Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: Feb 19-22, 2007

MONDAY, February 19, 2007

House of Representatives

VETERANS

HB871 Sponsored by Representative Mike Cunningham, establishes an educational assistance grant program for certain military members. Read for the second time.

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 . Read for the second time.

EDUCATION

HB264 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, allows the State Board of Education greater flexibility in investing funds deposited in the State Public School Fund.

Passed out of committee as a consent bill; and referred Rules committee.

HB265 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, expands the five-business-day notice requirement for special education due process hearings to expedited due process hearings. Reported do pass out of committee, and sent to the Rules committee.


ELECTIONS

HCS 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. Reported over to the Senate and first read.

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. Read for the second time.

HB911 Sponsored by Representative Martin Rucker, changes election procedures in cities, towns, and villages when there are unopposed candidates. Introduced and read first time.

HB876 Sponsored by Representative Ward Franz, establishes procedures for designating election watchers. Read for the second time.

OTHER ISSUES

HB889 Sponsored by Representative Edgar Emery, prohibits illegal aliens from receiving public assistance. Read the second time.

HCS HB444 Sponsored by Representative Rod Jetton, authorizes an income tax deduction for any Social Security benefits received by the elderly, regardless of income.

Referred to the House Fiscal Review committee.

HB872 Sponsored by Representative Nathan Cooper, requires households receiving assistance under the utilicare program to attend financial planning or budgeting classes administered by the agency providing such assistance. Read the second time.

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. Read for the second time.

HB888 Sponsored by Representative Jeff Grisamore, creates the Faith-Based Organization Liaison Act. Read the second time.

HJR7 Sponsored by Representative Brian Nieves, proposes a constitutional amendment establishing English as the language for all official proceedings in Missouri . Taken up for perfection on the floor, laid back on the perfection calendar.

SENATE

PRO LIFE

SB285 Introduced by Senator Crowell, protects the conscience rights of pharmaceutical professionals. Hearing was cancelled in the Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

SB375 Introduced by Senator Koster, establishes the “Missouri Alternatives to Abortion Services Program” and the “Missouri Alternatives to Abortion Public Awareness Program”. Heard in the Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

SB196 Introduced by Senator Gross, enacts provisions relating to the capacity of an unborn child to experience pain during an abortion. Hearing held in the Senate Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

SB72 Introduced by Senator Justus, enacts provisions relating to the duty of a pharmacy to fill prescriptions. Hearing held in the Senate Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee… think of it as the anti-conscience right act.

GAMBLING

SB430 Introduced by Senator Shields, creates the “Smart Start Scholarship Program”, and funds the program by removing the gambling loss limit. The SCS was Voted Do Pass out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

SB478 Introduced by Senator Gross, limits amount of expenditures of revenue from gaming boat admission fees. Hearing was held in the Ways and Means Committee.

VETERANS

SJR13 Introduced by Senator Vogel, creates a property tax exemption for personal property of active duty military personnel. Hearing held in the Ways and Means Committee.

CRIME

SB25 Introduced by Senator Champion, prohibits closing a child abuse investigation if the child dies during the course of the investigation. Third Read and Passed as a consent bill.

SB84 Introduced by Senator Champion, modifies provisions of criminal background checks for emergency child placements. Third Read and Passed as a consent bill.

SCS SB41 Introduced by Senator Purgason, modifies the laws on the defensive use of force. Senate committee substitute created, SB’s 62 & 41 where combined.

PORN

SB300 Introduced by Senator Bartle, modifies the laws regulating sexually oriented businesses. Voted Do Pass out of the Senate Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

SJR17 Introduced by Senator Coleman, creates an exception to the prohibition against laws retrospective in operation by allowing the sexual offender registry laws to be applied retrospectively. Bills where combined to create SCS/SJRs 9 and 17.

OTHER ISSUES

SB257 Introduced by Senator Engler, modifies the treatment of firearms during state emergencies. Voted Do Pass out of the Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee as a consent bill.

SB370 Introduced by Senator Scott, modifies definitions of ambulatory surgical centers to include certain abortion clinics. Hearing was held in the Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

SB514 Introduced by Senator Justus, requires immunizations for the human papilloma virus. Second Read and referred to the Seniors, Families and Public Health Committee.

SB524 Introduced by Senator Scott, modifies the licensing of tattoo artists, branders, and body piercers. First read in the Senate.

HB189 Introduced by Representative Jones, modifies the provisions relating to the use of defensive use of force. First read in the Senate.

