

An "eligible green project" is a project or activity that supports a positive environmental impact that includes assets, investments and other related expenditures that relate to categories such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, pollution prevention and control, environmentally sustainable management of living natural resources and land use, clean transportation, terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity, climate change adaptation, circular economy adapted products, sustainable water and wastewater management and green buildings, all as defined in the bill.

This bill provides that a municipality that issues a municipal green bond shall establish a green bond holder protection fund separate from the municipality's debt service reserve fund or an equivalent fund upon a finding by the state auditor that a bond does not meet the percentage required. The amount in the fund must be equal to at least the amount of interest paid each year multiplied by the top state income tax rate applicable to individuals under Section 143.011, RSMo.



PRIVATE TRUST COMPANIES (Section 362.245)

This bill exempts private trust companies described under Section 361.160, RSMo, from certain residency requirements governing board of directors of a corporation as indicated in the bill.



UNIFORM FIDUCIARY INCOME AND PRINCIPAL ACT (Sections 214.330, 469.399 to 469.467, and 469.471 to 469.487)

This bill specifies that the income and principal of the Endowed Care Trust Fund is determined under the laws applicable to trusts with an exception that the trustee has no power: of adjustment; of conversion; no discretion to determine or modify the unitrust rate or to determine applicable value to compute the unitrust amount beyond that granted by law. A unitrust definition of income shall be determined by the cemetery operator in the terms of the Endowed Care Trust Fund Agreement and not by the trustee. Further, no principal from the Trust Fund shall be distributed except if a unitrust amount is required under the Agreement. The cemetery operator may instruct by record for the trustee to distribute less than all the income distributable for the year if the cemetery operator determines that the money is not needed.

This bill establishes the "Missouri Uniform Fiduciary Income and Principal Act" (MUFIPA). Some of the current provisions of the Principal and Income Act (PIA) have been updated to achieve compliance with the MUFIPA.

The bill modifies certain definitions and adds definitions such as "asset-backed security",“court”, “current income beneficiary”, “distribution”, “estate”, “independent person”, “personal representative”, “record”, “settlor”, “special tax benefit”, “successive interest”, “successor beneficiary”, “trust”, and “will”. It removes reference to current definitions of "income beneficiary", "qualified beneficiary", and "remainder beneficiary".

The bill provides that the MUFIPA applies to a trust or estate and a life estate or other term interest in which the interest of one or more persons will be succeeded by the interest of one or more other persons, except as otherwise provided in the terms of a trust or in MUFIPA. In addition, the MUFIPA applies when Missouri is the principal place of administration of a trust or estate or the situs of property that is not held in a trust or estate and is subject to a life estate or other term interest.

This bill details the fiduciary's duties including the power to adjust, convert an income trust to a unitrust and vice versa. In addition, the bill specifies the business or other activity conducted by the fiduciary, the allocation of receipts, the determination of "internal income of a separate fund", "marital trust", interest in minerals, water or other natural resources, interest in land used for growing and cutting timber, "derivative", "asset-backed security", and disbursements from income, all as further explained in the bill. The bill calls for the application of MUFIPA to a trust or estate existing or created on or after August 28, 2024 with exceptions.

The bill defines "unitrust" to mean a trust for which net income is a unitrust amount, including an express unitrust.

The bill defines terms such as "applicable value", "express unitrust", "income trust", "net fair value of a trust", "unitrust policy", and "unitrust rate". The provisions that apply to unitrusts do not create a duty to take or consider action or to inform a beneficiary about the applicability of the provisions. A fiduciary that in good faith takes or fails to take an action under the unitrust provisions is not liable to a person affected by the action or inaction.

The bill details the actions that the fiduciary can take without court approval. The bill specifies determinations, considerations, and procedures required of a fiduciary in taking actions. The requirements include sending a notice in a record, describing and proposing to take the action, to certain persons all as detailed in the bill. The MUFIPA includes provisions allowing these persons to object to a proposed action, whereupon the fiduciary or a beneficiary may request the court to have the proposed action taken as proposed, taken with modifications, or prevented. The bill contains requirements relating to the unitrust policy and unitrust rate. The bill provides for uniformity in the interpretation and application of the MUFIPA; contains a severability clause; and explains MUFIPA's interaction with the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, 15 U.S.C. Section 7001 et Seq. .



This bill contains provisions from HCS HB 1726, HB 1938, and HB 1987.



The following is a summary of the public testimony from the committee hearing. The testimony was based on the introduced version of the bill.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that the bill makes green bonds more clear and simple. Instead of ongoing proof, the bond needs to qualify at the beginning. Because 85% must go to one of the defined categories, it should reduce greenwashing.

Testifying in person for the bill was Representative O'Donnell.

OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

OTHERS: Others testifying on the bill say the bill does a good job of preventing greenwashing. The bondholder protection fund creates an extra cost, especially for an entity that does nothing but green bonds.

Testifying in person on the bill was Tim Snoke, The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District.



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.
Last Action:
02/26/2024 
H - Reported Do Pass

HB1726 - Changes the laws regarding bonds
Sponsor: Rep. Michael O'Donnell (R)
Summary: HCS HB 1726 -- BONDS (O'Donnell)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Standing Committee on Financial Institutions

This bill specifies that bonds, notes, or other forms of indebtedness may be issued in book-entry rather than bearer form and bear interest at the current rate of 10% or at a rate up to 250 basis points above the longest maturity United States Treasury bond, whichever is greater. Such bonds may be sold at a competitive market yield not less than 50% rather than the current 95% of the par value. Such bonds may bear interest at 14% or at a rate up to 250 basis points above the longest maturity United States Treasury bond, whichever is greater, if sold at the lowest true interest cost bid received.

The bill specifies similar requirements for industrial development revenue bonds, bonds issued by any housing authority, and revenue bonds issued for airport purposes. The bill repeals the current language which provides for a political subdivision to have an unenhanced bond rating of AA+ or higher or comparable rating, and replaces it with a bond rating that is one of the two highest long- term ratings or the highest short-term rating issued by a nationally recognized rating agency on its outstanding general obligation. The principal amount of general obligation bonds, currently $12.5 million, is increased to $20 million.
Last Action:
04/16/2024 
H - Placed on Informal Calendar

HB1727 - Requires the department of elementary and secondary education to develop a curriculum on personal finance to be used by school districts
Sponsor: Rep. Michael O'Donnell (R)
Summary: HB 1727 -- CURRICULUM ON PERSONAL FINANCE

SPONSOR: O'Donnell

This bill requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to convene a work group to develop and recommend academic performance standards relating to the one-half unit of credit in personal finance required for high school graduation to be taken after the ninth grade unless a specific waiver is granted as provided in the bill.

Members of the work group shall include educators who provide instruction in personal finance, a representative from the Missouri Association of Career and Technical Education, and others specified in the bill. The State Board of Education (SBE) shall adopt and implement academic performance standards for the 2025-26 school year and all subsequent school years.

Every seven years, the SBE shall review the academic performance standards to determine whether they should be updated to reflect trends and best practices in the current economy.

This bill is similar to HCS HB 809 (2023).
Last Action:
02/07/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB1730 - Modifies provisions related to the food pantry tax credit
Sponsor: Rep. Phil Amato (R)
Summary: HB 1730 -- FOOD PANTRY DONATION TAX CREDIT

SPONSOR: Amato

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass" by the Special Committee on Public Policy by a vote of 6 to 0.

Currently, the cumulative amount of tax credits which may be allocated to all taxpayers contributing to a local food pantry is $1.75 million. This bill increases the amount to $3 million and extends the sunset from December 31, 2026 to December 31, 2030.

This bill is similar to HCS HB 653 (2023).

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that this tax credit was created to help food pantries increase donations. In recent years, donors have not been able to receive the entire tax credit because the maximum amount of credits have been reached. This bill would help increase donations to food pantries, thereby increasing food security for low income Missourians, by increasing the cap on donations.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative Amato; and Feeding Missouri.

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.
Last Action:
04/24/2024 
H - Placed on Informal Calendar

HB1731 - Authorizes a tax credit for certain charitable donations to local hospital foundations
Sponsor: Rep. Phil Amato (R)
Summary: HB 1731 -- TAX CREDIT FOR DONATIONS TO HOSPITALS

SPONSOR: Amato

Beginning January 1, 2024, this bill authorizes a nonrefundable tax credit for local hospital foundation donations. A qualified taxpayer, as defined in the bill, may claim a tax credit in an amount equal to the taxpayer's qualified amount of the donations made to a local hospital foundation. The amount of the tax credit claimed shall not exceed the amount of the taxpayer's state tax liability for the tax year that the credit is claimed and cannot exceed $2,500 per taxpayer claiming the credit. The cumulative amount of tax credits allowed to all taxpayers cannot exceed $2 million per tax year. This credit constitutes a domestic and social tax credit under the provisions of the Tax Credit Accountability Act.

This program sunsets December 31, 2030

This bill is similar to HCS HB 654 (2023).
Last Action:
03/13/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass

HB1734 - Changes provisions governing testing of community water system hydrant inspections
Sponsor: Rep. Bill Falkner (R)
Summary: HB 1734 -- COMMUNITY WATER SYSTEM HYDRANT INSPECTIONS

SPONSOR: Falkner

Currently, a valve inspection program for a community water system must include annual testing of every hydrant in the system. This bill would only require a program to include scheduled testing of every hydrant.

This bill is the same as HB 891 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1738 - Changes provisions governing educational scholarships
Sponsor: Rep. Doug Richey (R)
Summary: HB 1738 -- EMPOWERMENT SCHOLARSHIPS

SPONSOR: Richey

This bill modifies language related to the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship tax credit. The bill raises the maximum cumulative amount of the tax credit from $50 million to $75 million and allows for such maximum to be adjusted for inflation and by any percentage increase provided for pupil transportation above 90% of the annual projection necessary to fully fund transportation costs in the fiscal year.

The bill modifies the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship awardable amounts from a maximum based on the State Adequacy Target(SAT) to the following:

(1) For a student with limited English proficiency 160% of the SAT;

(2) For a student eligible for free and reduced price lunch 125% of the SAT; and

(3) For a qualified student with an individualized education program (IEP) 175% of the SAT

The bill clarifies that background checks are not necessary for any parent that home schools their child.

Currently, the State Treasurer must limit the number of educational assistance organizations that are certified to administer scholarship accounts to 10 in any single school year. This bill allows the Treasurer to certify one additional educational assistance organization if the total contributions to educational assistance organizations exceed $25 million in a school year.

The bill modifies the definition of "qualified student" by removing the requirement that such student live in a county with a charter form of government or a city with at least 30,000 inhabitants and increasing the maximum income standard above the free and reduced lunch qualifier from 200% to 400%.
Last Action:
02/12/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB1739 - Enacts provisions governing public elementary and secondary school students
Sponsor: Rep. Doug Richey (R)
Summary: HB 1739 -- PUBLIC ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL

SPONSOR: Richey

This bill creates the "Parents' Bill of Rights Act of 2024", which shall be construed to empower parents to enforce rights, as outlined in the bill, to access records maintained by schools in which their children are enrolled in a timely manner or as specified in the bill. The bill defines a "school" as a public school, school district, charter school, or virtual school authorized under the provisions of the Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program. No school shall require nondisclosure agreements for a parent's review of curricula, and each school shall allow parents, within two business days upon request, to review or make a copy of curriculum documents or to receive such documents in an electronic format, provided that no request would cause an infringement of copyright protections. Where the curricular materials being made available to parents for review are subject to copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property protection, the review process shall include technical and procedural safeguards to ensure that the materials are not able to be widely disseminated to the general public in violation of the intellectual property rights of the publisher or any contractual agreements between the publisher and the school, and that content validity is not undermined. If more than 20 pages are being copied using the school's equipment, the school may, at the school's discretion, charge the parent a fee described in the bill. No school shall collect any biometric data of a minor child without obtaining parental consent, except for biometric data necessary to create and issue appropriate school identification cards. A school that collects such data shall ensure that all copies of such data are destroyed within one year of a student's withdrawal of participation in all school activities. Finally, each school shall notify parents of certain safety incidents and criminal charges filed against teachers, employees, and any guests or visitors to a school, as outlined in the bill (Section 161.841, RSMo). This bill prohibits public school officials from encouraging a student under the age of 18 years old to adopt a gender identity or sexual orientation. The bill additionally prohibits public school officials from withholding information regarding a student's gender identity from the student's parent. The bill defines a student's "documented identity" as such student's gender identity or sex as registered by the student's parent during enrollment. If a student's parent does not register such student's gender identity or sex during enrollment, the student's documented identity shall be their biological sex as correctly stated on their birth certificate or other government record, as specified in the bill. A school official shall inform a student's parent within 24 hours if the student expresses confusion about his or her documented identity or requests to use personal pronouns that differ from his or her documented identity. A school official shall obtain written parental consent before allowing a student to use a name other than the name provided by the parent when registering the student for school and before encouraging a student to wear certain items of clothing. Finally, a school official shall not encourage a student to pursue gender reassignment therapy or surgical procedures. Any teacher or school counselor, who violates the provisions of the bill shall be subject to suspension or revocation of his or her professional license based on incompetence, immorality, and neglect of duty. The State Board of Education shall promptly investigate any claim from a parent of a public school student that a teacher of such student has violated the bill. If the claim is found to be valid, the State Board shall discipline such teacher as set forth in the bill. The Board of Nursing shall promptly investigate any claim from a parent of a public school student that a school nurse has knowingly violated the bill. If the Board finds that such claim is valid, the Board shall file a complaint against such school nurse's license with the Administrative Hearing Commission on grounds of unethical or unprofessional conduct involving a minor. Any other school staff member who knowingly violates the provisions of the bill shall have his or her employment terminated for gross misconduct, and shall additionally be ineligible to work in any public school for a period of four years. A parent may bring a civil action against a school district, public elementary or secondary school, or public charter school that violates the provisions of the bill, and the Attorney General may bring a civil action against any school district, public elementary or secondary school, or public charter school that violates the provisions of the bill (Sections 170.385 and 170.386). These provisions are similar to SB 728 (2024) and SCS SB 134 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1740 - Establishes requirements for American history courses for high schools
Sponsor: Rep. Doug Richey (R)
Summary: HB 1740 -- AMERICAN HISTORY COURSES FOR HIGH SCHOOLS

SPONSOR: Richey

This bill requires that beginning in the 2025-26 school year the assessment tools for American history competencies shall include "document-based questions" that present excerpts of and are focused upon historical documents and that use primary source documents to ascertain student knowledge. The bill requires annual assessments for courses of instruction outlined in the bill (Section 160.518 RSMo).

The bill requires that beginning in the 2025-26 school year school districts and private schools must offer courses of instruction in the development of Western civilization to freshman, American History from the Age of Discovery through the 19th century to sophomores, American History in the 20th century and beyond to juniors, and American Civics & Government, to seniors.

Courses must be two semesters in length and students beginning ninth grade must complete all four courses before they may graduate. The bill requires that the course of instruction in the development of Western civilization shall include: Greek history, philosophy, and literature, with the study of specified Greek works; literature written by Roman authors, with the study of specified works by Roman authors; and the works of early church fathers and literature written from the Early Medieval period through the Early Modern period that the framers of the United States Constitution referred to specifically as having influenced the philosophical and political thought of such framers (Section 170.011).

This bill is similar to HB 595 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1742 - Establishes provisions governing statewide athletic association employees and members
Sponsor: Rep. Doug Richey (R)
Summary: HB 1742 -- STATEWIDE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONS

SPONSOR: Richey

This bill defines a "screened volunteer" as any individual who assists a school by providing uncompensated service, who may be left alone with students, and who has successfully completed a criminal background check. School districts are currently required to have policies about how and what information they release about former employees to other public schools. Beginning January 1, 2025, this bill requires such policies to also include information about screened volunteers. The bill further applies existing requirements related to allegations of sexual misconduct against school employees to screened volunteers as well (Section 162.068, RSMo).

The bill establishes "Emilyn's Law". The bill defines "association" as a statewide athletic association or organization that receives any public money and has at least one public school district as a member. As specified in the bill, all employees of such an association are mandated reporters. Additionally, the bill requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to create and maintain a database listing each person who is employed as coach or a member of the coaching staff, or serves as a screened volunteer, for an association member school district. The database must contain information related to specified substantiated allegations of sexual misconduct against such employees and volunteers, as well as specified information obtained by the school districts as a result of criminal background checks. Prior to hiring any new coach or member of the coaching staff, or accepting a screened volunteer, all association members must consult this database(Section 168.631).

This bill is the same as HB 139 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1743 - Provides a sales tax exemption for the production of electricity
Sponsor: Rep. Doug Richey (R)
Summary: HB 1743 -- SALES TAX EXEMPTION FOR ENERGY

SPONSOR: Richey

This bill creates a state sales tax exemption for utilities, equipment, and materials used to generate or transmit electricity.

This bill is the same as HB 258 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1744 - Changes the filing location for school board candidates
Sponsor: Rep. Renee Reuter (R)
Summary: HB 1744 -- SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS

SPONSOR: Reuter

This bill modifies the current process for school board candidate filing for school board elections in school districts located wholly within one county. The bill requires candidates to file at the county clerk's office of the county in which the candidate resides. The election authority of the county in which the school district is located shall designate the order and process for any drawing of candidate names for the order of the ballot.

This bill is similar to HB 825 (2023).
Last Action:
01/09/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB1746 - Modifies provisions relating to utilities
Sponsor: Rep. Michael O'Donnell (R)
Summary:

HCS HB 1746 -- UTILITIES (O'Donnell)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Standing Committee on Utilities

This bill modifies the laws relating to utilities.

SOLAR ENERGY ASSESSMENT (Sections 137.010, 137.080 and 137.115)

The bill provides that the definition of "tangible personal property", for the purposes of property taxation, includes solar panels, racking systems, inverters, and related solar equipment, components, materials, and supplies installed at commercial solar photovoltaic energy systems that were constructed and producing solar energy prior to August 9, 2022.

The bill also creates a new subclass of tangible personal property that includes solar panels, racking systems, inverters, and related solar equipment, components, materials, and supplies installed at commercial solar photovoltaic energy systems that were constructed and producing solar energy prior to August 9, 2022, and specifies that it be assessed at 5% of its true value in money.

DEPRECIATION OF REAL PROPERTY (Section 137.122)

Beginning January 1, 2025, the depreciation tables used to assess tangible personal property shall be used to assess real property that is used for the transportation or storage of liquid and gaseous products including water, sewage, and natural gas that is not propane or LP gas, but not including petroleum products.

SALES TAX EXEMPTION (Section 144.058)

The bill exempts from sales tax electrical energy and gas, whether natural, artificial, or propane; water, coal, and energy sources; chemicals, machinery, equipment, parts, and material used or consumed by a public utility or rural electric cooperative in connection with or to facilitate the generation, transmission, distribution, sale, or furnishing of electricity for light, heat, or power; and any conduits, ducts, or other devices, materials, apparatus, or property for containing, holding, or carrying conductors used or to be used for the transmission of electricity for light, heat, or power service to consumers.

COUNTY BOARD OF TRUSTEES COMPENSATION (Section 204.300)

The bill sets the rate of compensation for members of a County Board of Trustees. Each trustee of the Board may receive an attendance fee not to exceed $100 for attending each regularly called board meeting, or special meeting, but shall not be paid for attending more than two meetings in any calendar month, except that in a county of the first classification, a trustee shall not be paid for attending more than four meetings in any calendar month. However, no trustee shall be paid more than one attendance fee if such trustee attends more than one board meeting in a calendar week. Each trustee of the Board shall be reimbursed for his or her actual expenditures in the performance of his or her duties on behalf of the district.

SEWER DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES COMPENSATION (Section 204.610)

The bill sets the rate of compensation for members of a Sewer District Board of Trustees. Each trustee of the Board may receive an attendance fee not to exceed $100 for attending each regularly called board meeting, or special meeting, but shall not be paid for attending more than two meetings in any calendar month, except that in a county of the first classification, a trustee shall not be paid for attending more than four meetings in any calendar month. However, no trustee shall be paid more than one attendance fee if such trustee attends more than one board meeting in a calendar week. Each trustee of the Board shall be reimbursed for his or her actual expenditures in the performance of his or her duties on behalf of the district.

RENEWABLE NATURAL GAS PROGRAM (Section 386.895)

The bill requires the Public Service Commission to adopt rules no later than July 1, 2025, allowing gas corporations to voluntarily institute a renewable natural gas program. The rules must be limited to establishing a process for gas corporations to submit filings pursuant to the renewable natural gas program. The bill also repeals the provision giving the Commission general rule- making authority and provides for limited rulemaking authority relating to the renewable natural gas program.

The bill specifies that an investment must be deemed prudent when the aggregate investment does not exceed certain thresholds based upon the size of the gas company.

A filing by a gas corporation must include a timeline for the investment and completion of the proposed renewable natural gas infrastructure. For any filing for a project with an aggregate cost of less the $5 million, the Commission must issue a decision on any filing by a gas corporation within 90 days of submission, but can extend the review period for up to an additional 60 days for good cause.

By January 1, 2026, the Division of Energy within the Department of Natural Resources is required to provide a report on the renewable natural gas program to the chairman of the commission, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President Pro Tem of the Senate, and the chairs of certain legislative committees.

The provisions of this bill and any rule enacted under this bill expire nine years from the date the Commission promulgates rules to implement the renewable natural gas program.

ACQUISITIONS OF SMALL WATER UTILITIES (Section 393.320)

The bill expands the definition of a "large water public utility" to state that such an entity will regularly provide sewer services to more than 8,000 customer connections, or regularly provide a combination of either to more than 8,000 customer connections. For any acquisition of a small water utility with an appraised value of $5 million or less, the Public Service Commission must issue its decision within six months of the submission of the application by the large water public utility to acquire a small water utility. The Public Service Commission or the Office of Public Counsel may request an extension for approval of 30 days upon a showing of good cause.

RENEWABLE ENERGY STANDARDS (Section 393.1030)

This bill specifies that electric utilities with more than 250,000 but less than 1 million retail customers in Missouri as of the end of 2022 with energy that meets the criteria of the renewable energy portfolio requirements and is contracted for by an accelerated renewable buyer must:

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

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

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

The bill specifies that the accelerated renewable buyer is exempt from any renewable energy standard compliance costs as established by the utility and approved by the Public Service Commission. Each electric utility must certify, and verify as necessary, to the Commission that the accelerated renewable buyer has satisfied the exemption requirements as specified in the bill. The accelerated renewable buyer may also certify the exemption requirements to the Commission individually. DEFERRALS BY ELECTRICAL CORPORATIONS (Section 393.1400)

This bill removes "new natural gas units" from the definition of "qualifying electric plant" for the purposes of certain deferrals by electrical corporations.

Currently an electrical corporations must defer to a regulatory asset 85% of all depreciation expense and return associated with all qualifying electric plant recorded to plant-in-service on the utility's books. Beginning August 28, 2024, the bill requires an electrical corporation to defer 90% of a qualifying electric plant consisting of investment in new generating units including new energy storage systems.

The cost of investments in new generating units and energy storage systems are excluded from the total investments reflected in each year's capital investment plan for which required investments in grid modernization projects are determined.

The bill extends the sunset date of certain provisions relating to deferrals by electrical corporations from December 31, 2028 to December 31, 2035. The deadline to file an application seeking permission from the Public Service Commission relating to deferrals shall be extended from December 31, 2026 to December 31, 2033.

Provisions relating to electrical corporations seeking deferrals will expire on December 31, 2040, instead of on December 31, 2033.

WATER AND SEWER INFRASTRUCTURE RATE ADJUSTMENT (WSIRA) (Section 393.1506)

The bill allows a public utility with sewer service to more than 8,000 customer connections, or a combination of either water and sewer to more than 8,000 customer connections to file a petition and proposed rate schedules with the Public Service Commission to establish or change a WSIRA that will provide for the recovery of the appropriate pretax revenues associated with the eligible infrastructure system projects.

GAS CUSTOMER DISCOUNTS (Section 393.1645)

The bill makes adjustments to the way in which a gas corporation may apply certain discounts to its customers in their use of the service. The way in which a customer may qualify for one of the discounts is set forth as follows:

(1) When the customer is a new customer and the new load is reasonably projected to be at least 270,000 ccf annually, the discount shall equal up to 25% subject to the limiting provisions of this section and shall apply for four years; or

(2) When the customer is an existing customer and the new load is reasonably projected to be at least 135,000 ccf annually, the discount shall equal 25% subject to the limiting provisions of this section and shall apply for four years.

To obtain the discount, the customer's load must be incremental; receive local, regional, or state economic development incentives; and meet the criteria set in the gas corporation's economic development rider tariff sheets.

In each general rate proceeding, the difference in revenues generated by applying the discounted rates and the revenues that would have been generated without such discounts will not be imputed into the gas corporation's revenue requirement. Instead, the revenue requirement should be set using the revenues generated by the discounted rates and allocated to all customer classes as specified in the bill.

CONTRACTING AUTHORITY OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION (Section 393.1700)

The bill authorizes the Public Service Commission to directly contract counsel, financial advisors, or other consultants necessary to implement the provisions of the law allowing for the Commission to approve the issuance of securitized utility tariff bonds by an electrical corporation. The Commission must establish a process for bidding such contracts and make the policy and rate case-specific contract information publicly available.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT INVESTMENTS OF PUBLIC UTILITIES (Section 393.1750)

The bill requires the Public Service Commission to permit electrical, water, and gas corporations to recover workforce development investments.

An electrical, water, or gas corporation is entitled to defer to a regulatory asset such corporation's workforce development investments made between August 28, 2024, and December 31, 2034, up to .55% of the corporation's total operating revenues as reported to the Commission for calendar year 2022.

HYDRANT VALVE INSPECTIONS (Section 640.144) The bill changes the frequency of inspections done to water hydrants from annually to a time at which such an inspection can be scheduled by the parties.

SMALL WIRELESS FACILITIES (Repeal of Section 67.5122)

Currently the Small Wireless Facility Deployment Act expires on January, 1, 2025. This bill repeals the expiration date for the Act.

Last Action:
04/24/2024 
Scheduled for Committee Hearing
04/25/2024 9:00 AM - Senate-Fiscal Oversight, SCR 1
Senate-Fiscal Oversight

HB1751 - Modifies provisions governing solid waste disposal area permits
Sponsor: Rep. Mike Haffner (R)
Summary:

SS/HB 1751 - Under the act, the Department of Natural Resources shall not issue a permit for the operation of a solid waste processing facility, demolition landfill, or sanitary landfill located in the city of Kansas City without receiving approval from an adjoining municipality if such area is located within one mile of the adjoining municipality, instead of one-half mile as in the current law.

 

The act is similar to SB 739 (2024), SB 769 (2024), SB 1139 (2024), HB 2254 (2024), SCS/SB 590 (2023) and HCS/HB 909 (2023).

Last Action:
04/23/2024 
H - Truly Agreed and Finally Passed - Y-121 N-25

HB1756 - Requires the department of elementary and secondary education to develop, use, and report student grade-level equivalence data
Sponsor: Rep. Brad Pollitt (R)
Summary: HB 1756 -- GRADE-LEVEL EQUIVALENCE DATA

SPONSOR: Pollitt

This bill defines "Grade-level equivalence", a metric developed and used by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to show a student's proximity to doing grade-level work, and requires DESE to establish panels to review and revise the performance-level descriptors for each academic subject and grade level. The bill identifies and describes the performance level descriptors as: advanced; proficient, grade level, basic, and below basic with specified characteristics for each level.

Beginning in the 2025-26 school year and in each subsequent year the school accountability report card must provide each student's grade-level equivalence as measured on the statewide assessment. Data relating to the grade-level equivalence must be searchable on a building-by-building, school-by-school, district-by-district, and statewide level. Such data must display a percentage of students at grade level or above for each level, provided that no data will disclose personal identification of any student except to a student's parent.

This bill is the same as HB 255 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1757 - Establishes transfer procedures to nonresident districts for students in public schools
Sponsor: Rep. Brad Pollitt (R)
Summary: HB 1757 -- WITHDRAWN
Last Action:
12/19/2023 
H - Withdrawn

HB1758 - Establishes the Education Stabilization Fund
Sponsor: Rep. Brad Pollitt (R)
Summary: HB 1758 -- EDUCATION STABILIZATION FUND

SPONSOR: Pollitt

This bill creates the "Education Stabilization Fund" to which the Governor may transfer appropriated money. In any fiscal year in which actual revenues are less than revenue estimates upon which appropriations are based, the Governor, subject to appropriations may transfer from the Education Stabilization Fund to the foundation formula administered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education an amount necessary to provide public schools full funding. The bill limits the Fund to 10% of the previous fiscal year appropriation to the foundation formula, and any excess over 10% shall be transferred by appropriation to the General Revenue Fund.

This bill is the same as HB 901, HB 821, and HB 843 (2023).
Last Action:
04/10/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass

HB1761 - Requires every school district to comply with enhanced safety and security standards
Sponsor: Rep. Justin Hicks (R)
Summary: HB 1761 -- ENHANCED SAFETY FEATURES FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS

SPONSOR: Hicks

This bill outlines safety and security measures for public school buildings and provides definitions for "Bullet-Resistant security laminate" and "Riot-resistant Security Laminate" as a film resistant based on specific standards.

The bill requires that all school districts implement safety and security compliance standards for all attendance centers. Access points must be secured by design, maintained, and appropriately monitored.

Alphanumeric characters must be displayed on exterior doors. Standards for primary entrances, construction of exterior doors and windows, and roof access door are specified. As are standards for all ground-level windows, interior doors with access to gathering spaces, and locking mechanisms. Specified windows and doors must be covered in either bullet proof or riot proof laminate as specified.

School districts are required to conduct weekly inspections of exterior doors, report findings, and maintain certifications of compliance.

These standards must be implemented beginning in the 2025-26 school year. Existing security laminate not compliant with standards must be upgraded by July 1, 2025 and districts must have a contractor procured by this date to be in compliance.

The bill creates a matching grant program to assist school districts in implementing safety and security projects. School districts can apply for matching grants to cover 50% of the project cost beginning in the 2025-26 school year, beginning July 1, 2026 districts may only use Classroom Trust Fund proceeds for school safety provisions until the district is in compliance.

Beginning July 1, 2028, noncompliance shall result in a school district being classified as unaccredited by the State Board of Education.

The program and its provisions will automatically sunset six years after the effective date.
Last Action:
03/13/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB1762 - Authorizes a sales tax exemption for the purchase of diapers and feminine hygiene products
Sponsor: Rep. Justin Hicks (R)
Summary: HB 1762 -- SALES TAX EXEMPTIONS FOR CERTAIN PURCHASES

SPONSOR: Hicks

This bill authorizes a sales tax exemption for the purchase of all diapers and all feminine hygiene products, as both are defined in the bill.

This bill is similar to HB 290 and SB 73 (2023), and HB 2384 and SB 1124 (2022).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1764 - Authorizes the establishment of charter school in school districts in St. Charles County
Sponsor: Rep. Justin Hicks (R)
Summary: HB 1764 -- CHARTER SCHOOLS EXPANSION TO ST CHARLES COUNTY

SPONSOR: Hicks

This bill allows for charter schools to be established in any school district located primarily in a county with more than 400,000 but fewer than 500,000 inhabitants. Upon enactment this would apply to St. Charles County.

The bill also allows for the funding mechanism for charter schools to include any newly established charter schools.
Last Action:
01/29/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB1767 - Modifies the time period during which the amount for a traded-in motor vehicle may be credited to the purchase price of another motor vehicle for sales tax calculations
Sponsor: Rep. Alan Gray (D)
Summary: HB 1767 -- SALES TAX ON TRADE-IN PURCHASES

SPONSOR: Gray

Currently, sales tax is charged on the purchase price of a motor vehicle, trailer, boat, or outboard motor less any trade-in allowance for vehicles, trailers, boats, or outboard motors traded or sold within 180 days.

This bill extends that period to one year if the person receiving the allowance is 65 years of age or older.

This bill is similar to HB 897 (2023); and HB 1818 (2022).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1771 - Establishes provisions governing automated external defibrillators in schools
Sponsor: Rep. Chad Perkins (R)
Summary: HB 1771 -- AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR IN SCHOOLS

SPONSOR: Perkins

Beginning in the 2025-26 school year this bill requires that each school campus in the state install automated external defibrillators (AEDs). School personnel shall be trained annually on the use of an AED beginning in 2025-26. Specifications for the AED are provided in the bill, and school districts must designate personnel to maintain and ensure availability for the AED. The location for AEDs shall include high traffic areas and easily accessible locations.

Schools must appoint a program coordinator to be responsible for administration of the AED program and perform additional duties as outlined in the bill. The bill requires appropriate training to meet standards set by the American Heart Association, and such training counts for professional development requirements (Section 160.111, RSMo).

The bill also expands existing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training requirements for employees beginning in the 2024-25 school year to include training on AEDs. Trained employees shall be held harmless and immune for any civil liability for the use of an AED in good faith if they follow standard medical practice (Section 167.624).

The bill requires that beginning with the 2024-25 school year instruction in CPR shall include appropriate training in the use of AEDs (Section 170.310).

This bill is the same as HB 426 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1778 - Modifies provisions governing eligibility for the A+ scholarship program
Sponsor: Rep. Chad Perkins (R)
Summary: HB 1778 -- THE A+ SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

SPONSOR: Perkins

Beginning in the 2025-26 school year, this bill prevents eligible students from being disqualified from receiving a grant under the A+ program solely because of a guilty plea or conviction for the possession of a controlled substance under Section 579.015, RSMo, or possession of drug paraphernalia under Section 579.074.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1785 - Establishes the "Uniform Public Expression Protection Act"
Sponsor: Rep. Chad Perkins (R)
Summary: HB 1785 -- UNIFORM PUBLIC EXPRESSION PROTECTION ACT

SPONSOR: Perkins

This bill establishes the "Uniform Public Expression Protection Act".

The bill relates to causes of action filed against individuals who exercise certain constitutional rights. The bill specifies that, when a person, defined in the bill as "an individual, estate, trust, partnership, business or nonprofit entity, governmental unit, or other legal entity", has a cause of action filed against him or her or it based upon his or her or its communication in a governmental proceeding or on an issue under consideration in a governmental proceeding, or when he or she or it exercises his or her or its right of freedom of speech or of the press, the right to assemble, or the right of association, that person may file a special motion to dismiss the cause of action.

The bill establishes procedures for such special motions to dismiss. The bill specifies under which circumstances a court may award costs, reasonable attorneys' fees, and reasonable litigation expenses. The provisions of the bill apply to civil actions filed on or after August 28, 2024.

This bill is similar to HB 750 (2023) and HB 2624 (2022).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1786 - Enacts additional teacher subject area certification for content knowledge or specialty areas
Sponsor: Rep. Brad Pollitt (R)
Summary: HB 1786 -- CERTIFICATE OF LICENSE

SPONSOR: Pollitt

This bill authorizes the State Board for Education to grant an additional teaching certificate in a specific content or subject area to already certificated teachers based upon successfully completing the state-approved teacher evaluation system comprised of seven walk-through evaluations, two formative evaluations, and one summative evaluation, a recommendation from the school district, and the completion of a background check.
Last Action:
01/18/2024 
H - Referred to House committee on Elementary and Secondary Education

HB1790 - Creates provisions relating to employer liability for injuries from required immunizations
Sponsor: Rep. Mitch Boggs (R)
Summary: HB 1790 -- REQUIRED IMMUNIZATION LIABILITY ACT

SPONSOR: Boggs

This bill establishes the "Required Immunization Liability Act", which states that an employer that requires its employees to receive an immunization as a condition of employment shall be liable for damages or injury resulting from the required immunization solely due to the employer's requirement.

This bill is the same as HCS HB 336 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1793 - Creates provisions relating to mental health leave for employees
Sponsor: Rep. Michael Johnson (D)
Summary: HB 1793 -- MENTAL HEALTH LEAVE

SPONSOR: Johnson (23)

This bill allows employees to be able to take unpaid leave from work to attend mental health appointments. Employees shall be entitled leave for at least one mental health appointment per week. The employee must provide at least 48 hours advance notice to the employer of their intention to take leave, unless providing advance notice is not practicable.

The employer may require the employee to provide certification to the employer that leave is being taken for a mental health appointment, and the employee must provide that certification within a reasonable period after it has been requested. For the purposes of this bill, the certification requirement may be satisfied by providing the employer a sworn statement and documentation from the health care provider who treated the employee at the mental health appointment.

All information provided to the employer under the provisions of this bill, including a statement or any other documentation, record, or evidence, and the fact that the employee has requested or obtained leave, shall be retained in the strictest possible confidence by the employer.

Every employer must annually notify its employees of the requirements of this bill, and no rights or remedies established for employees shall be diminished by any federal, state, or local law, collective bargaining agreement, or employment benefits program or plan.

This bill is similar to HB 1070 (2023).
Last Action:
04/22/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB1799 - Specifies that no more than twenty percent of land within a county may be collectively owned by the state, a county, and municipalities
Sponsor: Rep. Ron Copeland (R)
Summary: HB 1799 -- PUBLIC LAND

SPONSOR: Copeland

This bill specifies that in any 3rd or 4th class county in which the federal government, the state, the county, and the municipalities collectively own at least 20% of all real property, any state agency or political subdivision, except agencies with Constitutional authority to acquire real property, is prohibited from purchasing or receiving by donation, gift, bequest or any other method any additional property unless the county commission adopts a resolution in support of the purchase.

This bill is similar to HB57 (2023) and HCS HB 1758 (2022).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Referred to House Committee on Rural Community Development

HB1800 - Modifies provisions relating to criminal history background checks
Sponsor: Rep. Ron Copeland (R)
Summary: HCS HB 1800 -- CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

SPONSOR: Copeland

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass with HCS" by the Standing Committee on Professional Registration and Licensing by a vote of 8 to 0.

The following is a summary of the House Committee Substitute for HB 1800.

This bill modifies provisions related to criminal background checks.

This bill specifies that, if an application for a license or permit requires a fingerprint submission, the applicant must submit his or her fingerprint to the State Highway Patrol (MSHP) for the purpose of undergoing State and Federal criminal background check. The following boards, commissions, departments, divisions, and committees are listed in the bill:

(1) The State Board of Education, for applicants seeking certificates to teach or substitute teach in public schools and as otherwise required by law;

(2) The Department of Health and Senior Services, for applicants seeking licensure as an emergency medical technician, an advanced emergency medical technician, or a paramedic, or seeking certification as an emergency medical technician-community paramedic;

(3) The Medicaid Audit and Compliance Unit of the Department of Social Services, for a provider seeking to be enrolled as a MO HealthNet provider for the purpose of providing MO HealthNet services;

(4) The State Committee of Interpreters, for applicants seeking licensure as an interpreter or seeking temporary license to practice as an interpreter;

(5) The Department of Revenue, for applicants seeking licensure as a new motor vehicle franchise dealer, used motor vehicle dealer, powersport dealer, wholesale motor vehicle dealer, motor vehicle dealer, public motor vehicle auction, recreational motor vehicle dealer, trailer dealer, boat dealer, manufacturer, or boat manufacturer;

(6) The Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, for applicants seeking a liquor license or permit; (7) The Missouri Board of Occupational Therapy, for applicants seeking licensure as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant;

(8) The State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts, for applicants seeking licensure as a clinical perfusionist or provisional licensed clinical perfusionist, and for applicants seeking a permanent, temporary, or limited license as a physician or assistant physician, and applicants seeking licensure as an anesthesiologist assistant or a temporary license to practice as an anesthesiologist assistant, and for applicants seeking permanent or temporary license as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant, and applicants seeking licensure as an athletic trainer, and for applicants seeking a license or temporary license as a physician assistant, and applicants seeking a license or provisional license as an audiologist, an audiology aide, a speech- language pathologist, a speech-language pathology aide, or a speech-language pathology assistant;

(9) The Board of Therapeutic Massage, for applicants seeking a license, provisional license, or student license as a massage therapist;

(10) The State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, for applicants seeking licensure as an acupuncturist or to practice chiropractic;

(11) The Board of Private Investigator and Private Fire Investigator Examiners, for applicants seeking licensure as a private investigator or private fire investigator;

(12) The State Board of Accountancy, for applicants seeking licensure as a certified public accountant or seeking permit for a certified public accounting firm;

(13) The State Board of Podiatric Medicine, for applicants seeking a permanent or temporary license to practice podiatric medicine or seeking a permanent podiatric medicine license with ankle certification;

(14) The Missouri Dental Board, for applicants seeking licensure as a dentist, a dental specialist, a volunteer dentist, a temporary dentist, a dental hygienist, or a volunteer dental hygienist, or for applicants seeking a limited dental teaching license or a dental faculty permit;

(15) The Board for Respiratory Care, for applicants seeking licensure as a respiratory care practitioner, and applicants seeking an educational or temporary permit to practice respiratory care;

(16) The State Board of Nursing, for applicants seeking licensure to practice as a registered nurse, practical nurse, or advanced practice registered nurse, and for those seeking employment with the Board;

(17) The State Board of Optometry, for applicants seeking licensure as an optometrist;

(18) The State Committee of Psychologists, for applicants seeking licensure as a licensed psychologist or provisional licensed psychologist, or seeking a temporary license to practice as a psychologist, and applicants seeking licensure, provisional licensure, or temporary licensure as a behavior analyst or assistant behavior analyst;

(19) The Committee for Professional Counselors, for applicants seeking licensure as a licensed or provisional licensed professional counselor;

(20) The State Committee for Social Workers, for applicants seeking a license or temporary permit to practice as a licensed clinical social worker, licensed advanced macro social worker, master social worker, or licensed baccalaureate social worker;

(21) The State Committee of Marital and Family Therapists, for applicants seeking licensure or provisional licensure as a marital and family therapist;

(22) The Board of Pharmacy, for applicants seeking licensure to practice as a pharmacist or temporary pharmacist, an intern pharmacist, a wholesale drug distributor, third-party logistics provider, drug outsourcer, seeking a permit for the practice of pharmacy described in Section 338.220, RSMo, seeking a certificate of registration as a pharmacy technician, or seeking a permit for work as a wholesale drug distributor facility manager-in-charge, wholesale drug distributor facility manager or owner, or third- party logistics provider facility manager or owner;

(23) The Missouri Real Estate Commission, for applicants seeking licensure as a real estate broker, real estate salesperson, or real estate broker-salesperson;

(24) The Missouri Real Estate Appraisers Commission, for applicants seeking licensure or certification as a state-certified residential real estate appraiser, residential appraiser trainee, general real estate appraiser, or general appraiser trainee, or a state-licensed real estate appraiser or appraiser trainee, or an appraisal management company or a controlling person of an appraisal management company;

(25) The Department of Commerce and Insurance, for applicants seeking a license, or renewal of license, as a general bail bond agent, a bail bond agent, or a surety recovery agent;

(26) The Division of Professional Registration, for applicants seeking licensure as an athlete agent;

(27) The Division of Finance, for applicants seeking licensure as a mortgage loan broker or mortgage loan originator;

(28) The Supreme Court of Missouri, for applicants seeking admission or reinstatement to the state bar for the purpose of licensure to practice law as attorneys and counselors in this state; and

(29) The Department of Natural Resources, for applicants seeking to be employed or to volunteer with the Department.

The fingerprints and any required fees will be sent to the MSHP central repository and will be forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The MSHP will notify the respective agency, board, or other oversight body of their applicants' criminal history or lack thereof.

This bill is similar to SCS SB 875 (2024).



The following is a summary of the public testimony from the committee hearing. The testimony was based on the introduced version of the bill.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that we need this bill and it will bring our state into compliance with the FBI's background check requirements. We need to make sure we are doing complete background checks that show criminal histories in other states.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative Copeland; Alexander R. Vivas, Missouri State Highway Patrol; and the Missouri Division of Professional Registration.

OPPONENTS: Those who oppose the bill say that this is a violation of our right to privacy. Applicants should not have to submit their fingerprints in order to have a profession.

Testifying in person against the bill was 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.
Last Action:
04/03/2024 
H - Reported Do Pass

HB1803 - Increases aggregate investment amount that the state treasurer may invest in linked deposits and changes disbursement criteria for eligible parties.
Sponsor: Rep. Terry Thompson (R)
Summary: HB 1803 -- STATE TREASURER'S AUTHORITY TO INVEST

This bill raises the aggregate amount that the State Treasurer may invest in linked deposits, so that the total amount deposited at any one time does not exceed $1.2 billion. Currently, the cap is $800 million. The bill specifies that the aggregate deposits will be used for linked deposits to eligible small businesses in addition to the businesses currently allowed. Currently, there is a maximum dollar amount that can be deposited in linked deposits applicable to the various businesses; this bill changes the maximum to a percentage of the aggregate deposit.
Last Action:
04/18/2024 
S - Laid out for consideration

HB1806 - Prohibits zero-tolerance policies or practices of discipline in public schools
Sponsor: Rep. Ian Mackey (D)
Summary: HB 1806 -- ZERO-TOLERANCE POLICY

SPONSOR: Mackey

This bill requires school districts to prohibit any zero-tolerance disciplinary policy. Zero-tolerance discipline that results in an automatic disciplinary consequence without reviewing each pupil in a case by case manner is prohibited.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1807 - Prohibits educational institutions from mandating COVID-19 vaccines or gene therapy
Sponsor: Rep. Kurtis Gregory (R)
Summary: HB 1807 -- MEDICAL MANDATES IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

SPONSOR: Gregory

Beginning in the 2024-25 school or academic year this bill prohibits school districts, public schools, and institutions of higher education from requiring any employee or student to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or gene therapy treatment in order to be physically present at any events, premises, or facilities.

Additionally, a vaccine or gene therapy treatment may not be required as a condition for employment or for acceptance as a student. Testing for COVID-19 may not be done without written consent of the school employee, student, or in the case of a minor student, by all parents or guardians. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development are authorized to investigate and report violations and penalty provisions as outlined in the bill.

The bill allows civil action to be taken against an individual who violates the provisions of this section for any physical, mental or emotional injury.

This bill is similar to SB 159 and HB 1347 (2023) and to HB 1475 (2022)
Last Action:
03/06/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB1810 - Establishes a fund for matching school district expenditures of reserve moneys to increase teacher salaries
Sponsor: Rep. Louis Riggs (R)
Summary: HB 1810 -- GRANTS TO INCREASE TEACHERS SALARIES

SPONSOR: Riggs

This bill creates the "Matching Grants for Teachers Plan" and a subsequent fund in the State Treasury. The purpose of the plan will be to provide a grant match of up to $1 million for any school district that uses district's reserves to solely increase teacher salaries. The bill provides guidance to districts to prevent district reserves from being exhausted.

