A plan by State Rep. Diane Franklin to take a closer look at the impact of the nightly rental issue and other forms of online commerce appears to have been sidelined until August or later.
A plan by State Rep. Diane Franklin to take a closer look at the impact of the nightly rental issue and other forms of online commerce appears to have been sidelines until August or later.
Franklin said there hasn't been a lot of movement on the committee just yet.
Committee formation and research is ongoing, at this point. The Committee may not be established until August, according to Franklin.
"The committee is still in the development phase. I continue to take recommendations for its membership and plan to finalize it in August. Meanwhile, I continue to carefully research the manner and possibilities for legislative steps forward," she said.
Franklin announced in June she planned to form a local advisory committee to inform state-level policy development addressing emerging issues in the sharing economy, including online homestay rentals.
Online nightly rentals are a controversial topic in Camden County after a mandate from the Missouri State Tax Commission ordered county assessors to change how they assessed residential properties that were used for nightly rentals. The nightly rental issue not only has an impact on property assessments, but also collection of lodging taxes and zoning issues.
Franklin's plan for a local committee also followed Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson's announcement that he intended to focus on the sharing economy in Missouri which includes services such as car-sharing services and online homestay marketplaces like Vacation Rentals by Owners and AirBnB. VRBO is a popular site for home owners looking to rent their lake properties out for nightly lodging.
Vacation rentals have long been a centerpiece at the Lake with online homestay rentals providing a convenient avenue for tourists and vacationers.