Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: February 22, 2008

HJR 55

Passed by the Full House

Now in the Senate!

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This House Joint Resolution was debated and passed the full House of Representatives 132-11 on Monday, February 18th.

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

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Attempts to weaken this proposed amendment to the state constitution were rejected.

Efforts to add the name “Allah” next to, and as equal to, the title “Almighty God” were rejected after Representative Jim Avery

offered a substitute amendment listing the names of almost 8,000 gods to make the point that “Almighty God” is above all.

Monday, February 18, 2008

HOUSE

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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. Reported to the House and first read.

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CRIME

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

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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. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

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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. Read for the second time.

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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. Second read in the House.

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EDUCATION

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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. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

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ELECTIONS

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HCS HB1763 Sponsored by Representative Parson, changes the laws regarding petition circulators. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

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TAXES

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HB2140 Sponsored by Representative Guest, requires taxation of all United States real property. Read for the second time.

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HB2164 Sponsored by Representative Grill, exempts federal retirement income from Missouri income tax. Second read in the House.

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IMMIGRATION

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HB2179 Sponsored by Representative Wildberger, creates sanctions for hiring unauthorized aliens. Introduced and first read in the House.

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HB2151 Sponsored by Representative Guest, creates the “Missouri Immigration Act”. Second read in the House.

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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. Perfected on the House floor on Monday, and third read on Thursday.

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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. Voted, and reported out of the House Rules Committee.

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

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HB2142 Sponsored by Representative Schad, modifies the requirements upon termination of a child support obligation. Read for the second time.

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HB2143 Sponsored by Representative Schad, modifies the requirements for the handling of reports of child abuse and neglect. Second read in the House.

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HB2144 Sponsored by Representative Whorton, authorizes the Family Support Division to assist certain elderly individuals who qualify for the federal Food Stamp Program in obtaining supplemental food stamps. Second read in the House.

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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. Read for the second time.

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HB2165 Sponsored by Representative Grill, changes the laws regarding the Missouri Homestead Preservation Act. Second read in the House.

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SENATE

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PRO LIFE

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SB1058 Introduced by Senator Mayer, enacts provisions regarding the coercion of abortions, fetal pain, and other provisions. Hearing held in the Senate Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

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PORNOGRAPHY

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SCS SJR30 (Coleman) & SJR34 (Crowell) – Creates an exception to the prohibition against laws retrospective in operation by allowing the sexual offender registry laws to be applied retrospectively. SCS voted do pass out of the Senate Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

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SCS SB714 Introduced by Senator Loudon, modifies various provisions relating to child pornography. SCS voted do pass out of the Senate Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

The SCS includes SB’s 714, 933, 899 & 758

SB933 (Loudon) Makes modifications to the crimes of sexual misconduct involving a child and furnishing pornographic material to a minor.

SB899 (Dempsey) Allows members of the public and certain electronic and computer businesses to access online identifying information of

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SB758 (Engler) Prohibits certain sex offenders from being present in a state park without permission of the superintendent.

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GAMBLING

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SB1052 Introduced by Senator Rupp, removes the $500 dollar loss limit. The $150 million dollar “revenues” brought in by removing the loss limit will come at a 700 million dollar cost to the people of Missouri.

That’s over a HALF A BILLION DOLLARS taken from our most vulnerable citizens! Hearing held in the pro-gambling Senate Ways and Means Committee.

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ELECTIONS

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SB757 Introduced by Senator Engler, provides for nonpartisan elections of judicial candidates and forbids such candidates from being affiliated with any political party. Heard in the Senate Financial, Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee.

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SB1038 Introduced by Senator Shields, repeals campaign contribution limits and modifies reporting requirements. Voted do pass out of Committee, and reported to the Senate floor.

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SB1083 Introduced by Senator Coleman, modifies law relating to voter registration and election offenses. Heard in the Senate Elections Committee.

