House Bill 222 was filed this week by Representative Schneider. This bill changes provisions governing assessment of newly constructed residential property. HB 222
House-Workforce Development and Workplace Safety
12:00 PM, Hearing Room 6
HB 163 Fisher Changes the laws regarding unemployment compensation benefits in order for Missouri to receive recently approved additional federal funds.
12:00 PM, Senate Committee Room 2
Overview of the FY 2012 Governor Recommendations continued
FY 2011 Supplemental Recommendations
FY 2012 Statewide Issues
Executive session may or may not follow
Senate-Judiciary Civil/Criminal Jurisprudence
6:00 PM, Senate Lounge
SB 8 Goodman Restricts co-employee liability in workers’ compensation cases.
8:00 AM, Senate Committee Room 2
Department of Revenue
Executive session may or may not follow
12:00 PM, Hearing Room 7
Brad Jones (NFIB) will be bringing individuals from Missouri small business
community and hearing will be held for informational purposes.
Executive session may follow.
Senate Bill 108 filed by Senator Schmitt- Sprinkler Bill
Senate Bill 101 filed by Senator Parson which creates requirements for contractors who perform home exterior and roof work.
House Bill 73 was reported out of Rules Committee. It will be 3rd read and passed out of the House. This bill is sponsored by Representative Brandom. This bill requires certain recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program benefits to be tested for the illegal use of controlled substances.
A review of the 2012 Governor’s Recommendations
Linda Luebbering, Director of Budget and Planning, presented the committee with the Fiscal Year 2012 Governor’s Recommendations.
Linda went through the components that balance the 2012 fiscal year 2012. This total is $704.4 million.
Please note that permanent restrictions are $270.8 million, except for $2 million for Bright Flight and Access Missouri.
There is $67.4 million cost containment in Medicaid, half of the monies are going to be used for better manage of care the other half will be used for rate reductions.
The rate reductions are made up from three components:
- Hospitals will see a $20 million General Revenue reduction due to changing the way on how we pay for outpatients services by changing the fee schedule.
- There will be a 4% rate reduction in In Home Providers.
- The state is going to scrub the administrative costs from Managed Care Companies
Linda noted that there is no recommendation from the Governor to expand managed care statewide because, according to the Mercer Report, the state will only save roughly about $1 million dollars. The reason the savings is so low is because the managed care plans end up paying higher rates than fee for services.
$38.1 million reduction will come from 863 state positions lost (many of these position are currently filled) The state plans to consolidate quality assurance staff in MO HealthNet into auditing and compliance staff for Department of Social Services, Department of Health and senior Services, and Department of Mental Health.
She then concluded with the items prioritized by the Governor for Fiscal Year 2012. He would like to see an $8 million increase in funding for A+ scholarships. This money is from a federal guaranteed agency, it will not come from General Revenue. He would also like to see a $2 million increase in funding for Bright Flight and Access Missouri.
- Robert Miller, as a member of the State Board of Mediation
- Ann Pluemer, Democrat, as a member of the Saint Louis County Board of Election Commissioners
- Ann Nunn-Jones, Democrat, as a member of the Missouri Real Estate Appraisers Commission
- Sharlene Rimiller, as a member of the Missouri Board of Examiners for Hearing Instrument Specialists
- Kenneth H. Suelthaus, Republican, as a member of the State Highways and Transportation
- Mary Nelson, as a member of the Administrative Hearing Commission
- Nicole Colbert-Botchway, Democrat, as a member of the Missouri Women’s Council
- Jerome Lee, as a member of the Saint Louis City Board of Police Commissioners
- Leo Blakley, Democrat, as a member of the Missouri Western State University Board of Governors
- M. Blake Heath, Republican, as a member of the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners
- Joseph S. Barbosa, as the student representative of the Northwest Missouri State University Board
- Melanie J. Guthrie, as a member of the Advisory Commission for Anesthesiologist Assistants
- James Rearden, as a member of the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional
- Land Surveyors and Landscape Architects
- Kenneth J. Bonnot, as Director of the Division Credit Unions
- Kathryn Swan, Republican, as a member of the Coordinating Board for Higher Education
Reboot in Government:
President Pro Tem, Rob Mayer, introduced the ideas that came from the Senate Reboot Committees.
For a complete report of the ideas: Click here
Economic Development Committee:
Sallie Hemenway, Director of Business and Community Services gave a 101 presentation to the committee. Julie Gibson, Director of Workforce Development discussed her department’s efforts to decrease the unemployment rate.
Director Kerr then presented the Strategic Plan to the committee.
Chairman Rodney Schad began with quick introductions of Committee members before yielding the floor to Lisa Schlottach for a presentation on the state of 911 services in Missouri. Schlottach manages the 911 call center in Owensville and serves as president of the one year-old Missouri 911 Directors Association.
Approprations- Corrections and Public Safety:
The hearing consisted exclusively of department overviews from department heads at various public safety and corrections agencies.
Appropriations- Health, Mental Health, and Senior Services:
The hearing consisted solely of a presentation made the Department of Social Services.
For the complete transcript of the speech, please click here: State of the State