FIRST REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 427
94TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES RUESTMAN (Sponsor), SATER, McGHEE, FISHER, FAITH, SCHARNHORST, MOORE, SANDER, SCHNEIDER, DAVIS, FARES, WOOD, EMERY, OXFORD AND BRANDOM (Co-sponsors).
Read 1st time January 16, 2007 and copies ordered printed.
D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk
To repeal sections 186.005, 186.014, 186.016, 186.018, 186.019, and 301.3112, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof three new sections relating to Missouri women's counsel.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Sections 186.005, 186.014, 186.016, 186.018, 186.019, and 301.3112, RSMo, are repealed and three new sections enacted in lieu thereof, to be known as sections 186.005, 186.014, and 186.016, to read as follows:
186.005. Sections 186.005 to [186.019] 186.016 shall be known as and may be cited as the "Missouri Women's Council Act".
186.014. 1. There is hereby created in the department of economic development an "Executive Director" for the Missouri women's council. Upon consultation with the council, the director of the department of economic development shall recommend for appointment to the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, an individual who possesses demonstrated capability in business or industry, especially in business enterprises or employment training, to serve as executive director to work with the council in the implementation of sections 186.005 to [186.019] 186.016.
2. The executive director shall be responsible for:
(1) Implementing programs initiated by the council; and
(2) Performing other duties as defined by the council.
186.016. The mission of the council is:
(1) To promote and increase women's economic and employment opportunities through education and training programs to aid in and insure entry into the labor market;
(2) To promote occupational mobility of women workers in lower and middle levels of employment;
(3) To promote access to jobs with more skill and responsibility, especially at the managerial level by encouraging maternity protection, child care facilities, technical training, and health protection;
(4) To initiate programs to assist and support women in [small] all business enterprises including operating a home-based business and working part-time from home;
(5) To [assure] provide information for women to access [of women to] traditional and nontraditional skilled trades through greater participation in apprenticeship programs and vocational and technical training;
(6) To promote retraining programs and facilities, workforce readiness skills, and health lifestyles for unemployed women especially in growth sectors;
(7) To apply for federal or private funds or grants available for such employment and training programs, business enterprise programs, studies, seminars, and conferences and to participate in already existing federally, state or privately funded programs with other state departments and/or divisions;
(8) To conduct programs, studies, seminars, and conferences in cooperation with federal, state, and local agencies, and private companies and organizations in the following areas:
(a) Educational, occupational, and economic needs and opportunities;
(b) [Displaced homemakers] Balancing work and family;
(c) [Credit] Financial planning;
(d) Federal and state [affecting the rights and responsibilities of] procurement opportunities for women; and
(e) Women-owned business enterprises.
[186.018. The council shall prepare a state plan to identify and prioritize targeted populations in terms of employment accessibility and geographic regions, which plan shall be reviewed and revised annually. The state plan shall include but not be limited to:
(1) A needs-assessment of the state to determine specific economic and employment problems that exist in which geographic areas of the state;
(2) A statement of short- and long-term goals relating to economic factors which include evaluation, labor, work availability, small business opportunities, employment, training, household, and family with special emphasis on rural women and the underprivileged sectors of society;
(3) An inventory of existing federal, state, community and private programs and facilities relating to economic and employment needs of women;
(4) Plans for addressing those identified prioritized and targeted populations including special strategies for specific groups or regions with unique needs in the employment or training area.]
[186.019. 1. Prior to April first of each year, starting in 1992, the information described in subdivisions (1), (2), (3) and (4) of this subsection shall be delivered in report form to the Missouri women's council, the governor's office, the secretary of the senate, and the chief clerk of the house of representatives. The information shall apply only to activities which occurred during the previous calendar year. Reports shall be required from the following:
(1) The department of labor and industrial relations, and the division of job development and training of the department of economic development, who shall assemble all available data and report on all business start-ups and business failures which are fifty-one percent or more owned by women. The reports shall distinguish, as best as possible, those businesses which are sole proprietorships, partnerships, or corporations;
(2) The department of economic development, who shall assemble all available data and report on financial assistance or other incentives given to all businesses which are fifty-one percent or more owned by women. The report shall contain information relating to assistance or incentives awarded for the retention of existing businesses, the expansion of existing businesses, or the start-up of new businesses;
(3) The department of revenue, who shall assemble all available data and report on the number, gross receipts and net income of all businesses which are fifty-one percent or more owned by women. The reports shall distinguish those businesses which are sole proprietorships, partnerships or corporations;
(4) The division of purchasing of the office of administration, who shall assemble all available data and report on businesses which are fifty-one percent or more owned by women which are recipients of contracts awarded by the state of Missouri.
2. Prior to December first of each year, starting in 1990, the information described in subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection shall be delivered in report form to the Missouri women's council, the governor's office, the secretary of the senate, and the chief clerk of the house of representatives. The information shall apply only to activities which occurred during the previous school year. Reports shall be required from the following:
(1) The department of elementary and secondary education shall assemble all available data from the Vocational and Education Data System (VEDS) on class enrollments by Instruction Program Codes (CIP); by secondary and postsecondary schools; and, secondary, postsecondary, and adult level classes; and by gender. This data shall also be reported by classes of traditional and nontraditional occupational areas.
(2) The coordinating board for higher education shall assemble all available data and report on higher education degrees awarded by academic discipline; type of degree; type of school; and gender. All available data shall also be reported on salaries received upon completion of degree program and subsequent hire, as well as any data available on follow-up salaries.]
[301.3112. 1. Any person may receive special license plates as prescribed by this section, for any motor vehicle such person owns, either solely or jointly, other than an apportioned motor vehicle or a commercial motor vehicle licensed in excess of eighteen thousand pounds gross weight, after an annual contribution of an emblem-use authorization fee to the Friends of the Missouri Women's Council. Any contribution given pursuant to this section shall be designated for breast cancer services only. The Friends of the Missouri Women's Council hereby authorizes the use of its official emblem to be affixed on multiyear personalized license plates as provided in this section. Any contribution to the Friends of the Missouri Women's Council derived from this section, except reasonable administrative costs, shall be used solely for the purpose of providing breast cancer services. Any person may annually apply for the use of the emblem.
2. Upon annual application and payment of a twenty-five dollar emblem-use contribution to the Friends of the Missouri Women's Council, the organization shall issue to the vehicle owner, without further charge, an emblem-use authorization statement, which shall be presented by the owner to the department of revenue at the time of registration of a motor vehicle. Upon presentation of the annual statement, payment of a fifteen dollar fee in addition to the registration fee and documents which may be required by law, the department of revenue shall issue to the vehicle owner a personalized license plate which shall bear the emblem of the Friends of the Missouri Women's Council and shall bear the words "BREAST CANCER AWARENESS" in place of the words "SHOW-ME STATE". Such license plates shall be made with fully reflective material with a common color scheme and design, shall be clearly visible at night, and shall be aesthetically attractive, as prescribed by section 301.130. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 301.144, no additional fee shall be charged for the personalization of license plates pursuant to this section.
3. A vehicle owner, who was previously issued a plate with the Friends of the Missouri Women's Council emblem authorized by this section but who does not provide an emblem-use authorization statement at a subsequent time of registration, shall be issued a new plate which does not bear the Friends of the Missouri Women's Council emblem, as otherwise provided by law. The director of revenue shall make necessary rules and regulations for the administration of this section, and shall design all necessary forms required by this section. No rule or portion of a rule promulgated pursuant to the authority of this section shall become effective unless it has been promulgated pursuant to the provisions of chapter 536, RSMo.]