Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: 1-31-2010

ABORTION

SB 793 Introduced by Senator Mayer (R), enacts provisions regarding informed consent for abortions. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

DRUGS & ALCOHOL

HCS HB1377 Sponsored by Representative Brandom (R), requires the Department of Social Services to test applicants for or recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits for the illegal use of controlled substances. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

HB 1542 Sponsored by Representative Deeken (R), adds February 14, Valentine’s Day, when it falls on a Sunday, to the list of holidays on which any person having a license to sell intoxicating liquor by the drink may be open for business. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

HB 1754 Sponsored by Representative Chappelle-Nadal (D), requires drug testing for certain public officials, and requires members of the general assembly who are arrested more than twice per term to forfeit and vacate the office. Referred to the House Ethics Reform Committee on Monday and heard in the House Ethics Committee on Thursday.

HB 1804 Sponsored by Representative Kirkton (D), requires a first-time offender of any intoxication-related traffic offense to use an ignition interlock device on any vehicle the offender operates. Introduced and first read in the House on Monday, and second read on Tuesday.

SB 821 Introduced by Senator Nodler (R), requires drug testing for work-eligible TANF applicants and recipients based upon reasonable suspicion. First read in the Senate on Monday.

HB 1828 Sponsored by Representative Roorda (D), modifies laws relating to driving while intoxicated. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

SB 602 Introduced by Senator Crowell (R), requires drug screening and testing for applicants and recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits. Heard in the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday.

SB 607 Introduced by Senator Stouffer (R), requires drug testing for work-eligible TANF applicants and recipients based upon reasonable suspicion. Heard in the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday.

SB 615 Introduced by Senator Goodman (R), requires drug testing for work-eligible TANF applicants and recipients based upon reasonable suspicion. Heard in the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday.

SB 725 Introduced by Senator Rupp (R), requires drug screening and testing for TANF applicants and recipients. Heard in the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday.

SB 836 Introduced by Senator Justus (D), specifies that courts may establish DWI dockets or courts and modifies other criminal and administrative procedures for certain intoxication-related offenses. First read in the Senate on Wednesday.

CRIME

HB 1755 Sponsored by Representative Chappelle-Nadal (D), establishes additional protections to prevent workplace violence. Second read on Monday.

HB 1757 Sponsored by Representative Burnett (D), requires the Board of Probation and Parole to make periodic reviews of certain convicted offenders serving sentences of 50 years or life without the possibility of parole. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 1782 Sponsored by Representative Nolte (R), requires purchasers of 12 or more disposable cell phones at one time to provide certain identifying information which will be retained in a database in the Office of the Attorney General. Second read in the House on Monday.

SB 814 Introduced by Senator Justus (D), creates the crimes of assault of an employee of a mass transit system while in the scope of his or her duties in the first, second, and third degree. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

HB 1791 Sponsored by Representative LeVota (D), increases from $2 to $4 the additional surcharge that may be assessed in a criminal case by the governing body of any county or city having a domestic violence shelter. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 1809 Sponsored by Representative Nasheed (D), authorizes the expungement of certain criminal records. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

HB 1815 Sponsored by Representative Calloway (D), allows challenges to death sentences based on racial disparities anywhere in the state and permits the use of statistical evidence in certain criminal and post-conviction relief proceedings. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

HCS HB 1543 Sponsored by Representative Wallace (R), changes the laws regarding school employee liability, safety practices, and reporting acts of violence. Voted do pass out of the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

SB 614 Introduced by Senator Wilson (D), modifies the definition of “bullying” as used in school district antibullying policies to include cyberbullying and electronic communications. Heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

SB 701 Introduced by Senator McKenna (D), prohibits all drivers, regardless of age, from text messaging while operating motor vehicles. Heard in the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday.

HB 1854 Sponsored by Representative Aull (D), creates the School Safety and School Violence Prevention Fund. First read in the House on Thursday.

SB 857 Introduced by Senator Schaefer (R), relating to dangerous felonies. First read in the Senate on Thursday.

SB 859 Introduced by Senator Schaefer (R), relating to crimes of assault. First read in the Senate on Thursday.

EDUCATION

HB 1801 Sponsored by Representative Gatschenberger (R), requires public schools to notify the custodial parents or guardians about any unexcused student absence and allows driver’s license suspensions for excessive absences. Introduced and first read in the House on Monday.

HB 1803 Sponsored by Representative Gatschenberger (R), requires the board of education of each school district to adopt a policy for the random testing of the district’s teachers and other employees for the unlawful use of controlled substances. Introduced and first read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday.

SB 815 Introduced by Senator Bartle (R), allows school districts to adopt a year-round educational program, implement multiple start dates for kindergarten students, and expands the Teacher Choice Compensation Package statewide. Referred to the Senate Education Committee on Monday.

