Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Rep. Jason Grill Receives Bipartisan Support for Sponsored Legislation

Rep. Jason Grill will file two bills this week as the lead Sponsor. Both proposed bills have received bipartisan support in the Missouri House of Representatives and both have been Cosponsored by the Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives. Below is a brief summary of each piece of legislation.

1. Motherhood/Fatherhood Stay-At-Home Income Tax Credit. This legislation would allow an individual income tax credit equal to 25 percent of the stay at home parent’s salary before the birth or adoption of a newborn to 24 month old child. The salary can be no more than $100,000 annually, and the stay at home parent can no longer be gainfully employed because of the decision to stay at home to provide care for the eligible child. The cumulative amount of all tax credits each year cannot exceed $2 million.

This legislation has received bipartisan support and has been Cosponsored by 37 members in the House of Representatives thus far (25 Democrats and 12 Republicans). It will help families and encourage more parental involvement in a child’s most important early years.

2. Drivers Licenses for Military Personnel. This legislation states that for persons deployed with the U.S. Armed Forces, their applications for driver’s licenses or renewal are sufficient when they are signed by a person who holds a general power of attorney executed by the person deployed. This will help streamline the renewal process and make situations less complicated for families and individuals with loved ones deployed throughout the world.

This legislation has received equal bipartisan support and has been Cosponsored by 20 members in the House of Representatives thus far (10 Democrats and 10 Republicans).

"I am very happy to have the support of my colleagues from both sides of the aisle including members of leadership as well as the Speaker of the House on my first two pieces of Sponsored legislation as a Missouri State Representative," said Rep. Grill.