Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: January 25, 2007

Monday, January 22

Missouri House of Representatives

ABORTION

HB92 Sponsored by Representative Darrell Pollock creates the crime of endangering the welfare of an unborn child and allows for physician referral and documentation to be used in criminal prosecutions.

Referred: Crime Prevention and Public Safety

HJR11 Sponsored by Representative Jim Lembke proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting human cloning.

Introduced and read first time

VETERANS

HB501 Sponsored by Representative Steve Tilley allows spouses of deployed soldiers to take certain amounts of time off from work without pay and without fear of retribution from the employer.

Introduced and read first time

OTHER ISSUES

HB491 Sponsored by Representative Brian Baker prohibits possession or consumption of alcohol in the State Capitol or on Capitol grounds.

Read second time

HB503 Sponsored by Representative Dr. Charles Portwood enacts provisions relating to the licensing of midwives.

Introduced and read first time

HJR12 Sponsored by Representative Ed Emery proposes a constitutional amendment requiring impeachment trials to be held by the Senate.

Introduced and read first time

Senate action

ABORTION

SB 285 Introduced by Senator Crowell, protects the conscience rights of pharmaceutical professionals.

Second Read and Referred S Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee

SJR 10 Introduced by Senator Bartle, repeals the current constitutional provisions regarding stem cell research and prohibits human cloning.

Second Read and Referred S Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee

GAMBLING

SB 296 Introduced by Senator Loudon, authorizes the Joint Committee on Wagering and Gaming to solicit bids for university study of pathological gambling in Missouri

Second Read and Referred S Ways & Means Committee

VETERANS

SB 286 Introduced by Senator Crowell, exempts military pensions and retirement income from income taxation.

Second Read and Referred S Ways & Means Committee

CRIME

SB 5 Introduced by Senator Loudon, modifies the laws on child pornography.

Hearing Conducted S Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee

SB 27 Introduced by Senator Bartle, modifies regulations regarding sexually oriented billboards.

Hearing Conducted S Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee

SB 256 Introduced by Senator Loudon, modifies provisions relating to the investigation of Internet sex crimes against children.

Hearing Conducted S Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee

SB 300 Introduced by Senator Bartle, modifies the laws regulating sexually oriented businesses.

Second Read and Referred S Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee

OTHER ISSUES

SB 303 Introduced by Senator Loudon, changes the laws regarding midwives and the practice of midwifery.

Second Read and Referred S Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee

SB 336 Introduced by Senator Bray, requires equal pay for the same work regardless of gender and establishes a commission to study wage disparities.

S First Read

SCR 7 Introduced by Senator Bray, ratifies the Equal Rights Amendments to the United States Constitution.

First Read

SJR 8 Introduced by Senator Ridgeway, elevates the allowable level of bonded indebtedness for school districts from 15 percent to 20 percent.

Second Read and Referred S Education Committee

SJR 15 Introduced by Senator Green, increases term limits for members of the General Assembly from 8 years to 12 years in each house. First Read


PUBLIC HEARINGS:

Senate Financial, Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee, Senator Delbert Scott, Chairman

SB 128 – Stouffer. Transfers the authority to approve blood alcohol and other chemical testing methods and devices from the Department of Health and Senior Services to the Department of Transportation (Consent)

Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, Senator Matt Bartle, Chairman

SB 5 – Loudon. Modifies the laws on child pornography

SB 38 – Ridgeway. Prohibits the use or possession of alcoholic beverage vaporizers

SB 256 – Loudon. Modifies provisions relating to the investigation of Internet sex crimes against children

SB 67 – Rupp. Allows the Department of Public Safety to promulgate rules for issuing missing endangered person advisories

SB 27 – Bartle. Modifies regulations regarding sexually oriented billboards


Tuesday, January 23

Missouri House of Representatives

ABORTION

HJR11 Sponsored by Representative Jim Lembke and Speaker Pro Tem Carl Bearden, proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting human cloning.

Referred the House Health Care Policy committee.

VETERANS

HB511 Sponsored by Representative Mike Dethrow, removes the additional fees charged for purple heart license plates.

Read second time

OTHER ISSUES

HB503 Sponsored by Representative Dr. Charles Portwood, enacts provisions relating to the licensing of midwives.

Read second time

HB532 Sponsored by Representative Nathan Cooper, and Representative Barney Fisher, requires certain coursework in American History and American Literature at public institutions of higher education.

Introduced and read first time

HB537 Sponsored by Representative Trent Skaggs, prohibits the possession or consumption of alcohol in the State Capitol building or on the State Capitol grounds except by executive order.

Introduced and read first time

HCR13 Sponsored by Representative Mike McGhee, disapproves the recommendations of the Missouri Citizens’ Commission on Compensation of Elected Officials.

Committee: Hearing held in the House Rules Committee, and voted out of committee.

HJR12 Sponsored by Representative Ed Emery, proposes a constitutional amendment requiring impeachment trials to be held by the Senate.