This bill is similar to HB 578 (2023).
Last Action:
04/04/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB1812 - Authorizes an income tax deduction for amounts paid towards tangible personal property taxes
Sponsor: Rep. Louis Riggs (R)
Summary: HB 1812 -- DEDUCTION FOR AMOUNTS PAID FOR PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX

SPONSOR: Riggs

Beginning January 1, 2025, a qualified taxpayer shall be allowed a deduction from the taxpayer's Missouri adjusted gross income in an amount equal to 100% of all tangible personal property taxes actually paid by the qualified taxpayer in a given tax year on all tangible personal property taxes owed.

Only the amounts of such personal property taxes actually paid by the taxpayer shall qualify for the deduction and only if such amounts are paid during the tax year for which this deduction is claimed. No deduction shall be claimed for the amount of tangible personal property tax that has been or is used in obtaining a state tax credit, exemption, subtraction, or a different deduction.

This bill is similar to HB 1097 (2023).
Last Action:
03/07/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB1815 - Requires an audit of all state departments every four years
Sponsor: Rep. Louis Riggs (R)
Summary: HB 1815 -- AUDIT OF STATE DEPARTMENTS

SPONSOR: Riggs

This bill requires independent performance audits for economy and efficiency to be conducted once every four years on each state department, the General Assembly, the judiciary, and executive branch offices. The Office of Administration shall solicit bids and select an independent auditor. Results of these audits must be posted on the public website of each public agency.

This bill is the same as HB 310 (2023) and HB 2507 (2022).
Last Action:
02/28/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB1817 - Provides a sales tax exemption for sales of certain medical devices
Sponsor: Rep. Lisa Thomas (R)
Summary: HB 1817 -- SALES TAX EXEMPTION OF CERTAIN MEDICAL DEVICES

SPONSOR: Thomas

This bill authorizes a sales tax exemption for sales of class III medical devices that use electric fields for the purposes of treating cancer, including components, repair parts, and disposable or single-patient-use supplies required for such devices.

Current law provides a sales tax exemption for certain durable medical equipment as defined on January 1, 1980, by the federal Medicare program. This bill removes the reference to January 1, 1980.

Additionally, current law provides a sales tax exemption for the sales or rental of manual and powered wheelchairs, including parts. The bill also applies the exemption to accessories for such wheelchairs.

This bill is similar to HCS HB 154 (2023) and HB 1864 (2022).
Last Action:
02/01/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass

HB1820 - Authorizes and establishes standards for virtual schools or programs administering statewide assessments
Sponsor: Rep. Ed Lewis (R)
Summary: HB 1820 -- ASSESSMENT OF VIRTUAL SCHOOL STUDENTS

SPONSOR: Lewis (6)

This bill provides that any virtual school or program that is part of the Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program may administer any statewide assessment virtually.

The bill outlines requirements for such virtual assessments, including the monitoring of students via a camera and the maintaining of a student-to-proctor ratio that is targeted at 10-1 or lower.

This bill is similar to SB 1049 from (2024).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1821 - Modifies provision relating to solid waste permits
Sponsor: Rep. Ed Lewis (R)
Summary: HB 1821 -- SOLID WASTE PERMITTING

SPONSOR: Lewis (6)

Currently, a permit is not required to operate a waste stabilization lagoon, settling pond or other water treatment facility that has a valid permit form the Clean Water Commission. This bill modifies the facilities that are exempted from permitting.

The bill also specifies that solid waste permits are not transferable and any subsequent assignee, purchaser, or transferee must submit a new application to the department and comply with all public notice, public meeting, financial disclosure, background check and financial assurance requirements.

Any facility that accepts and stores solid wastes and that formerly operated under a fertilizer distributor permit issued by the Fertilizer Control Board must apply for solid waste permits from the Department of Natural Resources.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1822 - Requires all state departments to report the cost of complying with federal regulations to the department of economic development
Sponsor: Rep. Louis Riggs (R)
Summary: HB 1822 -- COST OF COMPLYING WITH FEDERAL REGULATIONS

SPONSOR: Riggs

Beginning September 1, 2024, this bill requires all state departments to report, on a quarterly basis, the cost of complying with federal regulations to the Department of Economic Development. The reports must be delivered to the General Assembly and made public on the Department's website.

This bill is the same as HB 313 (2023) and HB 2713 (2022).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1823 - Requires public schools to provide annual instruction and training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid for choking to high school pupils
Sponsor: Rep. Dave Griffith (R)
Summary: HB 1823 -- CPR INSTRUCTION AND TRAINING

SPONSOR: Griffith

Currently, school districts must provide a minimum of 30 minutes of CPR and Heimlich maneuver training before graduation. This bill requires that beginning in the 2024-25 school year all high schools students will receive a minimum of 30 minutes of such training per year.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1824 - Authorizes a tax credit for certain railroad expenses
Sponsor: Rep. Travis Smith (R)
Summary: HB 1824 -- QUALIFIED RAILROAD INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS

SPONSOR: Smith (155)

Beginning January 1, 2025, eligible taxpayers may claim a nonrefundable tax credit of an amount equal to 50% for qualified railroad track expenditures, or for new qualified rail infrastructure expenditures.

Such tax credits shall not exceed the following limits:

(1) Railroad track expenditures: not to exceed an amount equal to the product of $5,000 multiplied by the number of miles of railroad track owned or leased by the state; or

(2) New rail infrastructure expenditures: not to exceed $1 million for each new rail-served customer project of an eligible taxpayer.

An eligible taxpayer shall submit a Certificate of Eligibility to the Department of Economic Development describing all qualified expenditures. If the Department determines that such expenditures do qualify for the tax credit, the Department may issue the certificate to the taxpayer.

The cumulative amount of tax credits for qualified railroad track expenditures shall not exceed $4.5 million per year. If the amount exceeds $4.5 million, the tax credits shall be distributed in the order in which they are claimed. Any unused portion of such tax credit may be carried forward up to five subsequent tax years. An eligible taxpayer who earns a tax credit may transfer all or a portion of the unused credit by written agreement to any other eligible taxpayer during the year in which the credit is earned and the five years following.

The cumulative amount of tax credits for qualified new rail infrastructure expenditures shall not exceed $10 million per tax year. If the amount exceeds $4.5 million, the tax credits shall be distributed in the order in which they are claimed.

The Department of Economic Development shall submit an annual report to the General Assembly outlining tax credit transfers that take place each calendar year. The report will include a listing of the qualified railroad track and new rail infrastructure expenditures and a summary of the investments made by each eligible taxpayer.

This bill sunsets on December 31st, six years after the effective date. This bill is similar to HCS HB 657 (2023).
Last Action:
02/21/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB1827 - Modifies provisions for giving preference to Missouri companies in state contracts
Sponsor: Rep. Cyndi Buchheit-Courtway (R)
Summary: HB 1827 -- STATE CONTRACTS

SPONSOR: Buchheit-Courtway

Currently, in making purchases, the Commissioner of Administration shall give preference to commodities and tangible personal property produced within Missouri, as specified in the bill.

This bill adds Missouri-based business to the list of list of businesses that are given preference for purchases made by the state. A "Missouri-based business" is defined as a corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership, or limited liability partnership formed or domiciled in Missouri, whose principal place of business has a physical location within the state.

Currently, anyone authorized to make purchases for the state may give preference to Missouri products whenever competing bids, in their entirety, are comparable. This bill requires Missouri products or businesses to be giver preference.

The bill specifies that if a contract is terminated early due to any reason other than breach of contract, any remaining compensation and costs must be paid within 60 days of the termination date.
Last Action:
04/03/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass

HB1828 - Modifies provisions governing the minimum school term
Sponsor: Rep. Aaron McMullen (R)
Summary: HB 1828 -- FOUR DAY SCHOOL WEEK

SPONSOR: McMullen

This bill provides that school districts located wholly or partially in charter counties or cities with more than 30,000 inhabitants may adopt a four-day school week in lieu of a five-day school week for a period of 10 years and only by submitting to the qualified voters of the school district a ballot measure authorizing the same. Schools located wholly or partially in charter counties or cities with more than 30,000 inhabitants that adopted a four-day school week prior to July 1, 2023 may continue until the district adopts a different school week.

The bill modifies current provisions of law relating to the minimum school term and school day by requiring schools to have a minimum school term that consists of 1044 hours, or for school districts located wholly or partially in charter counties or cities with more than 30,000 inhabitants a minimum of 168 school days, unless the district has adopted a four-day school week, in which case it shall have a minimum of 142 school days.

This bill has a delayed effective date for multiple sections of July 1, 2025.

This bill is similar to HB 1417 from (2024).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1831 - Reduces the assessment percentage of certain real property
Sponsor: Rep. Aaron McMullen (R)
Summary: HB 1831 -- PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS

SPONSOR: McMullen

Currently, the subclasses of real property are assessed as follows:

(1) Residential property: 19% of its true value in money;

(2) Agricultural and horticultural property: 12% of its true value in money; and

(3) Utility, industrial, commercial, railroad, and all other property not included in Subclasses (1) and (2): 32% of its true value in money.

Beginning January 1, 2025, the subclasses of real property shall be assessed as follows:

(1) Residential property: 15% of its true value in money;

(2) Agricultural and horticultural property: 12% of its true value in money; and

(3) Utility, industrial, commercial, railroad, and all other property not included in Subclasses (1) and (2): 15%.



This bill is similar to SB 105 (2023).
Last Action:
02/21/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB1836 - Modifies provisions relating to the assessment of solar energy property
Sponsor: Rep. Aaron McMullen (R)
Summary: HCS HB 1836 -- SOLAR PROPERTY ASSESSMENT

SPONSOR: McMullen

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass with HCS" by the Special Committee on Property Tax Reform by a vote of 17 to 2.

The following is a summary of the House Committee Substitute for HB 1836.

Beginning January 1, 2025, the tax liability owed for solar energy property that was built or was contracted to sell power on or after August 9, 2022, but on or before December 31, 2024, must not exceed $1,000 per megawatt.

For all solar energy property that was built or was contracted to sell power on or after January 1, 2025, the liability must not exceed $2,000 per megawatt.

All solar property, including panels, racking systems, inverters and other related solar equipment, that was constructed and producing solar energy prior to August 9, 2022, constitutes its own separate subclass of tangible personal property and will be assessed and valued for the purposes of taxation at 3%.

This bill is similar to HB 1246 and SB 607 (2023).

The following is a summary of the public testimony from the committee hearing. The testimony was based on the introduced version of the bill.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that most solar projects operate at slight profit margins, and that as a result, many of those projects will fail. The solar project industry has no issue with paying tax on their products, but the rate of taxation should be fair, so as not to drive them out of business. Currently, there is no uniform standard of taxation on solar projects, which means that each county gets to set their own individual rate and manner. Supporters also say that municipalities across the State need renewable energy, and if there are not any solar projects nearby, then those municipalities have no choice but to purchase such energy from companies located much further away, which is more expensive, and reduces the overall efficiency of the energy that reaches those local municipalities.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative McMullen; Renew Missouri Advocates; Clean Grid Alliance; Strata Clean Energy; Jonathan Dolan, Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association; Arevon; and Renew Missouri Advocates. 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.
Last Action:
04/09/2024 
H - Reported Do Pass

HB1843 - Adds tobacco products and vapor products to the "Drug-Free Schools Act"
Sponsor: Rep. Sarah Unsicker (D)
Summary: HB 1843 -- DRUG FREE SCHOOLS ACT

SPONSOR: Unsicker

This bill adds tobacco products and vapor products to the current definition for "drugs" as used in Sections 161.500 to 161.508, RSMo. and included in the "Drug-Free Schools Program".

This bill is the same as HB 607 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1845 - Changes the laws regarding real property to require the filing of a certificate of value before transferring an interest in real property
Sponsor: Rep. Sarah Unsicker (D)
Summary: HB 1845 -- TAXATION OF PROPERTY

SPONSOR: Unsicker

Beginning January 1, 2025, this bill specifies that a recorder of deeds cannot accept for recording any deed or instrument by which any interest in residential, commercial, or industrial real property within the state can be granted, assigned, transferred, or otherwise conveyed to or vested in any person unless the deed or instrument indicates that a completed Certificate of Value has been delivered to the Assessor. The Certificate of Value form must report specified information including the amount of the full actual consideration paid or to be paid, whether the transaction was at arm's length, and the actual or intended use of the property. A $10 filing fee is required.

Information contained in a Certificate of Value must be made available to the State Tax Commission for developing ratios, and for other statistical purposes or public proceedings. The Assessor is allowed to use the information for statistical purposes in implementing a general reassessment plan or an assessment and equalization maintenance plan. The required financial data need not be provided on a Certificate of Value for a transfer of title or other interest in residential, commercial, or industrial real property under specified situations.

This bill is the same as HB 615 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1847 - Expands the definition of special victim to include sports officials at a sporting event
Sponsor: Rep. Brad Pollitt (R)
Summary: HB 1847 -- SPORTS OFFICIALS

SPONSOR: Pollitt

This bill expands the definition of "special victim" under Section 565.002, RSMo, to include sports officials at a sporting event while performing their duties as sports officials.

This bill is the same as HB 1883 (2022) and HB 102 (2021).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1851 - Changes provisions governing the statewide assessment system for public schools
Sponsor: Rep. Paula Brown (D)
Summary: HCS HB 1851 -- STATEWIDE ASSESSMENT SYSTEM FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS

SPONSOR: Brown (87)

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass with HCS" by the Standing Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education by a vote of 13 to 1.

The following is a summary of the House Committee Substitute for HB 1851.

This bill modifies language relating to the Statewide Assessment System by requiring that the State Board of Education (SBE) make the system student-centered and use assessments across the school year that support teaching, learning, and program improvement, so that a summative profile is developed of the student's learning.

The bill replaces current language with an updated specified list describing what the assessment system should be comprised of, including but not limited to: aligning to state standards; accessing to national norms, measuring growth during and across years; and shall only be used for the purpose of compliance with federal law.

The bill additionally repeals existing language relating to exemplary levels and the "Outstanding School Waivers", and requires the SBE to identify and recognize a minimum of two national school accreditation agencies and allows for districts that have an accreditation from either of the national agencies to be considered fully accredited for state purposes.

Beginning with the 2026-27 school year, schools must create ways to measure student learning that are meaningful and relate to students' real-life experiences. These measures can include things like portfolios, assessments based on performance, and projects with public demonstrations.

The local measures should:

(1) Be authentic to what students are learning;

(2) Keep students engaged;

(3) Provide feedback to students;

(4) Involve a variety of partners in the development; and

(5) Be available for the community to see. These assessments and systems should be developed with the input of teachers, administrators, students, parents, and the community to give a complete picture of student learning and meet statewide academic standards.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) may offer feedback and support by creating model units with embedded assessments or identifying high-quality curricula. The results of these assessments may be added to the school report card, along with any comments from the Department's review.

The bill modifies the school accountability report card requirements and allows local assessment results and local quality indicators to be included. This bill further modifies the reporting elements to include among other data points student growth, charter school tax rate and operating budget, and criteria relating to the federal accountability system.

The bill defines "Grade-level equivalence", a metric developed and used by DESE to show a student's proximity to doing grade-level work, and requires DESE to establish panels to review and revise the performance-level descriptors for each academic subject and grade level. The bill identifies and describes the performance level descriptors as: advanced; proficient, grade level, basic, and below basic with specified characteristics for each level.

Beginning in the 2025-26 school year and in each subsequent year the school accountability report card must provide each student's grade-level equivalence as measured on the statewide assessment. Data relating to the grade-level equivalence must be searchable on a building-by-building, school-by-school, district-by-district, and statewide level. Such data must display a percentage of students at grade level or above for each level, provided that no data will disclose personal identification of any student except to a student's parent.

The bill requires the SBE to identify and recognize by July 1, 2025, a minimum of two national school accreditation agencies and beginning in the 2027-28 school year allow for districts that have an accreditation from either of the national agencies to be considered fully accredited for state purposes.

The bill modifies provisions of the School Turnaround Program to reflect updates to the State Accountability System and to provide comprehensive support and improvement schools or targeted support and improvement schools with assistance. The bill repeals Section 162.084, RSMo relating to required mailings and reporting for districts or charter schools that are in the bottom 5% on the annual performance report.

This bill includes HB 1756 (2024).

The following is a summary of the public testimony from the committee hearing. The testimony was based on the introduced version of the bill.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that this bill provides a sense of structure to accreditation and that is important to have tied to accountability however having it tied to assessments missed the point of assessments which are to drive instruction. Having national accreditation standards allows a better comparison between districts and allows districts to stop teaching to a test that isn't as valuable because it is not a locally controlled product and has too much DESE influence.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative Brown; Armorvine; Missouri NEA; Coop School Districts of Greater of Kansas City; Dava-Leigh Brush, Missouri Equity Ed Partnership Action; and Missouri Council Of School Administrators.

OPPONENTS: The was not 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.
Last Action:
03/11/2024 
H - Returned to committee: House-Elementary and Secondary Education

HB1852 - Requires implementation of health and safety measures in public schools
Sponsor: Rep. Tara Peters (R)
Summary: HB 1852 -- HEALTH AND SAFETY STANDARDS IN PUBLIC SCHOOL

SPONSOR: Peters

Beginning with the 2024-25 school year this bill requires that each school campus in the state install automated external defibillators (AEDs). School personnel shall be trained annually on the use of an AED beginning in the 2024-25 school year. Specifications for the AED are provided in the bill, and school districts must designate personnel to maintain and ensure availability of the AED. The location for AEDs shall include high traffic areas and easily accessible locations. Schools must appoint a program coordinator to be responsible for administration of the AED program and perform additional duties as outlined in the bill.

The bill requires appropriate training to meet standards set by the American Heart Association, and such training counts for professional development requirements (Section 160.111, RSMo).

The bill also expands existing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training requirements for employees beginning in the 2024-25 school year to include training on AEDs. Trained employees shall be held harmless and immune for any civil liability for the use of an AED in good faith if they follow standard medical practice (Section 167.624).

The bill requires that beginning with the 2024-25 school year instruction in CPR shall include appropriate training in the use of AEDs (Section 170.310).

The bill requires that beginning with the 2024-25 school year instruction in preventing opioid use and training on the proper administration of naloxone shall be provided to all students during the pupil's four years of high school. Any staff teaching such course must be certified in Narcan administration.

The bill creates the "Public Access to Naloxone (Narcan) Kits Act" and requires that any individual or entity that acquires naloxone must ensure such kits are maintained and inspected. The bill requires school districts and charter schools to develop and implement a program to educate and train pupils and employees on the use and administration of naloxone, and allows the district or charter school to require the completion of the program to be a requirement for graduation (Section 170.321).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1855 - Establishes provisions relating to civil liability for publishing or distributing material harmful to minors on the internet
Sponsor: Rep. Brad Banderman (R)
Summary: HB 1855 -- INTERNET PORNOGRAPHY

SPONSOR: Banderman

This bill establishes that any commercial entity that knowingly or intentionally publishes or distributes material harmful to minors, as defined in the bill, through a website shall verify that any person attempting to access such material is 18 years of age or older.

Any commercial entity in violation of this section is subject to civil liability for damages resulting from a minor's access to such material and reasonable attorney's fees and costs.

This section does not impose an obligation or liability on a provider or user of an interactive computer service on the Internet.
Last Action:
03/12/2024 
H - Superseded by HB 1993

HB1856 - Authorizes counties and other political subdivisions to grant real property tax credits to eligible taxpayers with homesteads
Sponsor: Rep. Danny Busick (R)
Summary: HB 1856 -- HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX CREDIT

SPONSOR: Busick

Currently, eligible senior citizens may receive a credit against real property taxes in an amount equaling the difference between the taxpayer's real property tax liability on the taxpayer's homestead, minus the real property tax liability on the homestead in the year that the taxpayer became eligible for the credit.

Eligible senior citizens must be:

(1) A Missouri resident;

(2) Eligible for Social Security retirement benefits;

(3) An owner of record of a homestead or have a legal or equitable interest in such property; and

(4) Liable for the payment of real property taxes on such homestead.

Any county that is authorized to impose a property tax may grant a credit described above either by way of an ordinance or ballot petition. The procedures for an ordinance or ballot petition are described in current statute.

This bill designates two separate categories of the existing homestead property tax credit: a "county real property tax credit", which shall be administered by the governing body of a county; and a "political subdivision real property tax credit", which shall be administered by the governing body of a political subdivision.

COUNTY REAL PROPERTY TAX CREDIT

When a county imposes a real property tax upon an eligible taxpayer's homestead, the county may grant a county real property tax credit to a taxpayer residing within said county, subject to the following:

(1) The county adopts an order or ordinance to grant the tax credit;

(2) No tax credit shall be awarded for any tax year prior to adoption of an order or ordinance;

(3) No tax credit shall be awarded to a taxpayer for any tax year prior to the taxpayer becoming eligible; (4) The tax credit shall be only for current real property taxes assessed against a taxpayer's homestead in the current tax year.

(5) A political subdivision shall not grant a county real property tax credit, nor shall a county grant a political subdivision real property tax credit created by any other political subdivision's authority to impose a tax on real property in such county.

POLITICAL SUBDIVISION REAL PROPERTY TAX CREDIT

The bill defines a "political subdivision" as local public entity that:

(1) Is not a county;

(2) Is created by the Missouri Constitution or General Assembly;

(3) Exercises governmental functions; and

(4) Has the power to levy and impose taxes on real property.

When a political subdivision imposes a real property tax upon an eligible taxpayer's homestead, the political subdivision may grant a political subdivision real property tax credit to a taxpayer residing within said political subdivision, subject to the following:

(1) The political subdivision receives a petition signed by at least 10% of the number of registered voters of the political subdivision voting in the last election for a member of the governing body, calling for the governing body of the political subdivision to grant a political subdivision real property tax credit, in which case the governing body shall adopt an order or ordinance granting the tax credit at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the governing body;

(2) The order or ordinance shall not become effective unless the governing body submits to the registered voters residing within the political subdivision at a general municipal election or a state general, primary, or special election a proposal to authorize the governing body to grant the tax credit;

No tax credit shall be awarded for any tax year prior to adoption of an order or ordinance.

No tax credit shall be awarded to a taxpayer for any tax year prior to the taxpayer becoming eligible. The tax credit shall be only for current real property taxes assessed against a taxpayer's homestead in the current tax year.

A county shall not grant a political subdivision real property tax credit, nor shall a political subdivision grant a county real property tax credit created by any other political subdivision's authority to impose a tax on real property in such county.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1857 - Limits the availability of the design-build method to certain state and local entities
Sponsor: Rep. Danny Busick (R)
Summary: HB 1857 -- ARCHITECT REQUIREMENT

SPONSOR: Busick

Beginning August 28, 2024, all projects intending to use the design-build method under Sections 8.285 to 8.291 or Sections 67.5060 to 67.5070,RSMo, only a state political subdivision or a local political subdivision, as defined in subsection 2 of the bill, can be authorized to require the use of an architect for designing building or remodeling projects.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1863 - Changes a pilot agricultural education program in elementary schools to a statewide program
Sponsor: Rep. Adrian Plank (D)
Summary: HB 1863 -- AGRICULTURE EDUCATION

SPONSOR: Plank

This bill ends the current pilot program for agriculture education in elementary schools in the 2024-25 school year and requires that beginning in the 2025-26 school year the program be implemented by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education(DESE) statewide for all elementary schools. The Department shall convene a work group to develop academic performance standards as outlined in the bill and the State Board of Education shall adopt the standards for the 2025-26 school year and review such standards every 10 years to reflect best practices and trends.

This bill is similar to HB 1092 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1869 - Modifies provisions relating to investments of public employee retirement and pension systems, requiring divestment of fund holdings in certain Chinese entities or products
Sponsor: Rep. Dirk Deaton (R)
Summary: HB 1869 -- PUBLIC RETIREMENT AND PENSION SYSTEMS DIVESTMENT FROM CHINESE ENTITIES

SPONSOR: Deaton

As specified in the bill, after August 28, 2024, the public retirement and benefit systems shall not knowingly invest in a restricted entity or a restricted investment product, as these terms are defined in the bill, and shall divest any investment that the system has on behalf of a fund, defined in the bill, including particular investments publicly confirmed to be controlled by the People's Republic of China or the Chinese Communist Party.

Before December 1, 2024, and annually on or before December first of each subsequent year, the board is required to make a good faith effort to identify all restricted entities and restricted investment products in which the system holds an investment. The bill sets forth the time period and the percentages of the divestments in a restricted entity or a restricted investment product that the board determines needs to be removed from the fund.

On or before December 31, 2024, and annually on or before December 31st of each subsequent year, the board is required to submit a report to the General Assembly including the information that is specified in the bill.

The bill grants immunity from civil liability to the State and any political subdivision; its officers, agents, and employees; and the board and employees of a system for any act or omission related to the removal of an asset from a fund and indemnifies the system for all losses, costs, and expenses as detailed in the bill.

The divestment requirements included in the bill do not apply to private market funds as detailed in the bill.
Last Action:
04/02/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass

HB1871 - Creates provisions related to the maximum contaminant level of vinyl chloride in drinking water
Sponsor: Rep. Adam Schwadron (R)
Summary: HB 1871 -- DRINKING WATER

SPONSOR: Schwadron

Beginning January 1, 2025, this bill specifies that the maximum contaminant level (MCL) of vinyl chloride in drinking water can not exceed 1.8 part per billion (ppb). The bill also reduces the MCL by .2 ppb each year until it reaches 1 ppb starting January 1, 2029.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1880 - Requires health benefit plans to provide coverage for the treatment of obesity
Sponsor: Rep. Patty Lewis (D)
Summary: HB 1880 -- TREATMENT OF OBESITY COVERAGE

SPONSOR: Lewis (25)

Beginning January 1, 2025, health carriers or health benefit plans are required to provide coverage for the treatment of obesity and morbid obesity and the diseases and ailments caused by obesity and morbid obesity including, but not limited to, intensive family- based behavioral treatment, pharmacotherapy, and bariatric surgery. The services shall not be subject to any greater deductible or co- payment than any other health care service provided by the health benefit plan. This provision does not apply to supplemental insurance policies, as determined by the Director of the Department of Commerce and Insurance.

This bill is similar to HB 292 (2023) and HB 2385 (2022).
Last Action:
01/25/2024 
H - Referred to House Committee on Insurance Policy

HB1884 - Modifies provisions relating to income tax refunds
Sponsor: Rep. Patty Lewis (D)
Summary: HB 1884 -- INCOME TAX REFUNDS

SPONSOR: Lewis (25)

This bill expands the definition of a "state agency" to include municipalities with populations over 250,000 that may receive a taxpayer's tax refund, or any portion thereof, to set off a debt to that municipality, for eligible debts arising on or after January 1, 2025.

This bill is similar to HB 1241 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1890 - Establishes minimum teacher's salaries and provides grant moneys to assist school districts with increasing teacher salaries
Sponsor: Rep. Stephanie Hein (D)
Summary: HB 1890 -- MINIMUM TEACHER SALARY

SPONSOR: Hein

The current minimum teacher salary is $25,000 and for those teachers with a Master's Degree and 10 years of experience the minimum is $33,000. This bill raises the minimum in the 2025-26 school year to $38,000. For a teacher with a Master's Degree and 10 years of experience these minimums are raised to $44,000 with increases each year until the 2027-28 school year when the minimum shall be $46,000.

The bill creates the "Teacher Baseline Salary Grant Fund" and the "Teacher Baseline Salary Grant" program, Beginning in the 2025-26 school year through June, 30, 2028, districts may apply to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for grants to increase minimum teacher salaries.

This bill is the same as HB 1431 (2024) and similar to HB 2357 (2022).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1891 - Authorizes a tax credit to offset amounts paid on gun safety items
Sponsor: Rep. Stephanie Hein (D)
Summary: HB 1891 -- GUN SAFE TAX CREDIT

SPONSOR: Hein

Beginning January 1, 2025, this bill allows a taxpayer to claim a tax credit against the total amount paid for the purchase of firearm safes and firearm safety devices up to $500.

The tax credit claimed shall not exceed the amount of the taxpayer's tax liability.

The bill adds that the cumulative amount of tax credits allowed to all taxpayers shall not exceed $500,000 per year. If the amount of tax credits does exceed $500,000, authorization of tax credits will be based on the order in which credits are claimed.

No credit issued under the provisions of this bill shall be carried forward to the subsequent tax year, nor be assigned, transferred, or sold.

These provisions sunset on December 31st, six years after the effective date.

This bill is similar to HB 620 (2023) and HB 2040 (2022).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1895 - Establishes the Task Force on Juvenile Justice and Education
Sponsor: Rep. Raychel Proudie (D)
Summary: HB 1895 -- JUVENILE JUSTICE AND EDUCATION

SPONSOR: Proudie

This bill establishes the "Task Force on Juvenile Justice and Education", which is created to study and make recommendations on the processes, procedures, and protocols regarding education for adjudicated youth in Missouri. The task force consists of seven members, as specified in the bill. Four members are from the General Assembly and include one each to be appointed by the President Pro Tem of the Senate, the Minority Floor Leader of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Minority Floor Leader of the House of Representatives.

Members of the task force must be individuals who are actively involved in or have a well-documented interest in the fields of education, special education, or adjudicated youth. The task force must meet within two months of August 28, 2024, and submit a report on its findings to the Governor and to the General Assembly by December 31, 2024.

This bill is similar to HB 1226 (2023).
Last Action:
03/14/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB1899 - Requires certain public schools to offer breakfast after the bell
Sponsor: Rep. Raychel Proudie (D)
Summary: HB 1899 -- BREAKFAST AFTER THE BELL

SPONSOR: Proudie

This bill requires a public or charter school to offer "breakfast after the bell" as defined in the bill beginning in the 2024-25 school year if 70% or more of the school's students were eligible for free or reduced price meals in the previous year, the school uses the United States Department of Agriculture Community Eligibility Option, or the school has an individual site percentage for free or reduced price meals of 70% or more and is a Provision 2 school as described in 7 CFR 245.9.

Any school in which 70% or more of its students who are eligible for free or reduced price meals are already participating in the School Breakfast Program shall not be required to offer breakfast after the bell.

If a school initially required to offer breakfast after the bell falls below the 70% threshold the school must continue to offer breakfast after the bell for two consecutive years and if during the second year the school does not meet the requirements the school may stop serving breakfast after the bill at the end of the two-year period. If the school becomes eligible they must begin serving breakfast after the bill.

Schools shall offer breakfast after the bell to all students in the school, including students who arrive late or by a different mode of transportation than most students. Schools may choose a service model that best suits their students, including breakfast in the classroom or breakfast after first period.

Schools shall not be required to offer breakfast after the bell if the federal per-meal reimbursements for free or reduced price breakfasts are decreased below 2024 levels or if the program is eliminated by Congress.

The bill also requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to notify schools required to offer breakfast after the bell; recognize up to 15 minutes spent by students consuming breakfast as instructional time if the students receive instruction while consuming breakfast in the classroom; assist schools as specified in the bill; collect information as specified in the bill; and submit a report each year on or before December 31st, to the General Assembly on the implementation and effectiveness of the provisions of the bill.

This bill is similar to HB 446 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1900 - Prohibits certain discriminatory practices on the basis of race
Sponsor: Rep. Raychel Proudie (D)
Summary: HCS HBs 1900, 1591 & 2515 -- DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICES (Proudie)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Special Committee on Urban Issues

This bill creates the "Missouri Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (Missouri CROWN) Act", which governs discriminatory practices as they relate to protective hairstyles.

This bill specifies that no person shall be subjected to discrimination based on the person's hair texture or protective hairstyle, if that protective hairstyle or texture is commonly associated with a particular race or origin, in any program or activity conducted by an educational institution that receives or benefits from "State financial assistance", as that term is defined in the Act, or that enrolls pupils who receive State student financial aid; provided, however, that such institution may require the use of hair nets or coverings or may require that hair be secured for safety purposes in any career and technical training course or class to comply with safety regulations and standards of the course or class throughout the duration of the course or class.

The provisions of this bill do not apply to an educational institution that is controlled by a religious organization if the application of such provision would not be consistent with the religious tenets of that organization.
Last Action:
04/18/2024 
S - Referred to Senate Committee on Progress and Development

HB1904 - Modifies the offense of abuse or neglect of a child
Sponsor: Rep. Josh Hurlbert (R)
Summary: HB 1904 -- CHILDHOOD INDEPENDENCE ACT

SPONSOR: Hurlbert

This bill modifies provisions relating to the offense of abuse or neglect of a child.

As specified in this bill, a person does not commit the offense of abuse or neglect of a child by virtue of the sole fact that the person allows the child to engage in independent activities without adult supervision, and that the person is a parent or guardian to the child, provided that:

(1) Independent activities are appropriate based on the child's age, maturity, and physical and mental abilities; and

(2) The lack of adult supervision does not constitute conduct that is so grossly negligent as to endanger the child's health or safety.

As defined in the bill, "independent activities" include traveling to or from school or nearby locations, either by bicycle or on foot; playing outdoors; or remaining at home for a reasonable period of time without adult supervision.
Last Action:
01/30/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB1905 - Establishes provisions relating to the participation of elementary and secondary school students in nontraditional educational settings
Sponsor: Rep. Josh Hurlbert (R)
Summary: HB 1905 -- ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY STUDENTS

SPONSOR: Hurlbert

The bill defines a "Family-Led Educational eXperience (FLEX) school" or "FLEX school" as a school that meets certain criteria that also apply to home schools, except that a FLEX school may enroll students who participate in the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Program or activities offered by a public school district. The definition of "home school" is modified to exclude students who participate in such Program or activities. The bill modifies certain provisions of law to include FLEX schools in provisions that also apply to home schools. The bill also modifies the definition of "qualified schools" in provisions relating to the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Program to include FLEX schools instead of home schools. However, any state laws or regulations that apply to the Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Program shall not apply to FLEX school students who do not participate in such Program. The bill specifies that no state agency shall have regulatory oversight or rulemaking authority over FLEX schools unless such oversight or authority is specifically delegated under state law. Public schools, state agencies and employees, and certain private entities shall not refer to FLEX schools or to publicly funded programs, including but not limited to virtual school programs, as home schooling. Additionally, public schools, state agencies and employees, and certain private entities shall not refer to students who are enrolled in an attendance center of a public school district, including full-time virtual school programs, students who receive education funding from the state of Missouri, or students who participate in the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Program, as home schooled students.

The bill prohibits school districts from being a member of any activity association that restricts FLEX school or virtual school students in participating in school activities. Districts may establish attendance policies for rehearsals, practice, and training sessions and enforce an academic and discipline policy.

The bill provides an attendance excuse for students that are unable to attend due to mental or behavioral health concerns, provided that the school receives documentation from a mental health professional.

The bill repeals a section of law that provides for school attendance officers.

This bill is similar to HCS SS SCS SB 411 & 230 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1906 - Modifies provisions relating to the assessed valuation of real property
Sponsor: Rep. Darin Chappell (R)
Summary: HCS HB 1906 -- REAL PROPERTY VALUATION ASSESSMENTS

SPONSOR: Chappell

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass with HCS" by the Special Committee on Property Tax Reform by a vote of 21 to 2.

The following is a summary of the House Committee Substitute for HB 1906.

Beginning January 1, 2025, the true value in money of real property maintained and used by the owner as a primary residence for assessment purposes will be equal to the most recent purchase price of such real property. Such true value in money shall be the true value in money for all subsequent assessments until the next sale of such property.

As specified in the bill, if a homeowner makes additions or improvements to the property, and those additions or improvements increase the value of said property by 50% or more, the homeowner must notify the assessor. The assessor must then establish a new assessed valuation, which will be the true value in money for all subsequent assessments until the next sale of such property.

If the sale of a piece of real estate results in a transaction that is below market value, the assessor must provide evidence to the Board of Equalization or other equivalent entity that such sale price should not be used as the new true value in money for assessment purposes.

Participation in the assessment process is optional. If a homeowner wishes to participate in the assessed valuation provisions as specified in this bill, such owner may opt in by notifying the assessor's office, and the homeowners' real property must be assessed under the assessment process in existence on or before December 31, 2024.

This bill is the same as HB 1078 (2023).

The following is a summary of the public testimony from the committee hearing. The testimony was based on the introduced version of the bill.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that the State is not supposed to tax unrealized gains, and yet that is what happens when homeowner's real estate taxes increase because of rising home values. As a result, many people are being taxed out of their homes. Supporters further say that most homeowners are unaware of why or by how much the value of their property is rising, but that this bill would treat all property owners equally.

Testifying in person for the bill was Representative Chappell.

OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Testifying in person against the bill was Lisa Pannett, Armorvine.

OTHERS: Others testifying on the bill say if the price at which a home is sold is not a required disclosure, this will negatively affect companies or investors when they evaluate the price-to-sales ratio.

Testifying in person on the bill was Kenneth Mohr, Boone County Assessor's Office.



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.
Last Action:
04/10/2024 
H - Reported Do Pass

HB1911 - Establishes the "Missouri Parental Choice Tax Credit Act" relating to a tax credit for certain educational expenses
Sponsor: Rep. Doug Richey (R)
Summary: HB 1911 -- EDUCATION TAX CREDIT

SPONSOR: Richey

This bill establishes the "Missouri Parental Choice Tax Credit Act" and provides a tax credit to parents/guardians of any "qualified student" enrolling in a "qualified school" as defined in the bill.

The amount of the tax credit set forth in the bill is for eligible expenses which are outlined and include the cost of tuition and fees at qualified schools. Such tax credit shall not exceed the lesser of the eligible qualified expenses or the state adequacy target for each tax year.

The bill outlines specific provisions for claiming the tax credit along with eligibility restrictions. Taxpayers participating in the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Program are ineligible. Tax credits are refundable but not transferable. This program sunsets six years after the effective date.
Last Action:
02/26/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB1912 - Modifies provisions relating to the taxation of pass-through entities
Sponsor: Rep. Mike McGirl (R)
Summary: HB 1912 -- TAXATION OF PASS-THROUGH ENTITIES (McGirl)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Standing Committee on Ways and Means

Currently, the law authorizes a taxpayer to claim a tax credit for income tax paid to another state on income that is also taxable in Missouri. This bill allows S Corporation shareholders to take a similar tax credit for the shareholder's share of the S Corporation's income derived from sources in another state.

Currently, the SALT Parity Act allows for an alternative method for the taxation of income in pass-through entities, as well as a tax credit against those sources of income tax. Current law also allows a taxpayer to reduce his or her tax burden through use of the federal business income deduction. This bill would alter such calculation by allowing the use of the Missouri state business income deduction instead.

This bill also allows a member of an affected business entity to opt-out of the SALT Parity Act's taxation methods . If one or more members opt-out, the affected business shall subtract the opt-out members' allocable income and deduction items. If a member does not file a timely opt-out election for a tax year, that member shall not be precluded from timely filing an opt-out election for subsequent tax years.

If a nonresident member choses to opt out, that nonresident shall agree to:

(1) File a return based on Missouri nonresident adjusted gross income and to make timely payment of taxes with respect to income of the affected business entity; and

(2) Be subject to personal jurisdiction in this state for purposes of tax collection with respect to the income of the affected business entity.

This bill also applies the SALT Parity tax credit to a fiduciary of an estate or trust that is also a member of an affected business entity.
Last Action:
04/22/2024 
S - Reported Do Pass

HB1913 - Modifies provisions relating to the "Missouri Working Family Tax Credit Act"
Sponsor: Rep. Travis Smith (R)
Summary: HB 1913 -- TAX CREDIT

SPONSOR: Smith (155)

Currently, a taxpayer is authorized to claim a tax credit equal to a percentage of the amount such taxpayer would receive under the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, and designating any amount of such tax credit that exceeds the taxpayer's tax liability as being non-refundable.

This bill makes any amount of the tax credit that exceeds the taxpayer's tax liability refundable.

This bill is similar to HB 1027 (2023) and SB 13 (Special 2022).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1917 - Requires hearing screenings for students
Sponsor: Rep. Jo Doll (D)
Summary: HB 1917 -- HEARING TESTS IN SCHOOLS

SPONSOR: Doll

Beginning in the 2025-26 school year, this bill requires that all schools, public, private, parochial, or parish, conduct a hearing screening for any student enrolled for the first time in kindergarten or 1st grade.

Schools must provide notice to parents before August 1st of each school year and hearing screenings must occur before November 1st. If hearing tests reveal a need for special education services additional assessments shall be conducted. Parents may present a certificate by a licensed physician in place of the required hearing test.

The bill requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in consultation with the Department of Health and Senior Services to develop a model hearing screening program and schools must adopt or adapt such hearing screening program policy.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1920 - Authorizes a sales tax exemption for the purchase of diapers and feminine hygiene products
Sponsor: Rep. Jo Doll (D)
Summary: HB 1920 -- TAX EXEMPTION FOR CERTAIN HYGIENE PRODUCTS

SPONSOR: Doll

This bill authorizes a sales tax exemption for all purchases of diapers, feminine hygiene products, and incontinence products, as each are defined in the bill.

This bill is similar to HB 351 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1922 - Requires any legislation originating in the House that adds a new requirement for public schools to include provisions that reduce an existing requirement for public schools
Sponsor: Rep. Herman Morse (R)
Summary: HB 1922 -- PUBLIC SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS

SPONSOR: Morse

This bill prohibits State Representatives from requesting, or any legislative employee from drafting, any legislation in the form of an act or joint resolution that expands or creates a new duty, mandate, or requirement, for public schools unless it is accompanied with a provision reducing or eliminating an existing duty, mandate, or requirement for public schools.

This bill is the same as HB 582 (2023) and HB 1626 (2022).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1923 - Allows private schools that meet state requirements for public school districts to receive public funding
Sponsor: Rep. Herman Morse (R)
Summary: HB 1923 -- PUBLIC FUNDING FOR PRIVATE SCHOOLS

SPONSOR: Morse

Beginning in the 2025-26 school year, any private school may receive state aid and local effort on a per pupil basis providing that such school follows all state requirements for public schools. Any private school that does not meet such requirements will not be allowed to receive state aid or local effort amounts.

This bill is similar to HB 768 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1930 - Establishes a sales tax exemption for livestock and agricultural trailers
Sponsor: Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R)
Summary: HB 1930 -- SALES TAX EXEMPTION

SPONSOR: Toalson Reisch

This bill exempts all sales of trailers used primarily for the transport of livestock or for other agricultural purposes from sales and use taxes. Additionally, the Department of Revenue shall create a form to be signed and submitted by the purchaser at the time of titling that states the trailer will primarily be used for the transport of livestock or for other agricultural purposes.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Referred to House committee on Agriculture Policy

HB1931 - Repeals provisions relating to prevailing wages on public works
Sponsor: Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R)
Summary: HB 1931 -- PREVAILING WAGE ON PUBLIC WORKS

SPONSOR: Toalson Reisch

Currently, contractors and subcontractors working on public works projects are required to pay employees the prevailing wage for the particular locality in which the project is being completed. This bill repeals such prevailing wage laws.

This bill is similar to HB 1244 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1935 - Establishes tax credits to revitalize Missouri downtowns and main streets
Sponsor: Rep. Travis Wilson (R)
Summary: HB 1935 -- REVITALIZING DOWNTOWNS AND MAIN STREETS

SPONSOR: Wilson

This bill creates the "Revitalizing Missouri Downtowns and Main Streets Act."

Beginning January 1, 2025, a taxpayer may submit an application to the Department of Economic Development to claim a credit against his or her state tax liability:

(1) Equal to 25% of qualified conversion expenditures, as defined in the bill, incurred for converting nonresidential property from office use to residential, retail, or other commercial use; or

(2) Equal to 30% of qualified conversion expenditures with respect to upper floor housing, as defined in the bill, incurred for converting nonresidential property from office use to residential, retail, or other commercial use.

Such tax credits shall be refundable, but may be carried back three years or carried forward 10 years. The total amount of tax credits shall not exceed $50 million in any fiscal year, and may also be transferred, sold, or assigned, as described in the bill.

Of the maximum amount of available tax credits 25% shall be solely for projects located in a qualified Missouri main street district, as defined in the bill. If the total amount of tax credits reserved for this purpose has already been authorized, projects located in a qualified Missouri main street district may receive tax credits from the remaining unreserved credits.

If the maximum amount of allowable tax credits is authorized in any given fiscal year, such maximum allowable amount shall be increased by the percentage increase in inflation. Tax credits authorized for qualified converted buildings of more than 750,000 square feet shall not count toward such maximum amount of annual tax credits, provided that no more than $50 million in tax credits shall be authorized for such buildings in a given fiscal year.

A taxpayer shall apply to the Department of Economic Development to receive tax credits. Such application shall be prioritized in the order of its submission, and shall include the following:

(1) Proof of ownership or site control, as described in the bill;

(2) Floor plans of the existing structure, architectural plans, and where applicable, plans of the proposed conversion of the structure, as well as proposed additions; (3) Estimated cost of conversion;

(4) Anticipated total costs of the project;

(5) Actual basis of the property, as shown by proof of actual acquisition costs;

(6) Anticipated labor costs;

(7) Estimated project start date;

(8) Estimated project completion date;

(9) Proof that the property is an eligible property;

(10) Copy of all land use and building approvals reasonably necessary for the commencement of the project; and

(11) Any other information that the Department may reasonably require to review the project for approval.

All taxpayers with approved applications shall submit, within 60 days following the award of tax credits, evidence of the taxpayer's capacity to finance the costs and expenses for the conversion of the eligible property. All approved applications shall commence conversion within nine months of the date of the letter from the Department granting the approval of the tax credits.

To receive a tax credit, a taxpayer with an approved application shall apply for final approval from the Department, which shall determine the final amount of qualified conversion expenditures and whether the completed rehabilitation meets all requirements.

The final application shall demonstrate that the taxpayer has:

(1) Substantially converted a qualified converted building; and

(2) Presented satisfactory evidence of any qualified conversion expenditures for the structure, as determined by the Department; and

(3) Turned over any other information reasonably requested by the Department.

