Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: 2-26-2010

Legislative Actions Last Week

(Week of 2-22-10)

ABORTION

SB 792 Introduced by Senator Dempsey, modifies provisions relating to abortion reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Voted do pass out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

SCS SB 793 Introduced by Senator Mayer, enacts provisions regarding informed consent for abortions. Voted do pass out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, reported out to the floor on Thursday.

SB 982 Introduced by Senator Bray, enacts the Prevention First Act. First read in the Senate on Monday.  Second read in the Senate, and referred to the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday.

SB 971 Introduced by Senator Lembke, requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to make available resources relating to umbilical cord blood. Second read and referred to the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday.

SB 1010 Introduced by Senator Bray, relating to emergency care for sexual assault victims. First read in the Senate on Thursday.

HCS HB 1327 & 2000 Sponsored by Representatives Pratt and Davis, changes the laws regarding the consent requirements for obtaining an abortion and specifies that anyone performing or inducing an abortion knowing that she has been coerced will be guilty of a class C felony. Voted do pass out of the House Children and Families Committee on Thursday.

HB 2232 Sponsored by Representative Low, changes the laws regarding sexual education, sexually transmitted infection therapies, and pregnancy prevention. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

HB 1235 Sponsored by Representative Davis, establishes additional health care directives for a health care provider who is withholding or withdrawing artificially supplied nutrition and hydration under a durable power of attorney. Referred to the House Children and Families Committee on Thursday.

HB 2252 Sponsored by Representative Faith, reauthorizes the tax credit for contributions to pregnancy resource centers. First read in the House on Thursday.

CRIME

HB 1535 Sponsored by Representative Fischer, requires a coroner to notify the appropriate prosecuting attorney instead of an associate circuit judge when he or she completes an inquisition regarding a death by a felonious act. Voted do pass out of the House Judiciary Committee on Monday.

HB 2197 Sponsored by Representative Munzlinger, revises unlawful use of a weapon by mandating that no person who has previously received a suspended imposition of sentence for certain felony violations can receive one for unlawful use of a weapon. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 2199 Sponsored by Representative Dieckhaus, changes the crime of stealing to make it a felony to steal property or services of any value from a patient or resident of a health care facility. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 2207 Sponsored by Representative Keeney, expands the crime of making a false declaration for the purpose of misleading a public servant in the performance of his or her duty. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 2216 Sponsored by Representative Kratky, expands the crime of unlawful use of a weapon to include knowingly possessing a firearm while also in possession of controlled substances that are sufficient for a felony violation under section 19. First read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday.

SB 814 Introduced by Senator Justus, 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. Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

HCS HB 1540 Sponsored by Representative Lipke, requires that judicial procedures for an infraction be the same as for a misdemeanor and requires motorists to obey reasonable signals and directions given by law enforcement in the enforcement of infractions. Third read in the Senate with an emergency clause on Tuesday.

HB 2217 Sponsored by Representative Kratky, revises the crime of unlawful use of a weapon and authorizes the suspension or revocation of a concealed carry endorsement when the holder is convicted of possession of a firearm while committing a felony. Introduced and first read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday.

SB 779 Introduced by Senator Bartle, modifies provisions relating to the DNA profiling system. Perfected in the Senate on Monday, second read on Tuesday.

HB 1313 Sponsored by Representative Curls, requires the Department of Corrections to establish the Shock Time for Felony Probationers Program to give courts an alternative to imposing a sentence for nonviolent offenders who have violated their probation. Referred to the House Crime Prevention Committee on Wednesday.

HCS#2 HB 1472 Sponsored by Representative Franz, adds 1-Pentyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole to the list of Schedule I controlled substances. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

HCS HB 1644 Sponsored by Representative Riddle, specifies that use of force by a parent or other caregiver of a minor or incompetent person; a teacher; certain operators of vehicles; or a physician is justifiable if the person is acting in self defense. Voted do pass out of the House Corrections Committee on Wednesday.

HCS HB 1404 Sponsored by Representative Cox, creates the crime of failure to adequately control an animal. Voted do pass out of the House Animal Agriculture Committee and referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

HB 1519 Sponsored by Representative Hoskins, changes the laws regarding the crime of assault of a law enforcement or corrections officer, emergency personnel, or highway worker by adding transit operators and employees of mass transit systems. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

SB 614 Introduced by Senator Wilson, modifies the definition of “bullying” as used in school district antibullying policies to include cyberbullying and electronic communications. Reported from the Senate Education Committee to the floor on Thursday.

SB 1004 Introduced by Senator Schaefer, relating to endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree. First read in the Senate on Thursday.

SB 1014 Introduced by Senator Bartle, relating to crime. First read in the Senate on Thursday.

HB 1540 Sponsored by Representative Lipke, modifies provisions relating to infractions. Third read in the Senate on Thursday.

