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Legislation #: 180939 Introduction Date: 12/6/2018
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Title: Establishing the City of Kansas City’s legislative major priorities and positions on matters for the 2019 session of the Missouri General Assembly.

Legislation History
12/4/2018 Filed by the Clerk's office
12/6/2018 Referred to Legislative Committee
12/11/2018 Immediate Adoption as a Committee Substitute
12/13/2018 Councilmember Shields (Second by Justus) Move to Amend
12/13/2018 Adopted as Substituted and Amended

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Establishing the City of Kansas City’s legislative major priorities and positions on matters for the 2019 session of the Missouri General Assembly.


WHEREAS, the Missouri General Assembly will convene on January 9, 2019; 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 2019 session of the Missouri General Assembly:


1.     Preemption. Oppose any efforts to undermine local control for Kansas City, including any new state requirement or state budget decision that does not include adequate state funding.


2.    Earnings Tax. Oppose any effort to undermine the Earnings Tax and support the extension of the Earnings Tax renewal period from 5 years to 20 years.


3.  Public Safety. Support legislation that addresses violent crime prevention efforts.


4.  Buck O’Neil Bridge. Support state funding for the Buck O’Neil Bridge and oppose any reduction in the state’s funding commitment.


5.  Economic Development Incentives. Support existing state economic development tools. 


6.  Low Income Housing Tax Credits. Support low income housing tax credits.


7.  Discriminatory Laws. Oppose legislation that would be reasonably viewed as discriminatory toward any citizen of the State of Missouri and harmful to its economy.


8.    Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Support legislation to create a strong statewide prescription drug monitoring program that will effectively function with county and local efforts and will be similar to those now functioning in every other state and U.S. territory to reduce deaths and serious medical consequences caused by opioid overdoses.


9.     Medicaid Transformation. Encourage the General Assembly to support expansion and reform of the Missouri HealthNet (Medicaid) program to increase health care coverage for the region’s most vulnerable populations and reduce costs of uncompensated emergency care to hospital and safety net providers.


10.     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.


11.   Transportation Funding. Support efforts to raise new revenues to address current and future transportation needs.


12. 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.


13.  Truman Sports Complex and Bartle Hall. Support continued state funding of $3 million annually for the maintenance of the Truman Sports Complex and amending Missouri Revised Statutes Section 67.641 to extend the state’s contributions and continued state funding of at least $2 million annually for the maintenance of the Bartle Hall Convention Center and funding commensurate with the statute.


14.  Receiverships for Vacant Property. Support amending Missouri Revised Statutes Section 82.1026 to provide that the receivership remedy applies to vacant nuisance properties.


15. Medical Marijuana. 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 and that includes a scoring bonus of ten percent for minority and women's business enterprise applicants.


Section 2.  POSITIONS. That the City adopts the following positions on matters that may come before the 2019 session of the Missouri General Assembly:


Finance and Governance


1.  Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement. Support state efforts to pass enabling legislation to enter into a Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement (SSUTA).


2.  Tort Liability. Support amending Missouri Revised Statutes Section 84.330 to eliminate the City’s liability for the torts of KCPD police officers.


3. Bid Award to Lowest and Best Bidder. Support amending Missouri Revised Statutes Section 84.330 to provide for an exception for charter cities to allow Kansas City to continue to have the sole discretion to award its contracts to the lowest and best bidder or proposer.


Neighborhoods & Healthy Communities


Kansas City Health Commission. Support the 2019 Kansas City Health Commission’s Legislative Priorities. 


Planning, Zoning and Economic Development


1.    Film Rebate Program. Support reinstating the Missouri Film rebate program as a tool for economic development.


2.  Division of Tourism. Support increased funding of the Missouri Division of Tourism.


Public Safety


1.  Safe Parks and Public Spaces. Support efforts that maintain and promote safe parks and public spaces for all our citizens.


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


3. 911 System. Support improvement of the 911 system by allowing counties to ask voters to renew a sales tax to support the 911 system.


Section 3. OTHER ORGANIZATIONS’ PRIORITIES AND POSITIONS. That the City supports the legislative positions adopted by the ArtsKC Regional Arts Council, Economic Mobility Task Force, Kansas City Consensus Agenda for Economic Development, Kansas City Health Commission, Mid-America Regional Council and South Kansas City Alliance for the 2019 session of the General Assembly.