Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: March 15, 2008


Monday, March 10, 2008

HOUSE

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VETERANS

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SCS SB806 Sponsored by Representative Engler, requires all government buildings to fly the U.S. and Missouri flags at half-staff when any Missouri resident is killed in combat. Read for the second time.

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CRIME

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HB2375 Sponsored by Representative Hubbard, repeals the death penalty in Missouri. Second read in the House.

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PORNOGRAPHY

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HB2371 Sponsored by Representative Jeff Harris, establishes the Child Predation Prevention Act of 2008 regarding sex crimes involving children. Read for the second time. Second read.

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HB2384 Sponsored by Representative Stevenson, increases the punishment for forcible rape or sodomy of a child under the age of twelve to be either death or life imprisonment without probation or parole. Introduced and read for the first time.

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ALCOHOL

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HB2368 Sponsored by Representative Roorda, modifies the requirements for enhanced penalties for intoxication-related traffic offenses. Read for the second time.

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HB2373 Sponsored by Representative Jeff Harris, provides for enhanced penalties for BAC levels of .16 or higher when convicted of an intoxication-related traffic offense. Second read in the House.

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IMMIGRATION

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HB2366 Sponsored by Representative Parkinson, establishes a crime of driver’s license fraud. Read for the second time, and referred to the Special House Committee on Immigration.

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OTHER

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HB2370 Sponsored by Representative Portwood, changes the laws regarding midwives and the practice of midwifery. Second read in the House.

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HB2374 Sponsored by Representative Cox, creates the crime of failure to adequately control an animal when an animal injures person or property and the owner intentionally or negligently failed to adequately control or restrain the animal. Read for the second time.

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HB2390 Sponsored by Representative Roorda, requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to establish cord blood collection sites across the state for transportation to the Saint Louis Cord Blood Bank. Introduced and first read.

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SS SCS SB778 Sponsor Justus, provides for optional immunization for the human papilloma virus. Read for the second time.

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SENATE

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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. Reported from the Senate Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight Committee to the Senate floor.

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SCS SB1185 Introduced by Senator Gibbons, modifies various provisions relating to crime. Voted do pass out of the Senate Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

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ALCOHOL

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SB747 Introduced by Senator Ridgeway, modifies various provisions relating to abuse of alcohol. Reported truly perfected to the Senate Rules Committee.

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SCS SB861 Introduced by Senator Shoemyer, redefines the term “intoxication-related traffic offense”. Voted do pass out of the Senate Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

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ELECTIONS

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SB1288 Introduced by Senator Shields, modifies lobbyist reporting requirements. Voted do pass out of the Senate Elections Committee as a consent bill.

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OTHER

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SCS SB759 Introduced by Senator Stouffer, requires all diesel fuel sold at retail in Missouri after April 1, 2010, to be a biodiesel-blended fuel. SCS SB759 was brought up and debated on the Senate floor, ten amendments and several hours later the SCS was perfected.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

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HOUSE

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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 House committee.

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HCS HB1788 & 1882 Sponsored by Representative 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. Voted, and reported out of the House Rules Committee.

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CRIME

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HB2119 Sponsored by Representative Roorda, specifies that any person who unlawfully distributes or delivers any controlled substance to any person which causes that person’s death will be guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the first degree. Heard in the House Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee.

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HB2255 Sponsored by Representative Guest, allows any local governing agency to establish a work for restitution program and requires certain nonviolent offenders to participate in and complete the program. Heard in the House Corrections and Public Institutions Committee.

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PORNOGRAPHY

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HB2384 Sponsored by Representative Stevenson, increases the punishment for forcible rape or sodomy of a child under the age of twelve to be either death or life imprisonment without probation or parole. Read for the second time in the House.

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ALCOHOL

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HCS#2 HB1423 Sponsored by Representative St. Onge, changes the laws regarding ignition interlock devices. Voted do pass out of committee, and referred to the House Rules Committee.

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HB1580 Sponsored by Representative Bruns, requires retailers of tobacco products to have a license issued by the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, pay an annual fee, and have a retail sales tax license before selling any products. Heard in the House Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee.

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HB2392 Sponsored by Representative Roorda, requires the University of Missouri Geographic Resources Center to track sexual offenders who are in violation of the restriction to not be near a school or child care facility. Read for the second time.