DRUGS & ALCOHOL

HCS HB 1472 Sponsored by Representative Franz, adds 1-Pentyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole to the list of Schedule I controlled substances. House Rules Committee returned the HB back to the original committee on Monday.

EDUCATION

HB 2053 Sponsored by Representative Wallace, allows school districts to be excused for certain requirements when the basic state school aid is not fully funded. Referred to the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee on Monday.

HB 2200 Sponsored by Representative Dieckhaus, modifies provisions relating to charter schools. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 2214 Sponsored by Representative Nasheed, establishes the “Every Child Can Learn” act which requires personalized learning plans for certain students performing below grade level. Introduced and first read in the House on Monday.

HB 2214 Sponsored by Representative Nasheed, establishes the “Every Child Can Learn” act which requires personalized learning plans for certain students performing below grade level. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

SB 962 Introduced by Senator Schaefer, modifies provisions relating to gifted education. Second read in the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday.

SB 963 Introduced by Senator Shoemyer, transfers the administration of the Minority and Underrepresented Environmental Literacy Program from the Department of Natural Resources to the Department of Higher Education. Second read, and referred to the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday.

SB 969 Introduced by Senator Keaveny, modifies provisions relating to school attendance. Second read and referred to the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday.

HCS HB 1905 Sponsored by Representative Kevin Wilson, establishes the Professional Relationships Between Teachers and School Districts Act which specifies the procedures under which local school boards can meet and negotiate with employee organizations. Voted do pass out of the House Secondary Education Committee on Wednesday.

HJR 97 Sponsored by Representative Dieckhaus, proposes a constitutional amendment to modify the composition of the State Board of Education. First read in the House on Wednesday.

SB 783 Introduced by Senator Justus, provides that certain aliens will receive in-state tuition at college and universities that meet certain requirements. Heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

SB 907 Introduced by Senator Rupp, creates the Early High School Graduation Scholarship Program for public high school students who graduate from high school early. Heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

SB 939 Introduced by Senator Barnitz, modifies the use of the Consumer Price Index to measure tuition rates for public institutions of higher education. Heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

SB 997 Introduced by Senator Scott, modifies educational requirements for obtaining a substitute teacher license. First read in the Senate on Wednesday.

SCR 31 Introduced by Senator Pearce, encourages students and faculty to promote international education at Missouri colleges and universities. Adopted in the Senate, and reported to the House on Wednesday.

HCS#2 HB 1543 Sponsored by Representative Wallace, changes the laws regarding school employee liability, safety practices, and reporting acts of violence. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

HB 2230 Sponsored by Representative Stream, modifies provisions relating to charter schools. Second read in the House on Thursday.

HB 2245 Sponsored by Representative Bivins, delays the phase-in of the school funding formula by one year. First read in the House on Thursday.

SB 768 Introduced by Senator Bartle, modifies provisions relating to school districts charging tuition for non-resident children of district teachers and employees. Reported do pass out of the Senate Education Committee on Thursday.

ELECTIONS & ETHICS

HB 2195 Sponsored by Representative LeBlanc, 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. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 2210 Sponsored by Representative Schupp, modifies the paperwork requirements for the formation of a new political party and the nomination of independent candidates. Second read in the House on Monday.

HCS HJR 45, 69 & 70 Sponsored by Representative Gatschenberger, proposes a constitutional amendment limiting the total service in the General Assembly to 16 years in any proportion between the House of Representatives and the Senate. Voted do pass, and referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

HCS HJR 69 Sponsored by Representative Roorda, proposes a constitutional amendment limiting the total service in the General Assembly to 16 years in any proportion between the House of Representatives and the Senate. Reported do pass out of the House on Monday.

HJR 70 Sponsored by Representative Kingery, proposes a constitutional amendment limiting the total service in the General Assembly to 16 years in any proportion between the House of Representatives and the Senate. Reported do pass out of the House on Monday.

SB 818 Introduced by Senator Lembke, modifies various provisions relating to the initiative and referendum process. Voted do pass out of the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

HCS HB 1541 Sponsored by Representative Ruzicka, allows certain third class cities to cancel any primary election for the office of mayor and councilman. Voted do pass out of the House Elections Committee on Wednesday.

HB 2230 Sponsored by Representative Stream, modifies provisions relating to charter schools. First read in the House on Wednesday.

HJR 78 Sponsored by Representative Smith, proposes a constitutional amendment requiring a three-fifths majority vote to amend the Missouri Constitution. Heard in the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

SB 577 Introduced by Senator Shields, modifies various provisions relating to ethics. Extensively debated in the Senate, and finally perfected on the Senate floor on Wednesday.

