Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: February 15, 2008

ACTION NEEDED:

 

HJR 55

 

This House Joint Resolution was debated on the House floor on Thursday (2-14-08) but was not finished before the end of the legislative day.Â?

Final amendments and debate are expected Monday afternoon when the House goes back into session.Â?

 

HJR 55 seeks to amend the state constitution with a clarification of student’s rights to pray in public schools, and all citizens rights to pray in any public building.Â?

Please call your Representative in the Missouri House.Â? Ask that they support HJR 55 as it is, without any amendments, and send it to the Senate.

The full text of HJR 55 is below.Â? (All bolded text is proposed to be added to the Missouri Constitution.)

 

That at the next general election to be held in the state of Missouri, on Tuesday next following the first Monday in November, 2008, or at a special election to be called by the governor

for that purpose, there is hereby submitted to the qualified voters of this state, for adoption or rejection, the following amendment to article I of the Constitution of the state of Missouri:

Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Section A. Section 5, article I, Constitution of Missouri, is repealed and one new section adopted in lieu thereof, to be known as section 5, to read as follows:

Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Section 5. That all men and women have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences; that no human authority can control or interfere with the rights of conscience; that no person shall, on account of his or her religious persuasion or belief, be rendered ineligible to any public office or trust or profit in this state, be disqualified from testifying or serving as a juror, or be molested in his or her person or estate; that to secure a citizen’s right to acknowledge Almighty God according to the dictates of his or her own conscience, neither the state nor any of its political subdivisions shall establish any official religion, nor shall a citizen’s right to pray or express his or her religious beliefs be infringed; that the state shall not coerce any person to participate in any prayer or other religious activity, but shall ensure that any person shall have the right to pray individually or corporately in a private or public setting so long as such prayer does not result in disturbance of the peace or disruption of a public meeting or assembly; that citizens as well as elected officials and employees of the state of Missouri and its political subdivisions shall have the right to pray on government premises and public property so long as such prayers abide within the same parameters placed upon any other free speech under similar circumstances; that the General Assembly and the governing bodies of political subdivisions may extend to ministers and clergypersons the privilege to offer invocations or other prayers at meetings or sessions of the General Assembly or governing bodies; that the state shall ensure public school students their right to free exercise of religious expression without interference, as long as such prayer or other expression is private and voluntary, whether individually or corporately, and in a manner that is not disruptive and as long as such prayers or expressions abide within the same parameters placed upon any other free speech under similar circumstances; and, to emphasize the right to free exercise of religious expression, that all free public schools receiving state appropriations shall display, in a conspicuous and legible manner, the text of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States; but this section shall not be construed to excuse acts of licentiousness, nor to justify practices inconsistent with the good order, peace or safety of the state, or with the rights of others.

Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Section B. Pursuant to Chapter 116, RSMo, and other applicable constitutional provisions and laws of this state allowing the General Assembly to adopt ballot language for the submission of a joint resolution to the voters of this state, the official ballot title of the amendment proposed in Section A shall be as follows:

Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? “A ‘yes’ vote will amend the Constitution of the State of Missouri to ensure that schoolchildren have the right to pray and exercise other free religious expression in a nondisruptive manner in their school, and that public schools shall display the First Amendment text.

Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? Â? A ‘no’ vote would not amend the Constitution of the State of Missouri.”.

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Monday, February 11, 2008

HOUSE

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VETERANS

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HB2062 Sponsored by Representative Pearce, changes laws regarding members of the military and their families. Second read.

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HB2077 Sponsored by Representative Tilley, allows spouses of deployed soldiers to take certain amounts of time off from work without pay and without fear of retribution from the employer. Introduced and read for the first time on the House floor.

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CRIME

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HB2047 Sponsored by Representative Curls, grants immunity to law enforcement agencies for damages caused by criminals involved in vehicle pursuits. Second read.

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HB2069 Sponsored by Representative Casey, creates a statewide curfew for minors. Read for the second time.

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PORNOGRAPHY

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HB2070 Sponsored by Representative Casey, prohibits certain sexual offenders from entering school property or attending school activities without the consent of the principal or administrator. Second read.

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HB2074 Sponsored by Representative Grisamore, allows grant money distributed by the Department of Public Safety to investigate internet sex crimes against children to be used to fund training for prosecuting and circuit attorneys. Read for the second time in the House.

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HB2073 Sponsored by Representative Grisamore, allows members of the public and certain electronic and computer businesses to access online identifying information of registered sex offenders in order to use the information to protect children. Second read in the House.

