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Under the Dome: January 11, 2007

Monday, January 8th

In both the House and the Senate most of the floor time this early in the session will be dedicated to ‘technical’ activities. Constitutionally, legislation has a very defined flow that it must follow. You will see a very large volume of bills that move across the House and Senate floors, but this is only procedural steps for all legislation to flow through. Keep in mind that the “first reading” of bills is nothing more than an early procedural step for a bill to be assigned to a committee. Just because a bill is read on the floor does not mean it will pass and become law.

MFN will monitor floor activities and report on a variety of bills that we will be following through the multiple stages of legislative process. This way you will be able to track the flow of key legislation, as it moves through the capital.

HOUSE ACTIVITIES:

Monday afternoon the House went into regular session.

Introduced and first read 15 House bills (HB 258- HB 273). Including:

HB258 Sponsored by Representative: Hubbard, Rodney – Repeals the death penalty.
HB269 Sponsored by Representative Jerry Nolte, – Prohibits the admission of unlawfully present aliens to public institutions of higher education.
HJR6 Sponsored by Representative Mark Bruns and co-sponsored by Representative Barney Fisher (retired USMC) – Proposes a constitutional amendment exempting from tax personal property of active duty military personnel.
HB262 Sponsored by Representative Brian Nieves, – Establishes English as the language for all official proceedings in the state.
HB263 & HJR7 Sponsor: Nieves, Brian – Establishes English as the language for all official proceedings in the state, with a referendum provision.

Second read 24 House Bills (HB 233- HB 257). Including:

HB239 Sponsored by Representative Mark Bruns, – Exempts Social Security benefits, annuities, pensions, and retirement allowances from state income tax.

SENATE ACTIVITIES:

Introduced and first read 6 Senate Bills (SB 222- SB 228). Including:

SB 227 & 228 Introduced by Senator Graham, explicitly grants the Missouri Higher Education Loan authority (MOHELA) the ability to sell or liquidate any asset of the authority.
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Tuesday, January 9TH

HOUSE ACTIVITIES:

First read 33 new House Bills (HB 169, & HB 274- HB 307). Including:

HB279 Sponsored by Representative Jeff Roorda, – Allows counties to retroactively apply planning and zoning regulations to certain subdivisions of land.
HB289 Sponsored by Representative Jeff Roorda, – Authorizes Missouri to enter into the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote Act
HB304 Sponsored by Representative Mark Bruns, – Prohibits the court from granting unsupervised visitation to a sex offender.
HB306 Sponsored by Representative Joe Smith, – Exempts property owned and used by veterans’ organizations from taxation

Second read 15 House Bills (HB 258- HB 273). Including:

HB258 Sponsored by Representative Rodney Hubbard, – Repeals the death penalty.
HB169 Sponsored by Representative Jason Brown, – Allows for special license plates for recipients of the Air Force Cross, Army Distinguished Service Cross, or Navy Cross

Representative Jason Brown is currently on deployment in Iraq . Last summer while in Iraq , Representative Brown was shot in the chest by sniper fire. After spending time recovering stateside, was redeployed to Iraq . Let’s remember to lift up not only Representative Brown and his family, but all our service men and women who are serving over seas.

On the immigration front, newly appointed Immigration Committee Chairman Jerry Nolte’s House Bill 269 was second read today. HB 269 would prohibit the admission of unlawfully present aliens to public institutions of higher education. This is the second year in a row that representative Nolte has introduced this legislation, but as we all know, sometimes it takes many years of diligence and hard work to get legislation passed.

Along with the fifteen House Bills that where second read today, there where also several House Joint Resolutions (HJR’s) that where second read as well. Among these HJR’s, was Representative Brian Nieves’ HJR7, which proposes a constitutional amendment establishing English as the language of all official proceedings in this state.

SENATE ACTIVITIES:

First read 5 new Senate Bills (SB 229- SB 234). Including:

SB 229 Introduced by Senator Coleman, modifies law relating to voter registration and election offenses.
SB 230 Introduced by Senator Crowell, exempts social security benefits from income taxation
SB 231 Introduced by Senator Crowell, modifies local zoning authorities’ control over billboards and allows the Highways and Transportation Commission to void billboard permits under certain conditions

Wednesday, January 10TH

The House and Senate where called into Joint Session Wednesday morning for the annual State of the Judiciary Address, which was delivered by Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Wolfe.

Chief Justice Wolfe’s speech addressed a host of different issues that have impacted our courts today. He also made several notable remarks about the role of courts. As for the origins of law and the rule of law, he sighted the 1215 Magna Charta. But his comments about the United States were much more compelling. Echoing historical facts he referred to the United States as a “democratic republic”. Following through with reference to Benjamin Franklin, Wolfe sited the famous line from Franklin , who when asked about the new constitution and what form of government had been created, replied, “a republic, if you can keep it!”

