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Environmental Legislative Tracker

 

The following is a list of bills we are tracking during the 2012 Missouri Legislative Session (Jan to mid-May). This page will be updated weekly, so please check back frequently to see updated positions and new bills. The positions listed are those of the Missouri Conservation and Environmental Alliance (MCEA).

Five pro-environment bills that were recently introduced are directly related to the MCEA common agenda. They are:
HCR 35 – Urges groundwater monitoring at coal ash sites.
HB 1191 – Protects state parks earnings funds STATUS:
HB 1602 – Directs school districts to establish policies for use of safe, healthy cleaning products
HB 1660 – Creates urban agricultural zones to incentivize local food networks
HJR 57 – Provides funding for maintenance of state parks.

Agriculture

  • HB 1324 (Rep. Loehner) Would exempt Missouri concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) from water quality, animal welfare, and employee safety standards.
    • MCEA Position: OPPOSE
  • HB 1660 (Rep. Holsman) Creates urban agricultural zones to incentivize local food production. MCEA Common Agenda Bill
    • MCEA Position: SUPPORT
  • SB 490(Sen. Munzlinger) Private nuisance actions based upon air emission or water or solid waste discharge, other than the placement of nuclear waste, are specifically prohibited.
    • MCEA Position: OPPOSE
  • SB 551(Sen. Brown) Exempts feed for captive wildlife and seed, limestone, and fertilizer used for crops to be fed to captive wildlife from state and local sales tax.
    • MCEA Position: Neutral

Air Quality

  • SB 490(Sen. Munzlinger) Private nuisance actions based upon air emission or water or solid waste discharge, other than the placement of nuclear waste, are specifically prohibited.
    • MCEA Position: OPPOSE

Energy

  • HCR 37 (Rep. Barnes) Supports the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
    • MCEA Position: OPPOSE
  • HB 1069(Rep. McGhee) Authorizes an income tax credit for taxpayers who use processed biomass engineered fiber fuel.
    • MCEA Position: Neutral
  • HB 1076(Rep. Wyatt) Establishes the Renewable Energy Pilot Program for State Parks.
    • MCEA Position: SUPPORT
  • HB 1290(Rep. McNeil) Establishes requirements for environmentally sustainable construction for certain state-funded buildings.
    • MCEA Position: SUPPORT
  • HB 1305(Rep. Berry) Increases provisions relating to the Net Metering and Easy Connection Act; allows for retail rates on excess energy produced.
    • MCEA Position: SUPPORT
  • HB 1310(Rep. Brattin) Exempts motor fuel used in watercraft in this state from the motor fuel tax.
    • MCEA Position: OPPOSE
  • HB 1316(Rep. Riddle) Amends provisions regarding public utilities regulation and creates the Public Counsel Fund.
    • MCEA Position: OPPOSE
  • HB 1487(Rep. Pollock) Undermines the renewable energy mandates enacted by Proposition C in 2008.
    • MCEA Position: OPPOSE
  • HB 1725 (Rep. Fitzwater) Extends the wood energy producers’ tax credit and caps the amount of tax credits available under the program each fiscal year.
    • MCEA Position: OPPOSE
  • SCR 21 (Sen. Pearce) Urges Congress to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.
    • MCEA Position: OPPOSE
  • SB 458(Sen. Wright-Jones) DNR shall administer the Green Jobs-Green Missouri Program that provides loans to homeowners and small business owners for energy improvement projects; and training for green energy workforce development.
    • MCEA Position: SUPPORT
  • SB 491(Sen. Munzlinger) Requires the Department of Agriculture to compensate counties for lost property tax revenue on the land. Provided that a gas station is in compliance with the state ethanol mandate, the gas station owner is not liable for damage caused to a customer’s vehicle from use of ethanol-blended fuel purchased from the gas station.
    • MCEA Position: Neutral
  • SB 748 (Sen. Brown) Extends the wood energy producers’ tax credit and caps the amount of tax credits available under the program each fiscal year.
    • MCEA Position: OPPOSE
  • SB 759 (Sen. Lager) The act undermines the state Renewable Energy Standard (RES), which prescribes certain percentages of electricity sales by electric companies that must come from renewable energy sources.
    • MCEA Position: OPPOSE

