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Legislative Update - March 19, 2021

The General Assembly has eight weeks remaining for the consideration of the 2,250 bills and joint and concurrent resolutions introduced.  Seventy-six bills or resolutions have been third read and passed in the chamber of origin. A single piece of legislation (the annual supplemental appropriations bill) has been approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by the governor. Typically, the General Assembly will approve 125-150 bills or joint resolutions, with approximately 100 of them being passed during the final two weeks of session. Joint resolutions do not require gubernatorial approval; they will be placed on the 2022 general election ballot, unless otherwise directed. 

View a complete list of bills approved by the Senate and delivered to the House for consideration. 

View a complete list of bills approved by the House and delivered to the Senate for consideration. 

The final day for floor action on bills (non-appropriations) will be Friday, May 14, 2021. General Assembly has fifty-eight calendar days and thirty-five to forty legislative days before this deadline. The period between May 14 and May 30, 2021, will be devoted exclusively to the engrossing, enrolling, and signature of approved legislation. Pursuant to the constitution, the General Assembly will adjourn sine die on May 30, 2021. The final day for the governor to act on bills delivered to him will be July 14, 2021. Unless a bill provides otherwise, the effective date for enacted bills from the regular session will be August 28, 2021. 

A complete list of bills pending on the House and Senate floor calendars is included at the end of this update. 


On The Missouri Bar website, members can access summaries of the 2021 Bar-initiated legislative proposals, as well as links to the corresponding legislation introduced in the General Assembly. These proposals were drafted by committees or divisions of The Missouri Bar and approved by the Board of Governors. Members can also access a tracking report to see the current status of these bills and track their legislative progress through the remainder of session. Seven bills containing the three 2021 Bar-initiated legislative proposals have been filed in the General Assembly. One bill has received a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.   


In addition to these weekly legislative updates in ESQ., The Missouri Bar’s Legislative Engagement Center provides members with tools to stay up to date and informed about legislative developments that may impact their practice or clients. Members can find information about Missouri lawyers serving in state elected office, and the General Assembly links provide access to legislative resources, including House and Senate directories and committee hearing schedules. Also, members can use the Bills of Interest feeds to identify bills in their practice area and see the latest legislative action on them. Those who are only interested in specific subjects or practice areas can bookmark those report pages for later reference. These reports are continuously auto-updated as legislative actions occur. The following areas are currently available:  

If you have questions or comments about a specific bill, please contact Government Relations staff at govrel@mobar.org


Each session, Government Relations staff identify and monitor bills of significant interest that impact state courts or the legal profession (Bills of Significant Interest report). (These bills are arranged by legislative progress, with those bills farthest along at the top of the list.) Members are encouraged to submit comments on any bills pending before the Board of Governors or Executive Committee. Please e-mail any comments to govrel@mobar.org and note the bill number in the subject line.  

The Missouri Bar limits its legislative activities to bills concerning the administration of justice, the integrity of the judiciary, improvement of the law, or the dignity of the profession of law. The Board of Governors or the Executive Committee regularly review legislation arising outside the Bar and, under certain circumstances, may take positions on individual legislation on behalf of The Missouri Bar (Cumulative Summary of Actions Taken By Executive Committee / Board of Governors). 


The final day for floor action on appropriations bills will be Friday, May 7, 2021.  In January, the governor presented his executive budget and recommendations to the General Assembly, in conjunction with his annual State of the State address.  The Fiscal Year 2022 Executive Budget Summary is available here, and the full FY 2022 Executive Budget is available here. Appropriations bills are traditionally filed as House bills and considered first by that chamber. The FY 2022 operating budget consists of nineteen House bills, which were filed on February 24, 2021, and have been referred to the House Budget Committee.  To view video of the Judiciary budget presentation, click here.  

FY 2022 Department Budget Requests with Governor’s Recommendations 

FY 2022 Department Budget Requests 



House Bills on Second Reading 

  • HB 52 – Schnelting (104) – Modifies provisions relating to concealed firearms on public transportation 

  • HB 578 – Bromley (162) – Repeals the requirement that biennial vehicle registration be renewed in certain years, and provides that vehicles without front license plate brackets shall not be required to display front license plates 

  • HCS for HJR 35 – Griesheimer (061) – Modifies the constitutional powers and duties of the State Treasurer 

  • HCS for HJRs 20, 2, 9 & 27 – Henderson (117) – Modifies provisions for initiative petitions to be placed on the ballot and the voter threshold required for approval 

  • HB 249 – Ruth (114) – Extends the authorization of AIM Zones until 2031 

  • HCS#2 for HB 75 – Murphy (094) – Modifies provisions relating to public health orders issued by government entities 

  • HB 138 – Pietzman (041) – Requires the Department of Natural Resources to assist permit applicants throughout the permitting process 

  • HB 257 – Evans (154) – Specifies that Head Start buses shall be considered school buses for certain traffic control purposes 

