Lawmakers Wrap Up Abbreviated but Successful Legislative Session
As the state began to reopen for business, lawmakers returned to the State Capitol building to finish their work for the 2020 legislative session. While the normal schedule of session was disrupted for several weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic, legislators were able to get several important bills across the finish line including a fiscally responsible state operating budget, important workforce development legislation, much-needed reforms for the state’s foster care system, protections for victims of sexual assault, and new tools to combat drug trafficking. In total, the House and Senate gave final approval to approximately 50 pieces of legislation. While a much smaller number of bills than “normal,” many contained multiple provisions as a result of the shortened session schedule.
I was pleased that my HB 1655, which will save our taxpayers unnecessary costs, was one of a small number of bills truly agreed and finally passed and is awaiting the Governor’s signature.
I received an update from Treasurer Fitzpatrick’s office that you may have funds on deposit with the office that are unclaimed. Banks, businesses, and insurance companies turn over unclaimed property to the office after accounts have been inactive and owners cannot be successfully contacted for a statutorily defined period of time, generally five years.
- A review of the Unclaimed Property database indicates that $985,480.82 belongs to 21,485 account owners in the 141 st district. In some instances you may have multiple items.
The property is held in perpetuity until the owner or a proper heir is located and claims it.
Account owners can file a claim online or request a paper claim be mailed to them at any time by visiting www.ShowMeMoney.com. By law, specific dollar amounts that exceed $50 are not public record but does not impact your ability to claim them.
To file a claim or check for Unclaimed Property, individuals may visit www.ShowMeMoney.com or write to the Treasurer’s office at PO Box 1004, Jefferson City, MO 65102-1004.