by Rep. Warren D. Love, 125th District
It’s great to watch Spring time unfolding her beauty each day as the trees are leafing out and the new grass is beginning to grow. It’s great to be involved in our State Legislature beginning to work for the greater good of Missourians.
I attended the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the Benton County Museum in Warsaw. I “tip my hat” to all of the volunteers who helped acquire and relocate to a new building. The displays are very well organized and should prove to be quite a tourist attraction.
On Monday, I did my monthly radio interview with KAYQ Radio. We discussed Medicaid Expansion, Auto Use Tax issue, and 1 cent Sales Tax Proposal for Transportation. At noon on Monday, I joined and rode with about 50 bicyclists on the Missouri Legislators Bicycle Ride. We departed from the South lawn of the Capitol and rode north across the new Pat Jones Pedestrian/Bicycle Lane across the Missouri River to the Katy Trail.
I was surprised to meet James Allen and his Retro Big Wheel bicycle. James graduated from Weaubleau High School and we became friends while attending college at Warrensburg. James has ridden his Big Wheel bicycle over 22,000 miles and is very active promoting bicycling all over the nation. He has a brass plaque that confirms he has rode from San Francisco across country to the East Coast. It was an honor to have him lead the ride.
In Committee Work This Week
I introduced HB 1017 which designates and names U.S. Hwy. 54 the “Discover More on Route 54” Hwy. I was called on to introduce HB 410, legislation I sponsored which changes the laws regarding the collection of sales and use taxes relating to nexus with Missouri.
House Bills Recently Passed:
HB 787 – The ongoing saga of the new document-scanning policy use by the Missouri Department of Revenue took additional twists and turns. Our colleagues in the Senate learned that the Missouri Highway Patrol did in fact turn over a list to the federal government of more than 163,000 Missouri residents with concealed gun permits. This information came out after the department had said that no information collected from residents who obtain or renew a license, or have a concealed carry authorization added to their licenses, was being shared.
The more we learn the more worrisome this problem becomes. That is why I am glad the House stood together to pass legislation that will stop the department from sharing our personal information. The bill we approved will prevent the department from scanning and storing personal documents of Missourians who seek a driver’s license or state identification card. It also requires that the department destroy all documents that have already been scanned.
At the end of the day, we want to make certain our private information remains private. By putting an end to this flawed policy, we can keep the personal information of Missouri citizens from falling into the hands of those who might misuse it. The bill now moves over to the Senate where it is sure to receive strong support.
HB 42 – Prohibits the state and all political subdivisions from adopting or implementing United Nations or international environmental and developmental policies that infringe or restrict private property rights without due process.
HB 533 – Specifies that the state shall not prohibit a state employee from keeping a firearm in his or her vehicle on state property as long as the vehicle is locked and the firearm is not visible.
HB 787 – Prohibits the Department of Revenue from retaining copies of source documents used to obtain driver’s licenses and non-driver’s licenses.
HB 168 – Allows an individual who is separating from the military to have resident student status for admission and tuition purposes at a public institution of higher education under specified circumstances
HB 316 – Extends the expiration date of the Division of Tourism Supplemental Revenue Fund from the year 2015 to 2020
SB 182 – Prohibits counties and municipalities from imposing a local use tax on the sale of motor vehicles, trailers, boats, or outboard motors. Local sales taxes must be imposed on the sale of these items, regardless of whether the item was purchased in Missouri.