I have attended several functions over the past few weeks in our district. I met with MODOT to discuss dangerous intersections, met with Pike County mayors to discuss local issues of importance, and attended a Rotary Club meeting with Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe. The Lieutenant Governor gave us an update on several issues that affect us on the statewide level.
I also went to the Northeast Correctional Center and met with several inmates that were about to be released. They have completed the Connections to Success program that the prison offers to inmates that will rejoin society. We all know that recidivism is major problem, and we all want their transition to freedom to be successful and for them to become productive members of society. With those goals in mind, Connections to Success pairs inmates with a mentor that will help them find job opportunities and provide them with emotional support and encouragement both before and after release.
And finally an update on HB 1062, the issue of eminent domain. This session I will be working with Senator Justin Brown on reviewing my past legislation (HB 1062) and determining whether to go forward with the same legislation as last session or if we need to file new legislation. This is an important issue and one that I hope I can get to the governor’s desk before my last session ends.
Special Session Bill Approved to Provide Tax Relief to Missourians (HB 1)
House and Senate members conducted an efficient special session to pass legislation that will allow Missourians to reduce their tax burden when they trade in multiple vehicles. The special session that was called by Gov. Mike Parson resulted in the bill receiving bipartisan support in both chambers. The House passed the bill last Wednesday and the Senate followed suit by giving the legislation final approval last Friday.
Following the passage of the bill, Gov. Parson thanked the bill sponsors for their leadership on the issue and the members of both chambers for passing the bill with overwhelming bipartisan support. He said, “They came together and worked hard to make this right for the everyday people of Missouri, and that’s what it’s all about.”
The acting director of the Missouri Department of Revenue praised the passage of the bill. He said, “Passage of HB 1 gives clarity to citizens as it was intended by the General Assembly, ensuring hardworking Missourians will continue to enjoy the benefits of tax savings associated with vehicle and titling transactions.”
The bill now goes to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. It will take effect as law 90 days after Gov. Parson signs it.
Legislation to Protect and Promote Missouri Agriculture Now in Effect (SB 391)
A law passed by the General Assembly to protect the state’s top industry is now in full effect. The implementation of the law had been delayed by a temporary restraining order, but a judge has now set the order aside.
The bill was passed during the 2019 regular session to provide consistency in the way farm operations across the state are regulated. It was meant to address a problem in state law that resulted in inconsistent regulations placed on farms throughout the state by county commissions and health boards. The new law will not block county ordinances or restrict local control. Instead it will ensure regulations on concentrated animal feeding operations are consistent and not more stringent than state laws.
While the legislature approved the bill and the governor signed it into law, two counties filed a lawsuit in August to prevent the bill from going into effect. A judge then issued the temporary restraining order to put the bill on hold. The judge’s most recent decision to lift the restraining order will allow the law to now go into effect, but the lawsuit will continue.
The next scheduled court hearing for the lawsuit is in December.
As always, it is an honor to serve as your state representative.
Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) represents the 40th district, which includes Pike County, Ralls County and most of Monroe County in the Missouri House of Representatives.