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    MSPE CONVENTION 2016

    REGISTER NOW FOR MSPE'S 2016 ANNUAL CONVENTION !!

     

    Plan to be part of MSPE's 79th Annual Convention on June 12-15, 2016 at The Lodge at Old Kinderhook in Camdenton, Mo.

     "MAKE IT PERSONAL" by participating in all or some of the activities outlined on the Schedule of Events.  (See Page 2 of the Registration Brochure)

    Special Family Events and participatory activities are planned along with the Order of the Engineer ceremony, society business meetings, MSPE's Annual Banquet and 11-hours of PDH opportunities.

    Friday, June 3, 2016 is the deadline to register for the special convention packages.  Registrations after June 3, 2016 will ONLY be accepted for PDH sessions through the a la carte registration.  Click to open:

    2016 Convention Registration Brochure

     

     

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    State Legislative Update

    MSPE Weekly Legislative Report

    4-25-16

    Bill tracking report update 4-28-16!

    WEEKLY OVERVIEW: With just over two weeks left in session, both the House and Senate leadership are trying to speed up passage of priority bills.  Of note, the two chambers spent time last week negotiating and then passing the thirteen budget bills that total $29 billion in spending for FY 2017. Also they will cease reporting on bills being heard in the original chamber and future MSPE Weekly Legislaive Reports will concentrate more on floor action.

    SENATE FLOOR ACTION

    STEM INITIATIVE:The Senate Third Read and Passed SB 873 sponsored by Sen. David Pearce (R-Johnson). This act modifies the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fund. MISSOURI SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS INITIATIVE: Any taxpayer who hires a student majoring in a field of study related to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) to fill an internship position may apply to have up to five thousand dollars of the taxpayer's state tax liability removed from the general revenue fund and placed in the STEM Fund. The student must be enrolled at a two-year or four-year public or private Missouri college or university and the internship position must be in a field of study related to the STEM fields. In addition, the internship must be located in Missouri and be for a duration of at least twelve weeks and consist of at least fifteen hours of work per week. The Department of Higher Education must establish a procedure for approving applications (Section 163.670).  This act authorizes an employer that is partnered with an innovation campus to retain up to one hundred percent of the withholding tax for up to five years for an employee that has graduated from an innovation campus with a bachelor's degree in the field of science, engineering, technology, or mathematics after April 30, 2017 (Section 620.2605). ECONOMIC-EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP ACT: This act creates the Economic-Education Partnership Act. An employer that provides educational benefits or trains a qualified individual for an employment position, may apply to have up to five thousand dollars of the taxpayer's state tax liability transferred from the general revenue fund and placed in the STEM Fund. Training must be in the health care, engineering, or information technology fields for no more than one year. Educational benefits are defined in the act (Section 620.3030).  The cumulative amount of taxes transferred to the STEM Fund through the Missouri STEM Initiative and through the Economic-Education Partnership Act cannot exceed fifty thousand dollars annually from all participating taxpayers. Any donations to the fund from third parties will not count toward the fifty thousand dollar limit. SB 873 was Third Read and Passed by a vote of 31 yes and 0 noes. This bill has been reported to the House and First Read. 

    COMMITTEE ACTION

    PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION:  The Senate Committee on Financial, Government Organizations, and Elections conducted a public hearing on HCS HB 1466, sponsored by Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield). This bill establishes guidelines for the regulation of occupations and professions not regulated by the Division of Professional Registration within the Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration prior to January 1, 2017. The bill specifies that an individual may engage in the occupation of his or her choice, free from unreasonable government regulation. The state may not impose a substantial burden on an individual's pursuit of his or her occupation or profession unless there is an important governmental interest for the state to protect the general welfare. Testifying in support were representatives of the Missouri Association of Landscape Architects, a private citizen, Better Access for Developmental Drugs, and the Nurse Practitioners Association.  There was no testimony in opposition and the committee took no further action on the bill.

    STATE ENERGY PLAN AND ELECTRIC RATES: The Senate Committee on Commerce, Energy and the Environment voted “do pass” 4-2 HCS/HB 2629, sponsored by Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark). Voting against the bill were Senators Wallingford and Romine.  This bill specifies that it is the policy of the state to modernize the regulatory process for electrical corporations to more closely align the interests of electrical corporations and the customers they serve.  The bill allows aluminum smelting facilities, and their respective electrical corporation service provider, to jointly submit an application to the Public Service Commission for approval of an aluminum smelter rate. Such application must include specified features, and an executed contract between the facility and its electrical corporation service provider. Within 30 days of filing the application, the Public Service Commission must issue an order directing the electrical corporation to file tariffs containing the rates, terms and condition set forth in the application, and authorizing the electrical corporation to create a regulatory asset for the difference between revenues that would have been collected under the previous rate and the new aluminum smelter rate. Any aluminum smelting facility must only be eligible for an aluminum smelter rate if it maintains a number of full-time employees not less than 1 1/2 times its megawatt demand. If a facility becomes ineligible for such rate, they must be served at a rate that would otherwise be applicable to a customer of its size and load characteristics.  The Division of Energy must review and update if necessary the Comprehensive State Energy Plan implemented by the division by January 1, 2017 (likely to be amended to Jan., 2018) and biennially thereafter. The division must review the plan to ensure it meets specified criteria. To conduct the review, the division must use a diverse stakeholder system or contract with a Missouri-based not-for-profit organization who meets specific requirements. The division must issue a report, along with the review, that suggests policy changes needed to meet set criteria.  This bill contains an emergency clause for the provisions relating to aluminum smelters. Note: This bill could be brought for debate on the Senate floor this week.

    PROFESSIONAL LICENSES: The House Committee on Professional Registration conducted a hearing on SB 831, sponsored by Senator Jay Wasson (R-Nixa). This bill updates procedures for submission of payment, applications, requests for educational time extensions or notification to professional boards by Missouri professionals who are licensed.  The bill, in part, allow for electronic submission of payment and other notifications.  Speaking in favor of the bill were representatives of the Missouri Division of Professional Licensing and the Missouri Realtors Association.   The committee took no action on the bill. 

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