Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: March 5-8, 2007

MONDAY, March 5, 2007

House of Representatives

VETERANS

HCS HB636, 308 & 173 Sponsored by Representative David Day, authorizes an income tax credit for military retirement benefits. The public hearing was cancelled in the Fiscal Review Committee.

EDUCATION

HCS HB620 Sponsored by Representative Scott Muschany, requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to create mentoring standards for beginning teachers and principals. Taken up for perfection on the House floor, HCS was adopted, and then perfected.

HB1047 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, establishes guidelines for teacher transfers in school districts that are provisionally accredited or unaccredited. Introduced and read for the first time.

HB1048 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, restricts the use of dues or fees to teacher associations for political campaign purposes without written consent of the teacher. Introduced and read for the first time.

HB1046 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, requires school board members and school superintendents to file financial interest statements. Introduced and read for the first time.

ELECTIONS

HB166 Sponsored by Representative Theodore Hoskins, requires anyone filing a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate for election to a municipal office to meet certain deadlines and other requirements. Placed on the Informal Perfection Calendar.

HB1044 Sponsored by Representative Bill Deeken, changes provisions relating to elections. Read for the second time.

OTHER ISSUES

HB263 Sponsored by Representative Brian Nieves, makes English, upon voter approval, the language for all official proceedings in Missouri . Placed on the Informal Perfection Calendar.

HB1034 Sponsored by Representative Edgar Emery, directs the Department of Revenue to establish methods for replacing the state income tax with a state sales tax. Read for the second time.

HB1045 Sponsored by Representative Steven Tilley, 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. Read for the second time.

HCR37 Sponsored by Representative Mike Talboy, establishes Missouri ‘s ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution. Read the second time.

HJR27 Sponsored by Representative Rachel Storch, proposes a constitutional amendment establishing a state demographer to determine congressional and legislative redistricting. Read for the second time.

SCS SB161 Sponsored by Senator Charles Shields, creates a quality rating system for child care facilities. Current version DOES NOT include non-licensed church ministries. Reported to the House and first read.

SENATE

PRO LIFE

SCS SB196 Introduced by Senator Gross, enacts provisions relating to the capacity of an unborn child to experience pain during an abortion. SCS was voted do pass from the Senate Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

SB658 Introduced by Senator Stouffer, establishes the “Outside the Hospital Do-Not-Resuscitate Act”. Second read in the Senate, and referred to the Seniors, Families and Public Health Committee.

GAMBLING

SB478 Introduced by Senator Gross, limits amount of expenditures of revenue from gaming boat admission fees. Voted do pass out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, as a consent bill.

VETERANS

SB663 Introduced by Senator Barnitz, requires the board of education to promulgate a rule to allow spouses of military members to receive a provisional teacher’s license. Second read in the Senate and referred to the Education Committee.

PORN

SB129 Introduced by Senator Stouffer, modifies how local governments can regulate outdoor advertising and modifies provisions relating to sexually oriented billboards. Read for the second time in the House.

ALCOHOL

SB676 Introduced by Senator Goodman, criminalizes prenatal drug or alcohol use. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

OTHER ISSUES

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

SB240 Introduced by Senator Stouffer, authorizes the Director of Revenue to waive the commercial driver’s license driving skills test for qualified military applicants. Third read and finally passed as a consent bill.

SB532 Introduced by Senator Loudon, modifies Missouri human rights law. Hearing was held in the Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

SB554 Introduced by Senator Gibbons, modifies provisions relating to the taxation of real property. Hearing was held in the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

TUESDAY, March 6, 2007

House of Representatives

PRO LIFE

HB1055 Sponsored by Representative Therese Sander, establishes the Missouri Alternatives to Abortion Services Program and the Missouri Alternatives to Abortion Public Awareness Program. Introduced and read first time.

VETERANS

HCS HB111 Sponsored by Representative Mike Cunningham, establishes a scholarship program for the survivors of veterans killed or injured in action after September 11, 2001 . Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

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. Passed out of both the Special Committee on Veterans, and the House Rules Committee as a consent bill.

