Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: April 16-19

MONDAY, April 16, 2007

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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VETERANS

SB433 Sponsored by Senator Callahan, changes laws relating to unemployment compensation for veterans.Â? Read for the second time in the House.

CRIME

SB429 Sponsored by Senator Michael Gibbons, modifies various provisions relating to crime victims.Â? The SS SCS SB 429 was read for the second time.

OTHER ISSUES

HB215 Sponsored by Representative Bryan Stevenson, changes the definition of “adult” to a person 18 years of age or older and “child” to a person younger than 18 years of age in Chapter 211.Â? Taken up for perfection on the House floor, laid over with several amendments pending.

HB327 Sponsored by Representative Ron Richard, changes the laws regarding the Quality Jobs Program related to small businesses.Â? SS SCS HCS HB 327 –Â? The House rejected the Senate version and request that the bill be sent to conference.Â? In a conference committee five members of the House and five members of the Senate will try to reach a compromise in the legislation.Â? The compromise version of the bill would then need to be accepted by both bodies.

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This legislation currently includes, at least in part, several alterations and protection against bioethical concerns.Â? It also includes a provision raising the $2 Million tax credit cap up to $3 Million. Â? These items were not in the original House version of the bill, along with several additional alterations made in the Senate.

SS HCS HB453 Sponsored by Representative Rod Jetton, authorizes an income tax credit for donations to food pantries.Â? Signed by both the Speaker of the House, and the Senate President Pro Tem, and delivered to the Governor.

SENATE

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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.Â? Bill placed on the informal calendar.

HB654 Sponsored by Representative Stream, increases grants for veterans’ service officer programs and establishes the Stolen Valor Act of 2007.Â? Second read and referred to the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

ALCOHOL

SB555 Introduced by Senator Gibbons, prohibits the use or possession of alcoholic beverage vaporizers and modifies provisions relating to underage drinking.Â? Bill placed on the informal calendar.

SB616 Introduced by Senator McKenna, modifies provisions relating to liquor control.Â? Perfected in the Senate.

CRIME

SB5 Introduced by Senator Loudon, modifies the laws on child pornography and child sexual predators.Â? Perfected in the Senate.

SB660 Introduced by Senator Mayer, creates multiple provisions; including the “Methamphetamine Offense Registry”, under the jurisdiction of the State Highway patrol, and several other provisions regarding DNA collection.� Placed on the informal calendar.

HB945 Sponsored by Representative Parson, creates the crime of murder of a criminal justice official and expands the crime of assault of law enforcement officers, emergency personnel, or probation officers to include corrections officers.Â? 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”.Â? Passed out of the House Rules Committee.

SB84 Introduced by Senator Champion, modifies provisions relating to child placements.Â? Passed out of the House rules Committee.

SB86 Introduced by Senator Champion, modifies provisions of the Children in Crisis Tax Credit Program.Â? The SCS was adopted, and reported as truly perfected out of the Senate Rules Committee.

SB420 Introduced by Senator Gibbons, provides that no more than four, rather than three, members of the Clean Water Commission may be from the same political party.Â? Hearing scheduled in the House Rules Committee.

SB627 Introduced by Senator Ridgeway, prohibits the use of language interpreters in connection with the commercial driver’s license examination process.Â? Bill placed on the informal calendar.

HB213 Sponsored by Representative Cunningham, creates the Emily Brooker Intellectual Diversity Act which requires public higher education institutions to report on steps taken to ensure intellectual diversity.Â? Second read and referred to the Senate Education Committee.

HB453 Sponsored by Representative Jetton, creates an income tax credit for contributions to food pantries and modifies provisions of the Residential Treatment Agency Tax Credit Program.Â? Signed by both the House Speaker and the Senate President Pro tem, and delivered to Governor.

TUESDAY, April 17, 2007

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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PRO LIFE

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HB1055 Sponsored by Representative Therese Sander , establishes the Missouri Alternatives to Abortion Services Program and the Missouri Alternatives to Abortion Public Awareness Program.Â? The HCS HB 1055 was debated on the House floor (HB 1055 was designated a three hour time limit), but was laid back over onto the calendar.

ALCOHOL

HB406 Sponsored by Representative Rodney Schad, changes the laws regarding crime prevention and boating while intoxicated.Â? HCS HB 406 & 726 was voted do pass out of Rules Committee.

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.Â? Heard in the Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee.

VETERANS

HB363 Sponsored by Representative Larry Wilson, eliminates the requirement that certain veterans must pay a fee to obtain a Missouri deer or turkey hunting license or permit.Â? The HCS was voted do pass out of the Special Committee on Rural Community Develop.

OTHER ISSUES

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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.Â? Referred to the Senate Pensions, Veteran Affairs and General Law Committee.

HB46 Sponsored by Representative James Viebrock, changes the laws regarding the impoundment of an animal suspected of being neglected or abused.Â? Voted do pass out of the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Parks Committee.

HB888 Sponsored by Representative Jeff Grisamore, establishes the Faith-Based Organization Liaison Act.Â? Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

HB1192 Sponsored by Representative Brian Munzlinger, allows for the voluntary regulation of certain concentrated animal feeding operations.Â? Heard in the Special Committee on Agri-Business.

