The Missouri House perfected and printed several pieces of legislation relating to economic development. The Republican-led legislature continues to look at measures that will help our economy grow and provide more jobs for our fellow Missourians.
HB 409, which I sponsored and handled on the floor, was Perfected and passed. The bill in its original form specified that the prevailing hourly rate of wages in third classification counties will be the median hourly estimated wage for the construction and extraction occupational code most closely resembling the occupational title as published in the latest United States Bureau of Labor Statistics by Metropolitan and Non-Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment Wage Estimate or, if the rate cannot be determined under that method, the prevailing hourly rate of wages will be the median hourly wage estimate for occupational code 47-0000 in the construction and extraction occupational code published in the latest United States Bureau of Labor Statistics publication.
However, HB 409 ended up with three amendments added. The first amendment clarified that maintenance, such as painting or re-roofing, would be treated the same as new construction. The second amendment excluded several counties including Cass, Clay, Franklin, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis and Jackson. The third amendment changed the statistics from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics to the Missouri State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. This new proposal would allow wiser use of our tax dollars on public works projects. HB 409 will now go to the Senate and should be similar to Senator Parson’s SB 68.
Another bill that addressed Labor Reform was HB 64 sponsored by Rep. Eric Burlison from Springfield. This bill allows a labor organization to obtain a political contribution through an automatic payroll deduction if the employee or member consents to the contribution in writing annually. HB 64 was Third Read and Passed this week and will go to the Senate.
Speaker Tim Jones has sponsored HB 457 which specifies that anyone providing medical services cannot be required to perform or participate in activities that violate his or her conscience or principles. HCS HB 457 was Third Read and Passed this week and will go to the Senate.
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Warren D. Love, State Representative
Representing the good people of the 125th District