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OTHER

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SB1064 Introduced by Senator Dempsey, authorizes a dependency exemption for stillborn children. Heard in the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

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HOUSE

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PRO LIFE

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HB1831 Sponsored by Representative Onder, changes the laws regarding the consent requirements for obtaining an abortion and creates the crime of coercing an abortion, and provisions regarding fetal pain. Heard in the House Health Care Policy.

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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. Second read in the House.

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HB2195 Sponsored by Representative Mike Cunningham, makes members of the reserves of any branch of the United States armed forces eligible for a National Guard educational assistance grant. Introduced and first read on Tuesday, and second read on Wednesday.

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CRIME

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HB1516 Sponsored by Representative Bruns, changes the laws regarding protections for vulnerable adults and children and transfers the Division of Aging from the Department of Social Services to the Department of Health and Senior Services. Referred to the House Crime Prevention and Public Safety.

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HB2205 Sponsored by Representative Sutherland, establishes offenses of “operation of a vehicle causing injury”, “operation of a vehicle causing serious injury”, and “operating vehicle causing death”. Introduced and first read in the House on Tuesday, and second read on Wednesday.

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ALCOHOL

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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. Perfected by consent.

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ELECTIONS

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HB1647 Sponsored by Representative Viebrock, makes the use of an electronic recording device in a polling place an election offense. Heard in the House Election Committee.

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TAXES

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HCS HB1340 Sponsored by Representative Muschany, allows for the phasing in of full deductibility from state income tax of all federal income tax liability. Voted do pass out of the Special House Committee on Tax Reform.

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HB2190 Sponsored by Representative Nasheed, phases out the sales and use tax on food over a six-year period and replaces those revenues with a sales tax on sales of liquor. Second read in the House.

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IMMIGRATION

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HB2179 Sponsored by Representative Wildberger, creates sanctions for hiring unauthorized aliens. Read for the second time.

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OTHER

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HB1773 Sponsored by Representative Funderburk, authorizes an income tax dependency exemption for stillborn children. Voted do pass out of the Special House Committee on Tax Reform.

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HB1486 Sponsored by Representative Jason Brown, exempts motor vehicles newer than six years old from the motor vehicle safety inspection requirements when renewing or reregistering a license. Heard in Special House Committee on General Laws.

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SENATE

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VETERANS

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SB806 Introduced 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. Bill placed on the informal calendar.

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CRIME

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SB732 Introduced by Senator Champion, establishes a drug monitoring program and modifies existing record keeping for controlled substances and pseudoephedrine products. Bill placed on the informal calendar.

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SB754 Introduced by Senator Mayer, modifies provisions relating to the DNA profiling system. Placed on the Senate informal calendar.

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SB762 Introduced by Senator Wilson, modifies the definition of “bullying” as used in school district antibullying policies to include cyberbullying and electronic communications. Perfected in the Senate.

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SB818 Introduced by Senator Rupp, modifies various provisions relating to stalking and harassment. Placed on the informal calendar.

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PORNOGRAPHY

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SB1159 Introduced by Senator Gibbons, modifies provisions relating to forensic examinations of sexual offense victims. First read in the Senate.

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TAXES

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SB711 Introduced by Senator Gibbons, modifies provisions regarding property taxation. Taken up on the Senate floor, and after debate, placed on the informal calendar.

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SB1134 Introduced by Senator Callahan, modifies income taxation of married couples with taxable income less than $100,000. Second read and referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

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OTHER

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SB778 Introduced by Senator Justus, provides for optional immunization for the human papilloma virus. Bill placed on the informal calendar.

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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. Third read and passed on the Senate floor on Tuesday, and first read in the House on Wednesday.

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SB1139 Introduced by Senator Dempsey, revises the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act. Second read and referred to the Senate Financial, Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

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HOUSE

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PRO LIFE

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HB1472 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, rvises the definition of “abortion” and requires an ultrasound to be conducted prior to the 24-hour waiting period for an abortion. Referred to the House Health Care Policy.

