Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: April 30-May 5, 2007

MONDAY, April 30, 2007

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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PRO LIFE

HJR 11 Sponsored by Representative Jim Lembke, proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting human cloning and authorizing the General Assembly to enact laws regarding health care research.� HJR 11 needed to pass through the House Rules Committee, before it could come to the House Floor to be debated.� The “do pass” motion failed by one vote.� House Republican Mike Parson voted NO along with other committee members who have openly supported human cloning and embryonic stem cell research, and blocked the bill.

ELECTIONS

HCS HB 845 Sponsored by Representative Bob Dixon, allows voter registration with applications for resident hunting and fishing permits.Â? Â? Heard in the Senate Elections Committee, and was voted do pass.

VETERANS

SB 433 Introduced by Senator Callahan, changes laws relating to unemployment compensation for veterans.Â? Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

OTHER ISSUES

The House and the Senate both have spend many (and will spend many more!) hours in conference committees working through a laundry list of bills, including several budget bills that have not yet passed (HB’s 1-13, 17, and 18).

SCS HCS HB 444, 217, 225, 239, 243, 297, 402 & 172 Sponsored by Representative Rod Jetton, authorizes an income tax deduction for any Social Security benefits received by the elderly, regardless of income.Â? Placed on informal calendar in the Senate.

SCS HJR 7 Sponsored by Representative Brian Nieves, proposes a constitutional amendment establishing English as the language for all official proceedings in Missouri .Â? Taken up for third reading in the Senate, but was placed back on the informal calendar.

SENATE

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PRO LIFE

HB 1055 Sponsored by Representative Sander, modifies provisions relating to abortion.Â? Including provisions that would prevent Planed Parenthood from teaching explicit sex ed classes in our public schools.Â? Hearing held in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and was voted do pass.

CRIME

HB 945 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.� Other crime victims would receive less respect and justice because they are simply ‘common’ people.� Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

OTHER ISSUES

HB 215 Sponsored by Representative Stevenson, changes the definition of “adult”, “child”, and “status offense” as it relates to the jurisdiction of the juvenile courts.Â? Hearing Conducted S Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee

HB 647 Sponsored by Representative Young, authorizes the use of leashed dogs for deer tracking while deer hunting.Â? Second read and referred to the Senate Agriculture, Conservation, Parks and Natural Resources Committee.

HJR 7 Sponsored by Representative Nieves, makes English the language of all official proceedings in the state.Â? Bill placed on the informal calendar in the Senate.

TUESDAY, May 1, 2007

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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EDUCATION

HB 264 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, allows the State Board of Education greater flexibility in investing funds deposited in the State Public School Fund.Â? Â? Truly agreed to and finally passed.

SCS SB 389 (SS#6) Introduced by Senator Nodler, modifies several provisions regarding the state’s higher education system, including M.O.H.E.L.A. sales.Â? SS#6 was passed out of the House Higher Education Committee, and referred to the House Rules Committee.

ALCOHOL

HB 701 Sponsored by Representative Steven Tilley, adds six locations to where wine manufacturer and their subsidiaries can sell intoxicating liquor by the drink at retail cost for consumption on the premises.Â? Heard in the House Committee on Local Government.

SS SCS SB 616 Introduced by Senator McKenna, loosens the laws regarding the sale of nonliquor merchandise to retail liquor licensees, greatly expanding the flow of hard liquors across Missouri .� Even allows for the creation of “Festival Districts” so groups of bars and taverns can hold street parties focused on liquor sales.� Heard in the House Local Government Committee.

CRIME

SS SCS SB 5 Introduced by Senator Loudon, modifies the laws on child pornography.Â? The HCS was voted do pass out of the House Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee.

OTHER ISSUES

SS HCS HB 453 Sponsored by Representative Rod Jetton, authorizes an income tax credit for donations to food pantries.Â? Approved by the Governor, delivered to the Secretary of State.

SCS SB 46 Introduced by Senator Mayer, creates the “Faith-Based Organization Liaison Act”.Â? Taken up on the House floor for third reading, and was ‘truly agreed to and finally passed’.

HCS SCS SBs 62 & 41 Introduced by Senator Goodman, modifies the laws on the use of force.Â? The HCS was third read and passed with other important legislation added on as amendments.

SENATE

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CRIME

SB429 Introduced by Senator Gibbons, modifies various provisions relating to crime victims.Â? Hearing held in the House Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee, voted do pass.

