Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: March 12-16, 2007

MONDAY, March 12, 2007

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

HB224 Sponsored by Representative Ward Franz, restricts the driver’s license of a convicted sexual offender to no more than one year and revokes the license if the offender fails to register as required by law. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

HCS 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. Placed on the Informal Perfection Calendar.

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. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

HB1104 Sponsored by Representative Leonard Hughes, provides an income tax credit for contributions to nonprofit special needs education support organizations. Introduced and read first time in the House.


SENATE

VETERANS

SB666 Introduced by Senator Scott, allows those in military service to renew professional licenses when they expire while the licensees are serving. Voted do pass out pf the Senate Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee as a consent bill.

HB636 Introduced by Senator Day, creates an individual income tax credit equal to the amount of the tax that would be due military retirement benefits received by a taxpayer. Second read and referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

ELECTIONS

HB166 Introduced by Senator Hoskins, requires write-in candidates to meet state and municipal tax requirements and filing deadlines in order to file a declaration of intent. Second read and referred to the Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee.

SB586 Introduced by Senator Crowell, allows hunting and fishing permit applicants to receive a voter registration application form as part of the application for such permits. Hearing was held in the Senate Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee.

VETERANS

HB135 Introduced by Senator Pearce, modifies laws regarding military facilities and personnel. Second read and referred to the Pensions, Veterans ‘ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

HB608 Introduced by Senator Smith, which exempts real and personal property owned by veterans ‘ organizations from property taxes. Second read in the Senate and referred to the Ways and Means Committee.

CRIME

SB553 Introduced by Senator Bartle, modifies provisions relating to the DNA profiling system. Hearing Scheduled in the Judiciary, Civil, and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee but was not heard.

SB555 Introduced by Senator Gibbons, modifies provisions relating to underage drinking. Hearing was held in the Senate Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

SB557 Introduced by Senator Loudon, modifies provisions relating to the DNA profiling system. Hearing was scheduled in the Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee but was not heard.

OTHER ISSUES

SB258 Introduced by Senator Engler, requires the selection of an execution team and creates legal protections for keeping anonymous the names of team members. Hearing was scheduled in the Judiciary, Civil, and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, but was not heard.

SB389 Introduced by Senator Nodler, modifies several provisions regarding the state ‘ s higher education system. MOHELA. Bill Placed on Informal Calendar after an all night filibuster debate.

SCR18 Introduced by Senator Gibbons, authorizes the General Assembly to employ an independent auditor to audit the State Auditor ‘ s Office. Senate Committee Sub was adopted, and was reported to the House of Representatives.

SCR24 Introduced by Senator Bray, urges the United States Congress to enact the United States National Health Insurance Act. Referred to the Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee.

SJR15 Introduced by Senator Green, increases term limits for members of the General Assembly from 8 years to 12 years in each house. Hearing was held in the Senate Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee.

SJR19 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. Hearing held in the Senate Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee.

HB46 Sponsored by Representative Viebrock, prohibits impoundment of certain farm animals except in certain conditions and adds notification requirements for owners of impounded animals. Second read and referred to the Senate Agriculture, Conservation, Parks and Natural Resources Committee.

HB444 Sponsored by Representative Rod Jetton, exempts Social Security benefits from income. Hearing conducted in the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

HB453 Sponsored by Representative Rod Jetton, creates an income tax credit for contributions to food pantries. Hearing held in the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

HB620 Sponsored by Representative Scott Muschany, requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop monitoring standards for beginning teachers and principals and creates an alternative mechanism for teacher certification. Second read and referred to the Senate Education Committee.

TUESDAY, March 13, 2007

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

EDUCATION

HB690 Sponsored by Representative Brian Baker, allows open enrollment in another school district when a student attends school in a district that is unaccredited or provisionally accredited. HCS was reported do pass out of committee.

HB489 Sponsored by Representative Brian Baker, requires school districts to identify gifted students and allows the establishment of gifted programs. Perfected by consent on the House floor.

HCS HB807 & 690 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. HCS was reported do pass, and referred to the House Rules Committee.

ELECTIONS

HB876 Sponsored by Representative Ward Franz, requires election authorities to create a form to verify the eligibility of election watchers. Voted do pass out of the House Elections Committee.

GAMBLING

HB717 Sponsored by Representative David Day, changes the distribution of money in the Gaming Commission Fund. Heard in the Special Committee on Veterans, and the HCS was voted do pass.

ALCOHOL

HB43 Sponsored by Representative Joe Smith, authorizes certain licensed wine manufacturers who allow consumption of wine on their premises to open on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. Voted do pass out of the House Local Government Committee.

HB736 Sponsored by Representative Kate Meiners, allows a festival district promotional association to obtain a license to sell intoxicating liquor and nonintoxicating beer for consumption at the businesses and common areas within the festival district. Hearing was held in the Local Government Committee.

HB737 Sponsored by Representative Kate Meiners, prohibits the Supervisor of the Dvision of Alcohol and Tobacco Control from restricting the use of certain dispensers for selling or dispensing intoxicating liquor or nonintoxicating beer. Hearing was scheduled in the Local Government, but the bill was not heard.