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ALCOHOL

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HB2063 Sponsored by Representative Walton, allows certain organizations who sell intoxicating liquor by the drink on the premises to obtain a special license to remain open until 3:00 a.m. and to open on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. Read for the second time.

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HB1406 Sponsored by Representative Deeken, establishes David’s Law which requires the Department of Transportation to establish and administer a drunk driving memorial sign program. Voted, and reported out of the house Rules Committee.

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GAMBLING

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HB2043 Sponsored by Representative Shannon Cooper, removes the $500 dollar loss limit, allowing Missourians to lose hundreds of millions more to the casinos. Read for the second time.

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EDUCATION

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HB2048 Sponsored by Representative Zimmerman, establishes the “Textbook Transparency Act”. Second read in the House.

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HB2078 Sponsored by Representative Hubbard, makes eligibility for a driver’s license for persons between the ages of fifteen and eighteen contingent upon documentation that the applicant has complied with certain school-related standards. Introduced and first read.

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ELECTIONS

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HB2080 Sponsored by Representative Hoskins, allows any eligible voter to vote an absentee ballot. Introduced and first read.

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TAXES

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HB2071 Sponsored by Representative Casey, exempts residential property owned by taxpayers 62 years of age or older from certain increases in assessed valuation. Second read.

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OTHER

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HB1739 Sponsored by Representative Moore, authorizes the licensure of prescribing psychologists. Referred to the Special House Committee on Professional Registration.

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HB2037 Sponsored by Representative St. Onge, revises the specialty license plate application process so that organizations seeking specialty plates have to first seek approval from the General Assembly. Read for the second time.

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HB2053 Sponsored by Representative Kenny Jones, revises the law on the use of physical force to defend oneself or another by changing the language regarding not having a duty to retreat. Second read.

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HJR66 Sponsored by Representative Walton, proposes a constitutional amendment changing the method of selecting judges. Second read.

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SENATE

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PORNOGRAPHY

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SJR34 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. Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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SJR30 Introduced by Senator Coleman, creates an exception to the prohibition against laws retrospective in operation by allowing the sexual offender registry laws to be applied retrospectively. Hearing held in the Senate Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

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EDUCATION

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SB1120 Introduced by Senator Loudon, provides that the Department shall not require by rule any vaccinations that are not specified under current law. First Read in the Senate.

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ELECTIONS

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SB1038 Introduced by Senator Shields, repeals campaign contribution limits and modifies reporting requirements. Heard in the Senate Elections Committee.

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SB1071 Introduced by Senator Smith, creates a method to publicly finance election campaigns for legislative and gubernatorial candidates. Heard in the Senate Elections Committee.

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TAXES

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SB891 Introduced by Senator Green, prohibits imposition of penalties and interest on certain property tax payments. Hearing conducted in the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

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OTHER

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SB767 Introduced by Senator Goodman, modifies provisions relating to the public defender system. Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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SB968 Introduced by Senator Shields, provides that nonpartisan commissions that select judges for gubernatorial appointment shall be subject to the Missouri Sunshine Act and shall not close meetings, records or votes relating to personnel matters. Heard in the Senate Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

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SB1118 Introduced by Senator Griesheimer, authorizes the imposition of a fee on wireless phone services to fund enhanced 911 services. First read in the Senate.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

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HOUSE

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PRO LIFE

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HB1339 Sponsored by Representative Muschany, changes the laws regarding medical malpractice by revising the definitions of “health care provider”, allowing abortion providers who botch “procedures” to face civil penalties. Voted do pass out of the House Judiciary Committee.

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HB1625 Sponsored by Representative Emery, specifies that pharmacies will be immune from liability for refusal to perform, assist, recommend, refer to, or participate in any act or service in connection with any drug or device that causes an abortion. Heard in the House Health Care Policy Committee.

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VETERANS

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HCS HB1518 Sponsored by Representative Mike Cunningham, establishes a tuition grant program for the spouse and children of certain veterans who were killed or injured in action after September 11, 2001. Voted do pass out of the Special House Committee on Veterans.

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HB2077 Sponsored by Representative Tilley, allows spouses of deployed soldiers to take certain amounts of time off from work without pay and without fear of retribution from the employer. Read for the second time.

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HB1562 Sponsored by Representative LeVota, authorizes a tax credit to a taxpayer for 100% of the salary and benefits paid to an employee while on active military duty. Heard in the Special House Committee on Veterans.

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CRIME

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HCS HB1619 Sponsored by Representative Kenny Jones, requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to maintain a real time electronic logbook on all pseudoephedrine purchases in this state. Voted do pass out of the House Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee.