SJR 39 Introduced by Senator Crowell (R), proposes a constitutional amendment to modify the composition of the State Board of Education. First read in the Senate on Monday, second read and referred to committee on Thursday.

HB 1789 Sponsored by Representative Thomson (R), increases the overall appropriation amount for small school grants from $15 million to $16 million with $11 million being distributed to eligible districts in proportion to their average daily attendance. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 1821 Sponsored by Representative Holsman (D), establishes class sizes for school districts in Kansas City which are lower than the minimum and desirable standards established by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. First read on Tuesday.

SB 835 Introduced by Senator Rupp (R), relating to charter schools. First read in the Senate on Tuesday

HB 1843 Sponsored by Representative Holsman (D), allows students to lock in tuiton rates at Missouri public institutions of higher education. First read in the House on Wednesday.

SB 641 Introduced by Senator Wright-Jones (D), requires charter schools to comply with laws and regulations that require the reporting of information by schools, governing boards and school districts to the State Board of Education or Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Committee on Wednesday.

HB 1853 Sponsored by Representative Aull (D), requires public schools to recognize Veterans Day in their activities. First read in House on Thursday.

HB 1858 Sponsored by Representative Zimmerman (D), moves the “Minority and Underrepresented Environmental Literacy Program” from the department of Natural Resources to the department of higher education. First read in the House on Thursday.

HB 1861 Sponsored by Representative Grill (D), establishes the Missouri Books From Birth Program to encourage preschool children to read. First read in the House on Thursday.

ELECTIONS

HB 1390 Sponsored by Representative Quinn (D), prohibits members of the General Assembly from contracting with or soliciting any other member for the purposes of securing services for specified political campaigning, fundraising, or consulting. Referred to the House Ethics Reform Committee.

HB 1655 Sponsored by Representative Schaaf (R), prohibits all entities except individuals or committees from making campaign contributions or expenditures. Referred to the H Ethics Reform Committee on Monday, and heard in the House Ethics Reform Committee on Thursday.

HB 1727 Sponsored by Representative Zimmerman (D), changes laws relating to ethics. Referred to the House Ethics Reform Committee on Monday, and heard on Thursday.

HB 1749 Sponsored by Representative Storch (D), relating to initiative and referendum petitions. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 1765 Sponsored by Representative Diehl (R), allows voters to request removal of the voter’s name from an election authority’s registration records. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 1788 Sponsored by Representative Parson (R), changes the laws regarding the circulation of petitions. Second read in the House on Monday.

SB 796 Introduced by Senator Bray (D), modifies requirements pertaining to petition circulators. Second read and referred to the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

SB 800 Introduced by Senator Bray (D), modifies ethics laws for public officials and lobbyists. Second read and referred to the Senate Rules Committee on Monday.

SB 818 Introduced by Senator Lembke (R), modifies various provisions relating to the initiative and referendum process. First read in the Senate on Monday.

HB 1497 Sponsored by Representative Jason Smith (R), requires special elections to fill vacancies in the offices of Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Auditor, State Treasurer, and United States Senator. Heard in the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

HB 1821 Sponsored by Representative Holsman (D), establishes class sizes for school districts in Kansas City which are lower than the minimum and desirable standards established by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Second read in the House on Wednesday.

HB 1836 Sponsored by Representative Zimmerman (D), allows any registered voter who is eligible to vote in a particular election to do so by absentee ballot without being required to state the reason. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

HB 1838 Sponsored by Representative Zimmerman (D), prohibits any elected official or such official’s staff from registering or acting as a lobbyist for one year after leaving office or employment. First read in the House on Wednesday and second read on Thursday.

HB 1839 Sponsored by Representative Zimmerman (D), allows any registered voter who is eligible to vote in a particular election to do so by absentee ballot without being required to state the reason. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

SJR 40 Introduced by Senator Goodman (R), relating to guaranteeing the right to vote by secret ballot. First read in the Senate on Wednesday.

HB 1390 Sponsored by Representative Quinn (D), prohibits members of the General Assembly from contracting with or soliciting any other member for the purposes of securing services for specified political campaigning, fundraising, or consulting. Heard in the House Ethics Reform Committee on Thursday.

HB 1788 Sponsored by Representative Parson (R), changes the laws regarding the circulation of petitions. Referred to the House Committee on General Laws on Thursday.

HJR 63 Sponsored by Representative Parson (R), proposes a constitutional amendment changing the requirements for submitting an initiative petition that proposes an amendment to the Missouri Constitution by increasing the number of signatures required. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Thursday.

SB 845 Introduced by Senator Barnitz (D), modifies the law relating to voter registration and absentee ballots for overseas voters. Referred to the Senate Elections Committee on Thursday.

