MPA 2023 Updated Bills of Interest

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As of Monday, Feb. 27, 2023, the following legislation of interest to the Missouri Press Association has been filed in the Missouri House of Representatives and the Missouri Senate.

The 2023 legislative session is scheduled to end May 12.

Also, if you were able to attend, thank you for lending your support to Missouri newspapers during Day at the Capitol. Your presence in Jefferson City to meet with legislators is important to helping our industry achieve its legislative goals.

The following bills are of special concern to Missouri Press Association in 2023 in the General Assembly, especially these ***.  Current status of the bill is listed also.

House Bill, Sponsor, Description, Status

HB 178 – Van Schoiack (R-Savannah) – unlawful use of an unmanned aircraft (drone). Hearing held Jan. 30 in House Special Committee on Homeland Security. Scheduled for executive session on Feb. 27.

HB 179 – Van Schoiack (R-Savannah) – unlawful use of a drone over an open-air facility. Hearing held Jan. 30 in House Special Committee on Homeland Security. Scheduled for executive session on Feb. 27.

***HB 344 – McGirl (R-Potosi) – allows county collectors in counties without a newspaper to post delinquent tax notices for three consecutive weeks either in the courthouse or on the county’s website as an alternative to publishing such notices in a newspaper. HB 344 has not been referred to a committee.

HB 352 – Christofanelli (R- St. Peters) – establishes provisions relating to expungement of criminal records. HB 352 has not been referred to a committee.

HB 371 – Falkner (R-St. Joseph) – removal of certain court records from automated case management systems. Records of misdemeanor offense by a person may be removed if the person has been deceased for six months. HB 371 has not been referred to a committee.

***HB 394 – Falkner (R-St. Joseph) – modifies provisions of the sunshine law. Extensive changes to the Missouri Sunshine Law. HB 394 has not been referred to a committee.

***HB 400 – McGirl (R-Potosi) – Requires publication only one week (currently three weeks) of delinquent property tax sale notice in newspapers by county collectors. HB 400 has not been referred to a committee.

HB 401 – Haffner (R-Pleasant Hill) – relating to aerial surveillance by drones. Hearing held Jan. 30 in House Special Committee on Homeland Security. Scheduled for executive session on Feb. 27.

HB 405 – McGaugh (R-Carrollton) – the offense of tampering with an elected county official is defined as a person posting an official’s personal information on the internet. Referred to House Judiciary Committee on Feb. 15.

HB 443 – Marquart (R-Washington) – establishes minimum $6 fee for certain Highway Patrol records requests. Hearing held Feb. 1 in House Transportation Infrastructure Committee.

HB 444 – Schnelting (R-St. Charles) – provides for redaction of personal identifying information of minors and next friends from public court automation systems. Hearing held Feb. 13 in House Judiciary Committee.

HB 450 – Butz (D-St. Louis) – modifies provisions for the Missouri Ethics Commission. HB 450 has not been referred to a committee.

HB 492 – Murphy (R-St. Louis) – establishes the Media Literacy and Critical Thinking Act. HB 492 has not been referred to a committee.

***HB 562 – Sauls (D-Independence) – closes email addresses and phone numbers of persons who request newsletters and periodic reports from public bodies in Chapter 610. HB 562 has not been referred to a committee.

HB 601 – Knight (R-Lebanon) – establishes a minimum fee of $6 for state highway patrol records. Hearing held Feb. 1 in House Transportation Infrastructure Committee.

 ***HB 667 – Pouche (R-Kansas City)– modifies provisions of the Personal Privacy Protection Act. Referred to House Special Committee on Government Accountability on Feb. 15. Scheduled for committee hearing on Feb. 27.

 ***HB 750 – Perkins (R-Bowling Green) – establishes the Uniform Public Expression Protection Act. Hearing conducted on Feb. 22 by House Judiciary Committee.

 ***HB 752 – Knight (R-Lebanon) – repeals provisions requiring the publication of bids for state contracts in newspapers. HB 752 has not been referred to a committee.

 HB 753 – Hicks (R-Lake St. Louis) – establishes provisions relating to automatic expungement for certain cases. HB 753 referred to House Judiciary Committee. Scheduled for Feb. 27 committee hearing, but HB 753 was removed from the agenda.