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PORNOGRAPHY

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HB1537 Sponsored by Representative Timothy Jones, prohibits any person required to register as a sexual offender from intentionally photographing a minor without the consent of the minor’s parent or guardian. Heard in the House Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee.

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HB1504 Sponsored by Representative Walton, allows physicians to use expedited partner therapy by dispensing and prescribing medications for partners of persons with certain sexually transmitted diseases who are not their patients. Voted do pass out of the House Health Care Policy Committee.

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HB2095 Sponsored by Representative Cox, revises the crime of sexual misconduct involving a child to make it in the first degree, creates sexual misconduct involving a child in the second degree, and specifies no sexual offender registration. Introduced and first read on Tuesday, and second read on Wednesday.Â?

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EDUCATION

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HB2048 Sponsored by Representative Zimmerman, establishes the “Textbook Transparency Act”. Referred to the House Higher Education.

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HB1704 Sponsored by Representative Wallace, increases the appropriation amount for small school grants and allows certain schools to receive a flat amount per student. Heard in the Special House Committee on Rural Community Develop.

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HB1678 Sponsored by Representative Day, authorizes Missouri to enter into the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children and establishes the Interstate Commission on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. Voted do pass out of the Special House Committee on Veterans.

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ELECTIONS

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HCS HB1763 Sponsored by Representative Parson, changes the laws regarding petition circulators. Voted do pass out of the Special House Committee on General Laws, and referred to Rules on Wednesday.

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HB2079 Sponsored by Representative Stream, modifies provisions regarding property taxation. Read the second time in the House.

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HB2080 Sponsor Hoskins, allows any eligible voter to vote an absentee ballot. ReadÂ? for the second time in the House.

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HB2088 Sponsored by Representative Zimmerman, requires absentee ballots for primary and general elections to be mailed to all registered voters. Introduced and first read on Tuesday, and second read on Wednesday.

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OTHER

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HCS HB1309 Sponsored by Representative Day, allows any family member older than 21 years of age to give written permission for a temporary instruction permit application and to occupy the seat beside the driver with a temporary permit. Reported out of Transportation Committee, and referred to the House Rules Committee.

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HB1420 Sponsored by Representative St. Onge, requires commercial driver’s license tests to be given in the English language. Heard in the House Transportation Committee.

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HB1552 Sponsored by Representative Stevenson, changes the laws regarding the prosecution of certain traffic-related offenses. Hearing held in the House Judiciary Committee.

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HB1773 Sponsored by Representative Funderburk, authorizes an income tax dependency exemption for stillborn children. Heard in the Special House Committee on Tax Reform.

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HB2086 Sponsor Zimmerman, prohibits elected officials and their staff from lobbying for one year after leaving office, except for lobbying for a governmental entity. Introduced and first read in the House, and second read on Wednesday.

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HB2100 Sponsored by Representative Robert Wayne Cooper, requires all health benefit plans to include coverage for prosthetic devices. Introduced and first read.

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HB2106 Sponsored by Representative Robert Wayne Cooper, makes various changes regarding anatomical gifts. Introduced and first read on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

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HB2110 Sponsored by Representative Dixon, prohibits any governing authority, board, commission, or personnel of a political subdivision from preventing the display of religious documents in public buildings or on public lands. Introduced and first read, and second read on Wednesday.

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HCR22 Sponsored by Representative El-Amin, issues an official apology for Missouri‘s role in slavery. Offered in the House.

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HCR23 Sponsored by Representative Dixon, declares February 6th of each year to be “Ronald Reagan Day” Missouri. Introduced and first read on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

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HJR46 Sponsored by Representative Kraus, proposes a constitutional amendment reducing, beginning with the 97th General Assembly, the number of state representatives to 137. Heard in the House Elections Committee.

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HJR49 Sponsored by Representative Cox, proposes a constitutional amendment increasing the number of Governor-appointed citizens serving on the Appellate Judicial Commission. Heard in the Special House Committee on General Laws.

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HJR52 Sponsored by Representative Lembke, proposes a constitutional amendment abolishing the nonpartisan Judicial Commission and establishing a bi-partisan judicial merit selection commission for each judicial entity. Heard in the Special House Committee on General Laws.

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SENATE

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VETERANS

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SB1125 Introduced by Senator Crowell, exempts military retirement benefits from income tax. First read in the Senate.

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TAXES

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SB711 Introduced by Senator Gibbons, modifies provisions regarding property taxation.

Bill placed on the informal calendar.

