August 25, 2016

State Auditor Nicole Galloway invites public to attend hearing on Municipal Court Reform rules on Nov. 2

State Auditor Nicole Galloway invites public to attend hearing on Municipal Court Reform rules on Nov. 2

Comments may be provided at the hearing, written comments accepted through Nov. 6.

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (Oct. 28, 2015) The Office of Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway will hold a public hearing on a series of proposed rules to guide local governments in reporting compliance with recent municipal court reform legislation. The hearing will be held on Monday, Nov. 2, beginning at 9 a.m. at 301 W. High St., Room 492 of the Truman State Office Building. The meeting will also be lived streamed through Periscope.

“Missouri residents expect transparency and accountability at all levels, yet many Missourians have lost faith in government, including their own local government and court systems,” Auditor Galloway said. “Reforming our municipal courts is one way we can transform local governments and restore trust in the system. I encourage interested citizens and groups to review my office’s proposed rules and be part of the conversation that will change the way Missouri’s municipal courts and local governments operate.”

These rules provide a framework that local governments will use to submit information to the State Auditor’s Office regarding new requirements set forth in Senate Bill 5. The legislation restricts the percentage of revenue counties or municipalities can generate from fines, bond forfeitures and court costs for minor traffic violations.

The law also provides the State Auditor’s Office with additional tools to identify problem areas in municipal court operations. In accordance with the law, the office will begin requiring local governments to include additional information with their required annual financial reports, including certification of the percent of revenue generated from fines, bond forfeitures and court costs for minor traffic violations. The local governments will also be required to include certification of court compliance with a series of municipal court reforms. These reforms include ending the practice of holding a defendant in custody for more than 24 hours without a warrant, prohibiting use of jail time in order to force payment, implementing payment plans and community service alternatives, and holding court proceedings in locations that are accessible by the public.

The proposed rules give guidance on how this information is to be provided to the State Auditor’s Office.

Comments on the proposed rules can be made in person at a public hearing on Monday, Nov. 2, beginning at 9 a.m. at 301 W. High St., Room 492 of the Truman State Office Building in Jefferson City.

Written comments may be mailed to: Missouri State Auditor’s Office, General Counsel Paul Harper, P.O. Box 869, Jefferson City, MO 65102 or emailed to rules@auditor.mo.gov. The public comment period opened Oct. 1 and comments will continue to be accepted through Nov. 6, 2015.

The hearing will be live streamed on Periscope beginning at 9 a.m., and can be accessed by following @MOAuditorNews on Twitter or Periscope.

The proposed rules are posted online.

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Wapello County Shows Increase in Traveler Spending

 

 

Ottumwa, Iowa – Oct. 29, 2015 – Tourism related businesses in Wapello County captured more in travel expenditures during 2014 than the prior year according to an annual travel economic impact study.

 

The U.S. Travel Association recently released the 2014 Economic Impact of Travel on Iowa Counties in which both Wapello County and the State of Iowa recognized growth in annual travel expenditures.

 

Travelers spent $85.21 million in Wapello County during 2014 which was an increase of $4.61 million or 5.73% over 2013. In the ranking of Iowa counties by expenditure levels, Wapello County was 17 out of the 99 counties. In addition, Wapello County experienced the greatest percentage change over 2013 of any county in Iowa for domestic travel expenditures and showed an increase in state and local tax receipts of 9.04% and 6.8% respectively. Wapello County’s growth outpaced the state in which domestic travel spending totaled $8 billion, an increase of 4% from 2013.

 

These numbers add to the positive news regarding travel to Ottumwa as the hotel/motel tax showed a strong increase of 37% in FY 2015 (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015). The City of Ottumwa collects a 7% hotel/motel tax from travelers staying at lodging within the municipality which reached a record amount of $531,172 in FY 2015. A hotel/motel tax is collected in a similar way by many cities throughout Iowa and across the country.

 

“It’s great to see travel expenditures increase and benefit area businesses,” said Abby Kisling of the Ottumwa Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The figures from the economic impact study and the increase in hotel/motel tax are strong indicators that tourism is having a positive impact on the local economy.”

 

The Ottumwa Area CVB is a destination marketing organization with a mission to enhance the area’s economic well-being and quality of life by promoting the Ottumwa area as a travel destination.

 

 

 

(MISSOURI) Oct. 28, 2015 – As part of World Stroke Day on Oct. 29, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association urges Missourians to sing a tune that could save lives.

(MISSOURI) Oct. 28, 2015 – As part of World Stroke Day on Oct. 29, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association urges Missourians to sing a tune that could save lives.

The F.A.S.T. Song helps people learn the most common warning signs of stroke and what to do if one occurs:

If someone has a stroke near you, the F.A.S.T. song tells you what to do.