GAMBLING

HB 1751 Sponsored by Representative Meadows (D), removes the provision that makes an excursion gambling boat licensee guilty of a class B misdemeanor if he or she exchanges tokens, chips, or other forms of credit to be used on games for anything of value. Second read in the House on Monday.

HJR 85 Sponsored by Representative Aull (D), proposes a constitutional amendment specifying who can participate in the operation of a bingo game. Introduced and first read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday.

HB 1807 Sponsored by Representative Franz (R), makes it mandatory that one cent of the one dollar required to be deposited in the gaming commission fund from admission fees for excursion gambling boats be deposited in the compulsive gamblers fund. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

HB 1826 Sponsored by Representative Tishaura Jones (D), prohibits imposition of penalties, suspension or revocation of an excursion gambling boat license due to inadequate declining performance. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

SB 839 Introduced by Senator Wright-Jones (D), modifies provisions of law regarding licensed gambling. First read in the Senate on Wednesday second read and referred to the Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

FAMILY

SB 817 Introduced by Senator Lembke (R), relating to the Missouri homestead preservation act. First read in the Senate on Monday, referred to the Fiscal Oversight Committee on Thursday.

HB 1799 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), updates the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act to include the latest changes to the Act adopted by the Uniform Law Commissioners. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 1800 Sponsored by Representative Gatschenberger (R), provides a homestead exemption phased in over 15 years for senior citizens 65 and older. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

SB 596 Introduced by Senator Callahan (D), establishes the Show-me Small Business Act. Heard in the Senate Progress and Development Committee on Wednesday.

HOMOSEXUALITY

SCR 40 Introduced by Senator Justus (D), ratifies the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution. Second read and referred to the Senate Rules Committee on Monday.

HB 1850 Sponsored by Representative Webber (D), changes the laws regarding complaints filed with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights and prohibits discrimination based upon a person’s sexual orientation. First read in the House on Thursday.

PORNOGRAPHY & SEX CRIMES

SCS SB 586 & 617 Introduced by Senators Bartle (R) and Goodman (R), regulates sexually oriented businesses. Voted do pass out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

SJR 33 Introduced by Senator Bartle (R), allows in prosecutions for crimes of a sexual nature involving a victim under eighteen years of age, evidence of prior criminal acts to be admissible into evidence for certain purposes. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

SECOND AMENDMENT

HB 1756 Sponsored by Representative Dethrow (R), changes the laws regarding the age and the firearms safety training requirement for obtaining a permit to carry a concealed weapon to allow proof of certain types of military service to satisfy the requirement. Read for the second time on Monday.

HB 1761 Sponsored by Representative Rucker (D), revises the crime of interference with lawful hunting, fishing or trapping in the second degree by including knowingly interfering with the lawful taking of wildlife. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 1787 Sponsored by Representative Kenny Jones (R), specifies circumstances in which deadly force may be used by a property owner or lessee, lowers the age for concealed weapons to twenty-one and allows sheriffs to charge certain processing fees. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 1802 Sponsored by Representative Gatschenberger (R), allows residents of Missouri to purchase rifles and shotguns in any state and allows residents of any other state to purchase rifles and shotguns in Missouri. Introduced and first read in the House on Monday.

HCR 40 Sponsored by Representative Wallace (R), opposes any federal infringement on citizens’ right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. Offered in the House on Tuesday.

TAXES

HJR 81 Sponsored by Representative Diehl (R), proposes a constitutional amendment limiting any increase in the merchants’ and manufacturers’ replacement tax and allowing local governing bodies to reduce the rate. Second read in the House on Monday.

SB 789 Introduced by Senator Shoemyer (D), modifies provisions of the new generation cooperative tax credit program to authorize tax credits for early-stage market feasibility projects. Second read and referred to the Senate Fiscal Oversight Committee on Monday.

SB 813 Introduced by Senator Griesheimer (R), provides the director of the department of economic development discretion to increase tax incentives under certain programs for the benefit of Missouri businesses. Second read and referred to the Senate Local Government Committee on Monday.

SJR 32 Introduced by Senator Schmitt (R),requires a two-thirds majority vote of both houses of the General Assembly to pass a new, or increase an existing, state tax. Second read and referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Monday.

SJR 37 Introduced by Senator Ridgeway (R), replaces all taxes on income with a sales and use tax. Second read and referred to the Senate Fiscal Oversight Committee on Monday.

HB 1616 Sponsored by Representative Storch (D), re-authorizes the tax credits for qualified research expenses, limits the annual credits to $10 million, limits the qualified research activities, and specifies how the credits are to issued. Referred to the House Economic Development Committee on Tuesday.

HB 1316 Sponsored by Representative Deeken (R), changes the required notice that certain assessors must give taxpayers when the assessed valuation on real property increases. Heard in the House Tax Reform Committee on Wednesday.

