This week, the House moved swiftly with bills being debated, bills being perfected and bills being passed out of the House and heading to the Senate. Unfortunately, the Senate was not moving due to a filibuster in the Senate that started Wednesday regarding a utility standoff on SB564 and ending late Thursday night. To track the progress of this bill, click on SB 564. The Senate will be back in Session on Monday; let the moving of the bills begin.
Two of the bills that I have filed are now headed to the Senate. HB 1287 specifies that commercial insurers are exempt from filing rate and policy forms for certain lines of commercial insurance. This bill allows for commercial insurers and sophisticated commercial insurance customers to foster innovation of new products without adding additional regulatory costs to consumers.
The other bill that has been referred to the Senate is HB 1286. This bill modifies provisions of law relating to the detonation of explosives and actions for private nuisances brought against certain permittees.
Another bill that I will be pushing to get through the system is HB 1288. This week, the Missouri House gave first-round approval to HB 1288. This bill will extend for an additional six years, state tax credits for those who donate to pregnancy resource centers. House members also added to this bill extension of tax credits for low income disabled homeowners who modify their homes for handicapped accessibility. Also, tax credits for donations to food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters. Many more pregnant women, homeless and disabled will be able to be served by non-profit, faith-based organizations because of these tax credits.
HB 1690 addresses long-term care insurance insolvency assessments. Recent long term care insolvencies have created a financial strain on the guaranty association which pays claims when long term care companies go out of business. This bill will provide additional funds to pay those claims ensuring that innocent policy holders are not adversely impacted.
A big concern to all Missourians is the state of our Missouri budget. To keep you informed, the following link will allow you to search committees, hearings, proposed budget requests by the Office of Administration and other various topics regarding the budget. https://house.mo.gov/budget.aspx.
Throughout these next few weeks, bills will be heard in their various committees and voted on as they reach the house floor. Through my weekly videos on Facebook and capitol reports, I will strive to keep you informed of the bills as they move through the legislative process.
If you have any questions or concerns, my office is available Monday through Friday by either calling or email.
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Once again, I want to thank you for allowing me to be your voice at the Missouri State Capitol. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
Missouri 116th District State Representative Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, files his Capitol Report at the end of each week the state legislature is in session.