The full speech may be read in full from the daily House Journal
http://www.house.state.mo.us/bills071/jrn/jrn005.htm

HOUSE ACTIVITIES:

Speaker of the House Rod Jetton issued a press release revealing the names of all the new House committee chairman who will be serving for the 2007 legislative year.

(The full list is available on the House website http://www.house.state.mo.us).

Please pray for these committee chairmen, several are returning from previous years, but many will be assuming these responsibilities for the first time. They will all be facing an enormous amount of political pressure from many different sides. These men and women will be calling the shots over the legislation in their committees.

FACTOID: There are over 80 legislative committees between the House and Senate. Most all of these committees meet every week (some more & some less).

First read 20 House Bills (HB 308– HB 328). Including:

HB308 Sponsor: Kraus, Will – Exempts military retirement benefits from state income tax
HB309 Sponsor: Kraus, Will – Prohibits certain sexual offenders from being present in or loitering within five hundred feet of any public park or swimming pool and from serving as a coach, manager, or trainer for certain teams
HB322 Sponsor: Dusenberg, Gary – Allows the gaming commission to request that the patrol investigate certain things and authorizes the State Highway Patrol to investigate any suspected criminal activity relative to the commission
HB323 Sponsor: Cunningham, Mike – Exempts motor fuel used for agricultural purposes from sales and use taxes
HB326 Sponsor: Kraus, Will – Increases the period of driver’s license suspension from ninety days to one hundred eighty days for certain first-time alcohol-related traffic offenses.

Second read 33 House Bills (HB 274 – HB 307). Including:

HB289 Sponsor: Roorda, Jeff – Authorizes Missouri to enter into the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote Act
HB304 Sponsor: Bruns, Mark – Prohibits the court from granting unsupervised visitation to a sex offender
HB306 Sponsor: Smith, Joe – Exempts property owned and used by veterans’ organizations from taxation

SENATE ACTIVITIES:

First read 17 new Senate Bills (SB 235- SB 253). Including:

SB 241 Stouffer – Allows the Department of Revenue to implement the requirements of the Federal Real ID Act
SB 243 Mayer – Increases the compulsory school attendance age for all children in Missouri to seventeen years of age
SB 252 Ridgeway – Exempts motorcyclists age 21 and older from wearing a helmet when operating a motorcycle or motortricycle
SB 253 Ridgeway – Exempts real and personal property of veterans’ organizations from taxation

Thursday, January 11th

HOUSE ACTIVITIES:

First read 39 House Bills (HB 332– HB 371). Including:

HB333 Sponsor: Lipke, Scott Establishes the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Act to monitor the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances
HB334 Sponsor: Lipke, Scott Revises laws regarding sexual offenders
HB335 Sponsor: Lipke, Scott Amends the statute regarding operation of a vessel with excessive blood alcohol content
HB337 Sponsor: Lipke, Scott Removes the requirement that a sexually violent predator be determined to be guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in order to have a mandated DNA sample collected for profiling analysis
HB345 Sponsor: Munzlinger, Brian Prohibits the Governor from using his or her emergency powers to confiscate firearms or revoke a permit to carry any firearm
HB355 Sponsored by Representative Jim Avery, establishes that financial institutions may prohibit any internet gambling transactions .
HB357 Sponsored by Representative Michael Frame, authorizes the State Highway Patrol to develop and implement a real-time electronic logbook for certain schedule V substances and requires pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to report sales.
HB363 Sponsored by Representative Larry Wilson, allows military veterans to receive deer and turkey hunting licenses and permits at no cost.

Second read 18 House Bills (HB 254– HB 272). Including:

HB308 Sponsored by Representative Will Kraus, exempts military retirement benefits from state income tax.
HB309 Sponsored by Representative Will Kraus, prohibits certain sexual offenders from being present in or loitering within five hundred feet of any public park or swimming pool and from serving as a coach, manager, or trainer for certain teams.
HB322 Sponsored by Representative Gary Dusenberg, allows the gaming commission to request that the patrol investigate certain things and authorizes the patrol to investigate any suspected criminal activity relative to the commission.
HB323 Sponsored by Representative Mike Cunningham, exempts motor fuel used for agricultural purposes from sales and use taxes.
HB326 Sponsored by Representative Will Kraus, increases the period of driver’s license suspension from ninety days to one hundred eighty days for certain first-time alcohol-related traffic offenses.

SENATE ACTIVITIES:

Senate first read 18 Senate Bills (SB 254– SB 272). Including:

SB 256 Introduced by Senator Loudon, modifies provisions relating to the investigation of Internet sex crimes against children.
SB 257 Introduced by Senator Engler, modifies the treatment of firearms during state emergencies.
SJR 11 Introduced by Senator Gross, requires a two-thirds majority vote of the people in order to amend the Constitution.