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. Passed out of the Special Committee on Veterans, and the Rules Committee as a consent bill.

EDUCATION

HB213 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, etablishes the Emily Brooker Intellectual Diversity Act, which defines intellectual diversity for reporting purposes at public higher education institutions. Reported do pass out of the rules Committee.

HB708 Sponsored by Representative Jim Guest, requires a driver’s license applicant under 18 years of age to show documentation that he or she is enrolled in school, has at least a 90% attendance rate, and a minimum grade point average of at least 1.75. Hearing held in the Transportation Committee.

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. Hearing was held in the House Transportation Committee.

HB1048 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, restricts the use of dues or fees to teacher associations for political campaign purposes without written consent of the teacher. Read for the second time.

HB1047 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, establishes guidelines for teacher transfers in school districts that are provisionally accredited or unaccredited. Read for the second time.

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. Hearing held in the Local Government Committee.

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

HB1058 Sponsored by Representative Mike Talboy, creates an exception to the requirements for liquor sales by the drink at certain Kansas City establishments. Introduced and read first time.

ELECTIONS

HB876 Sponsored by Representative Ward Franz, requires election authorities to create a form to verify the eligibility of election watchers. Hearing held in the Elections Committee.

HCS HB894 Sponsored by Representative Theodore Hoskins, requires independent candidates to file declarations of candidacy at the same time as other candidates and to appear on primary ballots. HCS was reported do pass out of the Rules Committee.

HB1059 Sponsored by Representative Mike Talboy, creates straight party ticket voting. Introduced and read first time.

OTHER ISSUES

HB46 Sponsored by Representative James Viebrock, changes the laws regarding the impoundment of an animal suspected of being neglected or abused. House Bill perfected with amendments on the floor.

HCS HB851 Sponsored by Representative Bob Onder, designates members of the State Highway Patrol for training in enforcement of federal immigration laws on the federal highways in Missouri . Reported do pass out of the Rules Committee.

HCS HB889 Sponsored by Representative Edgar Emery, prohibits illegal aliens from receiving public assistance. Reported do pass out of the House Rules

HB932 Sponsored by Representative Jason Grill, authorizes the Motherhood/Fatherhood Stay-at-home tax credit for a parent who stays at home to provide care for a child up to 24 months of age. Heard in the Special Committee on Tax Reform.

HJR7 Sponsored by Representative Brian Nieves, proposes a constitutional amendment establishing English as the language for all official proceedings in Missouri . Scheduled in the Pensions, Veteran Affairs and General Law Committee.

SB130 Sponsored by Representative Bill Stouffer, allows the Highways and Transportation Commission to void billboard permits under certain conditions. Reported over to the House and first read.

HCS 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.

Reported do pass out of the Rules Committee.

SENATE

SB62 Introduced by Senator Goodman, modifies the laws on the use of force. Third read and passed in the Senate.

SB107 Introduced by Senator Wilson, creates the crime of distribution of a controlled substance near a park. Third read and passed in the Senate.

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 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. The Special Committee on Small Business voted HB 412 do pass.

VETERANS

HCS HB608 Sponsored by Representative Joe Smith, exempts real and personal property owned by veterans’ organizations from property taxes. Perfected by consent in the House.

SB240 Sponsored by Senator Bill Stouffer, authorizes the Director of Revenue to waive the commercial driver’s license driving skills test for qualified military applicants. Read for the second time in the House.

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. HCS voted do pass out of the Special Committee on Student Achievement.

HB689 Sponsored by Representative Brian Baker, requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to create mentoring standards for beginning teachers and principals. The bill was scheduled for a hearing in the Special Committee on Student Achievement, but was not heard.

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. The Special Committee on Student Achievement voted a HCS out in executive session.

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

ALCOHOL

HB1058 Sponsored by Representative Mike Talboy, creates an exception to the requirements for liquor sales by the drink at certain Kansas City establishments. Read for the second time in the House.

