Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: Feb 5-9, 2007

MONDAY, February 5

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

EDUCATION

HB716 Sponsored by Representative Cynthia Davis, requires course materials and instruction relating to human sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases be presented in a manner consistent with federal abstinence education law. Read for the second time.

HB694 Sponsored by Representative John Quinn, makes eligibility for a driver’s license for persons between the ages of 15 and 18 contingent upon documentation that the applicant has complied with school district standards for eligibility. Read for the second time on the House floor.

HB708 Sponsored by Representative Jim Guest, requires driver’s license applicants under 18 to show high school enrollment, attendance rate greater than 90%, and a minimum GPA of 1.75 or satisfactory. Read for the second time on the House floor.

HB620 Sponsored by Representative Scott Muschany, requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to create mentoring standards for beginning teachers and principals. Referred to the Special Committee on Student Achievement.

VETERANS

HB636 Sponsored by Representative David Day, authorizes an income tax deduction for military retirement benefits. Referred to the Special Committee on Tax Reform.

HB717 Sponsored by Representative David Day, revises distribution of funds in the gaming commission fund. Read for the second time.

ALCOHOL / DRUGS

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. Referred to the Local Government Committee.

HB736 Sponsored by Representative Kate Meiners, allows festival districts to obtain permits for the sale of intoxicating and nonintoxicating beer for consumption on premises where sold. Read the second time.

HB737 Sponsored by Representative Kate Meiners, prohibits the Supervisor of Liquor Control from restricting the use of any self-service, coin-operated, mechanical devices, or automatic dispensers for selling or dispensing intoxicating liquor. Read for the second time of the House floor.

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. Read for the second time.

STATE SENATE

PRO LIFE

SB432 Introduced by Senator Nodler, Regulating abortion by prohibiting abortion providers from providing sex education materials to students in Missouri public schools. First read on the Senate floor.

SJR20 – Introduced by Senator Bartle – Modifies constitutional provisions relating to health care research and human cloning. Second Read and Referred S Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee

PORNOGRAPHY

SB27 Introduced by Senator Bartle – Modifies regulations regarding sexually oriented billboards.

Voted Do Pass S Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee

SB300 – Introduced by Senator Bartle – Modifies the laws regulating sexually oriented businesses. Hearing Conducted S Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee

CRIME

SB256 – Introduced by Senator Loudon – Modifies provisions relating to the investigation of Internet sex crimes against children. SCS Voted Do Pass S Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee

SB439 Introduced by Senator Days, relating to the creation of a death penalty commission. First read on the Senate floor.

ALCOHOL / DRUGS

SB38 – Introduced by Senator Ridgeway – Prohibits the use or possession of alcoholic beverage vaporizers. SCS Voted Do Pass S Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee

VETERANS

SB286 Introduced by Senator Crowell, Exempts military pensions and retirement income from income taxation. Hearing Conducted S Ways & Means Committee

SB433 Introduced by Senator Callahan, relating to veterans’ unemployment compensation. First read on the floor.

GAMBLING

SB430 Introduced by Senator Shields, creates the Smart Start Scholarship Program. REMOVES THE $500 LOSS LIMIT ON MISSOURI CASINOS. Second Read and Referred to the Ways & Means Committee.

TAXATION

HB456 Sponsored by Representative Will Kraus, limits increases in assessed valuation on real property owned by individuals 65 years of age and older with certain levels of income to the percentage of increases in Social Security benefits

Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

TUESDAY, February 6

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

PRO LIFE

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. Hearing held in the Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee.

HJR11 Sponsored by Representative Jim Lembke, proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting human cloning and authorizing the General Assembly to enact laws regarding health care research. The Health Care Policy Committee held a hearing on Tuesday.

ALCOHOL / DRUGS

HB114 Sponsored by Representative Darrell Pollock, increases the penalty for commercial drivers who are convicted of operating a commercial motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs from a class B to a class A misdemeanor. The House Transportation Committee held the hearing.

