Although signed by two different governors, dozens of laws passed by the Missouri Legislature this year went into effect Tuesday, Aug. 28.
Of the bills 146 total bills passed, several were sponsored by State Senate and House lawmakers representing Franklin County.
In late May, Gov. Eric Greitens signed 77 bills on his last day in office, just hours before resigning.
The most notable Franklin County centric bill signed by Greitens that is now law is HB 1809 sponsored by State Rep. Nate Tate, R-St.Clair.
The bill was the first of three steps to allow Franklin County to join the Bi-State Development Agency.
With the Missouri law on the books, a twin bill should be filed in the Illinois General Assembly next and if that passes, a federal bill will have to be passed and signed by the president.
A new law will now allow farmers in Missouri to grow and harvest industrial hemp thanks to a bill sponsored by State Rep. Paul Curtman, R-Washington.
The law creates an industrial hemp agricultural pilot program to be implemented by the Department of Agriculture and specifies the requirements for an applicant of an industrial hemp registration and agricultural hemp seed production permit.
State Rep Kirk Mathews, R-Pacific, had his first bill passed and signed by the governor this year. That was Mathews last legislative session.
House Bill 1769 establishes the offense of filing false documents with the intent to defraud, deceive, harass, alarm, or negatively impact, financially or in such a manner reasonably calculated to deceive.
State Rep. Justin Alferman, R- Hermann, resigned his seat in the Missouri House June 4 to become legislative director for Gov. Mike Parson.
In what was his final session, Alferman had language he filed in the past added to a bill from another lawmaker that was passed.
House Bill 1428 was passed with language that would require the state Senate to ratify any gubernatorial appointments after Aug. 28, 2018.
In addition to the legislative work, Alferman played a key part in the state’s 2019 budget as vice chairman of the House Budget Committee.
On the other side of the capitol building, State Sen. Dave Schatz had three bills passed this legislative session, but only one was signed by Greitens, the other two were singed by Gov. Mike Parson on July 5.
Senate Bill 862 modifies provisions relating to electrical contractors. It was signed by Greitens.
Two other bills, SB 707 modifies provisions relating to vehicle sales, and SB 708 increases the minimum motor vehicle liability coverage a driver must carry for others’ property when operating a motor vehicle were affixed with Parson’s signature.
In addition to their individual legislation becoming law, both Curtman and Schatz played a role in an education bill that was approved by Gov. Parson July 13.
House Bill 1606 sponsored by State Rep. Elaine Gannon, R-De Soto, contains language taken from bills originally filed by Schatz and Curtman, that failed to get passed out of their respective Houses and was instead added to Gannon’s bill.
The new law allows residents in St. Albans to send their kids to schools in the Rockwood School District and Washington taxpayers get to foot the approximate $135,000 bill by paying their tuition.