The 77th District News Feb. 22- Mar. 9th

Working as a state representative is something that I am extremely passionate about.

077 Steven Roberts (D) Being  Ranking Minority Member on Workforce Development Committee and serving on the  Judiciary and Special Committee on Litigation Reform, I am able to work on job creation and criminal justice reform. Throughout this legislative session, I have filed several bills that focus on criminal justice reform.

HB 391 — LAW LIBRARY SURCHARGE

The circuit court in any circuit may collect a fee in

civil cases not to exceed $15 and that surcharge shall go toward

maintenance and upkeep of the law library in the designated county.

Jackson County and any circuit that reimburses the state for

salaries of family court commissioners may charge a fee up to $20.

This bill adds the circuit court in the city of St. Louis to the

circuits that may charge a fee up to $20.

HB 776 — DISPOSITION OF SEIZED PROPERTY

a law enforcement agency must request that the

prosecuting or circuit attorney file a motion in circuit court for

the proper disposition of unclaimed seized property. If the

prosecuting or circuit attorney does not file the motion within 60

days, the agency may request that the Attorney General file such

motion. This bill provides that if neither the prosecuting or

circuit attorney or the Attorney General files such motion within

60 days of a request, the law enforcement agency may submit the

motion on its own behalf in circuit court to properly dispose of

the property.

HB 853 — TAX DEDUCTION FOR FIREARM TRAINING

Beginning January 1, 2018, this bill authorizes an individual

income tax deduction of up to $500 per taxpayer for the cost of up

to eight hours of firearm education and training courses or firearm

safety courses that teach proper and safe firearm handling.

The provisions of this bill will expire on December 31 six years

after the effective date.

HB 1004 — MISSOURI YOUTH CHALLENGE ACADEMY

Currently, the Adjutant General of the Missouri National Guard may

establish the “Missouri Youth Challenge Academy” to provide

positive interventions for at-risk school-age youth. This bill

requires the Adjutant General to establish the academy.

HB 1184 — CRIME VICTIMS’ COMPENSATION FUND

This bill specifies that a funeral home may be designated as the

eligible claimant by the victim’s family or next-of-kin for

purposes of receiving compensation from the Crime Victims’

Compensation Fund.

HB 1201 — PEACE OFFICER QUOTAS

This bill prohibits law enforcement agencies from requiring peace

officers to issue a specific number of citations within a

designated period of time. The number of citations issued by a

peace officer shall not be compared to citations issued by another

Peace officer who has similar job duties. The bill does not

prohibit evaluating a peace officer based on the peace officer’s

point of contact, as defined in the bill.

HB 1221 — ACCELERATED REHABILITATIVE PROGRAM

This bill creates an “Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Pilot

Program” in St. Louis County, St. Louis City, and Jackson County

Circuit courts. This program allows screened defendants to

successfully complete a rehabilitation program that is no longer

than two years instead of traditional prosecution.

1225 — INTERVENTION AND COMPLIANCE UNIT PILOT PROGRAM

This bill requires the Department of Public Safety to establish a

pilot program in the City of St. Louis to address the rising

violent crime rate in St. Louis City neighborhoods. The

program’s goals include, but are not limited to, reducing and

preventing violent crime and improving safety within individual

communities, creating policies and procedures to address crime

recidivism, creating policies and procedures regarding crime data

collection and monitoring, and developing strategies for improving

mental and social service programs to address systemic needs for

reducing violent crime in the City of St. Louis.

The Intervention and Compliance Unit program membership shall have representatives from various local governmental agencies and local organizations specified in the bill.

This bill creates a fund, which will consist of appropriated money

and voluntary donations, and the State Treasurer will be the

custodian of the fund. The fund shall be used solely for the

implementation and execution of the program created by this bill.

Opinion CountsHave you completed the 77th District Legislative Survey?

The 77th District legislative survey (only for residents within the 77th legislative district) will contain questions on topics including appropriations, civil rights, law enforcement, transportation infrastructure, corrections, public defenders, economic development, telecommunications, and weapons. The online version of the survey can be found on my official House page For more information or to request a mailed copy, constituents can contact my office at (573) 751-1400 or by email at Steven.Roberts@house.mo.gov.

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You might be interested to know that the Missouri State Treasuer publishes unclaimed property records of abandoned or forgotten bank accounts. Contact the Treasurer’s office at (573)751-0123 or visit the website at www.showmemoney.com to find out if you are a family member has unclaimed property.77th unclaimed property

HOUSE REPUBLICANS REJECT MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

After the  Missouri Supreme Court decision on the city of St. Louis ordinance that would raise the citywide minimum wage to $11 an hour. Republicans decided the minimum wage should be set at the state level, House Republicans rejected a proposal to increase the statewide minimum wage to $11 an hour as of 2020. The wage proposal fell on a near party-line vote 108-45, with Democrats in support and all but one Republican opposed.

Democrats proposed the statewide wage increase as an amendment to another measure, House Bill 1194, that seeks to block implementation of a St. Louis minimum wage ordinance. City officials enacted the ordinance in 2015, but it had been tied up in litigation until a unanimous Missouri Supreme Court upheld it on Feb. 28.Rejected

Legislation from 2015 included a grandfather clause allowing for higher local wage ordinances in effect as of Aug. 28, 2015, which St. Louis’ was.

HB 1194 would eliminate the grandfather clause, thus invalidating the St. Louis ordinance. The House on March 9 voted 111-45 to send the bill to the Senate for further debate.

BUDGET PANEL PROPOSES ENDING RENTER’S TAX CREDIT

The House Budget Committee took the first steps toward eliminating the “circuit-breaker” tax credit for low-income renters who are elderly or disabled. The roughly $60 million in savings from eliminating the credit be used to preserve funding for nursing home and in-home care services for the disabled, which Republican Gov. Eric Greitens has proposed cutting back.

The circuit breaker tax credit provides property tax relief to low-income elderly or disabled Missourians. Republicans say that only homeowners should qualify for the credit since renters don’t directly pay property taxes on their homes. Democrats argue that it is appropriate to extend the credit to renters, as it has been for more than 40 years because landlords pass on the cost of their property taxes to renters. The average renter’s credit is about $500 a year.

Democrats further argue that with the hundreds of millions of dollars in special interest tax cuts the legislature has approved in recent years, a relatively modest tax break for the elderly and disabled isn’t the first place lawmakers should turn to for savings. Another committee must hear the bill before it can advance to the full House for debate.

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