On an annual basis, the Department shall determine the overall economic impact resulting from the rehabilitation of eligible property.
Last Action:
01/24/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB1936 - Establishes tax credits to revitalize facilities of historic significance
Sponsor: Rep. Travis Wilson (R)
Summary:

tr HCS HB 1936 -- FACILITIES OF HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE (Wilson)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Standing Committee on Economic Development

This bill modifies provisions relating to the Historic Preservation tax credit and renames it the "Missouri Historic, Rural Revitalization, and Regulatory Streamlining Act".

The bill specifies the applicable percentages for the rehabilitation of low income properties to receive a 25% State tax credit; properties located in a qualifying county approved for a State tax credit of 35%, and property not located in a qualifying county of a 25% tax credit.

Currently, any tax payer that incurs costs and expenses for the rehabilitation of eligible property, which is a certified historic structure or structure in a certified historic district, may receive a credit of 25% of the total costs and expenses of rehabilitation incurred after January 1, 1998, provided that the costs and expenses exceed 50% of the total basis in the property. The bill states that 10% of such total costs and expenses of rehabilitation upon which the tax credit is based may be incurred before the taxpayer submits an application for tax credits. For costs and expenses incurred for an eligible property in a qualifying county which is also a certified historic structure or a structure in a certified historic district, any taxpayer shall receive a credit in an amount equal to 35% of the total costs and expenses of rehabilitation on or after July 1, 2024. Of such total costs and expenses of rehabilitation upon which the tax credit is based, 10% may be incurred before the taxpayer submits an application for tax credits. The State historic rehabilitation standards must not be more restrictive than the Secretary of Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation.

The bill repeals reference to the amount of tax credits that the Department of Economic Development can approve for defined time periods. The amount of tax credits that the Department can approve is limited to $90 million in the aggregate for properties that are not located in a qualified census tract, as defined in the bill. The limitations do not apply to projects that receive less than $475,000 in tax credits, which number is annually adjusted to the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI index).

Currently, $30 million in tax credits is authorized for projects located in the qualified census tract. Under the bill, projects that receive a preliminary approval located in a qualified census tract may receive tax credits under the $90 million or $30 million categories but the $30 million tax credit category must first be applied. The $30 million tax credits that are allowed must be adjusted to the CPI index.

Currently, the eligible property is a non-income-producing single- family owner-occupied residential property and is either a certified historic structure or a structure in a certified historic district. Under the bill, on or after January 1, 2010, no more than $250,000 in tax credits may be issued for eligible costs and expenses incurred in the rehabilitation of a non-income-producing single-family residential property occupied by the taxpayer or any relative within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity of the applicant, that is either in a certified historic structure or a structure in a certified historic district. For properties that are not located in a qualifying county, to receive the tax credits the property should be located in a distressed community as specified in the bill.

The bill authorizes not-for-profit entities to be eligible for the tax credits and provides that the eligible taxpayers may transfer, sell, or assign the credits.

The bill requires the Department to establish an application cycle that allows for year-round submission and year-round receipt and review of the applications. The bill adds a requirement to be included in the application for approval, for proof that a property is an eligible property and a certified historic structure or a structure in a certified historic district or part 1 of a Federal application or a draft national register of historic places nomination that has been submitted to SHPO. Further, the bill modifies existing evaluation criteria for the Department to consider for the projected net fiscal benefit of the project to the State and local municipality to be calculated based upon reasonable methods that exclude proprietary computer models; and for the overall size and quality of the proposed project to factors indicated in the bill. However, said provisions do not apply to vacant schools or theaters or applications for projects to receive less than $475,000 in tax credits annually adjusted to the CPI index.

The bill authorizes a third party review to ensure compliance with the qualified rehabilitation standards. Further, the Department is required to promptly notify SHPO of each preliminary application for tax credits. The State Historic Preservation Act is to make its determination within 60 days of a taxpayer filing an initial application for tax credits. The bill specifies what evidence is to be considered in making such determination. If SHPO approves the application within 60 days, SHPO will forward any review comments to the National Park Service (NPS) and to the applicant. If SHPO fails to approve the application within 60 days the application will be forwarded to NPS without any comments. Conditions noted on the preliminary application or on part 2 of the Federal application are to be addressed as part of the final approval of the application.

The bill includes provisions relating to the submission of a phased rehabilitation project which includes information included in the bill. Upon approval of costs submitted and work completed on each phase of the project, the Department must issue 80% of the amount of the State tax credit. The remaining 20% of the tax credit is issued upon final approval. The bill includes language relating to a change in the scope of the project with material changes after approval of the application.

As specified in the bill, taxpayers are required to notify the Department of any loss of site control or failure to exercise any option of getting site control within 10 days of such loss or failure. The bill includes provisions relating to rescission of tax credits or that taxpayer's voluntary forfeiture of the approval. Taxpayers may voluntarily forfeit project approval at any time. The amount of tax credits authorized for such forfeited or rescinded project will be made available for other projects. If a taxpayer later submits an application for the same project, any expenditures which are incurred after the date of the rescinded or forfeited approval shall remain eligible expenditures for the purposes of determining the amount of tax credits.

The bill includes language governing the taxpayer's application for final approval by SHPO or an approved part 3 of the Federal application.

After completion of a project, the taxpayer is required to submit an application for the final approval of costs and issuance of tax credits. Within 120 days of receipt of such application, the Department must issue to the taxpayer tax credits in the amount of 75% of the total amount of tax credits for which the taxpayer is eligible based on the application for final approval, or 75% of the amount of tax credits approved under the initial application, including amounts approved based upon material change in the scope of the project, whichever is less. Within 120 days of receipt of an application for final approval with the materials, the Department must make a determination of final costs and the amount of tax credits to be issued, and must issue the balance of tax credits owed to the applicant and not issued in the initial tax credit issuance. If the amount initially issued exceeds the amount that the taxpayer is eligible for, as determined by the Department's final approval, the taxpayer must repay such excess amount to the Department. The bill sets forth appeals of any official decisions made by the Department or SHPO. An applicant or the applicant's duly authorized representative may appeal any official decision made by the Department with regard to the application submitted to an independent appeals officer or review panel as designated by the Department. This appeal must be submitted in writing within 30 days of the applicant's receipt of the decision being appealed.

The appeal is considered an administrative review of the decision and is not conducted as an adjudicative proceeding. There is an independent review panel consisting of members of the private sector and the Department. Further, an independent appeals officer will be the chair who receives the information relating to the appeal. Upon providing the information to SHPO or the Department, the latter may respond to the appeal within 30 days. The bill authorizes one meeting with the appeals officer or review panel with discretionary authority to schedule additional meetings. A decision is to be rendered no later than 90 days after the initial receipt of the appeal by the appeals officer or review panel. This bill is similar to HB 316 (2023).

Last Action:
04/24/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass

HB1937 - Modifies provisions related to proxy voting and fiduciary investment duties for certain public employee retirement and pension systems
Sponsor: Rep. Bill Owen (R)
Summary: HB 1937 -- PUBLIC EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT SYSTEMS

SPONSOR: Owen

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass" by the Standing Committee on Pensions by a vote of 6 to 3.

Currently, an investment fiduciary has to discharge his or her duties relating to the investment, reinvestment, and management of the assets of the system for the participants, based upon certain specified standards. This bill includes additional standards and provides that the investment fiduciary shall not consider environmental, social, or governance characteristics in a manner that overrides his or her fiduciary duties. Further, the investment fiduciary shall not be subject to legislative, regulatory, or other mandates to invest with environmentally, socially, or other noneconomically motivated influence unless they are consistent with the fiduciary's responsibilities, or divest from any direct holdings as specified in the bill.

The bill provides for voting of all shares of common stock solely to further the economic interest of the plan participants and prohibits voting to further noneconomic environmental, social, political, ideological, or other goals. The bill also specifies the methods for voting by proxy.

This bill is similar to HB 769 (2023).

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that this bill provides guardrails that current retirement boards already have in policy. This language will prevent a situation that may not have arisen yet but will address State pension funds and require them to focus on economic interests of the plan members.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative Owen; Opportunity Solutions Project; Missouri Lagers; Mike Moorefield, PSRS/PEERS; and the Missouri State Employees Retirement System. .

OPPONENTS: Those who oppose the bill say this bill is vague and does not have clearly defined terms. Companies that decide to make a decision based on a long-term vision of environmental impacts are doing so with a long-term outlook for financial benefit. Setting constraints on investments can create a negative impact on a retirement fund.

Testifying in person against the bill were Sierra Club Missouri Chapter; Peter Schneebergr, Sierra Club; and Arnie C. Dienoff. OTHERS: Others testifying on the bill say the current MoDoT retirement board is consistent with the intent of the bill but currently there is no policy in place exactly as the bill is written.

Testifying in person on the bill was the MoDoT & Patrol Employees Retirement System.



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.
Last Action:
03/28/2024 
H - Removed from House Hearing Agenda - House-Rules-Regulatory Oversight - 4/2/24 - 9:15 am - HR 1

HB1939 - Modifies the "Senior Citizen Property Tax Relief Credit" or "circuit breaker" tax credit by increasing the maximum upper limit amounts
Sponsor: Rep. Adrian Plank (D)
Summary: HB 1939 -- PROPERTY TAX RELIEF

SPONSOR: Plank

This bill amends statutes related to senior citizens property tax relief, also known as the Circuit Breaker tax credit.

This tax credit is available to eligible senior citizens and disabled veterans for a portion of their real estate taxes or rent that such individuals have paid for the year.

Currently, the tax credit is limited to qualifying taxpayers with an income of $27,500 or less in the case of a renter or part-year owner. An additional exemption of $2,000 is provided when a qualifying taxpayer's spouse resides at the same address, bringing the total credit to $29,500 for a married renter.

Currently, the tax credit is limited to qualifying taxpayers with an income of $30,000 or less in the case of a homestead owned and occupied by a claimant for the entire year. An additional exemption of $4,000 is provided when a qualifying taxpayer's spouse resides at the same address, bringing the total credit to $34,000 for a married homestead owner.

This bill increases such maximum income in the following manner:

For an unmarried renter: from $27,500, beginning January 1, 2025 $45,500

For a married renter: beginning January 1, 2025, the additional exemption is increased from $2,000 to $5,000 making the total credit $50,500

For an unmarried homeowner: from $30,000, beginning January 1, 2025 $50,000;

For a married homeowner: beginning January 1, 2025, the additional exemption is increased from $4,000 to $15,000 making the total credit now $65,000.
Last Action:
01/11/2024 
H - Referred to House-Special Committee on Property Tax Reform

HB1940 - Modifies provisions relating to school bus endorsements
Sponsor: Rep. Jim Kalberloh (R)
Summary: HB 1940 -- SCHOOL BUS ENDORSEMENTS

SPONSOR: Kalberloh

Currently, for persons 70 years and older who have school bus endorsements on their drivers license, the license is issued or renewed for only one year at a time, the renewal fee is waived, the school bus portion of the drivers license examination must be taken annually, and a commercial drivers license with a school bus endorsement must be issued annually.

This bill changes the age for these specific provisions to age 75 or over.

This bill contains an emergency clause.

This bill is the same as HB 806 (2023).
Last Action:
02/12/2024 
H - Reported Do Pass as substituted

HB1941 - Modifies provisions relating to charter schools
Sponsor: Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R)
Summary: HB 1941 -- CHARTER SCHOOLS

SPONSOR: Toalson Reisch

This bill expands the current limits on where charter schools may be operated without local school board sponsorship to include any school district that contains the city of Columbia.

This bill is similar to HB 1205 (2023).
Last Action:
01/29/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB1945 - Modifies provisions governing teacher externships
Sponsor: Rep. Brenda Shields (R)
Summary:

HB 1945 -- TEACHER EXTERNSHIPS (Shields)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Standing Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education

This bill repeals the sunset provision for the teacher externship program that was set to expire August 28th, 2024.

Last Action:
04/22/2024 
S - Referred to Senate-Select Committee on Empowering Missouri Parents and Children

HB1946 - Modifies provisions governing school safety
Sponsor: Rep. Brenda Shields (R)
Summary: HCS HB 1946 -- SCHOOL SAFETY

SPONSOR: Shields

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass with HCS" by the Standing Committee on Crime Prevention and Public Safety by a vote of 15 to 3, with 4 voting Present.

The following is a summary of the House Committee Substitute for HB 1946.

EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLAN (Section 160.480)

This bill requires school districts and charter schools to adopt a comprehensive emergency operations plan to address school safety, crises, and emergency operations. The plan shall be shared with local law enforcement, fire protection services and emergency management. Schools must ensure a physical security site assessment annually and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education(DESE) shall develop standards for the emergency operation plans.

STOP THE BLEED ACT (Section 160.485)

The bill establishes the "Stop the Bleed Act", defines "bleeding control kit" and requires DESE to develop a traumatic blood loss protocol for school personnel by January 1, 2025.

The bill outlines the specific requirements for the blood loss protocol, which must include a bleeding control kit be placed in areas where there is likely to be high traffic or congregation, and areas where risk of injury may be elevated. Additionally, each district must designate a school nurse or school health care provider, or, if no school nurse or school health care provider is available, a school personnel member to receive annual training on the use of a blood control kit.

The bill requires DESE and each school district and charter school to maintain information regarding the traumatic blood loss protocol and the Stop the Bleed national awareness campaign on their respective websites.

MISSOURI SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (Section 160.660)

The bill requires that, beginning July 1, 2025, the State Board of Education (SBE) modify school safety criteria in the Missouri School Improvement Program to require a primary and secondary school safety coordinator to complete the Federal Emergency Management Administration's (FEMA) Incident Command System training courses or any successor course created by FEMA to replace the Incident Command System course within one year of being designated a coordinator.

SCHOOL SAFETY (Section 160.663)

The bill requires that school districts and charter schools equip each interior door with an anti-intruder door lock and each exterior door with bullet-resistant window film. This requirement is subject to appropriations to cover all costs; however, a school may receive donations, as specified in the bill.

Any exterior or interior door or entryway installed after the effective date of these provisions must be equipped, as specified in the bill, and, by July 1, 2028, all schools must have all existing doors, both exterior and interior, equipped per the specifications in the bills, and develop and implement policies relating to access to individual classrooms and require that doors with windows be equipped with material to cover windows during a building lockdown. Classroom doors with windows and adjoining sidelights must be equipped with material that conceals students and staff in a lockdown while maintaining some limited visibility into the room for first responders.

BEHAVIOR RISK ASSESSMENTS (Sections 167.020 and 167.022)

The bill requires behavioral risk assessments to be included in the records to be requested by school officials when enrolling a pupil (Sections 167.020 and 167.022).

JUVENILE COURT (Section 167.115)

Currently, school districts must be notified if a petition is filed in juvenile court with specific allegations. This bill expands the current requirements to also include when a charge or indictment is filed, adds the prosecutor to the list of required notifiers, and requires such notice to be within 24 hours and reduces the requirement for a summary of facts from five days to two business days following the case disposition. The bill allows school districts to request an injunction to exclude students from educational services if there is a likelihood of danger to the safety of pupils or employees in the school district (Section 167.115).

AGREEMENTS WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT (Section 167.117)

The bill authorized districts and charter schools to enter into written agreements with law enforcement on procedures for reporting criminal offenses outlined in the bill and allows for certain offenses for students under 11 years of age to be reported to the Children's Division, within the Department of Social Services (Section 167.117).

CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION (Section 167.624)

The bill requires that cardiopulmonary resuscitation training be required for school district and charter school employees (Section 167.624).

ACTIVE SHOOTER AND INTRUDER RESPONSE TRAINING FOR SCHOOLS PROGRAM (SECTION 170.315)

The bill requires that, beginning in the 2025-26 school year, the Active Shooter and Intruder Response Training for Schools Program be required for teachers and school employees on an annual basis. The bill requires that initial training be eight hours and continuing training be four hours in length.

Currently, public schools are required to foster an environment where students feel comfortable reporting a potentially threatening or dangerous situation with an adult. This bill adds the requirement that schools must annually provide age-appropriate information on the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Courage2ReportMO reporting mechanism. Beginning with the 2025-26 school year, schools must annually hold active shooter exercises in which students, teachers, and school employees participate in and practice the procedures for safety and protection to be implemented when an active shooter is present.





The following is a summary of the public testimony from the committee hearing. The testimony was based on the introduced version of the bill.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that this bill focuses on all sorts of aspects of school safety, including training to address internal and external threats. It requires school personnel to be trained in stopping bleeding; when there is an emergency it is important to make sure the people on the ground know how to respond. This bill is foundational to good school safety. None of the measures in the bill are required unless funds are appropriated in the budget except for new construction. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will seek out the experts who can develop and provide training for active threats in schools. These requirements apply to public charter schools, too. Supporters say that the training for active shooters provided to children is going to be age appropriate. The training will also include a component for school bus safety. Supporters say there have been more shootings at high school football games this last year than ever before. More than 250 schools have signed up for active shooter training and hopefully more will sign up. Armed security guards in schools are important and they should have great relationships with students, be good decision makers, and be able to keep kids safe. If help is 20 minutes away, you need to own your own safety. Supporters stated that whether teachers should be armed should depend on the community and how far away help is. Supporters emphasized that only school shooters are responsible for students’ death but, if everyone else stands by and does nothing, we are making it easier.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative Shields; John McDonald, Missouri School Boards' Association Center For Education Safety; and Travis C. Coleman.

OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

OTHERS: Others testifying on the bill say confidential means for students, parents, or teachers to report school violence is currently called Courage2Report. An incident can be reported by app or phone and there is a process and timeline for addressing how tips are handled. When this was started in 2019 they received 419 tips, with 330 tips in 2020, 594 tips in 2021, 1044 tips in 2022, and 1581 tips in 2023. Bullying, assault, and attempt to kill are the top three complaints with bullying being number one..

Testifying in person on the bill was Scott Lance, Missouri State Highway Patrol.



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.
Last Action:
03/26/2024 
H - Placed on Informal Calendar

HB1947 - Provides a sales tax exemption for certain used tangible personal property
Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Knight (R)
Summary: HB 1947 -- PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION

SPONSOR: Knight

This bill exempts from sales tax all sales of used tangible personal property, including any tangible personal property that is sold a second time or any number of additional subsequent times after the initial point of sale, at an auction.

The provisions of this bill shall not apply to motor vehicles, trailers, boats, or outboard motors purchased or acquired for use on the highways or waters of this state which are required to be titled.

This bill is similar to HB 1141 (2023).
Last Action:
02/01/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB1950 - Modifies provisions relating to the protection of children
Sponsor: Rep. Jamie Gragg (R)
Summary: HB 1950 -- FOSTER YOUTH BILL OF RIGHTS

SPONSOR: Gragg

This bill modifies provisions relating to the protection of children.

The bill changes the statutory reference from "Foster Care Bill of Rights" to "Foster Youth Bill of Rights", and requires the Children's Division within the Department of Social Services to make information on the procedures of filing a grievance and pursuing equitable relief in court readily available to school-age foster children and their foster parents.

The bill specifies that, in order to ensure proper care and protection of a child in the child welfare system, the following rights are afforded to the child, with additional provisions for certain rights that are described in the bill:

(1) The right to live in a safe, comfortable place;

(2) The right to communicate and visit with family, including siblings who are not placed with the child or who are in state custody;

(3) The right to as few disruptions and placements as practicable;

(4) The right to have and maintain belongings;

(5) The right to educational stability;

(6) The right to be notified of all hearings held, if age or developmentally appropriate;

(7) The right to attend all court hearings, either in-person or virtually, if age or developmentally appropriate;

(8) The right to address the court regarding any proposed placement or placement change, if age or developmentally appropriate;

(9) The right to have a client-directed attorney who contacts the child regularly and, if a conflict of interest exists, the right to have a new attorney who will represent the position of the child;

(10) The right to privacy, including the ability to send and receive unopened mail and to make and receive phone calls; (11) The right to regular and private contact with and access to case managers, attorneys, and advocates;

(12) The right to access information that is accurate and necessary for the child's wellbeing from case managers, guardians, and other individuals who, by law, are liable to maintain, care for, or support the child;

(13) The right to have as few case managers are practicable, to be notified if a case manager changes, to have the current case manager's contact information, and to contact the case manager, as necessary;

(14) The right to contact a case manager's supervisor if there is a conflict that cannot be revolved between the child and his or her case manager;

(15) The right to report a violation of the provisions of this bill without any fear of punishment, interference, coercion, or retaliation; and

(16) The right to a timely permanency plan, case plan, and transitional plan, when applicable, as provided in the bill.

The Children's Division is required to work with each child in state custody to develop both a permanency plan and a case plan, which shall be developed within one year of the child's entrance into state custody and shall include immediate and long-term placement goals, in addition to the child's specific mental and emotional needs.

The bill additionally specifies the parameters of participation for the child upon his or her transition out of the child welfare system.

The bill modifies the Foster Parents' Bill of Rights to include references to kinship foster parents, defined as grandparents or other persons related to the child by blood or affinity, or persons who are not related but have a close relationship with the child or the child's family. The bill also specifies that the Children's Division and its contractors shall not discriminate against foster parents or kinship foster parents.

The rights under the provisions of this bill, both for the Foster Youth Bill of Rights and Foster Parents' Bill of Rights, may be enforced through equitable relief as part of the corresponding case under Chapter 210, RSMo. Failure to file a grievance with the Children's Division, their contractors, or the school district shall not preempt or prevent the child, the foster parents, or the kinship foster parents from contemporaneously pursuing equitable relief as part of the corresponding case under Chapter 210.
Last Action:
04/02/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB1959 - Establishes the "Missouri Religious Freedom Protection Act"
Sponsor: Rep. Alex Riley (R)
Summary: HCS HB 1959 -- MISSOURI RELIGIOUS FREEDOM PROTECTION ACT

SPONSOR: Riley

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass with HCS" by the Special Committee on Government Accountability by a vote of 9 to 6.

This bill establishes the "Missouri Religious Freedom Protection Act". The bill provides that no public official may issue an order that has the effect of limiting or prohibiting a religious group or place of worship from holding religious services or meetings. This prohibition does not apply to religious groups using places of worship to intentionally commit or plan acts of violence. This prohibition also does not apply to emergency evacuation orders involving imminent danger from flooding, fires, tornadoes, earthquakes, terrorists threats, civil unrest, or hazardous materials incidents. Once the imminent danger has passed, religious services shall be allowed to resume. This prohibition is not be interpreted to exempt places of worship from complying with applicable building and fire codes.

The following is a summary of the public testimony from the committee hearing. The testimony was based on the introduced version of the bill.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that five years ago, the need to address infringements on religious freedom wasn't apparent. However, the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lock downs led to government entities closing places of worship. This action violates people's rights to worship as they choose. In Missouri, it's crucial to prioritize citizens' rights to assemble and worship freely. While there may be exemptions for security reasons, places of worship offer unique services such as food pantries and aid for the homeless. Government shutdowns of these establishments are highly inappropriate, particularly considering the mental health benefits associated with attending religious services.

Testifying in person for the bill was Representative Riley.

OPPONENTS: Those who oppose the bill say that religious organizations should not receive exemptions from regulations applicable to other entities. The virus remains indifferent to whether one is worshiping or engaging in recreational activities. Numerous instances have shown churches serving as hubs for virus transmission. Therefore, Sections 6 and 7 of the proposed bill underscore the necessity of public health regulations to safeguard the lives and rights of all individuals. Testifying in person against the bill were Americans United for Separation of Church and State; Brian Kaylor, Word & Way; Armorvine; Abortion Action Missouri (Formerly Pro Choice Missouri); and the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri.

This bill is the same as HB 293 (2023).



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.
Last Action:
04/15/2024 
H - Reported Do Pass

HB1960 - Establishes the "Regulatory Sandbox Act"
Sponsor: Rep. Alex Riley (R)
Summary: HB 1960 -- REGULATORY SANDBOX PROGRAMS (Riley)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Standing Committee on Economic Development

This bill establishes the "Regulatory Sandbox Act", which creates the Regulatory Relief Office within the Department of Economic Development. The Regulatory Relief Office will administer the provisions of the bill with the purpose of identifying state regulations that could potentially be waived or suspended for participating businesses during a two-year period in which the participating business demonstrates an innovative product offering to consumers.

The Regulatory Relief Office must maintain a web page on the Department's website that invites residents and businesses to make suggestions regarding regulations that could be modified or eliminated to reduce the regulatory burden of residents and businesses in the state (Section 620.3905, RSMo).

The Regulatory Relief Office will be responsible for evaluating and approving or denying applications to participate in the Sandbox Program. An applicant must submit an application along with a $300 application fee to the Regulatory Relief Office, which must include contact information and a description of the innovative offering to be demonstrated, including statements regarding how the innovative offering is subject to licensing, legal prohibition, or other authorization requirements outside of the Sandbox Program; each regulation that the applicant seeks to have waived or suspended while participating in the Sandbox Program; how the innovative offering would benefit consumers; and what risks might exist for consumers who use or purchase the innovative offering, as described in the bill.

Upon the receipt of a report from all applicable agencies, the Regulatory Relief Office must provide the application and associated reports to the General Regulatory Sandbox Program Advisory Committee, which is established by the bill. The Advisory Committee will be composed of 11 members, as described in the bill including two members of the House of Representatives, one appointed by the Speaker and one appointed by the Minority Leader of the House, and two members of the Senate, one appointed by the President Pro Tem and one appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate. The Advisory Committee shall advise and make recommendations to the Regulatory Relief Office on whether to approve applications to the Sandbox Program, and may meet at its own discretion to override a decision of the Regulatory Relief Office on the admission or denial of an applicant to the Sandbox Program, provided such override is decided with a two-thirds majority vote of the members of the Advisory Committee, and further provided that such vote shall be taken within 15 business days of the Regulatory Relief Office's decision. Meetings of the Advisory Committee will be considered public meetings for the purposes of the Sunshine Law (Section 620.3910).

No later than 15 business days after the day on which a completed application is received by the Regulatory Relief Office, the Office must review the application and refer the application to each applicable agency, as defined in the Act, that regulates the applicant's business. No later than 60 days after the day on which an applicable agency receives a completed application for review, the applicable agency must provide a written report to the Sandbox Program director with the applicable agency's findings, including any identifiable, likely, and significant harm to the health, safety, Missouri's environment, or financial well-being of consumers that the relevant regulation protects against, and a recommendation to the Regulatory Relief Office that the applicant either be admitted or denied entrance into the Sandbox Program. An applicable agency may deny an application for reasons described in the bill. The Regulatory Relief Office cannot approve any application denied by an applicable agency (Section 620.3915).

Upon approval of an application, a Sandbox participant will have 24 months after the day on which its application was approved to demonstrate the innovative offering described in the Sandbox participant's application. During such period, the Sandbox participant shall be exempt from the regulations outlined in an agreement entered into with the Regulatory Relief Office.

Innovative offerings will only be available to consumers who are residents of this state, and no regulation can be waived or suspended if such waiver or suspension would prevent a consumer from seeking restitution in the event that the consumer is harmed. A Sandbox participant will not be subject to prosecution or administrative penalty for a violation of any regulation that is waived or suspended during the duration of the participant's demonstration period (Section 620.3920).

Prior to demonstrating an innovative offering, a Sandbox participant must disclose certain information to consumers, as described in the bill (Section 620.3925).

At least 45 days prior to the end of a participant's demonstration period, the participant must notify the Regulatory Relief Office with the intention to exit the Sandbox Program or seek an extension. The Regulatory Relief Office can grant an extension not to exceed 12 months, and a participant can seek multiple extensions. If a demonstration includes an innovative offering that requires ongoing services or duties beyond the two-year demonstration period, the participant can continue to demonstrate the offering, but will be subject to all regulations that were waived or suspended as part of the Sandbox Program, provided that any participant that receives an extension to the demonstration period will not be subject to the waived or suspended regulations until after the end of the extended demonstration period.

A Sandbox participant must retain certain records for a period of two years after exiting the Sandbox Program.

The Regulatory Relief Office shall establish quarterly reporting requirements for each participant, and each participant shall notify the Regulatory Relief Office and each applicable agency of any incidents that result in harm to the health, safety, or financial well-being of a consumer.

No later than 45 days after a Sandbox participant exits the Sandbox Program, such participant must submit a written report describing an overview of the demonstration. No later than 30 days after receiving such report, an applicable agency must provide a written report to the Regulatory Relief Office that describes any statutory or regulatory reform the applicable agency recommends (Section 620.3930).
Last Action:
04/24/2024 
Scheduled for Committee Hearing
04/25/2024 9:00 AM - Senate-Fiscal Oversight, SCR 1
Senate-Fiscal Oversight

HB1961 - Requires a state agency to repeal two existing rules before enacting a new one
Sponsor: Rep. Alex Riley (R)
Summary: HCS HBs 1961 & 2197 -- ADMINISTRATIVE RULES

SPONSOR: Riley

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass with HCS" by the Standing Committee on Economic Development by a vote of 9 to 4.

The following is a summary of the House Committee Substitute for HB 1961.

This bill prohibits a rule proposed by a department, agency, commission, or board from taking effect unless the entity proposing the rule also repeals at least two existing rules.

This bill is the same as HB 269 (2023) and HB 1714 (2022).

The following is a summary of the public testimony from the committee hearing. The testimony was based on the introduced version of the bill.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that there are outdated rules that exist in many different agencies and departments of Missouri government, and these outdated rules need to be removed. Individuals and businesses are significantly burdened by all of the regulations that Missouri imposes, a number that stands at just over 113,000. Businesses have to spend a great deal of time and money in order to successfully navigate these regulations. This places the heaviest burden on smaller businesses, because such entities do not have the same resources or funds as a larger business.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative Riley; the National Federation of Independent Business; and the Opportunity Solutions Project.

OPPONENTS: Those who oppose the bill say that such a bill would create a one-size-fits-all approach that would be imposed on agencies and departments, and would effectively remove their ability to operate effectively. As a result, this bill will create more of a burden on the government. Opponents further say that regulatory rules might be a burden to follow, but they are in place to protect Missouri citizens. If agencies and departments are required to get rid of existing rules, they will be hamstrung in their ability to create new, necessary rules when they confront issues in the future.

Testifying in person against the bill were Sierra Club Missouri Chapter; and Missouri Realtors. OTHERS: Others testifying on the bill say agencies and departments are already required to review all existing rules to determine if they are still necessary, but there is no requirement that the department do anything about it.

Testifying in person on the bill was Sarah Schappe, Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.

This bill is the same as HB 269 (2023).



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.
Last Action:
03/28/2024 
H - Removed from House Hearing Agenda - House-Rules-Regulatory Oversight - 4/2/24 - 9:15 am - HR 1

HB1967 - Modifies provisions relating to workers' compensation
Sponsor: Rep. Alex Riley (R)
Summary: HB 1967 -- WORKERS' COMPENSATION

SPONSOR: Riley

This bill modifies the definition of "prevailing factor" which is used to determine if an injury, that arises out of and in the course of employment, is compensable under the Workers' Compensation Act. The bill provides that the prevailing factor is the primary factor, in relation to any other factor, causing the injury, the resulting medical condition, the disability, and the need for treatment.

For an employee to receive medical treatment, the accident or occupational disease shall be the prevailing factor in causing the injury, the resulting medical condition, and the need for treatment.

The bill also requires consideration of any savings or insurance of the injured employee from governmental or private sources, benefits derived from the employer's insurance, and any savings or insurance procured or sponsored by the employer, when determining compensation as specified in the bill.

Administrative law judges or the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission shall have authority to order employers to make payments only to the medical provider or providers to whom bills are due in cases where they determine the employer is responsible for disputed medical bills.

This bill is the same as HB 275 (2023) and HB 1716 (2022).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB1969 - Establishes the "Civil Liability for Employers Hiring Ex-Offenders Act", which provides liability protections for employers hiring those convicted of certain offenses
Sponsor: Rep. Alex Riley (R)
Summary: HB 1969 -- CIVIL LIABILITY FOR EMPLOYERS HIRING EX-OFFENDERS

SPONSOR: Riley

This bill establishes the "Civil Liability for Employers Hiring Ex- Offenders Act", which provides that a cause of action shall not be brought against an employer, general contractor, premises owner, or other third party for hiring an employee or independent contractor who has been convicted of an offense, excluding certain violent and sexual offenses specified in the bill.

In an action for negligent hiring against an employer, general contractor, premises owner, or other third party for acts of an employee or independent contractor that is based on a theory of liability not covered by this bill, the fact that the employee or independent contractor was convicted of a nonviolent, nonsexual offense before the employee or independent contractor's employment or contractual obligation with the employer, general contractor, premises owner, or other third party, shall be inadmissible as evidence.

This bill does not preclude a cause of action for failure of an employer to provide adequate supervision of an employee or independent contractor, except that the conviction of a nonviolent, nonsexual offense may only be admissible as evidence in such action based upon conditions described in the bill.

The bill sets forth certain grounds where protections do not apply to an employer, general contractor, premises owner, or third party in an action that is brought.

The provisions of this bill shall not be interpreted as implying a cause of action exists for negligent hiring of an individual convicted of an offense in situations not covered in the bill.

This bill is the same as HB 720 (2023) and similar to SB 352 (2023).
Last Action:
02/07/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB1972 - Establishes the" STEM Career Awareness Activity Program"
Sponsor: Rep. Alex Riley (R)
Summary: HB 1972 -- STEM CAREER AWARENESS ACTIVITY PROGRAM

SPONSOR: Riley

This bill requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to establish the "STEM Career Awareness Activity Program" for grades 9-12. Beginning in the 2025-26 school year DESE may solicit proposals to provide the Program and by March 1, 2025, shall select a provider. The bill outlines requirements for providers who must present data demonstrating effectiveness in the following areas: teacher instruction on STEM-related subjects; increased student enrollment in four year STEM related fields; or increased participation in STEM related workforce upon graduation.

The bill outlines criteria for program providers, authorizes DESE to choose a third party nonprofit entity to implement the Program, solicit proposals, and select a provider.

This bill also creates the "STEM Career Awareness Activity Fund".

This bill is the same as HB 887 (2023).
Last Action:
03/04/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass

HB1973 - Modifies provisions relating to the champion for children tax credit for contributions to certain child advocacy organizations
Sponsor: Rep. Alex Riley (R)
Summary: HB 1973 -- TAX CREDIT

SPONSOR: Riley

Currently, a tax credit may be claimed in an amount equal to 50% of a contribution made to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), child advocacy centers, or crisis care centers. Beginning January 1, 2024, this bill increases the tax credit to 70% of such contributions.

Currently, the maximum amount of tax credits that may be claimed for all such contributions made to such qualified agencies shall not exceed $1.5 million. Beginning July 1, 2024, this bill provides that the amount of tax credits that may be claimed in a fiscal year shall increase to $2.5 million.

This bill extends the sunset for these provisions to December 31, 2030.

This bill is similar to SB 662 and HB 1343 (2023).
Last Action:
02/27/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB1981 - Modifies guidelines for student participation in athletic contests organized by sex
Sponsor: Rep. Jamie Burger (R)
Summary: HB 1981 -- PARTICIPATION IN ATHLETIC COMPETITIONS

SPONSOR: Burger

Currently, Section 163.048, RSMo relating to participation in athletic competitions expires August 28, 2027. This bill repeals the expiration date.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

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).
Last Action:
04/09/2024 
S - Hearing Conducted

HB1990 - Modifies provisions relating to marijuana use and workers' compensation
Sponsor: Rep. Sherri Gallick (R)
Summary: HCS HBs 1990 & 2135 -- WORKERS' COMPENSATION

SPONSOR: Gallick

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass with HCS" by the Standing Committee on Insurance Policy by a vote of 13 to 2.

The following is a summary of the House Committee Substitute for HB 1990.

Currently, if an employee fails to obey any rule or policy adopted by the employer relating to a drug-free workplace or the use of alcohol, or unprescribed controlled drugs in the workplace and violating the rule or policy is the proximate cause of the injury or death the employee's benefit shall be reduced or forfeited, as specified in the bill. This bill adds marijuana to the list of any drug-free workplace rule or policy adopted by an employer.

The bill allows an employer to consider that an employee was impaired by or under the influence of marijuana at the time of a work accident or injury if the employer has a good-faith belief that an employee had articulable symptoms of impairment, as specified in the bill, while working.

If an employer elects to discipline an employee on the basis that the employee is under the influence or impaired by marijuana, the employer must give the employee a reasonable opportunity to contest the determination.

Under the bill, any specific reference to marijuana or marijuana metabolites shall not apply to medical marijuana or metabolites related to medical marijuana for a person who has a valid qualifying patient identification card legally certifying the person's status as a qualifying patient.

An employer is not required to reimburse or cause to be reimbursed an employee any costs associated with the medical use of marijuana.





The following is a summary of the public testimony from the committee hearing. The testimony was based on the introduced version of the bill.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that this will reduce employee injuries. We need to make sure our workers are not working under the influence of marijuana like we do for alcohol. Testifying in person for the bill were Representative Gallick; Associated Industries of Missouri; Missouri Insurance Coalition; and Mo Chamber of Commerce.

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.
Last Action:
03/28/2024 
H - Removed from House Hearing Agenda - House-Rules-Regulatory Oversight - 4/2/24 - 11:15 am - HR 1

HB1991 - Requires schools to establish cardiac emergency response plans
Sponsor: Rep. Sherri Gallick (R)
Summary:

HB 1991 -- EMERGENCY CARDIAC RESPONSE PLANS

SPONSOR: Gallick

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass" by the Standing Committee on Crime Prevention and Public Safety by a vote of 19 to 3.

Beginning with the 2025-26 school year and all subsequent school years, this bill requires every public school to develop and implement a cardiac emergency response plan that addresses the appropriate use of school personnel to respond to incidents involving an individual experiencing sudden cardiac arrest or a similar life-threatening emergency while on a school campus. A public school with an athletic department or organized athletic program shall also develop and implement a plan specific to life- threatening emergencies that may occur at an extracurricular event or school-sponsored event on campus.

Members of each public school's administration shall coordinate with local emergency services providers to integrate the public school's cardiac emergency response plan into the local emergency services providers' protocols. A cardiac emergency response plan shall integrate evidence-based core elements, such as those recommended by the American Heart Association guidelines, Project ADAM, or another set of nationally recognized, evidence-based standard or core elements.

The bill specifies certain guidelines that a cardiac emergency response plan shall integrate, including the establishment of a cardiac emergency response team and the placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) throughout the school campus. Appropriate AED placement shall be dictated by the cardiac emergency response plan and in accordance with guidelines set by the American Heart Association, Project ADAM, or another set of nationally recognized, evidence-based standard or core elements.

Appropriate school personnel shall be trained in first aid, CPR, and AED use following evidence-based guidelines set forth by the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, Project ADAM, or another set of nationally recognized, evidence-based standard or core elements. The school personnel required to be trained shall be determined by the cardiac emergency response plan and shall include, but not be limited to, athletics coaches, school nurses, and athletic trainers.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that, every year, approximately 350,000 people are saved by AED machines, which is actually a pretty low number. About 23,000 people experience this type of cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting, including athletic events. Cardiac emergency response plans double or triple survival rates. This bill would require every school district to have an emergency plan that includes having an AED machine in each building. The superintendent would be responsible for implementing this. The sponsor was not sure how many schools have this because they are not mandatory and they are not tracked. The schools would be responsible for the upkeep beyond the initial cost of about $1,000. One witness gave an example of how her use of an AED machine helped her save a second grader a few years ago. Another witness testified that she went into sudden cardiac arrest at an event where there was no AED machine and it took first responders a long time to get there and assess her situation. Another witness shared the story of the loss of her partner, who went into cardiac arrest while playing baseball in Forest Park and there was no access to an AED machine.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative Gallick; Missouri Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics; Children's Mercy Hospital-Kansas City; Meagan Lozano; Kids Win Missouri; Winton Policy Group, St Louis Children's Hospital; Missouri Nurses Association ; Linda Neumann; American Heart Association ; Missouri NEA; Shari Taylor; Missouri State Medical Association; and Treena Sturgeon.

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.

Last Action:
04/24/2024 
H - Perfected

HB1993 - Establishes provisions relating to civil liability for publishing or distributing material harmful to minors on the internet
Sponsor: Rep. Sherri Gallick (R)
Summary: HCS HBs 1993, 1855, 1426 & 2157 -- CIVIL LIABILITY FOR PUBLISHING HARMFUL MATERIALS

SPONSOR: Gallick

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass with HCS" by the Standing Committee on General Laws by a vote of 8 to 5 and 1 present.

The following is a summary of the House Committee Substitute for HB 1993.

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.

The following is a summary of the public testimony from the committee hearing. The testimony was based on the introduced version of the bill.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that this bill is designed to protect children from accessing online pornography. There is a legal and moral obligation to protect our children from the content of pornographic websites. Minors have access to illicit material on the internet that they do not have any where else. If a child attempted to purchase a pornographic magazine at a gas station, they would be turned away. However, a minor can access pornographic websites without any restrictions. Legislation needs to be enacted that requires age verification for access to pornographic websites to ensure minors are not accessing these sites. Unlimited access to pornography has caused huge problems with minor development and mental health. These sites can lead to addiction and other mental health issues. Further, pornographic sites teach minors unhealthy sexual education. Pornographic sites teach that consent is not important and that the male's sexual gratification is what females should strive for above all else. Many porn sites use victims of sex trafficking. For these reasons, access to porn sites should be restricted to ensure that minors do not have access to this harmful material. Testifying in person for the bill were Representative Gallick; Bartlett Cleland, NetChoice; Jon Schweppe, American Principles Project; Missouri Catholic Conference; and Vicky Hartzler.

OPPONENTS: Those who oppose the bill say that while this legislation purports to address the issue of explicit and harmful materials, its language is overly broad. This bill contains language that could lead to censorship and potential discrimination and could further hinder educational resources about sexual orientation and gender identity. The language could potentially be used to suppress LGBTQ+ material in schools. The term harmful to minors could be subjectively construed to apply to such materials. Intellectual freedom, inclusivity, and the right to information for all individuals should be the priority. It is important to ensure that our educational institutions, libraries, and online platforms remain places that foster understanding and access to diverse perspectives.

Testifying in person against the bill were Maggie Edmondson, Abortion Action Missouri (Formerly Pro Choice Missouri); American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri; and Katy Erker-Lynch, PROMO.

OTHERS: Others testifying on the bill say that there is a need to balance the protection of children with the protection of our first amendment rights. It is important to ensure fair enforcement of age verification across the board so that we avoid litigation. This legislation could lead to suits against the State due to restricting the constitutional rights of the sites providing this material. The legislation does not discuss how to protect against foreign porn companies. The majority of porn accessed in the United States comes from foreign providers.

Testifying in person on the bill were Bev Ehlen and Arnie Dienoff.

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.
Last Action:
04/04/2024 
H - Reported Do Pass

HB1999 - Allows school districts to include instruction on LGBTQ contributions to society
Sponsor: Rep. Doug Mann (D)
Summary: HB 1999 -- SCHOOL INSTRUCTION

SPONSOR: Mann

This bill allows school districts to teach students information on the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in United States history, government, literature, art, music, values, and culture.

The bill requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop an inclusive curriculum that may be used by school districts beginning with the 2025-26 school year.

This bill is the same as HB 507 (2023) and HB 1845 (2022).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2002 - APPROPRIATION BILL
Sponsor: Rep. Cody Smith (R)
Last Action:
04/23/2024 
S - Hearing Conducted

HB2016 - APPROPRIATION BILL
Sponsor: Rep. Cody Smith (R)
Last Action:
04/22/2024 
G - Sent to the Governor

HB2037 - Prohibits employers from engaging in certain forms of discrimination based on gender
Sponsor: Rep. Emily Weber (D)
Summary: HB 2037 -- EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES RELATING TO GENDER

SPONSOR: Weber

This bill prohibits an employer from discriminating based on gender in providing compensation for the same work performed under similar working conditions. Wage disparities are not prohibited if based on bona fide factors other than gender.

This bill prohibits employers from taking any adverse action against an employee who utilizes the protections of this bill and prohibits an employer from reducing wages to comply with the provisions of this bill.

The bill allows recovery of actual damages and for an additional amount in compensatory damages, where the additional amount does not exceed twice the wages awarded, for any unlawful gender-based compensation practice. An employer who shows deliberate patterns of violations of the provisions of this bill may be ordered to pay punitive damages in addition to any other compensation or injunctive relief ordered by a court.

The bill further allows any employee who prevails in a civil action brought under the provisions of this bill to recover reasonable attorney's fees. Any action brought under the sections of this bill must be commenced within two years after the alleged violation occurs or the date of the reasonable discovery of such violation.



This bill is similar to HB 214 (2023) and HB 1869 (2022).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2049 - Extends the duration of unemployment benefits
Sponsor: Rep. Emily Weber (D)
Summary: HB 2049 -- EMPLOYMENT SECURITY

SPONSOR: Weber

This bill changes the total amount of unemployment compensation benefits an insured worker may receive during a benefit year.

Currently, that amount is limited to the lesser of 20 times his or her weekly benefit, or 33 1/3% of his or her wage credits. The bill changes the benefit maximum from 20 to 26 times the weekly benefit amount.

This bill is similar to HB 215 (2023) and HB 1729 (2022).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

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).
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).
Last Action:
01/24/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB2055 - Exempts the sale of food from sales tax
Sponsor: Rep. Ben Keathley (R)
Summary: HB 2055 -- SALES TAX EXEMPTION FOR FOOD

SPONSOR: Keathley

Beginning January 1, 2025, local sales taxes on food shall be annually reduced in four equal increments over a period of four successive years. Beginning January 1, 2029, there shall be no local sales tax imposed on food.

This bill is similar to SB 1062 (2024).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2058 - Modifies provisions relating to certain special taxing districts
Sponsor: Rep. Ben Keathley (R)
Summary: HCS HB 2058 -- LOCAL TAXATION (Keathley)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Standing Committee on Government Efficiency and Downsizing

The bill specifies that if a political subdivision submits a tax proposal for a new or increased tax authorized under a specific statute and it does not pass, the proposal cannot be submitted again for two years following the rejection.

A political subdivision may, however, resubmit a previously rejected tax proposal sooner than two years if the new proposal has one of the following "substantial changes":

(1) A reduction equal to or greater than 25% of the rate of tax imposed by the previously rejected proposal; or

(2) A dedicated fund other than the dedicated fund stated in the previously rejected proposal.

This bill allows a political subdivision to reintroduce a previously rejected tax proposal to voters before the next election cycle if the new proposal introduces a new tax authorized by law or increases the rate of existing tax authorized by law in a federal- or state-declared natural disaster area.

