March Public Affairs Report
By Heath Clarkston
FILING HAS CLOSED FOR APRIL 6TH CITY COUNCIL ELECTIONS
On April 6th, Jefferson City residents will head to the polls for the municipal election for five of the ten city council seats. In addition, voters will elect the City Prosecutor and City Municipal Judge position. As of the filing deadline, the following candidates have filed for office:
Ward 1 : David Kemna (incumbent) unopposed
Ward 2 : Laura Ward (incumbent) and Edith Vogel
Ward 3 : Mary Schatz and Scott Spencer
Ward 4 : Derrick Spicer, Ryan Estes and Leonard Steinman
Ward 5 : Mark Scheiber (incumbent) and Alicia Edwards
City Prosecutor : Gaylin Carver (incumbent) unopposed
City Municipal Judge : Scott Evans and Angela Silvey
COLE COUNTY VOTERS TO DECIDE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT TAX IN APRIL
Cole County voters will be voting on April 6th to renew the existing ½ cent capital improvements tax. This tax was last renewed in 2016 and 85% of the funds have been used for road and bridge improvements. The tax has allowed the county, Jefferson City and several area communities to move forward with strategic initiatives over the years since this tax began in the 1980’s. The HBA has been consistently supportive of this important tax renewal as it has led to economic activity for our community.
MISSOURI PREPARES FOR NEXT PHASE OF COVID VACCINATIONS
Governor Mike Parson announced On Thursday, February 25th that Missouri will start administering vaccines beginning March 15 to K-12 teachers, childcare providers, grocery store workers, food and agriculture workers, government employees, and other critical infrastructure employees. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education reports that about 95 percent of Missouri public schools are open to students in some form. Last week, many teachers had sent letters to the State Health Director asking to be moved up on the list of vaccine recipients.
HOME INSPECTION LEGISLATION FILED
On Thursday, February 25th, State Representative Randy Pietzman (R-Troy) filed House Bill 1353. This legislation requires that home inspectors in a county that has adopted a building code shall comply with the standards of that code. This bill has not had a public hearing.
ENERGY CONSUMER CHOICE LEGISLATION MOVING FORWARD
Legislation has been filed in the House as HB 488 and in the Senate as SB 230 that prohibits political subdivisions from restricting or adopting an ordinance, resolution, regulation, code, or policy that prohibits any utility service based on the source of energy delivered to an individual customer. This legislation has been filed in an effort to get ahead of some environmentalist movements in other states aimed at prohibiting the connection of natural gas or coal fired energy to a home at the time of construction or renovation. Across the nation, consumers and developers make decisions on which way to heat a home based upon several factors such as availability, reliability and cost.