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Last Published: 8/10/2018 3:39:07 PM
KANSAS CITY COMMITTEE RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:4 - JOLIE JUSTUS, KEVIN MCMANUS, SYLVESTER JAMES, JR., TERESA LOAR
Out:1 - KATHERYN SHIELDS
 
 
 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 2018 state or federal priorities or positions.
 
 No discussion
 
 2. Seft Hunter and Patti Sosa - Health Commission
 
 Seft Hunter and Patti Sosa, Health Department, provided the staff report for this additional item. The presentation included the proposed top three federal priorities: Protection and Expansion of the Preventive Health Funding, Health Care Access and Support Safer and Healthier Communities. The top three State priorities included: Public Health Funding, Women's Health and Early Learning. An electronic copy of this presentation is on file in the City Clerk's Office.
 
 3. Evelyn Craig - restart, Inc.
 
 Evelyn Craig, reStart, provided the report for this additional business item. This presentation included Federal level priorities: • Provided $2.6 billion that the House included in its T-HUD bill for HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program and extend the sunset date of the United States lnteragency Council on Homelessness (USICH) from 2017 to 2020 while setting its funding level at $3.6 million. • Protect Medicaid funding that provides essential resources for communities combating chronic homelessness and is a lifeline for millions of the nation's most vulnerable citizens. No health reform legislation should cap or cut Medicaid or phase out the Medicaid expansion • Fund "mainstream" affordable housing programs at the levels necessary to preserve and begin to increase capacity. State level priorities included: • Close the health coverage gap through the expansion of Medicaid or adoption of a state-based solution in order to improve the health of Missourians and save money for the state. • Missouri’s Landlord Tenant laws position us close to the top of an unenviable list - communities with some of the highest eviction rates in the nation. Kansas City ranks among the top-tier major U.S. metropolitan areas for evictions. According to research conducted by Dr. Matthew Desmond, Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Studies at Harvard University and author of Evicted, 50 households a day are formally evicted in Jackson County. • Support local communities’ efforts in increase the minimum wage. • Expand the analysis and input developed for the recommendations proposed by The Governor's • Committee on Simple, Fair and Low Taxes. Kansas priorities are as follows: • Close the health coverage gap either through expansion of Medicaid or expansion of a state solution such as KanCare, to improve the health of Kansans and save money for the state • Support Wyandotte County's initiative to become a Safe & Welcoming Community and encourage other communities to do the same. • Repeal restrictions on the right to vote and oppose new restrictions being proposed. County Level priorities: • Implement the changes recommended in the auditor's report on improving conditions at the Jackson County Jail. City Level priorities: • Promoting community safety is not only about reducing violence; it is also critical to increasing investment, revitalizing neighborhoods, and enabling vulnerable individuals to connect with needed services. Without strong neighborhoods, individuals exiting poverty will have greater difficulty connecting to jobs, accessing services, and pursuing education. • Support the Healthy Homes Ordinance to ensure proper inspection of rental properties to eliminate health hazards in Kansas City housing. • Support approval of the ballot proposition to construct a new air terminal for Kansas City. An electronic copy of the presentation is on file in the City Clerk's Office.
 
 4. Gary Sage - Economic Development Corporation of KCMO
 
 Gary Sage, Economic Development Corporation KCMO (EDC KCMO), provided the report for this additional business item. The presentation included 10 priorities for Missouri: • Retain existing Transportation Development District and Community Improvement District. • Support state funding for the Buck O'Neil Bridge. • Support both traditional and innovative ways to fund all modes of transportation throughout the state and region. This includes the upgrade of roads, highways, waterways, rail, public transit and air travel in an efficient and cost-effective manner. • Support funding for the Missouri Technology Corporation and support early stage capital legislation. • Maintain funding support for historic and low-Income tax credits. One national priority was included: Protect tax exempt municipal bonds as the Congress Is working on tax reform. An electronic copy of this presentation is on file in the City Clerk's Office.
 
 5. Mike Schumacher - City of Kansas City, MO
 
 6. Terrance Williams and Mark McHenry - Parks and Recreation
 
 Terrance Williams, Parks and Recreation, presented the staff report for this additional business item. • There is one Missouri Legislative priority item, Bill 572, this bill prohibits registered sexual offenders from being 500 feet of children’s museums, zoological parks, or other locations with the primary purpose of educating and entertaining children. There are two Federal Legislative priorities, • Community Parks Revitalization (CPR) Act: (H.R. 343) This bill authorizes the Secretary to increase federal rehabilitation and construction, innovation, and at-risk youth recreation grants to a state under this Act by an additional match of up to 15% (but more than 15%) of total project or program cost limiting the aggregate amount of the grant and the additional grant amounts of 85% percent of the total project or program cost. • Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act of 2017: (S 482) The bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow a medical care tax dedicated for up to $1,000 ($2,000 for joint return or a head of household) of qualified sports and fitness expenses per year. An electronic copy of the presentation is on file in the City Clerk’s Office.
 
 7. Terry Leeds - Water
 
 Terry Leeds and Tom Kimes, Water Services, provided the presentation for this additional business item. The presentation included: Federal Legislative priorities: • Flood Risk Management Projects – appropriations/authorizations (5 projects) • MOARC/KCIC DC Trips • Federal Legislative Regulations and Policies State Legislative Priorities: • State Legislative regulations and policies An electronic copy of the presentation is on file in the City Clerk’s Office.
 
 8. MOARC and KCIC
 
 Tom Poer, Missouri and Associated Rivers Coalition (MOARC), provided the presentation for this additional business item. They support the proposal submitted by Water Services. To be able to leverage funding for these projects are important to getting those projects completed. Scott Brown, Faultless Starch Company provided testimony for the flood control and flood management priorities. They are working with MOARC for a cost analysis and a schedule also a design to approach the levy projects. An electronic copy of the presentation is on file in the City Clerk’s Office.
 
 9. Cecilia Abbott - Law Department
 
 Cecilia Abbott and Doug McMillian, Law Department, provided the presentation. This recommends the elimination of City liability for the torts of KCPD police efforts. An electronic copy of the presentation is on file in the City Clerk's Office.
 
 10. There may be general discussion(s) on current Legislative Committee issues.
 
 11. 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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