Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: Feb 12-16, 2007

MONDAY, February 12, 2007

Missouri House of Representatives

PRO LIFE

HB821 Sponsored by Representative Bob Onder, establishes the Unborn Child Pain Prevention Act relating to the capacity of an unborn child to experience pain during an abortion. Read for the second time.

EDUCATION

HB498 Sponsored by Representative Ed Robb, establishes the Milton Friedman “Put Parents in Charge” Education Program and authorizes an individual and business tax credit for contributions to certified educational charitable organizations. It was referred to the Special Committee on Urban Education Reform.

HB808 Sponsored by Representative Carl Bearden, establishes the Betty L. Thompson Scholarship Program. Referred to the Special Committee on Urban Education Reform.

HB690 Sponsored by Representative Brian Baker, would allow open enrollment in another school district when a student attends school in a district that is unaccredited or provisionally accredited. Referred to the Special Committee on Student Achievement.

HB824 Sponsored by Representative Scott Muschany, modifies the laws relating to school emergency procedures. Read the second time on the House floor.

HOMOSEXUALITY

HB819 Sponsored by Representative Jenee’ Lowe, prohibits discrimination based upon a person’s sexual orientation. Read for the second time on the House floor.

OTHER ISSUES

HB453 Sponsored by Representative Rod Jetton, authorizes an income tax credit for donations to food pantries. Hearing was heard in the Fiscal Review Committee.

HB814 Sponsored by Representative Joe Smith, modifies provisions relating to underage drinking. Read for the second time.

HB833 Sponsored by Representative Jay Wasson, revises law relating to tattoo practitioners and tattoo establishments. Introduced, and read on the floor for the first time.

HJR20 Sponsored by House Speaker Pro tem Carl Bearden, proposes a constitutional amendment establishing limits on total state revenue appropriations. Read for the second time on the House floor.

Missouri State Senate

GAMBLING

SB430 Introduced by Senator Shields, creates the “Smart Start Scholarship Program”, and funds the proposal by removing the $500 gambling loss limit. By removing this limit, they will drain hundreds of millions of dollars from the very families who are in need of educational assistance. A hearing was held in the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

SB478 Introduced by Senator Gross, limits amount of expenditures of revenue from gaming boat admission fees. Second read and referred to the Ways and Means Committee.

PERSONAL DEFENSE

SB41 Introduced by Senator Purgason, modifies the laws on the use of defensive force.

Hearing was held in the Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

SB61 Introduced by Senator Wilson, requires a permit to acquire a stun gun or taser.

Hearing was conducted in the Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

SB62 Introduced by Senator Goodman, modifies the laws on the use of defensive force.

Hearing held in the Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

SB144 Introduced by Senator Bray, creates the crime of negligent storage of a firearm.

Hearing conducted in the Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

SB257 Introduced by Senator Engler, modifies the treatment of firearms during state emergencies by prohibiting the Governor or others from conducting illegal gun seizures. Hearing held in the Senate Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

SB337 Introduced by Senator Bray, requires any business that sells firearms or ammunition to use video surveillance cameras. Hearing was scheduled in the Judiciary, Committee, but was withdrawn from the hearing at the Senator’s request.

SB378 Introduced by Senator Goodman, prohibits certain persons, including dangerous felons, from possessing an explosive weapon. Hearing was held in the Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

SB457 Introduced by Senator Purgason, modifies provisions relating to the transfer of concealable weapons and removes the permitting requirements for such weapons.

Hearing held in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

SB217 Introduced by Senator Crowell, limits the power of political subdivisions to regulate the open carrying of firearms or discharge of firearms within a jurisdiction unless in conformity with state law. SB 217 was also heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

OTHER ISSUES

SB494 Introduced by Senator Koster Enacts the “Uniform Premarital Agreement Act”

S First Read

SCR14 Introduced by Senator Graham Expresses opposition to the Bush Administration’s proposed sale of national forest land. First read in the Senate.

