This session the House will again focus on similar issues as last year: lobbyist gift ban, regulatory reform and passing a balanced budget. To track any of the highlighted bills listed below, click on the link to the bill and you will then be at a page where you can read the bill or summary of the bill and also track the progress of the bill as it moves through the legislative process.
The first bill the House passed is HB 1303, the ban on lobbyist gifts. At this time, Missouri has no limits on lobbyists’ gifts. Similar to legislation the House has passed in each of the last two sessions, this bill will ban gifts from lobbyists to legislators and other statewide elected officials.
The members of the House also passed HB 1500which is known as the hair braiding bill. This bill is an example of over regulations. HB 1500 lowers regulation for certification for hair braiding. It takes 1500 hours of hands on training to become certified to braid hair. This bill lowers regulations for certification, making it easier to open a small business. Just over 47% of all workers are employed by small businesses. Lowering regulations will create more jobs in Missouri.
Another piece of legislation passed through the House this week is HB 1246. The passage of this bill is a step forward in addressing the human trafficking in Missouri. HB 1246 will require certain places to display posters informing victims of resources and services available to them. We must continue to take steps forward in addressing and fighting the problem of human trafficking.
Within the Insurance Committee, we have passed out of committee two insurance bills; HB 1287 and HCS HB 1381 Both bills relating to insurance will be debated on the House floor this Monday, Again, you can check on the progress of these bills by clicking on the bills.
I always look forward to visiting with the people from our area and this week I had the pleasure of meeting and visiting with our local Realtors during the Missouri Realtor Advocacy Day at the State Capitol.