After a Kansas City Chiefs win in the Super Bowl, the Missouri House had a busy and productive week. Many of the Kansas City area representatives returned to their districts Wednesday, however, House work continued; session, committee hearings, and office visits were plentiful here in Jefferson City. Below you will find some of the highlights from our week here in the House of Representatives.
House members approve bill to improve compensation for Kansas City police officers (HBs 640 and 729)
This week the Missouri House gave preliminary approval to a legislative proposal that would help the Kansas City Police Department attract and retain the best law enforcement personnel. In a first-round voice vote, House members passed legislation that would allow the department to offer better pay to officers and the police chief.
Protecting Businesses from Expensive Mandates (HB 184)
Lawmakers passed legislation this week aimed at protecting businesses, schools and churches from burdensome government mandates. By a vote of 105 to 36, the House approved HB 184 ban local ordinances that require businesses to pay for new EV charging stations.
Supplemental Funding Act Sent to Senate (HB 14)
In a vote of 151 to 2, members of the Missouri House approved a supplementary spending bill and sent it to the Senate for consideration. The legislation (Hbs 14) Provide more than $627 million in funding to the state’s current operating budget.
Some of the highlights of the matching spending plan include:
– 8.7% salary increase for state employees
– Does not include the General Assembly and statewide elected officials.
– Additional $2 per hour differential for night shift direct care personnel (prisons, hospitals, other care facilities).
– $286.5 million in spending authority for the State Emergency Management Agency.
– A $628,750 award to the Department of Agriculture to help address the growing black vulture problem affecting livestock owners across the state.
– $20 million to establish school safety programs, including physical safety upgrades and associated technology, bleeding control kits, and automated external defibrillators.
As always, my Legislative Assistant Blake is available Monday to Thursday 8am to 5pm and 8am to noon on Fridays. You can reach my office by calling 573-751-3971 or by emailing [email protected]. If you would like a courtesy resolution from the House of Representatives, please contact my office. As always, it is an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of District 57.
Thanks and enjoy the rest of your week!