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Capitol Report                        February 13, 2020
Dear Neighbor,

The Missouri House gave first round approval to a bill that would require the creation of a statewide prescription drug monitoring program by a vote of 95-56.  Missouri is the only state that does not have this program also referred to as PDMP.

Each year that I have served in the legislature, I have voted for the creation of this much needed program as people in our state continue to become addicted and in some cases, die, from prescription medication overdoses.  I will continue to work with my colleagues to address this issue and find a workable solution to the problem.

Yours in Service,

Rich
Legislative actions this week in the Missouri House of Representatives
HOUSE BILLS THIRD READ AND PASSED THIS WEEK:
HB 1296 -- CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES
HB 1330 --
CONVEYANCE OF STATE PROPERTY
HB 1435 --THE DECEASED
HCS HB 1521-- CAPITOL POLICE BOARD
HB 1526 -- 
STATE ARCHIVES - ST. LOUIS TRUST FUND
HB 1934 -- PUBLIC SCHOOL RETIREMENT SYSTEM
HB 1963 – TRANSPORTATION PARTNERSHIPS
HB 1700 --
SPRINGFIELD TRANSIENT GUEST TAX
HOUSE AGAIN APPROVES
PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING PROGRAM
 
After several hours of sometimes contentious debate, the House of Representatives on Feb. 12 voted 95-56 to grant first-round approval to legislation to create a statewide prescription drug monitoring program to combat opioid abuse and end Missouri’s distinction as the only state in the nation without one. While support for the bill was bipartisan, only Republicans voted in opposition.
 
A second vote is necessary to send the measure, House Bill 1693, to the Senate, which has blocked similar legislation for years due to opposition from conservatives who believe a state-run PMDP would leave sensitive patient information vulnerable to being hacked or otherwise falling into the wrong hands. Supporters say a PDMP is an important tool to track the over-prescription of narcotics and flag patients who go to multiple doctors to obtain powerful and addictive pain medications.
 
After the General Assembly proved unable to create a statewide PDMP, St. Louis County launched its own monitoring program several years and opened it up for other counties to join. Nearly 90 percent of the state’s population lives in one of the counties that belongs to St. Louis County’s program. Enacting a statewide PDMP at this point primarily would just provide PDMP coverage to the remaining counties.
Mayor Leonard Jones (pictured next to Rep. Brown) and members of the the Grandview, MO city administration and Board of Alderman visited with me this week at the capitol.
SENATE SENDS ‘CLEAN MISSOURI’
REPEAL TO THE HOUSE
 
The Senate voted 22-9 on Feb. 10 to advance to the House of Representatives a proposed constitutional amendment sought by Republicans to ditch new statehouse redistricting reforms that nearly two-thirds of Missourians voted to adopt in 2018. A single Republican joined unanimous Democrats in opposing the measure.
 
The voter-approved redistricting plan, known as Clean Missouri, calls for state House and Senate seats to be drawn by a non-partisan state demographer using constitutional criteria designed to maximize the number of competitive districts and ensure partisan fairness. Senate Joint Resolution 38 would reinstate a modified version of Missouri’s old redistricting process that was controlled by the Republican and Democratic parties.
 
If the Republican-controlled House also approves SJR 38, it automatically would go on the November 2020 statewide ballot. The Clean Missouri plan is slated for use in the 2021 redistricting cycle but would be pre-empted if voters ratify SJR 38. The new statehouse districts that will be drawn next year will be used from the 2022 through 2030 legislative elections.
Our friends from the Cleaver YMCA visited with me this week.  From left to right are Adam Dunarant, Rep. Brown, Andrea Toney, Executive Director of the Cleaver YMCA and Sean Ackerson, Executive Director of the Southtown Planning Center.
REAL ID (Some refer to it as the new driver licenses)
With the October 1, 2020 deadline getting closer, I am receiving more and more calls to my office with questions concerning Real ID and Missouri driver licenses .

In 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID Act to further anti-terrorism and fraud protection efforts. The act prevents federal agencies from accepting drivers licenses and identification that does not meet security requirements. Beginning on October 1, 2020, anyone boarding a domestic flight or wanting to visit a military base must present a REAL ID.

Under Missouri law, you are not required to have a REAL ID, but not having one will limit your activity.   You are now able to apply for a REAL ID-compliant driver's license or non-driving identification. You will need
this information.  Your current license is valid for all the same needs for which REAL ID is required through October 1, 2020.  Make plans to get this new ID so you do not run into problems.


You can go to the DMV and request a replacement for your current license with the Real ID for a $12 processing fee. If you renew your license at the time of the request you will be charged the renewal fee.  (you can renew your license up to six months early).
MO Tax Filing Now Open
 
The Department of Revenue is now accepting electronically filed state tax returns for tax year 2019. The filing deadline for both state and federal income tax returns is April 15th.
 

Free Electronic Filing
 
Many Missourians qualify for free e-filing services through the Free File Alliance, a system which allows taxpayers to file both federal and state taxes for no cost.  For more information on how to file online for free, visit the IRS Free File website or the Department of Revenue's Online Filing resource page.
Important KCMO tax updates and deadlines
 
Tax season is just around the corner, and the City of Kansas City, Missouri, is reminding businesses and residents about a few important 2019 tax-year updates and deadlines.
 
New Tax Forms are available online

The current 2019 tax information on City tax requirements is available
online .
 
File Online

You can file and pay all required City taxes anytime using our
Quick Tax system. If you use Quick Tax, you can ensure timely and accurate processing of tax returns and payments. With Quick Tax, you can also view all tax-related activity on your account including filings, payments and tax notifications.
 