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SB939 Introduced by Senator Stouffer, permits a levee district to levy a uniform tax of not more than eight dollars per acre upon each acre of land rather than one dollar per acre. Hearing held in the Senate Agriculture, Conservation, Parks and Natural Resources Committee.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

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HOUSE

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VETERANS

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HCR24 Sponsored by Representative Roorda, urges Congress to end the Department of Defense practice of requiring wounded service personnel to pay back signing bonuses as a result of medical discharges for combat injuries. Introduced in the House.

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CRIME

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HCS HB1619 Sponsored by Representative Kenny Jones, requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to maintain a realtime electronic logbook on all pseudoephedrine purchases in this state. Sent to the House Rules Committee.

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HB2119 Sponsored by Representative Roorda, adds unlawfully distributing or delivering a controlled substance to a person which causes that person’s death as a method of committing involuntary manslaughter in the first degree. Introduced and first read.

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PORNOGRAPHY

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HCS HB1314 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, requires annual background checks on some school employees, adds certain offenses to the list for which a teacher certification may be revoked, and removes the statute of limitations for certain sex crimes. Referred to the House Rules Committee.

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HCS HB1649 Sponsored by Representative Franz, restricts the driver’s license of a registered 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 House Rules Committee.

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ALCOHOL

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HCS HB1423 Sponsored by Representative St. Onge, changes the laws regarding ignition interlock devices. Referred to Rules Committee.

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EDUCATION

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HB2124 Sponsored by Representative Aull, establishes the “School Safety and School Violence Prevention Fun. Introduced and first read.

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ELECTIONS

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HB2114 Sponsored by Representative Zimmerman, requires election authorities to provide the option of voting with a paper ballot. Introduced and read for the first time.

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OTHER

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HB1351 Sponsored by Representative Mike Cunningham, requires state agencies, public schools and colleges, and political subdivisions to use the traditional names of holidays. Heard in the House Local Government Committee.

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HCS HB1393 Sponsored by Representative Dusenberg, requires only persons younger than 21 years of age to wear protective headgear when operating or riding as a passenger on any motorcycle or motortricycle. Referred to the House Rules Committee.

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HB1640 Sponsored by Representative Schoeller, establishes the Debbi Daniel Law which disallows court-ordered adoption decrees or a adoptive parents’ or adoptee’s request for a new birth certificate changing the name of a birth parent in an adoption. Voted out of Family Services Committee, and referred to Rules.

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HB1824 Sponsored by Representative Schlottach, designates the ice cream cone as the official state dessert. Referred to the House Rules Committee as a consent bill.

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HB2122 Sponsored by Representative Roorda, creates the “Shawn Hornbeck Educational Reimbursement Program. Introduced and first read on Wednesday, and Second read on Thursday.

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HB2125 Sponsored by Representative Schad, creates laws relating to environmental permit coordination. Introduced and first read.

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SENATE

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VETERANS

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SCS SB830 Introduced by Senator Coleman, limits the tuition that may be charged by a higher education institution to certain combat veterans. Perfected on the Senate floor.

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ALCOHOL

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SB747 Introduced by Senator Ridgeway, prohibits the use or possession of alcoholic beverage vaporizers and modifies provisions relating to underage drinking. Bill placed on the informal calendar.

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EDUCATION

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SB993 Introduced by Senator Crowell, creates the Missouri Special Needs Scholarship Tax Credit Program. Hearing held in the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

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OTHER

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SS SCS SB931 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. Perfected on the Senate floor.

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SB1067 Introduced by Senator Ridgeway, exempts persons 21 years of age or older from wearing protective headgear except when operating or riding motorcycles upon interstate highways. Hearing held in the Senate Transportation Committee.

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SCR28 Introduced by Senator Justus, ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution. Heard in the Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

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HOUSE

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CRIME

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HB2168 Sponsored by Representative Grill, increases the punishment for sale of tobacco to minors. Introduced and first read.

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HB2119 Sponsored by Representative Roorda, adds unlawfully distributing or delivering a controlled substance to a person which causes that person’s death as a method of committing involuntary manslaughter in the first degree. Read for the second time.

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ALCOHOL

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HB2141 Sponsored by Representative Dougherty, changes when a liquor license may be denied, suspended, or revoked. Introduced and first read.

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HB2153 Sponsored by Representative Silvey, prohibits a person younger than 21 years of age who is not an underage entertainer from being allowed inside a drinking establishment. Introduced and first read.