CRIME

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

PORNOGRAPHY

HB120 Sponsored by Representative David Pearce, changes the laws regarding sexually oriented billboards. A hearing was held in the House Special Committee on Government Affairs.

VETERANS

HB761 Sponsored by Representative Nathan Cooper, exempts any active duty military personnel from the requirement to complete a hunter safety course to obtain a hunting permit or license. Introduced and read first time on the House floor.

TAXATION

HB444 Sponsored by Representative Rod Jetton, authorizes an income tax deduction for any Social Security benefits received, regardless of age or income. The House Special Committee on Tax Reform held the hearing, and passed the bill as a House Committee Sub; including pieces from seven other bills. It was then referred to the Rules committee.

HB453 Sponsored by Representative Rod Jetton, authorizes an income tax credit for donations to food pantries. The House Rules Committee voted out the HCS for HB 453, and passed it out of committee.

OTHER

HB353 Sponsored by Representative Robert Schaaf, changes the laws regarding fraud and abuse in the Missouri Medicaid Program. Perfected on the House floor, with six amendments.

HB245 Sponsored by Representative Neal St. Onge, requires commercial driver’s license tests to be given in the English language. The House Transportation Committee held the hearing.

STATE SENATE

VETERANS

SCR13 Introduced by Senator Justus, urges the United States Government to not escalate its involvement in Iraq or increase troop levels. Introduced in the Senate.

DAY CARE LICENSING

SB161 Introduced by Senator Shields, creates a quality rating system for child care facilities. The SCS was voted out of the Seniors, Families and Public Health Committee.

Day care licensing… all day cares

OTHER

SB260 Introduced by Senator Koster, modifies provisions on child care subsidies. The SCS was voted Do Pass ( SB’s 260 & 71) out of the Senate Seniors, Families and Public Health Committee.

SB77 Introduced by Senator Scott, creates a graduated increase in payments for sheltered workshops. SCS was voted out of the Seniors, Families and Public Health Committee.

WEDNESDAY, February 7

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

PRO LIFE

HB216 Sponsored by Representative Bryan Stevenson, establishes the Umbilical Cord Blood Bank Program to collect and provide researchers with umbilical cord blood for scientific research on human stem cells. Had a public hearing in the Special Committee on Family Services.

EDUCATION

HB262 Sponsored by Representative Brian Nieves, makes English the language for all official proceedings in Missouri . Passed out of committee, and reported the 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 Committee. Hearing held in the Special Committee on Student Achievement. Standards for home schoolers, and private schoolers to test back into public education

HB620 Sponsored by Representative Scott Muschany, requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to create mentoring standards for beginning teachers and principals. Had hearing in the Special Committee on Student Achievement.

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 website. Introduced and read on the House floor.

STATE SENATE

CRIME

SB431 Introduced by Senator Clemens, bars sex offenders from winning the lottery. Second Read and Referred S Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee

SB439 Introduced by Senator Days, creates a commission to study the death penalty in Missouri and prohibits use of the death penalty for a time period.

Second read and referred to the Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

ALCOHOL / DRUGS

SB226 Introduced by Senator Stouffer, requires courts to forward alcohol- or drug-related driving offense dispositions to the Department of Revenue within seven days and requires the Department of Revenue to then forward the information to the Missouri State Highway Patrol within fifteen days.

SCS was voted as a consent bill out of the Senate Transportation Committee.

ABORTION

SB432 Introduced by Senator Nodler modifies provisions on the presentation of information in public schools relating to contraception and sexually transmitted diseases. Disqualifies abortion providers from selling sex education materials or from providing speakers to public school’s sex ed programs. Second read on the Senate floor, and referred to the Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

SCR7 Introduced by Senator Bray, relating to the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution. A hearing was scheduled in the Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions & Ethics Committee.