Read second time

SENATE ACTIVITIES

SB 46

Introduced by Senator Rob Mayer, SB 46 would create the “Faith-Based Organization Liaison Act”. This legislation would designate a liaison to interface between state agencies; and churches and faith-based organizations, recommending and deferring people to other agencies where they can get the help they need. The other responsibility that these liaisons will have is to recommend to the organizations, is the state and federal monies, and grants that are available to them. Here is the issue, courts have ruled repeatedly that government money equals government control. So if your church program qualifies for a grant or program… beware, or your church could fall under a host of new regulations, stipulations and control. A hearing was held in the Senate Committee for Seniors, Families and Public Health.

SB 354 & SCR 7

Introduced by Senator Joan Bray, these two issues are traditionally heralded by the far left. The concepts that are carried by these SB’s find their base in postmodern … SB 354, would eliminate the death penalty. De-valueing human life (SB 354 was first read on the Senate floor).

SCR 7 as written would “Ratify” the Equal Rights Amendments to the Constitution. Playing into the homosexual and feminist agendas. These forces already have their foot in the door with these constitutional protections, which have been twisted from their original intent (to protect the individuals who fall victim to true racism, which really comes from a twisted understanding of God’s Law). SCR 7 was referred to the Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions & Ethics Committee.

SB 84 Introduced by Senator – Champion – Modifies provisions of criminal background checks for emergency child placements

Hearing was held in the Senate committee on Seniors, Families and Public Health Committee.

SB 204 Introduced by Senator – Stouffer – Requires all diesel fuel sold in Missouri after January 1, 2009 , to contain at least 2 percent biodiesel

Hearing Conducted in the Senate Agriculture, Conservation, Parks & Natural Resources Committee.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

Senate Seniors, Families and Public Health Committee, Senator Norma Champion, Chairman

SB 80 – Shields. Modifies provisions of the Metabolic Distribution Formula Program

SB 25 – Champion. Prohibits closing a child abuse investigation if the child dies during the course of the investigation

SB 84 – Champion. Modifies provisions of criminal background checks for emergency child placements

SB 46 – Mayer. Creates the “Faith-based Organization Liaison Act”

Wednesday, January 24


HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

IMMIGRATION

HB85 Sponsored by Representative Will Kraus, creates the felony crime of employing an illegal alien. Referred to the Special Committee on Immigration.

HB269 Sponsored by Representative Jerry Nolte, prohibits the admission of unlawfully present aliens to public institutions of higher education. Referred to the Special Committee on Immigration.

GAMBLING

HB179 Sponsored by Representative David Day, changes the distribution of money in the Gaming Commission Fund. Referred to the Special Committee on Veterans.

PERSONAL FREEDOM

HB189 Sponsored by Representative Kenny Jones, creates a presumption in certain circumstances that a person using deadly force has a reasonable fear of death or harm and allows that person immunity in certain circumstances for use of defensive force. Sent to the Special Committee on General Laws.

HB60 Sponsored by Representative Marilyn Ruestman, changes the laws regarding the defensive use of force. Referred to the Special Committee on General Laws.

HB345 Sponsored by Representative Brian Munzlinger, prohibits the Governor from using his or her emergency powers to confiscate firearms or revoke a permit to carry any firearm.

Referred to the Special Committee on General Laws.

HB155 Sponsored by Representative Gary Dusenberg, requires only operators or riders of motorcycles and motortricycles who are younger than 21 years of age to wear protective headgear. Referred to the Special Committee on Homeland Security.

OTHER ISSUES

HB453 Sponsored by Representative Rod Jetton, authorizes an income tax credit for donations to food pantries. Referred to the Special Committee on Senior Citizen Advocacy.

HB532 Sponsored by Representative Nathan Cooper, requires certain coursework in American History and American Literature at public institutions of higher education. Second read on the House floor.

HB537 Sponsored by Representative Trent Skaggs, prohibits the possession or consumption of alcohol in the State Capitol building or on the State Capitol grounds except by executive order.

Also second read on the House floor.

HCR13 Sponsored by Representative Mike McGhee, disapproves the recommendations of the Missouri Citizens’ Commission on Compensation of Elected Officials.

Third Read and passed, (after being voted out of the committee, a bill must be ‘third read’ on the House floor before it can be sent to the Senate), and sent over to the Senate where it was first read.

PORNOGRAPHY

HB120 Sponsored by Representative David Pearce, changes the laws regarding sexually oriented billboards. Sent to the House Special Committee on Government Affairs.

HB 120 is one of the products that has spawned from the Supreme Court Decision that struck down the legislation that was passed a few short years ago, regulating the pornographic industries ability to cover our highways with obscene bill boards, touting their family- destroying wares. Taking the new guidelines, HB 120 and other legislation works around the issues given us be the courts, and attempting to fix this temptation.

