Poverty Law

CCS/SCS/SB 33 – Modifies provisions relating to individuals with mental disabilities.  

An individual with mental disabilities is added to the list of people who must be afforded the same rights as those without disabilities to use streets, highways, sidewalks, public buildings, public facilities, and other public places. An individual with mental disabilities is also entitled to equal accommodation from common carriers, airlines, motor vehicles, trains, buses, taxis, and any other public conveyances or modes of transportation, as well as hotels, places of public accommodation, amusement or resort, and other places to which the general public is invited.  

The provisions of this act shall not exceed the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. (See also Health & Hospital Law) (Signed 6/12/13)

SCS/SB 47 – Adds to the list of qualified legal guardians of a child who shall receive subsidies in the same manner as such subsidies are available for adoptive parents. Subsidies are provided for “qualified relatives”, which includes any person related to the child by blood or affinity as well as for any “qualified close nonrelated person” which includes any nonrelated person whose life is so intermingled with the child such that the relationship is similar to a family relationship. (Signed 6/25/13)  

SCS/SB 69 – Grants the authority to administrative hearing officers from the Department of Social Services to set aside or correct administrative child support decisions or orders and proposed administrative modifications of a judicial order. (See also Family & Juvenile Law)  

*CCS/HCS/SB 100 – Modifies various provisions relating to various court proceedings, court costs, and surcharges and judicial personnel. (See also Judicial Administration)  

Waiver of Court Costs – Currently when a legal aid society, legal services, or a nonprofit organization represents an indigent party in a civil case, the court costs and expenses are waived without motion and court approval, provided that the organization has already determined the party is unable to pay the expenses and filed the determination with the court. This act adds law school clinics to the list of organizations who may waive court expenses without filing a motion with the court. (Signed 7/2/13)  

CCS/HCS/SB 127
– Modifies provisions relating to public assistance benefits.  

TICKET–TO–WORK PROGRAM – Reauthorizes the Ticket–to–Work program until 2019. Currently the program is set to expire on August 28, 2013.  

Also includes changes relating to the Mo Healthnet dental delivery system, referrals for home–and community–based services, and new federal requirements for current Mo Healthnet participants. (See also Labor & Employment Law and Health & Hospital Law) (Signed 7/8/13)  

SS/SB 251 – This act modifies provisions relating to public assistance fraud and abuse. (See Criminal Law)  

SB 350
– Prohibits the issuance of the renter’s portion of the senior citizens property tax credit. The Department of Revenue is required to calculate how much of the renter’s portion of the tax credit was redeemed in fiscal year 2012. Beginning fiscal year 2014, such amount will be deposited in to the newly created Missouri Senior Services Protection Fund. Moneys in the fund shall be used for services for low–income seniors and disabled persons. (Vetoed 5/14/13)  

SCS/HB 329 – Modifies the law affecting financial institutions. Allows up to $9,999 to be set aside in an irrevocable personal funeral trust without that trust being considered an asset when determining eligibility for public assistance. The trust must be designated to pay for certain burial and funeral costs, and the trustee must be a state or federally chartered financial institution authorized to exercise trust powers.  

No person or entity may charge more than 10% of trust assets for creation of the trust and no more than 3% for maintenance of the trust. Trustees may commingle personal funeral trust accounts so long as accurate records are kept. The standard of care for investments by the trustee is that of a prudent investor.  

Excess money left in the account not required for burial or funeral purposes shall be paid to the state up to the amount of public assistance provided. Any money remaining after paying the state is paid to those designated in the trust. (See also Commercial Law) (Vetoed 7/2/13)  

CCS/SS/SCS/HCS/HBs 374 & 434 – Modifies various provisions relating to judicial procedures in adding Wavier of Court Costs – See summary of similar provisions under SCS/HCS/SB 100, supra. (See also Judicial Administration)  

SCS/HCS/HB 986 – Extends the sunset date for the Hand–Up Program, reauthorizes the Ticket–to–Work program until 2019 and creates the Missouri Senior Services Protection Fund. (See summary under Health & Hospital Law, supra).