Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: March 26-30, 2007

MONDAY, March 26, 2007

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

VETERANS

HCS 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. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

EDUCATION

HB1161 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, provides for loss of tenure and pay for public school teachers that strike. Introduced and read first time on the House floor.

CRIME

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 . The HCS was perfected on the House floor.

HCS 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. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

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. Second read and referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

HCS HB453 Sponsored by Representative Rod Jetton, authorizes an income tax credit for donations to food pantries. Second read and referred to the Senate Government Accountability and Fiscal Oversight 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 scheduled in the Seniors, Families and Public Health Committee.

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. Reported to the Senate where it was first read.

SENATE

SB38 Introduced by Senator Ridgeway, prohibits the use or possession of alcoholic beverage vaporizers.

SB555 Introduced by Senator Gibbons, modifies provisions relating to underage drinking. The committee voted to roll SB’s 555 and 38 together to form SCS SB 555 & 38, and voted the SCS out of committee.

SB73 Introduced by Senator Justus, modifies the crime of animal neglect. Hearing held in the Senate Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

TUESDAY, March 27, 2007

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

PRO LIFE

HJR11 Sponsored by Representative Jim Lembke, proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting human cloning and authorizing the General Assembly to enact laws regarding health care research. Voted do pass out of the House Health Care Policy Committee, and reported to the Rules Committee.

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 . Taken up for perfection on the House floor, but was laid back over on the calendar.

HCS 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. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

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. Perfected by consent on the House floor.

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. Perfected by consent on the House floor.

EDUCATION

HB1161 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, provides for loss of tenure and pay for public school teachers that strike. Read for the Second time on the House floor.

ALCOHOL

HB913 Sponsored by Representative Shannon Cooper, changes the laws regarding the sale of merchandise other than intoxicating beverages to retail liquor licensees, and eliminates the ability of the bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco to control liquor advertising. Hearing was held in the House Local Government Committee.

CRIME

HB1174 Sponsored by Representative Gary Dusenberg, prohibits sexual offenders from being physically present within five hundred feet of a child care facility. Introduced and read first time in the House.

SENATE

GAMBLING

SB430 Introduced by Senator Shields, removes the gambling loss limit, under the guise of a so called ‘scholarship Program’.

SS for SCS S withdrawn
SS#2 for SCS S offered (Shields)–(1285S.09F)
SA 1 to SS#2 for SCS S offered (Purgason)–(1285S09.08S)
Bill Placed on Informal Calendar
SA 1 to SS#2 for SCS S defeated
SA 2 to SS#2 for SCS S offered (Koster)–(1285S09.01F)
SA 1 for SA 2 to SS#2 for SCS S offered (Engler)–(1285S09.02F)
SA 1 to SSA 1 for SA 2 to SS#2 for SCS S offered & defeated (Shields)–(1285S09.03F)
SA 2 to SSA 1 for SA 2 to SS#2 for SCS S offered (Bray)–(1285S09.26S)
SA 2 to SS#2 for SCS S withdrawn
SA 3 to SS#2 for SCS S offered (Green)–(1285S09.14S)
SA 1 to SA 3 to SS#2 for SCS S offered & adopted (Green)–(12895S09.20S)
SA 2 to SA 3 to SS#2 for SCS S offered & adopted (Shields)–(1285S09.04F)
SA 3 to SA 3 to SS#2 for SCS S offered & adopted (Bartle)–(1285S09.27S)
SA 3 to SS#2 for SCS, as amended, S adopted
SA 4 to SS#2 for SCS S offered (Callahan)–(1285S09.15S)
SSA 1 for SA 4 to SS#2 for SCS S offered & withdrawn (Green)–(1285S09.33S)
SSA 2 for SA 4 to SS#2 for SCS S offered & defeated (Green)–(1285S09.32S)
SSA 3 for SA 4 to SS#2 for SCS S offered (Green)–(1285S09.31S)

Bill Placed on Informal Calendar at 4am the next morning after a filibuster by several republican and democrat senators, led by Senator Matt Bartle.

SB478 Introduced by Senator Gross, limits amount of expenditures of revenue from gaming boat admission fees. Second read in the House.

OTHER ISSUES

SB303 Introduced by Senator Loudon changes the laws regarding midwives and the practice of midwifery. Bill Placed on Informal Calendar in the Senate.

SB570 Introduced by Senator Clemens, directs the Department of Natural Resources to establish regulations for certain concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) that choose to be voluntarily regulated. Bill was placed on the informal calendar.

