Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: February 1, 2007

MONDAY, January 29

HOUSE

Key Bills Introduced and read first time.

HB643 Sponsored by Representative Mike Dethrow, changes the laws regarding the firearms safety training requirement for obtaining a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Read for the second time on the House floor.

HB594 Sponsored by Representative Edward Wildberger, requires the Governor to take over school districts that are classified as unaccredited by the State Board of Education.

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


HB612 Sponsored by Representative Sam Komo, expands the Vietnam Veteran’s Survivor Grant Program to include Vietnam veterans who are one hundred percent disabled.

HB617 Sponsored by Representative Cynthia Davis, removes the ability of a minor alone to consent to receipt of prescriptive contraceptive drugs and devices.

HJR18 Sponsored by Representative Cynthia Davis, proposes a constitutional amendment requiring two-thirds majority vote for future constitutional amendments.

HB636 Sponsored by Representative David Day, exempts military retirement benefits from state income tax.

SENATE

Key Bills First read on the Senate Floor.

SB 389 Introduced by Senator Nodler, authorizing MOHELA assets sales.

SJR 17 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.

Public Hearing: Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence, Bartle, Chair

SB 278 – Koster Requires certain sex offenders to serve a mandatory minimum prison term of at least three years


TUESDAY, January 30

HOUSE

Introduced and read three significant bills on the House floor.

HB669 Sponsored by Representative David Pearce, modifies the treatment of firearms during state emergencies.

HB670 Sponsored by Representative John Burnett, adds juveniles who are adjudicated to have committed acts which would be felonies if committed by adults and persons arrested for felonies and sexual offenses to the DNA profiling system.

HB675 Sponsored by Representative Will Kraus, authorizes an income tax credit for military retirement benefits.

HB654 Sponsored by Representative Rick Stream , allows the veterans’ commission to issue $1 million annually in matching grants for veterans’ service officer programs. Read for the second time on the floor.

The House Special Committee on Tax Reform heard eight bills of interest on Tuesday afternoon…

HB 444 Sponsored by Representative Rod Jetton, authorizes an income tax deduction for any Social Security benefits received, regardless of age or income.

HB 217 Sponsored by Representative Bryan Stevenson, authorizes an income tax deduction for any Social Security benefits received, regardless of age or income and removes the $6,000 limit on retirement benefits that can be deducted from state income.

HB 225 Sponsored by Representative Bob Nance, Authorizes an income tax deduction for any Social Security benefits received, regardless of age or income and increases the pension deduction from $6,000 to $18,000

HB 239 Sponsored by Representative Mark Bruns, exempts Social Security benefits, annuities, pensions, and retirement allowances from state income tax.

HB 243 Sponsored by Representative Don Wells, exempts Social Security benefits received by taxpayers 65 or older from state income tax.

HB 297 Sponsored by Representative Tim Flook, authorizes a deduction for federal Social Security benefits from Missouri taxable income for certain elderly citizens.

HB 308 Sponsored by Representative Will Kraus, exempts military retirement benefits from state income tax.

HB 402 Sponsored by Representative Charles Denison, authorizes an income tax deduction for any Social Security benefits received, regardless of age or income.

SENATE

SB 46 Introduced by Senator Mayer, creates the “Faith-Based Organization Liaison Act”. The SCS was voted do pass out of the Seniors, Families and Public Health Committee.

SB 84 Introduced by Senator Champion, modifies provisions of criminal background checks for emergency child placements. Voted do pass out of the Seniors, Families and Public Health Committee as a Consent bill.

SB 161 Introduced by Senator Shields, creates a quality rating system for child care facilities. Hearing scheduled in the Seniors, Families and Public Health Committee.

SB 260 Introduced by Senator Koster, modifies provisions on child care subsidies. Hearing held in the Seniors, Families and Public Health Committee.

SB 389 Introduced by Senator Nodler, modifies several provisions regarding the state’s higher education system. Second read on the floor, and referred to the Education Committee.

Senate Health and Mental Health Committee heard a major bill of importance.

SB 122 Introduced by Senator Bray, Establishes the ” Missouri Universal Health Assurance Program”.

