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Last Published: 3/21/2017 10:09:17 AM
KANSAS CITY COMMITTEE RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Presided:1 - JOLIE JUSTUS
Present:2 - KEVIN MCMANUS, TERESA LOAR
Out:2 - KATHERYN SHIELDS, SYLVESTER JAMES, JR.
 
 
 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.
 
 a. Bill Dietrich - Downtown Council of Kansas City
 
 Bill Dietrich identified their state legislative priorities as: 1. Support additional funding for the Missouri Technology Corporation. 2. Support capital improvement projects at UMKC. 3. Create or extend Missouri economic development tools that help to compete with other states focusing incentives on companies that create high paying new jobs for the region. 4. Support new business development incentives for science and technology based on businesses to increase technical capacity. 5. Support new and innovative way to fund all modes of transportation throughout the state and region. 6. Retain existing state economic development incentives and commitments to programs. Bill Dietrich identified their federal legislative priorities as: 1. Generate and secure a United States Downtown Economic Stimulus Authority (USDESA). Copy of presentation is on file in the City Clerk's Office.
 
 b. Terry Leeds/Lynda L. Hoffman/Sean Hennessy - City of Kansas City, Missouri Water Services Department
 
 Terry Leeds, Director of Water, Services identified their Federal legislative priorities as: 1. Appropriations requests for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Partnership Projects. 2. Authorization requests for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Partnership Projects. 3. WRRDA 2014 Implementation 4. Water of the United States (WOTUS) Final Rule. 5. Clean Water Affordability Legislation 6. Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act 7. Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS) Implementation Guidelines and Agency Rulemaking. 8. Missouri River Basin 9. Responsible Management of the Missouri River 10. Tax Free Muni Bonds Terry Leeds, Director of Water Services, identified their state legislative priorities as: 1. Sunshine Law 2. Sovereign Immunity Copy of presentation is on file in the City Clerk's Office.
 
 c. Councilman John Sharp, State & Federal priorities for the city of Kansas City. Jason Pryor - Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association. Bud Nichel - Convention & Tourism Tax, change in statute.
 
 Richard Cohen on behalf of Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) presented the creation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) a new position to fight domestic terrorism. Copy of presentation is on file in the City Clerk's Office.
 
 d. Evelyn Craig - reStart, Inc.
 
 Evelyn Craig identified their Federal legislative priorities as: 1. Homeless assistance programs... 2. Fund Department of Veterans Affairs homeless assistance programs at the level necessary to house every homeless veteran... 3. Increase HUD's ability to serve and stably house low-income individuals. 4. Increase the capacity of Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) programs through reauthorization and funding. 5. Implement H.R. 3700 to make many long overdue changes to the Department of Housing and Urban Development's core rental assistance programs... Evelyn Craig identified their State and City level legislative priorities as: 1. Missouri's Landlord Tenant Laws position us close to the top of an unenviable list. Evelyn Craig identified their County level legislative priorities as: 1. A new children's service fund would support the critical work of nonprofit organizations throughout the county, providing much-needed fiscal security in turbulent financial times.
 
 e. Gene Shepherd/Erin Lynch - City of Kansas City, Missouri Office of Emergency Management
 
 Gene Sheperd and Erin Lynch identified their Federal legislative priorities as: 1. Restoring Federal Funding to Kansas City to preserve critical capabilities developed through the Urban Area Security Initiative Program (UASI). Copy of presentation is on file in the City Clerk's Office.
 
 2. There may be general discussion regarding 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: (1) legal matters, litigation, or privileged communications with attorneys, pursuant to subsection 1; (2) real estate, pursuant to subsection 2; (3) personnel, pursuant to subsection 3 and 13; and/or (4) sealed bids or proposals, pursuant to subsection 12.
 
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