[Education and Welfare] MO Senate and House halftime update fromMarty Exline, note my analogy to football at the beginning
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Mon Mar 12 21:05:32 CDT 2012
Just curious,Is Rep Silvey yours or any of those in the Northland?
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fromMarty Exline, note my analogy to football at the beginning
Okay, it’s halftime in the current MO House and Senate session. So, for our
halftime bill-board update, please, read Marty Exline’s commentary after my
signature. And for our halftime, uh, entertainment, I’ll see many of you
tomorrow in Coumbia, at the rally.
BTW: Second half kick-off is on March 19. Hmmm. By our advocacy, maybe, we
can maqke an made onsides punt and keep the ball rolling in our possession.
Keep calling your reps, folks.
Kansas City, MO
Below are updates on selected disability-related bills halfway through the
session. The General Assembly returns from Spring Break on March 19
Social Services Appropriations:
A state budget of $24 billion for FY13 has been voted out of the House
and will be ready for House floor debate once the legislature returns from
Break on March 19
. Debate on all 13 budget bills will be limited to a total of six hours on
floor before being voted on and moving on to the Senate Appropriations
In its version of HB2010, the House Budget Committee left passed a nearly
cut to eliminate HealthNet coverage for Missourians receiving Blind Pension.
of Representatives, Senators and the Governor have come out in opposition to
cut, but we may have to wait until Senate Appropriations hearings to have a
idea what might happen if the elimination remains in the bill when the full
House Budget Chair Ryan Silvey also introduced HB1835
to repeal the sales tax exemption on certain materials/equipment to produce
and use that revenue for a transitional healthcare program for Blind Pension
The tax repeal measure is estimated to raise from $800,000 to $4 million in
The bill was scheduled for a hearing on 3/8, but the hearing was cancelled.
opposing the cut is scheduled for Tuesday, 3/13 at 11:30 AM at Services for
Living in Columbia, with the Governor scheduled to attend.
Missouri Human Rights Act:
The legislature passed HB1219 to make it more difficult for individuals to
with a claim of employment discrimination. The bill has been sent to the
for his signature. This is the bill, similar to the one the Governor vetoed
year, that would require that discrimination be the motivating factor in an
to an employee (demotion, dismissal, etc.), rather than just a contributing
It also exempts representatives of employers from claims of discrimination,
just the employers themselves; limits punitive damage awards based on the
the company; and other provisions.
The bill did not pass the House by a margin large enough to sustain a veto.
was also some question during Senate debate as to whether the state might
federal funding because of the bill, but language was added to clarify that
would not apply to housing discrimination. Meanwhile, SB952 has not moved
than referral to the House since HB1219 passed. It is assumed that the
will veto HB1219, but he has not commented specifically on the bill.
Voter ID Requirements:
HB1104 & SB 442
The House bill passed the House by a vote of 101-54. In the Senate it has
to the Senate Financial & Governmental Organizations and Elections
bill requires that voters present a photo ID before being allowed to vote.
without a photo ID could vote using a provisional ballot and submitting it
election authority within 3 days, however the voter would not get to have
vote count at the same time as other voters. The bill requires measures to
cover the costs for persons to get a photo ID if they lack one. Those
bill say that it will make voting more difficult for some seniors and
disabilities and that there has been little evidence of voter fraud at
SB442 is similar to HB1104. This bill was voted out of its Senate committee
its Senate Committee Substitute (SCS SB442) is on the Senate Informal
Accessible Voting Equipment
This bill has been introduced to require polling places to make available
voting machines even when there are no national elections. Election
already required to make the accessible machines available for national
under the Help America Vote Act, but not for elections which include only
county or state elections. The bill has not yet been referred to a
Other Issue Areas
Dwelling Access Tax (DAT) Credit:
The bill by Rep. Smith would relax some restrictions on the DAT credit that
used by individuals to make their homes more accessible. The sunset date
credit would change from the current December 31, 2013 to December 31, 2016.
bill would also remove the cap of $100,000 that is available for the program
in any one tax year. The DAT is refundable, so even if a low-income
no state income tax liability, he/she can still receive funds for
of up to $2,500 (for annual incomes from $0 to $30,000, a credit to
of expenses of up to $2,500; for incomes from $30,000 to $60,000, a credit
50% of expenses up to $2,500. The bill has had a hearing in the House
HealthNet Hearing Aid Coverage
This bill would restore HealthNet coverage of hearing aids for adults.
was eliminated for most adult HealthNet eligibility categories in 2005.
for the coverage would still have to pass the legislature, but this bill
coverage in statute. The bill had a hearing in the House Disabilities
and was voted do pass. Last year, this measure passed the House as part of
disabilities bill, but it was removed in the Senate.
Infant Hearing Screening:
This bill would clarify the types of amplification that is required coverage
insurance for deficits identified in infant hearing screening. The current
states that the “initial amplification” will be covered. The bill language
specify that the amplification may include hearing aids, cochlear implants,
listening devices, and hearing assistive technology systems and accessories.
The bill was referred to the House Insurance Committee, but it has never
for a hearing by the Chair.
DD Transition Plans
HB 1077 & SB449
The bills have stalled that require the Department of Mental Health to
transition plan for residents of developmental disability habilitation
HB1077 had a hearing in the Disability Services Committee and SB449 was
of committee and is on the Senate Formal Perfection Calendar.
DESE Transition Work Group
This bill just introduced by Rep. Grisamore instructs the Dept. of
Secondary Education to establish a workgroup to determine whether the needs
with disabilities are being met to transition to employment, lifelong
quality of life. A hearing for this bill has been scheduled for Monday,
in the Special Standing Committee on Disability Services.
Office of Protection & Advocacy
The bill, just filed by Rep. Grisamore, would establish an Office of
Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities within the Office of Administration
The Office will work to protect and advocate for the rights of persons with
The bill language doesn’t indicate how the Office would relate to the
Protection and Advocacy. A hearing for this bill is scheduled for Monday,
in the Special Standing Committee on Disability Services.
State Purchasing – Sheltered Workshops and persons with Disabilities
This bill, just introduced, would require the Division of Purchasing in OA
state procurement of goods from sheltered workshops, agencies in the Ability
program and persons with significant disabilities. The bill has not yet
to a committee.
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