SENATE

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PRO LIFE

SB370 Introduced by Senator Scott, modifies provisions relating to abortion (a mirror image to HB 1055).

SA 3 to SCS S defeated

SA 4 to SCS S offered & defeated (Justus)–(1567S04.42S)

SA 5 to SCS S offered (Justus)–(1567S04.41S)

Bill Placed on Informal Calendar

Taken up for perfection

Bill Placed on Informal Calendar

ALCOHOL

SB616 Introduced by Senator McKenna, modifies provisions relating to liquor control, and their ability to control liquor advertising.Â? Reported truly perfected out of the Senate Rules Committee.

OTHER ISSUES

SB303 Introduced by Senator Loudon, changes the laws regarding midwives and the practice of midwifery.Â? Perfected on the Senate floor.

SB514 Introduced by Senator Justus, requires immunizations for the human papilloma virus.Â? The SCS was voted do pass out of the Senate Seniors, Families and Public Health Committee.

HB189 Sponsored by Representative Jones, modifies the provisions relating to the use of defensive use of force.Â? Hearing held in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

HB224 Sponsored by Representative 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.Â? Hearing held in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

HB462 Sponsored by Representative Munzlinger, modifies various provisions relating to firearms.Â? Hearing held in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2007

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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PRO LIFE

HCS HB1055 Sponsored by Representative Therese Sander , establishes the Missouri Alternatives to Abortion Services Program and the Missouri Alternatives to Abortion Public Awareness Program.� The HCS was taken up for perfection on the House floor.� A vote was taken up to “divide the question”, which divided 1055 into the three main portions, so each individual part could be debated, and voted on.� All three portions where adopted on the floor.

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.Â? The HCS was reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

VETERANS

HB608 Sponsored by Representative Joe Smith, exempts real and personal property owned by veterans’ organizations from property taxes.Â? The HCS HB 608 was heard in the Senate Ways and Means 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.Â? The HCS was heard in the Senate Pensions, Veteran Affairs Committee.

CRIME

HB406 & 726 Sponsored by Representative Rodney Schad, changes the laws regarding crime prevention and boating while intoxicated.Â? The HCS was reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

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.Â? Heard in the Senate Pensions, Veteran Affairs and General Law.

SB62 Introduced by Senator Goodman, modifies the laws on the use of force.Â? The HCS SCS SBs 62 & 41 was reported to the House Rules Committee.

SENATE

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VETERANS

HB608 Introduced by Representative Smith, exempts real and personal property owned by veterans’ organizations from property taxes.Â? Heard in the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

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. Voted do pass out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

HB654 Introduced by Representative Stream, increases grants for veterans’ service officer programs and establishes the Stolen Valor Act of 2007.Â? Heard in the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

CRIME

SB5 Introduced by Senator Loudon, modifies the laws on child pornography.Â? Voted and reported out of the Senate Committee, third read and passed on the floor with an emergency clause; and first read in the House.

OTHER ISSUES

SB62 Introduced by Senator Goodman, modifies the laws on the use of force.Â? The HCS was voted and reported out of the House Special Committee on General Laws Committee, and referred to the Rules Committee.

SB389 Introduced by Senator Nodler, modifies several provisions regarding the state’s higher education system. MOHELAÂ? Â? Â? Late into the evening the Senate voted to PQ – Motion to adopt the Previous Question – thus breaking Senate tradition and the ongoing filibuster against the bill.

HB16 Introduced by Representative Icet, to appropriate money for supplemental purposes for the several departments and offices of state government,and to transfer money among certain funds, from funds designated for period ending 6-30-07 .� Containing companion funding for the MOHELA legislation in SB 389, this bill was also passed when the Senate used the rare “PQ” motion in the same way listed above.

SB428 Introduced by Senator Purgason, prohibits the State of Missouri from participating in the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) or any similar program.Â? Referred to the Senate Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight Committee.

HB851 Introduced by Representative Onder, provides for state enforcement of federal immigration laws.Â? Hearing held in the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

HJR19 Introduced by Representative Bearden, proposes a constitutional amendment guaranteeing a citizen’s First Amendment right to free religious expression.Â? Hearing held in the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

THURSDAY, April 19, 2007

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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PRO LIFE

HCS HB1055 Sponsored by Representative Therese Sander, establishes the Missouri Alternatives to Abortion Services Program and the Missouri Alternatives to Abortion Public Awareness Program.Â? The HCS HB 1055 was referred to the Fiscal Review Committee.

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.Â? The HCS HB 892 was reported do pass out of the Fiscal Review Committee.

SENATE

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VETERANS

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SB75 Introduced by Senator Coleman, provides for a tuition limitation for certain combat veterans.Â? Third read and passed out of the Senate, sent to the House where it was first read.

ALCOHOL

SB616 Introduced by Senator Loudon McKenna, modifies provisions relating to liquor control, and their ability to control liquor advertising.Â? Third read and passed out of the Senate, and first read in the House.

OTHER ISSUES

SB303 Introduced by Senator Loudon, changes the laws regarding midwives and the practice of midwifery.Â? Bill placed on the informal calendar.

SB428 Introduced by Senator Loudon Purgason, prohibits the State of Missouri from participating in the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) or any similar program.Â? Voted do pass, and reported out of the Senate Oversight Committee, third read on the Senate floor and sent to the House where it was first read.

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