The letter “F,” it stands for face, if one half droops, no time to waste.

The letter “A” means an arm that’s weak, the letter “S” means it’s hard to speak.

The letter “T” means it’s time for 9-1-1, call right away so help will come.

Learn the song to show you care, and help end stoke each time you share.

Fewer than one in 10 people know what each F.A.S.T. letter means and one in three people can’t name any stroke signs, according to American Stroke Association studies.

 

To help the public get in tune with the stroke signs, the association has several styles of the song and complete lyrics available on StrokeAssociation.org/WorldStrokeDay.  People are asked to share their favorite F.A.S.T. Song with family and friends on social media using #singFAST.

Stroke is the world’s second-leading cause of death and No. 5 in the United States. It’s also a leading cause of long-term disability – though largely treatable.

 

Recognizing a stroke right away and calling 911 is the key when it comes to stroke. There are many effective therapies to treat stroke, but there is a short window for the patient to be evaluated at a hospital and receive treatment like a clot-busting drug or clot-removal device.

 

The F.A.S.T. Song and World Stroke Day campaign are part of the American Stroke Association’s Together to End Stroke initiative nationally sponsored by Medtronic. Together to End Stroke teaches Americans that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable.

 

To learn more, visit www.StrokeAssociation.org/WorldStrokeDay. To join and follow the conversation on social media, use #SingFAST.

 

About the American Stroke Association

The American Stroke Association is devoted to saving people from stroke — the No. 2 cause of death in the world and a leading cause of serious disability. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat stroke. The Dallas-based association was created in 1997 as a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit strokeassociation.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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stephen d. hall Regional Vice President of Communications Illinois, Iowa, Kansas & Missouri

 

2446 E. Madrid  I  Springfield, Missouri 65804 stephen.hall@heart.org  I  www.heart.org C: 417-551-1645  I  O: 417-881-4150

An Iowa judge has dismissed a lawsuit over a proposed oil pipeline

An Iowa judge has dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the Iowa Utilities Board’s authority to give the power of eminent domain to an out-of-state developer of an oil pipeline through Iowa.
The Messenger reports that Judge Carl Petersen said in an order filed Tuesday that the three landowners who brought the lawsuit had to exhaust the administrative remedies required before they may sue a state agency. The judge did not rule on whether Dakota Access is eligible for eminent domain.

The pipeline being developed by Dakota Access LLC would carry crude oil through Iowa on its way from North Dakota to Illinois.

Edina man earns honor for service to Missouri veteran’s.

Edina resident Eddie Anderson was recently named one of 24 recipients of the Missouri Lieutenant Governor’s Veteran’s Service Award for 2014.

Eddie Anderson first heard about the award when he received a call in early October from fourth district state Representative Craig Redmon’s office asking for information they could use to nominate him.  Anderson says he began working with local veterans when he left military service in 1982.  Anderson was asked to begin assisting with military funerals by James Lay, a Knox County American Legion member.  When Lay was no longer able to conduct the funerals, Johnson took over his responsibilities.  Since then, Johnson has organized local veterans to salute their fellow soldiers one last time.

Anderson also spends his time taking care of administrative duties for the Knox County American Legion, organizes Memorial Day services in the area and works with students competing in the American Legion Oratorical Contest.  He said he was humbled when he learned he had received the award, but he also thought about those just as deserving.

Anderson says, “James Lay had been going out and putting flags on veteran’s graves.  He, his wife, and family have been doing that for 50 years.  It’s too bad they didn’t have this type of program back then to recognize him for all he has done.”

Representative Craig Redmon nominated Johnson for the award after learning about his work with students in preparing Memorial Day services and in the American Legion contest.

Redmon says he is glad to hear that Johnson is being recognized for his work.

How do you attract new businesses to a small community?

For small communities, the current trend seems to be moving away from attempting to attract businesses that employ hundreds of people, toward a more practical approach of attracting small businesses, with the goal of providing employment to 15 to 20 people.

Denise Bennett is the Macon County Missouri Economic Development Director.  Bennett also serves as president of the Northeast Missouri Development Partnership in Macon.

Bennett was the featured speaker at the Scotland County Rotary meeting yesterday (Tuesday January 24th).

Bennett says its important for a community to support local businesses and do what they can to keep local businesses in the area…Support existing companies, make sure they are healthy and happy in their current location, and to focus on entrepreneurs and young people.

Currently, Macon County has created a Young Professionals Network, there is an Entrepreneur’s Steering Committee, and currently officials are working towards a Business Incubator and Entrepreneur’s Center in Macon County.  For more information, you may contact Denise Bennett at maconed@cvalley.net, or call 660-385-5627.

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