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Representative Yolanda Young's Newsletter

September 24, 2021


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201 W. Capitol Avenue, Room 102
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: (573) 751-3129
Email: yolanda.young@house.mo.gov


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Dear Neighbors,

I would like to invite you all to participate in our third and final town hall event of the year! Tomorrow, September 25 at 1pm, Representatives Sharp, Johnson, and I will be joined by Dr. Traci Johnson from Truman Medical Centers to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Johnson is an expert on Black maternal health and has a great deal of experience in the safety and efficacy of vaccines. I hope you can join us in person at Concord Fortress of Hope Church (11050 W. Longview Parkway) or virtually via Zoom for this event! 
When: Sep 25, 2021 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Legislative Town Hall

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82888625922?pwd=ajU4a2xzQUE5WjZxK1lsUW5XaVc3Zz09 
Passcode: 569361

Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): 
US: +1(312) 626-6799 or +1(301) 715-8592 or +1(929) 205-6099 or +1(253) 215-8782 or +1(346) 248-7799 or +1(669) 900-6833 

Webinar ID: 828 8862 5922
Passcode: 569361
While I was in Jefferson City for our annual veto session, I had the opportunity to attend the Governor's Inaugural Ball. After each election year, all newly elected officials gather together to celebrate with a ball at the Capitol. Since COVID-19 made it unsafe to host the ball in its regular fashion in January, it was postponed until September 18 and was hosted outside to allow for COVID precautions. My husband, Alan, and I had a great time getting dressed up and celebrating with my colleagues. It was a lovely event and a great way to join together safely after almost two years of this pandemic. 

Remember, we are always here to help you with anything you may need. For assistance, call my office at (573) 751-3129 or email me at yolanda.young@house.mo.gov

Yours in Service,

Yolanda Young
Budget Veto Override Causes
Tensions in the Senate
An attempt to override one of Governor Parson’s line-item budget vetoes sparked fierce infighting among Senators on September 15, with members of the majority party spending several hours angrily arguing over whether the chamber’s unwritten traditions should trump its actual procedural rules. The annual veto session ultimately ended with no overrides.
 
Governor Parson vetoed four bills lawmakers passed during the 2021 regular legislative session. He also issued 51 line-item budget vetoes that struck about $115 million in spending authority from the $35 billion state operating budget for the 2022 fiscal year, which began July 1.
Lawmakers are constitutionally required to convene each September to consider whether to pursue any override attempts.
 
The House of Representatives voted to override four of the governor’s line-item vetoes. Those involved $150,000 for refunds to certain taxpayers affected by a changed interpretation in state tax laws, $2.1 million for a pay increase for state Children’s Division workers, $300,000 for a Lincoln County program to address crimes against children and $700,000 for a special taxing district in Boone County. All but the last passed on near-unanimous votes.
 
The override efforts then shifted to the Senate, where it is tradition – but not an actual rule – that only a bill’s handler can make an override motion. Nonetheless, Senator Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) attempted to make an override motion on the tax refund veto, even though he wasn’t the bill’s handler.
 
However, Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, who presides over the Senate floor debate, refused to recognize Moon’s motion. Although the lieutenant governor is the Senate’s presiding officer, the role is mostly ceremonial and carries little authority over chamber procedures. After Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) upheld Kehoe’s decision, the chamber’s conservative faction brought proceedings to a standstill arguing over the propriety of Kehoe’s action and interpretations of Senate rules.
 
The impasse was broken when state Senator Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby) handler of the bills, agreed to make the override motion. However, Hegeman angrily complained of being “disrespected” by those senators who wouldn’t defer to his traditional prerogatives as the bill’s handler. The override effort ultimately failed on a vote of 13-15, falling 10 votes short of the 23 needed to complete it.
 
Hegeman later made a motion to override on anti-child violence program veto at the request of another senator, although he again made it clear he supported the governor’s vetoes. That override failed on a 16-13 vote.
 
Prior to the Senate meltdown, House Democrats pursued overrides on three other budget vetoes – two involving a total of $26.4 million in federal funds for rate increases for in-home care providers and one calling for $1 million to expand the Missouri Rx prescription drug program. However, none of those three efforts were successful.
REAL ID Deadline Extended Past October 1
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended the deadline that requires a REAL ID in certain situations from October 1, 2021, to May 3, 2023, to allow individuals additional time to comply. 
 
