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Rep. Jim Neely, R-Cameron, who represents part of Clay and Clinton County including Holt and areas near Smithville Lake and Watkins Mill State Park in House District 8, pre-filed 10 bills. The doctor-turned-elected official’s pre-filings mostly pertain to family and medical issues including drug uses, guardianships, nursing facility inspections and dissemination of sexual images. Neely could not be reached for comment on his pre-filings.

HB1524 would allow pharmaceutical companies to communicate off-label treatment uses to health care professionals. Under the bill, a drug manufacturer could promote the off-label use of a drug, biological product or device, but no health care coverage would be required to cover the cost of the off-label use.

“This bill changes the law regarding the use of hemp extract to treat intractable epilepsy to authorize the legal use of medical marijuana to treat terminal illnesses,” the bill, available online at www.house.mo.gov, states. Under the provision, a drug, biological product or device that has successfully completed phase one of drug trail but has not received approval by the FDA could be made available to those with terminal illness.

HB1555, which is the same as previous filings in 2017 and 2016, would establish a pilot program transferring the inspection authority of nursing facilities from the Department of Health and Senior Services to local health departments, with local departments being able to chose to participate in the pilot program.

HB1557 would specify that a parent’s obligation to pay child support terminates when the child turns 18 or graduates from high school with certain exceptions, including mental or physical incapacitation. The bill is the same as HB 323 from 2017.

“A person commits such offense when he or she: intentionally disseminates an image of another person fitting criteria specified in the bill; obtains the image under circumstances in which a reasonable person would know or understand that the image was to remain private; and knows or should have known that the person in the image has not consented to the dissemination,” the bill summary states. The bill is the same as HB706 from the 2017 session.

HB 1559 would modify provisions relating to the sexual offender registry. The bill removes the application of the sex offender registry statutes to those who have been required to register in another state or under tribal, federal or military law. The bill is the same as HB917 from 2017.

HB 1306 would modify the restrictions on sexual offenders and expand the definition of Halloween. “They are required to put a note on the door that no candy is at this house, but many skirt the issue and go to trunk or treats,” Ellebracht said.

The District 17 representative is also working on modernizing the Sunshine Law and ways to examine social media run by governments and text messages. Getting the requested documentation requested could be handled electronically rather than sent in paper form, he said.

Rep. T.J. Berry, R-Kearney, represents House District 38, which covers parts of Kearney, Liberty and Excelsior Springs, as well as Mosby, Prathersville and Missouri City, pre-filed eight bills. He hopes HB 1575 in particular can go the distance. It would modify provisions relating to public utilities.

“The bill looks at dealing with the electricity companies, specifically Kansas City Power & Light and Ameren Corp.,” Berry said. “I want to see more certainty on rate increases for consumers. I have been working with both companies, meeting with them weekly. We need a rate cap of about 3 percent, not those double-digit rate increases. It affects every group from the elderly and low income to businesses. Of all the bills on the list, I am really focusing on this one.”

Hegeman pre-filed 11 bills. Proposed legislation deals with tax dollar allocation through tax credits and review of current programs; campaign finance and voter information; assistance for disabled workers and expansion of judicial nominees.

“Currently, the Department of Economic Development shall not approve tax credits for the rehabilitation of historic structures which, in the aggregate, exceed $140 million, increased by any amount of tax credits for which approval shall be rescinded for any reason. For each fiscal year beginning on or after July 1, 2018, the act reduces the aggregate cap to $50 million,” the summary for SB 590 states.

“Basically, we need to say, ‘Do we want to continue spending this amount money on these programs or would those tax dollars be better utilized in a different area such as elementary/secondary education, higher education, dealing with the senior services funds to take care of the elderly and the veterans out there?’” he said.

“In campaigns, typically, campaigns would go and receive absentee ballots as part of the campaign. Right now, you have to go to each individual election authority to get that information although that information is also sent to the Secretary of State’s Office as a centralized location for that information. This just says that you could go to that centralized instead of each election authority to receive that information,” the senator and former election official for Andrew County said.

“That actually gives some bidding preferences to blind and disabled organizations and sheltered workshops. I’m a big advocate of the sheltered workshops up here in Northwest Missouri, but across the state as well. I think they serve a noble purpose, in that they deal with a population that many of the participants and their parents feel very comfortable with those sheltered workshop locations and operations,” he said, adding it would award workshops a 10-point preference in bidding for jobs that employ disabled Missourians.

Sen. Ryan Silvey serves Senate District 17, which encompasses a large swath of southern and central Clay County and includes parts of Kansas City, Gladstone, Oaks, Oakwood, Oakwood Park, Oakview, Liberty, Glenaire, Pleasant Valley, Claycomo, North Kansas City, Avondale, Randolph and Birmingham.

There are also two Senate Joint Resolutions Silvey is working on — SJR 23 and 24. If passed, both would go to a vote of the people. The first is to exempt real property taxes for 100 percent disabled veterans, not just those who are former prisoners of war.