Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: April 5, 2008

Monday, March 31, 2008

HOUSE

PRO LIFE

HB 1339 Sponsored by Representative Muschany, changes the laws regarding medical malpractice by revising the definitions of “health care provider” and “health care. House Rules Committee returned to the committee of origin.

HB 2527 Sponsored by Representative Sander, allows for the “Choose Life” special license plate, creates Missouri Alternatives to Abortion Services Support Fund, and establishes the Choose Life Commission. Introduced and first read in the House.

CRIME

HCS HB 1715 Sponsored by Representative Schad, changes the laws regarding watercraft. Perfected with amendments on the House floor.


ALCOHOL

HB 2510 Sponsored by Representative Stevenson, modifies the enhanced penalty language for intoxication-related traffic offenses to comply with the ruling in the Turner case. Introduced and first read in the house.

HB 2525 Sponsored by Representative Pratt, Modifies intoxication-related traffic offenses by treating any conviction, plea of guilty, SIS, SES, probation or parole, or combination thereof in a state or municipal court as a prior convictio. Introduced and first read in the House.

HB 2526 Sponsored by Representative Pratt, repeals certain liquor control provisions pertaining to wholesalers. Introduced and first read in the House.

IMMIGRATION

HCS HB 1549, 1771, 1395 & 2366 Sponsored by Representative Onder, authorizes State Highway Patrol training on federal immigration laws and requires highway patrol officers to inquire into the legal status of persons placed under arrest.Referred to the House Rules Committee.

OTHER

HB 1773 Sponsored by Representative Funderburk, authorizes an income tax dependency exemption for a stillborn child for the taxable year in which the child was born. Perfected on the House floor.

HB 2502 Sponsored by Representative Roorda, removes the eligibility of professional athletic teams for income tax credits if such teams are members of a league without at least a one-year ban on athletes who test positive for anabolic steroids. Introduced and first read.

SENATE

CRIME

SB 1104 Introduced by Senator Kennedy, grants immunity to law enforcement agencies for damages caused by criminals involved in vehicle pursuits. Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

SB 1159 Introduced by Senator Gibbons, modifies provisions relating to forensic examinations of sexual offense victims. Voted do pass out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

ELECTIONS

HB 1763 Introduced by Representative Parson, modifies requirements pertaining to petition circulators. Heard in the Senate Financial, Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee.

IMMIGRATION

HB 1463 Introduced by Representative Nolte, prohibits the admission of unlawfully present aliens to public institutions of higher education. Second read and referred to the Senate Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee.

OTHER

SCS SB 1139 Introduced by Senator Dempsey, revises the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act. Voted do pass out of the Senate Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

HOUSE

PRO LIFE

HCS HB 1472 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, revises the definition of “abortion” and requires an ultrasound to be conducted prior to the 24-hour waiting period for an abortion. Reported do pass out of the House Health Care Policy Committee.

HCS HB 1831 & 1472 Sponsored by Representative Onder, changes the laws regarding the consent requirements for obtaining an abortion and creates the crime of coercing an abortion. Reported do pass out of the House Health Care Policy Committee.

VETERANS

SCS SB 830 Sponsored by Senator Coleman, limits the tuition that may be charged by a higher education institution to certain combat veterans. Voted do pass out of the Special House Committee on Veterans.

HB 1562 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. Voted do pass out of the Special House Committee on Veterans.

HB 2591 Sponsored by Representative Dusenberg, exempts disabled veterans who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan from state income tax. Introduced and first read in the House.

CRIME

HB 1962 Sponsored by Representative LeVota, revises the crime of murder in the first degree to include knowingly causing the death of a child younger than 18 years of age when a heinous element is involved in the commission of the crime. Heard in the House Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee.

ALCOHOL

HB 2547 Sponsored by Representative Flook, prohibits the use of school funds by public school administrators, teachers, or other personnel to purchase alcohol. Introduced and first read in the House.

GAMBLING

HCS HB 1929 Sponsored by Representative Shannon Cooper, removes due process hearings for casinos, allowing the Gaming Commission Executive Director to cut backroom deals to adjust “administrative penalties” for infractions. The bill also includes provisions to block any new competing casinos till January 1, 2010. HB 1929 was taken up for perfection on the House floor, but was laid over; only to be brought up quickly the next morning and perfected.

EDUCATION

HCS HB 1676 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. Perfected by consent in the House.

HCS HB 2048 Sponsored by Representative Zimmerman, establishes the Textbook Transparency Act. Perfected by consent in the House, third read on Wednesday.

HB 2078 Sponsored by Representative Hubbard, grants authority to the school districts to decide which students can get a drivers license; based on ‘compliance with the eligibility standards’. Voted do pass out of the Special House Committee on Urban Education Reform.

HB 2207 Sponsored by Representative Hoskins, establishes the HCH Scholarship Program which authorizes a tax credit for contributing to an educational assistance organization. Voted do pass out of the Special House Committee on Urban Education Reform.

HB 2554 Sponsored by Representative Robert Wayne Cooper, protects teacher academic freedom to teach scientific evidence regarding biological and chemical evolution. Introduced and first read in the House.

HB 2579 Sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham, imposes a fine when school officers and employees who are mandated reporters fail to report as required by law and subjects students who make false allegations to disciplinary action. Introduced and first read in the House.

OTHER

HCS HB 1393 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. Perfected with amendments on the House floor.

HCS HB 1783 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. Perfected by consent in the House.

