HB1143 Establishes the senior environmental corps.
Sponsor: Scheve, May (98) Effective Date:00/00/0000
CoSponsor: McClelland, Emmy L. (91) LR Number: 2825L.02C
Last Action: 05/01/2000 - SEE COMMENTS
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COMMITTEE

HCS HB 1143 -- SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL CORPS

SPONSOR:  Wiggins (Scheve)

COMMITTEE ACTION:  Voted "do pass" by the Committee on
Environment and Energy by a vote of 12 to 5.

This substitute establishes a Senior Environmental Corps to
provide opportunities for volunteers at least 55 years old to
work on projects related to natural and recreational resources.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will establish and
provide staff support for a coordinating council to select and
monitor corps projects and to develop policies, project
standards, and recruitment and training procedures.  The council
will include members appointed by DNR, the Department of
Conservation, and the Department of Economic Development.

The department may seek grants, contributions, and cooperative
agreements with federal, state, and local agencies for corps
projects.  All work must be performed in accordance with a
master agreement approved by the council and the Attorney
General.  The agreement will describe work duties, required
training, and expense reimbursement and other benefits.  Corps
volunteers cannot be used to displace current employees or to
carry out enforcement activities.

The substitute also prohibits use of state funds to train,
equip, compensate, or reward any person, other than state
employees or agents of the state, to carry out enforcement
activities or to act in any regulatory manner on behalf of DNR,
the Department of Conservation, or the Department of Economic
Development.

FISCAL NOTE:  Not available at time of printing.

PROPONENTS:  Supporters say that seniors have considerable
expertise to contribute to environmental projects, and the bill
will provide opportunities for meaningful participation in
addition to current programs in state parks and nature centers.

Testifying for the bill were Representatives Scheve and
McClelland; AARP; Chemical Council of Missouri; Mining Industry
Council of Missouri; Missouri Department of Natural Resources;
and Associated Industries of Missouri.

OPPONENTS:  There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Terry Finger, Senior Legislative Analyst


INTRODUCED

HB 1143 -- Senior Environmental Corps

Co-Sponsors:  Scheve, McClelland

This bill establishes a Senior Environmental Corps to provide
opportunities for volunteers at least 55 years old to work on
projects related to natural and recreational resources.  The
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will establish and provide
staff support for a coordinating council to select and monitor
corps projects and to develop policies, project standards, and
recruitment and training procedures.  The council will include
members appointed by DNR, the Department of Conservation, and
the Department of Economic Development.

DNR may seek grants, contributions, and cooperative agreements
with federal, state, and local agencies for corps projects.  All
work must be performed in accordance with a master agreement
approved by the council and the Attorney General.  The agreement
will describe work duties, required training, and expense
reimbursement and other benefits.  Corps volunteers cannot be
used to displace current employees or to carry out enforcement
activities.

The bill also prohibits use of state funds to train, equip,
compensate, or reward any person, other than state employees, to
carry out enforcement activities or to act in any regulatory
manner on behalf of DNR, the Department of Conservation, or the
Department of Economic Development.


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