This bill requires that if the governing body of a municipality wishes to establish a sales tax by way of a proposed community improvement district, the ordinance must be approved by a two- thirds vote of the governing body.

Any ordinance or petition approved under these provisions that establishes a district that is funded by a sales tax is required to pass by at least a two-thirds majority vote.

This bill exempts non-profit entities pursuant to 26 U.S.C. Section 501(c) from any property tax or special assessment that might be levied by a taxing district.

This bill excludes from the definition of "video service" a video service provider that provides content that is accessed via streaming.

This bill also requires that any ballot measure proposing a tax alteration on real property must clearly state the impact of the proposed change in terms of the actual amount per $100,000 of a property's market value within the ballot language. This bill requires that if voters are asked to approve a permanent increase to the tax rate ceiling before a temporary levy increase expires, the ballot language must clearly indicate that if the permanent increase is approved, the temporary levy will become permanent.

This bill also defines "current tax rate ceiling" and "increased tax rate ceiling". When a majority of voters in a political subdivision approve a tax rate increase, the subdivision must use the current tax rate ceiling and the approved increase for the following tax year. If the assessed valuation of real property decreases in that year, the subdivision can adjust its levy rates to ensure it receives the same revenue it would have received without the property value reduction. The use of the increased tax rate ceiling must be revenue neutral, as mandated by the Missouri Constitution.

This bill further requires that any project proposals from a transportation development district be submitted to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, or to the local transportation authority, as applicable, for approval prior to the construction or funding of any project. The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, or the local transportation authority, as applicable, must approve the project by a two-thirds majority if the proposed project is to be funded by a sales tax.

This bill is similar to HB 536 (2023).
Last Action:
04/22/2024 
S - Referred to Senate Committee on General Laws

HB2061 - Creates provisions relating to local ballot proposals by political subdivisions to impose a new tax or increase the rate of an existing tax
Sponsor: Rep. Ben Keathley (R)
Summary: HB 2061 -- LOCAL BALLOT PROPOSALS

SPONSOR: Keathley

This bill specifies that if a political subdivision submits a tax proposal for a new or increased tax authorized under a specific statute and it does not pass, the proposal cannot be submitted again for four years following the rejection.

A political subdivision may, however, resubmit a previously rejected tax proposal sooner than four years if the new proposal has one of the following "substantial changes":

(1) A reduction equal to or greater than 25% of the rate of tax imposed by the previously rejected proposal; or

(2) A dedicated fund other than the dedicated fund stated in the previously rejected proposal.

This bill is similar to HB 1144 (2023).
Last Action:
02/20/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass

HB2065 - Modifies provisions relating to the collection of delinquent property taxes
Sponsor: Rep. Bill Owen (R)
Summary: HCS HB 2065 -- COLLECTION OF DELINQUENT TAXES (Owen)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Standing Committee on Local Government

Currently, Section 140.980 to 140.1015, RSMo, is referred to as the "Land Bank Act". This bill changes the name to the "Chapter 140 Land Bank Act" and expands the list of cities authorized to establish a land bank agency to include any city with 1,500 or more inhabitants except in certain noncharter counties and certain charter counties (Sections 140.980 and 140.981).

Many sections in the Chapter 140 Land Bank Act are amended to include a reference to counties.

The duration of time a land bank agency has to sell property or put it to productive use is increased from two to five years. The duration a land bank agency has to sell, clear, or put property to public use is eight years (Section 140.986).

Currently, a contract for the sale of residential property owned by the land bank agency requires the buyer to agree to own the property for three years or be civilly liable to the land bank for an amount equal to twice the sale price. The bill repeals this provision and requires a buyer to demonstrate that the buyer does not have a property in the land bank’s jurisdiction with taxes delinquent for more than one year, is not in violation of any municipal building or housing code, and is not the original owner of the property or a relative of the original owners within the second degree of consanguinity (Section 140.987).

Foreign and domestic corporations or limited liability companies that do not have a registered agent under State law are not allowed to buy property from a land bank, nor are foreign corporate entities that do not have a certificate of authority to transact business in the State (Section 140.987).

A land bank agency can make it a condition of sale that a property owner or the property owner's successor make certain improvements to the property. If the improvements are not made, the land bank can sue for damages for the breach and seek a judicial foreclosure in which the property would go back to the land bank. As an alternative or in addition to a judicial foreclosure the land bank agency may gift the right to foreclose on the property to a nonprofit organization or exercise the right of reentry. Title will be conveyed by recording the judgment with the recorder of deeds (Section 140.987).

A land bank agency can receive funding through gifts from any source provided that the agency does not sell or otherwise transfer any property held by it to the entity from which it received the gift (Section 140.988).

A county that has established a land bank agency my collect a fee for the collection of delinquent and back taxes in an amount up to 5% of all sums collected, which fees must be paid to the land bank agency (Section 140.988).

A land bank agency is authorized to receive funds from bonds issued by the county or municipality creating the land bank agency. These bonds will not be deemed an indebtedness within the meaning of any Constitutional or statutory limitation upon incurring indebtedness. The bonds must be authorized by a resolution of the governing body of the county or municipality establishing the land bank agency, which may also issue refunding bonds. The bonds are negotiable instruments under Chapter 400. The bonds and all income or interest thereon are exempt from all State taxes. Temporary notes are also authorized (Section 140.994).

A land bank agency may rent or lease property held by the land bank agency for community, noncommercial agricultural uses (Section 140.995).

Members of the board are added to a provision which prohibits land bank employees from benefiting from or owning land bank property. For this provision, persons who are related to board members or employees within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity are considered board members or employees (Section 140.1000).

A land bank agency must be dissolved no sooner than 60 calendar days but no later than 180 calendar days after an ordinance or resolution for its dissolution is passed by the county or municipality that established the land bank agency. Once all outstanding bonds, notes, and other obligations are satisfied, no new property can be acquired by the land bank agency. No additional debts can be incurred unless necessary to sell property or put to public use. The land bank agency must be dissolved within 30 days after all outstanding bonds, notes, and other obligations are satisfied (Section 140.1012).

The definition of "county" for purposes of Sections 141.210 - 141.810 and Sections 141.980 to 141.1015 (collectively, the land tax collection law) is changed from charter counties and certain first class counties, currently only Buchanan County, to all counties, and the definition of "municipality" is changed from cities of 2,500 inhabitants in charter and first classification counties to all cities in all counties. An "interested party" is now defined (Section 141.220). Counties may now elect to operate under Sections 141.210 to 141.810 wholly by adopting a resolution or order, or partially by adopting a resolution or order for any parcel or parcels which have back taxes for at least two years from the date on which the taxes became delinquent. No county eligible to establish a land bank under Section 140.981 can be a partial opt-in county unless it first elects to establish a land bank agency as provided in Section 141.981 (Section 141.230).

For partial opt-in counties, the collector will decide which tax- delinquent parcels will proceed under the land tax collection laws and which will proceed under other laws (Section 141.290).

The collector has the option of appointing a delinquent land tax attorney to be compensated as necessary for performing the collector's duties. The appointed delinquent land tax attorney may appoint assistant attorneys to be compensated as necessary. The collector may pay an appointed delinquent land tax clerk what compensation is deemed necessary, rather than a set fee (Sections 141.320 and 141.330).

A petition for foreclosure of a tax lien must name each person with a legal interest in the land affected, as discoverable by the collector from publicly available records, and must contain certain information specified in the bill (Section 141.410).

The collector must send a copy of the petition by first-class mail to the occupant of the parcel or property which has delinquent taxes (Section 141.440).

In partial opt-in counties, the collector must make the following searches, the charge for which can be recovered from the proceeds of the sale:

(1) A title search, not later than 120 days prior to the sale;

(2) The following records, for interested parties and addresses reasonably calculated to apprise interested parties of the suit:

(a) Land title records in the county recorder of deeds office;

(b) Tax records in the office of the local treasurer;

(c) Tax records in the office of the local assessor;

(d) Court records in Missouri CaseNet; and (e) For a business entity, records filed with the Secretary of State. The charge for these items can be recovered from the proceeds of the sale

No later than 30 days prior to the sale, the collector must send notice of the sale to all interested parties at the address most reasonably apprised to provide notice of the sale. The notice must provide the date, time, and place of the sale, and must state that the property may be redeemed prior to the sale. The charge for this item can be recovered from the proceeds of the sale.

No later that 20 days prior to the sale, the sheriff must post notice of the sale of the size and in the manner set out in the bill. The sheriff also must attempt in-person notice. The charge for these items can be recovered from the proceeds of the sale (Section 141.520).

Additional changes to the land tax collection law include:

(1) Changing the laws regarding taxes and penalties for properties subject to certain actions as abandoned property in Jackson County. Currently, a provision allows a court in Jackson County to stay the tax foreclosure sale of property that is the subject of an action for temporary possession for rehabilitation if the party filing the action pays into the court all of the principal land taxes owed. The bill expands this provision to all counties;

(2) Currently, Section 141.540 sets forth the procedure a sheriff must follow when advertising for and selling real property ordered sold pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure by a court under the land tax collection law. The bill repeals almost all other provisions of the section dealing with duties of the county collector related to the sale;

(3) Currently, Section 141.550 deals with the conduct of sale, the sheriff's return of service, and the sheriff's deed in Kansas City. The bill adds Sections 141.980 to 141.1015 to the jurisdiction of the section, removes the limitation to Kansas City, gives the place and time of the sale for partial opt-in counties, and specifies what amounts the winning bid must include. Also, foreign and domestic corporations or limited liability companies that do not have a registered agent under State law are not allowed to buy property from a land bank, nor are foreign corporate entities that do not have a certificate of authority to transact business in the State. The official conducting the sale may require an affidavit from the buyer that he or she meets the requirements for purchasers; (4) Clarifying that Section 141.560 applies to municipalities that have established a land bank agency under other pertinent sections or are in counties that have established a land bank agency, and removing the requirement that a land trust must include certain other costs when a parcel is sold by the land trust;

(5) Modifying the language regarding the title to any real estate that is vested to a purchaser (Section 141.570);

(6) Establishing a six-month time limit during which a court should confirm or set aside a foreclosure sale, clarifying who should receive notice of a hearing, and providing what the judgment should state. Section 141.580 will not apply to sales of land to land bank agencies. In partial opt-in counties, funds remaining after the sale and after the distribution as required by law, will be given to the county school fund. Counties operating under the land tax collection law can elect to establish a fund for the purpose of defending against claims challenging the sufficiency of the notice provided. An interested party other than the purchaser must pay into the court the redemption amount prior to a hearing;

(7) Repealing the part of Section 141.610 that provides that one year after a foreclosure sale it will be conclusively presumed that everything was done correctly, and no suit to set aside a deed will be commenced or maintained unless it is filed within one year from the date of sale;

(8) Providing that Section 141.680 does not apply to partial opt- in counties; and

(9) Limiting the applicability of Section 141.700, establishing a land trust, to counties electing to operate under Sections 141.210 to 141.810 prior to January 1, 2025;

In partial opt-in counties, the bill provides for the establishment and make-up of a land trust, the governing board, and the board's duties and responsibilities (Section 141.821).

The bill designates Sections 141.980 - 141.1015 as the "Chapter 141 Municipal Land Bank Act", deletes its limited applicability to municipalities located wholly or partially in counties with a land trust as of January 1, 2012, makes it applicable to counties electing to operate wholly under Sections 141.420 to 141.810, repeals the provision limiting sales made to a single entity to five contiguous parcels per year, and prohibits municipalities in partial opt-in counties from establishing land bank agencies under Section 141.980. The bill adds that any other method as may be required by prevailing notions of due process is a permissible means of petition service in a quiet title action (Section 141.1009).

This bill provides that a lien placed upon a property for unpaid sewer charges, once publicly and properly recorded, has higher priority than all liens except taxes levied under Section 141.821 for State or county purposes (Section 249.255).

The bill repeals Section 140.1006, and Sections 141.820 to 141.970 dealing with collection of delinquent taxes in the City of St. Louis.
Last Action:
04/23/2024 
S - Voted Do Pass

HB2073 - Authorizes an income tax exemption for certain state employees whose state wages or salary are at or below six times the federal poverty guidelines
Sponsor: Rep. Don Mayhew (R)
Summary: HB 2073 -- INCOME TAX EXEMPTION

SPONSOR: Mayhew

Beginning January 1, 2025, this bill creates a tax exemption for full-time and part-time employees of the State for wages and salaries that do not exceed 600% of the federal poverty guidelines for an individual. Such calculations shall not include income from sources other than state employment or from persons in the state employee's family or household.

Any portion of a state employee's wages or salary derived from state employment that exceeds the federal poverty guidelines will be subject to tax on the remaining portion of such wages or salary.

The following types of state employees will not be granted such a tax exemption:

(1) Any person elected or appointed to a state office;

(2) Any contractor, independent contractor, or worker submitted on a federal 1099 form;

(3) Any temporary employee; or

(4) Any person whose payment is contingent on the commission or performance of work on a specific, one-time basis.

This bill is the same as HB 1396 ( 2023) and similar to HB 1396 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2088 - Changes provisions governing charter schools
Sponsor: Rep. Michael O'Donnell (R)
Summary: HB 2088 -- CHARTER SCHOOLS

SPONSOR: O'Donnell

This bill expands where a charter school may be operated to include any school district located within a charter county; currently this includes St. Charles, Jefferson, and St. Louis counties, and any district that includes a municipality with a population greater than 30,000.

Procedures relating to changes in a school district's accreditation status that affect charter schools are repealed under this bill.

As specified in this bill, St. Louis City shall not adopt, enforce, impose, or administer an ordinance, local policy, or local resolution that prohibits property sold, leased, or transferred by the city from being used for any lawful education purpose by a charter school. St. Louis City may not impose, enforce, or apply any deed restriction that expressly, or by its operation, prohibits property sold, leased, or transferred by the city from being used for any lawful educational purpose by a charter school.

If St. Louis City offers property of the city for sale, lease, or rent, St. Louis shall not refuse to sell, lease, or rent to a charter school solely because the charter school intends to use the property for an educational purpose.

This bill is similar to HB 158 (2023) and HB 2087 (2022).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2089 - Modifies provisions relating to benevolent tax credits
Sponsor: Rep. Michael O'Donnell (R)
Summary: HB 2089 -- BENEVOLENT TAX CREDITS

SPONSOR: O'Donnell

NEIGHBORHOOD ASSISTANCE TAX CREDIT

Current law authorizes a tax credit for business firms that engage in providing affordable housing assistance activities or market rate housing in distressed communities, with the amount of such tax credits equal to 50% percent of the total amount contributed.

This bill increases such tax credit to 70% of the total amount contributed (Section 32.115 RSMo).

YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION TAX CREDIT

Current law authorizes a tax credit in the amount of 50% of contributions made to certain youth programs. This bill increases such tax credit to 70% of the amount of such contributions made (Section 135.460).

This bill is similar to HCS SS SB 143 (2023).
Last Action:
02/01/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass

HB2090 - Modifies provisions relating to the "Neighborhood Assistance Act" tax credit
Sponsor: Rep. Michael O'Donnell (R)
Summary: HB 2090 -- TAX CREDITS

SPONSOR: O'Donnell

Currently, any business which provides affordable housing assistance to distressed communities may receive a tax credit, with no more than $10 million in such tax credits being awarded in any fiscal year (Section 32.111).

Currently, any business which makes a contribution to a neighborhood organization, a significant part of whose activities consist of affordable housing assistance, may receive a tax credit, with no more than $1 million in such tax credits being awarded in any fiscal year (Section 32.112).

In the event the total amount of tax credits granted under Section 32.111 for the fiscal year is less than $10 million, this bill provides that the unused amount may be granted to qualifying businesses under Section 32.112, such that the combined amount awarded under the two sections does not exceed $11 million annually (Section 32.115).

This bill is similar to HB 1210 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2092 - Modifies provisions governing scholarships available for teacher recruitment and retention purposes
Sponsor: Rep. Ed Lewis (R)
Summary: HB 2092 -- TEACHER RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION

SPONSOR: Lewis (6)

This bill modifies the existing "Urban Flight and Rural Needs Scholarship Program" by changing the name to the "Teacher Recruitment and Retention State Scholarship Program".

The corresponding state treasury fund is also renamed accordingly. Additional provisions of the existing program are modified including increasing the maximum number of two-year scholarships from 200 in the 2025 academic year to 600 such scholarships by the 2030-31 school term.

Scholarships for up to 100% of eligible tuition and fees are to be awarded to "eligible students" as defined in the bill for up to two years. Students must agree to teach in "hard-to-staff schools" or "hard-to-staff subject areas" for two years for every year the scholarship is received.

The repayment rate of the scholarships for a failure to fulfill the agreement is set forth in the bill as 1% over the prevailing prime rate in effect on January 1st of the year the student is ineligible, with annual adjustments.

This bill is similar to HB 497 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2093 - Provides matching grant moneys to assist school districts with school renovation projects
Sponsor: Rep. Phil Amato (R)
Summary: HB 2093 -- SCHOOL RENOVATION PROJECTS

SPONSOR: Amato

This bill establishes the "Sullivan School Renovation Grant" and the "School Renovation Projects Matching Grant" program.

This program will provide school districts an opportunity to apply for a matching grant for "eligible projects"; such projects must be related to installation, repair, or renovation of roofing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, or windows.

The bill specifies the application and notification process and authorizes the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to review applications and determine grant recipients. Grant award calculations are outlined in the bill and the matching amount districts must provide is based on the district's per-pupil expenditures as specified in the bill. The Department may assign priority status to districts that demonstrate rank and priority score as outlined with facility destruction, district growth, and equalized assessed valuation per pupil contributing factors.

The bill creates the "School Safety Construction Projects Matching Grant Fund" and requires that the program will sunset August 28, 2030.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2094 - Requires school districts to provide instruction in cursive writing
Sponsor: Rep. Renee Reuter (R)
Summary: HB 2094 -- INSTRUCTION IN CURSIVE WRITING

SPONSOR: Reuter

This bill requires school districts and charter schools to provide instruction in cursive writing by the end of the fifth grade, including a proficiency test of competency in reading and writing cursive.

This bill is the same as HB 1502 (2024) and HB 232 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2098 - Modifies provisions relating to employment security benefits
Sponsor: Rep. Terry Thompson (R)
Summary: HB 2098 -- EMPLOYMENT SECURITY (Thompson)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Special Committee on Public Policy

This bill modifies the definition of "wages" to include vacation pay, termination pay, severance pay and holiday pay for the week that it is payable. Further, to determine eligibility for unemployment benefits, if the total wages are paid in a lump sum, the wages are prorated on a weekly basis at the rate of pay received by the insured at the time of termination.

This bill is similar to HB 1115 and HB 726 (2023).
Last Action:
04/24/2024 
S - Hearing Conducted

HB2101 - Modifies provisions relating to the "Champion for Children" tax credit for contributions to certain child advocacy organizations
Sponsor: Rep. Barbara Phifer (D)
Summary: HB 2101 -- CHAMPION FOR CHILDREN TAX CREDIT

SPONSOR: Phifer

Currently, a tax credit may be claimed in an amount equal to 50% of a contribution made to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), child advocacy centers, or crisis care centers. Beginning January 1, 2024, this bill increases the tax credit to 70% of such contributions.

Currently, the maximum amount of tax credits that may be claimed for all such contributions made to such qualified agencies shall not exceed $1.5 million. Beginning July 1, 2024, this bill provides that the amount of tax credits that may be claimed in a fiscal year shall not be limited.

The program shall be reauthorized as of August 28, 2024, and shall expire on December 31, 2030, unless reauthorized by the General Assembly.

This bill is similar to HB 1343 and SB 662 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2104 - Changes provisions governing educational scholarships
Sponsor: Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R)
Summary: HB 2104 -- EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

SPONSOR: Christofanelli

This bill modifies the current amount of tax credits for contributions to educational assistance organizations(EAO) for Missouri Empowerment Scholarships from $50 million to $75 million and provides for an annual adjustment to align with any percentage increase in pupil transportation funding above 90%.

The bill also provides additional funding for students with limited English proficiency, free and reduced lunch, and for students with an approved individualized education program.

The bill removes requirements that home school parents pass a background check before receiving funds and for any year that the total contributions to EAOs exceeds $25 million an additional EAO may be certified above the current limit of 10.

This bill modifies the definition of "qualified student" from students residing in specific counties or cities with 30,000 inhabitants and 200% of the income for qualification for free and reduced lunch to any elementary or secondary school student in the state with up to 400% of such income standard.
Last Action:
02/12/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB2105 - Requires school districts to report information about the school board to the election authority
Sponsor: Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R)
Summary: HB 2105 -- INFORMATION ABOUT SCHOOL BOARDS MEMBERS

SPONSOR: Christofanelli

This bill requires that before June 1st school districts submit to the election authority a report containing the name of the district, name, length and expiration of term for each board member and a hyper link to a web page or written documentation of the requirements and process for filing for candidacy to the board of education of the district.

The bill requires that the election authority in each district submit to the Secretary of State by July 1st, and the Secretary of State shall compile and post on the state website, an annual report listing the name, school district, election date, and expiration of term for each school board member by August 1st of each year.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2110 - Modifies provisions relating to property tax assessments of certain stationary property
Sponsor: Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R)
Summary: HB 2110 -- PROPERTY TAX

SPONSOR: Christofanelli

Beginning January 1, 2025, the provisions of current law relating to depreciable tangible personal property will apply to all real property, placed in service at any time, that is stationary property used for transportation or storage of liquid and gaseous products, including water, sewage, and natural gas that is not propane or LP gas, but not including petroleum products.

The county assessor shall estimate the value of the stationary property by applying the depreciation table described in the bill to the original cost of the property. Taxpayers who own such stationary property shall provide the assessor with the original cost and the year placed in service.

This bill is similar to HB 349 & SS SB 533 (2023); HCS HB 2208 (2022).
Last Action:
02/20/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

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

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Standing Committee on Government Efficiency and Downsizing

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 specifies 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).
Last Action:
04/22/2024 
S - Reported Do Pass

HB2112 - Authorizes a sales tax exemption for the purchase of diapers, incontinence products, feminine hygiene products, and certain vitamins
Sponsor: Rep. Wendy Hausman (R)
Summary: HB 2112 -- SALES TAX EXEMPTION FOR PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS

SPONSOR: Hausman

This bill authorizes a sales tax exemption for all sales of diapers, feminine hygiene products, and incontinence products, which are defined in the bill, as well as all sales of vitamins or minerals used to support prenatal and menstrual phases.

This bill is similar to SB 1127 (2024) and HB 351 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2113 - Establishes written parental consent requirements for individualized education programs (IEPs)
Sponsor: Rep. Philip Oehlerking (R)
Summary: HB 2113 -- SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORDS

SPONSOR: Oehlerking

This bill requires public schools that serve students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to implement parental consent procedures. Written parental consent shall be obtained and maintained for initial placement, annual placement, or other revisions to a student's IEP as outlined in the bill.

If the parents and local educational agency (LEA) only reach an agreement on certain IEP services or interim placement, the child's new IEP shall only be implemented in the areas of agreement with the current services remaining unchanged unless the local education agency follows procedures set forth in the bill which include a due process complaint and hearing.

If a child is identified as eligible for special education services, the parents have the right to visit any program proposed for their child. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shall adopt a parental consent form, as described in the bill, that each school district shall provide to parents, and districts may not proceed with implementation of a student's IEP without the parental consent form completed except as provided in the bill.

This bill is similar to HB 1663 (2024).
Last Action:
03/06/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB2123 - Establishes reporting requirements for school districts and the department of elementary and secondary education when a pupil commits suicide
Sponsor: Rep. Ian Mackey (D)
Summary: HB 2123 -- REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS

SPONSOR: Mackey

The bill requires that school districts report to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education the number of pupils that commit suicide within the district and that the Department publish such information annually.

This bill is the same as HB 1250 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2125 - Modifies provisions relating to age for school entry
Sponsor: Rep. Ian Mackey (D)
Summary: HB 2125 -- AGE FOR SCHOOL ENTRY

SPONSOR: Mackey

Currently, the minimum required attendance age for students is seven years of age. This bill lowers the age from seven to five years of age.

This bill is the same as HB 793 (2023) and is similar to HB 1942 (2022).
Last Action:
01/24/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB2129 - Creates provisions relating to attorney's fees for certain civil actions brought against political subdivisions
Sponsor: Rep. Ian Mackey (D)
Summary: HB 2129 -- CIVIL ACTIONS AGAINST POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS

SPONSOR: Mackey

This bill specifies that, in a civil action brought by the Attorney General against a political subdivision, including school districts, the court must award attorney's fees, court costs, and all other expenses incurred by the political subdivision or school district in defense of the action if such action is terminated in favor of the political subdivision or school district.

Additionally, any award of attorney's fees or other expenses incurred by the political subdivision or school district must be paid by funds appropriated to the Attorney General by the General Assembly on an annual basis for the expenses relating to the operation, personal costs, and equipment of the Attorney General's office, and cannot be paid from any other designated, statutory, or administrative fund.

This bill is similar to HB 798 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2139 - Establishes rules to govern contracts between contractors, subcontractors, and other parties to construction contracts
Sponsor: Rep. Bill Falkner (R)
Summary: HB 2139 -- CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS

SPONSOR: Falkner

This bill governs the enforceability of and requirements for construction contracts, as defined in the bill.

A construction contract shall be void and unenforceable if it provides that:

(1) A party may withhold payment to another party for either an amount in excess of the amount in dispute or for claims one party has against another party relating to or arising out of another contract or incident between those parties;

(2) A party cannot suspend performance or terminate the construction contract if another party fails to make prompt payments according to the construction contract terms;

(3) A party continues to work or supply, furnish, or provide materials, labor, or services if that party is not paid pursuant to the construction contract terms;

(4) A party performs, provides, or furnishes extra or additional construction work not included in the original scope of work without an agreement made and entered into before performing, providing, or furnishing the extra or additional work regarding the amount to be paid or the methodology for determining the amount to be paid;

(5) A party waives or releases any rights it has under the construction contract or by operation of law to recover any amount in dispute as a condition for receiving payment of an amount not in dispute;

(6) A party may take certain adverse actions as specified in the bill;

(7) The construction contract is subject to the laws of another state or that requires any litigation, arbitration, or other dispute resolution proceeding arising from the construction contract to be conducted in another state; and

(8) The payment by the owner to the contractor, or the payment by the contractor to a subcontractor or supplier, or the payment by a subcontractor to a sub-subcontractor or supplier at any tier, is a condition before payment to either the subcontractor, sub- subcontractor, or supplier at whatever tier who has performed in accordance with the construction contract terms. The bill also provides that in any construction contract between an owner and a contractor, the parties shall include a provision that requires the owner to pay the contractor within 40 days after receipt of an invoice or pay application following satisfactory completion of the portion of the work for which the contractor has sought payment. Any construction contract that does not contain such a provision shall be deemed to include the provision even if the contract states otherwise.

An owner shall not be required to pay amounts invoiced or subject to a contractor's pay application if subject to withholding due to the contractor's material noncompliance with the terms of the construction contract, provided that the amount withheld shall not exceed the reasonable value of the work in noncompliance. If an owner intends to withhold all or part of the amount invoiced by or subject to, the contractor's pay application, the owner shall give notice containing certain requirements as provided in the bill to the contractor in writing of its intention within 15 days after receipt of the invoice or pay application. The contractor shall within seven days after receipt of notice or of knowledge of withholding, provide a copy of the notice or information to each subcontractor affected. Failure by the owner or contractor to timely notify shall be deemed to be acceptance, subject only to the owner's or contractor's right to claim later that materially noncompliant work was subsequently discovered and that such work was not reasonably discoverable before the date for giving the notice.

In any construction contract between a contractor and a subcontractor, the parties shall include a provision that requires the contractor to pay the subcontractor within seven days after receipt of payment from the owner for the subcontractor's work. Any construction contract that does not contain such provision shall be deemed to include the provision even if the contract states otherwise. Within two business days after receipt of payment from the owner for one or more subcontractors' work, the contractor shall notify each subcontractor in writing, or electronically, of the amount of payment received. The contractor must within seven days of receipt of funds from the owner remit to each subcontractor its full share. Any funds received by the contractor from the owner for a subcontractor's work that the owner does not intend to pay to the subcontractor will promptly be returned to the owner. Partial payment by the owner to the contractor will not be a basis for the contractor to withhold more from the subcontractor than the owner withheld from the contractor for the subcontractor's work. This bill provides that a sub-subcontractor or supplier shall have the same rights and responsibilities in relation to its subcontractor as that subcontractor has to the contractor. Additionally, all rights and responsibilities shall flow down to all parties in the construction contract chain, no matter the tier.

The bill will not apply to the repair, remodeling, or addition to any owner-occupied residential property of four units or less and shall only apply to construction contracts or other agreements entered into on or after August 28, 2024.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2140 - Modifies provisions relating to elections
Sponsor: Rep. Peggy McGaugh (R)
Summary: HCS HB 2140 -- ELECTIONS (McGaugh)

Committee of Origin: Elections and Elected Officials

This bill modifies provisions related to elections.

The bill allows the officer or agency calling an election to notify the election authority responsible for conducting the election of an election via email.

Currently, the filing time for declarations of candidacy for offices in political subdivisions or special districts not otherwise specified in law or charter is from the 17th Tuesday prior to the election through the 14th Tuesday prior to the election.

This bill moves the filing time by one week, from the 16th Tuesday prior to the election to the 13th Tuesday prior to the election. The bill also provides that if the 13th Tuesday prior to the election is a state or federal holiday, the closing filing date shall be the next day that is not a state or federal holiday.

This bill specifies that the election authority for a political subdivision or special district must label taxation-related ballot measures submitted by the political subdivision or special district numerically or alphabetically, and that ballot measures cannot be labeled in any other descriptive manner.

Currently, covered voters eligible to register to vote, interstate former residents, and new residents may vote by absentee ballot for presidential and vice presidential electors. This bill allows such voters to vote at the office of the election authority on election day for such electors.

The bill specifies that lists of absentee voters with permanent disabilities shall be kept confidential and shall not be posted or displayed in an area open to the public nor shown to any unauthorized person.

Currently, each absentee ballot received by the election authority must be marked as received on the list and if any of the statements on any ballot envelope have not been completed, the absentee ballot is rejected. This bill adds that the election authority shall compare the signature on the ballot envelope with the signature of the voter on the voter's registration record and if the signature is inconsistent with the voter's signature on the voter's registration record, the envelope shall be rejected. Currently, provisional ballots are available at elections where federal or statewide candidates or statewide ballot measures are on the ballot. This bill makes provisional ballots available at any public election.

This bill adds threatening to harm or engaging in conduct reasonably calculated to harass or alarm an election official or member of one's family, attempting to pressure an election official to violate a provision of election law, and doxxing an election official or member of one's family as class three election offenses. If the prohibited activity results in death or bodily injury to an election official or member of the official's family, the offense shall be a class B felony.

Currently, electioneering activities are prohibited within a certain distance of a polling location on election day. This bill applies the same restrictions to locations where in-person absentee voting occurs during the absentee voting period. The bill also adds circulating initiative and referendum petitions to this list of prohibited activities within a certain distance of a polling location.

The bill repeals an existing sunset on a statutory provision granting the Secretary of State's office subpoena power for the purpose of investigating allegations of election offenses.

This bill creates the "Missouri Elections Sovereignty Act". The bill specifies that the State of Missouri reserves the right to determine the time, place, and manner of its own state elections, and declares that any federal laws regulating the same shall apply only to federal elections.

The bill also requires any ballot measure seeking approval to add, change, or modify a tax on real property to express the effect of the proposed change within the ballot language in terms of the change in real dollars owed per $100,000 of a property's market valuation.

The bill specifies that, if the voters in a political subdivision approve a temporary levy increase prior to the expiration of a previously approved temporary levy increase, the new tax rate ceiling will remain in effect only until the temporary levy increase expires under the terms originally approved by a vote of the people. At that time, the tax rate ceiling will be decreased by the amount of the temporary levy increase unless voters of the political subdivision are asked to approve an additional permanent increase and such increase is approved. Beginning with the general assessment performed in 2023, when voters in a school district serving a census-designated place with more than 27,000 but fewer than 30,000 inhabitants and located in a county with more than one million inhabitants passes an increase in the school district's tax rate, the school district shall use the current tax rate ceiling and the increase approved by the voters in establishing the rates of levy for the tax year immediately following the election. If the assessed valuation of real property in a school district sees a reduction in value in the tax year immediately following the election, the school district may raise its tax rates so that the revenue received from its local real property tax rates equals the amount the school district would have received from the increased rates of levy had there been no reduction in the assessed valuation of real property in the school district. In the event of an increased tax rate ceiling, such rate shall be revenue neutral as required in Article X, Section 22 of the Constitution of Missouri.
Last Action:
04/22/2024 
S - Referred to Senate Committee on Local Government and Elections

HB2142 - Modifies provisions relating to an income tax deduction for broadband internet expansion grants
Sponsor: Rep. Ben Baker (R)
Summary: HB 2142 -- TAX DEDUCTION FOR BROADBAND GRANT FUNDS (Baker)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Special Committee on Tax Reform

Currently, a taxpayer may deduct from State income tax 100% of any Federal grant money received for the purpose of providing or expanding access to broadband Internet to areas of the State that lack access. This bill expands the deduction to included State or local grant money and limits the deduction only to money dispersed for this express purpose.
Last Action:
04/23/2024 
S - Voted Do Pass

HB2143 - Creates the "Foreign Adversary Divestment Act", requiring the state and local government entities to divest from investments in foreign adversaries
Sponsor: Rep. Brian Seitz (R)
Summary: HB 2143 -- DIVESTMENT FROM FOREIGN ADVERSARIES

SPONSOR: Seitz

This bill establishes the "Foreign Adversary Divestment Act".

All state-managed funds, as defined in the bill, are prohibited from holding investments in any foreign adversary, as defined in the bill, state-owned enterprise of a foreign adversary, company domiciled within a foreign adversary, or a company owned or controlled by any such entity.

State-managed funds are further prohibited from investing or depositing public funds in any bank domiciled or principally located within a foreign adversary.

Any state-managed fund in violation of this bill is required to immediately begin divestment of any public holdings, to be fully divested within two years of the effective date of the bill.

Within six months after the effective date of this bill, the State Treasurer shall identify companies subject to these restrictions and distribute a list of these restricted companies to each state- managed fund. Methods of gathering this information are specified in the bill.
Last Action:
04/02/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass

HB2145 - Removes an expiration date of provisions governing participation in athletics competitions
Sponsor: Rep. Brian Seitz (R)
Summary: HB 2145 -- RELATING TO ATHLETICS ORGANIZED BY SEX

SPONSOR: Seitz

Currently schools are prohibited from allowing any students to compete in an athletics competition designated for a specific biological sex unless that biological sex matches the student's official birth certificate. This provision is set to expire on August 28th, 2027.

This bill removes the expiration date for this language.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2147 - Changes provisions governing the statewide assessment system
Sponsor: Rep. Mike Henderson (R)
Summary: HB 2147 -- STUDENT ASSESSMENT

SPONSOR: Henderson

This bill modifies language relating to the statewide assessment system by requiring that the State Board of Education (SBE) make the system student-centered and use assessments across the school year that support teaching, learning, and program improvement, so that a summative profile is developed of the student's learning.

The bill requires the SBE to select an assessment that meets the federal requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the assessment may only be used to ensure compliance. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is also required to apply for a waiver of the (ESSA) testing requirements.

The requirements for the assessment are described in the bill and include that it show student skill evolution, measure growth during and across years, and provide multiple opportunities for students to show proficiency.

The bill also requires the SBE to adopt a statewide accountability system for public schools including virtual schools that will annually measure academic achievement, progress in elementary schools, graduation rate for high schools and school quality or student success. The current school accountability report card will be transitioned to an accountability dashboard beginning in the 2024-25 school year.

Beginning in the 2025-26 school year and in each subsequent year the school accountability report card must provide each student's grade-level equivalence as measured on the statewide assessment.

Data relating to the grade-level equivalence must be searchable on a building-by-building, school-by-school, district-by-district, and statewide level. Such data must display a percentage of students that are at grade level or above for each level, provided that no data will disclose personal identification of any student except to a student's parent.

The bill requires the SBE to identify and recognize by July 1, 2025, a minimum of two national school accreditation agencies and beginning in the 2027-28 school year allow for districts that have an accreditation from either of the national agencies to be considered fully accredited for state purposes.

The bill modifies provisions of the School Turnaround Program to reflect updates to the state accountability system and to provide comprehensive support and improvement schools or targeted support and improvement schools with assistance.

This bill is similar to HCS HB 49 (2023).
Last Action:
02/15/2024 
H - Referred to House committee on Elementary and Secondary Education

HB2156 - Modifies provisions relating to certain public school retirement systems boards of trustees
Sponsor: Rep. Philip Oehlerking (R)
Summary: HB 2156 -- PUBLIC SCHOOL RETIREMENT SYSTEMS

SPONSOR: Oehlerking

Currently, the composition of the board of trustees is 11; this bill increases the number of trustees to 13.

The additional two trustees would be appointed for four year terms by the Missouri public charter school association. The trustees should have experience or qualifications relevant to public charter schools and the retirement system. Their appointment would be under similar rules and regulations applicable to other trustees including taking the oath of office as indicated in the bill.

Currently, it is required to have six votes for a decision by the trustees at any meeting of the board of trustees, this bill changes the number of required votes to seven. The bill leaves unchanged the current requirement for each trustee to have one vote in the board of trustees.
Last Action:
03/04/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

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.
Last Action:
03/12/2024 
H - Superseded by HB 1993

HB2160 - Establishes provisions governing duties and responsibilities of public education entities
Sponsor: Rep. Ben Baker (R)
Summary: HB 2160 -- PUBLIC EDUCATION ENTITIES

SPONSOR: Baker

This bill adds compensation and benefits for public employees, including employees of public institutions of higher education and public school districts and charter schools, to the Missouri Accountability Portal Database (Section 37.850, RSMo).

The bill establishes the "Parents' Bill of Rights Act of 2023" and provides a list of rights that parents may require school districts that receive federal or state money to follow.

Rights listed in the bill include but are not limited to:

(1) The right to review curricula, books, and instructional materials;

(2) The right to visit school during school hours, receive school records, and be notified about situations that affect their minor child's safety; and

(3) The right to have sufficient accountability and transparency regarding school boards.

School district restrictions are also outlined in the bill and include:

(1) Limits on nondisclosure agreements to review curriculum or for IEP meetings and certain other meeting and hearings specified in the bill;

(2) Allowing student involvement in school assemblies, field trips, or other extracurricular activities without written authorization from the parent;

(3) Biometric data collection; and

(4) Public meeting requirements that allow public comment. Each school district and public school must notify parents of all reported incidents pertaining to student safety including, but not limited to, any felony or misdemeanor committed by teachers or other school employees.

Each school board shall adopt policies that will ensure accountability and transparency for parents in the district as outlined in the bill, and employees of the school are prohibited from coercing a minor child from withholding information from a parent. The bill provides details on civil actions that may be taken against a school district and provides that withholdings from state funding may occur for noncompliance (Section 161.841).

This bill requires that beginning in the 2025-26 school year that all school districts and charter schools post on the school's website the approved school curriculum that will be used for pupil instruction.

Any changes to the curriculum must be updated on the website within 30 days and notice must be provided in a form of written communication with parents. Any curriculum that is trademarked or copyrighted may not be widely disseminated to the public.

The bill requires that districts and charter schools provide a link to the library management system for the district or charter school for parents to access book title, author, and bibliography information, along with a system for notification of any book accessed by a parent's child.

The bill provides details on civil actions that may be taken against a school district and provides that withholdings from state funding may occur for noncompliance (Section 170.231).

The bill specifies that teachers and students cannot be compelled to adopt, affirm, or profess ideas in violation of Title IV and VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 including but not limited to: that individuals of any race, ethnicity, color, or national origin are inherently superior or inferior; and that individuals, by virtue of their race, ethnicity, color, or national origin, bear collective guilt and are inherently responsible for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race, ethnicity, color, or national origin.

Students, parents, or teachers may file a complaint with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education or the state Attorney General for violations (Section 170.355).

This bill is similar to HCS HB 482 (2023).
Last Action:
03/06/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB2161 - Specifies that the St. Louis City school board shall fill any vacancy that occurs in such school board outside of the normal election cycle
Sponsor: Rep. Peggy McGaugh (R)
Summary: HB 2161 -- SCHOOL BOARD VACANCIES

SPONSOR: McGaugh

Currently, school board vacancies in Kansas City public school district are filled by special election. This bill repeals that provision, filling such vacancies by appointment by members of the board.

Currently, school board vacancies in St. Louis City metropolitan school district are filled by appointment by the Mayor of St. Louis City. This bill repeals that provision, filling such vacancies by appointment by members of the board.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2168 - Provides a sales and use tax exemption for certain machinery and equipment used in providing broadband services
Sponsor: Rep. Aaron McMullen (R)
Summary: HB 2168 -- SALES AND USE TAX EXEMPTION

SPONSOR: McMullen

Beginning January 1, 2025, this bill exempts from state and local sales and use tax all sales, purchases or use of machinery and equipment used to provide broadband communications services by a broadband communications service provider. To qualify for the exemption, a provider must provide to the seller a certificate in writing of the exemption. The Director of the Department of Revenue must allow a provider to enter into a direct pay agreement with the Department to pay any applicable sales and use taxes on the equipment.
Last Action:
04/16/2024 
H - Referred to House Committee on Utilities

HB2173 - Creates a grant program for employers to enhance cybersecurity
Sponsor: Rep. Dan Houx (R)
Summary: HB 2173 -- GRANTS TO EMPLOYERS FOR CYBERSECURITY

SPONSOR: Houx

This bill creates a one-time grant for enhancing cybersecurity for employers, distributed by the Department of Economic Development.

No grant distributed in this program shall exceed 90% of the total cost of a cybersecurity enhancement by an employer.

In distributing grants, the Department shall reserve 50% of grant funding for qualifying employers with no more than 50 employees until January 1, after which time any amount of such reserved amounts may be issued to any otherwise eligible employer.

The bill limits the amount that may be distributed in any fiscal year to $10 million and the limit to any individual employer to $15,000.

The Department shall create an online application form available on its website which is to be the sole means of applying for grants.

The bill limits the factors that the Department may consider in assessing an employer's funding plans.

An employer who receives a grant shall submit documentation within one year from distribution showing how the grant funds were spent.

In the case of employers with employees and locations outside of Missouri, grant funds shall be used only for locations and employees residing in Missouri.

This bill is similar to HB 668 (2023) and HB 2436 (2022).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2174 - Exempts the retail sale of food from state sales and use tax
Sponsor: Rep. Adam Schnelting (R)
Summary: HB 2174 -- SALES AND USE TAX EXEMPTION

SPONSOR: Schnelting

Beginning January 1, 2025, there shall be no state sales or use tax levied or imposed on any retail food.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2177 - Modifies provisions relating to age for school entry
Sponsor: Rep. Bruce Sassmann (R)
Summary: HB 2177 -- COMPULSORY SCHOOL AGE

SPONSOR: Sassmann

Currently, the minimum required attendance age for students is seven years of age. This bill lowers the age from seven to six years of age.

This bill is similar to HB 793 (2023).
Last Action:
01/24/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB2178 - Changes provisions governing charter schools
Sponsor: Rep. Doug Richey (R)
Summary: HB 2178 -- CHARTER SCHOOL EXPANSION

SPONSOR: Richey

This bill expands where charter schools may be operated to include any school district located within a charter county, currently this includes St. Charles, Jefferson and St. Louis counties, as well as in any district that includes a municipality with a population greater than 30,000.

Procedures relating to changes in a school district's accreditation status that affect charter schools are repealed under this bill as are "workplace charter schools" (Section 160.400, RSMo).

The bill modifies language that restricts which charter schools may receive state aid (Section 160.415).

As specified in this bill, St. Louis City shall not adopt, enforce, impose, or administer an ordinance, local policy, or local resolution that prohibits property sold, leased, or transferred by the city from being used for any lawful education purpose by a charter school.

St. Louis City may not impose, enforce, or apply any deed restriction that expressly, or by its operation, prohibits property sold, leased, or transferred by the city from being used for any lawful educational purpose by a charter school.

If St. Louis City offers property of the city for sale, lease, or rent, St. Louis shall not refuse to sell, lease, or rent to a charter school solely because the charter school intends to use the property for an educational purpose (Section 160.422).

This bill is similar to HB 158 (2023) and HB 2087 (2022).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2180 - Prohibits firearms businesses within one thousand feet of a child care facility, school, or religious organization
Sponsor: Rep. Deb Lavender (D)
Summary: HB 2180 -- FIREARMS BUSINESSES

SPONSOR: Lavender

This bill prevents any county, board, or commission thereof; municipality or board, council, or commission thereof from granting a license to a federal firearms licensee to establish or operate a firearms business within 1,000 feet of any charter school, child care facility, parochial school, private school, public school, or religious organization in existence on or after August 28, 2024.

For purposes of the bill, 1,000 feet is measured in a straight line from the firearms business to one of the entities listed in the bill.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2183 - Modifies and establishes provisions relating to child care
Sponsor: Rep. Wendy Hausman (R)
Summary: HCS HBs 2183 & 2529 -- CHILD CARE

SPONSOR: Hausman

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass with HCS" by the Standing Committee on Children and Families by a vote of 9-0.

The following is a summary of the House Committee Substitute for HB 2183.

This bill enacts several provisions relating to child care.



BUSINESS DISTRICTS (Section 71.796)

The bill allows governing bodies, in establishing and maintaining business districts, to lease or contract with child care facilities in addition to current abilities to construct and operate such facilities.

SUCCESS TAX CREDIT (Section 135.2560)

This bill establishes the "Supporting Use of Child Care for Economic Stability and Security Tax Credit".

Beginning January 1, 2025, an eligible taxpayer shall be allowed a nonrefundable tax credit equal to the employment-related expenses for up to two qualifying children, not to exceed:

(1) Expenses of $1,800 for each child who was under two years of age at any time during the tax year for which the tax credit is being sought; and

(2) Expenses of $1,200 for each child who was two years of age or older during all of the tax year and under six years of age at any time during the tax year for which the tax credit is being sought.

A tax credit under this proposal shall not be claimed by more than one taxpayer for the same child. This tax credit shall be nontransferable and nonrefundable, and shall not be carried back or forward to any other tax year.

The program sunsets on December 31, 2030.

PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION (Section 137.099)

Upon voter approval of a Constitutional amendment, this bill authorizes a property tax exemption of all property, real and personal, used primarily by a child care facility for the care of a child outside of his or her home by a child care provider.

The bill grants an annual exemption equal to 50% of the applicable state and local property assessed on the real and personal property of the child care home to the extent such property is used for child care.



SMOKING IN CHILD CARE FACILITIES (Section 191.776)

The bill prohibits smoking or any other use of tobacco or marijuana products in any area of a child care facility that is licensed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. A person in violation of this provision relating to tobacco shall be guilty of an infraction, and a person in violation of this provision relating to marijuana shall be guilty of a class B misdemeanor.

SAFE SLEEP POLICY (Section 210.223)

This bill adds a new provision providing that, for licensed child care facilities that provide care to children under one year of age, any costs incurred in the completion of required training on safe sleep policies may be paid by the employees or volunteers of the child care facility; the facility itself; a public or private third party; or the State, subject to appropriation.

REGISTRATION FORMS FOR CERTAIN CARE WORKERS

Currently, the Department of Health and Senior Services requires child-care workers, elder-care workers, personal-care workers, and mental health workers to register, as well as complete a criminal background check. The bill adds public or private third parties, as well as the State, subject to appropriation, to the list of eligible entities that may pay the costs of the background check.

BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR CHILD CARE STAFF MEMBERS (Sections 210.906 & 210.1080)

This bill adds public or private third parties, as well as the State (subject to appropriation), to the list of eligible entities that may pay the cost of a criminal background check for a child care staff member prior to his or her employment or presence in a child care facility.



The following is a summary of the public testimony from the committee hearing. The testimony was based on the introduced version of the bill. PROPONENTS: Those who support the bill say that this is a pro- business and pro-family measure that should not be construed to be a fix for everything, but works to address the workforce shortage in the state and could be used to help pay workers more, make necessary updates to facilities, and invest in the community.

Testifying for the bill were Representative Hausman; Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Missouri Catholic Conference; and Campaign Life Missouri.

OPPONENTS: Those who oppose the bill say that expanding child care has led to separate standards between child care centers, daycares, and school daycare centers. A more appropriate fix would be to focus on mothers, and tax credits should be used to help mothers stay home with their children.

Testifying against the bill were Lisa Pannett; and Arnie C.Dienoff.

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.
Last Action:
03/04/2024 
H - Reported Do Pass

HB2184 - Modifies provisions governing school performance measures
Sponsor: Rep. Mike Haffner (R)
Summary: HCS HB 2184 -- ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES FOR SCHOOLS

SPONSOR: Haffner

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass with HCS" by the Standing Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education by a vote of 13 to 2.

The following is a summary of the House Committee Substitute for HB 2184.

This bill 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 bill 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 on the DESE website and DESE shall include in its annual budget request sufficient resources in personnel and equipment to prepare the report cards.

Beginning with the 2026-27 school year and in all subsequent school years, the bill also establishes provisions relating to the preparation of annual performance ratings for public schools based on students' academic performance. The bill sets forth a methodology for calculating the annual performance ratings for elementary and secondary schools and school districts and charter schools 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 bill. For secondary 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 consider certain factors when measuring college and career readiness, such as Advanced Placement scores and International Baccalaureate program scores. For secondary 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 bill, 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 bill, and shall additionally have the authority to promulgate rules including incentives or rewards for schools, school districts, and charter schools that receive an annual performance rating score of 90% or more or that increase their score by 10% over a three-year period.

The following is a summary of the public testimony from the committee hearing. The testimony was based on the introduced version of the bill.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that this bill will provide an emphasis on growth and measures what matters most. Adding a value-added growth model is important as it truly measures not just achievement but anticipated growth for individual students. Schools should be held accountable if the students in the district are not achieving at the level anticipated and when students struggle the future is impacted. Providing information to parents is important and this bill will help parents become more aware of how their child is performing.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative Haffner; Stacey Preis, Aligned; Dean Johnson, Quality Schools Coalition; Danielle Holcomb; Jillian Raining Bird; and Tricia McGhee, Revolucion Educativa.

OPPONENTS: Those who oppose the bill say that while it is important to see discussion on accountability, having that accountability being tied to an end of the year test misses the mark. There are ways to make report cards clearer and there is an issue with districts and parents not being able to see the test as there is no transparency. The current accreditation system factors in more than just a test score as schools are doing more than just academics and deserve credit for the areas that cannot be tested.

Testifying in person against the bill were Lisa Pannett, Armorvine; Keith D. Smith, Kansas City Public Schools; Otto Fajen, Missouri Nea; Steven R. Carroll, Coop School Districts Of Greater Kansas City; Mike Lodewegen, Missouri Council Of School Administrators. 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.
Last Action:
04/17/2024 
H - Reported Do Pass

HB2195 - Modifies the required school year start date for school districts in which a charter school operates
Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Coleman (R)
Summary: HB 2195 -- PUBLIC SCHOOL CALENDARS

SPONSOR: Coleman

This bill allows any school district in which a charter school is operating to set an opening school date earlier than 14 calendar days prior to the first Monday in September.

This bill is the same as SB 882 (2024).
Last Action:
01/03/2024 
H - Read First Time

HB2197 - Requires a state agency to repeal two existing rules before enacting a new one
Sponsor: Rep. Brad Hudson (R)
Summary: HB 2197 -- ADMINISTRATIVE RULES

SPONSOR: Hudson

This bill prohibits a rule proposed by a department, agency, commission, or board from taking effect unless the entity proposing the rule also repeals at least two existing rules.

This bill is the same as HB 1961 (2024) and HB 269 (2023).
Last Action:
02/29/2024 
H - Superseded by HB 1961

HB2198 - Provides protections against ideological discrimination in postsecondary education
Sponsor: Rep. Brad Hudson (R)
Summary: HB 2198 -- PROTECTIONS AGAINST IDEOLOGICAL DISCRIMINATION

SPONSOR: Hudson

This bill defines "discriminatory ideology" as including any ideology that promotes the differential treatment of any individual or group of individuals based on characteristics of race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, national origin, or ancestry.

The bill prohibits any public institution of post secondary education from requiring any applicant, employee, student, or contractor to endorse such discriminatory ideology. The bill also prevents institutions from requiring a "diversity, equity, and inclusion statement", as defined in the bill, from such individuals. Any individual that is determined to have been compelled to endorse a discriminatory ideology or submit a diversity, equity, and inclusion statement, or that is adversely affected by preferential considerations provided to any individual that endorses such ideology or submits such statement, may pursue an action for injunctive or declaratory relief against such institution, as provided in the bill.

This bill requires academic institutions to develop a policy for compliance by July 1, 2025. The policy shall include disciplinary measures for an employee who violates the policy. Beginning July 1, 2026, institutions shall submit an annual written report on compliance to the Joint Committee on Higher Education.

This bill is the same as HB 1737 (2024) and HCS HB 1196 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2200 - Allows an additional thirty days for individuals sixty-two years of age and older to file property tax assessment appeals
Sponsor: Rep. Aaron Crossley (D)
Summary: HB 2200 -- PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT APPEALS

SPONSOR: Crossley

This bill gives persons 62 years of age and older an additional 30 calendar days after the date provided by law to file an appeal of the assessment of property to the county board of equalization.
Last Action:
01/11/2024 
H - Referred to House-Special Committee on Property Tax Reform

HB2205 - Authorizes a tax credit for donations made to certain organizations
Sponsor: Rep. Kimberly-Ann Collins (D)
Summary: HB 2205 -- TAX CREDIT

SPONSOR: Collins

Subject to appropriation, beginning January 1, 2025, this bill establishes a tax credit equal to 50% of a taxpayer's contribution to a qualified organization that provides support services and assistance to justice-involved individuals and people in recovery from substance use disorders.

Qualified organizations shall not have:

(1) An annual budget in excess of $5 million;

(2) Any employee who receives more than $125,000 in annual compensation; or

(3) Affiliation with any housing organization unless accredited by the National Alliance of Recovery Residences or Adult and Teen Challenge USA.

Qualified organizations are permitted to decline contributions.

Any tax credit that cannot be claimed for the tax year in which the contribution is made may be carried forward to the next four succeeding tax years until the full credit has been claimed.

No taxpayer shall be allowed to claim a credit unless the total amount of their contribution has a value of at least $250, except for any excess credit carried forward.

The cumulative amount of tax credits allowed to all taxpayers shall not exceed $2.5 million per tax year. In any given calendar year, no more than 20% of the total available tax credits shall be authorized for contributions to a single qualified organization.

The tax credit created in this bill shall be subject to the provisions of the Tax Credit Accountability Act, and shall sunset on December 31st, six years after the effective date.

This bill is similar to HB 1444 (2024); HB 1028 (2023); HB 2527 (2022); and SB 547 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2206 - Relating to political subdivisions
Sponsor: Rep. Richard West (R)
Summary: HCS HB 2206 -- POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS

SPONSOR: West

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass with HCS" by the Standing Committee on Government Efficiency and Downsizing by a vote of 8 to 4.

This bill requires political subdivisions, by July 1, 2025, to adopt a meeting speaker policy to ensure that certain requirements set out in the bill are followed at each meeting of the governing body of the political subdivision.

The requirements include setting an amount of time at the beginning of every meeting for public comment; not banning or removing an individual from a meeting unless he or she is committing or has committed a crime at the place where the meeting is held; and providing a method of submitting written public comment for persons who cannot attend the meeting.

The governing body may include in its speaker policy a time limit on individual speakers of not less than three minutes per speaker, and a cumulative limit of one hour of public comment or 20 speakers, whichever is less based upon the number of minutes designated per speaker, and identifying information of each speaker.

If the governing body needs to hold a meeting on less than 24 hours' notice, or if the meeting will be conducted exclusively electronically, or at a time that is not reasonably convenient for the public, the nature of the good cause justifying departure from the normal requirements must be stated in the minutes. Meetings held in person and not subject to being closed under the Sunshine Law will be conducted so as to allow in-person public attendance.

This bill further relates to political subdivisions. Please see the Summary Sheet for a detailed list of the additional language added in the committee version of the House bill.

The following is a summary of the public testimony from the committee hearing. The testimony was based on the introduced version of the bill.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that this bill addresses meetings of governing bodies of political subdivisions. The bill mandates that political subdivisions adopt speaker policies for conducting public hearings or open forums, with minimum standards specified, while allowing political subdivisions to otherwise determine their own policies. Additionally, the bill requires political subdivisions to hold open forums to facilitate public input. However, one witness residing in a particular political subdivision notes that it does not currently allow time for public comment, potentially resorting to police intervention for those expressing disagreement. This situation undermines confidence in the system, as dissenting voices risk being silenced by the political subdivision. Consequently, individuals may fear attending meetings due to the risk of being shut down, ridiculed, or embarrassed, discouraging their participation. Even when individuals submit statements as required by policy, political subdivisions may fail to address them by omitting them from the agenda. Furthermore, the requirement of a $50 deposit before responding to a Sunshine request by political subdivision adds an additional barrier. While the bill is commendable, it lacks mechanisms for citizen enforcement, rendering it toothless. Therefore, while proponents encourage its passage, they acknowledge its limitations in effectively safeguarding citizens' rights.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative West; Kerri Vanmeveren; and April Cederburg.

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.
Last Action:
04/24/2024 
H - Placed on Informal Calendar

HB2211 - Establishes provisions relating to the creation of a vapor product directory
Sponsor: Rep. Lane Roberts (R)
Summary: HB 2211 -- IMPORTING VAPING PRODUCTS

SPONSOR: Roberts

This bill requires that on or before January 1, 2025, and annually thereafter, every manufacturer of vapor products sold in this state shall certify that the manufacturer agrees to comply with the requirements specified in the bill. The manufacturer must also certify that they have received a marketing authorization for the vapor product from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the vapor product was marketed in the United States as of August 8, 2016, the manufacturer submitted a premarket tobacco product application for the vapor product to the FDA on or before September 9, 2020, and the application remains under review or a final decision on the application has not taken effect. A manufacturer shall submit a certification form that lists each vapor product sold in the state.

Each annual certification form shall be accompanied by a copy of the marketing authorization or other order for the vapor product issued by the FDA or evidence of submission of the premarket tobacco product application, and a payment of $200 for each vapor product the first time a manufacturer submits a certification form for the product and $200 annually thereafter for each vapor product. A manufacturer is required to notify the Director within 30 days of any material change to the certification form.

On or before June 1, 2025, the Director of the Department of Revenue shall maintain and make publicly available a directory that lists all vapor product manufacturers and vapor products for which certification forms have been submitted. A manufacturer must be provided notice and given 15 days to correct any deficiencies before the manufacturer or product can be removed from the directory. If a product is removed from the directory, each retailer, distributor, and wholesaler shall have 21 days, from the day the product is removed from the directory, to remove the product from its inventory.

Beginning June 1, 2025, or on the date the Director first makes the directory publicly available, only a vapor product that is included in the directory may be sold.

A wholesaler, distributor, or retailer of vapor products who violates this provision shall receive the following penalties:

(1) For a first violation, a civil penalty of $500 per day for each product until the offending product is removed from the market or is properly listed in the directory; (2) For a second violation within a 12 month period, suspension of the licensee's license for at least 14 days;

(3) For a third violation within a 12 month period, suspension of the licensee's license for at least 60 days;

(4) For a fourth and subsequent violation within a 12 month period, suspension of the licensee's license for at least 1 year; and

A manufacturer of vapor products whose products are not listed in the directory and are sold in this state is subject to a civil penalty of $500 per day for each product in violation until the offending product is removed from the market or properly listed in the directory. Any manufacturer of vapor products that falsely represents any of the information required by this bill shall be guilty of a class C misdemeanor for each false representation and a repeated violation shall constitute an unfair trade practice under Sections 375.930 RSMo to Section 375.948 RSMo.

The Director or Attorney General may examine the records of any distributor, wholesaler, or retailer to determine compliance. The Director or Attorney General may make inspections at any time during normal business hours, and may inspect the premises to ascertain whether non compliant vapor products are present. Unannounced follow-up inspections of all non compliant distributors, wholesalers, and retailers are required within 30 days of any violation. Results of such inspections shall be made available to the public upon request. The director shall disclose any compliance related information that is requested by the Attorney General.

Any vapor products that are in violation are considered contraband goods and may be seized without a warrant. The cost of such seizure and resulting destruction of offending vapor products will be paid by the person from whom the products are confiscated.

Any nonresident manufacturer of vapor products that is not registered to do business in the state shall appoint an agent to receive any service of process resulting from any proceeding against the nonresident manufacturer to be included in the directory. The manufacturer shall notify the department of any appointment or termination of an agent, as specified in the bill.

Any manufacturer who has not appointed an agent shall be deemed to have appointed the Secretary of State as its agent for service of process. The appointment of the Secretary of State for this service shall not satisfy inclusion or retention within the directory. On or before December 31, 2025, and annually thereafter, the Director shall provide a report to the General Assembly regarding the directory.
Last Action:
03/06/2024 
H - Removed from House Hearing Agenda - House-Crime Prevention and Public Safety - 3/7/24 - 9:30 am or Upon Adjournment - HR 7

HB2225 - Changes the filing dates for political subdivision and special district elections
Sponsor: Rep. Gary Bonacker (R)
Summary: HB 2225 -- CANDIDATE FILING DATES

SPONSOR: Bonacker

Currently, if the opening date for filing a declaration of candidacy for any office in a political subdivision or special district is not required by law or charter, the filing date is the 17th Tuesday prior to the election, and the closing filing date for such offices is the 14th Tuesday prior to the election.

This bill changes those dates, with the opening filing date occurring on the 16th Tuesday prior to the election, and the closing filing date occurring on the 11th Tuesday prior to the election.
Last Action:
01/05/2024 
H - Referred to House committee on Elections and Elected Officials

HB2249 - Requires all school districts and charter schools to provide early childhood education programs
Sponsor: Rep. Crystal Quade (D)
Summary: HB 2249 -- EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAMS

SPONSOR: Quade

This bill modifies current eligibility for early childhood education programs, beginning in the 2024-25 school year to allow all students between the ages of three and five to count in the school's average daily attendance.

The bill specifies that in the 2025-26 and 2026-27 school years all districts and charter schools that currently offer kindergarten must provide or contract with an eligible early childhood program. Beginning in the 2027-28 school year districts and charters may no longer contract with a program and must offer it as part of the public education program of the district or charter school.

In the school years between 2024-25 and 2027-28 schools that are not currently offering an early childhood education program may request money for any eligible expenses to develop such a program. Eligible expenses include equipment, staff, and space requirement expansion. The bill creates the "Early Childhood Education Program Start-Up Fund" to provide clarification on the appropriation and disbursements for this Program.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2250 - Requires career and technical education programs to offer courses leading to insurance licensing and certification
Sponsor: Rep. Michael Johnson (D)
Summary: HB 2250 -- INSURANCE LICENSURE COURSE CREATION

SPONSOR: Johnson (23)

This bill requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop performance standards, course competencies, and a written model curriculum framework related to insurance licensing and certification for all career and technical education programs by the 2025-26 school year and for all career and technical education programs to adopt the model curriculum or similar curriculum by the 2026-27 school year.

This bill is similar to HB 987 (2023).
Last Action:
04/10/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB2252 - Requires school districts to excuse students with mental or behavioral health concerns from attendance at school
Sponsor: Rep. Michael Johnson (D)
Summary: HB 2252 -- EXCUSED ABSENCE FOR MENTAL HEALTH

SPONSOR: Johnson (23)

This bill requires that beginning in the 2025-26 school year, school districts must excuse an absence, for students in sixth grade to 12th grade, from school attendance requirements, if the absence is for a mental health appointment. The bill specifies requirements for proof of each occurrence and notification to the school.

This bill is similar to HB 728 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2259 - Modifies provisions relating to motor vehicle assessment valuations
Sponsor: Rep. Renee Reuter (R)
Summary: HB 2259 -- MOTOR VEHICLE ASSESSMENT

SPONSOR: Reuter

Currently, for vehicles less than two years older than the model year, a county assessor may use a value other than the average trade-in value without performing a physical inspection.

This bill specifies that, the true value of motor vehicles is equal to, but no higher than, the trade-in value as published in the October issue of the National Automobile Dealers' Association Official Used Car Guide.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2264 - Requires counties to provide for semiannual payments of current and delinquent personal property taxes
Sponsor: Rep. Jonathan Patterson (R)
Summary: HB 2264 -- PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES

SPONSOR: Patterson

This bill allows a county, by either order or ordinance, to provide taxpayers with the option to pay their current and delinquent personal property taxes on a semiannual basis, at the option of the taxpayer.

A county may charge interest or fees if a taxpayer fails to make a semiannual payment.
Last Action:
01/05/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2269 - Exempts certain motor vehicles from sales tax
Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Knight (R)
Summary: HB 2269 -- MOTOR VEHICLE SALES TAX

SPONSOR: Knight

This bill exempts the sale of a motor vehicle that is more than 10 years old, and sold for the purchase price of less than $25,000, from sales tax.

This bill is the same as HB 590 (2023) and HB 2293 (2022).
Last Action:
04/17/2024 
H - Referred to House Special Committee on Public Policy

HB2273 - Exempts the sale of food from sales tax
Sponsor: Rep. Chris Dinkins (R)
Summary: HB 2273 -- SALES TAX EXEMPTION FOR FOOD

SPONSOR: Dinkins

Currently, all retail sales of food are taxed at 1%.

Beginning January 1, 2025, such rate of sales tax on retail food shall be reduced annually in four equal increments over a period of four years until all retail sales of food are tax exempt.

This bill is similar to SB 1062 (2024).
Last Action:
01/05/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2274 - Phases out the corporate income tax
Sponsor: Rep. Travis Smith (R)
Summary: HB 2274 -- CORPORATE INCOME TAX (Smith (155))

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Special Committee on Tax Reform

Currently, the taxable income of corporations is equal to 4% of Missouri taxable income.

This bill phases out the Missouri state corporate income tax over a period of years using the following timetable:

Beginning January 1, 2025, the taxable income of corporations will equal 3% of Missouri taxable income.

Beginning January 1, 2026, the taxable income of corporations will equal 2% of Missouri taxable income.

Beginning January 1, 2027, the taxable income of corporations will equal 1% of Missouri taxable income.

For all tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2028, there shall be no tax imposed upon the Missouri taxable income of corporations.

Once the corporate tax is fully reduced and eliminated, no corporate income tax credits will be claimed. However, a corporate taxpayer may redeem a refundable tax credit properly claimed and issued before the corporate tax is eliminated.
Last Action:
04/11/2024 
S - Referred to Senate Committee on Economic Development and Tax Policy

HB2278 - Modifies provisions governing the "Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant"
Sponsor: Rep. Dane Diehl (R)
Summary: HB 2278 -- GRANTS FOR POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION

SPONSOR: Diehl

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass" by the Standing Committee on Workforce and Infrastructure Development by a vote of 10 to 0.

Beginning January 1, 2025, this bill increases the maximum gross income for eligibility for the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant from $80,000 to $100,000 for taxpayers who are married filing jointly and from $40,000 to $50,000 for all other taxpayers, adjusted annually based on inflation.

This bill is similar to SB 1056 (2024).

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that this change is one of the Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development's priorities. Demand for the Program has more than doubled since its inception, and in the case of Ozarks Technical College, about 200 people were interested but couldn't qualify because of the income level.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative Diehl; Taylee Soukup, Missouri Department of Higher Education; Council on Public Higher Education; Missouri Community College Association; Missouri Chamber of Commerce & Industry; and the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

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.
Last Action:
04/17/2024 
H - Reported Do Pass

HB2283 - Creates the "Public Domain Preservation Act", which prohibits the copyrighting of work product produced in the course of a public employee's job duties
Sponsor: Rep. Tony Lovasco (R)
Summary: HB 2283 -- PUBLIC DOMAIN PRESERVATION ACT

SPONSOR: Lovasco

This bill establishes the "Public Domain Preservation Act", which provides that, if produced as part of a person's official duties, federal copyright or patent protection shall not be asserted for judicial opinions; administrative rulings; legislative enactments; public ordinances; or any other material produced by an officer, employee, director, board member, or agent of the state of Missouri, any state department, political subdivision, or special district of this state. Any existing work shall be made available at no cost under a perpetual, transferable, worldwide license, that stipulates no enforcement of such copyright or patent protection will be exercised, and the work shall be considered within the public domain.

This bill shall not apply to any research, discovery, or invention that was discovered, documented, or published by an employee of any public school or public institution of higher education.

Any material published by a state department, political subdivision, or special district of this state that is subject to this bill shall, wherever practicable, be accompanied by a notice stating: "Public Domain Content, No Rights Reserved". Any material published or distributed by a state department, political subdivision, or special district of this state shall, wherever practicable, contain the words "Paid for by" followed by the public entity and name of the director of the public entity that paid for the material.

This bill is the same as HCS HB 1283 (2023).
Last Action:
01/05/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2287 - Modifies provisions related to the virtual school program
Sponsor: Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R)
Summary:

SS/HB 2287 -This act establishes provisions relating to elementary and secondary education.

 

MISSOURI EMPOWERMENT SCHOLARSHIP ACCOUNTS PROGRAM (Section 135.713)

The act makes technical modifications to provisions of law relating to the tax credits allocated under the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Program.

 

MISSOURI COURSE ACCESS AND VIRTUAL SCHOOL PROGRAM (Section 161.670)

Under this act, the average daily attendance of a student who is enrolled full-time in the Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program shall be calculated by dividing the total number of hours attended in a term by enrolled pupils between the ages of five and 21 years old by the actual number of hours that the program was in session in that term. Such calculation shall be generated by the virtual provider and provided to the host district for submission to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Full-time virtual school students may complete their instructional activities during any hour of the day and during any day of the week. The hours attended for each enrolled pupil shall be documented by the pupil's weekly progress in the educational program according to a process determined by the virtual program and published annually in the virtual program's enrollment handbook or policy. The full-time equivalent average daily attendance of summer school students shall be added to the average daily attendance of the following school term.

 

Host districts that enroll one or more full-time virtual school students shall receive an amount of state aid specified in the act for such students on a monthly basis.

 

The act provides that students who reside in Missouri may enroll in the virtual program of their choice. Provisions of current law regarding a school district's approval of a student's request to enroll in a virtual program shall not apply to full-time virtual program enrollment.

 

The act requires host districts to adopt student enrollment policies for full-time virtual students and allows virtual schools to mutually agree with resident and host districts on the services that the resident district might offer, including possible financial reimbursements for those services. For students with disabilities, the enrollment policy shall ensure the development of an individualized education program and related services agreement, as necessary.

 

The act requires a student's parent or guardian, if the student is not considered homeless, to apply for enrollment directly with the full-time virtual program.

 

The act specifies that student progress reports to the school district are necessary only for part-time virtual school program enrollees.

 

A host district may contract with a provider to perform any required services involved with delivering a full-time virtual education.

 

A full-time virtual school shall provide regular student progress reports to parents or guardians at least four times per school year.

 

This provision is substantially similar to a provision in SS#2/SCS/SB 727 (2024) and is similar to SB 780 (2024), SB 1375 (2024), SB 545 (2023), and HB 827 (2023).

 

FAMILY PACED EDUCATION (FPE) SCHOOLS (Sections 167.012 and 167.013)

The act defines a "Family Paced Education school" or "FPE school" as a school that enrolls any student who participates in the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Program and that satisfies certain other criteria relating to instruction. The current definition of "home school" is modified by specifying that a home school shall not enroll any student who participates in such Program, and a home school is not an FPE school.

 

These provisions are substantially similar to provisions in SS#2/SCS/SB 727 (2024).

 

TEACHER CERTIFICATION (Section 168.021)

Current law requires candidates for a teaching license to satisfy certain criteria, including obtaining the recommendation of a state-approved, baccalaureate-level teacher preparation program.

 

Under this act, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shall develop an eighteen hour (1,080 minutes) online teacher preparation program related to subjects appropriate for teachers in different content areas determined by the Department. The Department may contract with an entity skilled in developing online teacher preparation programs or a charitable organization registered in Missouri to develop and maintain the online teacher preparation program. Such entity or charitable organization shall be certified to develop and maintain the program by the Department. An individual with a bachelor's degree may complete the online training program and receive a certificate of license to teach. Such certificate shall not be accepted by Missouri public schools, and non-public schools shall not be required to accept the certificate.

 

This provision is similar to a provision in SS#2/SCS/SB 727 (2024), SB 1394 (2024), and a provision in SS/HB 827 (2023).

 

WEAPONS OFFENSES IN SCHOOLS (Section 571.010)

The act adds a definition of "school" to provisions of law relating to weapons offenses. The definition specifies that for these provisions of law, "school" shall mean a charter school, a private school, or a public school, as such terms are defined in current law.

 

CLINTON COUNTY R-3 SCHOOL DISTRICT (SECTION 1)

The act exempts Clinton County R-3 School District from any state law that would require certain school districts to conduct an election of the voters of the school district in order to adopt a four-day school week.

Last Action:
04/18/2024 
H - Truly Agreed and Finally Passed - Y-105 N-32

HB2291 - Authorizes a sales tax exemption for firearms and ammunition
Sponsor: Rep. Bishop Davidson (R)
Summary: HB 2291 -- SALES TAX EXEMPTION FOR FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION

SPONSOR: Davidson

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass" by the Standing Committee on General Laws by a vote of 11 to 5.

This bill specifies that firearms and ammunition sold in this state are exempt from state and local sales tax.

This bill is similar to SB 131 (2023).

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that this bill is intended to preserve our second amendment rights. Taxation on firearms and ammunition is an infringement on our right to bear arms. Therefore, it is unconstitutional to tax firearms and ammunition.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative Davidson and Arnie Dienoff.

OPPONENTS: Those who oppose the bill say that sales tax on firearms and ammunition is very important for funding necessities like public infrastructure and city services. Opponents further stated that this is not an infringement on a constitutional right, but is merely a tax on a product. Opponents stated that they would be opposed to any sales tax reduction.

Testifying in person against the bill was Missouri Municipal League.

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.
Last Action:
02/06/2024 
H - Reported Do Pass

HB2293 - Requires the state board of education to provide for a transition to a special administrative board for certain unaccredited school districts
Sponsor: Rep. Marlene Terry (D)
Summary: HB 2293 -- UNACCREDITED SCHOOL DISTRICT TRANSITION

SPONSOR: Terry

This bill clarifies language for school districts that are classified as unaccredited. Currently, for districts that are unaccredited and under the operation of a special administrative board, when the district achieves a provisionally accredited level for two consecutive years the State Board of Education (SBE) may provide for a transition. This bill requires that the SBE shall provide for a transition.

This bill is the same as HB 65 (2023).
Last Action:
01/05/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2302 - Modifies setback distances for certain areas in regards to solid waste disposal
Sponsor: Rep. Brad Pollitt (R)
Summary: HB 2302 -- SOLID WASTE PERMITS

SPONSOR: Pollitt

This bill authorizes any county to adopt an ordinance, rule, regulation, or standard relating to solid waste management in the county as specified in the bill. Any setback applicable to a solid waste disposal area may not be more stringent than:

(1) Three miles from defined incorporated limits of a city, town, or village within the county; an accredited school or certain property owned and operated by school districts or educational institutions; a church or place of worship; a platted subdivision; or public areas designated for recreational activity;

(2) Three-quarters of a mile from any occupied dwelling used for residential purposes for at least 6 months a year; and

(3) Two hundred feet from the property line of the solid waste disposal area.
Last Action:
01/05/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2308 - Enacts provisions governing emerging issues in gender identity and sexual orientation
Sponsor: Rep. Adam Schnelting (R)
Summary: HB 2308 -- GENDER IDENTITY AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION

SPONSOR: Schnelting

This bill amends the Missouri Human Rights Act by adding new definitions and provisions related to "sex", "female", and "male", and by creating a new section on bathroom and changing facility use in public schools. The bill defines "sex", "female", and "male" based on the presence or absence of a reproductive system that produces, transports, and uses eggs or sperm for fertilization, regardless of any developmental or genetic anomaly or historical accident. The bill prohibits individuals of the female sex from using a bathroom or changing facility designated for the male sex, and vice versa, in public schools. The bill also requires school districts and charter schools to designate each bathroom and changing facility as for the exclusive use of individuals of only one sex, and to make reasonable attempts to provide gender-neutral or unisex accommodations upon request. The bill allows the Attorney General, a pupil's parent, or a parent on behalf of a pupil to bring a civil action against a school district or charter school that violates the bill, and to seek court costs, expenses, attorney's fees, compensatory damages, injunctive relief, or any other appropriate relief.
Last Action:
01/23/2024 
Scheduled for Committee Hearing
01/24/2024 4:30 PM - House-Emerging Issues, HR 6
House-Emerging Issues

HB2319 - Modifies provisions relating to tax credits
Sponsor: Rep. Bill Owen (R)
Summary: HCS HB 2319 -- TAX CREDITS

SPONSOR: Owen

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass with HCS" by the Standing Committee on Government Efficiency and Downsizing by a vote of 9 to 0 and 1 present.

The following is a summary of the House Committee Substitute for HB 2319.

This bill modifies the status of certain existing tax credits. The modifications include:

(1) Removing certain tax credits that are currently administered by the Department of Revenue (DOR), and placing those tax credits in a different agency. Such tax credits include:

(a) Surviving Spouses of Public Safety Officers Tax Credit, moved from DOR to the Department of Public Safety;

(b) Adoption Tax Credit, moved from DOR to the Department of Social Services (DSS);

(c) Champion for Children Tax Credit, moved from DOR to DSS;

(d) ADA Access, Expenditures by Small Businesses Tax Credit, moved from DOR to the Department of Economic Development (DED);

(e) Residential Renovations for Disability Tax Credit, moved from DOR to DED;

(f) Donated Food Tax Credit, moved from DOR to DSS;

(g) High Ethanol Blend Seller Tax Credit, moved from DOR to the Department of Agriculture (MDA);

(h) Biodiesel Blend Seller Tax Credit, moved from DOR to MDA; and

(i) Biodiesel Blend Producer Tax Credit, moved from DOR to MDA.

(2) Applying a sunset provision to those tax credits that currently lack such provision. Such tax credits include:

(a) Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit;

(b) Affordable Housing Tax Credit; (c) Missouri Development Finance Board Tax Credit;

(d) Missouri Development Finance Board (revenue bonds or notes) Tax Credit;

(e) Business Use Incentives for Large-Scale Development Tax Credit;

(f) Adoption Tax Credit;

(g) Investments in Missouri Small Businesses Tax Credit;

(h) Youth Opportunities and Violence Prevention Tax Credit;

(i) Rehabilitation and Construction of Residences in Distressed Communities and Census Blocks Tax Credit;

(j) ADA Access, Expenditures by Small Businesses Tax Credit;

(k) Contributions to Shelters for Victims of Domestic Violence or Rape Crisis Centers Tax Credit;

(l) Contributions to Maternity Homes Tax Credit;

(m) Contributions to Pregnancy Resource Centers Tax Credit;

(n) Community-Based Faculty Preceptor Tax Credit;

(o) Grape and Wine Producers Tax Credit;

(p) Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Program Tax Credit;

(q) Residential Treatment Agency Tax Credit;

(r) Developmental Disability Care Provider Tax Credit;

(s) Missouri Working Family Tax Credit;

(t) S Corp Banks, Associations, and Credit Institutions Tax Credit;

(u) Bank Franchise Tax Credit;

(v) Shared Care Giver Tax Credit;

(w) Family Development Account Tax Credit; (x) Family Farm Breeding Tax Credit; and the

(y) Brownfield Redevelopment Program Tax Credit.

(3) Placing a maximum cap on those tax credits that currently lack such a provision. Such tax credits include:

(a) Advanced Industrial Manufacturing Tax Credit;

(b) Surviving Spouses of Public Safety Officers Tax Credit;

(c) New or Expanded Business Facility Tax Credit;

(d) ADA Access, Expenditures by Small Businesses Tax Credit;

(e) Grape and Wine Producers Tax Credit;

(f) Unmet Health, Hunger, and Hygiene Needs of Children in School Tax Credit;

(g) Residential Treatment Agency Tax Credit;

(h) Developmental Disability Care Provider Tax Credit;

(i) Rolling Stock Tax Credit;

(j) Self-Employed Health Insurance Tax Credit;

(k) Missouri Working Family Tax Credit;

(l) S Corp Banks, Associations, and Credit Institutions Tax Credit;

(m) Bank Franchise Tax Credit;

(n) Shared Care Giver Tax Credit; and the

(o) Brownfield Redevelopment Program Tax Credit.

The following is a summary of the public testimony from the committee hearing. The testimony was based on the introduced version of the bill.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that this bill removes needless tax credits. We have nine tax credits that have no checks and balances; the same agency that is administering the tax credit is also reviewing it. This bill address that issue. There are 24 tax credits that have no caps; this bill caps them at 20%. There are 34 tax credits with eternal life; these tax credits now sunset at six years.

Testifying in person for the bill was Representative Owen.

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.
Last Action:
03/25/2024 
H - Reported Do Pass

HB2323 - Modifies provisions relating to age for school entry
Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Farnan (R)
Summary: HB 2323 -- COMPULSORY SCHOOL AGE

SPONSOR: Farnan

Currently, the minimum required attendance age for students is seven years of age. This bill lowers the age from seven to six years of age.

This bill is similar to HB 2177 (2024) and HB 793 (2023).
Last Action:
01/24/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB2327 - Prohibits public school districts and charter schools from membership in or payment of dues to certain statewide activities associations
Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Knight (R)
Summary: HB 2327 -- ATHLETIC PLAYOFFS

SPONSOR: Knight

This bill prevents public schools in Missouri from being a member of or providing dues to any statewide activities association that allows post-season or tournament-style athletic competition between public and private schools.
Last Action:
04/17/2024 
H - Referred to House Special Committee on Public Policy

HB2333 - Changes the laws regarding tax collection by prohibiting the foreclosure of a principal residence for delinquent property taxes and authorizing other methods of collection
Sponsor: Rep. Tony Lovasco (R)
Summary: HB 2333 -- FORECLOSURE ON A PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE

SPONSOR: Lovasco

This bill prohibits foreclosure on a principle residence as specified in the bill for a lien of unpaid taxes or special assessments, but authorizes other methods of recovering the taxes or special assessments, including filing a lien on the principal residence, garnishing the principal residence owner's wages, or seizing the owner's state income tax refund.

This bill is similar to HB 645 (2023).
Last Action:
01/09/2024 
H - Introduced and Read First Time

HB2334 - Prohibits schools from using collection agencies to collect unpaid school meal fees
Sponsor: Rep. Maggie Nurrenbern (D)
Summary: HB 2334 -- MEAL DEBTS OF STUDENTS

SPONSOR: Nurrenbern

This bill defines "meal debt" and restricts any school district, public school, or private, religious, or parochial school that participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program from hiring a collection agency to collect meal debt.
Last Action:
01/10/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2335 - Establishes the Teacher Recruitment and Retention State Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Rep. Maggie Nurrenbern (D)
Summary: HB 2335 -- TEACHER RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION

SPONSOR: Nurrenbern

The bill changes the name of the "Urban Flight and Rural Needs Scholarship Program" to the "Teacher Recruitment and Retention State Scholarship Program". The corresponding state treasury fund is also renamed accordingly. The bill provides that scholarship funds may be used to cover up to 100% of the cost of tuition, university-charged fees, and other costs directly associated with teacher preparation, as approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education(DESE). The number of years a student may receive a scholarship is reduced from four to two years. The number of students who may receive a scholarship is increased from 100 to 200 in the 2025-26 academic year, with 20 more students being added in each subsequent year until 2030-31 and all subsequent academic years, when 300 students may receive scholarships. Scholarship recipients after June 30, 2025, will sign a statement that they have made a good faith effort to secure all available Federal sources of grant funding. The bill repeals a provision that a student must have attended a Missouri high school in order to be eligible for a scholarship. To be eligible for a scholarship, recipients must sign an agreement to student teach at, apply for, interview for, and accept a position, if offered, in a Missouri public school that is a hard- to-staff school or to teach at least one hard-to-staff subject area in a Missouri public school, or both, for two years for every one year the recipient receives a scholarship. The bill defines a "hard-to-staff school" as an attendance center where the percentage of certificated positions that were left vacant or were filled with a teacher not fully qualified in the prior academic year exceeds 5% as reported to DESE. A "hard-to- staff subject area" is defined as a content area for which positions were left vacant or were filled with a teacher not fully qualified in the prior academic year. The scholarships provided in the bill will be available to students who have successfully completed 48 credit hours at an institution of higher education. The bill modifies the interest rate paid by scholarship recipients who do not follow through on their agreement to teach in a hard-to- staff subject or school and must therefore repay their scholarship award as a loan. An individual who has qualified as an eligible student under the bill will continue to qualify as an eligible student as long as he or she remains employed by the school district in which he or she agreed to teach, regardless of whether his or her employing school no longer qualifies as a hard-to-staff school, the class he or she teaches no longer qualifies as a hard-to-staff subject area, or his or her position within the school district changes. This bill is similar to HB 2092 and SB 1013 (2024) and HCS HB 497 (2023).
Last Action:
01/10/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2343 - Requires school districts to excuse students with mental or behavioral health concerns from attendance at school
Sponsor: Rep. Betsy Fogle (D)
Summary: HB 2343 -- COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

SPONSOR: Fogle

This bill allows any child with a written authorization from a qualified health professional to be excused from attendance for mental health or behavioral health concerns. The bill requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in coordination with the Department of Mental Health to develop a model policy by the 2024-25 school year that school districts may adopt, and all districts will have a policy on excused absences by the 2024-25 school year.

This bill is the same as HB 2767 (2022) and HB 1217 (2023).
Last Action:
01/10/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2344 - Changes provisions governing school superintendent salaries
Sponsor: Rep. Ben Keathley (R)
Summary: HB 2344 -- SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT

SPONSOR: Keathley

This bill defines "total compensation" and requires that contracts for superintendents of specified districts that are entered into during the 2025-26 school year and thereafter shall not include a total compensation in excess of 5 1/2 times the total compensation of a beginning teacher's salary for such district.
Last Action:
03/04/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB2355 - Requires all public school shower rooms, locker rooms, and restrooms to be designated for and used by male or female students only
Sponsor: Rep. Ben Baker (R)
Summary: HB 2355 -- PHYSICAL PRIVACY OF STUDENTS

SPONSOR: Baker

This bill requires that all public school shower rooms, locker rooms, and restrooms accessible for use by multiple students shall be designated for and used by students of the same biological sex. Accommodations may be made for any student who asserts that his or her gender differs from his or her biological sex, if the parents of the student provide written consent. Such accommodations may include controlled use of faculty shower rooms, locker rooms, or restrooms, or access to single-stall and unisex restrooms.

This bill is similar to HB 2357 and SB 974 (2024).
Last Action:
01/31/2024 
H - Superseded by HB 1520

HB2356 - Modifies provisions relating to payments of real and personal property taxes
Sponsor: Rep. Peggy McGaugh (R)
Summary: HB 2356 -- PAYMENTS OF PROPERTY TAXES

SPONSOR: McGaugh

Currently, a township county may not allow taxpayers the option to pay any part of their real and personal property taxes on an annual, semiannual, or quarterly basis. This bill allows township counties the option to pass such an order or ordinance.
Last Action:
03/12/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass

HB2357 - Requires all public school shower rooms, locker rooms, and restrooms to be designated for and used by male or female students only
Sponsor: Rep. Chris Lonsdale (R)
Summary: HB 2357 -- PHYSICAL PRIVACY OF STUDENTS

SPONSOR: Lonsdale

This bill requires that all public school shower rooms, locker rooms, and restrooms accessible for use by multiple students shall be designated for and used by students of the same biological sex. Accommodations may be made for any student who asserts that his or her gender differs from his or her biological sex, if the parents of the student provide written consent. Such accommodations may include controlled use of faculty shower rooms, locker rooms, or restrooms, or access to single-stall and unisex restrooms.

This bill is the same to HB 2355 and similar to SB 974 (2024).
Last Action:
01/31/2024 
H - Superseded by HB 1520

HB2358 - Modifies provisions relating to motor vehicle assessment valuations
Sponsor: Rep. Chris Lonsdale (R)
Summary: HB 2358 -- MOTOR VEHICLE ASSESSMENTS

SPONSOR: Lonsdale

Currently, county assessors must use the October issue of the National Automobile Dealers' Association Official Used Car Guide to determine the true value of a motor vehicle. The assessor cannot use a value that is greater than the average trade-in value without performing a physical inspection, unless the car is two years old or newer.

This bill requires that the county assessor determine the true value in money for motor vehicles by using the trade-in value published in the October issue of a nationally recognized automotive trade publication selected by the State Tax Commission. The assessor shall not use a value that is greater than the average trade-in value for such motor vehicle without performing a physical inspection of the vehicle, but for vehicles two years or newer from a vehicle's model, the assessor may use a value other than the average without performing a physical inspection.

Beginning January 1, 2025, the assessor shall apply a 15 year depreciation table to the trade-in value of motor vehicles. But in no case shall the assessed value of a motor vehicle depreciate below $300.

To implement the provisions of this bill without large variations from the prior method of assessment, the assessor will assume that the last valuation tables used prior to October 1, 2024, are fair valuations, and that these valuations shall be depreciated using the table described above until the end of the vehicle's useful life.

The State Tax Commission or the State of Missouri shall be the registered user of the nationally recognized automotive trade publication with rights to allow all assessors access to the publication which shall be made available to all vendors by December 15 of each year.

This bill is the same as HB 1690 (2024).
Last Action:
01/10/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2363 - Requires schools to allow students to leave school to vote
Sponsor: Rep. Anthony Ealy (D)
Summary: HB 2363 -- VOTING AS AN EXCUSED ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL

SPONSOR: Ealy

This bill provides that any student entitled to vote on the date of an election shall be allowed to leave school for a period of three hours in order to do so. Schools may designate a time period during which students may leave to vote.

A violation of this section is a class four election offense.

Each school district shall adopt and implement a written policy related to voting as an excused absence beginning with the 2024-25 school year. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shall develop a model policy that school districts may adopt.

This bill is the same as HB 1212 (2023).
Last Action:
01/10/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2365 - Prohibits state departments from spending money on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
Sponsor: Rep. Doug Richey (R)
Summary: HB 2365 -- EXPENDITURES BY STATE DEPARTMENTS

SPONSOR: Richey

This bill prohibits state departments from using funds for intradepartmental programs, staffing, or initiatives related to "diversity, equity, and inclusion" or similar concepts.

This bill prohibits initiatives promoting preferential treatment based on various factors, including race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and others. The bill also prohibits concepts such as collective guilt ideologies, oppression as the sole cause of disparities, and intersectional or divisive identity activism.

This bill allows state departments to follow Federal and State employment laws and anti discrimination laws, as well as comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Additionally, this bill prohibits state departments from mandating, requiring, or incentivizing private sector employers to implement the restricted initiatives as a condition for receiving a State contract.
Last Action:
02/21/2024 
H - Superseded by HB 2619

HB2366 - Establishes the "Missouri Parent Empowerment Act" relating to a tax credit for certain educational expenses
Sponsor: Rep. Aaron McMullen (R)
Summary: HB 2366 -- TAX CREDIT FOR CERTAIN EDUCATIONAL EXPENSES

SPONSOR: McMullen

This bill establishes the "Missouri Parent Empowerment Act" and provides a tax credit to parents and guardians of any "qualified student" enrolling in a "qualified school" as defined in the bill.

The amount of the tax credit specified in the bill is for eligible expenses which are outlined and include the cost of tuition and fees at qualified schools. Such tax credit shall not exceed the lesser of the eligible qualified expenses or the State adequacy target for each tax year.

The bill outlines specific provisions for claiming the tax credit along with eligibility restrictions. Taxpayers participating in the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Program are ineligible. Tax credits are refundable but not transferable.

This Act sunsets 6 years after the effective date.

This bill is similar to HB 1911 (2024).
Last Action:
01/11/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2370 - Requires school districts to provide "period products" at no cost in charter schools and public middle and high schools
Sponsor: Rep. Patty Lewis (D)
Summary: HB 2370 -- PERIOD PRODUCTS IN CHARTER AND PUBLIC SCHOOLS

SPONSOR: Lewis (25)

Beginning on July 1, 2025, this bill requires every school district and charter school in which 40% or more of the students reside in households with a household income that does not exceed 185% of the most recent poverty guidelines to provide period products in the restrooms for all middle school, junior high, and high school buildings in which there are students in grades six through 12 at no charge to the students. "Period Products" are defined as tampons and sanitary napkins for use in connection with the menstrual cycle.