Effective May 3, 2023, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver license or nondriver license (ID card), or another form of identification accepted by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), to fly within the United States.
 
Under Missouri law, applying for a REAL ID-compliant driver license or ID card is optional. However, individuals who choose not to get one will still be required to present another form of TSA-approved identification to fly domestically beginning May 3, 2023. A valid U.S. passport is an example of an acceptable alternative form of identification.
 
Also effective May 3, 2023, residents of every U.S. state and territory must present a REAL ID-compliant driver license or ID card, or another form of acceptable identification, to access federal facilities, including military bases and federal courthouses, and to enter nuclear power plants. 
 
A Missouri-issued driver license or ID card that is noncompliant with REAL ID will provide the same access as a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card until May 3, 2023. However, federal agencies have the authority to set their own minimum security access requirements. Some federal facilities, like U.S. military bases, may already require a REAL ID-compliant credential. DHS recommends that you contact the federal agency you plan to visit in advance to confirm the identification requirements.
 
For additional information about REAL ID, as well as a variety of helpful resources, please visit dor.mo.gov/driver-license/issuance/real-id/.
Motor Fuel Tax Increase Starts October 1

On October 1, 2021, Missouri’s current motor fuel tax rate of 17 cents per gallon will increase to 19.5 cents per gallon. Under Senate Bill 262, you may be eligible to receive a refund of the 2.5 cents tax increase you pay on gasoline in Missouri beginning October 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022. Refund claims for this period may be submitted after July 1, 2022, through September 30, 2022. 

Although you can't apply for a refund claim until July 1, 2022, you will need to start saving your gas receipts beginning after October 1 if you want to intend to include in your refund claim next year. 

A refund claim form will be available on the Department of Revenue’s website prior to July 1, 2022. You may only turn in receipts with your name on them and you must keep your receipts for three years in the event you are audited by the Department of Revenue. 

The following information will be required when submitting a refund claim: 

  • Vehicle identification number of the motor vehicle into which the motor fuel was delivered;
  • Date of sale;
  • Name and address of purchaser;
  • Name and address of seller;
  • Number of gallons purchased; and
  • Number of gallons purchased and charged Missouri fuel tax, as a separate item.

The Department will be developing an online system so that customers can electronically file a claim and receive an approved refund. 

Please note: Missouri’s motor fuel tax rate will increase by 2.5 cents per gallon annually on July 1 until it reaches 29.5 cents in July 2025. Under SB 262, you can request a refund of the Missouri motor fuel tax increase paid each year: 2.5 cents in 2022, 5 cents in 2023, 7.5 cents in 2024, 10 cents in 2025, and then 12.5 cents in 2026 and each year after. 

Please refer to our FAQs - 2021 Senate Bill 262 for additional information. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office with any questions. We will connect you with the appropriate resources at the Department of Revenue. 

Court Rules Against Missouri
in Juvenile Sentencing Case
A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on September 17 ruled that Missouri’s process for determining whether inmates sentenced to mandatory life in prison for crimes committed as juveniles should be eligible for parole is unconstitutional. While upholding the trial court on that point, the appellate panel ordered the lower court to reconsider its decision that the plaintiffs weren’t entitled to state-funded legal counsel.
 
The case has its origins in a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring that sentencing juvenile offenders to life without possibility parole violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment since the immaturity of youthful offenders renders them inherently less culpable for their actions. Four years later, the Supreme Court clarified that its prior ruling is retroactive to the cases of juvenile offenders sentenced before 2012.
 
After the 2016 ruling, the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole began granting parole hearing to juvenile offenders who had served at least 25 years. However, a 2017 class-action lawsuit alleged those proceedings failed to provide a meaningful opportunity for those offenders to be released since they didn’t consider an inmate’s youth and maturity level at the time of the offense, as mandated by the Supreme Court. The lawsuit also alleged the parole board improperly limited the testimony offenders were allowed to provide. A federal district judge later sided with the inmates. By a 2-1 vote, the appellate panel upheld the district court.
 