SB627 Introduced by Senator Ridgeway, prohibits the use of language interpreters in connection with the commercial driver’s license examination process. Removed from the Senate consent calendar.

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

WEDNESDAY, March 28, 2007

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

PRO LIFE

HB821 Sponsored by Representative Bob Onder, establishes the Unborn Child Pain Prevention Act relating to the capacity of an unborn child to experience pain during an abortion. Voted do pass out of the House Special Committee on Family Services.

HB1055 Sponsored by Representative Therese Sander, establishes the Missouri Alternatives to Abortion Services Program and the Missouri Alternatives to Abortion Public Awareness Program. A House Committee Substitute was voted do pass out of the House Special Committee on Family Services.

NOTE: This substitute version of the bill now mirrors SB 370, which is on the Senate Calendar. Both bills now;

1. disqualifies any abortion provider (such as Planned Parenthood) from providing sex education materials or presentations in Missouri public schools,

2. requires any abortion clinic to comply with all standards for an ambulatory surgical center, and

3. creates a statutory Alternatives to Abortion program (currently authorized annually under the budget appropriations process but not secured in state statutes – allowing the state agencies involved to treat the program like as a ‘step child’ rather than respected program to defend life.

ACTION NEEDED: SB 370 is hung up in the Senate due to a pro-abortion filibuster. Please call and/or email your State Senator asking that the Senate spend whatever time it takes to break this filibuster and pass SB 370 as soon as possible.

It is also possible for the Senate to use a parliamentary procedure known as a “PQ” or a “motion to call the question”. In this maneuver 5 senators must sign a petition and 18 must vote to override the filibuster. This is a tradition breaking maneuver that is typically rejected by almost all senators. However, Missouri Family Network is asking the Senate to use this maneuver in light of the extreme importance of this legislation. Please ask your Senator to participate in any effort to end this filibuster and pass SB 370.

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 HB 654 & 938 where voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

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 HB 807 & 690 was reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

CRIME

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

OTHER ISSUES

13 budget bills (HB’s 1-13) where perfected on Wednesday with the House spending quite a bit of time on all the budget issues, due to strict constitutional deadlines.

HCS HB245 Sponsored by Representative Neal St. Onge, requires commercial driver’s license tests to be given in the English language. The HCS was perfected with amendments on the House floor.

HB643 Sponsored by Representative Mike Dethrow, changes the laws regarding the firearms safety training requirement for obtaining a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Voted do pass out of the House Special Committee on General Laws.

HB758 Sponsored by Representative Michael Brown, authorizes an income tax credit for employers who hire qualified high school students for summer jobs. Voted do pass out of the House Special Committee on Job Creation and Economic Develop.

HB868 Sponsored by Representative Jim Guest, prohibits the state from participating in any national identification system using driver’s license records as required in the federal REAL ID Act of 2005. Heard in the House Special Committee on General Laws.

HB1184 Sponsored by Representative Bob Dixon, allows the governing authority, board, commission, or personnel of a political subdivision to display religious documents in public buildings or on public lands. Read for the second time on the House floor.

HCR46 Sponsored by Representative Jamilah Nasheed, calls for the federal impeachment of George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney. Offered in the House.

SENATE

PRO LIFE

SB370 Introduced by Senator Scott, modifies provisions relating to abortion.

SA 1 to SCS S offered & defeated (Bray)

SA 2 to SCS S offered & defeated (Callahan)

SA 3 to SCS S offered (Justus)

Bill was placed back on the informal calendar after a 5 hour pro-abortion filibuster. Frustrated pro-life leaders of the Senate must decide how to proceed and find ways to motivate pro-abortion senators to allow the legislative process to work on behalf of the Missourians who have elected a majority pro-life Senate.

NOTE: This bill, SB 370, which is stuck on the Senate Calendar contains three life saving provisions;

1. disqualifies any abortion provider (such as Planned Parenthood) from providing sex education materials or presentations in Missouri public schools,

2. requires any abortion clinic to comply with all standards for an ambulatory surgical center, and

3. creates a statutory Alternatives to Abortion program (currently authorized annually under the budget appropriations process but not secured in state statutes – allowing the state agencies involved to treat the program like as a ‘step child’ rather than respected program to defend life.

ACTION NEEDED: SB 370 is hung up in the Senate due to a pro-abortion filibuster. Please call and/or email your State Senator asking that the Senate spend whatever time it takes to break this filibuster and pass SB 370 as soon as possible.

