SB 0481 Enacts various accountability measures which pertain to the operation of the department of transportation
LR Number:1166L.22C Fiscal Note:1166-22
Last Action:05/16/03 - H Calendar S Bills for Third Reading w/HCS Journal page:
Title:HCS SS#2 SCS SB 481
Effective Date:August 28, 2003
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HCS/SS#2/SCS/SB 481 - This act establishes various accountability measures for the Department of Transportation.

JOINT COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION OVERSIGHT - This act expands the duties of the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight. The committee will be required to meet four times a year, in addition to its annual meeting. The act details the agenda items in addition to those which may be established by the co-chairs. In addition to its current duties, the committee may: (1) require the Inspector General to review, examine, or verify the contents of the annual report submitted to the committee; and (2) direct the Inspector General to conduct a management evaluation or program evaluation.

TRANSPORTATION INSPECTOR GENERAL - The Office of Transportation Inspector General is created and assigned to the General Assembly. The Inspector General will serve as Executive Director of the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight and will be appointed to a five-year term by majority vote of the Speaker and the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, the President Pro Tem and the Minority Leader of the Senate, and the Chairman of the Highways and Transportation Commission.

The Inspector General is required to: (1) Promote efficiency and integrity in the administration of the programs and operations of the department; (2) Detect and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse in department programs and operations; (3) Help assure that the department is operating in compliance with the constitution and laws of the United States and the State of Missouri; (4) Keep the commission and joint committee fully informed about any problems or deficiencies relating to the department; (5) Conduct management and program evaluations of the department; (6) Review citizen and state personnel complaints concerning the Department; and (7) Exercise limited subpoena power.

The Department of Transportation will be prohibited from having a position of Inspector General or any person who acts in the capacity as Inspector General with the function provided in this act.

HIGHWAYS AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION - This act requires that members of the Highways and Transportation Commission be appointed by the Governor from among candidates nominated by the leadership of each political party in the House of Representatives and Senate. Every two years the Governor will appoint one candidate from each party. Candidates must be appointed by July 1 in even-numbered years. When a vacancy on the commission occurs, the House and Senate leadership of the political party of the vacating member must submit three candidates for selection within 30 days. The Governor has 30 days to appoint the new member. The new member will serve only the remainder of the unexpired six-year term of the vacating member.

STATE OF THE STATE ON TRANSPORTATION - This act requires the Director of the Department of Transportation to present a state of transportation address to a joint session of the General Assembly by February 15 each year.

POLITICAL PARTICIPATION - Commission members are prohibited from making contributions to any political candidate, party, or organization or take part in any political campaign, except that commission members will be allowed to contribute to political campaigns if the campaign is for elective office sought by a commission member's spouse or family member related within the second degree of consanguinity. Commission members may participate in a fundraiser for that member's employer so long as the fundraiser is not for political purposes.

DEPARTMENT CONTRACT DISPUTES - This act requires that any dispute or controversy in excess of $25,000 against the Department of Transportation stemming from a contract award be settled, upon request, by arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with its Construction Industry Arbitration Rules. Any judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in the circuit court of Cole County. This provision is similar to a provision contained in SB 491 (2003).

The House Committee Substitute is identical to the Perfected version of HB 668.