“We agree with the district court that these policies and practices, when implemented and considered in combination, worked to deprive Plaintiffs of their Eighth Amendment right to a meaningful opportunity to obtain release based upon demonstrated maturity and rehabilitation,” Judge Jane Kelly wrote for the two-judge majority.
 
The dissenting judge would have found that the hearings provided by board were constitutionally sufficient. The case is Norman Brown, et al., v. Anne Precythe, et al.
Net State Revenue Down 22.5 Percent
So Far in Fiscal Year 2022
Net state general revenue collections for the first two months of the 2022 fiscal year were down 22.5 percent compared to the same period in 2020, going from $2.15 billion last year to $1.66 billion this year. However, because the income tax deadline was pushed from April to July last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, state revenue collections during early months of FY 2021 were drastically inflated, thus skewing comparisons with this year’s collections.
 
Net general revenue collections for August 2021 decreased 3 percent compared to those for August 2020, going from $991.6 million last year to $962.2 billion this year.
Health Director "Haunted" by
Law Limiting COVID Response
The new head of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services told reporters on September 16 that a recently enacted state law limiting the ability of local governments to respond to public health emergencies “haunts” him as he begins leading the state’s efforts to combat the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to reports by various news outlets.
 
Donald Kauerauf, a 30-year veteran of the Illinois Department of Public Health with experience in emergency management, took over as Missouri’s health department director September 1. In June, a new state law took effect tightly limiting the scope and duration of local health restrictions.
 
“This is the one that haunts me, and this is the one I’m worried about,” Kauerauf said in reference to the new law, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Public health is not politics. It is helping people.”
 
Governor Parson signed the measure, House Bill 271, into law about five weeks before announcing the hiring of Kauerauf in July. Parson’s support for stripping authority from local officials was somewhat surprising since during the height of the pandemic the governor repeatedly justified his hands-off approach to imposing statewide restrictions by saying local officials were better positioned to determine the appropriate measures necessary based on local conditions.
 
During his virtual news conference, Kauerauf also spoke out in favor of wearing masks to limit the spread of COVID-19. “Everything I’ve read, everything I’ve seen: masks work,” Kauerauf said.
COVID-19 Vaccine Lottery
To encourage people to get vaccinated in Missouri, the Governor announced that the Department of Health and Senior Services will be hosting a vaccine lottery. From now until October, vaccinated Missourians will have the chance to win $10,000 just by proving that you are vaccinated. 

For those 18 years or older, 800 Missourians will be chosen to win $10,000 cash. For those 12 to 17 years of age, 100 people will be chosen to win a $10,000 educated savings account, to be used to pay for school. 

For a chance to win $10,000 visit covidvaccine.mo.gov/win or call (877) 435-8411 to enter. To win, you must be able to prove your Missouri residence and your vaccination status. 
Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
Truman Medical Center is offering walk-in vaccinations at their two hospital campuses (2211 Charlotte and 7900 Lee’s Summit Road) 7am to 2pm Monday through Friday.  In addition, you can schedule a vaccine at www.trumed.org or by calling 816-404-CARE. 

ALL Missourians are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If you have not been vaccinated, I encourage you to visit the COVID-19 map to find a vaccination site near you. The following places are currently offering vaccines in Kansas City: 
Anyone in need of a COVID-19 vaccine can receive one for FREE from KC CARE Health Center at the following Kansas City Public Library locations:

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Wednesdays, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Waldo Branch, 201 E. 75th St.

Thursdays, Noon - 6 p.m.
North-East Branch, 6000 Wilson Ave.


Anyone hoping to get a vaccine can walk in to one of the Library clinic sessions as long as supplies last. No registration is required. Available for ages 12 and older. There is no cost to get the vaccine -- it is completely free.

The full schedule of vaccine clinics at Library locations can be found on the Library’s online calendar.
State government can be hard to navigate. If you need assistance with a state department or with unemployment, Medicaid, food stamps, or other state benefits call my office at (573) 751-3129. We can also guide you to community resources such as rent and utility assistance, food distribution, and COVID-19 related issues. My staff and I are here to help in any way we can. 
District 22 Staff




Kaylee Bauer
201 W. Capitol Avenue, Room 102
Phone: (573) 751-3129
kaylee.bauer@house.mo.gov 
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