TUESDAY, February 20, 2007

House of Representatives

PRO LIFE

HB182 Sponsored by Representative Mark Bruns, establishes the Outside the Hospital Do-Not-Resuscitate Act to permit the execution of do-not-resuscitate orders for use by emergency medical providers for patients receiving treatment outside a hospital. HB 182 establishes not the right to life, but rather the “right to die”. Hearing was held in the Health Care Policy Committee.

VETERANS

HB608 Sponsored by Representative Joe Smith, exempts real and personal property owned by veterans’ organizations from property taxes. HCS was voted do pass out of committee as a consent bill.

EDUCATION

HB620 Sponsored by Representative Scott Muschany, requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to create mentoring standards for beginning teachers and principals. HCS for HB 620 was voted out of Rules committee.

HB771 Sponsored by Representative Carl Bearden, requires the total compensation package of school administrators to be reported to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and posted on the department’s web site. Referred to the Special Committee on Student Achievement.

HB808 Sponsored by Representative Carl Bearden, establishes the Betty L. Thompson Scholarship Program. Reported out of Rules Committee with out a time limit.

ALCOHOL

HB913 Sponsored by Representative Shannon Cooper, changes laws relating to the advertising of liquor at retail businesses. Introduced and read first time.

HB925 Sponsored by Representative Neal St. Onge, requires vehicles of persons found guilty of any intoxication-related traffic offense to be equipped with a certified ignition interlock device. Introduced and read first time.

HB889 Sponsored by Representative Edgar Emery, prohibits illegal aliens from receiving public assistance. Referred to the Special Committee on Immigration.

HB912 Sponsored by Representative Darrell Pollock, prohibits persons from hunting, fishing, or trapping game on private land without the permission of the landowner.

Introduced and read first time.

OTHER ISSUES

HJR18 Sponsored by Representative Cynthia Davis, proposes a constitutional amendment requiring two-thirds majority vote for future constitutional amendments and modifies the process for accepting and enacting constitutional amendments. Hearing was held in the Elections Committee.

SB25 Sponsored by Senator Champion, prohibits closing a child abuse investigation if the child dies during the course of the investigation. Reported over to the House and first read.

SB84 Sponsored by Senator Champion, modifies provisions of criminal background checks for emergency child placements. Reported to the House and first read.

SENATE

SB538 Introduced by Senator Shoemyer, relating to participation in an animal identification system. First Read in the Senate.

WEDNESDAY, February 21, 2007

House of Representatives

VETERANS

HCS HB608 Sponsored by Representative Joe Smith, exempts real and personal property owned by veterans ‘ organizations from property taxes. Reported do pass by consent out of committee, and referred to the Rules Committee.

HB916 Sponsored by Representative Curt Dougherty, exempts veterans ‘ organizations from paying the 2% tax on the gross receipts for each bingo pull-tab card sold. Read for the second time.

HB938 Sponsored by Representative Jason Brown, establishes the Stolen Valor Act of 2007 to make it a crime to falsely claim receipt of a military medal. Introduced and read first time.

HCR28 Sponsored by Representative Juanita Head Walton, opposes any change in federal law authorizing attorneys to charge veterans a fee for services. Passed out of committee, and was referred to the House Rules Committee.

EDUCATION

HB264 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, allows the State Board of Education greater flexibility in investing funds deposited in the State Public School Fund. Reported do pass as a consent bill from the House Rules Committee.

HB417 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, changes the laws regarding teacher certification in mathematics, science, technology, engineering, and certain other areas and establishes guidelines regarding students transferring into a district. HCS was voted do pass out of Committee.

HB489 Sponsored by Representative Brian Baker, requires school districts to establish special programs or services for students who are identified as academically gifted. Voted do pass out of the Special Committee on Student Achievement, as a consent bill.

HB929 Sponsored by Representative Ron Casey, prohibits registered sexual offenders from being on the property of certain schools or attending certain school functions without the consent of the principal or head administrator for the school. Introduced and read first time in the House.

ALCOHOL

HB913 Sponsored by Representative Shannon Cooper, changes laws relating to the advertising of liquor at retail businesses. Read for the second time.

HB926 Sponsored by Representative Jeff Roorda, imposes an excise tax on controlled substances and illicit alcoholic beverages. Introduced and read first time.

CRIME

HB934 Sponsored by Representative Ward Franz, modifies provisions relating child abuse and neglect investigations. Introduced and read first time.

OTHER ISSUES

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

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. Voted do pass out of the Special Committee on Homeland Security.

