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City of Independence
BILL NO. 18-814Res.No:          6391

Agenda Title:

18-814 - A resolution adopting the 2019 State Legislative Policy. [Motion passed to amend by adding Mental Health Resources as a 2019 State Legislative Priority.]

The City Manager recommends adoption of the policy.
Executive Summary:

The 2019 City of Independence State Legislative Policy is a policy document that expresses the positions of the City for the 2019 Missouri General Assembly Session. The policy outlines the top issues of importance to Independence and will guide legislative advocacy on behalf of the City by staff, elected officials and lobbyists.

The 2019 City of Independence State Legislative Policy outlines the City's top legislative priorities and major policy positions in seven categories: economic development, finance, municipal court, parks & recreation, public safety, tourism and transportation & utilities. The statements of policy are general and are intended to give staff and the city's contracted lobbyists basic direction to respond to bills that come up throughout the session. It would be impractical to seek Council guidance on every issue during the session due to the volume of bills and pace of the process.
The following are the proposed three priorities for the 2019 session:
1. In the interest of public safety, the City supports legislation to reinstate the authority of municipal governments to suspend in-state driver’s licenses for failure to appear or failure to pay fines for traffic violations.
2. The City supports the opening of a Missouri Highway Patrol Regional Crime Laboratory in either Independence or another location in our region that fits the need.
3. The City supports local control of rights-of-way and public assets. Local jurisdictions need authority to set reasonable and predictable application processes and fees for the deployment of wireless facilities, including small cell pole attachments

The draft policy was shared with the City's local legislative delegation at a legislative briefing on November 19, 2018. On November 26, 2018, the City Council held a study session to review and discuss the draft policy. Since no changes were requested, the final policy is now recommended for formal adoption in advance of the legislative session that starts on January 9, 2019.

Fiscal Impact:

There is no fiscal impact associated with this action.

Department:          City ManagerContact Person:          John Mayfield

City Managers OfficeApproved
Finance DepartmentApproved
Law DepartmentApproved
City Managers OfficeApproved
City Clerk DepartmentApproved

Council Action:          Council Action:          Accepted

Policy (as amended)Backup Material