Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 288
Employment Security
Section 288.475

August 28, 2014


Missouri state unemployment council created, members, meetings, terms, duties--proposals submitted to division, when--access to records--outside study authorized.

288.475. 1. There is hereby created a "Missouri State Unemployment Council". The council shall consist of nine appointed voting members and two appointed nonvoting members. All appointees shall be persons whose training and experience qualify them to deal with the difficult problems of unemployment compensation, particularly legal, accounting, actuarial, economic, and social aspects of unemployment compensation.

(1) Three voting members shall be appointed to the council by the governor. One voting member shall be appointed on account of his or her vocation, employment, or affiliations being classed as representative of employers. One voting member shall be appointed on account of his or her vocation, employment, or affiliations being classed as representative of employees. One voting member shall be appointed to represent the public interest separate from employee or employer representation.

(2) Three voting members and one nonvoting member shall be appointed to the council by the speaker of the house of representatives. One voting member shall be appointed on account of his or her vocation, employment, or affiliations being classed as representative of employers that employ twenty or less employees. One voting member shall be appointed on account of his or her vocation, employment, or affiliations being classed as representative of employees. One voting member shall be appointed to represent the public interest separate from employee or employer representation. One nonvoting member shall be appointed from the house of representatives.

(3) Three voting members and one nonvoting member shall be appointed to the council by the president pro tem of the senate. One voting member shall be appointed on account of his or her vocation, employment, or affiliations being classed as representative of employers. One voting member shall be appointed on account of his or her vocation, employment, or affiliations being classed as representative of employees. One voting member shall be appointed to represent the public interest separate from employee or employer representation. One nonvoting member shall be appointed from the senate.

2. The council shall organize itself and select a chairperson or cochairpersons and other officers from the nine voting members. Six voting members shall constitute a quorum and the council shall act only upon the affirmative vote of at least five of the voting members. The council shall meet no less than four times yearly. Members of the council shall serve without compensation, but are to be reimbursed the amount of actual expenses. Actual expenses shall be paid from the special employment security fund under section 288.310.

3. The division shall provide professional and clerical assistance as needed for regularly scheduled meetings.

4. Each nonvoting member shall serve for a term of four years or until he or she is no longer a member of the general assembly whichever occurs first. A nonvoting member's term shall be a maximum of four years. Each voting member shall serve for a term of three years. For the initial appointment, the governor-appointed employer representative, the speaker of the house-appointed employee representative, and the president pro tem of the senate-appointed public interest representative shall serve an initial term of one year. For the initial appointment, the governor-appointed employee representative, the speaker of the house-appointed public interest representative, and the president pro tem of the senate-appointed employer representative shall serve an initial term of two years. At the end of a voting member's term he or she may be reappointed; however, he or she shall serve no more than two terms excluding the initial term for a maximum of eight years.

5. The council shall advise the division in carrying out the purposes of this chapter. The council shall submit annually by January fifteenth to the governor and the general assembly its recommendations regarding amendments to this chapter, the status of unemployment insurance, the projected maintenance of the solvency of unemployment insurance, and the adequacy of unemployment compensation.

6. The council shall present to the division every proposal of the council for changes in this chapter and shall seek the division's concurrence with the proposal. The division shall give careful consideration to every proposal submitted by the council for legislative or administrative action and shall review each legislative proposal for possible incorporation into department of labor and industrial relations' recommendations.

7. The council shall have access to only the records of the division that are necessary for the administration of this chapter and to the reasonable services of the employees of the division. It may request the director or any of the employees appointed by the director or any employee subject to this chapter to appear before it and to testify relative to the functioning of this chapter and to other relevant matters. The council may conduct research of its own, make and publish reports, and recommend to the division needed changes in this chapter or in the rules of the division as it considers necessary.

8. The council, unless prohibited by a concurrent resolution of the general assembly, shall be authorized to commission an outside study of the solvency, adequacy, and staffing and operational efficiency of the Missouri unemployment system. The study shall be conducted every five years, the first being conducted in fiscal year 2005. The study shall be funded subject to appropriation from the special employment security fund under section 288.310.

(L. 2004 H.B. 1268 & 1211 § 288.501 merged with S.B. 966 § 288.501)

Effective 8-28-04 (S.B. 966) 1-01-05 (H.B. 1268 & 1211)


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