This bill is similar to HB 1843 (2022) and HB 288 (2023).
Last Action:
01/11/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2374 - Requires schools to adopt school policies governing materials that are obscene or harmful to minors
Sponsor: Rep. Mazzie Christensen (R)
Summary: HB 2374 -- MATERIALS IN SCHOOLS THAT ARE OBSCENE OR HARMFUL TO MINORS

SPONSOR: Christensen

This bill prohibits obscene or harmful materials in public schools and libraries. The bill provides definitions and criteria for obscene or harmful materials. The bill defines terms such as "explicit material", "harmful to minors", "obscene", and "patently offensive", and provides criteria for determining whether material is obscene or harmful to minors based on community standards and the value of the material for minors.

The bill requires each school board and governing board to adopt a policy that allows a parent to report obscene or harmful materials to the public school administration, and requires the administration to remove the materials for at least 30 days for review by the board. The board shall then decide whether to permanently remove or return the materials to the school library or teacher. If a public school fails to adopt such policy or fails to abide by the policy once adopted, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education may withhold an amount of state funds to be determined by the department. Public schools must furnish a report of all material permanently removed to the department.

The bill requires public schools and libraries that provide public access computers to either equip the computers with software that will limit minors' access to material that is pornographic for minors, or develop and implement a policy that restricts such access.
Last Action:
01/11/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2378 - Provides that the State Board of Education shall be responsible for handling appeals of decisions made by statewide activities associations
Sponsor: Rep. Bennie Cook (R)
Summary: HB 2378 -- DECISIONS OF STATEWIDE ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATIONS

SPONSOR: Cook

This bill prohibits a statewide activities association that facilitates interscholastic activities for secondary school students who attend a public school from serving as the appellate body that handles appeals of decisions made by such activities association. The bill designates the State Board of Education(SBE) as the authority to handle such appeals. Within 48 hours of receiving an appeal, the SBE shall meet to consider the appeal, and within 24 hours of such meeting, the SBE shall decide on the appeal.

This bill is the same as SB 1297 (2024).
Last Action:
03/27/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB2381 - Establishes the "Protecting Missouri's Small Businesses Act", which changes the law regarding businesses closed because of a shutdown order
Sponsor: Rep. Chris Brown (R)
Summary: HB 2381 -- PROTECTING MISSOURI'S ECONOMY DURING A SHUTDOWN ORDER

SPONSOR: Brown (16)

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass" by the Special Committee on Small Business by a vote of 7 to 1.

This bill creates the "Protecting Missouri's Small Businesses Act".

The bill requires the State and its political subdivisions to give careful consideration to and appropriate concern for the lasting effects of actions taken during a shutdown order that adversely affect the economic viability and well-being of Missourians and businesses.

The bill provides that beginning January 1, 2025, if any political subdivision with jurisdiction over a business implements a shutdown order and the business closes due only to the shutdown order for at least 21 consecutive days or at least 45 cumulative days, the following requirements apply:

(1) Waiving any fee for a business license during the period of the shutdown order or six months, whichever is longer; and

(2) Reducing the real and personal property tax liability of the business based on the number of days the business was shut down in a given year, as specified in the bill.

If a taxpayer rents or leases all or a portion of the taxpayer's affected real property to one or more renters or lessors, the taxpayer must distribute a pro rata amount of the reduced liability to renters or lessors who are current on all lease or rental payments. This bill is not to be construed to affect professional licensure and does not require the state to provide restitution or to replace lost revenues to a political subdivision.

This bill is similar to HB 2753 (2022)and the same as HCS HB 1263 (2023).

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that small business owners paid a heavy price when they were ordered to close during the height of the COVID epidemic. The bill allows businesses to recoup a minimal amount of their losses. It gives political subdivisions some impetus to consider the consequences of shutdown orders.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative Brown; and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. OPPONENTS: Those who oppose the bill say that the bill violates due process; we should study what was done and then not do it again.

Testifying in person against the bill was Cary Wells, and Freedom Principle Mo.Org.



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.
Last Action:
01/29/2024 
H - Reported Do Pass

HB2392 - Creates the "Missouri Universal School Meals Act"
Sponsor: Rep. Jay Mosley (D)
Summary: HB 2392 -- MISSOURI UNIVERSAL SCHOOL MEALS ACT

SPONSOR: Mosley

This bill establishes the "Missouri Universal School Meals Act".

Schools shall provide a U.S. Department of Agriculture reimbursable meal to a student who requests one, at no cost to the student, unless the student's parent or guardian provides notice to the school that the parent or guardian will provide the student's meal. A school shall determine which students are eligible for free and reduced price meals under the Federal student meals programs and shall provide information and assistance to parents and guardians for purposes of filling out meal assistance applications. Schools shall seek to maximize Federal meal assistance, but shall not publicly identify or stigmatize students who are eligible for such assistance.

This bill creates the "Universal School Meals Fund", which shall be used to reimburse schools for the costs of student meals that are not otherwise reimbursed under the Federal meals programs. The State Board of Education shall promulgate rules to implement the program, including the process by which schools may apply for reimbursement of student meals.

This bill is the similar to SB 321 and HB 977 (2023).
Last Action:
01/16/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2398 - Requires the department of elementary and secondary education to conduct safety assessments of all public schools in the state
Sponsor: Rep. Jay Mosley (D)
Summary: HB 2398 -- SAFETY ASSESSMENTS OF ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS

SPONSOR: Mosley

This bill requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to conduct annual safety assessments of all public schools in the State.

The Department of Public Safety shall assist DESE in implementing the provisions of the bill, and DESE may also seek assistance from the Missouri Center for Education Safety. The safety assessments shall include a consideration of each school's vulnerabilities to school shootings and intruders, with specific reference to the implementation of various safety procedures, policies, and tools specified in the bill.

Based upon the findings of the safety assessments, DESE shall provide each school a report that summarizes each school's safety vulnerabilities, along with recommendations for mitigating such vulnerabilities.

This bill is similar to SB 1153 (2024).
Last Action:
01/16/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2401 - Eliminates the retail sale of food from state and local sales and use tax and authorizes certain tax increases to offset lost revenues, subject to voter approval
Sponsor: Rep. Crystal Quade (D)
Summary: HB 2401 -- TAXATION

SPONSOR: Quade

This bill includes several provisions relating to taxation.

Beginning January 1, 2026, aircraft at least 25 years old and used for noncommercial purposes shall be assessed at 33.3% of its true value in money.

Beginning January 1, 2025, taxpayers shall use the personal income tax table described in the bill to identify the amount of tax owed.

Beginning with the 2026 calendar year, the income tax brackets in such table shall be adjusted annually by the percent increase in inflation, according to the Consumer Price Index. In addition, this bill removes all future income tax rate reductions based on future triggering events, as described in the bill.

Beginning January 1, 2025, the corporate income tax shall increase from 4% to 4.5%.

Beginning January 1, 2026, the purchase of retail food shall be exempt from sales and use tax. Also beginning January 1, 2026, any local sales or use tax currently imposed on retail food shall be annually reduced in equal increments of 1.5% over a period of years until it reaches zero, at which point there shall be no further local sales or use tax imposed on retail food.

Beginning January 1, 2026, a sales tax exemption shall no longer be granted on the purchase of either:

(1) All materials, replacement parts, and equipment purchased for use directly upon, and for the modification, replacement, repair, and maintenance of aircraft, aircraft power plants, and aircraft accessories; or

(2) Any new or used aircraft sold or delivered in this State to a person who is not a resident of this State or a corporation that is not incorporated in this State, and such aircraft is not to be based in this State and shall not remain in this state more than 10 business days.

Additionally, this bill sets an expiration of December 31, 2025, for all current in-lieu watercraft taxes on a boat or vessel documented by the United States Coast Guard.

The provisions of this bill shall be submitted to the voters of this state for approval or rejection in November 2024.
Last Action:
01/16/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2403 - Modifies provisions relating to personal property taxes
Sponsor: Rep. Chris Sander (R)
Summary: HB 2403 -- PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENTS

SPONSOR: Sander

Currently, personal property is annually assessed at 33.3% of its true value in money. Beginning January 1, 2025, personal property shall be assessed at 31% of its true value in money.

Currently, assessors use the trade-in value from the October issue of the National Automobile Dealers' Association Official Used Car Guide (NADA) to determine the true value of motor vehicles for the purposes of property tax assessments. This bill requires assessors to use the manufacturer's suggested retail price from the year of manufacture of the motor vehicle or farm machinery, and then apply the 10-year depreciation table in the bill to determine the true value in money of motor vehicles and farm machinery.

If the manufacturer's suggested retail price data is not available from an approved source or if the assessor deems that such data is not appropriate for a particular vehicle, the assessor may obtain a manufacturer's suggested retail price from a source that he or she deems reliable, and then apply the 10-year depreciation table in the bill.

This bill is similar to SS SCS SB 8 (2023).
Last Action:
01/16/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2415 - Requires in-state public educational institutions to grant undergraduate course credit for students who score 4 or higher on international baccalaureate examinations
Sponsor: Rep. Chris Brown (R)
Summary: HB 2415 -- INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE EXAMINATIONS

SPONSOR: Brown (16)

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

This bill is the same as HB 1578 (2024) and similar to HB 1173 (2023).
Last Action:
02/07/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass

HB2420 - Modifies the required school year start date for school districts in which a charter school operates
Sponsor: Rep. Ingrid Burnett (D)
Summary: HB 2420 -- PUBLIC SCHOOL CALENDARS

SPONSOR: Burnett

This bill allows any school district in which a charter school is operating to set an opening school date earlier than 14 calendar days prior to the first Monday in September.

This bill is the same as SB 882 and HB 2195 (2024).
Last Action:
01/16/2024 
H - Introduced and Read First Time

HB2422 - Requires school districts to provide "period products" at no cost in middle schools and high schools and charter schools and repeals provisions prohibiting abortion services providers from providing instruction on human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases
Sponsor: Rep. Ingrid Burnett (D)
Summary: HB 2422 -- SERVICES PROVIDED TO STUDENTS

SPONSOR: Burnett

Beginning on July 1, 2025, this bill requires every public school and charter school to provide period products in the restrooms for all middle school, junior high, and high school buildings in which there are students in grades six through 12 at no charge to the students. "Period Products" are defined as tampons and sanitary napkins for use in connection with the menstrual cycle.

This bill repeals language restricting school districts or charter schools from providing abortion services, or permitting the distribution of course materials or instruction relating to human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases if the distributer provides abortion services.

This bill is similar to HB 950 (2023)and HB 2591 (2022).
Last Action:
01/16/2024 
H - Introduced and Read First Time

HB2423 - Modifies provisions governing school transportation
Sponsor: Rep. Kurtis Gregory (R)
Summary: HB 2423 -- SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION

SPONSOR: Gregory

This bill expands the current background check requirements for school districts to specifically include charter schools. The bill includes drivers of other vehicles owned by school districts and charter schools in the requirement for a background check and clarifies that for drivers employed or contracted by a pupil transportation company under contract with a school district or charter school the pupil transportation company shall conduct the criminal background check.

The bill changes the definition for "school bus" as used in Sections 302.010 to 302.540, RSMo from a motor vehicle designed for carrying more than 10 passengers to more than 15 passengers.
Last Action:
02/28/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB2429 - Changes provisions governing compulsory school attendance
Sponsor: Rep. Maggie Nurrenbern (D)
Summary: HB 2429 -- COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE

SPONSOR: Nurrenbern

This bill modifies the penalty for a parent or guardian whose child does not comply with compulsory attendance requirements under Section 167.031, RSMo from a class C misdemeanor to an infraction.
Last Action:
01/18/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2430 - Modifies provisions relating to personal property tax valuations
Sponsor: Rep. Mike McGirl (R)
Summary: HB 2430 -- PERSONAL PROPERTY VALUATIONS (McGirl)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Standing Committee on Ways and Means

Currently, determining the value of new construction or improvements to real property includes the additional assessed value of all improvements or additions to real property which were begun after, and were not part of, the prior year's assessment.

Currently, determining the aggregate increase in value of personal property for the current year over that of the previous year is considered to be the equivalent of the new construction and improvements factor for personal property.

Beginning January 1, 2026, any increase in motor vehicle value from a previous year's price guide shall not be counted as new construction.

Beginning January 1, 2025, the assessor shall annually assess all personal property at 31% of its true value in money as of January 1st of each calendar year.
Last Action:
04/24/2024 
Scheduled for Committee Hearing
04/25/2024 9:00 AM - Senate-Fiscal Oversight, SCR 1
Senate-Fiscal Oversight

HB2431 - Modifies provisions relating to the board of trustees for the Missouri Local Government Employees' Retirement System (LAGERS)
Sponsor: Rep. Barry Hovis (R)
Summary: HCS HB 2431 -- PUBLIC EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT SYSTEMS (Hovis)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Standing Committee on Pensions

Currently, the governing bodies of the employers of the system elect three trustees to the Board of the Missouri Local Government Employees’ Retirement System (LAGERS). Beginning on January 1, 2025, this bill specifies that the employer trustee with a term ending December 31, 2024, shall thereafter be replaced by a person elected by the retirants of the system.

This bill specifies that not more than one trustee elected by the members shall be public safety personnel.

Currently, the employer trustees shall be elected or appointed officials of the employers and shall not be members of the System and no more than one shall be from any one employer. This bill specifies that for terms beginning on or after January 1, 2025, employer trustees shall be either elected or appointed officials of the governing bodies of the employers or executive level employees certified by the governing bodies of the employers, but no more than one trustee shall be from any one employer, and no more than one trustee shall be a policeman, and no more than one trustee shall be a fireman, and no more than one trustee shall be public safety personnel.

Additionally, this bill repeals the requirements on the annual meetings and elections of delegates. Furthermore, this bill states that the elections of the trustees shall be arranged for and managed and conducted by the board. Finally, this bill specifies that only four trustees shall constitute a quorum of the board, instead of four trustees consisting of at least two member trustees and two employer trustees (Section 70.605, RSMo).

The bill repeals the provision prohibiting membership for any person who will not become vested prior to retirement eligibility.

This statute is superseded by Federal law (Section 70.630).

The bill modifies the currently used Consumer Price Index measure to authorize the board to chose which measure will be used (Section 70.655).

The bill changes the window for transfer of member contributions for non-vested members to the income expense fund from three years to 10 years to make it consistent with current administrative practice (Section 70.690). The bill allows certain deliberations on investments or other financial records to be conducted in a closed meeting if such decisions would jeopardize the ability to implement a decision or achieve investment objectives (Section 70.745 and 105.688).

The bill repeals a requirement for investment counselor's to be registered as an investment advisor with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (Section 70.746).

The bill removes a restriction on investments on real-estate investments to be not more than 1/10th of the total investment (Section 70.747). The bill provides clarification language to allow the pooling of assets only for investment purposes for legacy plans and current LAGERS staff plans (Section 70.748).

The bill modifies the current definition of "earnable compensation" for the St. Louis Police Retirement System. The bill requires that such compensation shall not include funds received by a member through a judgment or settlement of a legal action if such funds are intended to retroactively compensate for a salary differential between the member's actual rank and the rank such member claims he or she should have received (Section 86.200).

The bill includes language from HB 2288 (2024).
Last Action:
04/10/2024 
S - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB2432 - Modifies provisions relating to local homestead property tax credits
Sponsor: Rep. Wendy Hausman (R)
Summary: HCS HBs 2432, 2482 & 2543 -- LOCAL HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX CREDITS (Hausman)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Special Committee on Property Tax Reform

Currently, a county may grant a real property tax credit to qualifying seniors. A senior qualifies by being:

(1) Eligible for Social Security retirement benefits;

(2) The owner of record or having a legal or equitable interest in a homestead; and

(3) Liable for the payment of real property taxes on the homestead.

This bill modifies the criteria for a qualifying senior by requiring that the eligible taxpayer be a Missouri resident who:

(1) Is 62 years of age or older;

(2) Is the owner of record or having a legal or equitable interest in a homestead as evidenced by a publicly recorded or a verified written instrument, including but not limited to a trust document in which at least one primary beneficiary is 62 years of age or older;

(3) Is liable for the payment of real property taxes on such homestead; and

(4) Does not owe any delinquent taxes, interest, or penalties to the county.

An eligible taxpayer will receive a tax credit in an amount that equals the difference between his or her real property tax liability for a given tax year from all taxing entities, minus the real property tax liability in the initial credit year.

The "initial credit year" is defined as either:

(1) For all taxpayers who meet all of the requirements of an eligible taxpayer listed above, the year in which such credit is authorized; or

(2) For all other taxpayers, the year in which the taxpayer meets all of the requirements of an eligible taxpayer listed above.

If the eligible taxpayer's real property tax liability is lower than the liability owed in the year subsequent to becoming eligible, the tax year will be considered the eligible taxpayer's initial credit year for all subsequent tax years.

If the governing body of a county adopts an ordinance authorizing the tax credit, nothing can prevent the county from amending or superseding that ordinance by a subsequently adopted ballot referendum put before the voters that addresses the same tax credit.

The governing body of a county may adopt reasonable procedures in carrying out the purposes of this bill, provided that the county does not adopt any procedure that limits the definition or scope of the "eligible credit amount" or "eligible taxpayer" as defined in the bill.

New construction or improvements to an eligible taxpayer's homestead shall increase the tax liability for the taxpayer's initial credit year to reflect such new construction or improvements.

The tax liability for the taxpayer's initial credit year will increase if an eligible taxpayer's homestead is annexed into a jurisdiction where the taxpayer did not owe real property tax in the initial credit year.

Nothing will prevent an eligible taxpayer from appealing a real property assessment, nor shall anything in this bill relieve a taxpayer from his or her obligation to pay the tax liability of the State Blind Pension Fund.
Last Action:
04/22/2024 
S - Voted Do Pass

HB2433 - Modifies provisions relating to the assessed valuation of real property
Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Coleman (R)
Summary: HB 2433 -- REAL PROPERTY VALUATION ASSESSMENTS

SPONSOR: Coleman

Beginning January 1, 2025, the assessed value of real property shall be the same value that was determined at the most recent previous assessment of the property.

If such property is bought, transferred, sold, assigned, or otherwise conveyed on or after January 1, 2025, the assessed value of the real property shall be equal to the most recent purchase price. Such assessment value shall endure through all subsequent assessment cycles until the next sale of such property.

If a new assessment or reassessment is conducted on real property on or after January 1, 2025, the assessed valuation of such property may be increased from the most recent previous assessment or the assessed value from the most recent sale, but only if the increased value added to the property results from a new construction or improvements made to the property. Such increase in value due to new construction or improvements shall be limited in the following manner:

(1) To the actual cost of the materials purchased for improvements;

(2) Documentation of actual costs shall be sent to the assessor after the completion of the new construction or improvements; and

(3) Such documentation shall only be delivered to and used by the assessor for the sole purpose of establishing the true value of the property.

If the sale of such property results in a transaction that is below market value, the assessor shall provide evidence to the Board of Equalization showing that such sale price should not be used to determine the assessed value of the property.

The owner of such property shall notify the assessor of new construction or improvements so that a reassessment can be made.

This bill is similar to HB 1906 (2024); HCS HJR 33 & 45 and HB 1078(2023).
Last Action:
01/18/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2435 - Modifies provisions relating to the local homestead property tax credit
Sponsor: Rep. David Evans (R)
Summary: HB 2435 -- HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX CREDIT

SPONSOR: Evans

Currently, a county may grant a real property tax credit to qualifying seniors. Such seniors may qualify by showing that they are:

(1) Eligible for Social Security retirement benefits;

(2) The owner of record or have a legal or equitable interest in a homestead; and

(3) Are liable for the payment of real property taxes on such homestead.

This bill modifies the criteria for a qualifying senior by requiring that the senior be at least 62-years-old and not delinquent on his or her real property taxes.

Currently, the amount of the real property tax credit is determined by using a qualifying senior's real property tax liability on the senior's homestead for a given year, and subtracting the real property tax liability on such homestead in the year that the qualifying senior became eligible for the tax credit.

This bill modifies the formula for determining the amount of the real property tax credit.

The amount of the real property tax credit will be determined by using a qualifying senior's real property tax liability on the senior's homestead for a given tax year from all taxing entities that levy a property tax, and subtracting the real property tax liability on such homestead in the "base" year. The base year will be the later of the following:

(1) The tax year immediately following the tax year that a county adopts the tax credit by way of an ordinance;

(2) The tax year immediately following the tax year that a majority of voters in a county approve the tax credit; or

(3) The tax year immediately following the tax year in which the qualifying senior became eligible.
Last Action:
01/18/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2442 - Authorizes a property tax for special educational services
Sponsor: Rep. Peter Merideth (D)
Summary: HB 2442 -- PROPERTY TAX FOR SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES

SPONSOR: Merideth

This bill authorizes a metropolitan school district to impose, upon voter approval, a property tax not to exceed $0.03 per $100 assessed valuation solely for the purpose of funding special educational services in the district. All revenue collected from this tax will go into the newly-created "Special Educational Services Property Tax Trust Fund".

This bill is similar to SB 966 (2024).
Last Action:
01/18/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2443 - Authorizes a sales tax for special educational services
Sponsor: Rep. Peter Merideth (D)
Summary: HB 2443 -- SALES TAX TO FUND SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES

SPONSOR: Merideth

This bill authorizes a metropolitan school district to impose, upon voter approval, a sales tax not to exceed one-quarter of one percent solely for the purpose of funding special educational services in the district. All revenue collected from this tax will go into the newly-created "Special Educational Services Property Tax Trust Fund".

This bill is similar to SB 965 (2024).
Last Action:
01/18/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2444 - Establishes new procedures for annexation of school districts to special school districts
Sponsor: Rep. Peter Merideth (D)
Summary: HB 2444 -- SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNEXATION PROCEDURES

SPONSOR: Merideth

This bill specifies a process for the annexation of school districts.

If a school district wants to be attached to an adjacent special school district, the school board must first establish its own special school district.

If requested by a petition and signed by the specified number of voters from the school district proposing to be attached to an adjacent special school district, the school board shall submit the question to the voters of the district. If a majority of the votes cast in the special school district proposing annexation favor annexation, the secretary of the board shall certify the fact.

For any newly created special school district with more than 100,000 inhabitants, the membership of the governing council shall be expanded to include each school district annexed to the special school district and redistricting guidelines are specified in the bill. The newly formed special school district must adopt a resolution forming a redistricting committee every decade after the decennial census has been reported, as specified in the bill. The proposed redistricting plan must be approved by a majority of the committee prior to its adoption. Upon adoption a copy of the plan certified by the secretary of the committee must be sent to the State Board of Education(SBE) for its approval or disapproval. Criteria for approval is specified in the bill. If a redistricting plan is not adopted within one year of the publication of the census the SBE shall provide the redistricting plan.

Within 30 days of the adoption of a redistricting plan, the SBE shall call for a special election for school board members of the new special school district. The bill specifies that a member of a redistricting committee shall not serve on the school board for a period of six years following his or her service on the redistricting committee.
Last Action:
01/18/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2445 - Modifies provisions relating to property taxes
Sponsor: Rep. Aaron McMullen (R)
Summary: HCS HB 2445 -- PROPERTY TAXES

SPONSOR: McMullen

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass with HCS" by the Special Committee on Property Tax Reform by a vote of 20 to 0.

The following is a summary of the House Committee Substitute for HB 2445.

This bill provides that the level of assessments of all real property in Subclass (1) and Subclass (3) shall be uniform and equal.

If the common level assessment, as defined in the bill, in either Subclass (1) or (3) is lower than the individual level assessment, as defined in the bill, of any property in the same Subclass, the individual level assessment of such property shall be reduced to the common level assessment. Such a reduction shall be made upon an appeal by the property owner to the local Board of Equalization, State Tax Commission, or circuit court.

To determine the individual level assessment of real property, the true value in money of such property shall be presumed to be the lesser of either:

(1) The assessor's appraised value; or

(2) The appraised value set by the local Board of Equalization.

Currently, if the assessor is required to perform a physical inspection of real property, but does not provide sufficient evidence to establish that a physical inspection was in fact performed, then the property owner shall prevail on an appeal as a matter of law. This bill further provides that if an assessor does not establish sufficient evidence of a physical inspection, any increased assessed valuation shall be voided, and the previous assessed valuation shall be applied to the property in its place.

Currently, a first class charter county or a city not within a county may require, by ordinance or charter, the reimbursement of certain costs and fees expended by a taxpayer resulting from a successful appeal that ends up reducing the appraised value of property by a certain percentage. This bill makes such reimbursements mandatory.

Additionally, this bill increases the maximum amount of fees to be reimbursed from $1,000 to $2,000 for residential property appeals, and from $4,000 to $5,000 for utility, industrial railroads, or other Subclass (3) property appeals.

Currently, taxpayers are required to file a written protest of property taxes with the collector when the taxpayer makes full payment of such taxes. This bill repeals such a requirement.

This bill also provides that the interest due to a taxpayer whose protested taxes were distributed to a taxing authority shall be calculated from the date that the protested taxes were distributed through the date of the refund.

This bill also provides that if a circuit court or the State Tax Commission determines that a taxpayer is entitled to a refund of property taxes the taxpayer shall receive such refund from the collector within 30 days of the final determination of the refund amount by the circuit court or State Tax Commission. If such refund is not issued within 30 days, the taxpayer shall be entitled to interest on the refund as calculated under current law.

This bill is similar to SB 1001 (2024).

The following is a summary of the public testimony from the committee hearing. The testimony was based on the introduced version of the bill.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that this bill will make it easier to appeal assessed home values by allowing a taxpayer to protest the assessment before the mortgage company pays the real estate taxes. Supporters also say that this bill will incentivize county assessors to perform assessments more thoroughly, as opposed to the current "drive by" assessments; lead to faster refunds to the taxpayer, if or when the Board of Equalization determines that such a refund is warranted; and reduce the cost of the process, because there would be less of a need by the taxpayer to hire an attorney.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative McMullen and Tad Berry, Property Assessment Review.

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.
Last Action:
04/24/2024 
H - Placed on Informal Calendar

HB2447 - Establishes the "Classical Education Grant Program" for the purpose of assisting school districts with providing programs in classical education
Sponsor: Rep. Doug Richey (R)
Summary: HB 2447 -- CLASSICAL EDUCATION GRANT PROGRAM

SPONSOR: Richey

Subject to appropriation, this bill establishes the "Classical Education Grant Program" and corresponding fund in the state treasury for the purpose of assisting school districts with providing programs in classical education.

The bill defines a "classical education program" as a program that educates students in the liberal arts and sciences. The liberal arts consist of certain language and mathematical skills, while the sciences consist of bodies of knowledge including the human sciences, the natural sciences, and the theological sciences, as such terms are defined in the bill.

A school district that wishes to receive a grant shall submit an application to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education outlining the proposed classical educational program, establishing key success metrics, identifying resources available in the community, and specifying additional resources necessary for successful implementation of the program.

This bill is similar to SB 1290 (2024).
Last Action:
01/18/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2448 - Prohibits state departments from spending money on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
Sponsor: Rep. Brad Hudson (R)
Summary: HB 2448 --EXPENDITURES BY STATE DEPARTMENTS

SPONSOR: Hudson

This bill specifies that no funds from any State department are to be used for intradepartmental programs, staffing, or initiatives related to "diversity, equity, and inclusion" or similar initiatives that promote preferential treatment based on certain characteristics, concepts such as oppression as the sole cause of disparities, collective guilt ideologies, intersectional or divisive identity activism, and the limiting of freedom of conscience, thought, or speech.

This bill also specifies that State departments are not prohibited from following Federal and State employment and antidiscrimination laws or complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

This bill prohibits State departments from mandating, requiring, or incentivizing private sector employers to implement "diversity, equity, and inclusion" programs or initiatives as a condition for receiving a State contract.
Last Action:
02/21/2024 
H - Superseded by HB 2619

HB2456 - Requires the department of elementary and secondary education to develop a curriculum on Black history and Black literature to be used by school districts
Sponsor: Rep. LaKeySha Bosley (D)
Summary: HB 2456 -- HISTORY AND LITERATURE EDUCATION

SPONSOR: Bosley

This bill requires that for the 2025-26 school year each school district shall require that after completion of grade nine students complete one unit of Black History and one unit of Black Literature before receiving a diploma. The State Board of Education shall convene a work group and develop academic performance standards for the required courses and provide a model curriculum to districts.
Last Action:
01/18/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2463 - Increases the cigarette tax from $0.17 per pack of 20 cigarettes to $0.27 per pack to be used for public education and health care purposes, upon voter approval
Sponsor: Rep. Steve Butz (D)
Summary: HB 2463 -- CIGARETTE TAXES

SPONSOR: Butz

Currently, a tax shall be levied upon the sale of cigarettes at an amount equal to eight and one half mills per cigarette, until such time as the General Assembly appropriates an amount equal to 25% of the net Federal Reimbursement Allowance to the Health Initiatives Fund, then the tax shall be six and one half mills per cigarette beginning July 1st of the fiscal year immediately after such appropriation.

This bill adds an exception to this tax. Beginning January 1, 2025, an additional tax shall be levied upon the sale of cigarettes at an amount equal to five mills per cigarette. The revenue generated by this additional tax shall be dispersed as stated in the bill.

The bill contains a referendum clause and will not become effective unless approved by a majority of the qualified voters.

This bill is similar to HB 2869 (2022).
Last Action:
01/22/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2471 - Modifies provisions governing mental health efforts in public schools
Sponsor: Rep. Cyndi Buchheit-Courtway (R)
Summary: HB 2471 -- MENTAL HEALTH EFFORTS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

SPONSOR: Buchheit-Courtway

Beginning in the 2025-26 school year suicide prevention training and school district policies on youth suicide awareness must include training and guidance on using the Columbia Protocol for suicide risk assessment and training on the mental health virtual tool created under this bill.

Beginning in the 2025-26 school year mental health awareness training currently provided in grades nine to twelve must be expanded to include: additional age appropriate instruction relating to suicide awareness; tools for identifying potential suicide signs, strategies and protocols for helping students at risk; and other provisions specified in the bill.

The bill requires that the current mental health training and awareness instruction be expanded to grades five to eight beginning in the 2024-25 school year; this provision will be known as "Brennan's Law" and such instruction must be included in existing health or physical education curriculum.

The bill requires the Department of Mental Health's Children's Office to develop and implement a virtual tool to enhance access to mental health resources. Criteria for the virtual tool include an online resource directory, method to allow individual screening and assessment relating to mental health, and additional information and support deemed necessary by the Department.

This bill is similar to HB 1371 (2023).
Last Action:
04/22/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB2472 - Modifies provisions governing calculations for state aid to public schools
Sponsor: Rep. Anthony Ealy (D)
Summary: HB 2472 --STATE AID TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

SPONSOR: Ealy

This bill modifies the calculation for State aid to public schools by changing the multiplying factors in the definition of "weighted average daily attendance". The bill increases the multiplier from .25 to .30 for the free and reduced lunch pupil count, and from .60 to .65 for pupils with a limited English proficiency.

This bill is the same as HB 1211 (2023).
Last Action:
01/22/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2473 - Establishes the "Missouri Job Creators Tax Reduction Act" relating to a work opportunity tax credit
Sponsor: Rep. Bill Hardwick (R)
Summary: HB 2473 -- WORK OPPORTUNITY TAX CREDIT

SPONSOR: Hardwick

This bill establishes the "Missouri Job Creators Tax Reduction Act."

Beginning January 1, 2025, a qualified taxpayer may claim a tax credit for any wages paid to an individual who is:

(1) In a "targeted group," as that term is defined in the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC); and

(2) Who is employed by the State.

The tax credit shall be the lesser of:

(1) The amount of 100% of the federal WOTC claimed for the tax year, by the qualified taxpayer; or

(2) The amount of the qualified taxpayer's State income tax for the year.

A nonprofit organization with no State income tax liability may retain withholding tax for such employees in the amount of the tax credit that such an organization would have been authorized to claim.

The tax credits shall not be refundable or carried forward, and shall not be transferred, sold, or assigned.

The tax credit shall sunset on December 31, 2030.

This bill is similar to SB 1207 (2024).
Last Action:
02/28/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass

HB2494 - Modifies the calculations of state aid for school districts
Sponsor: Rep. Crystal Quade (D)
Summary: HB 2494 -- CALCULATIONS OF STATE AID FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS

SPONSOR: Quade

This bill creates a new definition for "weighted average daily attendance" as the term is used for the calculation of state aid to public schools. Beginning with the 2025-26 school year, the new definition uses the average daily enrollment of a school district with specific multipliers for free and reduced price lunch pupils, special education pupils, and limited english proficiency pupils.
Last Action:
01/24/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2499 - Modifies provisions governing eligibility for the A+ scholarship program
Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Farnan (R)
Summary: HB 2499 -- A+ SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

SPONSOR: Farnan

Beginning in the 2025-26 school year, this bill prevents eligible students from being disqualified from receiving a grant under the A+ program solely because of a guilty plea or conviction for the possession of a controlled substance under Section 579.015, RSMo, or possession of drug paraphernalia under Section 579.074.

This bill is the same as HB 1778 (2024).
Last Action:
03/27/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB2511 - Creates the "Student-Teacher Collaboration Advisory Board"
Sponsor: Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove (D)
Summary: HB 2511 -- STUDENT-TEACHER COLLABORATION ADVISORY BOARD

SPONSOR: Bland Manlove

This bill establishes the "Student-Teacher Collaboration Advisory Board" made up of one deputy commissioner from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and a student and teacher from each of the Congressional districts in the State as appointed by the Commissioner of Education. The students must be in grade eight or higher and the teachers must have taught in a classroom for at least two years to be appointed to the Board.

The Board shall meet annually to discuss best practices in the classroom and programs and submit a report summarizing meeting discussions to the Governor and the General Assembly.

This bill is the same as HB 951 (2023).
Last Action:
01/24/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2512 - Requires posters with information on driver education courses to be posted in each high school
Sponsor: Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove (D)
Summary: HB 2512 -- DRIVER EDUCATION COURSES IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

SPONSOR: Bland Manlove

This bill requires school districts to have visible posters in high schools with information about the availability, location, and meeting time of driver education courses.

This bill is similar to HB 890 (2023).
Last Action:
01/24/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2513 - Changes requirements for civics education in schools
Sponsor: Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove (D)
Summary: HB 2513 -- CIVIC EDUCATION

SPONSOR: Bland Manlove

This bill moves the current courses of instruction on the Constitution, the State of Missouri, and American History from seventh grade to begin in sixth grade for the 2025-26 school year. The bill also moves from ninth grade to sixth grade the requirement that students pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American Civics before graduation.

This bill is the same as HB 1043 (2023).
Last Action:
01/24/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2535 - Changes the penalty for violating the school compulsory attendance law
Sponsor: Rep. Dirk Deaton (R)
Summary: HB 2535 -- SCHOOL COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE

SPONSOR: Deaton

This bill changes the penalty for a violation of the compulsory attendance law under 167.031 from a class C misdemeanor to a civil penalty not to exceed $500.
Last Action:
01/25/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2536 - Modifies the election date, terms of office, and term limits for members of school boards
Sponsor: Rep. Richard West (R)
Summary: HB 2536 -- SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS

SPONSOR: West

Currently, elections for school board members are held on either the general municipal election day or such day as is specified in the county charter. Furthermore, such offices are for terms ranging from three years to six years, depending on the district.

This bill requires such elections to be held at the November general election and makes school board terms two years with no member serving more than eight years total. This bill also requires school board elections to be partisan.

The bill specifies that board members of the special school district can serve a four year term rather than a the current three year term.

This bill is similar to SB 234 (2023).
Last Action:
01/25/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2537 - Changes provisions governing the "Missouri Career Development and Teacher Excellence Plan"
Sponsor: Rep. Kathy Steinhoff (D)
Summary: HB 2537 -- CAREER LADDER

SPONSOR: Steinhoff

This bill reduces the requirements for teachers to qualify for a salary supplement commonly referred to as "Career Ladder". The bill establishes qualifications in three stages with the only requirements being a professional certificate and years of service. The years of service for stage I is two, stage II is five years, and for stage III, 10 years.
Last Action:
01/25/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2552 - Establishes provisions relating to allergy prevention and responses in child care facilities
Sponsor: Rep. Jim Schulte (R)
Summary: HCS HB 2552 -- ALLERGIES IN CHILD CARE FACILITIES

SPONSOR: Schulte

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass with HCS" by the Standing Committee on Healthcare Reform by a vote of 12 to 0.

The following is a summary of the House Committee Substitute for HB 2552.

This bill adds child care facilities to the list of authorized entities for which a physician may prescribe an epinephrine auto- injector.

The bill establishes "Elijah's Law" and requires licensed child care providers to adopt a policy on allergy prevention and response, with priority given to addressing deadly food-borne allergies. The policy must contain elements specified in the bill and be adopted before July 1, 2026.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education must develop a model policy or policies on allergy prevention and response before July 1, 2025.

This bill is the same as HB 2036 (2024) and is similar to HB 1270 (2023).

The following is a summary of the public testimony from the committee hearing. The testimony was based on the introduced version of the bill.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that this is a common-sense piece of legislation to help sensitive children avoid things to which they are allergic, and that parents should not be in constant fear of their child's exposure to an allergen at school and day care centers.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative Schulte; Asthma And Allergy Foundation of America; City of KC City Council; and Arnie C. Dienoff.

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.
Last Action:
04/09/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass

HB2562 - Modifies provisions governing the compensation of student athletes
Sponsor: Rep. Kurtis Gregory (R)
Summary: HB 2562 -- COMPENSATION OF STUDENT ATHLETES

SPONSOR: Gregory

This bill specifies that a high school athlete, as defined in the bill, may earn compensation from the use of such athlete's likeness or athletic reputation subject to the following: a high school student shall have the right to discuss compensation before signing a letter of intent only when discussing enrollment with an educational institution in this state; and shall have the right to earn such compensation only after signing said letter of intent.

Any discussion regarding compensation from the use of such high school athlete's likeness or athletic reputation is not a violation of any rules intended to protect a high school athlete's eligibility to participate in high school athletics in this state.

Any high school athlete attempting to earn compensation from such athlete's likeness or athletic reputation may use any identifiers of the athlete's high school, as listed in the bill, in such earning efforts.

The bill repeals language relating to high school athlete compensation for use of likeness or athletic reputation when competing against public school students.
Last Action:
04/10/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB2565 - Requires the department of elementary and secondary education to develop a curriculum on the danger of marijuana usage to be used by school districts
Sponsor: Rep. Brian Seitz (R)
Summary: HB 2565 -- MARIJUANA USAGE EDUCATION

SPONSOR: Seitz

This bill requires the State Board of Education to convene a work group to develop academic performance standards relating to marijuana usage education. Beginning in 2025-26 the State Board shall adopt standards relating to a minimum one-hour curriculum for students over 12 years old in regard to the dangers of marijuana use.
Last Action:
01/30/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2569 - Prohibits state departments from spending money on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
Sponsor: Rep. Ben Baker (R)
Summary: HB 2569 -- EXPENDITURES BY STATE DEPARTMENTS

SPONSOR: Baker

This bill prohibits State departments from using funds for programs related to "diversity, equity, and inclusion"(DEI) or similar initiatives if they promote preferential treatment based on various factors including race, gender, or ethnicity; attribute disparities solely to oppression; advocate collective guilt ideologies; engage in divisive identity activism; or restrict freedom of conscience, thought, or speech.

This bill does not prohibit State departments from adherence to Federal and State employment laws and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

This bill also specifies that State departments cannot compel or incentivize private sector employers to adopt DEI programs as a condition for state contracts.

This bill is the same as HB 2365 (2024).
Last Action:
02/21/2024 
H - Superseded by HB 2619

HB2574 - Creates a community solar pilot program
Sponsor: Rep. Aaron McMullen (R)
Summary: HB 2574 -- COMMUNITY SOLAR PILOT PROGRAM

SPONSOR: McMullen

This bill establishes a community solar pilot program requiring each retail electric supplier to implement a three-year community solar pilot program during calendar years 2025-2027. Retail electric suppliers must allow subscriber administrators and owners or operators of community solar facilities to recruit customers as subscribers and process subscribers' bill credits as specified in the bill. Each retail electric supplier must continue operating its pilot program until the total solar electricity demand equals 5% of the retail electric supplier's electricity sales for the previous year.

A community solar facility may be built, owned, or operated by a third party entity under contract with an owner or operator of a community solar facility or a subscriber administrator. A subscriber administrator may contract to administer bill credits to the subscriber's electricity bill generated by the subscriber's share of the community solar facility. A subscriber administrator that provides bill credit to a subscriber are not be considered an electrical corporation or public utility. The owner or operator of a community solar facility may serve as a subscriber administrator.

No later than nine months after the effective date of the bill, the Public Service Commission must establish the value of the bill credit for each retail electric supplier to offset each subscriber's retail electric bill for each kilowatt hour subscribed from a community solar facility as specified in the bill.

A retail electric supplier must allow for the transferability and portability of subscriptions. On a monthly basis, a subscriber administrator is required to update the subscriber administrator's list of subscribers. The bill specifies the duties of and compensation for a retail electric supplier.

Each community solar facility must be subscribed with at least 10% low-income customers and 20% residential customers. A retail electric supplier must purchase unsubscribed energy from a community solar facility as specified in the bill.

Interconnection standards for community solar facilities under 100 kilowatts are the same as those for net-metered customers. For systems larger than 100 kilowatts, the Commission must develop technical and net metering interconnection rules for customer- generators intending to operate community solar facilities or renewable onsite generators in parallel with the electric utility grid. This bill is the same as SB 1347(2024).
Last Action:
04/03/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB2579 - Requires state agencies to include a cost-benefit analysis with every proposed rule
Sponsor: Rep. Chris Lonsdale (R)
Summary: HB 2579 -- COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS OF ADMINISTRATIVE RULES

SPONSOR: Lonsdale

This bill defines "Benefits", "Cost", "Direct benefit", "Indirect benefit", "Indirect cost", "Monetized", "Stakeholder", "Stakeholder-specific benefit", and "Stakeholder-specific cost". The bill requires all agencies to demonstrate that the benefits of proposed regulations outweigh the costs.

This bill requires all agencies to conduct a cost-benefit analysis for final rules, detailing any differences from the analysis of proposed rules and any decisions made based on public comments.

The bill requires all documentation related to the cost-benefit analysis to be made public on specified platforms.

This bill requires standardized analysis and metrics to be applied to all regulations, with exceptions approved by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.

The bill allows stakeholders to challenge final rules based on deficiencies in the agency's cost-benefit analysis, leading to a review and possible remand by the court. If the court agrees and identifies certain shortcomings such as failure to consider relevant costs, lack of public scrutiny, underestimation of costs, overestimation of benefits, or failure to justify changes from the proposed rule's analysis, it can stay the rule and request further agency analysis. Additionally, the cost-benefit analysis should align with the periodic regulatory review cycle specified in Section 536.175, RSMo.

This bill requires the cost-benefit analysis to align with the periodic regulatory review cycle.

The bill specifies the following restrictions on the use of discount rates: (1) No social or implementing discount rates;

(2) Justification is necessary for the application of discount rates;

(3) Compound interest rate calculations are not to be mandated; and

(4) Non-monetary life factors should not be monetized or calculated as compounding at the marginal rate of return to capital. This bill specifies that rules made under Section 536.025 will be excluded from the requirements of this section.
Last Action:
01/31/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2584 - Specifies that tax revenues dedicated to school districts cannot be reduced or redirected to accommodate special taxing districts
Sponsor: Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove (D)
Summary: HB 2584 -- TAX REVENUES DEDICATED TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS

SPONSOR: Bland Manlove

This bill prohibits any program, special taxing district, or political subdivision from reducing or redirecting any property or sales tax revenue that has previously been dedicated to a school district.

This bill also prohibits political subdivisions from including any tax revenue previously dedicated to a school district when calculating economic activity taxes or payments in lieu of taxes.

This bill is similar to HB 1072 (2023) and HB 2283 (2022).
Last Action:
01/31/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2592 - Modifies provisions for solar energy systems
Sponsor: Rep. Aaron McMullen (R)
Summary: HB 2592 -- SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS

SPONSOR: McMullen

This bill increases the allowable capacity of an electrical generating system that qualifies for net metering under the Net Metering and Easy Connect Act from 100 kilowatts to 1,000 kilowatts and requires the electrical generating system to meet the requirements of a uniformed solar permit and inspection form.

Currently, a retail electrical supplier must make net-metering available until the total capacity of net metering systems equals 5% of the supplier's total peak load during the previous year. The bill increases the net metering capacity to 15% of a retail electrical supplier total peak load.

Currently the customer generator is to be credited an amount equal to the avoided fuel cost of the excess electricity generated by the customer during the billing period, with the credit applied to the following billing period. The bill changes the credit to the retail electric cost of the excess electricity generated by the customer during the billing period, with the credit applied anytime during the next 12-month period.

Currently, systems of 10 kilowatts or less are exempt from certain requirements and standards. This bill increases the size of systems that are exempt to 100 kilowatts.

By January 1, 2025, the Public Service Commission must create a unified solar permit and inspection form and automated permitting and inspection software for solar energy devices. Permitting and inspection authorities must use the software and collect fees from applicants for solar energy device permits.

The bill also requires homeowners' associations to deny or request resubmission of applications for solar panels or collectors within 30 days of receipt of the request or the application is considered approved. Homeowners' associations can not require applications for solar panels or collectors to be approved by a committee that addresses architectural or aesthetic qualities.
Last Action:
02/01/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2598 - Expands the definition of special victim to include school employees and volunteers
Sponsor: Rep. Chris Dinkins (R)
Summary: HB 2598 -- SPECIAL VICTIMS

SPONSOR: Dinkins

This bill adds any school employee or school volunteer, including administrators, teachers, aides, paraprofessionals, assistants, secretaries, custodians, cooks, nurses, bus drivers employed by a school district, and bus drivers employed by a pupil transportation company under contract with a school district, while in the performance of the employee's or volunteer's job duties to the definition of "special victim".

