COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
This week, the Missouri legislature passed multiple bills which are now waiting for further action from Governor Parson.
Senate Bill 51: Establishes Provisions Relating to Civil Actions Arising from COVID-19 Pandemic
Missouri lawmakers passed Senate Bill 51 which would give protection to businesses and hospitals from being sued over exposure to COVID-19, unless it's proven the business was acting reckless.
Governor Parson said this bill was one of his top priorities to be passed into law.
Senate Bill 153: Modifies Provisions Relating to Taxation
An internet sales tax bill (Senate Bill 153) passed Friday by Missouri legislature would require online stores who are out-of-state, to collect sales tax on purchases made by residents.
Senate Bill 26: Creates Provisions Relating to Public Safety
Lawmakers gave final approval on Friday for Senate Bill 26 that would allow any individual to sue local governments who cut police funding budgets by more than 12% compared to other departments, over a span of five years. This bill also includes a ban on parole for individuals who are convicted of dangerous crimes against law enforcement, firefighters, or emergency service providers.
Another part of the bill would classify vandalizing a public monument as a misdemeanor.
Senate Bill 297: Institutions of Higher Education
College athletes could soon be able to make money off their name, image, and likeness according to a bill passed on Friday. This bill would also allow colleges and universities to charge students different amounts based on the subject of courses.
Since the legislature has adjourned, the governor has 45 days to take action on these bills. According to the Missouri House of Representatives, the governor has multiple options to choose from once a bill is sent to his desk.
- Sign the bill, making it law.
- Veto the bill. A 2/3 majority is needed in both houses to override the governor's veto.
- Not sign the bill. The bill would then go to the Secretary of State who would make the bill an authentic act and it would then become law.
This would make June 28th the deadline for the bills which passed on Friday to be signed into law.