February 28 marked opening day for candidate filing in Missouri. Candidates file in person at the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office in the state capitol in Jefferson City. With Congressional and state House and Senate maps not final, there is still some head scratching among candidates. Candidates for the Missouri Senate were told to file on current districts. If and when the new Senate districts are confirmed, candidates may need to file in a different district. In 2012, all statewide offices, with the exception of State Auditor, all House districts and odd-numbered Senate districts are up for election. Candidate filing ends March 27.
Thursday, March 1, was the deadline to file Senate bills. House members still have several weeks to introduce new legislation. As we look to next week, the tempo quickens as Spring Break approaches. The House budget committee will begin its review of the state budget bills. Upon completion of the review, the committee will begin the "mark-up" process.
Payday lending bills have not moved during the past several weeks, and the salvage bill, SB 633, has not yet been reported to the Senate. MCUA is watching for amendments to transportation bills and will keep credit unions updated on this issue’s status. A bill to tie a debit card to accounts backed by gold and silver has been in heard in committee, but will likely fail because there is concern as to how the account can be managed when tied to changing gold and silver values. We’re also following bills that would add a trust protector option for trust accounts and worked to halt a bill that would have required retailers to collect state sales tax on purchases made with debit and credit cards and forward the tax directly to the state. We will also be watching to prevent that language from being added as an amendment to another piece of legislation. For questions on state legislation, contact Peggy Nalls at 573-645-1993.
Former SSG Robert Canine, recipient of the Homes for Our Troops home built in Columbia, visited the state capitol this week and was recognized on the floor of the House for his service. Canine is planning to work as an intern in the State Capitol in 2013. He is pursuing a business degree at the University of Missouri with a minor in leadership and community service.Photo Caption: Outside the Secretary of State's Office is the candidate filing board.