It is also possible for the Senate to use a parliamentary procedure known as a “PQ” or a “motion to call the question”. In this maneuver 5 senators must sign a petition and 18 must vote to override the filibuster. This is a tradition breaking maneuver that is typically rejected by almost all senators. However, Missouri Family Network is asking the Senate to use this maneuver in light of the extreme importance of this legislation. Please ask your Senator to participate in any effort to end this filibuster and pass SB 370.

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. The SCS was voted do pass out of the Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

CRIME

SB5 Introduced by Senator Loudon, modifies the laws on child pornography. Bill placed on the informal calendar.

OTHER ISSUES

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. Hearing held in the Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

SJR25 Introduced by Senator Loudon requires the official dating standard in the state to be AD, or Anno Domini, and BC, or Before Christ. Hearing was held in the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

THURSDAY, March 29, 2007

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

PRO LIFE

HB821 Sponsored by Representative Bob Onder, creates the Unborn Child Pain Prevention Act relating to the capacity of an unborn child to experience pain during an abortion. Reported do pass out of the committee of origin, referred to the House Rules Committee.

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 reported do pass, and referred to the House Rules Committee.

HB1225 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, requires an obstetric ultrasound to be conducted prior to the twenty-four-hour waiting period for an abortion. Introduced and read first time in the House.

HB1271 Sponsored by Representative Shane Schoeller, establishes requirements for procurement of material for stem cell research. Introduced and read first time in the House.

VETERANS

HJR6 Sponsored by Representative Mark Bruns, proposes a constitutional amendment exempting from taxation the personal property of active duty military personnel. Voted do pass out of the Ways and Means Committee.

HB1250 Sponsored by Representative Sam Komo, prohibits foreclosure on a mortgage loan for up to eighteen months for a veteran not on active duty and who has made a good faith claim for disability benefits. Introduced and read first time in the House.

GAMBLING

HB921 Sponsored by Representative Shannon Cooper, changes the laws regarding sales taxation of coin-operated amusement devices. Voted do pass out of the House Ways and Means Committee.

EDUCATION

HB1222 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, provides that no public school teacher shall lobby the general assembly unless the teacher pays the salary of the substitute teacher for the teacher’s class. Introduced and read first time in the House.

HB1232 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, gives “jurisdiction” over extracurricular competitive activities to the department of elementary and secondary education. Introduced and read first time in the House.

HB971 Sponsored by Representative Darrell Pollock, requires the consent of a parent before his or her child is allowed to participate in a school club or organization. Referred to the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee.

CRIME

HB382 Sponsored by Representative Edward Wildberger, establishes “Ashley’s Law” which creates the crime of transporting a child without parental consent for the purpose of committing a crime with the child as the victim or participant. Referred to the Special Committee on Family Services.

HB1108 Sponsored by Representative Bryan Pratt, changes the laws regarding the crime of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree. Referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

OTHER ISSUES

11 of the budget bills where third read and perfected on the House floor on Thursday.

HJR36 Sponsored by Representative David Pearce, proposes a constitutional amendment guaranteeing a person’s right to use firearms or ammunition during a declared state of emergency. Introduced and read first time in the House.

SENATE

VETERANS

SB433 Introduced by Senator Callahan, changes laws relating to unemployment compensation for veterans. Bill placed on the informal calendar.

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. Reported from the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee to floor with a SCS.

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. Bill was placed on the informal calendar.

SB698 Introduced by Senator Ridgeway, establishes the Betty L. Thompson Scholarship Program. Bill Placed on the informal calendar.

ALCOHOL

SB555 Introduced by Senator Gibbons, prohibits the use or possession of alcoholic beverage vaporizers and modifies provisions relating to underage drinking. Reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee to the floor with a SCS.

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. Referred to the House Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee.

OTHER ISSUES

SB252 Introduced by Senator Ridgeway, exempts motorcyclists age 21 and older from wearing a helmet when operating a motorcycle or motortricycle. Bill was placed on the informal calendar.

SB257 Introduced by Senator Engler, modifies the treatment of firearms during state emergencies. Referred to the House Special Committee on General Laws Committee.

SB627 Introduced by Senator Ridgeway, prohibits the use of language interpreters in connection with the commercial driver’s license examination process. Reported from the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee to floor.

The Senate also heard the first 13 budget bills that where sent over from the House earlier in the week.