Pre-filed bills offer early glimpse of 2018 legislative session

Next month, lawmakers will return to Jefferson City for the start of the 2018 legislative session. But work on that session is already underway, with the pre-filing of bills beginning last week.

Based on filings so far, topics likely to play prominent roles in the 2018 session include tort reform, ethics, transportation and home health care. Here’s a look at some topics that could receive significant attention from lawmakers in 2018:

    • Hemp/marijuana: Sen. Brian Munzlinger will pre-file legislation to add legal industrial hemp to the list of crops that Missouri farmers have in their rotations. Both Reps. Jean Evans and Donna Baringer have filed bills seeking to permit the usage of hemp oil to treat impairments. Rep. Karla May has also filed a bill seeking to establish provisions regarding the legalization of marijuana and licensing requirements.
    • Tax reform: Three bills have been filed so far regarding tax reform, including SB 617, sponsored by Sen. Bill Eigel, which intends to re-examine the way in which taxes are collected and redistributed in the state.
    • ‘Fixing’ 2017 bills: Democrats have already begun to file bills seeking to fix issues presented or put into effect following the 2017 legislative session. One of the most controversial items proved to be the circuit breaker tax credit, and how to provide funding to restore services to disabled and elderly citizens as a result of cuts in the budget. Rep. Deb Lavender has filed a bill will deal with a fund sweep and transfer of money, while Rep. Peter Merideth is sponsoring legislation that seeks to reduce the timely remittance discount for sales and use taxes, as well as employee withholdings from two percent to one percent.

To view the full list of bills filed so far, visit house.mo.gov and senate.mo.gov.

Read more: The Missouri Times


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