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EDUCATION

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HB2403 Sponsored by Representative Kraus, imposes term limits on certain school board members when the school district becomes provisionally accredited or unaccredited. Introduced and first read in the House.

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ELECTIONS

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HB1517 Sponsored by Representative Cox, establishes the Andrew Jackson Vote Restoration Act which requires certain elections to be held even if the number of candidates filing for a position is equal to the number of positions available. Reported do pass out, and referred to the House Rules Committee.

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HB2321 Sponsored by Representative Dixon, requires all applicants for any resident hunting or fishing permit at any local Department of Conservation office or permit vendor to receive a voter registration application form. Heard in the Special House Committee on Agri-Business.

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TAXES

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HB1773 Sponsored by Representative Funderburk, authorizes an income tax dependency exemption for a stillborn child for the taxable year in which the child was born. Taken up for perfection on the House floor, but was laid back on the calendar.

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HB1319 Sponsored by Representative Brown, authorizes a tax credit for employers who hire qualified high school students for summer jobs. Referred to the House Rules Committee.

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OTHER

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HB2110 Sponsored by Representative Dixon, prohibits any governing authority, board, commission, or the personnel of a political subdivision from preventing the display of religious documents in public buildings or on public lands. Voted do pass out of the Special House Committee on General Laws.

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HB1345 Sponsored by Representative Portwood, increases the cap for the income tax credits available to certain individuals for the costs of modifications to a home in order for it to be accessible for a disabled person who resides with them. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

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HCS HB1611 Sponsored by Representative Dixon, establishes a children’s bill of courtroom rights that applies to all children testifying in court. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

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HB1765 Sponsored by Representative Parson, closes certain records of permits to obtain concealable firearms. Heard in the Special House Committee on General Laws.

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HCR36 Sponsored by Representative Ervin, encourages President Bush to reinstate Executive Order Number 12612 regarding the division of governmental responsibilities and the principles of federalism. Offered in the House.

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HCS HJR41 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting state courts from levying or imposing new or increased taxes, licenses, or fees without legislative or voter approval. Perfected in the House.

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SENATE

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OTHER

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SS SCS SB726 Introduced by Senator Shields, modifies provisions relating to child care. Picked up in the Senate floor, debated for several hours, and perfected.

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SB759 Introduced by Senator Stouffer, requires all diesel fuel sold at retail in Missouri after a certain date to be a biodiesel-blended fuel. Reported truly perfected to the Senate Rules Committee.

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SB1169 Introduced by Senator Champion, establishes a school-based influenza vaccination pilot program. Heard in the Senate Seniors, Families and Public Health Committee.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

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HOUSE

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VETERANS

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HCS HB1783 Sponsored by Representative Meadows, requires the Governor to order the United States flag and the Missouri state flag to be flown at half-staff when any Missouri active-duty military personnel dies during a declared war or conflict. Reported do pass as a consent bill, and referred to Rules Committee.

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HCS HB2062 & 1518 Sponsored by Representative Pearce, changes the laws regarding members of the military and their families. Reported do pass.

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CRIME

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HB2416 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, modifies various provisions relating to dog fighting. Introduced and first read.

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ALCOHOL

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HB2421 Sponsored by Representative Meiners, allows a Kansas City festival district’s promotional association to obtain a license to sell alcohol for consumption. Introduced and first read.

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GAMBLING

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HB2420 Sponsored by Representative Brian Baker, establishes a three-year moratorium on issuing new licenses for excursion gambling boats. Introduced and first read in the House.

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HCS HB1929 Sponsored by Representative Shannon Cooper, allows the Executive Director of the Missouri Gaming Commission to levy certain administrative penalties and prohibits the issuance of any new excursion gambling boat license prior to January 1, 2010. Referred to the House Rules Committee.

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EDUCATION

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HCS HB2048 Sponsored by Representative Zimmerman, establishes the Textbook Transparency Act. Reported do pass by consent and referred to the House Rules Committee.

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HB2111 Sponsored by Representative Muschany, changes the laws regarding charter schools. Heard in the Special House Committee on Student Achievement.

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ELECTIONS

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HCS HB2321 Sponsored by Representative Dixon, requires all applicants for any resident hunting or fishing permit at any local Department of Conservation office or permit vendor to receive a voter registration application form. Referred to the House Rules Committee.

