Sen. Barbara Anne Washington’s Legislative Column for the Week of July 19, 2021

Week of July 19, 2021

In 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID Act to help strengthen security standards for state-issued licenses and IDs following the September 11 attacks. Since then, states have been working to comply with these new federal standards. Missouri, for instance, began offering REAL IDs on March 25, 2019.

Now, just because Missourians can receive a REAL ID the next time they have to renew their license, it does not mean they have to get one. Under Missouri law, applying for a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card is optional. Choosing not to get a REAL ID, however, may end up impacting your ability to travel throughout the country.

On April 27, 2021, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced it was extending the REAL ID Act compliance deadline from October 1, 2021, to May 3, 2023, to allow individuals additional time to comply. This means effective May 3, 2023, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or nondriver’s license (ID card) or another form of identification accepted by the Transportation Security Administration, such as a passport, to fly within the United States. Also beginning on May 3, 2023, individuals will be required to have a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or other form of acceptable identification to access federal facilities, such as military bases and federal courthouses.

A Missouri-issued driver’s license or ID card that is noncompliant with REAL ID will provide the same access as a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card until May 3, 2023. However, federal agencies have the authority to set their own minimum security access requirements. Some federal facilities, like U.S. military bases, may already require a REAL ID-compliant credential. Because of this, it is recommended that you contact the federal agency you plan to visit in advance to confirm their identification requirements.

For more information about REAL ID and how you can get one, please visit dor.mo.gov/driver-license/issuance/real-id/.

Urban Farming

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced it is seeking applicants for its Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production grant program. The grants range from $100,000 to $500,000 and applications are due July 30. This is the second year the grants have been made available. More information can be found by visiting farmers.gov/manage/urban/opportunities or by consulting your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office.

As of April 9, all adult Missouri residents and children above the age of 12 are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Please contact your local pharmacy or health care provider for information on how best to receive one of the available vaccines. For more information about Missouri’s vaccine distribution plan, please visit covidvaccine.mo.gov.

COVID-19 vaccine walk-in appointments are available at Truman Medical Centers’ two hospital campuses (2211 Charlotte and 7900 Lee’s Summit Road) between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. In addition, one may schedule a vaccine at www.trumed.org or by calling 816-404-CARE (2273).

The YMCA of Greater Kansas in partnership with Truman Medical Centers/University Health is also providing COVID-19 vaccines at the Cleaver Family YMCA (starting Tuesday, July 6, 2021) at the following times: Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 am – 3 p.m.; Thursday 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; the fourth Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call 816-404-CARE to schedule an appointment time.

The Jackson County Health Department also has numerous vaccine and testing clinics available to the public. For more information, please visit jacohd.org. In addition, those who are symptomatic are encouraged to call 404-CARE, option 2, to schedule a drive-through COVID-19 test at one of their two hospitals.

The Center for COVID Recovery is open to treat patients who experience long-term effects from the virus. For more information, visit trumed.org/covid-19/center-for-covid-recovery/; please share this information with anyone who continues to struggle after a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

Thank you for your vote of confidence to serve the people of the 9th District in the Missouri Senate. In an effort to keep you up-to-date with my legislation or other proposed measures, please feel free to visit my website at senate.mo.gov/Washington. I appreciate your active interest in your community and encourage your participation in the legislative process. Should you need assistance with state matters, please feel free to contact my office at (573) 751-3158.

Senator Washington’s Sponsored Legislation for 2021

Bill Number Description Status
Senate Bill 82 Authorizes a tax credit for urban farms located in a food desert Voted Do Pass by Senate Ways and Means Committee
Senate Bill 83 Designates the third week of September as “Historically Black College and University Week” in Missouri Second read and referred to Senate Education Committee
Senate Bill 84 Authorizes a tax credit for the purchase of certain homes Hearing Conducted in Senate Ways and Means Committee
Senate Bill 145 Creates new provisions of law relating to discriminatory practices Voted Do Pass by Senate Small Business and Industry Committee
Senate Bill 146 Modifies provisions relating to landlord- tenant actions Second read and referred to Senate Small Business and Industry Committee
Senate Bill 147 Modifies provisions relating to tax increment financing Second read and referred to Senate Ways and Means Committee
Senate Bill 189 Creates a Negro Leagues Baseball Museum special license plate Signed by governor
Senate Bill 190 Creates provisions relating to expungement for certain marijuana offenses Second read and referred to Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee
Senate Bill 191 Creates new provisions relating to the counting of inmates for the purpose of redistricting Second read and referred to Select Committee on Redistricting
Senate Bill 357 Modifies provisions relating to medical marijuana program participants in family court matters Hearing Conducted by Senate Seniors, Families, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee
Senate Bill 419 Relating to use of force by law enforcement officers Second read and referred to Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee
Senate Bill 420 Relating to reporting requirements of law enforcement agencies Second read and referred to Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee
Senate Bill 434 Establishes the “Cronkite New Voices Act” to protect the freedom of press in school-sponsored media Senate Informal Calendar for Senate Bills for Perfection
Senate Bill 440 Modifies provisions relating to juvenile detention Voted Do Pass by Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee
Senate Bill 441 Establishes the Missouri Food Security Task Force Voted Do Pass by Senate Seniors, Families, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee
Senate Bill 446 Modifies provisions relating to the certification of juveniles for trial as an adult Second read and referred to Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee
Senate Bill 509 Creates and modifies provisions relating to the expungement of records. Second read and referred to Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee
Senate Bill 542 Creates new provisions relating to the recovery of employment security benefits. Second read and referred to Senate Small Business and Industry Committee
Senate Bill 543 Establishes standards for demographic data collection by certain entities. Hearing Conducted by Senate Health and Pensions Committee
Senate Joint Resolution 17 Places limits on increases of the assessment of certain properties Second read and referred to Senate Local Government and Elections Committee

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