  • HB 701 – Black (007) – Modifies provisions relating to public employee retirement systems 

  • HB 624 – Richey (038) – Establishes the Show Me Success Diploma Program as an alternative graduation pathway for high school students 

  • HCS for HB 685 – Chipman (120) – Modifies certain qualifications for particular public offices 

  • HB 660 – O'Donnell (095) – Specifies that the Department of Revenue shall not require a list of applicants prior to making the Boy Scouts of America special license plate available 

  • HCS for HB 583 – Riggs (005) – Requires audits of all state departments at least once every four years 

  • HCS for HB 811 – Black (007) – Modifies provisions relating to teacher and school employee retirement systems 

  • HB 948 – Francis (145) – Modifies provisions relating to agricultural tax credits 

  • HCS for HB 495 – Ruth (114) – Modifies provisions relating to telemedicine 

  • HB 767 – Roden (111) – Prohibits certain charges to customers by public water supply districts and metropolitan water supply districts 

  • HB 201 – McGirl (118) – Requires the Department of Revenue to keep the home address and vehicle information of certain individuals confidential 

  • HCS for HB 292 – Roberts (161) – Modifies provisions relating to stalking 

  • HB 554 – Eggleston (002) – Modifies provisions relating to taxation 

  • HB 151 – Shields (011) – Allows school districts that share superintendents to receive additional state aid 

  • HB 333 – Simmons (109) – Modifies provisions for initiative petitions and referendums 

