|Week two of the 2023 session of the Missouri General Assembly was primarily filled with technical issues and the continued filing of bills by legislators. Through Thursday, bills filed for consideration include 493 Senate bills and 38 Senate joint resolutions along with 777 House bills and 45 House joint resolutions.
House Rules for the 2023 and 2024 regular session were approved on Wednesday after lengthy discussion about an amendment regarding female legislators’ attire when they are in the House chamber.
Legislative committees of both chambers were announced this week by leaders of the House and Senate. President Pro Tem Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) on Thursday referred the first 91 Senate bills and eight Senate joint resolutions to committees in advance of the next step of conducting hearings. Committee assignments are listed below.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will be commemorated on Monday, so both chambers are next scheduled to convene at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
GOVERNOR’S STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS NEXT WEEK
Gov. Mike Parson (R) will present his annual State of the State Address at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, during a joint session of the House and Senate. Included in his speech will be budget proposals and his other priorities for the legislative session.
On Wednesday, Gov. Parson released the FY2023 Early Supplemental Budget. There were only two items within the early supplemental and include an 8.7% COLA increase for all state team members and an increase in shift differential to $2 per hour for congregate care staff working within the Departments of Social Services, Corrections, Mental Health and Missouri Veterans Commission. These congregate staff must be working high-need and overnight shifts to be eligible for the $2 per hour shift differential. The 8.7% COLA increase is based on the increase given to Social Security recipients this year and the Consumer Price Index determined by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. This early supplemental budget pay plan proposal would invest $151.2 million, including $82.4 million in general revenue in the state workforce. Finally, Gov. Parson has called on the General Assembly to take up and pass the early supplemental so it may be implemented by March 1, 2023.
FITZPATRICK SWORN INTO OFFICE AS MISSOURI STATE AUDITOR
On Monday, Jan. 9, Republican Scott Fitzpatrick was sworn in as Missouri’s 39th State Auditor. He previously served as Missouri’s State Treasurer and the Missouri House Budget Chairman. He replaces Democrat Nicole Galloway, who chose not to seek re-election. Fitzpatrick has stated auditing Missouri’s K-12 public schools will be one of his top priorities. According to Fitzpatrick, he is the youngest statewide officeholder in America. Fitzpatrick elected to resign as State Treasurer mid-term to run and win his position as State Auditor.
SECRETARY OF STATE PROPOSAL ON BROKER/INVESTOR DISCLOSURES
Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft (R) has submitted language to the Administrative Rules Division within his office that would implement disclosure standards pertaining to security investment strategies that propagate values-based agendas that are not purely focused on generating profit for their clients. The purpose of the proposed rule is to ensure financial transparency and require investment advisors to fully disclose and advise their clients of any investment strategy that is not purely financial based. This proposed regulation will be printed in the Jan. 17 Missouri Register.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY COMMITTEES
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