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Governor finishes action on legislation

The deadline for Governor Nixon to take action on legislation came and went on July 14. Legislation supported by Associated Industries of Missouri had mixed results. The governor signed some of the bills into law, vetoed others, and allowed one bill to go into effect without his signature.

Signed into law

Senate Bill 504 – Requires state agencies to post proposed rules, summaries, and fiscal notes on their websites.

Senate Bill 601 – Reauthorizes a deduction for energy efficiency audits and projects for tax years 2014 to 2020.

Senate Bill 642 – Modifies provisions relating to proposed surface mining operations.

Senate Bill 664 – Modifies provisions relating to natural resources.

Senate Bill 672 – Modifies provisions relating to businesses, political subdivisions, fire sprinklers, investments, hair braiding, garnishments, asphalt shingles, and Sunday sales.

Senate Bill 698 – Expands the types of packages in which malt liquor may be sold pursuant to a permit for the sale of malt liquor in the original package.

Senate Bill 706 – Prohibits bad faith assertions of patent infringement. (Patent trolling).

Senate Bill 729 – Wood Energy Tax Credit, Innovation Center Tax Credit, alternative fuel vehicle refueling property tax credit.

Senate Bill 844 – Modifies the shared work unemployment compensation program.

House Bill 1075 – Changes the law regarding unclaimed property.

House Bill 1201 – Changes the laws regarding surface mining operations.

House Bill 1302 – Specifies that Missourians have the right to heat their homes and businesses using wood-burning furnaces, stoves, fireplaces, and heaters.

House Bill 1304 – Changes the definition of “original package” of malt liquor for liquor licensing purposes to include cans and pouches.

House Bill 1459 – Authorizes the Innovation Campus Tax Credit.

House Bill 1490 – Changes the laws regarding academic performance and learning standards in elementary and secondary education.

House Bill 1631 – Specifies that the Air Conservation Commission shall develop emissions standards and compliance schedules under federal law through a unit-by-unit analysis of each existing source of a designate.

House Bill 1867 – Changes the laws regarding underground facility safety.

House Bill 2141 – Modifies measurement standards and tax rates for compressed and liquefied natural gas as a motor fuel.

Bill allowed to take effect without the governor’s signature

Senate Bill 510 – Redefines “misconduct” and “good cause” for the purposes of disqualification from unemployment benefits.

Bills vetoed by the governor

Senate Bill 509 – Modifies provisions relating to income taxes. Veto overridden, May 6.

Senate Bill 584 – Modifies provisions relating to taxation.

Senate Bill 612 – Modifies provisions relating to taxation.

Senate Bill 662 – Requires the Department of Revenue to notify affected sellers of certain decisions modifying sales tax law.

Senate Bill 673 – Modifies the duration of unemployment compensation the method to pay federal advances, and raises the fund trigger causing contribution rate reductions.

Senate Bill 693 – Modifies provisions relating to taxation, fire sprinklers and merchandising practices.

Senate Bill 727 – Modifies provisions relating to farmers’ markets and SNAP benefits.

Senate Bill 731 – Modifies provisions relating to nuisance ordinances and actions.

Senate Bill 829 – Modifies provisions relating to burden of proof in tax liability cases.

House Bill 1296 – Allows a seller to advertise that the required sales tax will be assumed or absorbed into the price of the property sold or the services rendered if the amount of the tax is separately stated.

House Bill 1455 – Changes the laws regarding burdens of proof for the director of revenue in ascertaining tax liability of a taxpayer.

House Bill 1865 – Modifies provisions of law relating to sales and use tax exemptions for utilities used or consumed in the preparation of food.

The governor’s vetoes can be overridden by a two thirds vote in both the House and Senate during the upcoming veto session in September.

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