TUESDAY, February 13, 2007

Missouri House of Representatives

ALCOHOL

HB81 Sponsored by Representative Tom Loehner, allows for on and off the premises tasting of liquor. Committee hearing was held Local Government.

HB530 Sponsored by Representative Vicki Schneider, removes the expiration of provisions allowing extended hours of operation for certain liquor licensees in Camden , Miller, and Morgan counties. Voted out of committee on Tuesday; the next step will be the Rules Committee, and then the House floor.

IMMIGRATION

HB269 Sponsored by Representative: Jerry Nolte, prohibits the admission of unlawfully present aliens to public institutions of higher education. Passed out of committee, and referred to the House Rules Committee.

HB245 Sponsored by Representative Neal St. Onge, requires commercial driver’s license tests to be given in the English language. HCS was voted out of the committee in executive session.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

HB262 Sponsored by Representative: Brian Nieves, makes English the language for all official proceedings in Missouri . Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

HB263 Sponsored by Representative Brian Nieves, makes English, upon voter approval, the language for all official proceedings in Missouri . Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

HJR7 Sponsored by Representative Brian Nieves, proposes a constitutional amendment establishing English as the language for all official proceedings in Missouri . Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

CRIME

HB849 Sponsored by Representative Bob Dixon, modifies provisions relating to the investigation of Internet sex crimes against children. Introduced and read first time in the House.

HB90 Sponsored by Representative: Neal St. Onge, requires all drivers and passengers in cars or trucks to wear a seat belt with certain exceptions. HCS voted out of committee, and referred to the Rules Committee.

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. Voted out of the House Rules Committee, and made ready to be moved on to the floor.

VETERANS

HCS HB636 Sponsored by Representative: David Day, authorizes an income tax credit for military retirement benefits. The HCS passed out of the Rules Committee included portions of HB’s 636, 308 & 173.

HB675 Sponsored by Representative: Will Kraus, authorizes an individual income tax credit for military retirement benefits. A hearing was scheduled in the Special Committee on Tax Reform, but did not receive a hearing.

OTHER ISSUES

HB444 Sponsored by Representative Rod Jetton, authorizes an income tax deduction for any Social Security benefits received by the elderly, regardless of income. Presented as a HCS, HB 444 was taken up, then laid back onto the calendar.

HB453 Sponsored by Representative Rod Jetton, authorizes an income tax credit for donations to food pantries. Third read in the House; and reported to the Senate, and first read.

HB833 Sponsored by Representative Jay Wasson, revises law relating to tattoo practitioners and tattoo establishments. Read for the second time in the House.

HJR1 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, proposes a constitutional amendment restricting state court jurisdiction in the areas of taxing, spending, and budgeting. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

HJR20 Sponsored by Representative Carl Bearden, proposes a constitutional amendment establishing limits on total state revenue appropriations. Read for the second time in the House.

Missouri State Senate

BIOETHICS CONCERNS

SCS SB389 Introduced by Senator Nodler, modifies several provisions regarding the state’s higher education system (MOHELA). Senate Substitute for the SCS was offered on the floor, and after a number of amendments was placed on the Informal Calendar.

PORNOGRAPHY

SB27 Introduced by Senator Bartle, modifies regulations regarding sexually oriented billboards. The bill was placed on Informal Calendar.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

SB46 Introduced by Senator Mayer, creates the “Faith-Based Organization Liaison Act”.

The bill was placed on the Informal Calendar.

SB161 Introduced by Senator Shields, creates a quality rating system for child care facilities, by registering and regulating all day cares. Placed on the Senate Informal Calendar. THIS BILL IS NOW LIMITED TO ONLY IMPACT LICENSED FACILITIES AND HAS NO IMPACT ON CHURCH MINISTRIES.

OTHER ISSUES

SB417 Introduced by Senator Goodman, creates the “Farm Mentoring and Education Fund”. Hearing was held in the Agriculture, Conservation, Parks and Natural Resources Committee.

SB428 Introduced by Senator Purgason, prohibits the Department of Agriculture from participating in the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) without specific statutory authorization to do so. Heard in the Senate Agriculture, Conservation, Parks & Natural Resources Committee.

