Defending traditional families

Under the Dome, February 16-20, 2009

ABORTION & SANCTITY OF LIFE

Wednesday

HCS HB 46 & 434 Introduced by Representatives Cynthia Davis and Bryan Pratt, enhances laws regarding the informed consent requirements for obtaining an abortion and creates the crime of coercing an abortion. Reported “do pass” out of the House Children and Families Committee.  This bill must clear the Rules Committee (expected to occur next Monday) and will then be placed on the House Formal Perfection Calendar.  It is expected that the bill may be debated as soon as Wednesday morning (10:30am or later).

HB 248 Introduced by Representative Funderburk, authorizes an income tax dependency exemption for a stillborn child for the taxable year in which the child was born. Public hearing held in the House Tax Reform Committee.

CRIME

Monday

HB 726 Introduced 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. First read in the House.

SB 160 Sponsored by Senator Crowell, changes the scheduling of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine to be Schedule III controlled substances.

Hearing held in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Tuesday

SB 36 Sponsored by Senator Goodman, modifies provisions relating to sexual offenses against children. Voted “do pass” out of the Senate Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight Committee on Monday. Reported from the Senate Governmental Accountability Committee to the Senate floor on Tuesday.

HB 747 Introduced by Representative Witte, revises the crime of sexual contact with a prisoner or offender. Introduced and first read in the House.

Wednesday

HB 496 Introduced by Representative Lipke, changes the controlled substance classification of all methamphetamine precursor drugs from Schedule IV and Schedule V to Schedule III, requiring a physician’s prescription. Public hearing held in the House Crime Prevention Committee.

SCS SB 130 Sponsored by Senator McKenna, prohibits drivers from sending text messages or electronic messages while operating motor vehicles on highways within Missouri except under limited circumstances. Voted “do pass” out of the Senate Transportation Committee.

SB 211 Sponsored by Senator Lembke, prohibits political subdivisions from using automated photo red light enforcement systems to enforce red light violations. Public hearing held in the Senate Transportation Committee.

SB 321 Sponsored by Senator Days, creates a commission to study the death penalty in Missouri and prohibits use of the death penalty for a time period. Public hearing held in the Senate Progress Committee.

HCS HB 96 Sponsored by Senator Wallace, changes the laws regarding school employee liability, safety practices, and reporting acts of violence. First read in the Senate.

DRUGS & ALCOHOL

Wednesday

HB 132 Introduced by Representative Fallert, allows certain charitable organizations to begin selling liquor at 9:00 a.m. instead of 11:00 a.m. on Sundays. Public hearing held in the House Local Government Committee.

HB 159 Introduced by Representative Nance, changes the laws regarding the denial, suspension, or revocation of a liquor license. Public hearing held in the House Local Government Committee.

Thursday

SB 26 Sponsored by Senator Ridgeway, prohibits the use or possession of alcoholic beverage vaporizers. First read in the House.

SB 396 Sponsored by Senator Justus, modifies the law regarding denial, suspension, or revocation of a liquor license. Second read and referred to the Senate Elections Committee.

EDUCATION

Monday

HCS HB 96 Introduced by Representative Wallace, changes the laws regarding school employee liability, safety practices, and reporting acts of violence; by attaching the child’s criminal record to their permanent record. Perfected on the House floor.

SB 373 Sponsored by Senator Mayer, creates procedures for open enrollment of public school students across school district boundary lines. Second read in the Senate.

Tuesday

HCS HB 242 Introduced by Representative Kingery, allows school districts to establish a four-day school week upon a majority vote of the school board. Reported “do pass” out of the House Rules Committee. Debated on the floor of the House Thursday, but “laid over” without a final resolve, pending more debate at a later date.

Wednesday

HB 488 Introduced by Representative Schad, changes the laws regarding the restructuring of an unaccredited school district. Public hearing held in the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee.

SB 79 Sponsored by Senator Wilson, modifies the definition of “bullying” as used in school district antibullying policies to include cyberbullying and electronic communications.  Reported out of the Senate Committee to the floor as a “consent” bill.

SB 345 Sponsored by Senator Lager, allows school boards to adopt a four-day school week instead of a five-day school week. Public hearing held in the Senate Education Committee.

SB 396 Sponsored by Senator Justus, modifies the law regarding denial, suspension, or revocation of a liquor license.  First read in the Senate.

HOME EDUCATION

Monday

SCS SB 47 Introduced by Representative Scott, modifies prerequisite educational requirements for acceptance into the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Water Patrol. Reported to the House and first read.

