99th General Assembly
This second week of March started with a bang, both in the Capitol as well as the weather. I hope everyone was able to stay safe during this stormy spring weather. This week’s capitol report will include my bill tracking, presenting my appropriation committee’s markups in budget, as well as the House approving minimum wage fix bill.
HB 631 about medical endorsements for school bus drivers continues to sit on the House Consent calendar, and will hopefully not have any objection and move forward to the Senate. HB 587 pertaining to seven director school district bond requirements was perfected on the House Floor Tuesday afternoon during session. My motor fuel tax bill about propane (HB 679) was passed out of Rules- Administrative Oversight committee and next it will be heard on the Floor.
Budget Committee Heard Appropriation Markups
On Wednesday morning, I presented my Appropriation committee’s markups for Department of Agriculture, Conservation, Natural Resources, Labor, Insurance, and Economic Development to the budget committee. All were taken well by the members of the committee and the chairman, Scott Fitzpatrick. Our biggest projects in our appropriations committee is finally paying off the Missouri Qualified Biodiesel Producer Incentive Fund as well as putting money back into the Main Street Program which I believe is very valuable for communities as their mission is to enhance the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of historic downtown business districts in Missouri.
House Approves Minimum Wage Fix (HB 1194& 1193)
Lawmakers moved quickly to implement a fix that would provide a consistent wage in municipalities throughout the state. The House approved HB 1194 and 1193 that reaffirms that the state’s minimum wage is applied throughout Missouri, and keep the decisions to raise wages in the hands of the employer and employee. Supporters of the bill say that a mandated increase in payroll would force businesses to either raise prices or cut costs by reducing the size of their workforce. This legislation would create a consistent minimum wage across the state rather than an inconsistent patchwork of wages that vary from municipality to municipality.
If you have any questions, concerns or comments feel free to contact me at my office at Craig.Redmon@house.mo.gov or better yet, stop by for a visit, 317B in the Capitol.
Thank you and God Bless, Craig Redmon