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May God bless you - Representative Bill Reiboldt
The July 14 deadline to take action on 2016 legislation has now passed. Governor Nixon signed 115 bills into law, a number that includes 16 budget bills. He allowed three bills to become law without his signature but chose to veto 23 complete bills and portions of 2 budget bills, withholding a total of $115,462,959 in FY 2017 as “expenditure restrictions.” Members of the Missouri House and Senate will now meet to decide which of the 23 vetoed bills they will attempt to override in September.
One of the bills the Governor signed into law was HB 1599, legislation designed to strengthen the rights of adoptees in Missouri. The Missouri Adoptee Rights Act is meant to provide an easier process for an adopted individual to obtain a copy of his or her original birth certificate. Under current Missouri law, files and records that provide identifying information about an adoptee’s biological parents are closed except by order of the court or by mutual decisions of the birth parents and the adoptee.
Missouri’s state parks system is celebrating 100 years of service to our state. Throughout their history they have sought to protect Missouri’s natural resources while providing recreational opportunities to our state’s citizens. As the park system has grown, public support and interest has grown as well.
Several important dates in the history of the park system are as follows:
1917 - State Parks Fund officially created; revenues come from the old Missouri Fish and Game Dept.
1937 - creation of the MO State Park Board
1945 - drafters of the new MO Constitution establish a mill tax to help fund state parks (approved by voters when they approved the new state constitution)
1974 - park system re-organizes under the newly formed MO Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR).
1984 - park system grows and needs a permanent source of funding; voters approve a state sales tax of 1/10 of 1 cent, with 1/2 going to Missouri State Parks and the other half going to MO Soil and Water Conservation Program.
This past week Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was joined by State Agriculture Director, Richard Fordyce and several members of the Senate and House Ag committees as he signed three agriculture bills. As chairman of the House Select Committee on Agriculture, it was an honor for me to be a part of this signing ceremony.
The public signing of the agriculture bills was held at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in the historic Colosseum. Constructed in 1906 at a cost of $70,000, the Colosseum is one of the oldest buildings on the Fairgrounds. It has been very well maintained over the years, but will soon be receiving some updates to the roof, windows, and electrical system. Three former U.S. presidents have participated in events in the Colosseum: Wm Howard Taft, Harry S. Truman, and Ronald Reagan.
In recent weeks, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed into law numerous bills that were passed by the General Assembly during the 2016 Legislative Session. The majority of the bills signed by the Governor will take effect as state law on August 28th. He has until July 14 to take action on all the bills sent to him by the legislature. If he does not sign or veto a bill, it will take effect as law on that date without his signature. The possible soon-to-be-laws cover a wide array of subject matter important to all Missourians. Governor Nixon and his administrative staff have been working hard to analyze each bill before the July 14 deadline.
Last week the Governor signed Senate Bill (SB) 638, a bill relating to education. SB 638 is legislation that seeks to promote Missouri history and civics education in our state’s classrooms. This bill creates the Missouri Civics Education Initiative that requires students in public, charter, and private high schools to receive a passing grade on a standardized civics test in order to graduate. Exams will consist of one hundred questions, the same questions used on the civics portion on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ U.S. Naturalization test. This is the test taken by immigrants who are trying to gain American citizenship. The bill specifies that all Missouri students entering the 9th grade after July 1, 2017, will be required to pass this basic civics test. SB 638 is meant to empower students with a thorough knowledge of our country’s history and our system of government.
The Bill of Rights—the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution—are perhaps the most important guarantee every American citizen has against a centralized federal government. All elected state officials, while being sworn in, are required to take an oath to defend and protect both the U.S. Constitution and the Missouri Constitution.
When the U.S. Constitution was adopted it provided for an increased federal authority; however, the Bill of Rights insured the protection of the basic rights of the citizens. Our founding fathers were very skeptical and even hostile to the over-reaching powers of a federal government. They understood it all too well, having fought a war of independence to free the new nation from the oppression and tyranny of a government that neither understood nor respected the people it was supposed to represent. Today, this concept sounds all too familiar.
Following the official ending of the legislative session, the Governor has 45 days to either veto bills sent to him, sign them, or observe “the passover.” They become law if he signs them or just does nothing. Numerous pieces of legislation are still awaiting the Governor’s decision, but he did sign several bills this past week. Included in that number are Senate Bill (SB) 624, SB 838, House Bill (HB) 1565, and HB 1583.
Senate Bill 624 deals with preventing identity theft. In 2015, 13 million Americans were victimized by identify theft, and this crime continues to be a prevalent and persistent problem all across our nation. Identity thieves tend to target credit cards and bank cards, and approximately 86% of the victims see their existing bank accounts compromised in some way.
Select Committee on Agriculture - Chairman
Appropriations - Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources