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Last Published: 12/29/2016 4:39:12 PM
KANSAS CITY COMMITTEE RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Presided:2 - JOLIE JUSTUS, KEVIN MCMANUS
Present:3 - KATHERYN SHIELDS, SYLVESTER JAMES, JR., TERESA LOAR
 
 
 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 2016 State or Federal priorities or positions.
 
 Health Commission - Health Commission - Dr. Sarah Martin Anderson, Health Commission Liaison to the Health Department accompanied by Dr. Seft Hunter, Community co-chair for the Health Commission and Michael Hopkins, Health Commissioner briefly discussed the following 3 topics as their 2017 Federal legislative priorities. 1) Support Safer and Healthier Communities - Increase Federal anti-violence funding for grants that will assist the Kansas City No Violence Alliance (KC NoVA) and the City’s Aim4Peace Program, in addition to evidence-based non-governmental partners 2) Health Care Access - Continue support for full funding of the Affordable Care Act, including access expansion, consumer protections, emphasis on prevention and wellness, improving quality and system performance, expanding the health workforce and curbing the rising health care costs. 3) Early Learning - Support federal public policies and investments that will increase access to high quality early learning programs for Missouri’s children and families. The following 3 topics were briefly discussed as their 2017 State Legislative priorities. 1) Expansion of Health Care Coverage in Missouri - Support expansion of Medicaid and other medical access-related legislation. 2) Public Health Finding - Encourage increased funding to local public health agencies. Currently, Missouri ranks 50th in state Public Health Funding nationwide, with an average of $5.90 spent per person. 3) Early Learning - Support legislation that will increase and allocate funding for early childhood education programs. A copy of the presentation is on file in the City Clerk’s Office.
 
 Health Department - Dr. Sarah Martin Anderson, Health Commission Liaison to the Health Department accompanied by Dr. Rex Archer, Director, Health Department briefly discussed the following topics as their 2017 State and Federal Legislative priorities. 1) Public Health Funding: Increase funding for prevention, emergency preparedness and healthy housing. Increase ability of Kansas City to pull down Federal funds directly and increase the proportion of revenue that is direct State funding. 2) Gun Control: Support legislation that controls licensing and inappropriate access to guns. 3) Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit: Support legislation at the federal level to expand the reach of the EITC among low-income working adults, particularly childless adults under the age of 25. Support legislation at the state level to transform the current non-refundable EITC into a refundable EITC—the most powerful poverty-fighting tool. 4) Prescription Drug Monitoring: Support state legislation authorizing the Department of Health and Senior Services to implement a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP). A copy of the presentation is on file in the City Clerk’s Office.
 
 Finance - Tammy Queen, Finance provided a brief overview of their State Legislative Priorities. 1) Clarifying the Definition of “Hotel, Motel or Tourist Court “. 2) Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement. 3) Extension of Earnings Tax Renewal Period. Federal Legislative Priorities were briefly described as: 1) Marketplace Fairness Act and the Remote Transactions Parity Act. 2) Municipal Bonds Tax Exemption. 3) H.R. 4216 – Consumer Financial Choice and Capital Markets Protection Act. A copy of the presentation is on file in the City Clerk's Office.
 
 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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