SCR15 Introduced by Senator Barnitz, urges Congress to withdraw the United States from any further participation in the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America and any other multilateral activity which seeks to advance the creation of North America Union. Offered in the Senate.

SCR17 Introduced by Senator Rupp, ensures that no funds of the State of Missouri are invested in entities that have direct business operations with the U.S. State Department-designated terrorist-sponsoring states. Offered up in the Senate.

HB453 Sponsored by Representative Jetton, authorizes an income tax credit for donations to food pantries. First read in the Senate.

WEDNESDAY, February 14, 2007

Missouri House of Representatives

PRO LIFE

HB716 Sponsored by Representative Cynthia Davis, requires course materials and instruction relating to human sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases to be presented in a manner consistent with federal abstinence education law. Hearing held in the Special Committee on Family Services.

HB821 Sponsored by Representative Bob Onder, establishes the Unborn Child Pain Prevention Act relating to the capacity of an unborn child to experience pain during an abortion. Referred to the Special Committee on Family Services.

EDUCATION

HB580 Sponsored by Representative Gayle Kingery, allows school districts to establish a four-day school week upon a majority vote of the school board. Sent to the Elementary and Secondary Education Committee.

VETERANS

HB608 Sponsored by Representative Joe Smith, exempts real and personal property owned by veterans’ organizations from property taxes. Referred to the Special Committee on Veterans.

PERSONAL FREEDOM

HB669 Sponsored by Representative David Pearce, prohibits the state or any political subdivision from restricting the lawful possession, transfer, sale, transportation, storage, display, or use of firearms during an emergency. Referred to the Special Committee on General Laws.

HB857 Sponsored by Representative Jason Smith, prohibits any person from requiring an individual to be implanted with a microchip. Introduced and first read in the House.

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. Had a public hearing in the Special Committee on Homeland Security.

CRIME

HB849 Sponsored by Representative Bob Dixon, modifies provisions relating to the investigation of Internet sex crimes against children. Read for the second time in the House.

ALCOHOL

HB564 Sponsored by Representative Juanita Head Walton, allows certain organizations who sell intoxicating liquor by the drink on the premises to obtain a special license to remain open until 3:00 a.m. and to open on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. Referred to the Local Government Committee.

OTHER ISSUES

HB68 Sponsored by Representative Mike Cunningham, requires state agencies, public schools and colleges, and political subdivisions to use the traditional names of holidays.

Referred to the Special House Committee on General Laws.

HB336 Sponsored by Representative Scott Lipke, creates the crime of driving with a controlled substance in a person’s body. Referred to the House Committee on Crime Prevention and Public Safety.

HB427 Sponsored by Representative Marilyn Ruestman, changes the laws regarding the Missouri Women’s Council. The HCS was voted out of the Special House Committee on Workforce Dev & Workplace Safety.

HB444 Sponsored by Representative Rod Jetton, authorizes an income tax deduction for any Social Security benefits received by the elderly, regardless of income. The HCS included portions of HB’s 444, 217, 225, 239, 243, 297, 402 & 172, two amendments where added, and laid back on the calendar.

HB833 Sponsored by Representative Jay Wasson, revises law relating to tattoo practitioners and tattoo establishments. Referred to the Special Committee on Professional Registration.

HB868 Sponsored by Representative Jim Guest, prohibits the state from participating in any national identification system using driver’s license records. Introduced and first read in the House.

HJR9 Sponsored by Representative Mike Dethrow, proposes a constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds majority for voter approval of initiative petitions relating to harvesting bird, fish, wildlife, or forestry resources. Referred to the Committee on Conservation and Natural Resources.

HJR19 Sponsored by Representative Carl Bearden, proposes a constitutional amendment guaranteeing a citizen’s First Amendment right to pray on public property and reaffirming a citizen’s right to choose any or no religion. Referred to the Special Committee on General Laws.

Missouri State Senate

EDUCATION

SB135 Introduced by Senator Nodler, allows the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority to provide primary school loans. Hearing in the Senate Education Committee.

SB236 Introduced by Senator Shields, requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop standards for high-quality mentoring for beginning teachers and principals. Hearing held in the Senate Education Committee.

SB389 Introduced by Senator Nodler, modifies several provisions regarding the state’s higher education system. Worked through on the floor, and then placed on the Informal Calendar.

SJR12 Introduced by Senator Crowell, alters the composition of the state Board of Education. Second read and referred to the Senate Financial & Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee.

VETERANS

SB433 Introduced by Senator Callahan, changes laws relating to unemployment compensation for veterans. Hearing was scheduled SB433 was not heard in the Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

GAMBLING

SB508 Introduced by Senator Green, prohibits the Missouri Gaming Commission or employees thereof from operating or being employed by excursion gambling boats located in this state. First read in the Senate.

SAFETY / CRIME

SB17 Introduced by Senator Shields, repeals the state safety inspection program, except for the St. Louis metropolitan area, and institutes primary enforcement of the seat belt law. Hearing held in the Senate Transportation Committee.

SB252 Introduced by Senator Ridgeway, exempts motorcyclists age 21 and older from wearing a helmet when operating a motorcycle or motortricycle. Hearing was held in the Senate Transportation Committee.

SB445 Introduced by Senator Goodman, Exempts church bus drivers who transport children from the child passenger restraint system requirements of Section 307.179.

Hearing held in the Senate Transportation Committee.

OTHER ISSUES

SB303 Introduced by Senator Loudon, changes the laws regarding midwives and the practice of midwifery. A public hearing was held in the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

SCR15 Introduced by Senator Barnitz, urges Congress to withdraw the United States from any further participation in the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America and any other multilateral activity which seeks to advance the creation of North America Union. Referred to the Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions & Ethics Committee.

SCR17 Introduced by Senator Rupp, calls on all public retirement systems to divest funds invested in any U.S. State Dept.-designated terrorist-sponsoring states. Referred to the Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions & Ethics Committee.

THURSDAY, February 15, 2007

Missouri House of Representatives

EDUCATION

HB808 Sponsored by Representative Carl Bearden, establishes the Betty L. Thompson Scholarship Program. Reported do pass out of committee, and referred to the House Rules committee where it must be voted out before it can be sent to the floor.

HB861 Sponsored by Representative Ed Robb, allows students at two-year or four-year colleges or universities to seek tuition reimbursement for remedial courses under certain circumstances. Read for the second time in the House.

ELECTIONS

HB863 Sponsored by Representative Tom Dempsey, prohibits initiative petition circulators from receiving payment for collecting signatures. Read the second time.

! ACTION NEEDED !

Several bills have been introduced to address the problems associated with citizens initiatives.

Professional political operatives have targeted Missouri with a focus on selling access to

Missouri ’s laws and constitution. Initiatives like Amendment 2 (clone & kill with public money)

and other misleading efforts have tainted both the political process and our State Constitution!

This has, in effect, put our state public policy on the public auction block – for sale to the highest bidder.

Unlike many bills changing percentages of signatures required or percentages of voters to pass initiatives, HB 863 would prohibit a registered petition circulator to receive any type of compensation for their work. This is the best and most effective method to restore Missouri ’s initiative petition system to a more open and honest grassroots option. Gathering signatures for an issue a citizen feels strongly about should be done out of a sense of duty not out of financial gain. This will make our entire election process better.

Please contact your House Representative and State Senator.

Ask them to support Representative Tom Dempsey’s HB 863.

HB876 Sponsored by Representative Ward Franz, establishes procedures for designating election watchers. Introduced and first read in the House.

HB867 Sponsored by Representative Margaret Donnelly, and cosponsored by Representative Bryan Stevenson, authorizes advance voting procedures and additional penalty provisions relating to elections. Read for the second time.

PERSONAL DEFENSE

HCS HB189 & HB 60 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. HCS was adopted on the House floor, it was perfected with one amendment.