Public Hearing: Senate Seniors, Families and Public Health, Champion, Chair

SB 161 – Shields Creates a quality rating system for child care facilities

Note: This proposal should apply only to state licensed facilities. If governing agencies with a history of harassing church run child care ministries, Sunday Schools or Vacation Bible Schools asserts that non-licensed programs should also be rated – this could be a venue for government ‘experts’ to ‘assess and rate’ such ministries. Protections against possible abuse in the bill seem week and need to be strengthened!

Public Hearing: HOUSE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON TAX REFORM Chair: Stevenson, Bryan

HB 444– Sponsor: Jetton, Rod(R-156) — Co-Sponsor: Bearden, Carl(R-016) Authorizes an income tax deduction for any Social Security benefits received, regardless of age or income

HB 217– Sponsor: Stevenson, Bryan P.(R-128) — Co-Sponsor: Wilson, Kevin(R-130) Authorizes an income tax deduction for any Social Security benefits received, regardless of age or income and removes the $6,000 limit on retirement benefits that can be deducted from state income

HB 225– Sponsor: Nance, Bob(R-036) — Co-Sponsor: Munzlinger, Brian(R-001) Authorizes an income tax deduction for any Social Security benefits received, regardless of age or income and increases the pension deduction from $6,000 to $18,000

HB 239– Sponsor: Bruns, Mark J.(R-113) — Co-Sponsor: Fisher, Barney Joe(R-125) Exempts Social Security benefits, annuities, pensions, and retirement allowances from state income tax

HB 243– Sponsor: Wells, Don(R-147) — Co-Sponsor: Denison, Charles(R-135) Exempts Social Security benefits received by taxpayers 65 or older from state income tax

HB 297– Sponsor: Flook, Timothy(R-034) Authorizes a deduction for federal Social Security benefits from Missouri taxable income for certain elderly citizens

HB 308– Sponsor: Kraus, Will(R-048) — Co-Sponsor: Muschany, Scott(R-087) Exempts military retirement benefits from state income tax

HB 402– Sponsor: Denison, Charles(R-135) — Co-Sponsor: Schaaf, Robert(R-028) Authorizes an income tax deduction for any Social Security benefits received, regardless of age or income

Public Hearing: Senate Health and Mental Health, Purgason, Chair

SB 122 – Bray Establishes the “Missouri Universal Health Assurance Program” proposing to create a massive state government socialized health care delivery program.

WEDNESDAY, January 31

HOUSE

HCR19 Sponsored by Representative Jeanette Mott Oxford, urges the United States government to not escalate its involvement in Iraq or increase troop levels. Offered on the floor.

Read second time on the House floor.

HB691 Sponsored by Representative Belinda Harris, establishes the Missouri Alternatives to Abortion Services Program and the Missouri Alternatives to Abortion Public Awareness Program. Introduced and read first time.

HB669 Sponsored by Representative David Pearce, modifies the treatment of firearms during state emergencies.

HB670 Sponsored by Representative John Burnett, adds juveniles who are adjudicated to have committed acts which would be felonies if committed by adults and persons arrested for felonies and sexual offenses to the DNA profiling system.

Special Committee on Immigration held hearings, and voted out two bills of interest.

HB262 Sponsored by Representative Brian Nieves, makes English the language for all official proceedings in Missouri .

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


SENATE

SB 414 Introduced by Senator Goodman, changes the definition of “adult” to a person 18 years of age or older and “child” to a person under 18 years of age in chapter pertaining to juvenile courts. First read on the Senate floor.

SCR 7 Introduced by Senator Bray, ratifies the Equal Rights Amendments to the United States Constitution. Hearing was scheduled; but was not heard, in the Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions & Ethics Committee.

SB 12 Introduced by Senator Coleman, creates an educational grant for children and spouses of veterans who are killed in combat. The SCS was voted do pass out of the Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

SB 75 Introduced by Senator Coleman, provides for a tuition limitation for certain combat veterans. SCS was voted do pass out of the Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

SB 89 Introduced by Senator Bartle, excludes gambling establishments from the definition of “qualified company” under the Quality Jobs Act. Had a hearing in the Economic Development, Tourism & Local Government Committee.

