Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: April 23-28, 2007

MONDAY, April 23, 2007

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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PRO LIFE

HCS HB 1055 Sponsored by Representative Therese Sander , establishes the Missouri Alternatives to Abortion Services Program and the Missouri Alternatives to Abortion Public Awareness Program.Â? Reported to the Senate, where it was first read.

EDUCATION

HB 213 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, establishes the Emily Brooker Intellectual Diversity Act, which defines intellectual diversity for reporting purposes at public higher education institutions.Â? Referred to the Senate Education Committee.

VETERANS

SCS HB 1014 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.Â? Voted do pass out of the Senate Elections Committee.

HCS HB 892 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? Third read and passed out of the House, and reported to the Senate where it was first read.

ALCOHOL

SS SCS SB 616 Introduced by Senator McKenna, relaxes the laws regarding the advertisement of liquor.Â? Read for the second time in the House.

OTHER ISSUES

HCS HB 802 Sponsored by Representative Sam Page, adds the inoculation for human papilloma virus to the list of required immunizations for school attendance.Â? Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

HCS SCS SB 62 & 41 Introduced by Senator Goodman, modifies the laws on the use of force.Â? Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

SS SCS SB 428 Introduced by Senator Purgason, prohibits the Department of Agriculture from participating in the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) without specific statutory authorization to do so.Â? Read for the second time.

SENATE

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VETERANS

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SCS SB 75 Introduced by Senator Coleman, provides for a tuition limitation for certain combat veterans.Â? Read for the second time.

GAMBLING

SB 430 Introduced by Senator Shields, removes the gambling loss limit under the guise of creating a “Smart Start Scholarship Program”.

SS#2 for SCS S withdrawn

SS#3 for SCS S offered (Shields)–(1285S.11F)

SA 1 to SS#3 for SCS S offered (Green)–(1285S11.01S)

SSA 1 for SA 1 to SS#3 for SCS S offered & withdrawn (Loudon)–(1285S11.01F)

SSA 2 for SA 1 to SS#3 for SCS S offered (Loudon)–(1285S11.02F)

Bill Placed on Informal Calendar – (Taken up later in the week and adopted 17-16 with a final vote pending.)

TUESDAY, April 24, 2007

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

ELECTIONS

HJR 38 Sponsored by Representative Brian Yates, proposes a constitutional amendment authorizing the General Assembly to establish identification requirements for voting in Missouri and requiring the state to pay for the cost of one form of identification.Â? Hearing held in the House Elections Committee.

VETERANS

SB 433 Introduced by Senator Callahan, changes laws relating to unemployment compensation for veterans. Voted and reported do pass out of the House Special Committee on Veterans, and referred to the Rules Committee.

CRIME

SB 107 Introduced by Senator Wilson, creates the crime of distribution of a controlled substance near a park.Â? Heard in the House Crime Committee.

SS SCS SB 5 Introduced by Senator Loudon, modifies the laws on child pornography.Â? Hearing held in the House Crime Prevention Committee.

OTHER ISSUES

HCS HB 182 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.Â? Hearing was held in the Senate Seniors, Families and Public Health Committee; and voted out do pass.

SCS HCS HB 444, 217, 225, 239, 243, 297, 402 & 172 Sponsored by Representative Rod Jetton, among many other provisions would authorizes an income tax deduction for any Social Security benefits received by the elderly, regardless of income. The SCS was reported do pass from the Senate.

HB 265 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, expands the five-business-day notice requirement for special education due process hearings to expedited due process hearings.Â? Reported do pass out of the Senate.

HCS HB 802 Sponsored by Representative Sam Page, adds the inoculation for human papilloma virus to the list of required immunizations for school attendance.Â? Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

HCS SCS SB 62 & 41 Introduced by Senator Goodman, modifies the laws on the use of force.Â? Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

SS SCS SB 428 Introduced by Senator Purgason, prohibits the Department of Agriculture from participating in the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) without specific statutory authorization to do so.Â? Referred to the House Agriculture Policy Committee.

SENATE

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PRO LIFE

HB 1055 Sponsored by Representative Sander, establishes the Missouri Alternatives to Abortion Services Program and the Missouri Alternatives to Abortion Public Awareness Program.Â? Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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GAMBLING

SB 430 Introduced by Senator Shields, removes the gambling loss limit.Â? The single largest piece of gambling expansion since the introduction of casinos to the state.