VETERANS

SB433 Introduced by Senator Callahan, changes laws relating to unemployment compensation for veterans. Second read and referred to the Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

OTHER

SB457 Introduced by Senator Purgason, modifies provisions relating to the transfer of concealable weapons and removes the permitting requirements for such weapons. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

THURSDAY, February 8

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. Introduced and read on the house floor.

EDUCATION

HB38 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, establishes procedures for the evaluation of credits for students transferring into an accredited public school district from an unaccredited public or nonpublic school or home school. Public hearing held in the Elementary and Secondary Education Committee.

HB807 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, provides for open enrollment in schools. Read the second time.

HB808 Sponsored by Representative Carl Bearden, establishes the Betty L. Thompson Scholarship Program which creates a recognized charitable endowment for student tuitions. Read the second time on the House floor.

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 website.

Read second time.

HB196 Sponsored by Representative Gary Dusenberg, allows school boards to commission certified law enforcement officers to stop, detain, and arrest persons for local violations and certain crimes committed on school premises, at school activities, or on buses. Public hearing was held in the Elementary and Secondary Education Committee.

HB802 Sponsored by Representative Sam Page, adds the inoculation for human papilloma virus to the list of required immunizations for school attendance. Read for the second time on the House floor.

SELF DEFENSE

HB60 Sponsored by Representative Marilyn Ruestman, changes the laws regarding the defensive use of force. Had a hearing in the Special Committee on General Laws Committee, and a HCS was voted out.

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. House Committee Substitute was voted out of the Committee on General Laws.

VETERANS

HB173 Sponsored by Representative Nathan Cooper, authorizes an income tax exemption for military retirement benefits. House Committee Substitute was passed out of committee.

HB636 Sponsored by Representative David Day, authorizes an income tax deduction for military retirement benefits. Passed out of Committee as a HCS, which included portions of HB 636, 308 & 173; referred the House Rules Committee.

ALCOHOL / DRUGS

HB814 Sponsored by Representative Joe Smith, modifies provisions relating to underage drinking. Introduced and read for the first time.

HOMOSEXUALITY

HB819 Sponsored by Representative Jenee Lowe, prohibits discrimination based upon a person’s sexual orientation. Introduced and read on the floor.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

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. Read second time.

TAXATION

HCS HB444 Sponsored by Representative Rod Jetton, authorizes an income tax deduction for any Social Security benefits received, regardless of age or income (included portions of HB’s 217, 225, 239, 243, 297, 402 & 172). Voted do pass and reported in by the House Special Committee on Tax Reform.

OTHER

HCR26 Sponsored by Representative Talibdin El-Amin, issues and official apology for Missouri ‘s role in slavery. Introduced in the House.

STATE SENATE

PORNOGRAPHY

SB27 Introduced by Senator Bartle, modifies regulations regarding sexually oriented billboards. Sent from the Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee to Floor.

ALCOHOL / DRUGS

SB226 Introduced by Senator Stouffer, requires courts to forward alcohol- or drug-related driving offense dispositions to the Department of Revenue within seven days and requires the Department of Revenue to then forward the information to the Missouri State Highway Patrol within fifteen days. Reported from the Senate Transportation Committee, to Floor as SCS with consent stasis.

BIOETHICS

SB389 Introduced by Senator Nodler, modifies several provisions regarding the state’s higher education system. (MOHELA) Reported out from the Senate Education Committee to Floor, as SCS (Senate Committee Substitute).

GAMBLING

SB478 Introduced by Senator Gross, limits amount of expenditures of revenue from gaming boat admission fees. First Read on the Senate floor.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

SB161 Introduced by Senator Shields, creates a quality rating system for child care facilities. The bill’s impact on church run ministries is in question. Safeguards on the bill are not clear at this time. Sent from the Seniors, Families and Public Health Committee to the Floor as SCS.

OTHER

SB46 Introduced by Senator Mayer, creates the “Faith-Based Organization Liaison Act”. Reported from the Seniors, Families and Public Health Committee to the Floor as SCS.