SB 287 Introduced by Senator Crowell, allows the Veterans’ Commission to issue $1 million annually in matching grants for veterans’ service officer programs. Hearing held in the Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

Public Hearing: Senate Transportation, Stouffer, Chair

SB 24 – Champion Bans bus drivers who are convicted of intoxicated-related traffic offenses from possessing a school bus endorsement

SB 226 – 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 (Consent)

Public Hearing: Senate Education Committee

SB 389 Introduced by Senator Nodler, authorizing MOHELA assets sales.

Note: Pro-life concerns over the possible abuse of these funds has created a flurry of political maneuverings among a variety of government agencies.

However, the final results of Amendment 2 and the new constitutional right to clone, using public funds is a perplexing question.

Watch for more details in the forthcoming weeks.

Public Hearing: Senate Economic Development, Tourism and Local Government, Griesheimer, Chair

SB 89 – Bartle Excludes gambling establishments from the definition of “qualified company” under the Quality Jobs Act.

THURSDAY, February 1

HOUSE

Introduced and read four bills of interest.

HB703 Sponsored by Representative Ray Weter, creates the crimes of possession of a restricted natural substance and unlawful distribution of a restricted natural substance.

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.

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.

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

HB691 Sponsored by Representative Belinda Harris, establishes the Missouri Alternatives to Abortion Services Program and the Missouri Alternatives to Abortion Public Awareness Program. Read for the second time on the House floor.

HB434 Sponsored by Representative Bryan Stevenson, establishes the Health Care Rights of Conscience Act which allows a health care professional not to participate in a health care service that violates his or her conscience. Referred to the Health Care Policy Committee.

HB445 Sponsored by Representative Bill Deeken, establishes the Commission on the Death Penalty and places a moratorium on all executions until January 1, 2011 . Referred to the Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee.

SENATE

SJR 19 Introduced by Senator Lager, modifies procedures by which the General Assembly must approve salary recommendations from the citizen’s commission on the compensation of elected officials. First read on the Senate floor.

SB 430 Was introduced by Senate Majority Floor Leader, Charlie Shields. Titled “Smart Start Scholarship Program”, Senator Shields

Repeals the loss limit. First read on the Senate floor.

SB 430—repealing the loss limit

SB 430 – This act establishes the Smart Start Scholarship Program. The program will offer grants for educational expenses incurred while attending a qualifying institution for no more than two academic years to each person who attends a Missouri high school for three consecutive academic years immediately prior to being graduated from the institution, and who, within two calendar years from the date of graduation, applies for a grant under this act. The act defines a “qualifying institution” as:

1. an “approved public institution” or an “approved private institution”, as such terms are currently defined in statute; or

2. a proprietary school certificated to operate in this state by the department of higher education; or

3. an educational institution located in Missouri deemed acceptable by the department under rules promulgated pursuant to the act.

Grant amounts shall be distributed to each qualifying student by the department, which shall annually establish a maximum grant amount based on the number of applicants and available monies in the fund. The program shall be administered the Missouri department of higher education, which shall promulgate rules to establish a procedure for implementing the program.

This act renders the following alterations to the state’s gaming policy:

• Repeals the maximum loss limit of five hundred dollars per individual player per gambling excursion;

• Institutes a cap of thirteen licenses to operate excursion gambling boats in the state; and

• Imposes an education allowance of one percent on adjusted gross receipts in excess of thirty million dollars for gaming licensees.

The act directs the revenue derived from the loss limit repeal and the education allowance to the newly created Smart Start Scholarship Fund in order to fund the Smart Start Scholarship Program.

SB 84 Introduced by Senator Champion, modifies provisions of criminal background checks for emergency child placements. Reported out to Floor, from the Seniors, Families and Public Health Committee (as a consent bill).

SB 412 Introduced by Senator Griesheimer, allows liquor samples for tastings at retailed licensed premises. Second read and referred to the Economic Development, Tourism & Local Government Committee.

SB 414 Introduced by Senator Goodman, changes the definition of “adult” to a person 18 years of age or older and “child” to a person under 18 years of age in chapter pertaining to juvenile courts. Second read and referred to the Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.