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VETERANS

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HB1788 Sponsored by Representative David Day, authorizes an income tax deduction from a taxpayer’s Missouri adjusted gross income for 100% of any military retirement income, regardless of age or income. Referred to the Special House Committee on Veterans.

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EDUCATION

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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. Heard in the Special House Committee on Student Achievement.

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OTHER

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HB1648 Sponsored by Representative Viebrock, changes the laws regarding the impoundment of an animal suspected of being neglected or abused. Heard in the House Conservation and Natural Resources Committee.

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HB2215 Sponsored by Representative Flook, increases the annual tax credits issued for the Missouri Quality Jobs Act from forty million dollars to sixty million dollars. Introduced and first read.

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HCR23 Sponsored by Representative Dixon, declares February 6th of each year to be “Ronald Reagan Day” Missouri. Voted out of the House Tourism Committee, and referred to Rules Committee.

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HJR63 Sponsored by Representative Dethrow, proposes a constitutional amendment requiring a four-sevenths majority for voter approval of initiative petitions relating to harvesting bird, fish, game, wildlife, or forestry resources. Heard in the House Conservation and Natural Resources Committee.

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SENATE

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VETERANS

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SB856 Introduced by Senator Engler, creates the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal specialized license plate. Voted do pass out of the Senate Transportation Committee as a consent bill.

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ALCOHOL

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SB881 Introduced by Senator Green, establishes the drunk driving memorial sign program. Voted do pass out of the Senate Transportation Committee.

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OTHER

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SB884 Introduced by Senator Graham, modifies Missouri‘s seat belt law by making it applicable to all passengers and allows for primary enforcement. Heard in the Senate Transportation Committee.

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SB991 Introduced by Senator Loudon, establishes the ice cream cone as the official state dessert. Voted do pass in the Senate Pensions Committee, as a consent bill.

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SCS SB993 & 770 Introduced by Senator Crowell, creates the Missouri Special Needs Scholarship Tax Credit Program. Voted do pass out of the Senate General Laws Committee.

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SCS SB1021 & 870 Introduced by Senator Loudon, changes the laws regarding midwives and the practice of midwifery. Voted do pass in the SenateÂ? Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

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SB1038 Introduced by Senator Shields, repeals campaign contribution limits and modifies reporting requirements. After much debate, the bill was 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. Voted do pass out of the Senate Transportation Committee.

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SCR32 Introduced by Senator Purgason, urges Congress to withdraw the United States from any further participation in the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America and any other multilateral activity which seeks to advance the creation of North America Union. Offered in the Senate.

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SJR46 Introduced by Senator Purgason, increases term limits for members of the General Assembly from 8 years to 12 years in each house. First read in the Senate.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

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HOUSE

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PRO LIFE

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HB1795 Sponsored by Representative Pollock, creates the crime of endangering the welfare of an unborn child and allows any healthcare provider to make a report to the appropriate law enforcement agency of suspected drug use by a pregnant woman. Referred to the House Crime Prevention and Public Safety.

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HB1530 Sponsored by Representative Joe Smith, allows criminal charges to be filed against a mother who intentionally used or ingested an illegal controlled substance while she was pregnant which resulted in harm to her unborn child. Referred to the House Crime Prevention and Public Safety.

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VETERANS

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HB1882 Sponsored by Representative Kraus, authorizes an individual income tax credit for military retirement benefits. Referred to the House Special Committee on Veterans.

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HJR59 Sponsored by Representative Bruns, proposes a constitutional amendment exempting from taxation the personal property of residents who are on active military duty. Voted do pass out of the House Ways

and Means Committee.

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CRIME

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HB1889 Sponsored by Representative Meadows, requires the State Highway Patrol to provide a real-time electronic log book to all pharmacies to enter sales of pseudoephedrine products. Referred to the House Crime Prevention and Public Safety.

