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26 September 2011

Korman: House Sends Two Bills To Governor

This past week after much discussion and debate in the Special Session, the House passed two Senate bills and sent them to the Governor’s desk. Most Special Sessions only produce 1 or two bills.

Senate Bill 1 Modifies provisions relating to communications between school district employees and students. Senate Bill 7 Establishes the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act. This bill provides a positive stand for science and innovation. It is critical for Missouri's economic future.

I had an amendment filed for SB 7 similar to seventeen other members and the one that was offered relating to statutorily restricting public funds for unethical research. The amendment failed mainly due to a constitutionality concern by connecting it to the bill. Even though the amendment failed the debate was good and adequate for all sides of the issue. The final bill restricts public funds for unethical research through the Appropriation process.

It is still possible for other bills to come from this Special Session, that are within the Governor’s call. The House will not be active next week as we wait for the Senate to debate six House bills that were sent over earlier in the session.

House Bill 1 Allows the City of St. Louis to establish and maintain a municipal police force completely under the city's authority. House Bill 2 Changes the laws regarding the collection of moneys owed to the state. House Bill 3 Changes the laws regarding presidential elections. House Bill 5 Changes the laws regarding the assessment of commercial real property destroyed by a natural disaster and authorizes tax increment financing in certain areas affected by a natural disaster. House Bill 6 To appropriate money for the purpose of matching Federal Emergency Management Agency expenditures due to natural disasters in the state of Missouri in 2011 for the period ending June 30, 2012. House Bill 7 Establishes the Joint Committee on Disaster Funding.

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