HB 1975 Sponsored by Representative Scharnhorst, increases from three years to six years the period of time a concealed carry endorsement is valid. Voted do pass out of the Special House Committee on General Laws.

HB 2330 Sponsored by Representative Brandom, requires the Department of Social Services to test applicants for or recipients of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program benefits for the illegal use of controlled substances. Heard in the Special House Committee on General Laws.

HB 2546 Sponsored by Representative Tilley, requires local ordinances allowed under general preemption of firearms to incorporate justification defenses. Introduced and first read in the House.

SENATE

GAMBLING

SB 1052 Introduced by Senator Rupp, removes the gambling loss limit. Bill placed on Informal Calendar.

IMMIGRATION

SB 858 Introduced by Senator Rupp, modifies the law relating to illegal immigrants. Referred to the Senate Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight Committee.

OTHER

SB 1021 Introduced by Senator Loudon, changes the laws regarding midwives and the practice of midwifery. Bill placed on Informal Calendar.

SB 1067 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. Bill placed on the Informal Calendar.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

HOUSE

PRO LIFE

HCS HB 1922 Sponsored by Representative Belinda Harris, changes the requirements for reporting abortions. Voted do pass out of the Special House Committee on Family Services.

HCS HB 1984 Sponsored by Representative Sander, changes the requirements for reporting abortions and creates a civil remedy for violation of the confidentiality of certain records. Voted do pass out of the Special House Committee on Family Services.

VETERANS

HB 1562 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. Referred to the House Rules Committee.

CRIME

HCS HB 1839 Sponsored by Representative Low, establishes Christy’s Law which requires all health care personnel involved in the examination of a rape victim to inform the victim of his or her right to be tested for the presence of a date rape drug. Reported do pass out of the Special House Committee on Family Services.

HB 2567 Sponsored by Representative Silvey, provides that a defendant’s prior guilty plea, SES, SIS, probation or parole can be used in enhance the punishment for a defendant’s new intoxication-related traffic offense. Read for the second time.

ALCOHOL

HB 2429 Sponsored by Representative Hunter, requires an entertainment district to submit a detailed plan to obtain a municipal permit to sell liquor at certain times. Heard in the Special House Committee on Workforce Development and Workplace Safety.

EDUCATION

HB 2580 Sponsored by Representative Parkinson, provides an income tax deduction for school supplies purchased for home schooling. Second read in the House.

OTHER

HCS HB 1783 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. Third read and finally passed.

HB 1784 Sponsored by Representative Meadows, requires any American or Missouri flag flown on state property to be manufactured in the United States. Third read an passed.

HB 1824 Sponsored by Representative Schlottach, designates the ice cream cone as the official state dessert. Third read and passed.

HB 2423 Sponsored by Representative Holsman, adds home nursing visits and follow-up care as needed for certain at-risk newborns to the list of covered services under the MO HealthNet Program. Referred to the Special House Committee on Healthcare Transformation.

SENATE

VETERANS

SCS HCS SB 830 Sponsored by Senator Coleman, limits the tuition that may be charged by a higher education institution to certain combat veterans. Referred to the House Rules Committee.

CRIME

SCS SB 1185 Sponsored by Senator Gibbons, modifies various provisions relating to crime. Reported to the House and first read.

ALCOHOL

SB 1240 Introduced by Senator Dempsey, repeals certain liquor control provisions pertaining to wholesalers. Voted do pass out of the Senate Economic Development, Tourism and Local Government Committee.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

HOUSE

VETERANS

HCS HB 1783 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 to the Senate and first read.

CRIME

SS SCS SJR 34 & 30 Sponsored 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 to the House and first read.

EDUCATION

HCS HB 2048 Sponsored by Representative Zimmerman, establishes the Textbook Transparency Act. Reported to the Senate and first read.

TAXES

SS SCS SB 711 Sponsored by Senator Gibbons, modifies provisions regarding property taxation. Heard in the House Ways and Means Committee.

OTHER

HCS HB 1393 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. Third read and passed in the House.

HB 1773 Sponsored by Representative Funderburk, authorizes an income tax dependency exemption for a stillborn child for the taxable year in which the child was born. Third read and passed.

HB 1784 Sponsored by Representative Meadows, requires any American or Missouri flag flown on state property to be manufactured in the United States. Reported to the Senate and first read.

HB 1824 Sponsored by Representative Schlottach, designates the ice cream cone as the official state dessert. Reported to the Senate and first read.

HCS HB 2106 Sponsored by Representative Robert Wayne Cooper, changes the laws regarding the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act.HCS Voted Do Pass from House committee.

HCS HB 2156 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. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee.

HB 2242 Sponsored by Representative Robert Wayne Cooper, creates a civil penalty and a cause of action for damages for coerced subcutaneous implantation of an identification device. Referred to the House Health Care Policy Committee.

SENATE

CRIME

SB 1107 Introduced by Senator Scott, modifies various provisions relating to the Water Patrol and watercraft regulations. First read in the House.

SB 1159 Introduced by Senator Gibbons, modifies provisions relating to forensic examinations of sexual offense victims. Reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee to the floor.

ALCOHOL

SCS SB 861 Introduced by Senator Shoemyer, redefines the term “intoxication-related traffic offense”. Reported from the Senate Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee to Floor.

OTHER

HB 1611 Sponsored by Representative Dixon, establishes a children’s bill of courtroom rights that applies to all children testifying in court. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.