***HB 782 – McGaugh (R-Carrollton) – changes the law regarding newspaper requirements to publish public notices. (MPA supports this bill.) Referred to House Government Efficiency and Downsizing Committee on Feb. 15.

 ***HB 994, 52 & 984 – Parker (R-Campbell) – modifies judicial proceedings including closing personal information on CaseNet, personal information of judges. Voted “do pass” by the House Judiciary Committee on Feb. 14. Passed the House on Feb. 23.

***HB 1059 – Diehl (R-Butler) – modifies provisions of the sunshine law. Extensive changes to the Missouri Sunshine Law. HB 1059 has not been referred to a committee.

***HB 1064 – Baker (R-Neosho) – modifies provisions of the Personal Privacy Protection Act. Referred to House Special Committee on Government Accountability on Feb. 15. Committee hearing scheduled for Feb. 27 on HB 1064.

***HB 1081 – Schnelting (R-St. Charles) – modifies privacy protections, requiring both parties of a phone conversation to know it is being recorded, disallowing tracking a vehicle without permission. Hearing held Feb. 13 in House Special Committee on Homeland Security. Reported “do pass” as substituted onto HB 919 on Feb. 23.

***HB 1118 – Casteel (R-High Ridge) — beginning Aug. 28, 2023, any notice required by statute to be published in a newspaper shall be published on the website of the office of the Secretary of State and shall no longer be required to be published in a newspaper. Referred to House Government Efficiency and Downsizing Committee on Feb. 15. Hearing expected on March 1.

***HB 1120 – Hardwick (R-Waynesville) – relating to self-storage property notices, resulting in no notices in newspapers. HB 1120 was referred to House Committee on Emerging Issues on Feb. 23.

HB 1156 – Ealy (D-Grandview) – establishes within the department of public safety a 23-member “Task Force on Body-Worn Cameras,” including one member from the Missouri Sunshine Coalition and one member from the news media. HB1156 has not been referred to a committee.

HB 1175 – Christofanelli (R-St. Peters) – modifies powers of the state auditor. HB 1175 has not been referred to a committee.

HB 1203 – Lonsdale, R-Liberty – modifies provisions relating to local elections. HB 1203 has not been referred to a committee.

***HB 1221 – Plank, D-Columbia – modifies provisions relating to public advertisements; places notices on websites instead of publishing them in newspapers. HB 1221 has not been referred to a committee.

HB 1224 – Lovasco, R-O’Fallon – creates provisions relating to strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPP). HB 1224 has not been referred to a committee.

HB 1249 – Brown, D-Hazelwood – establishes the Media Literacy and Critical Thinking Act. HB 1249 has not been referred to a committee.

HB 1250 – Mackey, D-St. Louis – establishes reporting requirements for school districts and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education when a pupil commits suicide. HB 1250 has not been referred to a committee.

HB 1273 – Woods, D-Kansas City – establishes provisions relating to protecting the privacy of online customer information. HB 1273 has not been referred to a committee.

House Joint Resolutions of interest:  Watching all that pertain to initiative petitions, constitutional amendments, elections. (Through HJR 64, none of the HJR’s affecting elections makes any changes to public notice requirements in newspapers.)

Senate Bill, Sponsor, Description, Status

SB 7 – Rowden (R-Columbia) – Relating to the protection of information controlled by state agencies; creates the position of Chief Data Officer within the Office of Administration who is authorized to oversee each state agency’s management of electronic data for purposes of evaluating appropriate management and security of the data. SB 7 was referred to the Senate Emerging Issues Committee on Jan. 12. Hearing canceled on Feb. 21.

SB 28 – Brown (R-Rolla) – Access to public records of the Missouri State Highway Patrol; provides that a minimum fee of $6 may be charged by the Missouri State Highway Patrol for any request where there are allowable fees of less than $6. Such $6 fee shall be in place of any allowable fee of less than $6. The Superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol may increase the minimum fee by not more than $1 every other year following August 28, 2024. The minimum fee shall not exceed $10. Hearing conducted by Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee on Feb. 1. Voted “do pass” on Feb. 8. Perfected by the Senate on Feb. 14. SB 28 is on the formal calendar of Senate Bills for Third Reading.

SB 36 – Williams (D-University City) – Relating to expungement of criminal records. Hearing conducted on SB 36 by the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee on Feb. 13. Bill combined with SCSs Sb 189, 36 & 37 on Feb. 20.

