Last Week in Jefferson City

By Sam LICKLIDER posted 05-04-2018 12:27 PM


HB 1796, First Time Homebuyer Savings Account, was taken up by the Senate at 4:25 PM on May 2, it did not go well. Senator Maria Chappell-Nadal, whose district includes the West Lake Landfill Superfund Site began discussing the need for action on the site and the need to inform potential purchasers of the radioactive contamination at the site.  Sen. Rob Schaff joined in with a list of what he viewed as problems with the bill.  The discussion went on for a while until Sen Caleb Rowden; the Senate handler asked that the bill be placed on the informal calendar.  Bills on the informal calendar may be taken up at a later date when the handler believes that the questions raised to be addressed. 

Rep. Becky Ruth has had discussions with Sen. Chappell-Nadal and has suggested some changes in the bill to address her issues. Discussions with Sen. Schaff are ongoing.

The House Rules-Administrative Oversight Committee heard testimony on SB 590-Historic Tax Credits on May 2; they held a full hearing with testimony, an unusual event for this committee. Sen. Dan Hegeman presented the bill and allowed testimony from proponents (none) and opponents (many).  The committee passed the bill out with no changes.  Historic Tax Credit supporters will be seeking amendments when the bill is debated.

There are two weeks left in the Session then the General Assembly will immediately transition to the Special session to consider action to be taken against the Governor based on the findings from the House-Special Committee on Oversight. This is the only time that the General Assembly has used their constitutional authority to call themselves into a special session.