Senate Bills for Perfection 

  • SB 91, with SCS – Riddle (10) – Prohibits certain offenders of sex crimes from being near certain properties 
  • SB 283 – Hoskins (21) – Modifies provisions relating to liquor sales 
  • SB 119, with SCS – Burlison (20) – Modifies provisions relating to telecommunication practices 
  • SB 149 – Onder (02) – Modifies the initiative petition process 
  • SJR 2, with SCS – Onder (02) – Modifies the process for getting an initiative petition on the ballot 
  • SB 137 – Brattin (31) – Modifies the procedure for the maintenance of voter registration records 
  • SB 108, with SCS – Cierpiot (08) – Allows two or more municipalities to form a broadband infrastructure improvement district for the delivery of broadband internet service to the residents of such municipalities 
  • SB 141 – Bean (25) – Requires the Public Service Commission to create a renewable natural gas program 
  • SB 163 – Cierpiot (08) – Modifies provisions relating to communications services offered in political subdivisions 
  • SB 40 – Burlison (20) – Modifies provisions relating to the Department of Natural Resources 
  • SB 301, with SCS – Bernskoetter (06) – Establishes the Prescribed Burning Act which protects a landowner from liability for a prescribed burning 
  • SB 333 – Burlison (20) – Modifies provisions relating to charitable organizations 
  • SB 120, with SCS – White (32) – Modifies provisions relating to military affairs 
  • SB 327 – Koenig (15) – Modifies provisions relating to termination of parental rights and adoption 
  • SB 289, with SCS – Brown (16) – Modifies provisions relating to peace officer licensure 
  • SB 176 – Hough (30) – Enacts provisions relating to personal delivery devices 
  • SB 46 – Hough (30) – Exempts new motor vehicles from certain inspection requirements 
  • SB 3 – Hegeman (12) – Modifies the statute of limitations for personal injury claims from five years to two years 
  • SB 212 – White (32) – Modifies provisions relating to the Department of Corrections, the Division of Probation and Parole, and the Parole Board 
  • SB 5, with SCS – Wieland (22) – Modifies provisions relating to certain infrastructure improvement districts 
  • SB 36 – Bernskoetter (06) – Establishes the Capitol Complex Tax Credit Act 
  • SB 57, with SCS – May (04) – Modifies provisions relating to incentives for economic development 
  • SB 354, with SCS – Hoskins (21) – Modifies provisions relating to tax credits 
  • SB 126, with SCS – Brown (16) – Extends the hours for the sale of intoxicating liquor 
  • SB 287 – Crawford (28) – Modifies provisions relating to use taxes 
  • SB 282, with SCS – Hegeman (12) – Modifies provisions relating to elections 
  • SB 202, with SCS – Cierpiot (08) – Creates provisions allowing electrical corporations to issue bonds to finance energy transition costs 
  • SB 44 – White (32) – Establishes provisions related to water and sewer infrastructure 
  • SB 71, with SCS – Gannon (03) – Modifies provisions relating to protection orders, including protective orders for household pets 
  • SB 254, with SCS – Riddle (10) – Restricts the inspection of grounds or facilities used for certain agricultural purposes 
  • SB 94 – Onder (02) – Creates new provisions relating to joint employers 
  • SB 206 – Arthur (17) – Modifies provisions relating to child care benefits 
  • SB 138, with SCS – Brattin (31) – Modifies the law relating to work requirements for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program 
  • SB 78 – Beck (01) – Modifies the process for hiring state employees 
  • SB 74, with SCS – Bean (25) – Modifies provisions relating to hate crimes against law enforcement officers and first responders 
  • SB 343 – Brown (16) – Modifies provisions relating to terms of imprisonment 
  • SB 95, with SCS – Onder (02) – Modifies provisions related to the virtual school program 
  • SB 30 – Cierpiot (08) – Establishes the "Show Me a Brighter Future Scholarship Act" 
  • SB 134 – O’Laughlin (18) and Cierpiot (08) – Permits recording certain meetings by a student's parent or legal guardian 
  • SB 98, with SCS – Hoskins (21) – Modifies provisions relating to gaming 
  • SB 360, with SCS – Wieland (22) – Modifies the supplemental surcharge collected by the director of the division of workers' compensation 
  • SB 45 – Hough (30) – Creates new provisions relating to certain firefighters who contracted certain types of cancer as a result of employment as a firefighter 
  • SB 65, with SCS – Rehder (27) – Modifies provisions relating to persons knowingly infected with communicable diseases 
  • SB 253 – Hegeman (12) – Establishes a tax credit for certain alternative fuel refueling properties 
  • SJR 12 – Luetkemeyer (34) – Allows the growth in assessed values to be limited by law 
  • SB 131 – Luetkemeyer (34) – Places a limit on the growth in assessments of residential real property  
  • SB 291 – Brown (16) – Modifies provisions relating to the right of sepulcher and the death registration process 
  • SB 306, with SCS – Bernskoetter (06) – Modifies provisions relating to liability of a landowners 
  • SB 255 – Riddle (10) – Modifies provisions relating to Missouri Local Government Employees' Retirement System to provide for coverage of certain employee classes 
  • SB 404 – Riddle (10) – Provides that sheriffs shall collect up to $100 for service of court orders in eviction proceedings 
  • SB 334 – Bernskoetter (06) – Modifies provisions relating to service territories of retail electric service providers 
  • SB 96, with SCS – Hoskins (21) – Establishes a minimum biodiesel fuel content mandate for diesel fuel sold or offered for sale in Missouri 
  • SB 183 – O’Laughlin (18) – Modifies definition of "wages" under employment security law to exclude termination and severance pay 
  • SB 459, with SCS – Brattin (31) – Modifies provisions relating to child custody arrangements 
  • SB 198, with SCS – Eigel (23) – Creates the Department of Military Forces 
  • SJR 7 – Eigel (23) – Creates the Department of Military Force 
  • SB 114 – Bernskoetter (06) – Modifies provisions relating to the reorganization and renaming of certain state agencies 
  • SB 316 – Hough (30) – Modifies provisions governing the payment of salaries out of the state treasury 
  • SB 372 – Riddle (10) – Modifies provisions relating to qualifications for agents of liquor control 
  • SB 195 – Koenig (15) – Modifies provisions relating to administrative fees charged by dealers licensed by the Department of Revenue 
  • SB 295, with SCS – Crawford (28) – Establishes the Missouri Statutory Thresholds for Settlements Involving Minors Act 
  • SB 169 – Burlison (20) – Provides that a food or merchandise container shall not be deemed to be misleading, misbranded, or unfairly marketed if the container is filled to less than its capacity if certain criteria are present 
  • SB 139 – Bean (25) – Establishes the Workforce Diploma Program to assist students in obtaining a high school diploma and in developing employability and career and technical skills 
  • SB 204, with SCS – Cierpiot (08) – Modifies provisions related to computer science courses offered in elementary and secondary schools 


Senate Bills for Perfection 

  • SB 1 – Hegeman (12) – Extends the sunset on certain health care provider federal reimbursement allowances 


Senate Bills 

Reported 3/11 

  • SB 403, with SCS – Onder (02) – Designates the first full week of May each year as "Tardive Dyskinesia Awareness Week" in Missouri 

  • SB 457, with SCS – Rizzo (11) – Modifies provisions relating to child care facility license-exempt Montessori schools 

  • SB 227 – Arthur (17) – Allows, rather than requires, the Department of Economic Development to recapture certain tax incentives 

  • SB 365 – Wieland (22) – Allows county assessors to send personal property tax lists in electronic form 

  • SB 303 – Gannon (03) – Modifies the process for the delivery of workers' compensation benefits 

  • SB 520, with SCS – Roberts (05) – Designates a portion of State Highway 180 as "Captain David Dorn Memorial Highway" 


House Joint Resolutions for Perfection 

House Bills for Perfection - Revision 

House Bills for Perfection  

House Bills for Perfection – Informal 

House Bills for Perfection – Consent 

House Concurrent Resolutions for Third Reading 

House Bills for Third Reading 

House Bills for Third Reading – Consent 

Senate Bills for Second Reading 

Actions Pursuant to Article IV, Section 27 

Appropriations Bills