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. Hearing was held in the House Special Committee on Family Services, and voted do pass.

ELECTIONS

HB1059 Sponsored by Representative Mike Talboy, provides for straight party ticket voting. Read for the second time in the House.

HB1074 Sponsored by Representative Bryan Stevenson, would change the procedure for submitting initiative petitions. Introduced and read first time in the House.

OTHER ISSUES

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. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

SCS SB62 & 41 Sponsored by Senator Jack Goodman, modifies the laws on the use of force. Reported to the House where it was first read, the bill was also second read on Thursday.

HCS HB85 Sponsored by Representative Will Kraus, creates the felony crime of employing an illegal alien. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

HB546 Sponsored by Representative Robert Schaaf, exempts from jury duty any woman who is breastfeeding and disqualifies licensed attorneys from serving on juries. Reported do pass out of the Rules Committee.

HB1082 Sponsored by Representative Sara Lampe, modifies the law relating to school safety. Introduced and read first time in the House.

HCR20 Sponsored by Representative Jim Guest, would prohibit the state implementation of the federal REAL ID Act of 2005 which requires uniform driver’s licenses or state identification cards. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

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. HCS was voted do pass out of the House Conservation and Natural Resources Committee.

SB107 Sponsored by Senator Yvonne Wilson, creates the crime of distribution of a controlled substance near a park. Reported to the House where it was first read.

SENATE

VETERANS

SB599 Introduced by Senator Engler, creates a military medal of freedom for certain veterans who served in a Middle East war or conflict after 1990. Hearing was held in the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

ALCOHOL

SB412 Introduced by Senator Griesheimer, allows liquor samples for tastings at retailed licensed premises. Hearing held in the Economic Development, Tourism and Local Government Committee.

EDUCATION

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. Third read and passed as a consent bill.

SB480 Introduced by Senator Ridgeway, requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop standards for mentoring for beginning teachers and principals. The SCS was voted do pass out of the Senate Education Committee.

SB243 Introduced by Senator Mayer, increases the compulsory school attendance age for all children in Missouri to seventeen years of age. Hearing was held in the Senate Education Committee.

OTHER ISSUES

Just so you know how a bill can be “perfected” on the Senate floor:
SB22 – Introduced by Senator Griesheimer – Modifies laws relating to political subdivisions
SS for SCS S offered (Griesheimer)–(0382S.06F)
SA 1 to SS for SCS S offered & adopted (Crowell)–(0382S06.10S)
SA 2 to SS for SCS S offered & adopted (Crowell)–(0382S06.42S)
SA 3 to SS for SCS S offered & adopted (Gross)–(0382S06.18S)
SA 4 to SS for SCS S offered & adopted (Gross)–(0382S06.24S)
SA 5 to SS for SCS S offered & adopted (Days)–(0382S06.40S)
SA 6 to SS for SCS S offered (Koster)–(0382S06.30S)
SA 1 to SA 6 to SS for SCS S offered & defeated (Gross)–(0382S06.38S)
SA 2 to SA 6 to SS for SCS S offered (Gross)
SA 6 to SS for SCS S withdrawn
SA 7 to SS for SCS S offered & defeated (Green)–(0382S06.04S)
SA 8 to SS for SCS S offered & adopted (Green)–(0382S06.29S)
SA 9 to SS for SCS S offered & adopted (Green)–(0382S06.08S)
SA 10 to SS for SCS S offered & adopted (Justus)–(0382S06.23S)
SA 11 to SS for SCS S offered & adopted (Justus)–(0382S06.07S)
SA 12 to SS for SCS S offered & Ruled out of order (Coleman)–(0382S06.06S)
SA 13 to SS for SCS S offered & adopted (Coleman)–(0382S06.11S)
SA 14 to SS for SCS S offered & adopted (Shoemyer)–(9021L01L.01L)
SA 15 to SS for SCS S offered & adopted (Shoemyer)–(9011L01.01L)
SA 16 to SS for SCS S offered & withdrawn (Shoemyer)–(9015L01.01L)
SA 17 to SS for SCS S offered & adopted (Graham)–(0382S06.28S)
SA 18 to SS for SCS S offered (Bray)–(0382S06.17S)
SA 1 to SA 18 to SS for SCS S offered & adopted (Loudon)–(0382S06.52S)
SA 18 to SS for SCS, as amended, S adopted
SA 19 to SS for SCS S offered & adopted (Bray)–(0382S06.43S)
SA 20 to SS for SCS S offered & adopted (Scott)–(0382S06.13S)
SA 21 to SS for SCS S offered & withdrawn (Scott)–(0382S06.19S)
SA 22 to SS for SCS S offered & adopted (Bartle)–(0382S06.51S)
SA 23 to SS for SCS S offered & adopted (Shields)–(0382S06.53S)
SA 24 to SS for SCS S offered & adopted (Gross)–(0382S06.01S)
SA 25 to SS for SCS S offered & adopted (Griesheimer)–(0382S06.22S)
SA 26 to SS for SCS S offered & Ruled out of order (Ridgeway)–(0382S06.03S)
SA 27 to SS for SCS S offered & adopted (Goodman)–(0382S06.47S)
SS for SCS, as amended, S adopted
3/7/2007 — Perfected

