HBA OF MISSOURI TO HOLD LEGISLATIVE DAY ON MARCH 23RD
The Home Builders Association of Missouri is scheduled to hold their annual legislative day at the Capitol on March 23rd. The event is set to begin at 10:30 am with a meeting and luncheon with other HBA locals from across the state and then a visit to the Capitol building at 12:30 pm. Anyone that is interested in attending, please reach out to Rachel or myself to RSVP so we can assure we have enough food ordered. More details to come closer to the date for those willing to attend.
CITY COUNCIL ELECTION TO BE HELD ON APRIL 5TH
On Tuesday, April 5th, the Jefferson City Council elections will be held for five of the ten seats. Only two wards will have competitive races. The Council election will be as follows:
Ward 1 Jack Deeken v. Jacob Robinett
Ward 2 Mike Lester
Ward 3 Erin Wiseman v. Bob Scrivner
Ward 4 Ron Fitzwater
Ward 5 Jon Hensley
SEWER BOND ISSUE ON CITY BALLOT
On Tuesday, April 5th, city residents will vote on a $44 million sewer bond question to cover the costs of numerous sewer issues that have been pending with the City public works department for years. The bond issue would allow the City to avoid raising sewer rates and allow for the bonding of these projects. The HBA has been supportive of the City’s efforts over the years to find a suitable user-fee based approach to fund the stormwater and wastewater needs rather than impact fees placed upon future development. Impact fees generally create excessive costs of new development and home construction and lead to less housing in the communities to which they are placed. The bond issue if passed will allow the city to move forward with much needed improvements across the city.
LEGISLATION MOVING TO PROHIBIT LOCAL EVICTION MORATORIUMS
Legislation has been filed this session in the Missouri House and Senate that aim to prevent local courts, cities and political subdivisions from imposing eviction moratoriums on property owners.
House Bill 1682 (Chris Brown, R-Kansas City) bars any court from enforcing a moratorium on eviction proceedings unless specifically authorized in state statutes. During an executive session of the House Judiciary Committee on March 2, clarifying language was adopted which specifies the type of rental properties applicable to the provisions within the bill. Once modified, the committee passed the bill by a 7-2 vote.
Additional bills filed include HB 2360 (Jim Murphy, R-St. Louis) and SB 1044 (Andrew Koenig, R-Ballwin) prohibit courts, cities and counties from adopting eviction moratoriums.
INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR LEGISLATION HAS PUBLIC HEARING
Senate Bill 863 (Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis) provides that any person who performs work for an employer and meets certain criteria shall be considered an independent contractor. The criteria outlined in the language includes written contracts specifying independent contractor status, tax filings for earnings from self-employment, and control of work being performed. Additionally, according to the language, transportation network companies like Uber, and Indian tribes are exempt from the provisions of the bill. A public hearing was held on March 1 in the Senate Small Business and Industry Committee. During bill presentation, the sponsor stated his intent with the legislation is to address the lack of clarity and protect independent contractors who work for Lyft, Uber, Door Dash and other services. The Missouri Retailers Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Americans for Prosperity, NFIB, and Opportunity Solutions Project provided supporting testimony. The Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Mid America Carpenters Regional Council, AFL-CIO, and St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association provided opposing testimony.
MECHANICAL CONTRACTOR LICENSING LEGISLATION PENDING
Senate Bill 867 (Koenig, R-Manchester) allows mechanical contractors to apply for an optional statewide license rather than having multiple licenses per political subdivision. A public hearing held March 1 in the Senate General Laws Committee. All Air Systems Heating and Cooling, Martin Plumbing Heating and Cooling, Gateway Air Conditioning Contractors, Kirkwood Heating and Air Conditioning, Peters Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoffman Brothers, Egers Heating and Cooling, Rackers Heating and Cooling, Associated Builders and Contractors of America, and Evers Heating and Cooling provided supporting testimony. MO Association of Plumbers Council, Association of Sheetmetal Workers, Pipe-fitters Union, St. Louis County Executive, St. Louis County Council, City of Springfield, and Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri and City of Kansas City opposed the bill.
On March 2 the House Professional Registration Committee voted the Senate companion, House Bill 2050 (Schroer, R-O’Fallon) establishes the “Missouri Statewide Mechanical Contractor Licensing Act”, do pass by a vote of 11-3. This issue has been before the legislature for several years and has cleared the Missouri House several times before dying in the Senate.