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EDUCATION

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HB1717 Sponsored by Representative Guest, requires a driver’s license applicant younger than 18 years of age to show documentation that he or she is enrolled in school, has at least a 90% attendance rate, and at least a 1.75 grade point average. Referred to the House Transportation Committee.

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HB1938 Sponsored by Representative Brian Baker, requires the State Board of Education to establish a rule to mandate parental participation in three teacher conferences each year regarding their child’s performance. Referred to the Special House Committee on Student Achievement.

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HB2078 Sponsored by Representative Hubbard, makes eligibility for a driver’s license for persons between the ages of fifteen and eighteen contingent upon documentation that the applicant has complied with certain school-related standards. Referred to the Special House Committee on Urban Education Reform.

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HB2111 Sponsored by Representative Muschany, amends the law relating to charter schools. Read for the second time.

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HB2136 Sponsored by Representative Dixon, authorizes an income tax credit for donations to public school foundations. Introduced and first read.

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TAXES

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HB2079 Sponsored by Representative Stream, modifies provisions regarding property taxation. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

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HB2156 Sponsored by Representative Grill, authorizes the Motherhood/Fatherhood Stay-at-home tax credit for a parent who stays at home to provide care for a child up to 24 months of age. Introduced and first read.

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IMMIGRATION

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HCS HB1463 Sponsored by Representative Nolte, prohibits the admission of unlawfully present aliens to public institutions of higher education. Referred to the House Rules Committee.

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OTHER

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HCS HJR55 Sponsored by Representative McGhee, 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. Taken up for debate on the House floor, and then laid over on the informal calendar.

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HB1313 Sponsored by Representative 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 in the House.

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HB1777 Sponsored by Representative Talboy, changes the laws regarding the crime of animal neglect. Referred to the House Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee.

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HB1901 Sponsored by Representative Belinda Harris, allows any person selling raw milk or cream to an individual for his or her own use to do so without a permit from the State Milk Board within the Department of Agriculture. Referred to the Special House Committee on Agri-Business.

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HB2037 Sponsored by Representative St. Onge, repeals the provisions authorizing the creation of new special license plates and requires organizations seeking special plates to first obtain approval from the General Assembly. Referred to the House Transportation.

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HB2143 Sponsored by Representative Schad, modifies the requirements for the handling of reports of child abuse and neglect. Introduced and first read.

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HCR14 Sponsored by Representative Talboy, establishes Missouri‘s ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution. Referred to the Special Committee on General Laws.

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HCR17 Sponsored by Representative Guest, urges Congress to use its efforts to withdraw the United States from the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America which seeks to form a North American Union. Referred to the Special House Committee on Urban Issues.

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HJR56 Sponsored by Representative Emery, proposes a constitutional amendment requiring all impeachments to be tried by the Senate. Referred to the Special House Committee on General Laws.

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SENATE

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VETERANS

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SB830 Sponsored by Senator Coleman, limits the tuition that may be charged by a higher education institution to certain combat veterans. Reported truly perfected to the Senate Rules Committee.

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SB806 Sponsored by Senator Engler, requires all government buildings to fly the U.S. and Missouri flags at half-staff when any Missouri resident is killed in combat. Reported out from committee to the Senate floor.

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SB1125 Sponsored by Senator Crowell, exempts military retirement benefits from income tax. Second read, and referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

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CRIME

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SB1095 Sponsored by Senator Loudon, creates the crime of aggravated child kidnapping. Second read, and referred to the Senate Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

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SB762 Sponsored by Senator Wilson, modifies the definition of “bullying” as used in school district antibullying policies to include cyberbullying and electronic communications. Reported out from the committee to the Senate floor.

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TAXES

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SB1134 Sponsored by Senator Callahan, modifies income taxation of married couples with taxable income less than $100,000. First read in the Senate.

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OTHER

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SCS SB732 Sponsored by Senator Champion, establishes a drug monitoring program and modifies existing record keeping for controlled substances and pseudoephedrine products. Voted out of committee, and reported to the floor.

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SCS SB754 Sponsored by Senator Mayer, modifies provisions relating to the DNA profiling system. Reported out from committee to the Senate floor.

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SCS SB778 Sponsored by Senator Justus, provides for optional immunization for the human papilloma virus. Reported out from the committee to the Senate floor.

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SB1106 Sponsored by Senator Scott, modifies provisions relating to child abuse investigations. Second read and referred to the Senate Seniors, Families and Public Health Committee.

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SB1120 Sponsored by Senator Loudon, provides that the Department shall not require by rule any vaccinations that are not specified under current law. Second read and referred to the Senate Seniors, Families and Public Health Committee.