Wednesday’s veto session: All you need to know

The veto session will cover topics from the A+ Scholarship to minimum wage and insurance laws. It begins Wednesday at noon and could go as late as Thursday.

The state capitol could see a late night Sept. 16, as the 2015 veto session is set to start at noon and could last through Sept. 17.

Several of the bills could directly impact students, including Senate Bill 224 and House Bill 722.

Other bills that will be up for another vote include House Bills 150, 116 and 1022 and Senate Bill 142.

Scholarship — SB 224 requires that in order to receive the A+ Scholarship, a student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

This bill came to light earlier this year along with House Bill 3, which made it so that undocumented immigrants living in Missouri could not receive in-state tuition.

Cities’ rights — HB 722 prohibits cities from holding their own minimum wage or benefit standards that differ from state and federal standards.

In July, the Kansas City City Council voted to raise minimum wage to $13 an hour in the city by 2020. St. Louis followed suit in August, when the Board of Aldermen voted to raise their minimum wage to $11 an hour by 2016. The current Missouri minimum wage is $7.65.

The bill also requires that anyone doing business in the state must provide bags for items purchased, and bans, fees or taxes imposed on bags are prohibited.

Unemployment benefits — HB 150 reduces the number of weeks allowed to receive unemployment levels depending on the average level of unemployment in the state. Under this bill, citizens can only receive state unemployment aid for a maximum of 20 weeks.

According to the Missouri Department of Labor, 24.59 percent of the unemployment rate comes from those under 35.

Right to Work — HB 116 covers the “Right to Work” issue by saying workers cannot be forced into unionization or any fees associated with it, and employers cannot deny employment on the basis of participation in a union.

Insurance premiums — HB 1022 allows insurance companies to return a portion of an individual or business’ premiums back to them if no claims are filed in the predetermined amount of time.

Department of National Resources — SB 142 requires the DNR to prepare an implementation impact report with other government entities before submitting plans to the Environmental Protection Agency. This bill also allows the Joint Committee on Government Accountability to hold a minimum of two public hearings regarding the report.

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