HJR7 Sponsored by Representative Brian Nieves, proposes a constitutional amendment establishing English as the language for all official proceedings in Missouri . Taken up for perfection, debated, then laid back over on the calendar.

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. Hearing held in the Conservation and Natural Resources Committee.

SENATE

PRO LIFE

SB546 Introduced by Senator Bray, modifies laws relating to the Prevention First Act.

First read in the Senate.

VETERANS

SB433 Introduced by Senator Callahan, changes laws relating to unemployment compensation for veterans. Hearing held in the Pensions, Veterans ‘ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

SB456 Introduced by Senator Gross, grants additional payment to certain hold harmless school districts in certain situations. SCS was voted do pass out of the Education Committee.

ALCOHOL

SB24 Introduced by Senator Champion, bans bus drivers who are convicted of intoxicated-related traffic offenses from possessing a school bus endorsement. SCS was created in committee.

SB299 Introduced by Senator Purgason, repeals the expiration date for certain provisions allowing for the issuance of special permits to resorts by the Supervisor of Alcohol and Tobacco Control. Hearing was held in the Economic Development, Tourism & Local Government Committee.

SB555 Introduced by Senator Gibbons, modifies provisions relating to underage drinking. First read in the Senate.

CRIME

SB539 Introduced by Senator Justus, modifies requirements for anti-bullying policies of local school districts. Second read and referred to the Education Committee.

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“bulling that is reasonably perceived as being motivated by actual or perceived race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation as defined in section 557.035, RSMo, intellectual ability, physical appearance, or a mental, physical or sensory disability or disorder; or on the basis of association with others identified by these categories; is prohibited.”

EDUCATION

SB161 Introduced by Senator Shields, creates a quality rating system for child care facilities. Bill was brought up on the floor, debated and placed on the Informal Calendar.

OTHER ISSUES

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

Bill rolled into a SCS.

SB524 Introduced by Senator Scott, modifies the licensing of tattoo artists, branders, and body piercers. Second read and referred to the Financial and Governmental Organizations, Elections Committee.

SB538 Introduced by Senator Shoemyer, prohibits the state of Missouri from participating in the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) or any similar program. Second read and referred to the Agriculture, Conservation, Parks and 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 the North America Union. Hearing held in the Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee.

SCR16 Introduced by Senator Scott, urges Congress to oppose legislation extending Social Security benefits to illegal immigrants. Hearing was scheduled but was not heard.

SCR18 Introduced by Senator Gibbons, authorizes the General Assembly to employ an independent auditor to audit the State Auditor ‘ s Office. Hearing held in the Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee.

THURSDAY, February 22, 2007

House of Representatives

PRO LIFE

HJR23 Sponsored by Representative Jim Lembke, proposes a constitutional amendment declaring it unlawful to engage in human cloning. Introduced and read first time (H)

GAMBLING

HB921 Sponsored by Representative Shannon Cooper, exempts from sales tax amounts paid for temporary use of coin-operated amusement devices and also exempts vending machines. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

“Examples of coin-operated amusement devices include, but are not limited to, video games” would this not include video poker??????

VETERANS

HB511 Sponsored by Representative Mike Dethrow, removes the additional fee charged for the “PURPLE HEART” special license plate. Referred to the Transportation Committee.

HB654 Sponsored by Representative Rick Stream , increases from $750,000 to $1 million the amount of matching grants to be made annually for veterans’ service officers programs. Referred to the Special Committee on Veterans.

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 . Referred to the Special Committee on Veterans.

HB938 Sponsored by Representative Jason Brown, establishes the Stolen Valor Act of 2007 to make it a crime to falsely claim receipt of a military medal. Read for the second time.

ALCOHOL

HB335 Sponsored by Representative Scott Lipke, lowers the blood-alcohol content to .08 of 1% for the crime of operating a vessel with excessive blood-alcohol content. Referred to the Crime Prevention and Public Safety.

HB701 Sponsored by Representative Steven Tilley, limits a wine manufacturer and its subsidiaries to six licenses to sell intoxicating liquor by the drink at retail for consumption on the premises. Referred to the Local Government Committee.

HB406 Sponsored by Representative Rodney Schad, changes the laws regarding operation of a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol. Referred to the Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee.

HB926 Sponsored by Representative Jeff Roorda, imposes an excise tax on controlled substances and illicit alcoholic beverages. Read for the second time.