This bill is similar to HB 1441 (2024) and HB 72 (2023).
Last Action:
02/01/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2604 - Establishes the "Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act"
Sponsor: Rep. Rodger Reedy (R)
Summary: HB 2604 -- UNIFORM REAL PROPERTY ELECTRONIC RECORDING ACT

SPONSOR: Reedy

This bill establishes the "Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act", which allows for the recording of an electronic format document rather than a paper document. It also allows an electronic signature to qualify as a sufficient signature. Such electronic signature will also satisfy the requirement for notarized documents if the signature also complies with the requirements of the remote online notarial acts under Chapter 486, RSMo. A county recorder of deeds may convert paper documents into electronic form for the purposes of indexing, storing, archiving, and making such forms accessible to the public and may also accept fees and documents electronically.

This bill creates the "Electronic Recording Commission" consisting of nine members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate, to adopt standards and implement the provisions of this bill.

The provisions of this bill supersede the federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, but do not supersede Section 101(c) of the Act or authorize electronic delivery of any of the notices described in Section 103(b) of the Act. This bill has a delayed effective date of January 2, 2025.

This bill is similar to HB 2895 (2022).
Last Action:
03/11/2024 
H - Committee hearing cancelled - House-Special Committee on Innovation and Technology - 3/12/24 - 9:00 am - HR 5

HB2610 - Modifies provisions relating to certain school retirement systems
Sponsor: Rep. Alan Gray (D)
Summary: HB 2610 -- ST LOUIS PUBLIC SCHOOL RETIREMENT

SPONSOR: Gray

This bill allows retirees from the St. Louis Public School Retirement System to receive a one-time supplemental payment equal to the lesser of the person's gross amount of the regular pension benefit or $2,000. The supplemental payment shall be payable no later than September 30, 2024.

This bill is similar to HB 898 (2023) and HB 1831 (2022).
Last Action:
02/05/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2612 - Establishes an educational technology impact advisory council to review the use of technology in schools
Sponsor: Rep. Tricia Byrnes (R)
Summary: HCS HB 2612 -- TECHNOLOGY IN SCHOOLS

SPONSOR: Byrnes

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass with HCS" by the Special Committee on Innovation and Technology by a vote of 8 to 0.

The following is a summary of the House Committee Substitute for HB 2612.

This bill creates an educational technology impact advisory council to review the best practices for the use of technology in instruction. The council will consist of no more than 25 members appointed by the Commission of Education including stakeholders from education and medical professionals. Specific items and information to be covered as they relate to technology and education are specified in the bill.

The council must meet four times per year, with the first meeting to be held by December 1, 2024, and must have at least three additional meetings before the committee submits a summary of the council's actions and recommendations before July 1, 2025.

The summary, along with policy proposals and recommendations shall be presented in a public hearing to the State Board of Education and the House and Senate Committees on Education.

The council must meet every two years and update the provided summary to continue to provide best practice and policy suggestions for the impact and inclusion of technology in education.

The following is a summary of the public testimony from the committee hearing. The testimony was based on the introduced version of the bill.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that technology in schools has changed the manner in which students learn. Although it has many benefits, some school districts may rely on technology too much. By middle school, some students lack executive function and many believe technology has a roll in this. This bill would bring together experts to look into best practices for using technology in schools.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative Byrnes; Missouri Disability Empowerment Foundation; Missouri NEA; John Grady; Armorvine; and Arnie C. Dienoff.

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.
Last Action:
03/04/2024 
H - Reported Do Pass

HB2619 - Prohibits state departments from spending money on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
Sponsor: Rep. Cody Smith (R)
Summary: HCS HBs 2619, 2365, 2448 & 2569 -- EXPENDITURES BY STATE DEPARTMENTS

SPONSOR: Smith (163)

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass with HCS" by the Standing Committee on General Laws by a vote of 12 to 4.

The following is a summary of the House Committee Substitute for HB 2619.

This bill prohibits funds from any State department being used for intradepartmental programs, staffing, or initiatives related to "diversity, equity, and inclusion" or similar initiatives that promote preferential treatment based on certain characteristics, concepts such as oppression as the sole cause of disparities, collective guilt ideologies, intersectional or divisive identity activism, and the limiting of freedom of conscience, thought, or speech.

This bill also specifies that State departments are not prohibited from following Federal and State employment and antidiscrimination laws or complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

This bill prohibits State departments from mandating, requiring, or incentivizing private sector employers to implement "diversity, equity, and inclusion" programs or initiatives as a condition for receiving a State contract.

The following is a summary of the public testimony from the committee hearing. The testimony was based on the introduced version of the bill.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that deployment of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives promotes the idea that to address past discrimination, we must employ present discrimination. However, using State resources and insinuating that it is ever appropriate to use race discriminatory practices to make up for past wrongs flies directly in the face of the Constitution. State employees should not be forced into engaging with DEI and taxpayer dollars should not be used for this discriminatory practice. A very loud, but small, segment of society is doing what they can to drive a narrative that attacks the very root of western ideals. When you use terms, such as diversity, without telling the general population what you are using those terms for, you do the opposite of inclusion, you further divide. Disparity between two or more groups creates oppression which pushes people into tribal camps resulting in breeding racist connotations. Proponents further state that DEI programs are admirable but do not work. These programs often do the opposite of what they claim to do. Rather than increase minority representation, there is less minority representation and those that undergo diversity training don't actually change their views or address diversity issues. Hiring programs should focus on the merit of the applicant, rather than the applicant's race or gender. To promote one preferred group over another creates resentment toward that preferred group, thus creating an us versus them mentality.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative Smith; Cicero Action, Opportunity Solutions Project;and Raheem J. Williams, Do No Harm.

OPPONENTS: Those who oppose the bill say that diversity within the work place allows for a more diverse approach to complex problems. People from different backgrounds can approach issues in different ways. Different approaches often ensure teams arrive at a solution more quickly than a team that has only one way of looking at a problem. DEI programs provide this necessary diversity within the work place. Opponents also say that women and minority groups often don't have the same access to opportunities that white males do. DEI is a way for underserved communities to get opportunities they wouldn't otherwise have access to. Minorities are already under represented in many professions. Removing DEI programs would only further decrease the number of minorities in many professional fields. Everyone is born with some kind of prejudice. DEI is important to teach professionals about biases and may help certain professionals learn about a bias they may have that they were not aware of.

Testifying in person against the bill were Abortion Action Missouri (Formerly Pro Choice Missouri); Missouri Family Health Council; Missouri Budget Project; Missouri Speech-Language and Hearing Association (MSHA); Tricia McGhee, Revolucion Educativa; Advocates of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region & Southwest Missouri; National Association of Social Work-Missouri Chapter; Dava-Leigh Brush, Missouri Equity Education Partnership Action; Heather Fleming; American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, Public Health Excellence; May Hall; Michael Walk; Health Forward Foundation; Rebecca Nowlin, Aging Best and Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging; American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri; and the Missouri State Conference NAACP.



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.
Last Action:
02/27/2024 
H - Reported Do Pass

HB2620 - Changes the definition of "qualified student" for purposes of Missouri empowerment scholarship accounts
Sponsor: Rep. Cody Smith (R)
Summary: HB 2620 -- MISSOURI EMPOWERMENT SCHOLARSHIP

SPONSOR: Smith (163)

This bill modifies the definition of "qualified student" to expand which students may qualify for a Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Account. The definition changes from elementary or secondary school students in specific counties and cities to all elementary or secondary school students residing in the State that meet the specified criteria.

This bill is the same as HB 1615 (2024).
Last Action:
02/05/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2622 - Adds public schools and charter schools to the list of entities required to submit information to the Missouri accountability
Sponsor: Rep. Josh Hurlbert (R)
Summary: HB 2622 -- MISSOURI ACCOUNTABILITY PORTAL

SPONSOR: Hurlbert

This bill requires school districts and charter schools to provide an account of their expenses to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for inclusion in the Missouri Accountability Portal within 60 day of incurring the expense.
Last Action:
02/05/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2625 - Exempts the first two thousand four hundred dollars of income from taxation
Sponsor: Rep. Michael O'Donnell (R)
Summary: HB 2625 -- PERSONAL INCOME TAX

SPONSOR: O'Donnell

Beginning January 1, 2025, there shall be no tax on income of less than or equal to $2,400.
Last Action:
02/06/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2630 - Modifies provisions governing school antibullying policies
Sponsor: Rep. John Black (R)
Summary: HB 2630 -- SCHOOL ANTI-BULLYING POLICIES

SPONSOR: Black

This bill requires that school districts expand the current definition of harassment to include bullying that meets the level of harassment as a reportable offense to law enforcement (Section 160.261, RSMo).

The bill adds the use of offensive racial epithets and excludes self-defense from the definition of bullying. School district policies on bullying are also modified and include written documentation of each report, procedures for investigations, and intervention on behalf of the bully.

If a school district or charter school fails to report bullying incidents, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will withhold 10% of monthly funding until the school is in compliance. Districts or charter schools that do not provide intervention or follow procedures on bullying will have money withheld in the amount of the State adequacy target multiplied by the number of failures. Multiple occurrences of bullying in a single semester by a student will also result in a financial penalty.

The bill provides for protection from civil liability for school districts, charter schools, and the employees of the district or charter school if procedures are properly followed(Section 160.775).

The bill adds bullying to the list of offenses that are reportable to law enforcement and adds the Commissioner of Education for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the governing board of a charter school to the current list for which reporting must occur. School officials that neglect or refuse to perform the reporting requirements must be referred to the State Board of Education for disciplinary proceedings to include suspension of such individual's certificate (Section 167.117).
Last Action:
03/13/2024 
H - Superseded by HB 1715

HB2644 - Modifies the calculations of state aid for school districts
Sponsor: Rep. Kathy Steinhoff (D)
Summary: HB 2644 -- FOUNDATION FORMULA

SPONSOR: Steinhoff

This bill modifies the current funding formula for state aid to public schools.

Beginning July 1, 2025, changes to the calculation include the following:

1) Removal of the %5 cap from the current operating expenditure;

2) Changing the weighted average daily attendance to be comprised of 1/2 pupil count based on weighted attendance and 1/2 pupil count based on "weighted membership";

3) Increasing the weight for free and reduced pupil count from .25 to .30 with an increase to .5 beginning in the 2028-29 school year;

4) Increasing the weight for special education pupils from .75 to 1;

5) Creating a weight for homeless pupils at .25; and

6) Adding a definition for "weighted membership" that provides a weighting for pupils that are enrolled in a district to be used as 1/2 of the funding calculation (Section 163.011, RSMo).

Currently if formula appropriations are insufficient to fund the state aid entitlement, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education may adjust the state adequacy target to match the appropriation. This bill authorizes the Department to adjust the state adequacy target if appropriation amounts exceed the amount necessary (Section 163.031).
Last Action:
02/07/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2652 - Prohibits public schools from imposing certain requirements on students
Sponsor: Rep. Bill Hardwick (R)
Summary: HB 2652 -- EDUCATION

SPONSOR: Hardwick

This bill prevents public school districts or charter schools from requiring a student, as a condition of attendance, to:

(1) Receive a dose of messenger ribonucleic acid;

(2) Receive treatments or procedures intended to edit or alter human deoxyribonucleic acid or the human genome; or

(3) Have placed under the student's skin any mechanical or electronic device.
Last Action:
02/08/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2657 - Modifies provisions relating to income tax deductions for private pensions
Sponsor: Rep. Mike McGirl (R)
Summary:

HB 2657 -- PRIVATE PENSION TAXATION (McGirl)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Standing Committee on Ways and Means

This bill increases an individual's income tax adjustments related to private pensions in the following manner:

(1) Single, Head of Household -- increases from $25,000 to $50,000;

(2) Married Filing Combined -- increases from $32,000 to $64,000; and

(3) Married Filing Separate -- increases from $16,000 to $32,600

This bill increases the maximum amount to be subtracted from a taxpayer's adjusted gross income for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2025, to the first $12,000 of any retirement allowance received from any privately funded sources. The previous maximum was $6,000.

Last Action:
04/22/2024 
S - Read First Time

HB2667 - Modifies provisions governing transportation for public school pupils
Sponsor: Rep. Ben Keathley (R)
Summary: HB 2667 -- PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENT TRANSPORTATION

SPONSOR: Keathley

This bill requires school districts to provide transportation for pupils living less than one mile from school at the expense of the district. Districts that require an increase in the tax levy for such transportation must submit such question on a ballot to the district. The bill changes the vote for such ballot measure from a 2/3rd majority to a simple majority.
Last Action:
02/12/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2674 - Requires the Joint Committee on Education to establish a working group to report on solutions for protecting the learning environment in classrooms
Sponsor: Rep. Jamie Burger (R)
Summary: HB 2674 -- CLASSROOM LEARNING ENVIRONMENT WORKING GROUP

SPONSOR: Burger

This bill requires the Joint Committee on Education to convene a work group on protecting the learning environment in classrooms. The work group will develop and recommend meaningful solutions for public schools to ensure that each student and public school employee or volunteer experiences a safe and productive learning environment.

The work group will be comprised of stakeholders including at least six teachers; individuals with expertise in behavior assessment, mental health, child psychology, education preparation programs; a school superintendent; and individuals designated by members of the United States Congress and Senate, among others outlined in the bill.

The work group must meet four times before January 1, 2025, and hold at least one public hearing to receive public testimony from parents. The work group must submit a report to the General Assembly, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the State Board of Education with recommendations and policy proposals before January 1, 2025.
Last Action:
02/22/2024 
H - Referred to House committee on Elementary and Secondary Education

HB2678 - Prohibits students from engaging in "furry" behavior while at school
Sponsor: Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R)
Summary: HB 2678 -- STUDENT BEHAVIOR

SPONSOR: Toalson Reisch

This bill requires that students who purport to be imaginary animals or engage in anthropomorphic behavior consistent with the common designation of "furry" while at school be removed from school and school activities.
Last Action:
02/14/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2692 - Modifies provisions governing career and technical education programs
Sponsor: Rep. Travis Wilson (R)
Summary: HB 2692 -- CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS

SPONSOR: Wilson

This bill requires that beginning in the 2024-25 school year the State Board of Education and the Career and Technical Education Advisory Council evaluate the Federal taxonomic coding scheme of instructional programs known as the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) to determine the types of instructional programs that may meet the minimum requirements leading to recognition as part of a CTE program that offers a CTE certificate. Upon evaluation the bill requires the Board and Council to determine if an existing teaching certification can be applied to the CIP code or approve a certification for a program with inappropriate teacher certification until the appropriate certification for such CIP code can be approved.
Last Action:
02/14/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2696 - Changes provisions governing special educational services
Sponsor: Rep. Kathy Steinhoff (D)
Summary: HB 2696 -- EVALUATIONS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

SPONSOR: Steinhoff

This bill defines "a young child with a developmental disability" for the purposes of providing special educational services under the requirements of federal law. Such a child is:

(1) At least three years old but not older than nine years of age;

(2) Experiencing developmental delays, as measured by appropriate evaluative instruments and procedures, in one or more of the areas specified within the bill; and

(3) Requires special educational and related services.

The bill provides that children whose age makes them eligible for kindergarten or first grade may continue their eligibility as a young child with a developmental delay if the child had been categorized as such before attaining eligibility for kindergarten or grade one. This bill additionally provides that the category of "young child with a developmental delay" will not be used to determine continuing eligibility for a student who is seven years of age before August 1 of a given school year.
Last Action:
04/10/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB2717 - Requires certain incidents in public schools to be reported to the department of elementary and secondary education and made available on the department's comprehensive data system
Sponsor: Rep. Yolanda Young (D)
Summary: HB 2717 -- INCIDENT REPORTING FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS

SPONSOR: Young

This bill requires that incidents of school violence and bullying be submitted to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education within 30 days. The Department must compile and report incidents on the data portal with personal identification data remaining inaccessible.

This bill is similar to HB 1349 (2023).
Last Action:
02/19/2024 
H - Introduced and Read First Time

HB2724 - Prohibits certain organizations that contract with the departments of social services and elementary and secondary education from taking more than a certain percentage in fees when distributing department funds
Sponsor: Rep. Ed Lewis (R)
Summary: HB 2724 -- DEPARTMENTS OF SOCIAL SERVICES AND ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION PURCHASING

SPONSOR: Lewis (6)

This bill sets limitations on the amount of funds that can be collected in fees by an entity that contracts with the Department of Social Services or the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the purposes of disbursing funds to other organizations or community programs that provide human services.

For any funds that are disbursed by an entity that contracts with either department, the entity can take no more than 5% if the amount is less than $1 million or, and no more than 3% if the amount is $1 million or more.
Last Action:
02/21/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2729 - Creates provisions to allow local taxing entities to establish property tax work-off programs for certain senior citizens to reduce property tax bills
Sponsor: Rep. Donna Baringer (D)
Summary: HB 2729 -- LOCAL PROPERTY TAX WORK-OFF PROGRAM

SPONSOR: Baringer

This bill specifies that upon adoption of an ordinance, a taxing entity may create a Property Tax Work-Off Program. Such a program would allow a qualified taxpayer to perform temporary volunteer work for a public entity, that receives or uses revenue generated through real property taxes, in lieu of paying certain real property taxes.

If such an ordinance is adopted, it must include the following information:

(1) Procedures and deadlines for application and participation in the Program and required documentation to prove eligibility;

(2) The maximum number of taxpayers allowed to participate in the Program;

(3) Procedures for verification and record keeping of the work performed, hours of service, and the total amount by which the real property tax owed has been reduced;

(4) Procedures for the crediting toward the qualified taxpayer's real property taxes; and

(5) Any other provisions that the taxing entity deems reasonable and necessary.

A qualified taxpayer will be compensated at the hourly Missouri minimum wage. Such compensation shall be used in lieu of payment of any real property taxes that the qualifying taxpayer owes on this or her homestead. The total amount of compensation shall exceed $1,000 or the total amount of real property tax owed, whichever is less. The governing body of a taxing entity may increase this amount at its discretion, provided such an increase is submitted to the voters. The total number of hours of work that a qualified taxpayer may perform will be calculated by dividing the amount of property taxes owed by the State minimum wage.

A qualified taxpayer is an individual who:

(1) Is 65 years or older on or before the last day of the calendar year for which the real property taxes are owed;

(2) Has been a resident of the taxing entity for at least one year and is still a current resident as of the date of the application; (3) Is living on a low, fixed income from sources such as Social Security, State disability benefits, pensions, or retirement savings;

(4) Is the owner of record of a homestead or has a legal or equitable interest in a homestead; and

(5) Is liable for the payment of real property taxes of a homestead.

Information regarding a work-off program will be made available to the taxpayers of the taxing entity.

Qualifying taxpayers retain the right to protest the amount of their real property taxes. All compensation earned by a qualified taxpayer will not be considered income for the purposes of personal income taxation.
Last Action:
02/21/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2742 - Requires newly purchased or contracted school buses of a school district to be zero-emission vehicles, beginning January 1, 2035
Sponsor: Rep. Anthony Ealy (D)
Summary: HB 2742 -- ZERO-EMISSION SCHOOL BUSES

SPONSOR: Ealy

This bill enacts laws relating to school buses. In its main provisions the bill:

(1) Provides that a contract between a school district and a party contracting to provide transportation services to the school district is jointly renewable at the end of the contract term for a term not to exceed 15 years, and must include all of the terms of the previous contract and any provisions increasing rates based on increased costs;

(2) Provides that a continuing contract for the lease or rental of school buses may be made for a term not to exceed 15 years, except that if the school district can exercise an option either to purchase the buses or cancel the lease at the end of each annual period during the contract, the contract may be made for a term not to exceed 20 years;

(3) Authorizes a contract to be negotiated annually within the contract period when economic factors indicate negotiation is necessary to maintain an equitable pricing structure. Renegotiation is subject to the approval of both contracting parties. Any rental, lease, or lease-purchase of a school bus must comply with Chapter 177, RSMo;

(4) Defines "school bus" for the purpose of the zero-emission provision and excludes specific meanings;

(5) Provides that beginning January 1, 2035, 100% of all newly purchased or contracted school buses must be zero-emission vehicles, where feasible;

(6) Provides that when a school district determines that the purchase or lease of a zero-emission school bus is not feasible due to both terrain and route constraints, it may request a one-time extension for a term not to exceed five years, in order to meet the zero-emission by 2035 requirement, provided the following conditions are met:

(a) The school district reasonably demonstrates that a daily planned bus route for transporting pupils to and from school cannot be serviced through available zero-emission technology in 2035; and

(b) The Department of Natural Resources, consulting with the Missouri air conservation commission, receives and evaluates a school district's request, and grants a one-time extension based on the local school district reasonably demonstrating the condition described above;

(7) Provides that beginning January 1, 2040, if a school district with an average daily attendance of 350 or less determines that the purchase or lease of a zero-emission school bus in not feasible due to both terrain and route constraints, the school district may request annual extensions with the last extension expiring on January 1, 2045 provided the following conditions are met:

(a) The school district reasonably demonstrates that a daily planned bus route for transporting pupils to and from school cannot be serviced through available zero-emission technology in the period in which the annual waiver is sought; and

(b) The Department of Natural Resources, consulting with the Missouri air conservation commission, receives and evaluates a school district's request, and grants the annual extension based on the local school district reasonably demonstrating the condition described above.
Last Action:
02/21/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2774 - Allows schools to incorporate criminal justice instruction into curricula
Sponsor: Rep. Alan Gray (D)
Summary: HB 2774 -- CRIMINAL JUSTICE INSTRUCTION

SPONSOR: Gray

This bill allows a school district to offer instruction on the criminal justice system in grades seven through 12. Emphasis will be on how the system works and career opportunities in law enforcement. Input may be sought from local law enforcement organizations.

This bill is the same as HB 1821 (2022) and HB 1390 (2023).
Last Action:
02/22/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2775 - Establishes a "Council for Community Education" within the department of elementary and secondary education
Sponsor: Rep. Alan Gray (D)
Summary: HB 2775 -- COUNCIL FOR COMMUNITY EDUCATION

SPONSOR: Gray

This bill establishes the "Council for Community Education". The Council will study and make recommendations regarding establishing community education programs in which public school buildings are used as community centers operated by the School Board in cooperation with other community groups to provide community services. The Council will have 11 members appointed by the Governor.

The Council will meet no more than four times each year and will be tasked with:

(1) Conducting feasibility studies on the establishment of community education programs;

(2) Advising the Commissioner of Education and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on issues relating to the establishment of community education programs;

(3) Making recommendations for a state plan for community education as specified in the bill; and

(4) Making recommendations for the funding of local community education programs.

This bill is the same as HB 1820 (2022) and HB 1388 (2023).
Last Action:
02/22/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2792 - Modifies provisions governing proprietary schools
Sponsor: Rep. Travis Wilson (R)
Summary: HB 2792 -- PROPRIETARY SCHOOLS

SPONSOR: Wilson

This bill requires a proprietary school that closes without taking care of the students, to forfeit the security deposit required to be on record with the Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development. The Department will use the funds to help the students affected by the closure.

If funds remain after students receive restitution from the security deposit proceeds, the remaining money will be used to secure and administer student records in the Department’s care.

The bill also creates a specific exemption category for U.S. Department of Labor approved registered apprenticeships from the certification requirements with the Department.

The Department currently exempts training partners that only enroll registered apprentices, and only requires certification or exemption of providers who seek to enroll non-apprentices in the same program in order to ensure those students have oversight protections in place. This clarifes in statute the exemption category for those wishing to offer postsecondary training as part of a registered apprenticeship program.
Last Action:
02/26/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2793 - Modifies the formula to apportion mining royalties
Sponsor: Rep. Chris Dinkins (R)
Summary: HB 2793 -- MINING ROYALTIES

SPONSOR: Dinkins

Currently, 50% of the money received by the State from National Forest reserves for mineral products must be spent for roads in the counties in which the National Forest is located. Of that, 85% must be split in proportional shares based on the amount of minerals extracted in each county and 15% split equally where there is no mining. This bill would require the 15% to be split equally according to the proportion of National Forest in the county.
Last Action:
02/29/2024 
H - Referred to House committee on Conservation and Natural Resources

HB2794 - Modifies provisions governing postsecondary plans of elementary and secondary school students
Sponsor: Rep. Gretchen Bangert (D)
Summary: HB 2794 -- CAREER LITERACY

SPONSOR: Bangert

This bill requires that students in the eighth grade complete a career assessment, meet with a guidance counselor, and develop a personal plan of study or individual career and academic plan (ICAP). Beginning in the 2025-26 school year students in ninth through 12th grade must annually review and complete the ICAP with the assistance of a teacher or counselor. Students in grades kindergarten through 12th will receive instruction in career literacy which will be incorporated into existing curricula and academic and performance standards.

For grades Kindergarten through grade two such instruction must be a minimum of 30 minutes per week, for grades three through five, one hour per week, and in grades six through 12 two hours of instruction is required.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education must establish an online portfolio process for student tracking and a collaborative process to help students align with graduation requirements, personal interests, labor market needs, and career goals. The bill specifies career and educational opportunities in which the Department will educate students.

The bill repeals the "Career Readiness Course Task Force" dissolved in 2019.
Last Action:
04/24/2024 
H - Reported Do Pass as substituted

HB2803 - Creates new provisions for contracting and purchasing by the department of social services and the department of elementary and secondary education
Sponsor: Rep. Ed Lewis (R)
Summary: HB 2803 -- PURCHASING BY CERTAIN STATE DEPARTMENTS

SPONSOR: Lewis (6)

The bill allows the departments of Social Services and Elementary and Secondary Education to purchase services directly from private and public vendors in the State using appropriated funds, covering various services for individuals affected by mental disorders, disabilities, or substance abuse.

This bill specifies that the Commissioner of Administration, in consultation with the director of the department, will establish purchasing procedures consistent with the usual state purchasing procedures. The Commissioner shall cooperate with each department to purchase services in a timely manner that meets the needs of those served by the department.

The Commissioner may enact rules for reviewing and managing contracts, including the ability to waive bidding procedures if deemed appropriate. Entities disbursing funds for community programs are limited in the fees they can collect based on the amount of funds disbursed from the department.
Last Action:
04/09/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass

HB2812 - Establishes provisions relating to the minimum school term
Sponsor: Rep. Paula Brown (D)
Summary: HB 2812 -- MINIMUM SCHOOL TERM

SPONSOR: Brown (87)

This bill modifies the definition of "school term" by providing that school districts located in charter counties or cities with more than 30,000 inhabitants shall have a school term that consists of at least 169 school days, unless the district has adopted a four-day school week, in which case a school term shall consist of at least 142 school days (Sections 160.011, 163.021, 171.031, and 171.033, RSMo).

The bill repeals a provision specifying that school districts must provide a minimum of 522 hours of actual pupil attendance for kindergarten pupils in order to receive State aid (Section 163.021).

The bill specifies that school districts located wholly or partially in charter counties or cities with more than 30,000 inhabitants may adopt a four-day school week only upon a majority vote of the qualified voters of the school district (Section 171.028).

School districts with a school term of 175 school days or more may establish an opening date earlier than 14 days prior to the first Monday in September by following the procedure specified in the bill (Section 171.031).

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education must remit to any school district or charter school with a five-day school week an amount equal to 2% of such district's or charter school's June state aid entitlement for the preceding year. The funds will be used exclusively to increase teacher salaries. Any district or charter school that uses such funds for any other purpose will have an equivalent amount of money withheld from its State aid allocation (Section 1).

The bill has an effective date of July 1, 2025.

This bill is similar to SB 784 (2024).
Last Action:
02/27/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2846 - Modifies provisions relating to retirement benefits for certain teacher retirement systems
Sponsor: Rep. Doug Clemens (D)
Summary: HB 2846 -- RETIREMENT BENEFITS FOR CERTAIN TEACHER RETIREMENT SYSTEMS

SPONSOR: Clemens

This bill adds definitions for "funded ratio", "total actuarially required contribution" and "total actuarially required contribution rate" for the Public School Retirement System of Saint Louis. The bill moves the current contribution rate payable by employers from 9% to 14% in 2025 and beginning in 2026 the rate will be determined by the System actuary as specified in the bill. The bill requires that such modifications to the rate not increase by more than 1% or decrease by more than 1/2% on a year to year basis.
Last Action:
04/04/2024 
Scheduled for Committee Hearing
04/09/2024 10:00 AM - House-Pensions, HR 5
House-Pensions

HB2847 - Modifies provisions relating to charter schools
Sponsor: Rep. Doug Clemens (D)
Summary: HB 2847 -- CHARTER SCHOOLS

SPONSOR: Clemens

Currently, a charter school is defined as an independent public school operated in a specified district. Entities are eligible to sponsor charter schools are also specified.

This bill instead defines a charter school as a semi-autonomous public school that may be operated in any school district, sponsored only by the school board of the district or by a special administrative board for the district. The bill will not, however, affect charter contracts that are in effect on the effective date of this bill until the expiration of such contract.

Currently, a charter school must select the method for election of officers based on the class of corporation selected. As specified in this bill, the method for election of officers of the charter school will be mutually agreed to by the charter and sponsoring school board.

The bill also repeals provisions relating to the expenses associated with sponsorship of charter schools, and specifies that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will monitor each school board's sponsorship and ensure that the school board meets certain requirements.

Currently, the Department is permitted to withhold a sponsor's funding if the sponsor is found to be in material noncompliance with its sponsorship duties. This bill repeals this provision.

If the State Board of Education removes the authority to sponsor a currently operating charter school, the State Board, rather than the Missouri Charter Public School Commission, will become the sponsor of the school for the remainder of the term of the charter contract. The State and the sponsoring district will not be liable for any outstanding liability or obligations of the charter school (Section 160.400, RSMo).

The bill repeals provisions setting forth the application and approval process for charter school sponsors, and instead specifies that the Department must exercise sponsorship oversight and monitoring to ensure that local school districts only sponsor charter schools that meet criteria specified in the bill, and do so by way of a procedure that complies with the process specified bill (Section 160.403).

Any person, group or organization seeking to establish a charter school must submit the proposed charter to the local school board or special administrative board, rather than to a charter sponsor. The bill repeals the provision requiring a charter to include a legally binding performance contract that outlines the obligations and responsibilities of the school and sponsor, and also repeals all contract requirements. Instead, a charter must include a contract that outlines the responsibilities of the school to provide students with a free, accessible, non-sectarian, quality education that is delivered subject to the same basic safeguards and standards as other district schools, including certain standards specified in the bill.

A charter school may be approved, as specified in this bill, only if the sponsor determines the charter is both necessary to meet the needs of students in the district and will meet those needs in a manner that improves the local public school system. Charter schools may be authorized or expanded only after a district has assessed the impact of the proposed charter school on local public school resources, programs and services, and other elements specified bill. The impact analysis will be independent, developed with community input, and be publicly available.

If a proposed charter is denied by a sponsor, the charter may be submitted to the State Board to consider appeals of approvals or denials on the grounds that the sponsor's process for approving a charter was not properly followed or that the approval or denial was arbitrary or illegal. The bill repeals current provisions specifing charter school requirements, and charter school sponsor requirements.

The charter of a charter school may be amended by mutual agreement of the governing body of the charter school and the sponsor, rather than at the request of the governing body and upon approval of the sponsor. The bill also repeals provisions relating to when the sponsor and governing board will review the school's performance, management and operations, and requires the sponsor and governing board to do so as specified in the charter contract.

The bill repeals provisions requiring the Department to calculate an annual performance report for each charter school, and requiring the Joint Committee on Education to create a committee to investigate facility access and affordability of charter schools (Section 160.405).

The bill repeals all provisions relating to high-quality charter schools (Section 160.408).

A charter school must enroll, as specified in this bill, all pupils residing in the district in which it operates as provided in the contract, provided that charter schools operating under contracts in effect on the effective date of this section may enroll pupils as specified in the charter and contract in effect on the effective date of this bill.

This bill repeals provisions establishing requirements for the admissions process in current law, as well as provisions requiring charter school students who have been enrolled for a full academic year to be counted in the performance of the charter school on statewide assessments.

This bill further repeals the provision requiring a charter school to make available a copy of any contract between a charter school and an educational management company (Section 160.410).

Provisions relating to State aid for workplace charter schools are repealed in this bill, in addition to certain provisions specifying the amount of State aid charter schools can receive from the Department. Any dispute between the school district and a charter school as to the amount owed to the charter school will be resolved as specified in the contract, rather than by the Department.

This bill prohibits a charter school from being operated by a management company or any entity other than the charter school board and the chief administrative officer, and repeals provisions specifying the requirements for proposal requests (Section 160.415).

Provisions allowing the Department to obtain information regarding the financial condition of a charter school, and outlining the determination for whether a charter school will be identified as experiencing financial stress are repealed under this bill.

A sponsor will be required to promptly notify the governing board of a charter school if the school is experiencing financial stress. Currently, a sponsor is required to notify the board by November first. Upon receiving such notification, the charter school and sponsor must mutually agree to a revised budget and education plan meeting certain requirements specified in the bill.

Provisions allowing a sponsor to make suggestions to improve a plan are repealed, along with provisions allowing the Department to withhold any payment aid due to a charter school until compliance with current law (Section 160.417).

Currently a charter school is allowed to employ non-certificated instructional personnel provided certain conditions are met. This bill repeals such provision and requires a charter school to employ certificated personnel under the same requirements applicable to instructional personnel of the district (Section 160.420). As specified in this bill, the Missouri Charter Public School Commission will be prohibited from approving or renewing any charter for sponsorship on or after the effective date of this bill.

The Commission will be abolished 30 days after the date of the last expiration of existing charter contracts effective on the effective date of this bill for charter schools sponsored by the Commission on the effective date of this bill (Section 160.425).
Last Action:
02/29/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2852 - Requires school districts to provide instruction in cursive writing
Sponsor: Rep. Peggy McGaugh (R)
Summary: HB 2852 -- CURSIVE WRITING (McGaugh)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Special Committee on Education Reform

This bill requires school districts and charter schools to provide instruction in cursive writing by the end of the fifth grade, including a proficiency test of competency in reading and writing cursive.

This bill is the same as HB 1502 (2024) and HB 232 (2023).
Last Action:
04/16/2024 
H - Placed on Informal Calendar

HB2858 - Provides a state supplement for public schools to hire a school nurse and a mental health professional
Sponsor: Rep. Yolanda Young (D)
Summary: HB 2858 -- HEALTH PROFESSIONALS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

SPONSOR: Young

This bill establishes financial supplements for public schools to employ school nurses and mental health professionals. School districts must apply to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and specify the schools to hire these positions. Preference is given to schools demonstrating the greatest need based on criteria specified by the Department.

The bill creates the "School Nurse Financial Supplement Fund" and the "School Mental Health Professional Financial Supplement Fund", and requires DESE to create rules ensuring that positions funded with supplement money only perform duties associated with the job title, and preference be given to schools that demonstrate the greatest need.

This bill is similar to HB 1348(2023) and HB 2019 (2022).
Last Action:
04/19/2024 
Scheduled for Committee Hearing
04/23/2024 9:00 AM - House-Special Committee on Public Policy, HR 3
House-Special Committee on Public Policy

HB2860 - Changes provisions governing local school district procedures for setting school starting dates
Sponsor: Rep. Jamie Johnson (D)
Summary: HB 2860 -- SCHOOL START DATE

SPONSOR: Johnson (12)

Currently, a school district can not have a start date any earlier than 14 calendar days prior to the first Monday in September.

This bill repeals the existing restrictions on a school district start dates and allows a district to set the start of school for any date after July 1st for each school year.
Last Action:
02/29/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2876 - Modifies provisions for public employees
Sponsor: Rep. Ben Baker (R)
Summary: HB 2876 -- REPRESENTATION OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

SPONSOR: Baker

This bill revises existing law and adds provisions concerning the representation of public employees.

The bill revises current definitions by repealing the definitions of "public safety labor organization", and adding new definitions of "certification", "collective bargaining", "confidential employee", "labor organization activities", "managerial employee", "public safety body", "representational labor organization activities", "strike", and "supervisory employee". The current definition of "bargaining unit" is changed to "appropriate unit"; the definition of "public body" which currently excludes the Department of Corrections, is amended to remove the exclusion; "public employee" is amended to exclude elected officials, persons appointed to boards or commission, and confidential, managerial, and supervisory employees.

The bill contains a statement of purpose and a severability clause.

The bill establishes when an appropriate unit may meet, confer, and discuss proposals, and how such meetings shall be conducted. Portions of this section do not apply to discussions or negotiations between public safety bodies and exclusive bargaining representatives.

The bill contains publication requirements for adopted contracts or agreements with an exclusive bargaining representative and declares that such contracts and agreements are public records and must not be closed under Chapter 610.

Questions of representation will be resolved by the Board of Mediation, which shall use the services of the State Hearing Officer in contested cases.

The current prohibition on public employees' right to strike is extensively revised to detail:

(1) What constitutes an action that instigates or encourages a strike or work stoppage;

(2) A prohibition on paying an employee for time spent on strike;

(3) Who is entitled to bring a civil action; and

(4) That failure to comply with any injunction will constitute contempt of court. A series of new sections covers the filing of a petition to establish that a certain percentage of employees wish to be represented by an exclusive bargaining representative; validation procedures for the petition; how elections will be held, including the contents of the ballot; when a runoff election may be held; and when the board can reject a petition.

Public bodies are prohibited from specified activities, among which are deducting dues from a public employee's pay or increasing pay with the intent that the increase will be used to pay labor organization dues, and requiring or coercing employees to meet. This section also contains provisos that:

(1) Allow public bodies to permit public employees to engage in representational labor organization activities during working hours;

(2) Include that a contract or agreement is in place that allows such activities; the labor organization fully reimburses the public body for the compensation; and that require at least a quarterly report of time and money spent on the activities.

The bill also covers the use of leave without pay or use of personal leave in some situations. This section does not apply to public safety bodies and their employees. The section also describes who is entitled to bring a civil action.

The bill adds a reference to Section 33.103, RSMo, that currently covers the participation of state employees who are members of a collective bargaining organization in retirement, life insurance, medical insurance, and similar plans, to require compliance with the above new provision.

Provisions specifically related to transit employees when the U. S. Department of Labor has notified the public body that its agreement does not meet specified federal standards allow the Board to waive the application of chapter 105 in regard to those employees.

The bulk of the bill repeals sections in chapter 105 (105.533, 105.535, 105.537, 105.540, 105.545, 105.550, 105.555, and 105.570 to 105.598) and chapter 208, "the Quality Home Care Act" (208.850 to 871).
Last Action:
04/17/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB2877 - Authorizes the county assessor to provide taxpayers with a form to verify structures on parcels of real property within a volunteer fire protection association's service area
Sponsor: Rep. Travis Smith (R)
Summary: HB 2877 -- VOLUNTEER FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATIONS

SPONSOR: Smith (155)

This bill requires the State Tax Commission to design an assessment blank to be furnished to each county assessor that allows the assessor to provide a volunteer fire protection association with a way to indicate each residence and business having an occupiable structure of each parcel of real property within the fire protection association's service area.

The assessor, in conjunction with the volunteer fire protection associations within the assessor's jurisdiction, must compile a list of each parcel of real property on which is located a residence or business having an occupiable structure.

The assessor will use the information gathered to provide a form to each taxpayer residing or owning a building having an occupiable structure on the taxpayer's real property that the taxpayer may use to verify the existence of a residence or a business having an occupiable structure. The assessor will include the volunteer fire protection association form with the personal property assessment list the assessor sends to each taxpayer annually. The taxpayer may return the form verifying the existence of an occupiable structure and also include the payment of the annual volunteer fire protection association dues.

The county collector or other designated official may, after deducting and retaining 5% of the annual dues for administrative costs, remit the collected dues to the volunteer fire protection associations.

Before December 15th of each year, a volunteer fire protection association that uses a county collector for collection of the association's dues must file an annual report with the county clerk in each county in which the association provides service, and deliver a copy to the county collector. The information required to be included in the annual report is set out in the bill.
Last Action:
02/29/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2889 - Requires public school districts and charter schools to prevent student use of electronic personal communications devices during regularly scheduled instructional activities
Sponsor: Rep. Kathy Steinhoff (D)
Summary: HB 2889 -- STUDENT ELECTRONIC PERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE USAGE

SPONSOR: Steinhoff

Beginning in the 2025-26 school year school districts and charter schools must have a policy governing the use of an electronic personal communications device in school. Policies must promote educational interests and safe working environments. Students may not use electronic personal communications devices during instructional activities and policies must provide disciplinary procedures and exceptions. Districts and charter schools must publish the policy on the school website and the bill specifies liability protections for acting in accordance with the policy.
Last Action:
03/01/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2893 - Modifies provisions governing Missouri empowerment scholarship accounts
Sponsor: Rep. Betsy Fogle (D)
Summary: HB 2893 -- MISSOURI EMPOWERMENT SCHOLARSHIP ACCOUNTS

SPONSOR: Fogle

The bill modifies the current definition for "qualified school" for the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Program to include in the definition that a qualified school cannot discriminate based on religion, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

The bill also prohibits otherwise qualified schools that have discriminatory creeds, practices, admission policies, or curriculum from participating in the Program.
Last Action:
03/01/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2906 - Modifies provisions relating to time and salary limitations on working after retirement for members of the Public School Retirement System and the Public Education Employee Retirement System
Sponsor: Rep. Kathy Steinhoff (D)
Summary: HB 2906 -- RETIREMENT FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL

SPONSOR: Steinhoff

Currently, a retired member, except for those retired due to disability, of the Public School Retirement System (PSRS) may work after retirement in a certified position with a covered employer without discontinuance of the member's retirement benefits if the member does not exceed 550 hours of work each school year and 50% of the annual compensation to the person who last held the position.

This bill provides that the member, including those retired due to disability, may earn up to 50% of the annual compensation to the person who last held the position or 50% of the limit set by the employer's school board for the position.

Additionally, current law provides that if a member of PSRS or the Public Education Employee Retirement System (PEERS) is in excess of the limitations, the member will not be eligible to receive the retirement allowance for any month so employed.

This bill provides that either the member will not be eligible to receive the retirement allowance for any month so employed or the retirement system can recover the amount earned in excess of the limitations, whichever is less.

This bill is the same as SB 1286 (2024).
Last Action:
03/26/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB2908 - Authorizes counties to enact an earnings tax to replace county real property and personal property taxes
Sponsor: Rep. Peter Merideth (D)
Summary: HB 2908 -- LOCAL EARNINGS TAXES

SPONSOR: Merideth

This bill allows the governing body of a county, by order of ordinance, to replace all taxes on real and personal property with an earnings tax. No order or ordinance will become effective until a majority of the qualified voters of the county authorize the governing body of the county to make the replacement (Section 50.1351, RSMo).

The bill specifies a list of entities, organizations, businesses, and types of income that will be exempt under the new county earnings tax (Section 50.1356).

This bill also allows a county to require employers to collect and remit any earnings tax owed to the county and may prescribe penalties for failure to perform such a duty. Employers will be entitled to deduct and retain 1.5% of the total amount collected to compensate the employer for collecting the earnings tax. To facilitate the collection of the county earnings tax, a county may, by order or ordinance, create wage brackets for taxpayers entitled to exemptions. A county can not require a taxpayer to supply copies of his or her State or Federal tax returns (Section 50.1361).
Last Action:
03/01/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2918 - Creates a provision relating to the calculation of school districts' local effort figures
Sponsor: Rep. Melanie Stinnett (R)
Summary: HB 2918 -- SCHOOL DISTRICTS' LOCAL EFFORT FIGURES

SPONSOR: Stinnett

This bill requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to recalculate the local effort figure of any school district that, in fiscal year 2005, recorded revenues from intangible taxes, the merchants' and manufacturers' surcharge, and payments in lieu of taxes other than tax increment financing in the district's teacher and incidental funds that caused an elevation of the district's local effort figure.

The Department must calculate the amount of State aid a district would have received had the district placed these revenues in the capital projects fund or the debt service fund for payments subsequent to August 28, 2024.

This bill is similar to SB 1479 (2024).
Last Action:
03/01/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2919 - Modifies provisions relating to taxation
Sponsor: Rep. Bishop Davidson (R)
Summary: HB 2919 -- TAXATION

SPONSOR: Davidson

Currently, personal income tax is imposed on Missouri taxpayers by applying a tax table based on income brackets.

Beginning January 1, 2025, a 4% tax will be imposed on all taxable income of every Missouri resident. The Department of Revenue will adjust the appropriate tax rates to effectuate the provisions of this bill.

Upon adoption of a Constitutional amendment authorizing the creation of a surplus revenue fund, in addition to all other existing rate reductions currently in statute, beginning with the 2025 calendar year, the new tax rate of 4% may be reduced by one- quarter of a percent. Such a reduction will occur only if the amount of net general revenue collected in the previous fiscal year meets the trigger threshold of $20 million in surplus revenue and the Tax Reform Fund has reached and maintained an amount of $250 million (Section 143.011, RSMo).

Beginning January 1, 2025, there will be no tax on taxable income of less than or equal to $1,000 (Section 143.021).

Beginning January 1, 2025, there will be no Federal income tax deduction for any individual or corporate taxpayer (Section 143.171).

If the surplus conditions the Tax Reform Fund established in the Missouri Constitution are met and a personal income tax decrease is triggered as specified in this bill, there will be a one-quarter of one percent increase in all states sales and use tax, effective January 1st of the calendar year immediately following the close of the fiscal year in which the surplus was realized. Such an increase can occur only once per calendar year. The increased sale and use tax rates will be capped once the total amount reaches a rate of 6.225% (Section 144.1050).

This bill contains a contingent effective date for Section 536.010.

This bill is similar to HB 1252 (2023).
Last Action:
04/09/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

HB2922 - Requires instruction on human sexuality and development in schools
Sponsor: Rep. Hardy Billington (R)
Summary: HB 2922 -- INSTRUCTION ON HUMAN SEXUALITY AND DEVELOPMENT IN SCHOOLS

SPONSOR: Billington

This bill modifies the course materials and instruction relating to human sexuality to include, beginning in the 2024-25 school year, a human growth and development discussion. Districts and charter schools must require such instruction beginning in grade three. The bill outlines requirements including requiring a high definition video of fetal development and the "Meet Baby Olivia" video showing the process of fertilization and every stage of human development.

The Attorney General has standing as parens patriae to enforce the provisions of the bill and a cause of action for damages and relief is created.