SB 72 – Trent (R-Springfield) – Relating to judicial privacy, which provides restrictions on the use of a judicial officer’s personal information; it shall be a class D felony for any person to knowingly publicly post or display on the internet the personal information of a judicial officer or of the judicial officer’s immediate family for purposes of harassing, intimidating, or influencing a judicial officer in violation of the offense of tampering with a judicial officer or with the intent to pose an imminent and serious threat to the health and safety of the judicial officer or the judicial officer’s immediate family, and such violation is a proximate cause of bodily injury or death of the judicial officer or a member of his or her immediate family. SCS for SB 72 was voted “do pass” by the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee on Feb. 6. On Formal Calendar Senate Bills for Perfection, Feb. 22.

***SB 174 – Koenig (R-Manchester) – Relating to public records and meetings. Extensive changes to the Missouri Sunshine Law. Senate Committee Substitute was presented during hearing conducted by the Senate Governmental Accountability Committee on Feb. 9. SCS voted “do pass” by the committee on Feb. 23.

SB 298 – Trent (R-Springfield) – Exempts certain offense records from public access on statewide court automation systems. SB 298 was referred to the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

SB 302 – Eigel (R-Weldon Springs) – Provides redaction of personal identifying information of minors and next friends from public court automation systems. SB 302 was referred to the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

SB 347 – Trent (R-Springfield) – Relating to expungement. SB 347 was referred to the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

***SB 362 – Koenig (R-Manchester) – Modifies public notice requirements for certain public projects costing in excess of $100,000; notices in newspapers are not required. SB 362 has been referred to the Senate Governmental Accountability Committee.

SB 370 – May (D-St. Louis) – Modifies provisions relating to criminal records. SB 370 was referred to the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

SB 371 – May (D-St. Louis) – Creates provisions relating to expungement. SB 371 was referred to the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

SB 372 – May (D-St. Louis) – Repeals provisions relating to a surcharge for petition for expungement. SB 372 was referred to the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

SB 377 – Coleman (R-Arnold) – Creates new provisions relating to public contracts. SB 377 has been referred to the Senate Governmental Accountability Committee.

SB 378 – Rowden (R-Columbia) – Modifies campaign finance disclosure deadlines. SB 378 is set for a hearing in the Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee on Feb. 28.

***SB 432 – Gannon (R-DeSoto) – Establishes the Uniform Public Expression Protection Act. SB 432 has not been referred to a committee.

***SB 440 – Washington (D-Kansas City) – Establishes the “Cronkite New Voices Act” to protect the freedom of press in school-sponsored media. SB 440 has not been referred to a committee.

SB 447 – Washington (D-Kansas City) – Requires that closed criminal records shall be destroyed within six months of being closed, and arrest records shall be closed and shall be inaccessible to the general public. SB 447 has not been referred to a committee.

SB 457 – Schroer (R-O’Fallon) – Criminalizes the disclosure of medical marijuana patients’ information to unauthorized parties. SB 457 has not been referred to a committee.

***SB 460 – Brown (R-Rolla) – Relating to self-storage property notices, resulting in no notices in newspapers. SB 460 has not been referred to a committee.

SB 490 – Schroer  (R-O’Fallon) – Modifies procedures for getting initiative and referendum petitions on the ballot. SB 490 has not been referred to a committee.

SB 531 – Washington (D-Kansas City) – Relating to expungement of offense records. SB 531 has not been referred to a committee.

***SB 630 – Bernskoetter (R-Jefferson City) – Authorizes closure of certain public safety records, amending the Sunshine Law. SB 630 has not been referred to a committee.

Senate Joint Resolutions of interest:  Watching all that pertain to initiative petitions, constitutional amendments, elections. (Through SJR 44, none of the SJR’s affecting elections makes any changes to public notice requirements in newspapers.)

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The below list of bills was previously published. It is maintained here for archival purposes.

House Bill, Sponsor (Press Association)

HB 50 – Coleman – sunshine fees for GIS data; in no case shall fees charged for geographical information system data exceed $500.

HB 74 – Kelley – reporters of complaints against childcare facilities; no information identifying reporters of such complaints shall be made available to the public.

HB 92 – Taylor – county/city primary election party committee meetings’ locations.  

HB 95 – Schwadron – the offense of mail theft.