Green Building

  • HB 1071(Rep. Sater) Establishes the Missouri Radon Awareness Act which requires the seller of residential real property to provide the buyer with a disclosure of information on radon hazards.
    • MCEA Position: Neutral
  • HB 1290 (Rep. McNeil) Requires all major state-funded buildings to be designed, constructed, and at least certified using either Green Globes Rating System or the silver standard as established by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
    • MCEA Position: SUPPORT
  • HB 1302(Rep. Holsman) Establishes the Capital Green Program to provide funding to the state for energy efficiency improvements to certain state buildings and for geothermal, wind, and solar energy resources.
    • MCEA Position: SUPPORT
  • HB 1523(Rep. Meadows) Establishes efficient state building codes.
    • MCEA Position: SUPPORT
  • HB 1602 (Rep. Wyatt) Requires school districts to establish a “green” cleaning policy to promote environmentally sensitive cleaning products. MCEA Common Agenda Bill
    • MCEA Position: SUPPORT
  • SB 458(Sen. Wright-Jones) DNR shall administer the Green Jobs-Green Missouri Program that provides loans to homeowners and small business owners for energy improvement projects; and training for green energy workforce development.
    • MCEA Position: SUPPORT
  • SB 488(Sen. Wright-Jones) Requires newly constructed state buildings to meet certain green building standards.
    • MCEA Position: Neutral
  • SB 647(Sen. Richard) Provides for funding of the capitol complex revitalization project by modifying the historic preservation tax credit program.
    • MCEA Position: Neutral

Miscellaneous

  • HB 1227(Rep. Brattin) Requires the equal treatment of science instruction regarding evolution and intelligent design.
    • MCEA Position: OPPOSE
  • HB 1612(Rep. Burlison) Changes the laws regarding the resetting of a sign for any phase or portion of construction or reconstruction of any street or highway.
    • MCEA Position: OPPOSE
  • SB 607(Rep. Stouffer) Establishes procedure for resetting billboards during periods of highway construction.
    • MCEA Position: OPPOSE

Natural Resources

  • HB 1178(Rep. Phillips) Increases the number of members of the Missouri Conservation Commission from four to seven contingent upon the passage of a constitutional amendment authorizing the change.
    • MCEA Position: OPPOSE
  • HB 1282(Rep. Houghton) Requires the Department of Conservation to provide licensees with the current violation code and point system list for hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses.
    • MCEA Position: Neutral
  • HJR 56(Rep. Cauthorn) Proposes a constitutional amendment reauthorizing the Department of Conservation sales and use tax until an election in 2022 or a special election called by the Governor and every ten years thereafter.
    • MCEA Position: OPPOSE
  • HJR 57(Rep. Kelly) Proposes a constitutional amendment authorizing the General Assembly to issue bonds to fund higher education improvements, constructions, landscaping, and land or building purchases.
    • MCEA Position: SUPPORT
  • SJR 27(Sen. Munzlinger) Increases the number of commissioners on the Conservation Commission and provides term limits.
    • MCEA Position: OPPOSE

Procedural Bills

  • HB 1135(Rep. Smith) Requires the termination of all administrative rules based on the time of promulgation and allows an agency to repromulgate a rule that is set to terminate.
    • MCEA Position: OPPOSE
  • HB 1320(Rep. Still) Restores campaign contribution limits.
    • MCEA Position: SUPPORT
  • HJR 39(Rep. Schoeller) Proposes a constitutional amendment requiring legislative approval of changes to voter-approved measures by an equal or greater percentage than received from the voters.
    • MCEA Position: Neutral
  • HJR 40(Rep. Schoeller) Proposes a constitutional amendment establishing a Fair Ballot Commission to determine official ballot language.
    • MCEA Position: Neutral
  • SB 469(Sen. Dixon) Requires the sunset of all administrative rules based on the time of promulgation, and allows an agency to repromulgate a rule that is set to sunset.
    • MCEA Position: OPPOSE
  • SB 472(Sen. Kraus) Modifies the provisions of certain tax credit programs and requires the Department of Revenue to apply any increase in revenue generated to a decrease in the corporate income tax rate.
    • MCEA Position: Neutral
  • SB 548(Sen. Purgason) Imposes a sunset upon tax credit programs not currently subject to a sunset provision.
    • MCEA Position: OPPOSE
  • SB 575(Sen. Dixon) Allows Greene County to enact nuisance abatement ordinances.
    • MCEA Position: Neutral
  • SB 645(Sen. Schaefer) Modifies several provisions relating to permits issued by environmental commissions.
    • MCEA Position: Neutral
  • SJR 34(Sen. Purgason) Replaces all taxes on income with a sales and use tax.
    • MCEA Position: Neutral
  • SJR 35(Sen. Ridgeway) Replaces all taxes on income with a sales and use taxes that are capped at certain rate.
    • MCEA Position: Neutral