SA 1 to SSA 2 for SA 1 to SS#3 for SCS S offered (Bartle)

Bill Placed on Informal Calendar

SS#3 for SCS S withdrawn

SS#4 for SCS S offered & adopted (Shields)

Bill Placed on Informal Calendar

Perfected- 17 yes, 16 no

A final “Third Read” vote is pending in the Senate before the bill can advance to the House.

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ACTION NEEDED:� Contact your state senator asking that this expansion of gambling not be allowed to advance.� Request that your senator vote “NO” on SB 430 – removing Missouri’s loss limits and allowing casinos to earn over $500,000,000. in additional losses from the families of casino patrons who would be lured into gambling beyond their personal limits or control.

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WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2007

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

VETERANS

HCS HB 654 & 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.Â? Voted do pass out of the Senate Pensions and Veterans Affairs Committee.

EDUCATION

HB 213 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, establishes the Emily Brooker Intellectual Diversity Act, which defines intellectual diversity for reporting purposes at public higher education institutions.Â? Heard in the Senate Education Committee.

GAMBLING

HCS HB 1287 Sponsored by Representative Shannon Cooper, creates a laughably low fine schedule for the Missouri Gaming Commission to levee on casinos.Â? The HCS was voted do pass out of the House Special Committee on General Laws.

OTHER ISSUES

HB 155 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.Â? Placed on the Senate informal calendar.

HB 269 Sponsored by Representative Jerry Nolte, prohibits the admission of unlawfully present aliens to public institutions of higher education.Â? Placed on the Senate informal calendar.

HB 1144 Sponsored by Representative Edgar Emery, changes the laws regarding the standard for discriminatory employment practices under the Missouri Human Rights Law.Â? Heard in the House Special Committee on Workforce Development.

HJR 19 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? This proposed state constitutional amendment focuses on school students right to pray, as well as anyone else.Â? Voted do pass out of the Senate Veteran Affairs and General Law Committee.

HJR 33 Sponsored by Representative Edgar Emery, proposes a constitutional amendment repealing the nonpartisan selection of judges and providing for the selection of judicial nominees by the Judicial Confirmation Commission.Â? Heard in the House Special Committee on General Laws.

SENATE

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GAMBLING

SB 430 Introduced by Senator Shields, gambling expansion.Â? Reported truly perfected out of the Senate Rules Committee.Â? Referred to the Senate Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight Committee.

ALCOHOL

SB 616 Introduced by Senator McKenna, relaxes the law on liquor advertising.Â? Referred to the House Local Government Committee.

OTHER ISSUES

HB 46 Sponsored by Representative Viebrock, prohibits impoundment of certain farm animals except in certain conditions and adds notification requirements for owners of impounded animals.Â? Bill placed on the informal calendar.

HB 851 Sponsored by Representative Onder, provides for state enforcement of federal immigration laws.Â? the SCS was voted do pass out of the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

HJR 19 Sponsored by House Speaker Pro Tem Bearden, proposes a constitutional amendment guaranteeing a citizen’s First Amendment right to free religious expression.

Voted do pass out of the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

THURSDAY, April 26, 2007

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SCS SB 75 Introduced by Senator Coleman, provides for a tuition limitation for certain combat veterans. Referred to the House Special Committee on Veterans.

SS SCS SB 428 Introduced by Senator Purgason, prohibits the Department of Agriculture from participating in the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) without specific statutory authorization to do so.Â? Heard in the House Agriculture Policy Committee.

SENATE

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GAMBLING

SB 430 Introduced by Senator Shields, creates the “Smart Start Scholarship Program”

Voted Do Pass S Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight Committee

Reported from S Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight Committee to Floor

VETERANS

SB 75 Introduced by Senator Coleman, provides for a tuition limitation for certain combat veterans.Â? Referred to the House Special Committee on Veterans.

OTHER ISSUES

HB 62 Sponsored by Representative Ruestman, designates the Department of Agriculture’s building at 1616 Missouri Boulevard in Jefferson City as the ” George Washington Carver Building “.Â? Truly agreed to and finally passed as a consent bill.

HB 182 Sponsored by Representative 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.Â? Unless altered before final passage, HB 182 contains protective language to insure against abuses leading to euthanasia.Â? Reported from the Senate Seniors, Families and Public Health Committee to the Floor.

HB 444 Sponsored by Representative Jetton, exempts Social Security benefits from income taxation.Â? Voted do pass, and reported from the Senate Governmental Accountability Committee to the Senate floor.

HB 462 Sponsored by Representative Munzlinger, modifies various provisions relating to firearms.Â? Voted do pass out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.