HB 105 – Barnes – the offense of mail theft.

HB 130 – Griffith – establishes the Stars and Stripes Historic Region.

HB 178 – Van Schoiack – unlawful use of an unmanned aircraft (drone).

HB 179 – Van Schoiack – unlawful use of a drone over an open-air facility.

HB 219 – Fogle – additional options for photo identification needed to vote; adds a nonexpired student or employee ID card issued by a Missouri high school, college or university.

HB 268 – Riley – establishes the Regulatory Sandbox Act; requires public access to information except for information that constitutes proprietary or confidential trade secrets.

HB 318 – Appelbaum – establishes the Missouri Voter Fraud Protection Act.

HB 333 – Boggs – all ballots required to be counted by hand and process to be livestreamed, recorded, and available to the public.

HB 344 – McGirl – allows county collectors in counties without a newspaper to post delinquent tax notices for three consecutive weeks either in the courthouse or on the county’s website as an alternative to publishing such notices in a newspaper.

HB 352 – Christofanelli – establishes provisions relating to expungement of criminal records.

HB 371 – Falkner – removal of certain court records from automated case management systems; records of misdemeanor offense by a person may be removed if the person has been deceased for six months.

HB 389 – Veit – Relating to judicial privacy and privacy of elected officials; unlawful disclosure of personally identifiable information on the internet.

HB 394 – Falkner – modifies provisions of the sunshine law. Extensive changes to the Missouri Sunshine Law. Bill can be found here:   https://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills231/hlrbillspdf/1283H.01I.pdf

HB 395 – Buchheit-Courtway – modifies provisions relating to expungement.

HB 400 – McGirl – Requires publication only one week (currently three weeks) of delinquent property tax sale notice in newspapers by county collectors.

HB 401 – Haffner – relating to aerial surveillance by drones.

HB 405 – McGaugh – the offense of tampering with an elected county official is defined as a person posting an official’s personal information on the internet.

HB 443 – Marquart – establishes minimum $6 fee for certain Highway Patrol records requests.

HB 444 – Schnelting – provides for redaction of personal identifying information of minors and next friends from public court automation systems.

HB 450 – Butz – modifies provisions for the Missouri Ethics Commission.

HB 492 – Murphy – establishes the Media Literacy and Critical Thinking Act.

HB 533 – Mayhew – requires the Highway Patrol to host a web page where the public can determine whether a serial number of a firearm has been reported stolen.

HB 562 – Sauls – closes email addresses and phone numbers of persons who request newsletters and periodic reports from public bodies.

HB 599 – Clemens – modifies “paid for by” statements on political advertisements.

HB 601 – Knight – establishes a minimum fee of $6 for state highway patrol records.

HB 645 – Lovasco – changes laws regarding foreclosure of a principal residence.

HB 646 – Lovasco – allows members of the General Assembly to serve as ex-officio members of boards and other legislative bodies within their districts.

HB 667 – Pouche – modifies provisions of the Personal Privacy Protection Act.

HB 703 – Haffner – modifies provisions for initiative petitions and referendums.

Through HB 703

House Joint Resolutions of interest:

HJR 2 – Billington – initiative petitions.

HJR 6 – Kelley – initiative petitions.

HJR 13 – Adams – initiative petitions.

HJR 18 – Lewis – initiative petitions.

HJR 19 – Black – votes required to pass constitutional amendments.

HJR 22 – Schnelting – initiative petitions.

HJR 24 – Davidson – modifies provisions for amending the constitution.

HJR 25 – Davidson – modifies provisions for amending the constitution.

HJR 26 – Lewis – WITHDRAWN — modifies provisions for amending the constitution.

HJR 28 – Falkner – modifies requirements for signatures required to propose a constitutional amendment.

HJR 29 – Falkner – modifies provisions for initiative petitions.

HJR 30 – Lewis – modifies provisions for amending the state constitution.

HJR 32 – Schnelting – requires initiative petitions to receive votes equal to a majority of registered voters.

HJR 40 – Haffner – modifies provisions for initiative petitions.

(Through HJR 40, none of the HJR’s affecting elections makes any changes to public notice requirements in newspapers.)

Senate Bill, Sponsor (Press Association)

SB 7 – Rowden – Relating to the protection of information controlled by state agencies; creates the position of Chief Data Officer within the Office of Administration who is authorized to oversee each state agency’s management of electronic data for purposes of evaluating appropriate management and security of the data.

