Last Published: 3/21/2017 11:38:33 AM
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
 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.
 A. Aviation - Pat Klein, Director of Aviation, identified their State priority is dealing with the "Real ID" issue with the State of Missouri. In 2018, if the State of Missouri does not change some of the regulations, MO drivers’ licenses will no longer be valid ID for airline travel. We estimate 3 million of our travelers are Missouri residents. We estimate 1 in three residents has a passport. We have a huge issue that not only affects us but St. Louis and Springfield. Dave Long, Deputy Director of Aviation testified that Missouri lawmakers are proposing bills to solve Missouri's problem with the Real ID Act of 2005, in response to terror effects of 9/11 by setting standards for all state issued ID’s. In 2009, citing privacy concerns the Governor signed into law, a bill telling the Department of Revenue not to comply with the Laws. From Aviation’s perspective, it's a growing issue and if not resolved by Jan. 22, 2018, a Missouri Drivers’ License will no longer be accepted as adequate identification for domestic flights. Senator Ryan Silvy and others introduced Legislation working towards compliance and we must encourage them to resolve this matter. There are three states and a territory that do not comply with the Real ID Act, Minnesota, Missouri, the State of Washington and the American Samoan Islands.
 B. Evelyn Craig, restart, testified that their Federal priorities are to provide $2.487 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 Inter-Agency Council on Homelessness (USICH) from 2017 - 2020 while setting its funding level at $3.6 million. This introduces or supports legislation to dedicate $11 billion in mandatory spending for Homeless Assistance to Families program and supports the passage of SB. 2680, the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016, and make sure final mental health legislation is passed this year and support the following: passage in the Senate of several bills to end homelessness among our Veterans, timely implementation of the Housing Opportunities through Modernization Act of 2016 to make many long overdue changes to the Department of Housing and Urban Development's core rental assistance programs, including creating more flexible options to encourage Public Housing Authorities to expand access to housing for homeless youth and young adults, families and veterans. State priorities are to Expand Medicaid Eligibility: Improve the Health of Missourians and Save Money for the State. Improve Missouri’s Landlord Tenant laws to alleviate a perpetual cycle of hardship and homelessness that eviction often leads to. Priorities at the County level were outlined as Passage of the Children's Services Fund. Priorities at the City level were outlined as promoting community safety as it not only reduces 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. Preventing poverty and homelessness must include a commitment to strong quality public education. Support changes to the City's liquor licensing ordinance to provide more accommodations to the location of a liquor licensed business within close proximity to the site of a homeless services program.
 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.