Gov. Nixon signs bills in Kansas City for zoo district, port authority, urban farming, clean energy projects | Governor Jay Nixon

Gov. Nixon signs bills in Kansas City for zoo district, port authority, urban farming, clean energy projects

July 12, 2010
Legislation will enable creation of a zoo district, memorial highways, community gardens and a voluntary $1 charge on public records to help homeless families
Kansas City, MO

Gov. Jay Nixon signed several bills in Kansas City today (July 12), including House Bill 2297, which authorizes the establishment of the Kansas City Zoological District; House Bill 1848, which establishes the Joint Committee on Urban Farming; House Bill 1692, which includes a provision to spur clean energy projects; and House Bill 1941, which names several memorial highways, including a portion of U.S. 24 in Jackson County for President Harry S. Truman.

The Governor was joined by legislators, Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser and interested individuals and groups at an afternoon signing ceremony in the Governor's office in downtown Kansas City. The bills signed today by the Governor include: 

Senate Bill 578 will strengthen the tools for economic development at 11 port authorities throughout Missouri, including Kansas City. This bill will allow those port authorities to establish port improvement districts to fund projects including construction, environmental cleanup, energy efficiency and conservation. It gives local economic development groups a tool to develop, redevelop, grow and expand projects, and it will be up to the local community to determine how this tool is used.

House Bill 2297 would establish the Kansas City Zoological District, giving voters in Jackson, Cass, Clay and Platte counties the opportunity to create a joint taxing district and a dedicated funding source for the popular Kansas City attraction.

House Bill 1892 broadens the authority to issue work permit certificates for students under the age of 16; the previous law allowed only the superintendent of the local school district where the student lived to issue such a permit.

House Bill 1692 contains numerous provisions, including one to spur energy efficiency and conservation through the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. This allows cities and counties to issue bonds and provide financing for all upfront costs of energy efficient upgrades, renewable energy upgrades and energy audits for homes and businesses. Those upgrades can be costly, and this assistance will help many projects move forward. The bill was supported by a broad range of groups including utilities, consumer advocates and environmental groups.

House Bill 1848 promotes urban farming and establishes the Joint Committee on Urban Farming. This legislative committee is to study, recommend and produce a report on the impact of urban farm coops and sustainable living communities. Gov. Nixon noted that he and First Lady Georganne Nixon have established a vegetable and herb garden at the Governor's Mansion in Jefferson City. 

House Bill 1941 designates names for 11 new memorial Missouri highways and bridges, including several named after fallen law enforcement officers and military heroes. A portion of U.S. Highway 24 in Independence will be named after the only Missourian to serve in the White House, President Harry S Truman.

Senate Bill 981 will allow the City of Kansas City to propose a ballot measure to secure funding for public safety projects.

House Bill 2058 establishes procedures for asserting a mechanic's lien against residential real property other than a mechanic's lien for the repair, remodeling, or addition to owner-occupied residential property of four units or less.

While in Kansas City, the Governor today also ceremonially signed House Bill 1643, which he signed into law earlier this month. This bill allows the Jackson County recorder of deeds to collect a voluntary donation of $1 per recorded document that is purchased. The money will be donated to the Housing Resource Commission in Kansas City to assist homeless families.