A look at who will lead the Missouri legislature next year


Pre-deposit for next year started wednesday with a crowd of legislation tackling vaccine mandates, critical race theory in education, and law enforcement.

The pre-tabling process, set each year in early December, gives lawmakers a chance to set the stage for the next session. Read on for an overview of the invoices and priorities raised during the pre-deposit process. (This post will be updated throughout the week. Check back for more updates.)

Pre-filing of the legislative session of 2022 opened on December 1, 2021. (THE MISSOURI TIMES / CAMERON GERBER)

Law enforcement

the kerfuffle on the Kansas City police budget – and how it’s controlled – resulted in a Sen bill. Tony luetkemeyer to increase its funding. Its legislation would increase the funding threshold to 25 percent of the city’s general revenue budget (from 20 percent) and clarify the definition of general revenue. Luetkemeyer said the increase would keep funding “more in line” with modern needs.

“It would bring more stability and security to the community we live in,” Luetkemeyer said in an interview. “As the representative of the northern part of Kansas City and Northland, we are concerned that we represent a significant part of the tax base, but there are very few KCPD officers here to answer calls as they spend more than weather south of the river. ”

Luetkemeyer also tabled a law on Wednesday to increase penalties for the murder of a K-9 officer.

Vaccination mandates

It’s no surprise that the vaccine warrants – a matter of concern to Republicans in the legislature and the basis of several court challenges mounted by Attorney General Eric Schmitt – led to the opening of the pre-filing.

Pro Tem home speaker John Wiemann introduced a law that would require employers who require vaccinations to be liable for any damage or injury resulting from the vaccination. He introduced another bill that would require public and private entities mandating COVID-19 vaccines to treat natural immunity as the same that has been inoculated.

“It is clear that the COVID-19 vaccine is not the right choice for all Missourians, but many employers continue to require vaccination even for those who have serious concerns about the health problems that may result from it.” , said Wiemann. “In cases where employers refuse to honor the personal freedoms of their employees, at the very least they should be held accountable for the repercussions of their tenure.

GOP representative Nick schroer filed a law prohibiting public schools from requiring a COVID-19 vaccine to attend or work in school. It would also ban COVID-19 testing without the permission of the employee or all of a student’s parents or guardians. School employees who violate the ban could be fined up to $ 5,000 or prosecuted.

Schroer’s bill places similar limits on higher education institutions.

Transport

Missouri’s first gasoline tax hike in more than 20 years has only been in effect for two months, but legislation was tabled Wednesday to repeal it. representing Sara walsh introduced a bill to repeal the fuel increase which will gradually increase each year until 2025.

Education

Senator Cindy o’laughlin is once again championing a bill on reading success, like a effort she did the last session. Expect his reading success legislation to be a high priority for the GOP senator this year.

A recurring theme among pre-tabled House bills is critical race theory – a controversial topic that has driven many legislative hearings during the interim. Scores of House members have tabled legislation banning the teaching of Critical Race Theory or Project 1619.

representing Nick schroer filed a “Parents Bill of Rights” which would ensure that parents can be updated on taught programs, review medical and other school records concerning their child, and receive information about organizations that receive contracts and funding school.

The Bill also precludes the teaching of Critical Race Theory and Project 1619. The definition of Critical Race Theory in the Bill includes the perpetuation of stereotypes or the identification of persons or groups as being systematically biased, oppressed, privileged, racist or sexist.

Senator Karla Eslinger pre-tabled legislation to increase workforce development in education. His bill requires a career and education plan as well as a completed FAFSA (with some exemptions such as for those entering the military) to get a high school diploma. It would also require the Ministry of Higher Education to ensure that all vocational and technical education students complete an application for assistance under the Federal Law on Innovation and Workforce Opportunities. work.

Senator Andrew Koenig be p. Doug Richey pre-tabled bills to change the funding mechanism for charter schools in St. Louis and Kansas City. They said the current funding mechanism is outdated and “tens of thousands of public school students in St. Louis and Kansas City.

Senator Lauren Arthur previously tabled a bill to promote a model of “skills-based education”. The idea is to allow the state to reimburse school districts for students enrolled in skills-based courses, in the same way it can for attendance. It establishes a grant program for schools that choose to go this route and a task force to implement a statewide plan.

Arthur noted that her plan enjoys bipartisan support as it is something she has worked on in previous sessions. She also said it would “provide more students with a quality education so that we have a workforce that is trained and ready to move our economy forward.”

Criminal justice

representing Ron hicks pushes again this year a law which close the gun loophole against domestic violence in Missouri – something he said will be a priority this session. The proposal would allow a court to prohibit a person from owning or purchasing a firearm while a full protection order is in effect following a hearing or after a conviction for a domestic violence offense . The Missouri State Highway Patrol would alert the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), the federal database used by gun dealers, following a conviction or the implementation of the order to full protection.

The problem arose when the Missouri legislature, in its haste to pass legislation expanding covert porterage in 2016, inadvertently removed language from state law preventing those convicted of a misdemeanor. domestic violence or the defendant with a full protection order from owning a gun. representing Tracy mccreery was also a strong supporter of this legislation during his tenure.

Senator Brian williams is championing legislation this session that would give volunteer clinics and legal aid organizations the ability to access all criminal history information in their petitioner’s central repository. In addition, the costs for a motion to strike would be lowered to $ 100 (instead of $ 250) and give the judge the option of waiving the costs altogether if the person is found to be indigent or unable to pay the costs.

Elections

A multitude of bills in the lower house have already been pre-tabled concerning absentee voting, petitions of initiative and other electoral reform measures. Several GOP lawmakers had was hoping to see a special session called to tackle electoral integrity and petitioning issues during the interim.

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