SENATE ACTIVITIES

ABORTION

SB 370 Introduced by Senator Scott, modifies definitions of ambulatory surgical centers to include certain abortion clinics. This vital legislation opens the door for several very necessary regulation in the abortion industry, including investigations through the health department. As well as being licensed to treat the women who hemorrhage, and suffer severe medical trama due to botched abortions. SB 370 was first read on the Senate floor.

SB 375 Introduced by Senator Koster, relating to abortions.

First read on the Senate floor.

SCR 1 Introduced by Senator Bray, encourages support and education regarding reproductive health. Which would include things such as their particular aggressive brand of explicit sex ed, to making sure that all our children (regardless of age) know how to have sex when, how, and with whoever they feel like… and not get pregnant. But if they do happen to make this mistake, tell them how and ware to get abortions.

A hearing conducted the Senate committee on Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions & Ethics Committee.

VETERANS

SB 12 Introduced by Senator Coleman, SB 12 creates an educational grant for children and spouses of veterans who are killed in combat.

Hearing was conducted in the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee

OTHER ISSUES

SCR 4 Introduced by Senator Lager, disapproves the salary recommendations of the Citizen’s Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials.

Hearing Conducted S Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions & Ethics Committee


State of the State Address:

Wednesday evening the House and the Senate went into joint session to hear the Governors State of the State Address. As he outlined his priorities for 2007, the Governor touched on a few key items, including:

SOCIAL SECURITY

Calling for specific action to stop taxing Social Security.

VETERANS

His 2008 budget calls for an additional $6.2 million dollars for veterans homes, and an extra $4.5 million for new equipment.

THE CULTURE WAR – DEFENDING LIFE

“No society can remain civilized if it does not concern itself with the respect and courtesy that is shown to one another, how it perceives the family, and how it treats its most vulnerable. Missourians know that a coarsening of our culture undermines human dignity. In stark contrast to cultural relativism stands the belief that all of humanity is bound together by a moral fabric. There is, indeed, an enduring moral order and our policies should reflect our basic values.”

Challenging the Legislature to approve an additional $200,000 dollars for the “Alternatives to Abortion” fund, Governor Blunt also asked lawmakers to institutionalize the program by making it a statutory mandate for the agencies involved.

CRIME AND THE CASTLE DOCTRINE

Gov. Blunt called for the general assembly to pass legislation to protect people who may find it necessary to defending themselves in their own home. And proposed spending an extra $200,000 for “cyber crimes units” to bust child sex predators.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws, Senator Jason Crowell, Chairman

SB 12 – Coleman Creates an educational grant for children and spouses of veterans who are killed in combat

SB 75 – Coleman Provides for a tuition limitation for certain combat veterans

Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics, Senator Charlie Shields, Chairman

SCR 1 – Bray Encourages support and education regarding reproductive health

SCR 4 – Lager Disapproves the salary recommendations of the Citizen’s Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials

Senate Education Committee, Senator Gary Nodler, Chairman

SB 6 – Loudon Establishes the “Safe Schools Fund” and allows local school districts to utilize such moneys for a variety of safety-related expenses

2008 MISSOURI STATE BUDGET BATTLE BEGAN: Chair: Icet, Allen(R-084) Vice Chair: Robb, Edward(R-024)

The first of a series of budget bills, forming the 2008 official state budget, recieved its first formal public hearing.

These discussions and debates will preocupy much of the Legislature’s time and energy for the next few months.

HB 15– Sponsor: Icet, Allen(R-084) To appropriate money for supplemental purposes for the department of Social Services, and to transfer money amoung certain funds, from the funds designated for the fiscal period ending June 30, 2007

Thursday, January 25

HOUSE ACTIVITIES

HB608 Sponsored by Representative Joe Smith, would exempt property owned by veterans’ organizations from taxation.

Introduced and read first time on the House floor.

SENATE ACTIVITIES

ABORTION

SB 370 (which would require abortion clinics be certified as ambulatory surgical centers) was referred the Senate Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

OTHER ISSUES

SB 362 Introduced by Senator Shoemyer, changes provisions regarding the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority and funding of higher education.

Sent to the S Education Committee

SB 336 Introduced by Senator Bray, requires equal pay for the same work regardless of gender and establishes a commission to study wage disparities.

Second Read and Referred to the Senate Committee on Small Business, Insurance & Industrial Relations.

SB 348 Introduced by Senator Koster, enacts various provisions affecting illegal aliens.

Referred Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee

SB 354 Introduced by Senator Bray, eliminates the death penalty.

Sent to the Senate committee on Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence.

SJR 15 Introduced by Senator Green, increases term limits for members of the General Assembly from 8 years to 12 years in each house.

Referred to the Senate Financial & Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee.

HCR 13 Brought over by the House McGhee – Disapproves the recommendations of the Missouri Citizens’ Commission on Compensation of Elected Officials

Referred to the Senate Committee on Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions & Ethics.