A bill, introduced yesterday by Representative Jim Neely (r) in a fit of pique over Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) lack of alacrity in setting special elections for vacant General Assembly seats:
SECOND REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 2066
97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES NEELY (Sponsor), FITZWATER, BARNES, CORNEJO, DOHRMAN, SPENCER, ROWDEN, BROWN, CURTMAN, MCGAUGH, MILLER, REMOLE, REDMON, ROSS, JUSTUS, LICHTENEGGER AND HANSEN (Co-sponsors).
6240H.01I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk
To repeal section 21.110, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof two new sections relating to legislative representation.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Section 21.110, RSMo, is repealed and two new sections enacted in lieu thereof, to be known as sections 21.110 and 135.1776, to read as follows:
21.110. If the governor receives any resignation or notice of vacancy, or if he or she is satisfied of the death of any member of either house, during the recess, he or she shall[, without delay, issue a writ of election to supply the vacancy] issue a writ of election within ninety days that requires a special election to supply the vacancy. The special election must be held within one hundred eighty days from the date the governor receives notice of a resignation, death, or other event creating the vacancy.
135.1776. 1. This section shall be known and may be cited as the “Patrick Henry No Taxation Without Representation Act”.
2. In the event the governor violates the time limitation provisions of section 21.110, notwithstanding whether that section is deemed mandatory or directory by a court of law, all taxpayers residing within the house or senate district devoid of representation shall be entitled to receive a tax credit under this section.
3. A taxpayer shall be entitled to a tax credit against the taxpayer’s state tax liability incurred under the provisions of chapter 143, excluding sections 143.191 to 143.265 and related provisions, in an amount equal to one thousand dollars, multiplied by the fraction or mixed number decimal equivalent resulting from dividing the number of months the district was without representation after the expiration of the one hundred eighty-day requirement to hold a special election under section 21.110 by twelve. Partial months may be rounded in standard fashion to the nearest one hundredth place using the requisite number of days in such month. Tax credits issued under this section shall be fully refundable. No tax credits issued under this section shall be sold, transferred, or assigned.
4. The department of revenue shall implement this tax credit upon notice of a violation of section 21.110 by any individual and the verification of such violation by the department. Public records shall suffice for a determination of whether a violation of section 21.110 has occurred, except that any individual may bring an action in an appropriate circuit court seeking a writ to require the department to enforce the provisions of this section and any such action shall be subject to de novo review in the circuit court.
5. The department of revenue may promulgate rules to implement the provisions of this section. Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028. This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly under chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2014, shall be invalid and void.
[emphasis in original]
Some suggestions for amendments:
If we claim on our state income tax filing that our State Representative or State Senator “sucks” can we get a tax credit? If both suck is the tax credit doubled? Or, to be generous, if only one sucks do we just get half of the tax credit?
If our representatives in the General Assembly introduce bills that don’t pass or aren’t signed into law during the regular session do we get a tax credit based on the percentage of bills that aren’t successful? What about a special or veto sessions?
If our representatives in the General Assembly join caucuses that we don’t agree with can we declare that on our state income tax filing and get a tax credit based on the percentage we do agree with?
If our representatives aren’t present for each vote on the floor or in committee can we get a tax credit based on that percentage?
Could we get a tax credit for every bill filed with a reference to the Second or Tenth Amendments? Okay, that’s not fair – that would bankrupt the state.
If people in a legislative or senate district receive a tax credit under the bill do we reduce general state expenditures (roads, bridges, schools, etc.) in those districts by a comparable percentage? Really, why should they benefit from the largesse of the rest of the state if they don’t want to contribute to the general welfare? Just asking.