HB944 Sponsored by Representative Shannon Cooper, allows licensed wine manufacturers and alcohol carriers to ship or deliver intoxicating liquor to Missouri residents who are 21 years of age or older. Hearing was held in the Local Government Committee.

VETERANS

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. The House Committee Sub was voted do pass out of the Special Committee on Veterans.

HB892 Sponsored by Representative Fred Kratky, creates the Medal of Freedom to be awarded to any veteran who honorably served in the armed forces at any time since 1990 under certain residency requirements. HCS was voted do pass out of the Special Committee on Veterans.

HB933 Sponsored by Representative Jason Grill, allows an application for a driver ‘ s license for a person deployed with the United States armed forces to be signed by a person who holds general power of attorney for the applicant. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee as a consent bill.

HB938 Sponsored by Representative Jason Brown, establishes the Stolen Valor Act of 2007 which makes it unlawful to falsely claim receipt of a military medal. Hearing was held in the Special Committee on Veterans, and the HCS was voted do pass.

HB1014 Sponsored by Representative Billy Pat Wright, gives a preference in all state purchasing contracts to certain disabled veterans doing business as Missouri companies when the quality of work is equal or better and the price is the same or less. Reported do pass as a consent bill out of the House Rules Committee.

CRIME

HB224 Sponsored by Representative Ward Franz, restricts the driver ‘ s license of a convicted sexual offender to no more than one year and revokes the license if the offender fails to register as required by law. Reported do pass out of the House Rules committee.

HB1102 Sponsored by Representative Jeff Harris, revises unlawful transactions with a child by making it a crime to sell or rent video games to a child if the video game has been rated mature or adults only by the Entertainment Software Rating Board. Read for the second time in the House.

HB1108 Sponsored by Representative Bryan Pratt, modifies the penalty for the crime of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree. Introduced and read first time in the House.

OTHER ISSUES

HB62 Sponsored by Representative Marilyn Ruestman, designates the Department of Agriculture ‘ s building at 1616 Missouri Boulevard in Jefferson City as the ” George Washington Carver Building “. Perfected on the House floor as a consent bill.

HCS HB85 Sponsored by Representative Will Kraus, creates the felony crime of employing an illegal alien. The House Rules Committee bounced the bill back to the original 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 . Hearing was held in the Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee.

HB454 Sponsored by Representative Rod Jetton, authorizes the Family Support Division to assist certain elderly individuals who qualify for the federal Food Stamp Program in obtaining supplemental food stamps. Hearing was referred to the Seniors, Families and Pub Health Committee.

HB1104 Sponsored by Representative Leonard Hughes, provides an income tax credit for contributions to nonprofit special needs education support organizations. Read the second time.

SENATE

OTHER ISSUES

SB381 Introduced by Senator Koster, establishes regulations for discount medical plan organizations that issue health discount medical plans. SCS was voted do pass out of the Small Business, Insurance and Industrial Relations Committee.

SB389 Introduced by Senator Nodler, modifies several provisions regarding the state ‘ s higher education system. MOHELA. SS#3 for SCS S withdrawn SS#4 for SCS S offered (Nodler)–(1654S.23F)

Bill Placed on Informal Calendar

SB658 Introduced by Senator Stouffer, establishes the “Outside the Hospital Do-Not-Resuscitate Act”. Hearing was cancelled in the Seniors, Families and Public Health Committee.

HB454 Sponsored by Representative Rod Jetton, provides for supplemental food stamp assistance for the elderly. Hearing was cancelled in the Senate Seniors, Families and Public Health Committee.

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2007

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

VETERANS

HCS HB654 & 938 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. HCS was reported do pass, and referred to the House Rules Committee.

HB938 Sponsored by Representative Jason Brown, establishes the Stolen Valor Act of 2007 which makes it unlawful to falsely claim receipt of a military medal. HCS was reported do pass.

EDUCATION

HB214 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, creates the Teacher Choice Compensation Package which will make salary stipends available to teachers who qualify based on measurable superior performance. The HCS was voted do pass out of the Special Committee on Student Achievement.

GAMBLING

HB936 Sponsored by Representative Ward Franz, authorizes the Missouri Gaming Commission to intercept excursion gambling boat winnings of individuals owning back child support. Hearing held in the Special Committee on Family Services.

CRIME

HB1108 Sponsored by Representative Bryan Pratt, modifies the penalty for the crime of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree. Read for the second time.

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. Perfected on the House floor.

HCS HB453 Sponsored by Representative Rod Jetton, authorizes an income tax credit for donations to food pantries. Voted do pass out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

HCS HB845 Sponsored by Representative Bob Dixon, allows voter registration with applications for resident hunting and fishing permits. The HCS was reported do pass, and sent to the House Rules Committee.

HJR12 Sponsored by Representative Edgar Emery, proposes a constitutional amendment requiring all impeachments to be tried by the Senate. Voted do pass out of the House Special Committee on General Laws, and reported to the House Rules Committee.

