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The Speaker’s Bills That are Now Law

HB 1908 — Welfare Reform Marriage:

Orders DHS to create a PSA to promote marriage as a social benefit and anti-poverty tool.

  • One of the main purposes of the 1996 federal welfare reform act was to reduce poverty through marriage.

According to the Heritage Foundation, marriage reduces the likelihood of child poverty by 80%.

HB 1909 — Welfare Reform Work:

Orders DHS to no longer seek waivers for Food Stamp Work Requirements.

  • Able-bodied people, 18-50, and without dependents will have to do 20 hours of work activities as required by the 1996 Welfare Reform Act.
  • The goal is to get more individuals out of poverty altogether by incentivizing work (or other acceptable activities under the 1996 law that lead to employment, such as taking classes directly related to achieving employment).

HB 1910 — Pay-As-You-Go Infrastructure Plan:

  • Reforms the Long Range Capital Planning Commission and calls for repair of the Capitol and create an 8-year maintenance plan for infrastructure.
  • LRCPC will direct OMES to liquidate underused assets.
  • Proceeds from liquidation and funds allocated by the legislature will go to prioritized projects.

HB 1911 — Reforms to Unemployment Program:

The legislation defines certain actions as being conduct that would disqualify a claimant from benefits including “excessive or unexplained absenteeism or tardiness.”

  • Gives clear language
  • The claimant signs that they understand the definitions
  • Will limit frivolous claims

HB 1912

Allows a victim to file for a protective order without filing a previous criminal or legal complaint against an alleged defendant. The court can also consider the safety of a victim before setting a bond for an alleged violation of a protective order.

HB 1919 — Deduction for Care for Orphans:

The legislation allows a deduction of $2,500 for single persons/$5,000 for married persons for contributions made for the care of foster children.

HB 2032 — Income Tax Cut and Funding for State Capitol Repairs:

  • Lowers the top income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 5.0 percent on January 1, 2015. This has a fiscal impact of $54.4 million in FY 2015.
  • Lowers the top income tax rate from 5.0 percent to 4.85 percent on January 1, 2016. This has an additional fiscal impact of $40.5 million in FY 2016 and $101 million once fully annualized.
  • Capitol repairs: HB 2032 reserves $60 million in FY 2014 and an additional $60 million in FY 2015 for capitol repairs. Any leftover money will be turned over to the Maintenance of State Buildings Revolving Fund to pay for other critical infrastructure needs.

House Bill 2195

Caps bonded indebtedness by limiting debt service payments as a percentage of the General Revenue Fund. The measure places the payment cap at five percent of the GRF. By doing so, this would limit the ability to increase state debt when interest rates are high.



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