On Sunday at midnight, new and modified laws from the Missouri legislature will go into effect. Here is an overview of specific laws and their main stipulations.
Senate Bill 19: Phases out corporate franchise taxes
Businesses with assets in Missouri will have corporate franchise taxes capped at 2010 values. The franchise tax will be phased out over the next five years, which aims to increase job opportunities and growth by decreasing burdens on Missouri businesses.
Senate Bill 113: Modifies the Animal Care Facilities Act and the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act
The fee for obtaining a license to operate select dog facilities will increase to $2,500 per year. The bill also removes the prohibition that people are not permitted to own more than 50 dogs if they are breeding them for puppy sales.
Senate Bill 48: Modifies utilities provisions
Under SB 48, sewer customers who fail to pay the city will no longer receive certified mail notifying them of when sewer service will be disconnected.
Senate Bill 594: Gives adopted people 18 and older the right to obtain copies of their original birth certificates under select circumstances
SB 594 permits adopted people 18 and older to have access to their original birth certificates. A written application and proof of identification must be submitted to the state registrar before obtaining records. This legislation potentially broadens adopted people's knowledge of family medical history if such information was completed by the birth parent.
House Bill 294: Modifies laws pertaining to firearms, ammunition and concealed-carry endorsements
The age at which people can own a concealed-carry endorsement will be lowered from 23 to 21 under HB 294. The charge for the purchase of a fraudulent firearm will also result in a Class D felony.
House Bill 641: Rules possession of synthetic cannabinoids equivalent to marijuana charges
The possession of substances containing synthetic cannabinoids (K2 or K3) will result in the same penalties as the possession of marijuana. People possessing more than 34 grams of synthetic cannabinoids will face a Class C felony. Regardless of quantity, possession of bath salts comprised of synthetic cannabinoids will warrant a Class C felony.