Education Policy: Compulsory Kindergarten
February 8, 2010
House Hearing Room 5
Basement, State Capitol
(See previous E@lerts.) This bill is expected to clear the House Rules Committee with no problems and be placed on the House Perfection Calendar as soon as Tuesday morning. This will clear the way for floor amendments as soon as the bill is taken up for debate. Rep. Sara Lampe plans to offer at least two amendments aimed at lowering the state compulsory attendance age and to hold parents criminally liable for not placing their 5 or 6 year old children in formal education. One of her ideas is to lower St. Louis and Kansas City to age 5. The second idea is to require a minimum age of 6 for the rest of the state. Uncooperative parents would face prosecution and prison time!
ACTION NEEDED: Call your State Representative immediately ask them to vote against any amendments proposing to lower compulsory attendance ages from the current state law of age 7. Parents who are afraid of the sex, drugs and violence in their schools should never be forced to send their children to such schools. Those schools should be made to clean up their system rather than asking the state to criminalize good parents. Also, those parents who do not believe a child is developmentally ready to go to kindergarten should not face prosecution for doing what is best for their own child!
Homosexuality: National Guard & Military
February 9, 2010
3rd Floor Missouri State Capitol
These dueling resolutions are set for a public hearing before the Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee (Senator Kevin Engler, Chairman). SCR 44 – Sponsored by Senator Jolie Justus, Urges Congress to replace the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy with a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. SCR 45 – Sponsored by Senator Bill Stouffer, Urges Congress to continue to support the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Both these bills will be considered at the same committee hearing at the time and location listed above. You presence, if you have anything to say or not, is needed to of-set the many homosexual activists expected to use this hearing as their annual Valentines Lobby Day. The United States’ military policies such as the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy apply equally to the Missouri National Guard as to the other branches of service. It is appropriate that the Missouri Legislature respond to President Obama in his call for full recognition of homosexuals in the military with no regard to the logistical issues of troop training and deployment.
ACTION NEEDED: It is common for universities and even public high schools to bring groups of pro-homosexual students to these kinds of hearings or to lobby the House and Senate over “sexual orientation” bills. It is very important for a large number of folks to physically stand to defend our military and to oppose President Obama’s call for open homosexuality in the U. S. Military!
Social Workers: Your Children or Theirs?
February 9, 2010
Senate Committee Room #1
1st Floor Missouri State Capitol
The Senate Health, Mental Health, Seniors and Families Committee (Senator Norma Champion, Chairman) is scheduled to take public testimony on Senate Bill 805. Any Missouri resident may participate and all concerned citizens need to be present. The State already claims too much authority in removing children from their homes. This bill expands the list of people empowered by the State with the authority to remove your child(ren) from your home even though many others already have this subjective power. SB 805 Allows social workers with the Children’s Division to request a juvenile officer to take a child into protective custody even though they have never received any training regarding law enforcement or legal jurisprudence. They do all their work under civil law where criminal law and constitutional rights mean little to nothing. Current practice is for social workers to have law enforcement or certain authorized persons to assist when taking a child from a home. This bill would allow the social worker the unilateral right to sweep up children with no properly trained law enforcement officer involved.
ACTION NEEDED: Please attend the public hearing at the time and location listed above. You have the right to have your appearance noted for the record, or to speak to the committee about your concerns if you so desire. It is important that as many folks as possible come to Jefferson City for this hearing to remind Senators how serious it is to take children away from parents, even if the social worker grew up in a better socio-economic situation and cannot understand how poorer people still love their children!
Pro-Life: Informed Consent
February 10, 2010
Time to be announced
Location to be announced
The House Special Standing Committee On Children and Families will be taking public testimony on House Bill 2000 at the time and location yet to be posted. See the links above to go to the committee web site where the exact time and location will be listed soon.
This bill strengthens informed consent laws for an abortion by adding new requirements to be obtained at least twenty-four hours prior to an abortion. Some of the new requirements include presenting to the pregnant woman printed/video materials to be developed by the Department of Health, detailing the risks of an abortion and the physiological characteristics of an unborn child at two-week gestational increments. The woman must also be provided with the gestational age of the unborn child at the time the abortion is to be performed and must be given an opportunity to view, at least 24 hours prior to an abortion, an active ultrasound of the unborn child and hear the heartbeat of the unborn child, if it is audible. Prior to an abortion being performed past 22 weeks of age, the woman must be provided information regarding the possibility of the abortion causing pain to the unborn child. The materials presented to the woman shall also prominently display a statement that no one can coerce the woman to have an abortion and that it is against the law for a husband, a boyfriend, a parent, a friend, a medical care provider, or any other person to coerce her in any way to have an abortion. In addition to the written informed consent, the act requires the physician or a qualified professional to discuss the medical assistance and counseling resources available, advise the woman of the father’s liability for child support, and provide information about the Alternatives to Abortion Program. All information required to be provided to a woman shall be presented to her individually in the physical presence of the woman. The abortion cannot be performed until the woman certifies in writing on a checklist form that she has been presented all the required information and that she has been given the opportunity to view an ultrasound, and to choose to have an anesthetic or analgesic administered to the unborn child. The bill also requires the physician or qualified professional to provide the woman with access to a telephone and information about rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters and obtaining orders of protection should the physician have reason to believe the woman is being coerced into having an abortion.
ACTION NEEDED: It is important to demonstrate support for this important pro-life bill even though the committee has enough votes to pass the bill. Please contact your House and Senate members and ask them to actively support ultimate passage of strong informed consent legislation in light of the Legislature’s failure to get these bill through each of the past two years!