SB130 Introduced by Senator Stouffer, allows the Highways and Transportation Commission to void billboard permits under certain conditions. Second read in the House.

SB194 Introduced by Senator Crowell, requires that English be the language of all official proceedings in Missouri . Hearing Scheduled But Not Heard S Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

SB627 Introduced by Senator Ridgeway, prohibits the use of language interpreters in connection with the commercial driver’s license examination process. Hearing was held in the Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

HJR7 Introduced by Representative Nieves, makes English the language of all official proceedings in the state. Hearing was held in the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

THURSDAY, March 8, 2007

House of Representatives

VETERANS

HCS HB135 Sponsored by Representative David Pearce, changes the laws regarding military facilities and personnel. After being third read and finally passed in the House on Wednesday, it was reported to the Senate and first read on Thursday.

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. Third read and passed out of the House, reported to the Senate and first read.

OTHER ISSUES

HB46 Sponsored by Representative James Viebrock, changes the laws regarding the impoundment of an animal suspected of being neglected or abused. Third read and passed out of the House, and reported to the Senate where it was first read.

HB269 Sponsored by Representative Jerry Nolte, prohibits the admission of unlawfully present aliens to public institutions of higher education. Referred to the Pensions, Veteran Affairs and General Law Committee.

SENATE

EDUCATION

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. First read in the House.

GAMBLING

SB430 Introduced by Senator Shields; creates a false “Scholarship Program”, as a way to cover removing the casino gambling $500 loss limit. After five amendments and several hours of debate, the Majority Floor Leader placed his bill back on the informal calendar.

(Debate may resume at any time the Senate is in session.)

SS for SCS offered (Shields)
SA 1 to SS for SCS offered (Green)
SA 1 to SA 1 to SS for SCS offered & adopted (Bartle)
SA 1 to SS for SCS, as amended, adopted
SA 2 to SS for SCS offered & defeated (Purgason)
SA 3 to SS for SCS offered (Smith)
SA 1 to SA 3 to SS for SCS offered (Bartle)

SB478 Introduced by Senator Gross, limits amount of expenditures of revenue from gaming boat admission fees. Reported out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee to the floor, as a consent bill.

CRIME

SB5 Introduced by Senator Loudon, modifies the laws on child pornography. Reported from Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee to the floor with a Senate Committee Sub.

SB107 Introduced by Senator Wilson, creates the crime of distribution of a controlled substance near a park. Second read in the House.

OTHER ISSUES

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. Reported from the Senate Transportation Committee to Floor with a SCS.

SB159 Introduced by Senator Engler, modifies complaint procedures and record retention requirements for complaints against professional licensed counselors and social workers. First read in the House.