HJR29 Sponsored by Representative Belinda Harris, proposes a constitutional amendment placing restrictions on the power of eminent domain. Introduced and read first time.

SENATE

PRO LIFE

SB370 Introduced by Senator Scott, modifies provisions relating to abortion. Bill placed on the informal calendar.

EDUCATION

SB561 Introduced by Senator Engler, alters provisions regarding teacher termination hearings. Hearing held in the Senate Education Committee.

SB698 Introduced by Senator Ridgeway, creates the Betty L. Thompson Scholarship Program. SCS was voted do pass out of the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

VETERANS

SJR13 Introduced by Senator Vogel, creates a property tax exemption for personal property of active duty military personnel. Voted do pass out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

CRIME

SJR9 Introduced by Senator Crowell, creates an exception to the prohibition against laws retrospective in operation by allowing the sexual offender registry laws to be applied retrospectively. SCS was perfected, and reported truly perfected.

OTHER ISSUES

SB257 Introduced by Senator Engler, modifies the treatment of firearms during state emergencies. Reported truly perfected out of the Senate Rules Committee.

SB348 Introduced by Senator Koster, enacts various provisions affecting illegal aliens. Hearing was held in the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

SB461 Introduced by Senator Callahan, provides for state enforcement of federal immigration laws. Hearing was held in the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

SB539 Introduced by Senator Justus, modifies requirements for anti-bullying policies of local school districts, requiring special protections for homosexual students. Hearing held in the Senate Education Committee.

SB554 Introduced by Senator Gibbons, modifies provisions relating to the taxation of real property. Voted do pass out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

SB626 Introduced by Senator Ridgeway, enacts various provisions affecting illegal aliens. Hearing held in the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

HB269 Introduced by Representative Jerry Nolte, bars illegal immigrants from attending public universities. Hearing was held in the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

HJR7 Introduced by Senator Nieves, makes English the language of all official proceedings in the state. The SCS was voted do pass out of the Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

THURSDAY, March 15, 2007

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

PRO LIFE

HB412 Sponsored by Representative Edgar Emery, specifies that pharmacies will be immune from liability for refusal to perform, assist, recommend, refer to, or participate in any act or service in connection with any drug or device that causes an abortion. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

ALCOHOL

HB1151 Sponsored by Representative Kevin Wilson, requires special “DWI” license plates for persons who have pled guilty to or been found guilty of driving while intoxicated. Introduced and read first time in the House.

VETERANS

HB1133 Sponsored by Representative Gary Dusenberg, provides an income tax credit for 50% of real property taxes for certain disabled veterans. Introduced and read first time in the House.

OTHER ISSUES

HB76 Sponsored by Representative Joe Smith, authorizes an income tax credit for donations to seriously injured veterans of the Global War on Terrorism or to the veteran’s family. Hearing held in the Ways and Means 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. Third read and passed in the House; reported to the Senate where it was first read.

HCS HB453 Sponsored by Representative Rod Jetton, authorizes an income tax credit for donations to food pantries. Reported do pass in the Senate.

HB1142 Sponsored by Representative Tim Flook, creates the crime of trafficking for the purpose of illegal immigration. Introduced and read first time in the House.

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. Third read and passed in the House.

SCS SB62 & 41 Sponsor Jack Goodman, modifies the laws on the use of force. Referred to the Special Committee on General Laws.

SENATE

EDUCATION

SB480 Introduced by Senator Ridgeway, requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop mentoring standards for beginning teachers and principals and creates an alternative mechanism for teacher certification. Reported from the Senate Education Committee to Floor with SCS.

SB698 Introduced by Senator Ridgeway, establishes the Betty L. Thompson Scholarship Program. Reported from the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee to Floor with Senate Committee Sub.

VETERANS

SB433 Introduced by Senator Callahan, changes laws relating to unemployment compensation for veterans. Reported from Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee to Floor.

OTHER ISSUES

SB252 Introduced by Senator Ridgeway, exempts motorcyclists age 21 and older from wearing a helmet when operating a motorcycle or motortricycle. Reported from the Senate Transportation Committee to Floor.

SB257 Introduced by Senator Engler, modifies the treatment of firearms during state emergencies. Third read and passed in the Senate, and first read in the House.

HB155 Introduced by Representative Dusenberg, exempts motorcyclists age 21 and older from wearing a helmet when operating a motorcycle or motortricycle. First read in the Senate.

HB453 Introduced by Representative Jetton, creates an income tax credit for contributions to food pantries. Reported from the Senate Ways and Means Committee to Floor.

FRIDAY, March 16, 2007

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

HB1133 Sponsored by Representative Gary Dusenberg, provides an income tax credit for 50% of real property taxes for certain disabled veterans. Read for the second time.

HB1138 Sponsored by Representative Tom Villa, changes the laws regarding the classification of marijuana as a controlled substance and legalizes the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Read the second time.

HB1142 Sponsored by Representative Tim Flook, creates the crime of trafficking for the purpose of illegal immigration. Read for the second time in the House.

SB257 Sponsored by Representative Kevin Engler, modifies the treatment of firearms during state emergencies. Read the second time in the House.