The Governor Signs Things: Understanding New Missouri Business Laws

Photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor.

Gov. Jay Nixon approved 12 state House and Senate bills Thursday, but sent another 10 to the legislative dustbin. Here’s a closer look at what the bills mean for consumers, producers and suppliers:


• Part of Senate Bill 470 adds fees to the transportation of radioactive materials across the state. Instead of the current per-container fees, transport companies will pay $1,800 per truck carrying radioactive waste plus an extra $25 for every mile the truck travels over 200. Given that Missouri could soon open more nuclear power plants, those fees might add up in a few years.

• Senate Bill 568 gets plenty of mention for being Missouri’s new “move over law,” requiring drivers to pull over for Department of Transportation assistance and emergency response vehicles the same way they would for a police car, ambulance or fire truck. Here’s what’s not getting mentioned on Twitter: The bill also adds new and more definitions to the Uniform Commercial Driver’s License Act and requires some CDL applicants to have medical certifications.

• Pay before you fly. House Bill 1909 tweaks provisions covering exemptions to jet fuel tax and allowing aircraft laborers and parts suppliers to have a lien on the planes or helicopters they work on for the amount of unpaid expenses they’re due.


• Have a roadside billboard or other outdoor advertising for your company? Senate Bill 607 would have made sure that if construction workers had to pull up the sign to do work you could apply for help in getting your ad space set up nearby until work was done.

Why Nixon Nixed It: It was worded too closely to another law already on the books.

• Senate Bill 635 intended to cover a lot of business-related ground, including changes to what’s considered acceptable collateral for deposits on home loans, reorganizing how real estate appraisals and appraisal complaints are handled in the state and getting rid of the notices some banks and credit unions had to file with real estate appraisers.

Why Nixon Nixed It: Basically, it tried to do too much in one bill. Nixon accused it of “legislative log-rolling.”

• Senate Bill 749 was Missouri’s little corner of a much-talked-about national issue: Whether or not healthcare providers have to provide coverage for contraception, abortion or sterilization if that coverage would go against the provider’s religious convictions. SB 749 meant to repeal the law already in place which allows companies the right to choose and replace it with two new provisions.

Why Nixon Nixed It: The new law would not only wouldn’t improve the existing one, but Nixon says it would open the door for insurance companies to deny coverage for reasons not related to beliefs.

• Missouri franchise law would have received a revamp under Senate Bill 837, at least if those franchises were liquor distributors. The bill called for allowing those franchises to exist without a license to use the liquor company’s trade names and trademarks

Why Nixon Nixed It: The Governor says it would have hurt the state’s wineries and is “inconsistent with the legislative intent of the existing law.”

• Your personal ride or company fleet vehicle almost became a more expensive purchase. House Bill 1329 wanted to alter state sales tax laws to say the out-of-state purchase of any motorized vehicle would be subject to Missouri sales tax.

Why Nixon Nixed It: Simply put, because Missourians didn’t get to vote on the tax first.

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