LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Veterans

Posted by Dave Berry

Subject: State Lottery Commission
Gate Way Group Contact:  Deanna Hemphill

A bill proposing a constitutional amendment requiring the State Lottery Commission to develop and sell a Veteran’s Lottery Ticket with proceeds directed to the Veterans Commission Capital Improvement Trust Fund has advanced out of the House Veterans Committee this week by a vote of 17-0.  Another bill considered for advancement was House Joint Resolution 51, filed by Representative Kevin Elmer (R-Nixa), which proposes a constitutional amendment authorizing an exemption from property tax for certain property of active-duty military personnel stationed outside the country.  Concern was noted as the bill relates to the Hancock Amendment, a specific Missouri law that would require the state to reimburse municipalities and political subdivisions from any lost property tax revenue resulting from the proposed measure.  As a result, it was laid over to provide time for further discussion.

See below for a list of bill pertaining to this issue:

House Bill 1356, filed by Representative Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob), proposes to prohibit a state agency, political subdivision, or a member of the Missouri National Guard from knowingly aiding an agency of the United States armed forces in specified unlawful detentions of a citizen.

House Bill 1285, filed by Representative Keith English (D-St. Louis), would require school districts to observe Veterans’ Day as a school holiday.

House Bill 1264, filed by Representative Robert Cornejo (R-St. Peters), would require the state of Missouri to adopt a uniform hiring preference for the initial employment, subsequent employment, promotions, reassignments, horizontal transfers and reduction-in-force situations of veterans, disabled veterans and surviving spouses.