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Jan 3 – Weekly Capitol Update

| January 3, 2013

GOVERNOR WANTS TO CONSOLIDATE DNR COMMISSIONS

In a year-end interview with The Associated Press, Gov. Jay Nixon said consolidating operations within the Missouri Department of Natural Resources will be one of his priorities during the 2013 legislative session. There are nearly two dozen separate commissions within DNR, with each commission having jurisdiction over a different aspect of environmental regulation.

Nixon said streamlining the department could make it easier for businesses and individuals to comply with environmental rules. Because most of the numerous commissions within DNR are established in state law, legislative approval will be required to implement changes.

MISSOURI BEGINS IMPLEMENTING NEW DRIVER’S LICENSES

The Missouri Department of Revenue is in the process of implementing new driver’s licenses in the state, The Associated Press reported on Jan. 2. The new licenses will have enhanced security features, including special printing, laser perforations and bar codes, designed to prevent identity theft. In a new step to combat underage drinking, licenses for drivers under age 21 will be printed vertically instead of horizontally.

With the changes, Missourians will no longer get their new license on the spot. Instead they will receive a temporary license, with their permanent license arriving by mail a week to 10 days later. The department expects the new licenses to be phased at license offices statewide by April.

NIXON APPOINTS DEPARTING SENATOR TO TAX COMMISSION

Gov. Jay Nixon on Dec. 31 appointed departing state Sen. Victor Callahan, D-Kansas City, to the Missouri State Tax Commission, which supervises tax assessment and equalization practices throughout the state. Callahan, who couldn’t seek re-election in 2012 due to term limits, had served in the Senate since 2003 and had been Senate minority leader since 2008. The appointment will be subject to Senate confirmation.

LIBERTY MEMORIAL IN KC TO HOUSE WW I COMMISSION

Congress on Dec. 31 approved legislation designating the National World War I Museum at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City as the home of the new World War I Centennial Commission. The 12-member commission will be charged with planning events to commemorate the 100th anniversaries of important events connected to the war, which lasted from 1914 to 1918.

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