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Legislation #: 200780 Introduction Date: 9/17/2020
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Title: Establishing the City of Kansas City’s legislative major priorities and positions on matters for the 2021 session of the Missouri General Assembly.

Legislation History
9/15/2020 Filed by the Clerk's office
9/17/2020 Referred to Special Committee for Legal Review
9/22/2020 Hold On Agenda (9/29/2020)
10/13/2020 Hold On Agenda (10/27/2020)
10/27/2020 Hold On Agenda (11/10/2020)
12/1/2020 Be Adopted as a Committee Substitute
12/3/2020 Assigned Third Read Calendar as Substituted
12/3/2020 Assigned Third Read Calendar as Substituted

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2021 KC Consensus Agenda on Economic Development.pdf Other 257K 2021 KCMO Consensus Agenda on Economic Development
Legislative Priorities--STATE--2021--Resolution--Fact Sheet.doc Fact Sheet 57K fact sheet- state priorities

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Establishing the City of Kansas City’s legislative major priorities and positions on matters for the 2021 session of the Missouri General Assembly.


WHEREAS, the Missouri General Assembly will convene on January 6, 2021; and


WHEREAS, the City has engaged in a process to identify its major priorities and positions for the General Assembly; NOW, THEREFORE,




Section 1.  MAJOR PRIORITIES. That the City adopts the following major priorities on matters that may come before the 2021 session of the Missouri General Assembly:


1.      Local Control. Oppose efforts to undermine local control for Kansas City and support Legislative action to return Mayor and City Council-led local control of the Kansas City Police Department rather than the current control of the Kansas City Police Department by a committee comprised of four members appointed by the Governor of Missouri.


2.  Earnings Tax. Oppose any effort to undermine the Earnings Tax and support the extension of the Earnings Tax renewal period to strengthen the City’s bond rating.


3.   Public Health. Support additional funding to local public health agencies to coordinate COVID-19 mitigation efforts and the successful distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine and support an increase in public health funding that is equitably distributed across the state of Missouri including Kansas City.


4.   Violence Reduction. Increase funding to local municipalities and non-profits for evidence-based efforts that address the root causes of gun violence. These include programs to provide support to victims of gun violence, diversion and intervention programs, and targeted programs that help law enforcement agencies solve more homicides and shootings.


5.   Police Residency. Retaining the residency requirement for all employees and officers of the Kansas City Police Department.


 Section 2.  POSITIONS. That the City adopts the following positions on matters that may come before the 2021 session of the Missouri General Assembly:


1.      Affordable Housing. Re-establish support for low-income housing tax credits and enhance support for programs that incentivize the production and preservation of affordable housing units.


2.      Medicaid Implementation. Support full funding and implementation of Medicaid Expansion passed by voters in August 2020.


3.      Transportation Funding. Support efforts to raise new revenues and allow state funding to address all current and future transportation needs, including the provision of zero-fare transit and expanded bus service so KCATA can better serve Kansas City’s workforce and employers.


4.      Expanding Access to Democracy. Support legislation which allows for early voting and same day voter registration.


5.      Discriminatory Laws. Oppose legislation that would be reasonably viewed as discriminatory toward any citizen of the State of Missouri and harmful to its economy and support legislative efforts to provide additional protections under the Missouri Human Rights Act, such as the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA), to prohibit discrimination in employment and housing.


6.      Promoting Tax Uniformity in the Accommodation Industry. Support amending Missouri Revised Statutes Sections 92.325, 92.327 and 92.331 to ensure residential dwelling rentals are subject to the same tax obligations as similarly situated accommodation providers.


7.      Sales and Use Tax Parity (e-commerce). In the wake of South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc., Chapter 144 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri should be amended to ensure that Missouri eliminates the disparity in tax rates (both sale and use; local and state) collected by in-state local businesses and out-of-state sellers, specifically ensuring the collection of tax on internet purchases, without a rollback of existing tax rates.


8.      Cable Franchise Fee. The City opposes any efforts to reduce or restrict the 5% fee it is allowed collect from video service providers providing video service in the City, without an equivalent revenue substitute. 


9.      Quality Child Care. Support efforts to increase the accessibility of full-day and full-year quality birth through Pre-K programs for all Missouri students.


10.  Economic Development. Support efforts to provide local jurisdictions with tools and funding mechanisms for fostering economic development in distressed neighborhoods.


11.  Video Lottery Terminals. Oppose efforts to legalize Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) in Missouri. 


12.  Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence. Support efforts to expand protections for victims of domestic violence, including state legislation based on Kansas City’s recently adopted ordinance relating to the unlawful carrying of concealed firearms in the City by persons who are subject to a restraining order or convicted of domestic violence.


13.  Safe Parks and Public Spaces. Support Blair’s law legislation that will make discharging a firearm within or into city limits with criminal negligence a state offense.


14.  Recidivism Reduction. Support funding of the Second Chance Risk Reduction Center and other programs created to reduce recidivism of former prisoners.


15.  Safe Streets. Support efforts to protect pedestrians and drivers from distracted motorists by allowing local jurisdictions to prohibit dangerous practices such as texting and driving.


16.  Municipal Court Maintenance. Support an extension for the collection of fees supporting restoration and maintenance of the municipal court house.


Section 3. OTHER ORGANIZATIONS’ POSITIONS. That the City supports the legislative positions adopted by the Kansas City Consensus Agenda for Economic Development and the Kansas City Health Commission for matters that may come before the 2021 session of the Missouri General Assembly.