Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: April 9-12, 2007

MONDAY, April 9, 2007

EASTER BREAK – NO SESSION

TUESDAY, April 10, 2007

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

PRO LIFE

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. The HCS was voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

VETERANS

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. Hearing for the Senate committee was scheduled.

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. HCS HB 654 and 938 was adopted, and perfected.

CRIME

HB945 Sponsored by Representative Michael 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 in the first degree to add corrections officers. The HCS was perfected on the House floor.

OTHER ISSUES

HB453 Sponsored by Representative Rod Jetton, authorizes an income tax credit for donations to food pantries. The SS HCS HB 453 was taken up for third read and passed in the Senate, and reported to the House with the Senate Sub.

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

SB46 Sponsored by Representative Robert Mayer, creates the “Faith-Based Organization Liaison Act”. The SCS SB 46 was reported do pass, and referred to the House Rules Committee.

SENATE

CRIME

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. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary, and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

OTHER ISSUES

SB257 Introduced by Senator Engler, modifies the treatment of firearms during state emergencies. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

SB303 Introduced by Senator Loudon, changes the laws regarding midwives and the practice of midwifery. The SS was offered on the Senate floor, but after debate was placed on the Informal Calendar.

HB453 Sponsored by Representative Jetton, creates an income tax credit for contributions to food pantries. Third read and passed in the Senate.

HB462 Sponsored by Representative Munzlinger, modifies various provisions relating to firearms. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

HB851 Sponsored by Representative Onder, provides for state enforcement of federal immigration laws. Second read and referred to the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

HJR19 Sponsored by Representative 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. First read in the Senate.

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 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. The HCS was reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee with a three hour time limit for debate.

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. The HCS was referred to the Rules Committee.

VETERANS

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. Hearing held in the Senate Financial, and Election Committee.

GAMBLING

HB1287 Sponsored by Representative Shannon Cooper, HB 1287 creates a ridiculously low fine schedule for Casinos. For instance; the Pinnacle Casino, which is coming into Missouri was just fined over $2 million dollars in Indiana ; for prostitution. If Representative Cooper gets his bill passed, the Gaming Commission would only be able fine them $25,000 for the same offence. What a slap on the wrist for this billion dollar a year industry. The HB was heard in the House Special Committee on General Laws.

ALCOHOL

HB913 Sponsored by Representative Shannon Cooper, removes the ability of Bureau Alcohol Control to have authority over liquor advertising in retail establishments. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

CRIME

HCS HB406 & 726 Sponsored by Representative Rodney Schad, changes the laws regarding crime prevention and boating while intoxicated. The House Rules Committee bumped the HCS back to the committee of origin.

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

OTHER ISSUES

HB888 Sponsored by Representative Jeff Grisamore, establishes the Faith-Based Organization Liaison Act. Voted do pass out of the Special Committee on General Laws.

SENATE

VETERANS

HB135 Sponsored by Representative Pearce, modifies laws regarding military facilities and personnel. Hearing held in the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

CRIME

SB646 Introduced by Senator Wilson, modifies the definition of “bullying” in a public school’s “anti-bullying” policy to include cyberbullying. Hearing held in the Senate Education Committee.

OTHER ISSUES

SB348 Introduced by Senator Koster, Enacts various provisions affecting illegal aliens. The SCS was voted do pass out of the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

SB669 Introduced by Senator Loudon, requires the official dating standard in the state to be A.D., or Anno Domini, and B.C., or Before Christ. The SCS was voted do pass out of the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

HB269 Sponsored by Representative Nolte, bars illegal immigrants from attending public universities. Voted do pass out of the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

HB327 Sponsored by Representative Richard, modifies provisions of certain Department of Economic Development programs. Perfected after 30 amendments were debated (most adopted). Final bill increases the tax credit cap for maternity homes from $2 million up to $3,000,000. Referred S Governmental Accountability & Fiscal Oversight Committee

THURSDAY, April 12, 2007

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

ALCOHOL

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. Referred to the House Crime Prevention and Public Safety 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 HCS was third read and passed, and reported to the Senate where it was first read.

CRIME

HB224 Sponsored by Representative Franz Ward, 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. Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

OTHER ISSUES

HCS HB189 & 60 Sponsored by Representative Kenny Jones, creates a presumption in certain circumstances that a person using deadly force has a reasonable fear of death or harm and allows that person immunity in certain circumstances for use of defensive force. Referred to the Senate Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence.

HB269 Sponsored by Representative Jerry Nolte, prohibits the admission of unlawfully present aliens to public institutions of higher education. Reported do pass out of the Senate.

HB462 Sponsored by Representative Brian Munzlinger, changes the laws regarding concealable firearms and firearms training permits. Referred to the Judiciary Committee.

HB802 Sponsored by Representative Sam Page, adds the inoculation for human papilloma virus to the list of required immunizations for school attendance. The HCS voted out of committee, and was referred to the House Rules Committee.

SENATE

GAMBLING

SB478 Introduced by Senator Gross, limits amount of expenditures of revenue from gaming boat admission fees. Referred to the Special Committee on General Laws Committee

VETERANS

HB654 Sponsored by Representative Stream, increases from $750,000 to $1 million the amount of matching grants to be made annually for veterans’ service officers programs.

First read in the Senate.

SB287 Introduced by Senator Crowell, allows the veterans’ commission to issue $1 million annually in matching grants for veterans’ service officer programs. Debated on the Senate floor, then laid over on the Informal Calendar.

SB433 Introduced by Senator Callahan, changes laws relating to unemployment compensation for veterans. Third read and passed out of the Senate, and first read in the House.

CRIME

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. First read in the Senate.

OTHER ISSUES

SB257 Introduced by Senator Engler, modifies the treatment of firearms during state emergencies. Third read and passed; signed by both the Senate President, and the Speaker of the House, and delivered to the Governor.

HB213 Sponsored by Representative Cunningham, establishes the Emily Brooker Intellectual Diversity Act, which defines intellectual diversity for reporting purposes at public higher education institutions. First read in the Senate.

HB269 Sponsored by Representative Nolte, bars illegal immigrants from attending public universities. Reported from the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee to the floor.

HJR19 Sponsored by Representative Bearden, proposes a constitutional amendment guaranteeing a citizen’s First Amendment right to free religious expression. Second read in the Senate, and referred to the Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.