SB 28 – Brown – Access to public records of the Missouri State Highway Patrol; provides that a minimum fee of $6 may be charged by the Missouri State Highway Patrol for any request where there are allowable fees of less than $6. Such $6 fee shall be in place of any allowable fee of less than $6. The Superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol may increase the minimum fee by not more than $1 every other year following August 28, 2024. The minimum fee shall not exceed $10.

SB 36 – Williams – Relating to expungement of criminal records.

SB 50 – Moon – Relating to public contracts; requires public bodies to ensure that bidders, offerors, contractors, or subcontractors, when engaged in procuring or letting contracts for any purpose, are not given preferential treatment or discriminated against based on an environmental, social and governance score, as defined in the bill.

SB 72 – Trent – Relating to judicial privacy, which provides restrictions on the use of a judicial officer’s personal information; it shall be a class D felony for any person to knowingly publicly post or display on the internet the personal information of a judicial officer or of the judicial officer’s immediate family for purposes of harassing, intimidating, or influencing a judicial officer in violation of the offense of tampering with a judicial officer or with the intent to pose an imminent and serious threat to the health and safety of the judicial officer or the judicial officer’s immediate family, and such violation is a proximate cause of bodily injury or death of the judicial officer or a member of his or her immediate family.

SB 98 – Eigel – Relating to elections; lengthy bill with provisions that include requiring electronic media or a printout showing voter participation information in any specific election to be made available for a fee by election authorities not later than 48 hours following any election, and requiring all ballots to be cast in paper form and hand-counted.

SB 103 – Crawford – Relating to court automation fund.

SB 113 – Hough – Repeals requirement that the Joint Committee on Legislative Research hold a public hearing to take comments on proposed initiative petitions

SB 174 – Koenig – Relating to public records and meetings. Extensive changes to the Missouri Sunshine Law. Bill can be found here: https://senate.mo.gov/23info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=44580

SB 191 – Luetkemeyer – Relating to contracts for work on the state highway system; specifies that the Highways and Transportation Commission shall publish on the Department of Transportation’s official website its cost estimate and project completion date for any construction, maintenance, or repair work on the state highway system at the time bidding on a contract for the work first closes.

SB 202 – Brattin – Relating to local elections; requires all candidates for offices in cities, towns, villages, and townships to declare a political party affiliation when filing for office.

SB 223 – Trent – Expiration dates for provisions relating to court automation fund.

SB 234 – Brown – Relating to school board elections; requires such elections to be held at the November general election and makes all school board member terms four years.

SB 235 – Hoskins – Relating to elections; creates the Missouri Elections Sovereignty Act. Under this provision, the General Assembly reserves the authority to regulate both voter qualifications and the time, place, and manner for state and local elections to the extent authorized under the United States Constitution. The State shall comply with federal law but shall reserve the right to protect, preserve, and defend the integrity of state and local elections through lawful regulation of voter qualifications for such elections. Any difference between state and federal election regulations shall result in separate election procedures for such elections.

SB 240 – Koenig – Relating to closed primary elections.

SB 298 – Trent – Exempts certain offense records from public access on statewide court automation systems.

SB 299 – Hoskins – Modifies definition of “video service” for provision of law relating to video service providers.

SB 302 – Eigel – Provides redaction of personal identifying information of minors and next friends from public court automation systems.

SB 303 – Eigel – Repeals the certificate of need law.

SB 312 – Beck – Relating to the safekeeping of personal information and breaches of security.

SB 337 – Crawford – Relating to electronic notification to victims of certain crimes.

SB 346 – Crawford – Relating to elections.

SB 347 – Trent – Relating to expungement.

SB 362 – Koenig – Modifies public notice requirements for certain public projects costing in excess of $100,000; notices in newspapers are not required.

SB 369 – Brown – Specifies that no parking regulation or ordinance shall be enforced within 1 mile of State Capitol Grounds, except by a licensed peace officer.

SB 370 – May – Modifies provisions relating to criminal records.

SB 371 – May – Creates provisions relating to expungement.

SB 372 – May – Repeals provisions relating to a surcharge for petition for expungement.

SB 377 – Coleman – Creates new provisions relating to public contracts.

SB 378 – Rowden – Modifies campaign finance disclosure deadlines.

