Legislators won’t file into Jefferson City until next month, but they have been busy pre-filing hundreds of bills ahead of the next legislative session.
Following the momentum of Washington Republicans, the GOP-controlled legislature is eyeing an array of reforms to Missouri’s tax code, including reductions in tax rates and caps on certain tax credits.
Outside of perennial legislation to eliminate the state income tax, a new proposal by Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, would trim the top income tax rate for individuals, lower corporate rates by 2 percent and place a limit on sales taxes authorized by local taxing entities.
Another Senate measure would completely eliminate six tax brackets, leaving a top rate of 4.8 percent for all income over $7,000 and a bottom rate of 3.5 percent. Senate Bill 617, sponsored by Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Springs, also would increase Missouri’s motor fuel tax by 6 cents, from $0.17 a gallon to $0.23.
Legislation filed by Andrew County Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, would modify aspects of the Historic Preservation Tax Credit and place a $50 million-a-year cap on tax credits issued through Missouri’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.
In the wake of officer-involved shootings in Missouri, including the 2017 verdict acquitting former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, pre-filed legislation in the House aims to impose increased oversight into investigations involving officer-involved shootings.
St. Louis County Republican Rep. Shamed Dogan is sponsoring a measure that would require law enforcement agencies in Missouri to have a written policy regarding investigations of officer-involved shootings as well as requiring the agency to report their findings to the prosecuting attorney of a different county.
House Bill 1452 would require a police officer involved in a shooting or death to take a drug test and undergo a psychiatric evaluation. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Karla May, D-St. Louis.
Another issue likely to be debated by legislators will be the expanded use of industrial hemp and marijuana for medical issues.
Lawmakers reconvene for the second session of the 99th General Assembly during the first week of January.