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OTHER ISSUES

HB 444 Sponsored by Representative Rod Jetton, exempts Social Security benefits from income taxation.

SS for SCS S offered (Crowell)–(0761S.09F)

SA 1 to SS for SCS S offered & defeated (Green)–(0761S09.01S)

SA 2 to SS for SCS S offered & defeated (Green)–(0761S07.04S)

SA 3 to SS for SCS S offered & defeated (Green)–(0761S09.01F)

S 4 to SS for SCS S offered & defeated (Shoemyer)–(0761S09.02F)

SA 5 to SS for SCS S offered & defeated (Justus)–(8124S07.01S)

SA 6 to SS for SCS S offered & adopted (Bray)–(0761S09.16S)

SA 7 to SS for SCS S offered & adopted (Loudon)–(0761S09.23S)

SA 8 to SS for SCS S offered & adopted (Coleman)–(0761S09.11S)

SA 9 to SS for SCS S offered & defeated (Bray)–(0761S09.21S)

SA 10 to SS for SCS S offered (Barnitz)–(0761S09.24S)

Bill Placed on Informal Calendar

HB 453 Sponsored by Representative Rod Jetton, creates an income tax credit for contributions to food pantries and modifies provisions of the Residential Treatment Agency Tax Credit Program.Â? Signed into law by the Governor.

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WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2007

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

VETERANS

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? Heard in the Senate Pensions, Veteran Affairs and General Laws Committee, and voted do pass.

ALCOHOL

HCS SS SCS SB 616 Introduced by Senator McKenna, expands the laws regarding the sale of nonliquor merchandise to retail liquor licensees, greatly expanding the flow of hard liquors across Missouri .� Even allows for the creation of “Festival Districts” so groups of bars and taverns can hold street parties focused on liquor sales.� � The HCS was voted do pass out of the House Local Government Committee.

HCS #2 HB 406 & 726 Sponsored by Representative Rodney Schad, changes the laws regarding crime prevention and boating while intoxicated.Â? Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

CRIME

HCS SS SCS SB 429 Introduced by Senator Gibbons, modifies various provisions relating to crime victims.Â? Â? The HCS was reported do pass out of committee, and referred to the House Rules Committee.

SENATE

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ALCOHOL

SB 644 Introduced by Senator Griesheimer, changes the requirements for direct wine sales.Â? Bill was placed on the informal calendar.

CRIME

SB 85 Introduced by Senator Champion, establishes a drug monitoring program and modifies existing record keeping for controlled substances and pseudoephedrine products.Â? The HCS was reported do pass out of the House Health Care Policy Committee, and was referred to the House Rules Committee.

SB 198 Introduced by Senator Mayer, modifies provisions relating to crime in or near parks, cooperative agreements with state parks, certain historic shipwrecks, and certain hunting activities on private land.Â? House refuses to recede and grants a conference.

OTHER ISSUES

SS SCS SB 225 Introduced by Senator Stouffer, designates 100-year flood plains as “Hunting Heritage Protection Areas” where hunting shall not be prohibited.Â? The SS was reported out of the Senate Rules Committee.

SB 303 Introduced by Senator Loudon, changes the laws regarding midwives and the practice of midwifery.Â? Taken up for third reading, but was placed back on the Senate informal calendar.

SCR 18 Introduced by Senator Gibbons, authorizes the General Assembly to employ an independent auditor to audit the State Auditor’s Office.Â? Adopted in the House.

THURSDAY, May 3, 2007

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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? Placed on the Senate informal calendar.

HB 758 Sponsored by Representative Michael Brown, authorizes an income tax credit for employers who hire qualified high school students for summer jobs.Â? Voted do pass, and reported out of the Fiscal Review 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? Voted do pass, and reported from the Senate Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight Committee to Floor.

EDUCATION

SB 389 Introduced by Senator Nodler, modifies several provisions regarding the state’s higher education system.Â? Voted, and reported do pass out of the House Fiscal Review Committee.

GAMBLING

SB 430 Introduced by Senator Shields, removes the gambling loss limit. SB 430 would generate a half a billion dollars for the casinos, while under funding the so called “Smart Start Scholarship Program” by more than forty million dollars… but hey, it’s for the kids right?Â? The bill was placed on the Senate informal calendar.