Gov. Nixon signs several bills into law

Posted July 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, on Friday, June 28, signed into law several bills relating to local governments, health education, motor vehicle insurance, pediatric cancer research and other issues.

The Governor signed:

Senate Bill 58, which clarifies land annexation guidelines for communities and authorizes certain nuisance abatement practices

Senate Bill 357, which simplifies the process for perfection of a mechanics lien for rented machinery and equipment and increases the period of time the lien claimant has to file the notice of lien from 5 to 15 days after commencement of use of the rented machinery and equipment.

Senate Bill 35, which authorizes a check-off box on the Missouri tax forms for contributions to the newly created Pediatric Cancer Research Trust Fund.

Senate Bill 216, which contains similar language to legislation already signed by the Governor to protect law enforcement officers’ and first responders’ First Amendment rights by allowing them to engage in political activity when they are off duty and not in official uniform.

House Bill 478, which revises statutory language related to credit union to more closely follow similar statutory language related to banks.

House Bill 715, which authorizes motorcycles to be equipped with brake lights that blink with varying brightness for not more than five seconds when the brakes are applied;

House Bill 428, which modifies the procedure insurers must undertake to purchase a vehicle through the claims process when they are unable to obtain negotiable title, among other provisions. House Bill 428 also authorizes motor vehicle dealers to provide a public school or college with a new or used vehicle as a courtesy or driver training vehicle;

Senate Bill 148, which also deals with salvage titling. The bill authorizes an applicant to obtain a temporary salvage permit for purposes of transporting a salvage vehicle to a Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) inspection station;

Senate Bill 157, which strengthens the regulation of scrap metal purchases to prevent and combat the criminal trade in scrap metal. The bill adds catalytic converters to the types of scrap metal items requiring documentation.

Senate Bill 69, which authorizes Department of Social Services hearing officers to correct or vacate administrative child support decisions and orders.

Senate Bill 188, which allows local law enforcement in the county where a Sexually Violent Predator facility is located, upon their request, to be granted access by Department of Corrections to GPS monitoring of any Sexually Violent Predator granted conditional release into the county where the facility is located.

Senate Bill 248 and House Bill 175, which amend the procedures for establishing neighborhood improvement districts and for the collecting of the districts’ special assessments. These two pieces of legislation strengthen existing laws protecting property owners from predatory lenders.

Senate Bill 252, which, among its many provisions, prohibits the scanning and retaining of certain source documents involved in the issuance of a driver or nondriver license.

House Bill 117, which modifies the initiative and referendum petition process by making the review and certification process more efficient and by increasing public awareness of initiatives.

House Bill 510, which modifies the law related to limited liability companies.

Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill that would have required the state government to create a database of every Missourian who has ever filed a workers’ compensation claim, and allowed employers to easily access this information online.

“There is a stark contrast between lawmakers’ rhetoric on the issue of privacy, and their record,” Gov. Nixon said. “While professing to champion privacy rights, this General Assembly quietly passed a bill to create – and allow broad access to – a new electronic database containing the personal information of hundreds of thousands of law-abiding Missourians. This misguided legislation would have invaded Missourians’ right to privacy by making their personal information available to employers on a government website without their consent. Invading Missourians’ privacy will not grow our economy or move our state forward.”

Senate Bill 34 would have required the Division of Workers’ Compensation to compile a database of all Missourians who have filed workers’ compensation claims. The bill would have required employers be given access to this database through the Division’s website. Under current law, workers’ compensation information is available, but only under limited circumstances and subject to strict privacy protections, including requiring the permission of the prospective employee. These privacy protections would have been undone by Senate Bill 34.

House Bill 235, which requires candidates for county treasurer, county collector and county collector-treasurer to provide the election authority with a signed affidavit from a surety company indicating that the candidate meets the minimum bonding requirements for the office;

House Bill 233, which contains administrative language clarifying the law regarding Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System (MOSERS) and the MoDOT and Patrol Employees’ Retirement System (MPERS);

House Bill 351, which requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to review and revise its regulations governing hospital licensure to promote efficiency;

House Bill 215, which modifies several areas of law regarding the criminal justice system, including strengthening laws related to domestic violence and sexually violent offenses;

Senate Bill 100, which modifies several areas of law relating to judicial procedures, including streamlining the adoption process.

Gov. Nixon vetoed legislation that would have increased fees on financially vulnerable Missourians.

House Bill 329 would have increased the fees that payday, title and consumer installment lenders can charge consumers. The most impacted consumers would be those seeking short-term loans under $1,500. The Governor’s veto message on House Bill 329 is available here.

“Helping payday lenders reap higher profits at the expense of struggling Missourians will not grow our economy or create jobs,” Gov. Nixon said. “Missourians need payday loan reform, not the expansion and higher fees tucked within House Bill 329, which will do nothing to help consumers trapped in debt.”

The Governor vetoed Senate Bill 170, which would have repealed existing Missouri law requiring elected officials to be physically present when they cast a vote. The legislation would have instead allowed certain elected officials to vote in public meetings via videoconference without demonstrating good cause for doing so.

“Current law already allows elected officials to use technology to participate in meetings, but it draws the line at casting a vote,” Gov. Nixon said. “Missouri’s longstanding expectation that elected officials show up when it’s time to vote should not be undone in the name of convenience. No technology can or should substitute connecting with people in person.”

The Governor also vetoed Senate Bill 28 and House Bill 611, which would have unfairly denied Missourians the ability to receive unemployment benefits on the basis of activities occurring outside the workplace and outside of work hours.

“What employees do on their own time should not be used as a basis for denying unemployment benefits, except for the narrow circumstances already set forth in law,” Gov. Nixon said. “These bills also contradict federal law, which could jeopardize the federal tax credits that Missouri employers receive, potentially costing them an estimated $859 million each year. The bills are bad for employers, workers and our economy, and I cannot allow them to become law.”