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Last Published: 12/24/2018 8:19:13 AM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Presided:2 - JOLIE JUSTUS, KEVIN MCMANUS
Present:2 - KATHERYN SHIELDS, TERESA LOAR
Out:1 - SYLVESTER JAMES, JR.
 

180938
(Sub.)
RESOLUTION - Establishing the City of Kansas City’s legislative priorities and positions on matters that may come before the 116th United States Congress in 2019.


LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE recommends "IMMEDIATE ADOPTION AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE"
This Resolution establishes the City of Kansas City’s legislative priorities and positions on matters that may come before the 116th United States Congress in 2019.Councilwoman Justus offered an amendment under Infrastructure and Transportation, to support the federal transit administration application of the Kansas City Streetcar Authorities, Kansas City Area Transit Authority and the City of Kansas City. This will secure Federal funding for the streetcar expansion project. Tom Gerend, Executive Director of KC Streetcar Authority, provided public testimony supporting the suggested amendment. Jan Marcasn, Greater Kansas City Chamber, provided public testimony that the Greater Kansas City Chamber is working in partnership to secure funding for the KC Streetcar Authority. John Sharp, provided testimony in support of the amendment. Randy Landis, Finance Department, provided testimony by adding an amendment to the Economic Development Incentives under Finance and Governance.
Ayes: 4 - Justus, McManus, Shields, Loar
Nays: 0

180939
(Sub.)
RESOLUTION - Establishing the City of Kansas City’s legislative major priorities and positions on matters for the 2019 session of the Missouri General Assembly.


LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE recommends "IMMEDIATE ADOPTION AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE"
This Resolution establishes the City of Kansas City’s legislative major priorities and positions on matters for the 2019 session of the Missouri General Assembly. Support amending Missouri Revised Statute Section 84.330 to provide for an exception for Charter Cities to allow Kansas City to continue to have sole discretion to award its contracts to the lowest and best bidder or opposer. Councilwoman Shields suggested amendment, under section one, titled medical marijuana. This amendment would support state legislation that creates an equitable licensing program designed to increase ownership participation among communities that have historically been negatively impacted by the war on drugs. John Sharp, former councilman, provided public testimony in support of adding the '911' position to Section 1, number 3 of Public Safety position, stating support and improvement to 911 system by allowing counties to ask voters to renew a sales tax to support 911 system. Councilman McManus provided the suggested language. Dre Taylor, Nile Valley Aquaponics, provided public and support for access in equitable programs, city and statewide, training and expungement of misdemeanor offenses. Angie Lile, Coalition of Economic Development Reform, provided public testimony expressing concern of Economic Development Incentives under Section 1. She added public and charter schools are losing funding per pupil, per year due to incentives most often used for luxury housing development and luxury hotels. Taxing jurisdictions are outnumbered by mayoral appointees to various commissions being allowed to grant economic incentives, which undermines public education and long term economic development by depriving citizens development of a marketable workforce. She stated our students should be our economic development and urges the council to make that change. Clinton Adams, third district resident, presented public testimony agreeing with previous public testimony Angie Liles, adding to change the existing definition of 'Blight'. He added that licensing should include minority enterprise applicants and women business enterprise applicants a scoring bonus of 10% when applying for licensing to dispense medical marijuana under this amendment Councilwoman Shields recommended further meetings with the last two public testimonies to have continued conversations. Councilwoman Justus recommended meeting with both lobbyist and people from public testimony to have further conversations.
Ayes: 4 - Justus, McManus, Shields, Loar
Nays: 0
 
 1. The Legislative Committee will hear testimony regarding state and federal legislative issues from City of Kansas City, Mo departments and various community interests including non-profit organizations, government agencies, businesses, faith based institutions, interest groups and individuals. The issues will be considered by the committee to be included as part of either the City’s 2019 state or federal priorities or positions.
 
 2. There may be general discussion(s) on current Legislative Committee issues.
 
 3. Pursuant to the following subsections of Section 610.021 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, there may be a closed session to discuss: a. Legal matters, litigation, or privileged communications with attorneys, pursuant to subsection 1; b. Real estate, pursuant to subsection 2; c. Personnel, pursuant to subsection 3 and 13; and/or d. Sealed bids or proposals, pursuant to subsection 12.
 
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