Public Lands

  • HB 1068 (Rep. McGhee) Establishes in statute the Missouri State Park Board which is responsible for managing the Historical Marker Program.
    • MCEA Position: OPPOSE
  • HB 1076 (Rep. Wyatt) Establishes the Renewable Energy Pilot Program for State Parks.
    • MCEA Position: SUPPORT
  • HB 1116 (Rep. Brown) Allows the City of Kansas City to establish a land bank agency for the management, sale, transfer, and other disposition of tax delinquent land to return it to effective use and provide specified be.
    • MCEA Position: Neutral
  • HB 1191 (Rep. Ruzicka) Authorizes the State Treasurer to deposit all moneys in the State Park Earnings Fund in any qualified depository of the state and requires these deposits to be secured in a manner provided by law. MCEA Common Agenda Bill
    • MCEA Position: SUPPORT
  • HB 1720 (Rep. Ruzicka) Gives park rangers greater authority to arrest individuals who have committed a crime on park land.
    • MCEA Position: SUPPORT
  • HB 1815 (Rep. Pollock) Allows commercial transportation on park roads and trails for transporting people or vehicles, such as bikes or canoes, without requiring DNR permission.
    • MCEA Position:OPPOSE
  • HCR 32 (Rep. Cookson) Calls on the U.S. Congress to to allocate at least 40% of the Land and Water Conservation Fund moneys to the State Assistance program for state and local capital parks projects
    • MCEA Position: SUPPORT
  • HCR 52 (Rep. Cookson) Calls on the National Parks Service to do nothing in regards to documented degradation problems in the Ozarks National Scenic Riverways.
    • MCEA Position: OPPOSE
  • HJR 57 (Rep. Kelley) Proposed constitutional amendment would issue bonds to provide funding for certain state projects, including maintenance of state park facilities.  MCEA Common Agenda Bill.
    • MCEA Position: SUPPORT
  • SB 491(Sen. Munzlinger) Requires the Department of Agriculture to compensate counties for lost property tax revenue on the land. Provided that a gas station is in compliance with the state ethanol mandate, the gas station owner is not liable for damage caused to a customer’s vehicle from use of ethanol-blended fuel purchased from the gas station.
    • MCEA Position: Neutral

Solid Waste

  • SB 490(Sen. Munzlinger) Private nuisance actions based upon air emission or water or solid waste discharge, other than the placement of nuclear waste, are specifically prohibited.
    • MCEA Position: OPPOSE

Transportation

  • HB 1117 (Rep. Brown) Establishes the Missouri and Midwest High-Speed Rail Commission Act and the Missouri and Midwest High-Speed
    Rail Commission.

    • MCEA Position: SUPPORT

Water

  • HCR 13(Rep. Loehner) Supports the use of unbiased scientific research and data regarding the management practices for rivers and streams.
    • MCEA Position: OPPOSE
  • HCR 35 (Rep. McNeill) Urges the Department of Natural Resources to consider the need to require groundwater monitoring at all new and existing coal ash ponds and require cleanup for ponds that are leaking dangerous chemicals.  MCEA Common Agenda Bill.
    • MCEA Position: SUPPORT
  • HB 1179(Rep. Hampton) Prohibits large water users from transporting water withdrawn or diverted from the Southeast Missouri Regional Water District to a location outside the district if it interferes with another major use.
    • MCEA Position: Neutral
  • HB 1251(Rep. Ruzicka) Extends the year in which the Department of Natural Resources may impose fees for the enforcement of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act from 2012 to 2017.
    • MCEA Position: SUPPORT
  • SB 490(Sen. Munzlinger) Private nuisance actions based upon air emission or water or solid waste discharge, other than the placement of nuclear waste, are specifically prohibited.
    • MCEA Position: OPPOSE
  • SCR 15(Sen. Dempsey) Urges Congress to support a plan for the Upper Mississippi River Basin that provides flood-control without adverse impacts on existing levees and communities.
    • MCEA Position: OPPOSE
  • SCR 16(Sen. Stouffer) Urges the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to modify its river management protocol to make flood control a top priority.
    • MCEA Position: OPPOSE
  • SCR 17(Sen. Lamping) Urges the use of the slogan “The Great Rivers State” by the State of Missouri.
    • MCEA Position: SUPPORT