This bill is the same as HB 1576 (2024).
Last Action:
03/01/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2925 - Modifies provisions governing annual budgets of political subdivisions
Sponsor: Rep. Dan Stacy (R)
Summary: HB 2925 -- ANNUAL BUDGETS OF POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS

SPONSOR: Stacy

This bill requires that all supporting schedules, exhibits, and explanatory material for a proposed budget, along with the complete drafts of such orders, motions, resolutions, or ordinances as may be required to authorize the proposed expenditures, be submitted to each member of the governing body no later than seven days in advance of any vote on the budget. No member of the governing body can be required to request the budget documents under Chapter 610, RSMo.
Last Action:
03/01/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2929 - Establishes a one-time nonrefundable tax credit
Sponsor: Rep. Cody Smith (R)
Summary: HB 2929 -- INCOME TAX CREDIT

SPONSOR: Smith (163)

This bill allows qualified taxpayers to claim a one-time, nonrefundable tax credit in an amount equal to the lesser of either:

(1) Each qualified taxpayer's Missouri income tax due for the 2023 tax year; or

(2) For individuals, $162, or $324 for married couples.

The Department of Revenue will automatically adjust each qualified taxpayer's tax return for the 2023 tax year and issue refunds.

Such tax credits shall not be carried forward to any subsequent tax year, nor shall any credits be assigned, transferred, sold, or otherwise conveyed.

This bill is similar to HB 7 (2022 Extraordinary Session).
Last Action:
03/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2930 - Authorizes the establishment of charter schools in public community college districts with the public community college as the sponsor
Sponsor: Rep. Cody Smith (R)
Summary: HB 2930 -- COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO SPONSOR CHARTER SCHOOL

SPONSOR: Smith (163)

This bill expands the current locations where a charter school may be established to include in a school district located within a public community college district.

Such charter school must be sponsored by the public community college and only students within the public community college district may attend the charter school. Community colleges that sponsor a charter school are eligible for additional appropriations to defray costs of sponsoring the charter.

The bill repeals language restricting payments to charter schools to existing established charters.
Last Action:
03/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HB2937 - Modifies provisions governing elementary and secondary education
Sponsor: Rep. Bishop Davidson (R)
Summary: HB 2937 -- STUDENT OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP

SPONSOR: Davidson

This bill establishes the "Student Opportunity Savings Accounts Program". The purpose of the Program is to provide direct payments to "eligible pupils" for "qualified expenses" at an "approved education entity" as those terms are defined in the bill.

The bill establishes two separate funds for the purposes of distribution of the Constitutional requirement that 25% of general revenue be allocated for education. The created funds are entitled the "Student Opportunity Savings Accounts Program Fund" and the "School District Per-Pupil Payments Fund". The bill requires that 8% of the allocation be distributed directly to the Classroom Trust Fund established in Section 163.043 to supplement teacher salaries.

The remaining allocation will be distributed based on the pupil data provided by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to the State Treasurer who will use the pupil data to calculate a per-pupil payment based on the total number of gifted, special education, eligible pupils, and full-time and part-time resident pupils. .

Eligible pupils participating in the Program will receive a semiannual per pupil payment to the pupils individual student opportunity savings account for qualified education expenses. Money remaining in the pupil's account will remain and upon graduation may be used for costs related to higher education, trade school, or an in-State first home purchase.

Disbursement of per pupil payments by the treasurer's office will occur on a monthly basis to school districts and charter schools for any students that attend their resident school district or charter school and are not enrolled in the program. Such per pupil payment amounts will be based on enrollment and weighted for special education and gifted pupils.

Pupils enrolled in the Program must take an annual State approved pupil assessment to satisfy Federal requirements. Requirements for educational entities to be determined a qualified school are specified in the bill (Section 163.431 RSMo.).

This bill modifies Section 167.037 by removing requirements related to "home school" and creates Section 167.012 with the term "home school" defined. This Section prohibits home school students from participation in the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Program under Sections 166.700 to 166.720 and the Student Opportunity Savings Account Program created under Section 163.431. The requirements for homes school children remain the same as current statutory requirements and include proof of 1000 hours of regular instruction (Section 167.012).

The bill defines a "family-paced education school" and specifies that students enrolled in a family-paced education school may participate in both the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Program and the Student Opportunity Savings Account Program. The requirements for family-paced education school children are the same as for home school students with proof of 1000 hours of regular instruction and a daily log requirement (Section 167.013).

This bill modifies current statutes relating to home schools and family-paced education schools for compulsory attendance under Section 167.031, child-care facilities under Section 210.211, and custody issues under Section 452.375.
Last Action:
03/25/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HB2938 - Creates "Earned Autonomy Schools Waivers" for school districts and enacts other education reform measures
Sponsor: Rep. Bishop Davidson (R)
Summary: HB 2938 -- EDUCATION REFORM

SPONSOR: Davidson

This bill establishes the "Missouri Earned Autonomy Schools Waivers Advisory Council". The membership of the council is specified in the bill and includes: three members of the House of Representatives, two to be appointed by the Speaker and one appointed by the Minority Floor Leader; three members of the Senate, with two appointed by the President Pro Tem and one by the Minority Floor Leader; with the rest of the members to be appointed by the Governor.

The Advisory Council must develop a school performance review to calculate eligibility for school districts to receive waivers of State rules and regulations. Components of the school performance review include the following:

(a) Academic performance;

(b) Academic growth;

(c) Academic teacher score;

(d) Community teacher survey;

(e) Community parent survey; and

(f) School district resident satisfaction.

The significance for each component is outlined with the total assessment worth 100 points. Districts that earn at least 90 points for three successive years are deemed "A" level and are eligible for earned autonomy schools waivers. Districts earning less than 90 but at least 80 for three consecutive years are "B" level schools and specific expanded measures for such schools are specified in the bill.

Districts that are lower than 80 but at least 70 for three consecutive years are determined as "C" level schools and are not eligible for earned autonomy. Any district lower then 70 for one year will be designated as a "D" level district and provided interventions as specified in the bill. Districts lower than 70 for three consecutive years are "F" school districts and designated as unaccredited.

Districts that meet the criteria to be designated as an "A" level will have the district's superintendent provide a plan to the districts school board for the waiver of identified State rules and regulations in order to promote flexibility and enhance delivery of instruction (Section 160.519, RSMo).

This bill allows school districts to issue a district teaching permit to any individual who does not currently hold a State Board of Education (SBE) issued teaching certificate. The district teaching permit allows the holder to teach only in the issuing school district unless another school district also issues permits and recognizes permits issued in this manner as part of their policy.

The bill requires districts to develop a policy listing the qualifications an individual must meet to be eligible for the teaching permit, which include, at a minimum, an associates degree and background check. The number of teachers issued a teaching permit must not exceed 25% of the total number of teachers employed in the district. If an individual is issued a teaching permit and teaches for four years, the SBE may issue a teaching certificate as specified in the bill.

Any individual who obtains a teaching permit as described within the bill will be deemed a teacher for purposes of determining minimum salary, tenure, and retirement (Section 168.029).
Last Action:
04/23/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HJR71 - Adds substitute teachers to the list of allowed employment for members of the general assembly
Sponsor: Rep. Sherri Gallick (R)
Summary: HJR 71 -- SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

SPONSOR: Gallick

Currently, members of the General Assembly are prohibited from holding any other form of employment with the United States, the State of Missouri, or any municipality thereof.

Upon voter approval, this resolution would permit members of the General Assembly to hold employment as substitute teachers.

This bill is the same as HJR 46 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HJR74 - Proposes a constitutional amendment dividing state revenues from gaming activities between public institutions of elementary, secondary, and higher education and the administration of the Missouri veterans commission
Sponsor: Rep. Dave Griffith (R)
Summary: HJR 74 -- CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

SPONSOR: Griffith

Upon voter approval, this proposed Constitutional amendment changes the allocation of state revenues derived from the conduct of all gaming activities from solely for the public institutions of elementary, secondary, and higher education to now 90% appropriated for the public institutions of elementary, secondary, and higher education and 10% to the administration of the Missouri Veterans Commission. This allocation of appropriation shall take effect July 1, 2026.

This bill is similar to HJR 12 (2023), and HJR 87 (2022).
Last Action:
04/09/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HJR75 - Proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Missouri relating to property tax exemptions
Sponsor: Rep. Dave Griffith (R)
Summary: HCS HJR 75 -- PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS

SPONSOR: Griffith

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass with HCS" by the Special Committee on Property Tax Reform by a vote of 20 to 0.

The following is a summary of the House Committee Substitute for HJR 75.

Currently, all real property used as a homestead of any citizen of this state who is a former prisoner of war and who has a total service-connected disability, is exempt from taxation.

Upon voter approval, this proposed Constitutional amendment would exempt all real property used as a homestead from taxation for any military veteran who is a resident of this state and has a 100% service-connected disability as determined by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and any military veteran who is a citizen of this state and a former prisoner of war.

If the 100% disabled veteran is deceased, the surviving spouse may continue using the exemption on the homestead property, provided that the surviving spouse uses, occupies, and maintains the homestead on which the disabled veteran was granted the original exemption. If the exempt homestead is subsequently sold or if the surviving spouse discontinues use of the property as the primary homestead, the exemption will expire.

This bill is similar to HJR 11 (2023) and HJR 72 (2022).

The following is a summary of the public testimony from the committee hearing. The testimony was based on the introduced version of the bill.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that the total number of men and women whose total disability is due to military service is small, which means that the overall loss of revenue would be minimal. When a veteran is 100% disabled, he or she is limited in their potential to earn a salary because of difficulties in attaining gainful employment. As a result, many of these veterans are on fixed incomes. Supporters further say that these veterans are most deserving of this kind of economic relief.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative Griffith and Troy Williams, MAVO - Mo Association of Veteran Organizations.

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.
Last Action:
04/09/2024 
H - Reported Do Pass

HJR78 - Proposes a constitutional amendment relating to real property tax assessments
Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Coleman (R)
Summary: HCS#2 HJR 78 -- PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENTS (Coleman)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Special Committee on Property Tax Reform

Upon voter approval, beginning January 1, 2025, this proposed Constitutional amendment provides that the true value of all residential real property that has been maintained by the homeowner as his or her primary residence shall be deemed to be the same value determined at the most recent previous assessment of the property.

In a new assessment or reassessment of the primary residence the assessed valuation of such property may be increased, provided that the increase does not exceed the change in the Consumer Price Index or 2%, whichever is less. Such limited increase may be exceeded to reflect the value added to the property as a result of new construction or improvements.
Last Action:
04/22/2024 
S - Hearing Conducted

HJR82 - Proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Missouri relating to a property tax exemption for certain seniors
Sponsor: Rep. Brian Seitz (R)
Summary: HJR 82 -- PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR SENIORS

SPONSOR: Seitz

Upon voter approval, this proposed Constitutional amendment provides that any individual 65 years or older that has a Missouri taxable income of less than $45,000 will not be subject to or liable for any property tax.

This bill is the same as HJR 15 (2023) and HJR 1 (2022 Extraordinary Session).
Last Action:
03/13/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HJR84 - Proposes a constitutional amendment to prohibit any new tax or increase in tax from going into effect unless approved by the voters in a general election
Sponsor: Rep. Brian Seitz (R)
Summary: HJR 84 -- VOTER APPROVED TAX INCREASE

SPONSOR: Seitz

This resolution proposes a Constitutional amendment that no new tax imposed by state statute shall go into effect, or continue in effect if otherwise set to expire, without prior approval at a statewide general election.

Notwithstanding any other provision of the Constitution, this resolution further proposes that no state funds shall be expended without first being appropriated by the General Assembly.

This bill is similar to HJR 16 (2023).
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HJR85 - Reduces property tax assessments on senior citizens and disabled persons by fifty percent
Sponsor: Rep. Marlene Terry (D)
Summary: HJR 85 -- REGARDING PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENTS

SPONSOR: Terry

Upon voter approval, beginning January 1, 2025, this proposed Constitutional amendment provides that residential property shall be assessed at 50% of the value at which such property would otherwise be assessed if the property owner is:

(1) Age 65 years or older; or

(2) An individual who is permanently disabled under federal law or the laws of this state; and

(3) Has a Missouri taxable income for the most recently completed income tax year before the date of property tax assessment of $50,000 or less, or $75,000 or less if such taxpayer is married and filing jointly.

This bill is similar to HJR 5 (2023) and HJR 90 (2022).
Last Action:
01/11/2024 
H - Referred to House-Special Committee on Property Tax Reform

HJR88 - Proposes a constitutional amendment to allow the general assembly to exempt tangible personal property from personal property taxation by general law
Sponsor: Rep. Mark Matthiesen (R)
Summary: HJR 88 -- PERSONAL PROPERTY EXEMPTION

SPONSOR: Matthiesen

Upon voter approval, this proposed Constitutional amendment would allow the General Assembly to exempt tangible personal property from the payment of tangible personal property taxes. The General Assembly may also provide for certain tax credits or rebates in lieu of or in addition to such an exemption.

This bill is the same as HJR 60 (2023).
Last Action:
02/28/2024 
H - Public hearing completed

HJR96 - Adds employees of school districts to the list of allowed employment for members of the general assembly
Sponsor: Rep. Jamie Gragg (R)
Summary: HJR 96 -- GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEMBER EMPLOYMENT

SPONSOR: Gragg

Currently, members of the General Assembly are prohibited from holding employment with the United States, the State of Missouri, or any municipality thereof.

Upon voter approval, this resolution would permit members of the General Assembly to hold employment with a school district.
Last Action:
01/04/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HJR108 - Adds employees of school districts to the list of allowed employment for members of the general assembly
Sponsor: Rep. Mark Sharp (D)
Summary: HJR 108 -- GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEMBER EMPLOYMENT

SPONSOR: Sharp (37)

Currently, while in office General Assembly members may not hold another office or be employed by the Federal government, state government, or municipal government. Upon voter approval, this Constitutional amendment adds teachers and substitute teachers to the list of exemptions for employment for members of the General Assembly.

This bill is the similar to HJR 10 (2023).
Last Action:
01/05/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HJR111 - Modifies provisions relating to taxation
Sponsor: Rep. Ben Baker (R)
Summary: HJR 111 -- INCOME TAX AND SALES TAX

SPONSOR: Baker

Upon voter approval, this Constitutional amendment prohibits a state income tax rate of more than 5.5%.

Currently, the Missouri Constitution prohibits an increase of services or transactions upon which a sales tax may be imposed that was not already subject to a sales tax as of January 1, 2015. This Constitutional amendment creates an exception for subscriptions, licenses for digital products, and online purchases of tangible personal property.

Beginning January 1, 2025, any new such sales tax shall result in a reduction in the top rate of the state income tax rate that results in a reduction in income tax revenue that is substantially equivalent to the revenue generated by such new sales tax.

This bill is similar to SJR 50 (2024).
Last Action:
02/13/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass

HJR116 - Proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Missouri relating to property tax
Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Coleman (R)
Summary: HJR 116 -- TAXATION

SPONSOR: Coleman

Currently, Missouri's Constitution requires rollbacks in property tax levies in certain situations. However, the Kansas City Public Schools are exempt from this provision in the Constitution.

Upon voter approval, this proposed Constitutional amendment would remove the exemption after the effective date of an operating levy equal to the rate at which such school district would receive the same amount of property tax revenue from its operating levy that such school district received in the 2022 tax year.

Additionally, this resolution requires that an operating levy ballot measure for the Kansas City Public Schools must be placed on a ballot to be considered by the voters of the district before December 31, 2025.

This resolution provides ballot language for the proposed amendment.

This bill is similar to HJR 77 (2020).
Last Action:
01/30/2024 
H - Removed from House Hearing Agenda - House-Special Committee on Property Tax Reform - 1/31/24 - 12:00 pm - HR 1

HJR118 - Proposes a constitutional amendment relating to a property tax exemption for certain disabled veterans
Sponsor: Rep. Ashley Aune (D)
Summary: HJR 118 -- PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION

SPONSOR: Aune

Upon voter approval, this Constitutional amendment exempts real property used as a homestead by veterans of the Armed Forced of the United States who have total service-connected disabilities from taxation of said homestead.

This bill is similar to HJR 57 (2023) and HJR 86 (2022) .
Last Action:
01/16/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HJR120 - Proposes a constitutional amendment relating to residential real property tax assessments
Sponsor: Rep. Justin Hicks (R)
Summary: HJR 120 -- PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENTS

SPONSOR: Hicks

Upon voter approval, beginning January 1, 2025, the assessed value of all residential real property may be increased, but only to the extent that such an increase:

(1) Incorporates the change in the consumer price index since the most recent previous assessment, or up to a 2% annual increase in the assessed valuation of the property, whichever is less; or

(2) Reflects the value added to the property as a result of new construction or improvements made to the property.

This resolution shall not affect the ability of any county assessor to decrease the assessed value of any residential real property.

This bill is similar to HJR 33 (2023).
Last Action:
02/21/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass

HJR183 - Proposes a constitutional amendment to govern real property repairs and improvements
Sponsor: Rep. Peter Merideth (D)
Summary: HJR 183 -- REAL PROPERTY REPAIRS AND IMPROVEMENTS

SPONSOR: Merideth

This proposed Constitutional amendment prohibits any State law, local order or ordinance, or rule or regulation from:

(1) Requiring an individual or entity to repair or improve real property owned by the individual or entity with specific materials if a more cost-effective material option exists, it would not noticeably affect the appearance of the property, and the repair puts the property in better condition than it would be in without the repair; or

(2) Preventing an individual or entity from making an improvement or repair to real property owned by the individual or entity, except as provided below.

The proposed Constitutional amendment prohibits any State law, local order or ordinance, or rule or regulation from preventing an individual or entity from making an improvement or repair unless a political subdivision with jurisdiction over the property makes a reasonable determination that the specific improvement or repair will negatively affect the value or enjoyment of an adjacent parcel of property.
Last Action:
03/01/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HJR184 - Proposes a constitutional amendment relating to residential real property tax assessments
Sponsor: Rep. Kemp Strickler (D)
Summary: HJR 184 -- PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENTS

SPONSOR: Strickler

Upon voter approval, this Constitutional amendment would, beginning January 1, 2025, prohibit any new assessment or reassessment of residential real property from being increased by more than 4% annually from the most recent previous assessment, unless:

(1) Ownership of the residence passed from one individual or entity to another individual or entity through legal means, including a sale or probate proceedings on or after the previous assessment; or

(2) The increase reflects the value added to the residential real property as a result of new construction or improvements made to the property if the total square footage of such residence was increased by 25% or greater on or after the previous assessment.

The provisions of this resolution will not affect the ability of any county assessor to decrease the assessed value of any residential real property.

This bill is similar to HJR 120 (2024).
Last Action:
03/01/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HJR185 - Proposes a constitutional amendment relating to access by parents to educational materials
Sponsor: Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R)
Summary: HJR 185 -- EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS

SPONSOR: Christofanelli

This joint resolution would require a Constitutional measure be put on the ballot guaranteeing parents of Missouri children information on what is taught in public schools. Enumerated rights include access to curricula and lesson plans and a list and description of all the materials available to students in the school library.
Last Action:
03/01/2024 
H - Read Second Time

HJR187 - Proposes a constitutional amendment to impose an appropriation spending limitation and to establish the "Tax Reform Fund" to be used to fund budgetary shortfalls, subject to an appropriation limitation, and allows for certain taxation changes based on revenue triggers, by general law
Sponsor: Rep. Bishop Davidson (R)
Summary: HJR 187 -- TAX REFORM FUND

SPONSOR: Davidson

Upon voter approval, this resolution amends Article X of the Missouri Constitution by limiting the authority of the General Assembly to appropriate funds in the following manner:

(1) If the Missouri population increases by more than 2.5% from one calendar year to the next, the General Assembly shall have a spending limit equal to the percentage of the state population increase, which will be applied as the percent of the total moneys available for appropriation; or

(2) If the Missouri population increases by less than 2.5% from one calendar year to the next, the General Assembly shall have a spending limit equal to 2.5% of the total moneys available for appropriation.

This resolution also creates the "Tax Reform Fund". For all fiscal years beginning July 1, 2025, if the amount of net general revenue collected exceeds the anticipated General Fund revenue expenditures by $20 million or more, any surplus collected above $20 million will be deposited into the Tax Reform Fund. The Fund shall be capped at $500 million.

If the Fund reaches and maintains a balance of $250 million and a surplus of $20 million is realized in a subsequent year, the General Assembly will trigger a 1/4 of 1% decrease in personal income tax, with not less than one reduction per year. There will be no cap on the number of triggered reductions and the triggers will remain in place until the personal income tax is reduced to zero. When a triggered decrease occurs, it shall take effect on January 1st of the following year.

Once personal income tax is eliminated, the General Assembly will utilize the Fund to gradually reduce and eliminate personal property taxes.

After both personal income taxes and personal property taxes have been reduced to zero, they will both remain at zero. After the elimination of both personal income taxes and personal property taxes, the Fund will continue to collect revenue and will only be used to supplement budget shortfalls following fiscal years during which the General Assembly enacted a tax reduction. The budget shortfalls that receive supplemental funding will follow the order of priority normally used by the General Assembly when making authorized appropriations.
Last Action:
04/08/2024 
H - Removed from House Hearing Agenda - House-Special Committee on Tax Reform - 4/9/24 - 12:00 pm - HR 7

HJR188 - Proposes a constitutional amendment to impose an appropriation spending limitation and to establish the "Tax Reform Fund" to be used to fund budgetary shortfalls, subject to an appropriation limitation, and allows for certain taxation changes based on revenue triggers, by general law
Sponsor: Rep. Bishop Davidson (R)
Summary: HJR 188 -- USE OF STATE REVENUESSPONSOR: Davidson

Upon voter approval, this resolution amends Article III of the Missouri Constitution by limiting the authority of the General Assembly to appropriate funds in the following manner:

(1) If the Missouri population increases by more than 2.5% from one calendar year to the next, the General Assembly will have a spending limit equal to the percentage of the State population increase, which will be applied as the percent of the total moneys available for appropriation; or

(2) If the Missouri population increases by less than 2.5% from one calendar year to the next, the General Assembly will have a spending limit equal to 2.5% of the total moneys available for appropriation.

This resolution creates the "Tax Reform Fund". For all fiscal years beginning July 1, 2025, if the amount of net general revenue collected exceeds the anticipated general fund revenue expenditures by $20 million or more, any surplus collected above $20 million will be deposited into the Tax Reform Fund. The Fund will be capped at $500 million.

If the Fund reaches and maintains a balance of $250 million and a surplus of $20 million is realized in a subsequent year, the General Assembly will trigger a one fourth of 1% decrease in personal income tax, with not less than one reduction per year. There will be no cap on the number of triggered reductions and these triggers will remain in place until the personal income tax is reduced to zero. When a triggered decrease occurs, it will take effect on January 1st of the following year.

Once personal income tax is eliminated, the General Assembly will utilize the Fund to gradually reduce and eliminate personal property taxes.

After both personal income taxes and personal property taxes have been reduced to zero, they will remain at zero. After the elimination of both personal income taxes and personal property taxes, the Fund will continue to collect revenue and only be used to supplement budget shortfalls following fiscal years during which the General Assembly enacts a tax reduction. The budget shortfalls that receive supplemental funding follow the order of priority normally used by the General Assembly when making authorized appropriations.
Last Action:
04/09/2024 
H - Voted Do Pass as substituted

SB725 - Modifies provisions relating to personal property taxes
Sponsor: Sen. Denny Hoskins (R)
Summary: SB 725 - Current law requires that personal property be assessed at 33.3% of its true value in money. This act requires political subdivisions to annually reduce such percentage such that the amount by which the revenue generated by taxes levied on such personal property is reduced is substantially equal to one hundred percent of the growth in revenue generated by real property assessment growth, as defined in the act. Annual reductions shall be made until December 31, 2073. Thereafter, the percentage of true value in money at which personal property is assessed shall be equal to the percentage in effect on December 31, 2073.

Subject to appropriations, a political subdivision that receives less than the allowable amount of total real and personal property tax revenues shall be eligible for reimbursement from the state in an amount equal to the amount by which such revenues are below the allowable amount.

This act is substantially similar to SS/SCS/SB 8 (2023) and SB 493 (2023), and to a provision in HCS/SS/SB 23 (2023), HCS/SS#3/SCS/SB 131 (2023), SS/SCS/SB 133 (2023), as amended, HCS/SS/SB 143 (2023), HCS/SB 247 (2023), and SCS/HCS#2/HB 713 (2023).

JOSH NORBERG

Last Action:
01/16/2024 
S - Hearing Conducted

SB727 - Creates and modifies provisions relating to elementary and secondary education
Sponsor: Sen. Andrew Koenig (R)
Summary: SS#2/SCS/SB 727 - This act creates and modifies provisions relating to elementary and secondary education.

MISSOURI EMPOWERMENT SCHOLARSHIP ACCOUNTS PROGRAM (Sections 135.713, 135.714, 135.715, and 166.700)

This act modifies provisions relating to the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Program.

The act changes the maximum amount of tax credits that may be allocated in any year from $50 million to $75 million. Such maximum amount shall be increased annually by any percentage increase or decrease in the amount appropriated to school districts under the foundation formula. The act repeals a provision that the program shall be effective in any fiscal year immediately following any year in which the amount appropriated for pupil transportation equals or exceeds 40% of the projected amount necessary to fully fund transportation aid funding for fiscal year 2021. (Section 135.713)

The act modifies the scholarship distribution order to qualified students. The first students to receive scholarship funds shall be students who received scholarships in the previous year, followed by students who are siblings of students who are already receiving a scholarship. The act further outlines a distribution order that prioritizes funding to students who receive special education services, students who are eligible for free or reduced price lunch and who reside in an unaccredited or provisionally accredited school district, students who are eligible for free or reduced price lunch, and students who are the children of active duty military personnel who have relocated to Missouri.

The act modifies the total grant amount for students with an individualized education plan (IEP) or limited English proficiency or who receive free or reduced-price lunch. Students with limited English proficiency shall receive no more than 160% of the state adequacy target; students who receive free or reduced-price lunch shall receive no more than 125% of the state adequacy target; and students with an IEP shall receive no more than 175% of the state adequacy target. All other students shall receive a grant amount that does not exceed the state adequacy target.

The act provides that educational assistance organizations shall provide certain data that is currently provided only to the State Treasurer to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Program Board, as well.

The act requires the State Treasurer to post certain information relating to scholarship recipients, qualified schools, and educational assistance organizations on the Treasurer's website annually. (Section 135.714)

The act repeals a provision that the annual increase to the cumulative amount of tax credits shall cease when the amount of tax credits reaches $50 million.

If the total contributions to educational assistance organizations exceed $25 million in any school year, the State Treasurer may certify one additional educational assistance organization to administer scholarship accounts. A maximum of seven, rather than six, educational assistance organizations may have their principal place of business in any one of the counties listed in the act.

The act provides that all laws and regulations that apply to employees of an educational assistance organization shall also apply to the actions of any employees of a private financial management firm while they are conducting work relating to the direct decision-making of the operation of such educational assistance organization.

The act modifies membership of the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Board by removing the Commissioner of Administration and adding an additional member to be appointed by the members of the board who is an employee of an educational assistance organization and whose responsibilities are directly related to such organization's involvement in the program. The board shall assist the State Treasurer with data collection, collaboration with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and making recommendations to the State Treasurer regarding the promulgation of rules concerning the program. (Section 135.715)

The act modifies the definition of "qualified school" by providing that FPE schools, rather than home schools, shall be qualified to participate in the program.

The act modifies the definition of "qualified student" by including any student who is a resident of this state, rather than only those students who live in a charter county or a city with at least 30,000 inhabitants, and who is not unlawfully present in the United States or a person who gained illegal entry into the United States. Such definition is further modified by including any student who is a member of a household whose total annual income is 300% or less than the income standard used to qualify for free and reduced-price lunch, rather than only those students whose household income is 200% or less than such standard. The definition is also modified by adding siblings of qualified students who received a scholarship in the previous year and will receive a scholarship in the current year. (Section 166.700)

These provisions are similar to SCS/SB 360 (2023), HB 1738 (2024), HB 2104 (2024), and provisions in SB 1391 (2024), SCS/SB 1392 (2024), and HCS/HB 350 (2023).

MINIMUM SCHOOL TERM (Sections 160.011, 160.041, 163.021, 171.028, 171.031, 171.033, 1, and B)

This act establishes provisions relating to the minimum school term.

The act modifies the definition of "school term" by providing that school districts located in charter counties or cities with more than 30,000 inhabitants shall have a school term that consists of at least 169 school days, unless the district has adopted a four-day school week, in which case a school term shall consist of at least 142 school days. (Sections 160.011, 163.021, 171.031, and 171.033)

The act repeals a provision specifying that school districts shall provide a minimum of 522 hours of actual pupil attendance for kindergarten pupils in order to receive state aid. (Section 163.021)

These provisions shall go into effect on July 1, 2026. (Section B)

Beginning in the 2026-27 school year, the act provides that school districts located wholly or partially in charter counties or cities with more than 30,000 inhabitants may adopt a four-day school week only upon a majority vote of the qualified voters of the school district, as provided in the act. (Section 171.028)

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shall remit to any school district with a five-day school week an amount equal to 1% for fiscal years 2026 and 2027, or 2% for fiscal year 2028 and all subsequent fiscal years, of such district's preceding year's annual state aid entitlement as calculated in June. For school districts in which one or more charter schools operate, and for all charter schools located in such district, the calculation shall be made prior to any adjustment to the district's or charter school's state aid calculation pursuant to current requirements regarding state aid payments to charter schools.

Any funds received pursuant to this provision shall be used by school districts and charter schools exclusively to increase teacher salaries. Any school district or charter school that fails to utilize such funds solely to increase teacher salaries shall have an amount equal to the amount of the funds received withheld from the district's or charter school's state aid payments under current law. (Section 1)

These provisions are similar to SB 784 (2024), HB 1417 (2024), and HB 1828 (2024).

CHARTER SCHOOLS (Sections 160.400 and 160.415)

The act adds all school districts located in Boone County to the list of school districts in which a charter school may be operated by any entity currently authorized to operate a charter school under state law. Provisions of current law that provide for additional state aid to charter schools shall not apply to any charter school operated in Boone County.

All laws and regulations that apply to employees of a charter school shall also apply to the actions of any employees of a charter school management company while such employees are conducting any work relating to the direct decision-making of the operation of the charter school.

LITERACY OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS (Section 161.239)

This act establishes the "Elementary Literacy Fund" for the purpose of providing grants to school districts and charter schools for home reading programs for children in kindergarten to 5th grade. The General Assembly shall annually appropriate an amount not to exceed $5 million to the Fund, and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) shall develop a process by which a district or charter school may apply for a grant. Any district or charter school that receives such a grant shall match any funds that are granted.

The act sets forth certain criteria for a home reading program to be considered eligible for a grant from the Fund. Such program's objective shall be to mail books to students' homes that the students select themselves at a reading level with which they are comfortable. The program shall allow for parental engagement, as specified in the act, and shall allow students to select between six and nine new books to keep. The program provider shall provide summary data on the program to the General Assembly and to DESE, and shall further maintain verification that the provider has secured the required matching funds from the district or charter school. The combined total cost of the program, including matching funds from the district or charter school, shall not exceed $60 per student per semester.

This provision is identical to SB 857 (2024).

MISSOURI COURSE ACCESS AND VIRTUAL SCHOOL PROGRAM (Section 161.670)

Under this act, the average daily attendance of a student who is enrolled full-time in the Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program shall be calculated by dividing the total number of hours attended in a term by enrolled pupils between the ages of five and 21 years old by the actual number of hours that the program was in session in that term. Such calculation shall be generated by the virtual provider and provided to the host district for submission to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Full-time virtual school students may complete their instructional activities during any hour of the day and during any day of the week. The hours attended for each enrolled pupil shall be documented by the pupil's weekly progress in the educational program according to a process determined by the virtual program and published annually in the virtual program's enrollment handbook or policy. The full-time equivalent average daily attendance of summer school students shall be added to the average daily attendance of the following school term.

Host districts that enroll one or more full-time virtual school students shall receive an amount of state aid specified in the act for such students on a monthly basis.

The act provides that students who reside in Missouri may enroll in the virtual program of their choice. Provisions of current law regarding a school district's approval of a student's request to enroll in a virtual program shall not apply to full-time virtual program enrollment.

The act requires host districts to adopt student enrollment policies for full-time virtual students and allows virtual schools to mutually agree with resident and host districts on the services that the resident district might offer, including possible financial reimbursements for those services. For students with disabilities, the enrollment policy shall ensure the development of an individualized education program and related services agreement, as necessary.

The act requires a student's parent or guardian, if the student is not considered homeless, to apply for enrollment directly with the full-time virtual program.

The act specifies that student progress reports to the school district are necessary only for part-time virtual school program enrollees.

A host district may contract with a provider to perform any required services involved with delivering a full-time virtual education.

A full-time virtual school shall provide regular student progress reports to parents or guardians at least four times per school year.

This provision is identical to HB 2287 (2024) and is similar to SB 1375 (2024), SB 780 (2024), HB 827 (2023), SB 921 (2024), and SB 545 (2023).

FAMILY PACED EDUCATION (FPE) SCHOOLS (Sections 161.670, 162.996, 166.700, 167.012, 167.013, 167.031, 167.061, 167.600, 167.619, 210.167, 210.211, 211.031, and 452.375)

The act defines a "Family Paced Education school" or "FPE school" as a school that enrolls any student who participates in the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Program and that satisfies certain other criteria relating to instruction. The current definition of "home school" is modified by specifying that a home school shall not enroll any student who participates in such Program, and a home school is not an FPE school. The act applies to FPE schools several provisions of law that currently apply to home schools, including provisions relating to child custody and the licensing of child care providers.

SCHOOL BOARD VACANCIES (Sections 162.471, 162.492, and 162.611)

Under current law, any vacancy on an urban school board shall be filled by special election. Under this act, the remaining members of the board shall fill any such vacancy by appointment until the next school board election.

These provisions are identical to provisions in SB 885 (2024) and HCS/SS/SCS/SBs 411 & 230 (2023) and are substantially similar to provisions in HCS/SS#2/SCS/SBs 4, 42 & 89 (2023), in HCS/SB 155 (2023), in HCS/HB 497 (2023), and in HB 716 (2023).

Current law also provides that any vacancy that occurs on the City of St. Louis school board outside of the normal election cycle shall be filled by appointment by the mayor for the remainder of the term. Under this act, the City of St. Louis school board shall fill any such vacancy by appointment for the remainder of the term.

This provision is identical to a provision in SB 885 (2024) and to SB 363 (2023) and HB 914 (2023) and to provisions in HCS/SS#2/SCS/SBs 4, 42 & 89 (2023), in CCS/HS/HCS/SS#2/SCS/SB 96 (2023), in HCS/SB 155 (2023), in HCS/SS/SCS/SBs 411 & 230 (2023), in HCS/HB 497, and in HB 716 (2023).

WEIGHTED AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE (Section 163.011)

This act modifies the definition of "weighted average daily attendance" as used in the education funding formula by adding to such definition a weighting factor relating to school district enrollment.

"Membership" is defined in current law as the average number of students enrolled in a school district who attended school at least one day during ten days at the end of January and September.

The act defines "weighted membership" as the current law definition of "membership" multiplied by certain weighting factors relating to the number of students who fall into certain population groups, such as the number of students who receive special educational services above a certain threshold number that is determined in a manner provided for in current law.

Weighted membership shall be included in the calculation of a school district's weighted average daily attendance beginning in the 2026 fiscal year. In 2026, a district's weighted average daily attendance shall be calculated as the sum of 90% of such district's weighted average daily attendance as calculated in current law, plus 10% of such district's weighted membership. The percent of weighted membership included in such calculation shall increase by 10% each year until 2030, when a district's weighted average daily attendance shall be calculated as the sum of 50% of such district's weighted average daily attendance as calculated in current law, plus 50% of such district's weighted membership.

The same modification is made in the calculation of weighted average daily attendance for special school districts.

This provision is similar to SB 1378 (2024).

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAMS OPERATED BY SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND CHARTER SCHOOLS (Section 163.018)

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, provided that the total number of such pupils does not exceed 4% of the total number of pupils between 5 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. This act increases such percentage to 8%.

SMALL SCHOOLS GRANT (Section 163.044)

The act increases the Small Schools Grant appropriation from $15 million to $30 million. Of such moneys, $20 million, rather than $10 million, shall be distributed to the eligible districts, as described in the act, in proportion to their average daily attendance, and $10 million, rather than $5 million, shall be directed to the eligible districts that have an operating levy for school purposes in the current year in an amount specified in the act.

SCHOOL DISTRICTS' LOCAL EFFORT FIGURES (Section 163.096)

Beginning August 28, 2024, this act requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to recalculate the local effort figure of any school district that, in fiscal year 2005, recorded revenues from intangible taxes, the merchants' and manufacturers' surcharge, and payments in lieu of taxes other than tax increment financing in the district's teacher and incidental funds that caused an elevation of the district's local effort figure. The Department must calculate the amount of state aid such a district would have received had the district placed these revenues in the capital projects fund or the debt service fund for payments subsequent to August 28, 2024.

This provision is identical to SB 1479 (2024) and is similar

to SB 272 (2017) and HB 633 (2017).

MINIMUM TEACHER'S SALARY (Section 163.172)

Beginning in the 2025-26 school year, this act increases the minimum teacher's salary from $25,000 to $40,000. For teachers with a master's degree and at least ten years of experience, this act increases the minimum salary from $33,000 to $46,000 for the 2025-26 school year and further increases such salary by $1,000 each year until the 2027-2028 school year, when the minimum shall be $48,000.

In the 2028-29 school year and in all subsequent school years, the minimum teacher's salaries shall additionally be adjusted annually by the percentage increase in inflation, as such term is defined in the act. The State Board of Education shall publish the minimum salaries annually in February beginning in calendar year 2026. Modifications to the minimum salaries shall take effect on July 1 of each calendar year.

The act creates the "Teacher Baseline Salary Grant Fund" and "Teacher Baseline Salary Grant Program" for the purpose of increasing minimum teacher's salaries. The General Assembly may appropriate moneys to the Fund, provided that the total amount appropriated shall not exceed the amount necessary to assist each school district in increasing minimum teacher's salaries as required pursuant to the provisions of the act. School districts may apply to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for a grant from the Fund, provided that a grant shall not exceed the amount necessary for a district to increase minimum teacher's salaries as required pursuant to the provisions of the act.

This provision is similar to provisions in HCS/HB 1447 (2024), SB 955 (2024), SB 1163 (2024), and HCS/HB 497 (2023).

COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE (Sections 167.031 and 599.209)

The act provides that a child may be excused from attendance at school if the child is unable to attend school due to mental or behavioral health concerns, provided that the school receives documentation from a mental health professional.

This provision is identical to SB 761 (2024) and SB 122 (2023).

The act also provides that a public school district, public school, or charter school shall not discipline a child for failure to comply with the district's or school's attendance policy, and the parent or legal guardian shall not be deemed to be in violation of the compulsory attendance law, based on such child's honoring a subpoena to testify in a criminal proceeding, attending a criminal proceeding, or for participating in the preparation of a criminal proceeding.

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE OFFICERS (Section 167.071)

The act repeals a provision authorizing a seven-director school district to appoint a school attendance officer who has the powers of a deputy sheriff and may investigate claims of violations of the compulsory attendance law and arrest truant juveniles without a warrant.

This provision is identical to provisions in SB 819 (2024) and HCS/SS/SCS/SBs 411 & 230 (2023).

RECOVERY HIGH SCHOOLS (Section 167.850)

This act changes the deadline for a school district to submit a proposal to operate a recovery high school from December 1st of the school year preceding the beginning of operation of the recovery high school to July 1st.

This provision is identical to SB 1393 (2024).

TEACHER CERTIFICATION (Section 168.021)

Current law requires candidates for a teaching license to satisfy certain criteria, including obtaining the recommendation of a state-approved, baccalaureate-level teacher preparation program.

Under this act, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shall develop an eighteen hour, online teacher preparation program related to subjects appropriate for teachers in different content areas determined by the Department. The Department may contract with an entity skilled in developing online teacher preparation programs or a charitable organization registered in Missouri to develop and maintain the online teacher preparation program. Such entity or charitable organization shall be certified to develop and maintain the program by the Department. An individual with a bachelor's degree may complete the online training program and receive a certificate of license to teach. However, such certificate shall not be accepted by Missouri public schools, but shall be accepted by private schools and private school accrediting agencies.

The act also provides that the State Board of Education shall issue an additional professional subject-area teaching certification for specific content knowledge or for a specialty area to a teaching certificate holder who applies for an additional professional subject-area certification, successfully achieves an acceptable score on the state-approved teacher evaluation system, receives a recommendation from the employing school district, and completes a background check.

This provision is similar to SB 1394 (2024), a provision in HCS/HB 1447 (2024), and a provision in SS/HB 827 (2023).

HARD-TO-STAFF SCHOOLS AND SUBJECT AREAS (Section 168.110)

The act provides that a school board may include differentiated placement of teachers on the salary schedule to increase compensation in order to recruit and retain teachers in hard-to-staff subject areas or schools, as the terms "hard-to-staff schools" and "hard-to-staff subject areas" are defined in the act. No modifications to the identification of hard-to-staff subject areas or schools shall result in the demotion of a teacher in the salary schedule. Each school district that includes differentiated placement of teachers on the district salary schedule shall annually provide to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education a report containing information outlined in the act.

This provision is identical to a provision in HCS/HB 1447 (2024) and similar to provisions in SB 955 (2024) and SB 1163 (2024), HB 190 (2023), and HCS/HB 497 (2023).

TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS (Section 168.400)

The act repeals provisions of current law that require preservice teacher education programs to include a program of entry-level testing of all prospective teacher education students to be administered by the Commissioner of Education.

This provision is identical to provisions in SB 955 (2024), SB 1163 (2024), HCS/HB 1447 (2024), and HCS/HB 497 (2023).

CAREER LADDER (Section 168.500)

Currently, public school teachers become eligible for the Career Ladder program after two years of public school teaching in Missouri. This act provides that the two year-requirement shall not apply to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States or such member's spouse who has teaching experience in another state and who has transferred to this state.

The act repeals a provision of current law that teachers' Career Ladder responsibilities and career efforts shall be required to occur outside of compensated hours. The act also specifies that teachers may receive Career Ladder admission and stage achievement for certain activities that are not included in the duties that require a teaching certificate under current law.

The act adds serving as a mentor for teachers to the list of activities for which teachers may receive Career Ladder admission and stage achievement.

This provision is identical to a provision in HCS/HB 1447 (2024) and is similar to provisions in SB 955 (2024), SB 1014 (2024), and SB 1163 (2024).

PSRS/PEERS - WORKING AFTER RETIREMENT LIMITS (Sections 169.560 and 169.660)

Currently, a retired member, except for those retired due to disability, of the Public School Retirement System ("PSRS") may work after retirement in a certified position with a covered employer without discontinuance of his or her retirement benefits if the member does not exceed 550 hours of work each school year and 50% of the annual compensation to the person who last held the position. This act provides that the member, including those retired due to disability, may earn up to 50% of the annual compensation to the person who last held the position or 50% of the limit set by the employer's school board for the position which has been submitted and approved by the Board of Trustees of PSRS.

Additionally, current law provides that if a member of PSRS or the Public Education Employee Retirement System ("PEERS") is in excess of the limitations, the member shall not be eligible to receive the retirement allowance for any month so employed. This act provides that either member shall not be eligible to receive the retirement allowance for any month so employed or the retirement system shall recover the amount earned in excess of the limitations, whichever is less.

These provisions are similar to SB 1286 (2024).

SUICIDE PREVENTION IN GRADES 7-12 (Section 170.048)

This act modifies provisions of current law that require suicide prevention information to be printed on the identification cards of public school students in grades 7-12. Beginning July 1, 2025, the act adds to such information the non-emergency phone number of the local police department. The identification cards may also include the phone number of the Crisis Text Line and the phone number of a local suicide prevention hotline, if such hotline is available.

This provision is identical to a provision in SB 762 (2024).

TEACHER RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION STATE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (Section 173.232)

The act changes the name of the "Urban Flight and Rural Needs Scholarship Program" to the "Teacher Recruitment and Retention State Scholarship Program." The corresponding state treasury fund is also renamed accordingly.

The act provides that scholarship funds may be used to cover up to 100% of the tuition costs related to teacher preparation at a four-year college or university located in Missouri, except that no amount granted for tuition shall exceed the amount of tuition charged a Missouri resident at the University of Missouri-Columbia for attendance.

The number of years a student may receive a scholarship is reduced from four to two years. The number of students who may receive a scholarship is increased from 100 to 200 in the 2025-26 academic year, or a maximum awarded amount of $1.2 million dollars. The act further increases the maximum number of scholarships or the maximum awarded amount for each year through the 2030-31 academic year, when the maximum shall be 600 scholarships or a maximum awarded amount of $3.4 million, as provided in the act.

Scholarship recipients after June 30, 2025, shall sign a statement that they have made a good faith effort to secure all available federal sources of grant funding.

The act a repeals a provision that a student must have attended a Missouri high school in order to be eligible for a scholarship.

To be eligible for a scholarship, recipients shall sign an agreement to teach in a Missouri public school that is a hard-to-staff school or to teach at least one hard-to-staff subject area in a Missouri public school, or both, for two years for every one year the recipient receives a scholarship. The act defines a "hard-to-staff school" as an attendance center where the percentage of certificated positions that were left vacant or were filled with a teacher not fully qualified in the prior academic year exceeds 10% as reported to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. A "hard-to-staff subject area" is defined as a content area for which positions were left vacant or were filled with a teacher not fully qualified in the prior academic year.

The scholarships provided in the act shall be available to students who have successfully completed 48 credit hours at a community college, who have been awarded an associate degree, or who have completed 60 credit hours at a four-year college, as provided in the act.

The act modifies the interest rate paid by scholarship recipients who do not follow through on their agreement to teach in a hard-to-staff subject or school and must therefore repay their scholarship award as a loan.

An individual who has qualified as an eligible student under the act shall continue to qualify as an eligible student as long as he or she remains employed by the school district in which he or she agreed to teach, regardless of whether his or her employing school no longer qualifies as a hard-to-staff school, the class he or she teaches longer qualifies as a hard-to-staff subject area, or his or her position within the school district changes.

This provision is identical to a provision in HCS/HB 1447 (2024) and is similar to provisions in SB 955 (2024) and SB 1163 (2024) and to SB 1013 (2024), and is substantially similar to a provision in HCS/HB 497 (2023) and to HCS/HB 809 (2023).

OLIVIA SHANNON