A bill allowing MU Extension councils to form districts was approved in the Missouri Senate this week. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with District 21 Senator David Pearce:
Senator Pearce sponsors SB 9. If approved, it would allow for more funding options for cooperating counties. Voter approval would be necessary for each individual extension district to be formed. The Senate passed the bill with a voice vote this week. It must be approved again before it can move forward. More information can be found at senate.mo.gov.
The Senate also approved a bill regarding the Second Injury Fund, which deals with injuries that happen outside of the workplace, but disable an employee.
“Right now there’s some 30,000 claims that have not been paid by the state, and so we came up with a way to fund that,” said Pearce, “We also kind of restricted what kind of claims can be made in Second Injury. Missouri’s got probably one of the largest programs, most lenient, and we certainly need to trim that down. We made some very, I think, positive steps this past week in the State Senate.”
Funding for the Second Injury Fund primarily comes from a tax on businesses. The bill has advanced to the Missouri House. More information on the Second Injury Fund measure can be found at senate.mo.gov.