HB927 - POLITICAL ACTIVITY OF STATE MERIT EMPLOY - Hosmer, Craig
HB927 CHANGES POLITICAL ACTIVITIES ALLOWED FOR STATE MERIT EMPLOYEES.
Sponsor: Hosmer, Craig (138) Effective Date:00/00/00
CoSponsor: LR Number:2008-01
Last Action: 06/23/98 - Approved by Governor (G)
06/23/98 - Delivered to Secretary of State
CCS SCS HB 927
Next Hearing:Hearing not scheduled
Calendar:Bill currently not on calendar
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BILL SUMMARIES

TRULY AGREED

CCS SCS HB 927 -- POLITICAL ACTIVITY OF STATE MERIT EMPLOYEES;
LOBBYISTS

Currently, a state employee covered by the merit system cannot
hold a leadership position in a political party, partisan club,
or partisan campaign.  This bill allows these employees to take
part in the activities of political parties and political
campaigns.  Employees may not, however, use their official
authority to influence political outcomes, nor engage in
political activities while on duty.  The bill makes it unlawful
to coerce a state employee to take part in political
activities.  Such unlawful action can result in imprisonment for
up to one year and a $2,500 fine.

Current law requires a witness testifying before a committee of
the General Assembly to provide identifying information,
including his or her name and address.  The bill allows a
witness who is not a lobbyist to withhold his or her address if
the committee decides that the information would endanger the
physical health of the witness.  A lobbyist is also allowed to
have the Ethics Commission remove from the commission's files
the name of a person who is no longer an authorized employee of
the lobbyist.

The bill also prohibits any state agency or official from
preventing state employees from communicating with their State
Senator or Representative or requiring a state employee to
provide any record or information regarding any such
communications, except when the communications are directly
related to the employment duties of the employee.


PERFECTED

HB 927 -- POLITICAL ACTIVITIES BY STATE EMPLOYEES (Hosmer)

Currently, a state employee covered by the merit system cannot
hold a leadership position in a political party, partisan club,
or partisan campaign.  This bill allows these employees and all
other employees of an executive agency of state government to
take part in the activities of political parties and political
campaigns.  Employees may not, however, use their official
authority to influence political outcomes, nor engage in
political activities while on duty.  The bill makes it unlawful
to coerce a state employee to take part in political
activities.  Such unlawful action can result in imprisonment for
up to one year and a $2,500 fine.

The bill also changes the law governing lobbyists and other
witnesses testifying before a committee of the General
Assembly.  Current law requires a witness to provide identifying
information, including his or her name and address.  This bill
allows a witness who is not a lobbyist to withhold his or her
address if the committee decides that the information would
endanger the physical health of the witness.

FISCAL NOTE:  No impact on state funds.


COMMITTEE

HB 927 -- POLITICAL ACTIVITY BY STATE EMPLOYEES

SPONSOR:  Hosmer

COMMITTEE ACTION:  Voted "do pass" by the Committee on
Governmental Organization and Review by a vote of 11 to 0.

Currently, a state employee covered by the merit system cannot
hold a leadership position in a political party, partisan club,
or partisan campaign.  This bill allows these employees and all
other employees of an executive agency of state government to
take part in the activities of political parties and political
campaigns.  Employees may not, however, use their official
authority to influence political outcomes, nor engage in
political activities while on duty.  The bill also makes it
unlawful to coerce a state employee to take part in political
activities.  Such unlawful action can result in imprisonment for
up to one year and a $2,500 fine.

FISCAL NOTE:  Partial Estimated Net Effect on General Revenue
Fund of an increase of $250,232 to a cost of $1,792,503 in FY
1999, an increase of $596,995 to a cost of $2,423,612 in FY
2000, and an increase of $306,556 to a cost of $2,108,459 in FY
2001.  Estimated Net Effect on Domestic Relations Resolution
Fund of $0 in FY 1999, FY 2000, and FY 2001.

PROPONENTS:  Supporters say that this bill would mirror the
Federal Hatch Act and does not change state merit system law.
The bill allows some political activity and states what is not
allowed.  This would encourage state employees to become
involved in the political system.

Testifying for the bill were Representative Hosmer; Missouri
AFL-CIO; Director of Personnel, Office of Administration; and
Communication Workers of America.

OPPONENTS:  There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Steve Bauer, Legislative Analyst


INTRODUCED

HB 927 -- Political Activities by State Employees

Sponsor:  Hosmer

Currently, a state employee covered by the merit system cannot
hold a leadership position in a political party, partisan club,
or partisan campaign.  This bill allows these employees and all
other employees of an executive agency of state government to
take part in the activities of political parties and political
campaigns.  Employees may not, however, use their official
authority to influence political outcomes, nor engage in
political activities while on duty.  The bill also makes it
unlawful to coerce a state employee to take part in political
activities.  Such unlawful action can result in imprisonment for
up to one year and a $2,500 fine.


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