CRIME

HB703 Sponsored by Representative Raymond ‘Ray’ Weter, creates the crimes of possession of a restricted natural substance and unlawful distribution of a restricted natural substance. Referred to the Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee.

HB849 Sponsored by Representative Bob Dixon, changes the laws regarding the investigation of Internet sexual crimes against children. Referred to the Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee.

HB934 Sponsored by Representative Ward Franz, modifies provisions relating child abuse and neglect investigations. Read the second time.

HB960 Sponsored by Representative Stanley Cox, modifies provisions relating to the investigation of Internet sex crimes against children. Introduced and read for the first time.

HB961 Sponsored by Representative Stanley Cox, modifies the laws on child pornography. Introduced and read for the first time.

EDUCATION

HB807 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, allows public school students to choose to attend a public school district other than the school district of his or her residence. Referred to the Special Committee on Student Achievement.

HB808 Sponsored by Representative Carl Bearden, establishes the Betty L. Thompson Scholarship Program. Taken up for perfection on the House floor, but was laid back over on the calendar.

OTHER ISSUES

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 House Rules Committee.

HB262 Sponsored by Representative Brian Nieves, makes English the language for all official proceedings in Missouri . Taken up for perfection on the floor, but placed on the informal perfection calendar.

HB833 Sponsored by Representative Jay Wasson, changes the laws regarding tattoo practitioners and tattoo establishments. Hearing was held in the Special Committee on Professional Registration.

HB932 Sponsored by Representative Jason Grill, provides an income tax credit for parents who stay home to provide care for young children. Read for the second time.

HB962 Sponsored by Representative Cynthia Davis, revises criteria for eligibility to receive a permit to acquire a concealable firearm. Introduced and first read.

HCS HB444 Sponsored by Representative Rod Jetton, authorizes an income tax deduction for any Social Security benefits received by the elderly, regardless of income. Third Read and finally passed, reported to the Senate and first read.

HB503 Sponsored by Representative Dr. Charles Portwood, establishes requirements for the licensure of midwives. Referred to the Special Committee on Professional Registration and Licenses.

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. The HCS was voted do pass out of Committee.

HCR20 Sponsored by Representative Jim Guest, prohibits the state implementation of the federal REAL ID Act of 2005 which requires uniform driver’s licenses or state identification cards. Hearing held in the Special Committee on General Laws.

HCR33 Sponsored by Representative Jim Guest, urges Congress to use all of its efforts, energies, and diligence to withdraw the United States from any further participation in the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America. Offered up 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. Third read and passed from the Senate, reported to the Senate and first read in the House.

HJR7 Sponsored by Representative Brian Nieves, proposes a constitutional amendment establishing English as the language for all official proceedings in Missouri . Perfected with amendments.

SENATE

PRO LIFE

SB546 Introduced by Senator Bray, modifies laws relating to the Prevention First Act.

Second Read and Referred to the Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

ALCOHOL

SB555 Introduced by Senator Gibbons, modifies provisions relating to underage drinking. Second read, and referred to the Judiciary Committee.

EDUCATION

SB161 Introduced by Senator Shields, creates a quality rating system for child care facilities. SCS offered up and adopted, then perfected.

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. Reported from the Education Committee to floor as a consent bill.

SB430 Introduced by Senator Shields, creates the “Smart Start Scholarship Program”.

Reported out of Ways & Means Committee to Floor w/SCS.

Removes the loss limit

CRIME

SB300 Introduced by Senator Bartle, modifies the laws regulating sexually oriented businesses. Reported out of committee to the floor.

SB553 Introduced by Senator Bartle, modifies provisions relating to the DNA profiling system. Second read, and referred to the Judiciary Committee.

SB557 Introduced by Senator Loudon, modifies provisions relating to the DNA profiling system. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

OTHER ISSUES

SCS SB46 Introduced by Senator Mayer, creates the “Faith-Based Organization Liaison Act” Perfected on the Senate floor.

SB62 Introduced by Senator Goodman, modifies the laws on the use of force. Reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee to Floor w/SCS.

SB257 Introduced by Senator Engler, modifies the treatment of firearms during state emergencies. Reported from the Judiciary Committee to the floor as a consent bill.

SB565 Introduced by Senator Smith, adopts an agreement to elect the President by national popular vote. First read in the Senate.

HB444 Introduced by Representative Jetton, exempts Social Security benefits from income. First read in the Senate.

HJR1 Introduced by Representative Cunningham, proposes a constitutional amendment to restrict state court jurisdiction in areas of taxation, spending, and budgeting. First read in the Senate.