SB 379 – Crawford – Modifies provisions relating to outdoor advertising.

SB 380 – Williams – Creates a one-time grant for employers to enhance cybersecurity.

SB 432 – Gannon – Establishes the Uniform Public Expression Protection Act.

SB 440 – Washington – Establishes the “Cronkite New Voices Act” to protect the freedom of press in school-sponsored media.

SB 447 – Washington – Requires that closed criminal records shall be destroyed within six months of being closed, and arrest records shall be closed and shall be inaccessible to the general public.

SB 457 – Schroer – Criminalizes the disclosure of medical marijuana patients’ information to unauthorized parties.

Through SB 459

SENATE Joint Resolutions (Press Association)

SJR 2 – Koenig – Relating to procedures for initiative petitions.

SJR 5 – Rowden – Relating to procedures for initiative petitions.

SJR 10 – Crawford – Relating to procedures for ballot measures that are submitted to the people.

SJR 12 – Cierpiot – Relating to initiatives proposing constitutional amendments.

SJR 18 – Moon – Replaces the property tax on real property with a sales tax.

SJR 27 – Trent – Modifies provisions relating to voter qualifications.

SJR 28 – Carter – Relating to constitutional amendments.

SJR 30 – Brown – Relating to elections.

SJR 31 – Brattin – Modifies provisions relating to the judiciary, including access to judicial records, judicial lobbying activities, and the nonpartisan court plan.

SJR 33 – Moon – Modifies the process for approving constitutional amendments.

SJR 37 – Cierpiot – Repeals restrictions on legislative staff acting, serving, or registering as a lobbyist after legislative employment.

(Through SJR 37, none of the SJR’s affecting elections makes any changes to public notice requirements in newspapers.)

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Below listings were previously posted and updated Dec. 6, 2022.

House Bills

HB 50 – Coleman – sunshine fees for GIS data; in no case shall fees charged for geographical information system data exceed $500.

HB 74 – Kelley – reporters of complaints against childcare facilities; no information identifying reporters of such complaints shall be made available to the public.

HB 92 – Taylor – county/city primary election party committee meetings’ locations.  

HB 95 – Schwadron – the offense of mail theft.

HB 105 – Barnes – the offense of mail theft.

HB 130 – Griffith – establishes the Stars and Stripes Historic Region.

HB 178 – Van Schoiack – unlawful use of an unmanned aircraft (drone).

HB 179 – Van Schoiack – unlawful use of a drone over an open-air facility.

HB 219 – Fogle – additional options for photo identification needed to vote; adds a nonexpired student or employee ID card issued by a Missouri high school, college or university.

HB 268 – Riley – establishes the Regulatory Sandbox Act; requires public access to information except for information that constitutes proprietary or confidential trade secrets.

HB 318 – Appelbaum – establishes the Missouri Voter Fraud Protection Act.

HB 333 – Boggs – all ballots required to be counted by hand and process to be livestreamed, recorded, and available to the public.

HB 344 – McGirl – allows county collectors in counties without a newspaper to post delinquent tax notices for three consecutive weeks either in the courthouse or on the county’s website as an alternative to publishing such notices in a newspaper.

HB 352 – Christofanelli – establishes provisions relating to expungement of criminal records.

Thru HB 355

House Joint Resolutions

HJR 2 – Billington – initiative petitions.

HJR 6 – Kelley – initiative petitions.

HJR 13 – Adams – initiative petitions.

HJR 18 – Lewis – initiative petitions.

HJR 19 – Black – votes required to pass constitutional amendments.

HJR 22 – Schnelting – initiative petitions.

HJR 24 – Davidson – modifies provisions for amending the constitution.

HJR 25 – Davidson – modifies provisions for amending the constitution.

HJR 26 – Lewis – modifies provisions for amending the constitution.

HJR 28 – Falkner – modifies requirements for signatures required to propose a constitutional amendment.

HJR 29 – Falkner – modifies provisions for initiative petitions.

(Through HJR 29, none of the HJR’s affecting elections makes any changes to public notice requirements in newspapers.)

Senate Bills

SB 7 – Rowden – Relating to the protection of information controlled by state agencies; creates the position of Chief Data Officer within the Office of Administration who is authorized to oversee each state agency’s management of electronic data for purposes of evaluating appropriate management and security of the data.