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IMMIGRATION

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HCS #2 HB1463 Sponsored by Representative Nolte, prohibits the admission of unlawfully present aliens to public institutions of higher education. Perfected on Wednesday, and third read on Thursday.

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OTHER

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HB2156 Sponsored by Representative Grill, authorizes the Motherhood/Fatherhood Stay-at-Home tax credit for certain parents who stay at home to provide care for a child up to 24 months of age. Heard in the Special House Committee on Job Creation and Economical Development.

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HB1784 Sponsored by Representative Meadows, requires any American or Missouri flag flown on state property to be manufactured in the United States. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee, as a consent bill.

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HCS HB1858 Sponsored by Representative Emery, changes the laws regarding the Missouri Human Rights Act. Voted do pass out of the Special House Committee on Workforce Development and Workplace Safety.

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HCS HB2106 Sponsored by Representative Robert Wayne Cooper, changes the laws regarding the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act. Reported to the House Rules Committee.

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HCS HB2117 Sponsored by Representative El-Amin, allows the City of St. Louis to control its police force without state intervention by passing an ordinance. Voted do pass out of the Special House Committee on Urban Issues.

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HB2419 Sponsored by Representative Onder, excludes vaccination against the human papillomavirus from the list of required immunizations for school children. Introduced and first read in the House.

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HB2424 Sponsored by Representative Holsman, expands the SCHIPs Program to offer insurance coverage to all children residing in this state regardless of income. Introduced and first read.

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SENATE

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ALCOHOL

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SB881 Introduced by Senator Green, establishes the drunk driving memorial sign program. Bill placed on the informal calendar.

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HB1406 Sponsored by Representative Deeken, 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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SB716 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. Placed on the informal calendar.

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SB898 Introduced by Senator Clemens, modifies provisions pertaining to the administration of agriculture incentives and programs. Taken up for debate on the Senate floor, and was debated for several hours before it was perfected.

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SB982 Introduced by Senator Purgason, modifies laws relating to dogs. Bill placed on the Senate informal calendar.

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

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HOUSE

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VETERANS

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HJR64 Sponsored by Representative Chappelle-Nadal, proposes a constitutional amendment exempting all real and personal property of a former prisoner of war who has a total service- connected disability from property taxation. Heard in the House Ways and Means Committee.

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ALCOHOL

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HB2429 Sponsored by Representative Hunter, allows sales of intoxicating liquor in certain entertainment districts. Introduced and first read in the House.

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EDUCATION

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HB2207 Sponsored by Representative Hoskins, establishes the HCH Scholarship Program which authorizes a tax credit for contributing to an educational assistance organization. Referred to the Special House Committee on Urban Education Reform.

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TAXES

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HCS HB2112 Sponsored by Representative Emery, establishes the Fair Tax Act of 2008 which requires the Department of Revenue to develop methods for replacing the state income tax with a state sales tax. Referred to the House Rules Committee.

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IMMIGRATION

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HB2320 Sponsored by Representative Nolte, creates provisions relating to illegal aliens. Referred to the Special House Committee on Immigration.

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OTHER

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HCS HB1676 Sponsored by Representative Hoskins, requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to establish criteria for the admission or rejection by adjoining accredited schools of nonresident students from unaccredited districts. Referred to the House Rules Committee.

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HB1884 Sponsored by Representative Dethrow, prohibits the Department of Agriculture from participating in the National Animal Identification System without specific authorization from the General Assembly. Heard in the House Agriculture Policy Committee.

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The House Budget Committee also spent over ten hours debating the state budget bills (HB 2001 –HB 2013) this week.

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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. Third read and passed in the Senate, and First read in the House.

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SB754 Introduced by Senator Mayer, modifies provisions relating to the DNA profiling system. Third read and passed through the Senate, and first read in the House.

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ALCOHOL

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SB747 Introduced by Senator Ridgeway, modifies various provisions relating to abuse of alcohol. Third read and passed through the Senate, and first read in the House.

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ELECTIONS

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SB1288 Introduced by Senator Shields, modifies lobbyist reporting requirements. Reported from the Senate Financial, Governmental Organization and Elections Committee as a consent bill.