ELECTIONS

Monday

HB 709 Introduced by Representative Dusenberg, provides for issuance of voter identification cards. Second read in the House.

HB 733 Introduced by Representative Dixon, requires the local offices and resident hunting and fishing permit vendors of the Department of Conservation to make a voter registration application form available to a resident permit applicant. First read in the House.

Tuesday

HB 613 Introduced by Representative Diehl, Requires the Secretary of State to establish and implement a system for allowing members of the armed forces, their spouses, and dependants to vote using the Internet. Public hearing held in the House Elections Committee.

HB 749 Introduced by Representative Keeney, requires local offices and resident hunting and fishing permit vendors of the Department of Conservation to make voter registration application forms available to all resident permit applicants. First read in the House.

HB 771 Introduced by Representative Grill, establishes one-stop voting sites which allow persons to register and vote at the same time. First read in the House.

HB 772 Introduced by Representative Grill, establishes procedures for listing candidates for statewide office in varying positions on the ballot and for counting votes when electronic voting is used for these ballots. First read in the House.

HJR 9 Introduced by Representative Cox, proposes a constitutional amendment authorizing the General Assembly to require a person to provide a photo identification in order to vote in elections. Public hearing held in the House Elections Committee.

FAMILY

Monday

HB 720 Introduced by Representative LeVota, changes the laws regarding mandatory child abuse reporting, essentially turning all adults in the state into mandatory reporters. Parents, friends, pastors and anyone who has ever walked through you front door will be required to spy on you and your family.  First read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday.

Tuesday

HB 498 Introduced by Representative Cynthia Davis, establishes the Full-time Mother Scholarship Bonus Program to provide an education scholarship for tuition and books for any mother who has chosen to stay home to raise a child 15 years of age or younger. Public hearing held in the House Higher Education Committee.

Thursday

SCS SB 104 Sponsored by Senator Justus, provides information and the opportunity to be immunized for the human papilloma virus. Voted “do pass” out of the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday and reported to the senate floor Thursday.

SB 388 Sponsored by Senator Barnitz, modifies various provisions relating to foster care and adoption. Second read and referred to the Senate Health Committee.

GOVERNMENT ETHICS

Monday

HB 696 Introduced by Representative Cynthia Davis, requires Missouri driver’s examinations to be administered in English. Second read in the House.

Tuesday

HB 26 Introduced by Representative Joe Smith, prohibits a person from operating a motor vehicle on public property while using a wireless telephone with certain exceptions. Public hearing held in the House Public Safety Committee.

SB 27 Sponsored by Senator Ridgeway, exempts persons 21 years of age or older from wearing protective headgear except when operating or riding motorcycles upon interstate highways. Public hearing held in the Senate General Laws Committee.

SCR 7 Sponsored by Senator Pearce, urges Congress to secure greater energy independence for the U.S. by allowing new off-shore drilling. Reported “do pass” out of the Senate Rules Committee to the Senate floor.

Wednesday

HB 744 Introduced by Representative Icet, creates the Missouri Family Recovery Plan Fund and the Economic Stimulus Fund in the state treasury to receive moneys provided under the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Reported “do pass” out of the House Rules Committee.

HB 806 Introduced by Representative Wilson, doubles the fines for moving violations occurring while a driver of a vehicle is using a wireless communications device. First read in the House.

HOMOSEXUALITY

Monday

HB 701 Introduced by Representative Talboy, prohibits discrimination based upon a person’s sexual orientation. Second read in the House.

PORNOGRAPHY

Wednesday

HB 321 Introduced by Representative Emery, regulates sexually oriented businesses. Voted “do pass” out of the House Local Government Committee.

PRIVATE PROPERTY / EMINENT DOMAIN / SECOND AMENDMENT

Tuesday

HB 786 Introduced by Representative Frame, prohibits any condemning authority from acquiring by eminent domain any real property of a commercial gun shop, hunting preserve, or shooting range. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

TAXES

Monday

HB 700 Introduced by Representative Zimmerman, allows senior citizens 62 years of age or older to delay paying property taxes on their residences under certain conditions. Second read in the House.

HB 704 Introduced by Representative Hoskins, provides an income tax credit for individuals 70 and older for fifty percent of personal property taxes paid on motor vehicles. Second read in the House.

Tuesday

HCS HB 82 Introduced by Representative Kraus, authorizes an individual income tax credit for military retirement benefits. Voted “do pass” out of committee, and referred to House Rules Committee.

HB 730 Introduced 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. Second read in the House.

Thursday

SB 392 Sponsored by Senator Shields, phases-out the corporate income tax. Second read and referred to the Senate Way and Meads Committee.