SB 28 – Brown – Access to public records of the Missouri State Highway Patrol; provides that a minimum fee of $6 may be charged by the Missouri State Highway Patrol for any request where there are allowable fees of less than $6. Such $6 fee shall be in place of any allowable fee of less than $6. The Superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol may increase the minimum fee by not more than $1 every other year following August 28, 2024. The minimum fee shall not exceed $10.

SB 36 – Williams – Relating to expungement of criminal records.

SB 50 – Moon – Relating to public contracts; requires public bodies to ensure that bidders, offerors, contractors, or subcontractors, when engaged in procuring or letting contracts for any purpose, are not given preferential treatment or discriminated against based on an environmental, social and governance score, as defined in the bill.

SB 72 – Trent – Relating to judicial privacy, which provides restrictions on the use of a judicial officer’s personal information; it shall be a class D felony for any person to knowingly publicly post or display on the internet the personal information of a judicial officer or of the judicial officer’s immediate family for purposes of harassing, intimidating, or influencing a judicial officer in violation of the offense of tampering with a judicial officer or with the intent to pose an imminent and serious threat to the health and safety of the judicial officer or the judicial officer’s immediate family, and such violation is a proximate cause of bodily injury or death of the judicial officer or a member of his or her immediate family.

SB 98 – Eigel – Relating to elections; lengthy bill with provisions that include requiring electronic media or a printout showing voter participation information in any specific election to be made available for a fee by election authorities not later than 48 hours following any election, and requiring all ballots to be cast in paper form and hand-counted.

SB 103 – Crawford – Relating to court automation fund.

SB 113 – Hough – Repeals requirement that the Joint Committee on Legislative Research hold a public hearing to take comments on proposed initiative petitions

SB 174 – Koenig – Relating to public records and meetings. Extensive changes to the Missouri Sunshine Law. Bill can be found here: https://senate.mo.gov/23info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=44580

SB 191 – Luetkemeyer – Relating to contracts for work on the state highway system; specifies that the Highways and Transportation Commission shall publish on the Department of Transportation’s official website its cost estimate and project completion date for any construction, maintenance, or repair work on the state highway system at the time bidding on a contract for the work first closes.

SB 202 – Brattin – Relating to local elections; requires all candidates for offices in cities, towns, villages, and townships to declare a political party affiliation when filing for office.

SB 223 – Trent – Expiration dates for provisions relating to court automation fund.

SB 234 – Brown – Relating to school board elections; requires such elections to be held at the November general election and makes all school board member terms four years.

SB 235 – Hoskins – Relating to elections; creates the Missouri Elections Sovereignty Act. Under this provision, the General Assembly reserves the authority to regulate both voter qualifications and the time, place, and manner for state and local elections to the extent authorized under the United States Constitution. The State shall comply with federal law but shall reserve the right to protect, preserve, and defend the integrity of state and local elections through lawful regulation of voter qualifications for such elections. Any difference between state and federal election regulations shall result in separate election procedures for such elections.

SB 240 – Koenig – Relating to closed primary elections.

SB 298 – Trent – Exempts certain offense records from public access on statewide court automation systems.

SB 299 – Hoskins – Modifies definition of “video service” for provision of law relating to video service providers.

SB 302 – Eigel – Provides redaction of personal identifying information of minors and next friends from public court automation systems.

SB 303 – Eigel – Repeals the certificate of need law.

SB 312 – Beck – Relating to the safekeeping of personal information.

Thru SB 330

SENATE Joint Resolutions

SJR 2 – Koenig – Relating to procedures for initiative petitions.

SJR 5 – Rowden – Relating to procedures for initiative petitions.

SJR 10 – Crawford – Relating to procedures for ballot measures that are submitted to the people.

SJR 12 – Cierpiot – Relating to initiatives proposing constitutional amendments.

SJR 18 – Moon – Replaces the property tax on real property with a sales tax.

SJR 27 – Trent – Modifies provisions relating to voter qualifications.

SJR 28 – Carter – Relating to constitutional amendments.

SJR 30 – Brown – Relating to elections.

SJR 31 – Brattin – Modifies provisions relating to the judiciary, including access to judicial records, judicial lobbying activities, and the nonpartisan court plan.

(Through SJR 31, none of the SJR’s affecting elections makes any changes to public notice requirements in newspapers.)

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