Mark the Calendar

Feb. 29, 2020 – Deadline for business license applications and payments
April 15, 2020
            2019 Wage Earner Earnings Tax and Extensions Deadline
            2019 Calendar Year Profits Earnings Tax and Extensions Deadline
 
Media inquiries may be directed to Commissioner of Revenue Mari Ruck, 816-513-4990.

 

Check MoDOT's Traveler Info Map for weather-related road conditions, flood closures & work zone locations

THE CENSUS IS COMING

The US Constitution requires the federal government to take a count of people living in the United States every ten years -- and 2020 is it!   Everyone means everyone -- adults and children, citizens and non-citizens. The data collected from the Census will be used, among other things, to reapportion legislative districts.
The Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant is a new financial aid program for adults that began with the 2019-20 academic year. The grant addresses workforce needs by helping adults pursue a certificate, degree, or industry-recognized credential in an area designated as high need. Grant recipients must maintain Missouri residency and work in Missouri for three years after graduation to prevent the grant from becoming a loan that must be repaid with interest.

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As of the time I have sent this mailing, there have been
26 homicides in the Kansas City metro area in 2020.

In Kansas City, Missouri, 19 people have been killed.

Click here for the Homicide Tracker.

COMMUNITY NEWS AND HAPPENINGS

100 years ago today,  February 13, 1920, talks were held in Kansas City, Missouri that established the Negro National League and its governing body, the National Association of Colored Professional Baseball Clubs.
Click here to watch my speech as I pay homage to the Negro Leagues from the House Floor in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the league.
Reservations required by February 18, 2020
 

Register Now!
 
For questions or special dietary needs, please contact Vickie Wolgast at 816-761-7660
or
vwolgast@southkcchamber.com
 
Cancellations must be received at least 48 hours prior to the event to avoid being charged.  If you cannot attend, you are welcome to send someone in your place.

 

VOLUNTEER AT HMC-1'S FAMILY SUMMIT
 
Last year, we had more than 80 people sign up to volunteer for our Family Summit event. We are proud to say that with their help, we put on an award-winning event that had a positive impact on HMC-1 families.

Our next Family Summit is March 7, 2020. More than 60 local organizations will come together to help HMC-1 parents find resources for their family, home, and career.

Highlights for Family Summit 2020 include:
 

•  
Resource fair with 60+ organizations
•  English Language Development resources
•  
Job fair with businesses looking to hire
•  
Dental clinic, courtesy Hope Dental
•  
Mammograms, courtesy Diagnostic Imaging
•  
Health clinic, courtesy Swope Health
•  LOTS of great giveaways
•  Childcare featuring MAD Science and entertainment, all provided by LINC
•  And more


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We are in need of volunteers to ensure Family Summit is once again a success. If you or your organization would like to assist during this major event, please sign up. Click below or call Amanda Fischer-Penner at (816) 316-7040.

Federal Timeline of Events in African American History
My Friend, Advisor and Fraternity Brother.
I will miss you.

The reward has been raised to
$30,000 for Dominic

GREATER KANSAS CITY CRIME STOPPERS
816-474-TIPS HOTLINE
 
PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
FROM:           Det. Kevin Boehm, Crime Stoppers Coordinator
 
SUBJECT:    Reward Increase – 9 Year Old Dominic Young Homicide
 
KANSAS CITY, MO ---  The Kansas City, Missouri Police Department and the Greater KC Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline continue to seek information in the January 20, 2018 homicide of 9 year old Dominic Young Jr. at 71 Highway and Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd.
 
  Dominic Young Jr. was apparently hit by a stray gunshot while occupying a vehicle driven by his father and died as a result of his injuries.  Dominic, his father and brother were en route to Grandview at the time.  The vehicle driven by Dominic’s father was hit by gunshots from other vehicles apparently engaged in a gunfight according to statements.
 
  KCPD found a possible crime scene near the intersection where the father said the shooting happened.  When the father arrived home in Grandview, Dominic was not responsive.  Grandview police initially responded to the father’s home and found the boy in critical condition. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

 A number of community leaders and organizations including State Representative Richard Brown, Mayor Pro Tem Kevin McManus, former City Councilmen Scott Taylor, Scott Wagner, John Sharp; the City of KCMO and Concord Fortress of Hope Church (Pastor Ron Lindsay) have come forward to increase the existing reward in the case up to $30,000.00.  Those leaders are available for comment in regard to the case.
 
  Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers Greater Kansas City TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477), TIPS may also be submitted electronically at www.KCcrimestoppers.com, or by downloading our NEW mobile app, P3TIPS, on Google Play or the Apple iOS stores for FREE.  Information leading to an arrest and/or filing of charges could be eligible for up to $30,000.00 in reward money.  ALL INFORMATION IS ANONYMOUS. 
* A program of the KC Metropolitan Crime Commission
My office in Jefferson City is available to assist you with questions you may have about state government or legislative issues. Please call, email or write anytime. If you are unable to reach me, my assistant, Donna Gentzsch is ready to help you. If you are in Jefferson City, come by my Capitol office in room 109-G, and introduce yourself. The door is always open and I encourage you to visit.
Please forward this email to your friends and family who want to know how what is happening in Jefferson City will impact them here at home.



Rep. Richard Brown
MO House of Representatives
201 West Capitol Avenue
Room 109G
Jefferson City, MO  65101
Phone
573-751-7639
Email:
richard.brown@house.mo.gov
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