Legislative Update for May 13, 2022
Today (Friday, May 13, 2022) marks the last day in the 2022 regular session for the General Assembly to consider legislation. Only one chamber of the legislature will be in session today, since the Senate has adjourned until Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Therefore, the only legislation that can be Truly Agreed To and Finally Passed today would be Senate bills still in the House (in the form they were originally approved by the Senate), conference committee reports and substitutes approved by the Senate before it adjourned, and House bills returned to the House with Senate amendments (in the form approved by the Senate). This leaves a very limited amount of work remaining to be done.
To date, two bills (supplemental appropriations bills) have been presented to the governor, who has signed one of them. As of midnight, the General Assembly had Truly Agreed To and Finally Passed forty bills (including nineteen appropriations bills), one joint resolution (a proposed constitutional amendment), and three concurrent resolutions.
Pursuant to the constitution, the legislature will automatically adjourn at midnight on May 30, 2022. The final two full weeks of May will be devoted to enrolling, engrossing, and the signing of Truly Agreed bills by the presiding officers. Then, these bills will be presented to Governor Parson, who will have forty-five days (July 14, 2022) to return any bill to the Secretary of State with his approval or reasons for disapproval. The joint resolution will be submitted to the voters in November 2022.
For a cross-section of legislation of potential interest to the profession filed during the present session, consult the latest issue of the Legislative Digest (online at Missouri Bar Publications or The Missouri Bar’s Legislative Engagement Center). A complete breakdown of the 2022 Truly Agreed To and Finally Passed Legislation will be available to members of The Missouri in the August issue of the Legislative Digest (prior to the August 28, 2022, effective date of most new laws), and Legislative Updates throughout the summer will feature summaries, breakdowns, and other information about TAFP bills.
Although a great many bills of interest to members will not be passed this session, they are quite likely to be reintroduced during the next regular session. The Board of Governors and its Executive Committee welcome input on these bills at any time during the interim. Please review the bills of interest in your practice area (available on the Legislative Engagement Center) and submit any comments to Government Relations staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.