IMMIGRATION

HB269 Sponsored by Representative Jerry Nolte, prohibits the admission of unlawfully present aliens to public institutions of higher education. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee, HB 269 will now be ready to go to the House floor.

HB889 Sponsored by Representative Ed Emery, prohibits illegal aliens from receiving public assistance. Introduced and read on the House floor.

VETERANS

HB871 Sponsored by Representative Mike Cunningham, creates an educational assistance grant program for certain military members. Introduced and first read.

HB892 Sponsored by Representative Fred Kratky, creates a medal of freedom for every veteran who has served on active military duty since 1990 during a declared war or conflict in the Middle East . Introduced and read first time on the House floor.

OTHER ISSUES

HB364 Sponsored by Representative Doug Ervin, authorizes an income tax deduction for the cost of personally funded health insurance premiums. HCS voted do pass out of the House Ways and Means Committee.

HB444 Sponsored by Representative Rod Jetton, authorizes an income tax deduction for any Social Security benefits received by the elderly, regardless of income. HCS was introduced on the floor that included portions of HB’s 444, 217, 225, 239, 243, 297, 402 and 172. It was then perfected on the House floor with two amendments.

HB478 Sponsored by Representative Mike Dethrow, prohibits the Department of Agriculture from participating in animal identification programs under the National Animal Identification System without specific authorization from the General Assembly.

HCS was voted do pass out of the Agriculture Policy Committee.

HB857 Sponsored by Representative Jason Smith, prohibits any person from requiring an individual to be implanted with a microchip. Read for the second time.

HB868 Sponsored by Representative Jim Guest, prohibits the state from participating in any national identification system using driver’s license records. Read for the second time on the House floor.

HB885 Sponsored by Representative Kevin Wilson, allows the court to order a person’s vehicle impounded for up to one year as part of a penalty for driving while intoxicated.

Introduced and first read on the House floor.

HB888 Sponsored by Representative Jeff Grisamore, creates the Faith-Based Organization Liaison Act. Introduced and read on the House floor.

HCR26 Sponsored by Representative Talibdin El-Amin, issues and official apology for Missouri ‘s role in slavery. Referred to the Special Committee on Urban Issues.

HJR22 Sponsored by Representative Doug Ervin, proposes a constitutional amendment modifying procedures for legislative approval of the Citizens’ Commission on the Compensation of Elected Officials. Introduced and read first time on the House floor.

Senate

GAMBLING

SB508 Introduced by Senator Green, prohibits the Missouri Gaming Commission or employees thereof from operating or being employed by excursion gambling boats located in this state. Second on the floor, and referred to the Ways and Means Committee.

OTHER ISSUES

SCS SB75 Introduced by Senator Coleman, provides for a tuition limitation for certain combat veterans. Reported from Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee to the floor.

SB274 Introduced by Senator Shields, creates the “Healthcare Technology Fund”.

Reported from Health and Mental Health Committee to the floor.

SCS SB275 Introduced by Senator Ridgeway, modifies provisions relating to the Missouri Women’s Counsel. Reported from the Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee to the Floor as a consent bill.

SB514 Introduced by Senator Justus, requires immunizations for the human papilloma virus. First read in the Senate.

! ACTION NEEDED !

SB 514 (as well as HB 802 introduced Feb. 7) seeks to impose MANDATORY HPV vaccines upon all Missouri minors! This would include all sixth grade girls, or “’children’ attending public, private, parochial or parish schools” throughout Missouri . While parents may opt out under certain guidelines (qualified religious beliefs or medical contraindications) the mandatory policy targets all girls.

Policies focused on such controversial programs should, at the least, offer an ‘opt in’ format Instead of burdening parents and families with a restrictive and punitive ‘opt out’ design.

Because of the Texas Governor’s Executive Order on this same subject, your calls are needed even though the sponsors of these bills should not generate significant legislative traction.

Please see the president of Family Research Council, Tony Perkins’ YouTube message on this subject at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIq_0Q7adZk

Then write or call your House Representative (HB 802) and your State Senator (SB 514) with your thoughts.