Monday, May 20, 2019

Published:05/03/2019

On Monday the Senate got off to a quick start and saw the Senate stay in session until 7 am Tuesday morning. The issue keeping them there through the night and into the morning were proposed changes dealing with concentrated animal feeding operations. Better known as CAFO's, the bill sought to give control of regulating and inspection of these operations to the Department of Natural Resources rather than local county level officials.

The bill brought out strong feelings on both sides of the debate for over 11 hours. In the end, the agricultural community was able to pass the provisions giving the Department of Natural Resources more oversight and less to the local county officials.

Evidently the Senate wanted to end the week like they started it, so they worked through most of Wednesday night finally adjourning around 2:30 am Thursday morning. They spent the night debating and finally reaching a compromise on changes to the Missouri Supreme Court Rules dealing with discovery. This is the latest in a number of tort reform bills to be taken up and debated in the Senate.

While the Senate continued working, the House adjourned at its usual time on Wednesday. They had spent most of their floor time during the week perfecting and third reading House Bills.

Budget bills were sent to conference on Monday and conferees for all bills were named.   It appears there were no informal discussions during the week between the House and Senate committee chairs.  These preliminary discussions usually help to pave the way for a smooth conference so we will have to wait till next week to see if there are many areas of significant disagreement.

With only two weeks remaining in the session and the need to have the budget to Governor Mike Parson by May 10, both the House and Senate indicated they could be working next Friday.   If the House and Senate get the budget passed by Thursday, they have typically taken the Friday off before the final week of session. We will have to wait and see what happens next week.

The House Judiciary Committee met in executive session Tuesday evening to consider SB 71, sponsored by Senator Justin Brown (R-Rolla). The legislation stipulates that any monetary bonuses, paid by an employer to an employee, of up to three percent of the employee's yearly compensation or any contributions made by the employer to an employee's individual retirement account, will not be calculated as salary for the purpose of workers' compensation ratings.

During discussions in executive session an amendment was offered and adopted to include HB 248 into the HCS for SB 71.   HB 248 modifies workers' compensation administrative law judge provisions by establishing a mechanism for job performance review of administrative law judges. The ALJ's must be reappointed to additional terms to continue to serve.   These provisions received opposition during the hearing on HB 248.

Once the amendment was adopted, the committee passed the HCS for SB 71 by a 9-6 vote. It now goes to Rules Committee for another vote before it can be placed on the Senate Bills for Third Reading on the House Calendar.

Attached is the latest bill summary and status report. If you have questions, please let me know.

MSIA LEGISLATIVE REPORT

05-02-2019 - 20:25:29

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HB 48

Bangert, Gretchen(D)

Establishes a presumption that an emergency worker   diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder incurred the disorder in the   course of employment as an emergency worker.

Last Action:

1-10-19   H Read second time

HB 115

Remole, Tim(R)

Specifies that board members of a nonprofit organization   are exempt from workers' compensation requirements.

Last Action:

5-   6-19 H Set on the House Calendar

HB 231

Kolkmeyer, Glen(R)

Modifies provisions of civil procedure regarding joinder   and venue.

Last Action:

5-   6-19 H Set on the House Calendar

HB 248

Schroer, Nick(R)

Modifies provisions relating to workers' compensation law.

Last Action:

4-30-19   H Voted do pass from committee on House-Rules-Administrative Oversight

HB 261

Taylor, Jered(R)

Modifies provisions relating to second injury fund   liabilities and self-insurance regulations.

Last Action:

1-10-19   H Read second time

HB 262

Taylor, Jered(R)

Modifies provisions relating to the Division of Workers'   Compensation.

Last Action:

4-24-19   H Superseded by - see HB 248

HB 562

Helms, Steve(R)

Changes provisions relating to multiple employer self   insured health plans.

Last Action:

1-15-19   H Read second time

HB 716

Schroer, Nick(R)

Modifies provisions relating to workers' compensation for   certain employees.

Last Action:

4-17-19   H Public hearing completed

HB 862

Roden, Shane(R)

Modifies provisions relating to leaves of absence for   public employees and workers' compensation for firefighters.

Last Action:

2-11-19   H Read second time

HB 1032

DeGroot, Bruce(R)

Modifies provisions relating to workers' compensation.

Last Action:

4-   3-19 H Referred to House Committee on House-Judiciary

HB 1137

Hill, Justin(R)

Modifies provisions relating to the misclassification of   workers.

Last Action:

5-   2-19 S Not heard in committee Senate-Small Business and Industry

HB 1184

Clemens, Doug(D)

Modifies provisions relating to determination of coverage   under workers compensation insurance.

Last Action:

3-   1-19 H Read second time

SB 71

Brown, Justin(R)

Modifies provisions relating to workers' compensation   premiums

Last Action:

5-   2-19 H Referred to House Committee on House-Rules-Administrative Oversight

SB 99

Wieland, Paul(R)

Enacts the "Missouri Reinsurance Plan"

Last Action:

1-23-19   S Referred to Senate Committee on Senate-Insurance and Banking

SB 154

Luetkemeyer, Tony(R)

Modifies laws regarding arbitration agreements between   employers and employees

Last Action:

5-   6-19 S Set on the Senate Calendar

SB 156

Wallingford, Wayne(R)

Creates new provisions relating to workers' compensation   proceedings

Last Action:

2-28-19   S Voted do pass from committee on Senate-Small Business and Industry

SB 212

Sifton, Scott(D)

Modifies provisions relating to occupational diseases under   workers' compensation laws

Last Action:

1-31-19   S Referred to Senate Committee on Senate-Small Business and Industry

SB 227

Sater, David(R)

Enacts new provisions allowing employer policies relating   to employee drug use

Last Action:

2-21-19   S Voted do pass from committee on Senate-Small Business and Industry

SB 248

Brown, Justin(R)

Modifies provisions relating to workers' compensation   judges

Last Action:

4-   2-19 S Voted do pass as substitute from committee on Senate-Government Reform

SB 281

Brown, Justin(R)

Creates new provisions relating to occupational diseases   diagnosed in first responders.

Last Action:

2-13-19   S Not heard in committee Senate-Insurance and Banking

SB 294

Hough, Lincoln(R)

Creates new provisions relating to workers' compensation   for firefighters

Last Action:

3-   6-19 S Hearing conducted

SB 316

Burlison, Eric(R)

Modifies provisions on permanent total disability benefits

Last Action:

5-   6-19 S Set on the Senate Calendar

SB 317

Burlison, Eric(R)

Establishes the Silica Claims Priorities Act which   prohibits a person from bringing a claim for injuries caused by silica unless   certain evidence is presented

Last Action:

3-   5-19 S Voted do pass from committee on Senate-Government Reform

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