HB 1442 Sponsored by Representative Tim Jones (R), changes the laws regarding certain city sales taxes. Perfected in the House on Wednesday.

HB 1514 Sponsored by Representative Jason Smith (R), changes the time period before interest is paid on an overpayment of income tax from four months to 45 days after the last date to file a return, including an extension, or the date the return was filed. Heard in the House Tax Reform Committee on Wednesday.

HB 1835 Sponsored by Representative Zimmerman (D), allows senior citizens 62 years of age or older to defer paying property taxes on their residences under certain conditions. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

SB 843 Introduced by Senator Shoemyer (D), modifies provisions of the circuit breaker property tax credit program. First read in the Senate on Wednesday.

SB 845 Introduced by Senator Barnitz (D), modifies the law relating to voter registration and absentee ballots for overseas voters. First read in the Senate on Wednesday.

SB 847 Introduced by Senator Barnitz (D), modifies the law relating to the delivery and counting of absentee ballots for federal service members and absent service voters. First read in the Senate on Wednesday.

VETERANS

HB 1771 Sponsored by Representative Bivins (R), allows a “LEGION OF MERIT” special license plate for any per has been awarded this military service award. Second read in the House on Monday.

HJR 83 Sponsored by Representative Hodges (R), proposes a constitutional amendment exempting from taxation personal property of active duty military personnel permanently stationed outside the state. Introduced and first read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday.

SCR 43 Introduced by Senator Schmitt (R), urges Congress to designate the Liberty Memorial as the National World War I Memorial. Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on Monday.

HB 1818 Sponsored by Representative Nolte (R), allows certain veterans who served in a unit of the Missouri National Guard to receive medallions, medals and certificates regardless of whether they are or ever were residents of Missouri. First read in the House on Tuesday.

HCR 41 Sponsored by Representative Talboy (D), urges Congress to designate the Liberty Memorial at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City as the National World War I Memorial. Offered in the House on Tuesday.

HB 1818 Sponsored by Representative Nolte (R), allows certain veterans who served in a unit of the Missouri National Guard to receive medallions, medals and certificates regardless of whether they are or ever were residents of Missouri. Second read in the House on Wednesday.

SB 846 Introduced by Senator Barnitz (D), modifies the law relating to lost or unclaimed military medals. First read in the Senate on Wednesday, second read and referred to Committee on Thursday.

OTHER

HCR 34 Sponsored by Representative Icet (R), submits to Congress a proposed federal balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution. Referred to the House Budget Committee.

HCR 35 Sponsored by Representative Kelly (D), submits to Congress a proposed federal balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution. Second read and referred to the House Budget Committee.

HCR 38 Sponsored by Representative Icet (R), urgently requests the United States Congress to cease and desist from imposing unfunded mandates on the states. Referred to the House Budget Committee.

HCR 39 Sponsored by Representative Gatschenberger (R), claims Missouri’s sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government under the United States Constitution. Offered in the House on Monday.

HJR 82 Sponsored by Representative Emery (R), proposes a constitutional amendment requiring all impeachments to be tried by the Senate. Second read in the House on Monday.

SCR 42 Introduced by Senator Bray (D), urges state agencies to address light pollution at state facilities, calls for a study on impacts of light pollution, and encourages the creation of starlight preserves. Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on Monday.

SJR 34 Introduced by Senator Goodman (R), requires the attorney general to seek appropriate relief against actions of the federal government when directed by the governor, general assembly, or a petition of the voters. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

HCR 18 Introduced by Representative Diehl (R), urges the Missouri Congressional delegation to vote against H.R. 3200, the federal health care reform legislation. Referred to the Senate Ethics Committee on Monday.

HB 1824 Sponsored by Representative Sutherland (R), amends various requirements for licensure of social workers. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

HB 1825 Sponsored by Representative Loehner (R), recognizes the right of citizens of this state to raise animals in a humane manner without the state imposing an undue economic burden on owners. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

HJR 86 Sponsored by Representative Loehner (R), proposes a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to raise animals in a humane manner. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

HJR 87 Sponsored by Representative Icet (R), proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting appropriations in any fiscal year from exceeding certain limits. First read in the House on Tuesday.

HJR 88 Sponsored by Representative Nieves (R), proposes a constitutional amendment guaranteeing state sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

SB 831 Introduced by Senator Schaefer (R), relating to establishing county curfew hours. First read in the Senate on Tuesday.

HB 1851 Sponsored by Representative Nolte (R), includes nuclear energy to the definition of renewable energy resources. First read in the House on Thursday.

SB 852 Introduced by Senator Lager (R), relating to unlawful discriminatory practices in employment. First read in the Senate on Thursday.

SJR 25 Introduced by Senator Cunningham (R), prohibits laws interfering with freedom of choice in health care. Heard in the Senate Fiscal Oversight Committee on Thursday.