99th General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session - 2018
Minority Caucus Chair
St. Louis City
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Administration and Accounts
Subcommittee on Appropriations - Public Safety, Corrections, Transportation, and Revenue
Joint Committee on Tax Policy
Rules - Legislative Oversight
MO House of Representatives
201 West Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City MO 65101
Rep. Michael Butler
1428 Salisbury St.
St. Louis MO 63107
Rep. Michael Butler, a Democrat, represents part of St. Louis City (District 79) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2012.
Prior to his legislative duties, Rep. Butler gained experience in the legislature while serving as the Legislative Aide in the office of State Senator Robin Wright-Jones, and as the Legislative Assistant to State Rep. Mary Wynne Still. During his 2012 campaign, he served as a permanent substitute teacher in the St. Louis Public School System. In addition, Rep. Butler has valuable private sector experience while employed as a manager at the home office of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Rep. Butler holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from Alabama A&M University, where he also served as Student Government President and as a Board of Trustee member. While working with the legislature, he also obtained a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Born and raised in the 79th district, Rep. Butler’s childhood home is near the corner of Shaw Boulevard and South Spring Avenue. His father owned Pelican Printing in Midtown, and his grandfather taught for 20 year at Vashon High School, both in the 79th district.
Modifies the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fund
Establishes the Economic Education Partnership Act that allows certain small businesses to retain withholding taxes
Establishes the Missouri Parent/Teacher Involvement Act
Authorizes a tax credit for a contributions to certain public school foundations
Increases the number of hours of continuing education requirements needed for peace officer certification by the POST commission
Creates the Quality Policing Act that establishes reporting and conduct guidelines for law enforcement agencies
Changes the laws regarding public nuisance penalties
Requires districts with a sufficient number of children determined to be gifted to establish special programs for the gifted children
Designates the Sheriff of the City of St. Louis and deputies as law enforcement officers eligible for certain training and licensure
Requires the highway patrol to investigate any incident in which a law enforcement officer is involved in a shooting or instance resulting in serious bodily harm or death
Requires applicants for employment as peace officers to undergo psychological evaluations aimed at identifying an applicant's potential prejudices, including overt and implicit biases
Modifies provisions relating to the powers and duties of civilian review boards
Changes the laws regarding the MO HealthNet program
Requires law enforcement officers to give persons under arrest forty-eight hours to arrange for their motor vehicle to be removed before authorizing a towing company to remove a motor vehicle
Specifies procedure in officer-involved deaths and severe officer misconduct by requiring a special prosecutor