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10 February 2012

Korman: Voter ID Passes House, Senate Introduces Tolled I-70 Proposal

Welcome to the Missouri 99th District’s report on activities of the sixth week of the Session. There was again activity in Appropriations Committees as we heard from the Departments of Natural Resources, Conservation, and Economic Development. Next week in the Appropriations Committees we will begin what is referred to as “mark-up of the bills”. This process involves making changes to departmental budgets presented to Legislators by the Governor.

House Bill 1280, the bill I am sponsoring, establishes a peer review process for services provided design professionals, was passed by the Professional Registration and Licensing Committee this week. I look forward to it continuing to move through the legislative process.

The Missouri House passed House Bill (HB) 1104, PHOTO IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR VOTERS, as part of our Blueprint for Missouri. HB 1104 takes steps to protect the integrity of our elections by requiring voters to prove their identity. This ensures that each eligible person can vote without having their voice diluted by lawbreakers.

Also, passed this week was House Bill 1219, UNLAWFUL DISCRIMINATORY EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES that would bring current illegal state unemployment practices in line with current federal discrimination law.

Sens. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, John Lamping, R-Ladue, and Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City, began the much needed conversation about ways to address Missouri’s long-term need for transportation infrastructure funding by introducing Senate Bill (SB) 752. SB 752 would authorize the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission to enter into a public-private partnership to finance, reconstruct, and operate I-70. I feel this proposed bill has many problems and is the wrong approach to the I-70 issue. Locally there will be an upcoming Transportation Forum, details forthcoming. This will be an excellent place to express your thoughts.

Next week appears to be as busy as this week as committees are in full swing and debate continues on the House Floor. A House Joint Resolution relating to Veterans will make its way to the Floor. HJR 45 proposes a constitutional amendment requiring the State Lottery Commission to develop and sell a Veterans Lottery Ticket to support the Veterans Commission Capital Improvement Trust Fund.

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