Summary of the House Committee Version of the Bill


SPONSOR:  Gross (Johnson, 47)

COMMITTEE ACTION:  Voted "do pass by consent" by the Committee on
Local Government by a vote of 18 to 0.

This substitute makes changes to the laws regarding the
metropolitan park and recreation district.  In its main
provisions, the substitute:

(1)  Narrows the duty of the district to only the development,
operation, and maintenance of a system of parks and trails;

(2)  Clarifies that nothing will restrict the district from
entering into or initiating projects dealing with parks that are
not necessarily connected to trails;

(3)  Requires that grants awarded to municipalities for park
purposes must be consistent with the purpose of the district;

(4)  Prohibits the district from being a substitute for the
powers and responsibilities of other conservation and
environmental regulatory agencies; and

(5)  States that nothing in the statute will authorize the
district to regulate water quality, watershed, or land use issues
in the counties comprising the district.

The substitute also enables St. Charles County to establish a
theater, cultural arts, and entertainment district.  In its main
provisions, the substitute:

(1)  Authorizes a sales tax in the district of up to one-half of

(2)  Establishes minimum criteria for the formation of the
district, including land area and petition requirements;

(3)  Specifies the criteria for and the powers of the district's
board of directors, including the power to issue bonds;

(4)  Requires subdistricts to be formed for voting and board
representation purposes.  A subdistrict that does not vote to
approve the district and the sales tax will not be a part of the
district nor will the sales tax be imposed within that

(5)  Contains ballot language for the formation and possible
dissolution of the district; and

(6)  Requires the sales tax to be collected by the municipality
and placed into a special trust fund for the purposes of the

FISCAL NOTE:  No impact on state funds in FY 2005, FY 2006, and
FY 2007.

PROPONENTS:  Supporters say that the bill tightens language to
keep the metropolitan park and recreation districts focused on
the intent of the original language.

Testifying for the bill were Senator Gross; St. Charles County;
and Great Rivers Greenway.

OPPONENTS:  There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Julie Jinkens McNitt, Legislative Analyst

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