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PORNOGRAPHY

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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. House Rules postponed action.

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ALCOHOL

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HB1408 Sponsored by Representative Deeken, creates the Fund for the Reduction of Alcohol-Related Problems and Underage Drinking to be used for prevention, treatment, and recovery of alcohol-related problems and alcohol-related traffic safety. Referred to the House Health Care Policy.

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HB1409 Sponsored by Representative Deeken, allows persons who have been convicted more than twice of driving while intoxicated to obtain an ignition interlock restricted license for a one-year period if the person meets certain requirements. Referred to the House Crime Prevention and Public Safety.

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HB1708 Sponsored by Representative Pollock, increases the penalty for certain commercial drivers who are convicted of operating a commercial vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs from a class B to a class A misdemeanor. Referred to the House Crime Prevention and Public Safety.

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HB2227 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. Introduced and first read.

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GAMBLING

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HB2232 Sponsored by Representative Shannon Cooper, limits to thirteen the number of licenses by the Gaming Commission to operate excursion gambling boats. Introduced and first read.

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EDUCATION

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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. Reported out of the House Rules Committee.

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HB1477 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, establishes the Teacher Bill of Rights Act which prohibits teacher associations from using payroll deductions for disbursement to a committee without written consent. Referred to the Special House Committee on Workforce Development and Workplace Safety.

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ELECTIONS

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HB1761 Sponsored by Representative Storch, changes the laws regarding initiative and referendum petitions. Referred to the House Elections.

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HB2231 Sponsored by Representative Shannon Cooper, removes contribution limits.

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TAXES

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HB2079 Sponsored by Representative Stream, changes the laws regarding property taxation. Heard in the House Ways and Means Committee.

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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. House Rules Committee returned the HCS back to the Immigration Committee.

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HB2237 Sponsored by Representative Komo, prohibits persons from transporting, moving, attempting to transport, concealing, harboring, or sheltering any illegal alien in this state. Introduced and first read.

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OTHER

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HB1982 Sponsored by Representative Mike Thomson, removes the six-month residency requirement to be eligible for a concealed carry endorsement. Referred to the Special House Committee on General Laws.

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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. Referred to the Special House Committee on General Laws.

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HB2215 Sponsored by Representative Flook, increases the annual tax credits issued for the Missouri Quality Jobs Act from forty million dollars to sixty million dollars. Read for the second time.

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HB2230 Sponsored by Representative Page, requires immunizations for certain school children for the human papilloma virus. Introduced and first read.

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HJR71 Sponsored by Representative Fisher, proposes a constitutional amendment creating the Missouri Veterans’ Commission and establishing a sales tax for veterans’ programs. Introduced and first read.

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SENATE

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VETERANS

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SB856 Introduced by Senator Engler, creates the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal specialized license plate. Reported from the Senate Transportation Committee to floor as a consent bill.

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CRIME

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SB1172 Introduced by Senator Goodman, prohibits certain persons, including dangerous felons, from possessing an explosive weapon. First read on the Senate floor.

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PORNOGRAPHY

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SCS SB714 Introduced by Senator Loudon, modifies various provisions relating to child pornography. Reported out of the Senate Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee to Floor.

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GAMBLING

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SB1171 Introduced by Senator Goodman, places a two year moratorium upon the issuance of new licenses to operate excursion gambling boats. First read on the Senate floor.

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EDUCATION

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SCS SB846 Introduced by Senator Rupp, modifies the laws relating to higher education scholarships. Reported from the Senate Education Committee to the floor.

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ELECTIONS

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SCS SB909 Introduced by Senator Engler, modifies requirements pertaining to petition circulators. Reported out of Committee to the Senate floor.

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TAXES

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SB711 Introduced by Senator Gibbons, modifies provisions regarding property taxation.Â? Perfected in the Senate.

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OTHER

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SCS 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. Reported from Senate Judiciary Committee to the floor.

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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. First read on the Senate floor.