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February 22, 2012

Posted Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at 1:55 PM

Bookending the week with wintry scenes of snow laden trees followed up with a return to early spring like chilly mornings, we are reminded that we are but spectators to Mother Nature's whims. I do hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day with their loved ones and those who are most special in our lives...

Legislative Update:

A bill I sponsored HB 1179, was passed with consent in the house and is now being referred to a Senate Committee. Sen. Mayer will be the handler of this bill on the Senate floor. This bill prohibits large water users from conveying water withdrawn or diverted from the Southeast Missouri Regional Water District to a location outside of the district if it interferes with another major user.

The following bills were also Perfected and Third Read this week and head now across the Rotunda to the Senate for consideration:

HB 1041 is sponsored by Rep. Mike Thomson (R-04). Currently, only the Board of Governors of Missouri Western State University may transfer property, except in fee simple, without an authorizing act of the General Assembly. This bill restores that ability to the board of governors of the other state universities and changes the expiration date of those provisions from August 28, 2014 to August 28, 2017.

HB 1103 sponsored by Rep. Sandy Crawford (R-119), relates to certain banks, savings institutions, and credit unions which are exempt from the Missouri Appraisal Management Company Registration and Regulation Act as it applies to the assignment of an appraisal request to an appraiser who is an independent contractor to the institution are required to file a notice with the Missouri Real Estate Appraisers Commission within the Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration that includes the same information that the registered real estate appraisal management company must file. This bill repeals that requirement.

HB 1251 sponsored by Rep. Don Ruzicka (R-68), extends the authorization for the Department of Natural Resources to impose fees regarding the federal Safe Drinking Water Act from September 1, 2012 to September 1, 2017.

Consent bills (bills that contain a zero fiscal note, no penalty provisions and are non-controversial in nature) that were Third Read and Passed on the House Floor this week include the following:

HB 1075 sponsored by Rep. David Sater (R-68), prohibits a licensed pharmacy from being required to carry or maintain in inventory any specific prescription or non-prescription drug or devise.

HB 1093 sponsored by Rep. Kevin Elmer (R-141), allows for a special license plate for a person who is a recipient of the Navy Cross.

HB 1141 sponsored by Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger (R-13), changes the laws regarding the "Don't Tread on Me" special license plate.

HB 1156 sponsored by Rep. Lyle Rowland (R-143), designates a portion of U.S. Highway 160 in the City of Gainesville as the "Matthew J. England Memorial Highway."

HB 1192 sponsored by Rep. Andrew Koenig (R-88), changes the laws regarding investment contracts of the Missouri Higher Education Saving Program.

HB 1185 sponsored by Rep. Mark Parkinson (R-16), adds citizenship information to the sexual offender registration form and requires the State Highway Patrol to report to the federal government any non-U.S. citizen on the sexual offender registry.

HB 1250 sponsored by Rep. Don Ruzicka (R-132), allows certain third class cities to cancel any primary election for the office of mayor and councilman.

Rep. Hampton presenting HB 1179 to members of the House on Wednesday, February 15th.

As always, it is an honor to serve you in the Missouri House. If you would like to discuss any issue, please call 573-751-3629. You can also email me at Kent.Hampton@house.mo.gov. I look forward to hearing from you.



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