– Week in Review –
Week of February 6, 2006
The Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee voted ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œdo passÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â SB 588 et. al. as a comprehensive crime bill dealing with sex offenses (including a provision related to statutory rape and abortion). The bill, sponsored by committee chairman Matt Bartle (R), encompasses provisions from a dozen other bills introduced earlier in the session. After passing the committee, SB 588 was sent to the full Senate and now awaits a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œperfectionÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â debate on the floor of the Senate.
The same committee took testimony on SB 571, sponsored by Senator John Cauthorn. This proposal seeks to modify state statutes on using justifiable force to protect both people and property. Current law prohibits and outlaws using force under far too many circumstances ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ turning victims of crime into criminals. This issue is not expected to advance near so quickly or easily as SB 588 above.
SB 86, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe Founding Documents Protection ActÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â was discussed in the Senate Education Committee during the afternoon. This legislation would prohibit the censorship of key historical documents just because they contain references to God, or Christianity. We have seen many important documents edited harshly, and most left out completely.
MFN presented the committee with the full text of several examples, including the 1215 Magna Charta, the Mayflower Compact of 1620, our Declaration of Independence, President George WashingtonÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s original Proclamation for a National Thanksgiving Day, and Washington’s Farewell Address. All commonly used as required reading in community schools for over 150 years! TodayÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s centralized government schools rarely allow unedited versions of these types of documents in our childrenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s classrooms, if at all. Most high school graduates have never seen or read such history!
How many of todayÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s school children have ever been told that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI Have a DreamÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â speech, defined his ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œdreamÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â with a direct quote from the books of Isaiah and Luke? Yes, the ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œRev.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â King even closed his speech by thanking God ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ and not attacking white male businessmen. This issue is not just here in Missouri, 19 other states have introduced similar legislation. LetsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ refuse to let our Godly heritage be subverted for the sake of political correctness.
ACTION NEEDED: Anyone interested in this legislation is requested to call Missouri Family Network to discuss your experiences.
The House Committee on Children and Families heard public testimony on the rights of home-birth mothers to enlist the aid of midwives. Currently, midwives and midwifery is illegal in Missouri unless practiced in partnership with a physician. HB 974, sponsored by Representative Cynthia Davis, would expand the law since the vast majority of doctors refuse to partnership with midwives or offer midwifery services. The current law leaves average home-birth mothers in an unhealthy position and penalizes those who would attempt to help!
This bill was adopted by the committee with a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œdo passÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â vote. It will be sent to the full House for debate in the near future. Also note that the senate version of the bill, SB 673, will have a public hearing next week (see below).
The Senate Economic Development, Tourism and Local Government Committee held a hearing on SB 919. This bill seeks to repeal the law allowing the city council of a third-class city to prohibit the carrying of concealed weapons. The bill, sponsored by Senator Delbert Scott, would close this Second Amendment abuse loophole, if passed. The loophole comes from the fact that our newer concealed carry law makes the previous provision moot. But without correcting the statute, confusions fuel abuses of citizens rights. The committee will be voting on SB 919 when it meets next Wednesday afternoon as a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œconsentÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â bill.
HJR 28 was introduced by Rep. Jack Jackson. HJR 28 proposes a constitutional amendment exempting veterans’ organizations from property tax. We share this view with Jackson; that we are all indebted to our veterans, they donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t owe usÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦ but rather we owe them! While several bills are introduced each year on behalf of veterans, most never see the light of day. HJR 28 is one of a handful expected to advance this year. Of course, the final outcome is always very difficult to predict.
Listeners to the internet broadcast of ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“live debateÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ from the Senate heard how the Senate got both bogged down Thursday afternoon, and a little heated over higher education legislation. As the debate developed we were reminded that such is the House and Senate ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ better to listen to as entertainment, from afar, than to be involved in, up close and personal!
For your information all sessions of the House and Senate are broadcast as a live stream. Go to: http://www.house.state.mo.us/default.aspx?info=/link2/debates.txt and select which chamber you want to listen in on. But donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t be surprised – it is not always easy to follow!