HCS HJR 45, 69 & 70 Sponsored by Representative Gatschenberger, proposes a constitutional amendment limiting the total service in the General Assembly to 16 years in any proportion between the House of Representatives and the Senate. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

SB 577 Introduced by Senator Shields, modifies various provisions relating to ethics. Reported truly perfected out of the Senate Rules Committee on Thursday.

SCS SB 818 Introduced by Senator Lembke, modifies various provisions relating to the initiative and referendum process. Reported do pass out of the Senate Elections committee on Thursday.

FAMILY

SB 693 Sponsored by Senate Wilson, enacts the Foster Care and Adoptive Parents Recruitment and Retention Fund. Second read in the House on Monday.

SB 652 Introduced by Senator Ridgeway, allows jury trials in termination of parental rights actions. Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

HB 1247 Sponsored by Representative Sater, requires the Department of Social Services to apply for a federal waiver to modify the eligibility requirements for the Missouri Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program. Voted do pass out of the Hosue Healthcare Transformation Committee on Tuesday.

HB 2224 Sponsored by Representative Loehner, creates the Missouri Farmland Trust to provide beginning farmers with an affordable opportunity to farm through long-term low and variable leases. Introduced and first read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 2226 Sponsored by Representative Wasson, amends the requirements for licensure as a provisional licensed marital and family therapist. First read in the House on Tuesday.

HCR 11 Sponsored by Representative Davis, declares Missouri’s sole and exclusive right of self-governance as a sovereign and independent state. Heard in the House Real ID Committee on Tuesday.

SB 625 Introduced by Senator Justus, modifies provisions on child care subsidies. Voted do pass out of the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday.

HB 1787 Sponsored by Representative Kenny Jones, changes the laws regarding defensive use of force by a property owner or lessor, lowers the age for obtaining a concealed carry endorsement, and exempts antique firearms from certain weapons offenses. Heard in the House Agri-Business Committee on Wednesday.

HB 1495 Sponsored by Representative Schaaf, changes the laws regarding health insurance contracts and plans. Referred to the House Healthcare Transformation Committee on Thursday.

HB 1713 Sponsored by Representative Sander, requires all health insurance policies issued to Missouri residents on or after January 1, 2011, to include coverage for adopted children on the same basis as other dependents of the enrollee. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

HB 2239 Sponsored by Representative Schoeller, changes the laws regarding hotline calls reporting child abuse and neglect to the Children’s Division within the Department of Social Services. First read in the House on Thursday.

SB 625 Introduced by Senator Justus, modifies provisions on child care subsidies. Reported from the Senate Health Committee to the floor on Thursday.

SB 992 Introduced by Senator Clemens, creates the Missouri Farmland Trust. Second read in the Senate and referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday.

SB 996 Introduced by Senator Justus, modifies provisions regarding licensure of residential care facilities and foster homes. Second read and referred to the Senate Health Committee on Thursday.

GAMBLING

SB 984 Introduced by Senator Lembke, repeals the provision of law which makes it a class B misdemeanor for any gaming licensee to exchange tokens, chips, or other forms of credit used on gambling games for anything of value. First read in the Senate on Monday, second read and referred to the Senate ways and Means Committee on Tuesday.

PORNOGRAPHY & SEX CRIMES

SB 806 Introduced by Senator Bartle, modifies provisions relating to children who are victims of pornographic offenses. Reported truly perfected in the Senate Rules Committee on Monday, first read in the House on Thursday.

HCS HB 1631 Sponsored by Representative Pollock, creates the crime of sexual contact with a patient when an employee of or a person assigned to work in any health care or long-term care facility has sexual or deviate sexual intercourse with a patient. Voted do pass out of the House Senior Citizen Advocacy Committee on Wednesday, referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

HB 1832 Sponsored by Representative Wells, allows certain unsubstantiated complaints made against licensed professional counselors by certain sexually violent predators to be removed from the regulating entity’s records. Voted do pass out of the House Professional Registration and Licensing Committee on Wednesday, referred to Rules Committee on Thursday.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

HB 2212 Sponsored by Representative Davis, allows for a special “In God We Trust” license plate. Second read in the House on Monday.

SECOND AMENDMENT

SB 968 Introduced by Senator Stouffer, lowers the age requirement for a concealed carry endorsement from twenty-three to twenty-one. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

SB 973 Introduced by Senator Ridgeway, authorizes state and local sales and use tax exemptions for shooting ranges. Second read and referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on Tuesday.

HB 1206 Sponsored by Representative Gatschenberger, lowers the age at which a person can obtain a concealed carry endorsement from 23 to 21 years of age and increases the period of time an endorsement is valid from three years to five years. Heard in the House Agr-Business Committee on Wednesday.

HB 1291 Sponsored by Representative Burlison, increases the period of time a concealed carry endorsement is valid from three years to five years from the date of issuance or renewal. Heard in the House Agri-Business Committee on Wednesday.

HB 1352 Sponsored by Representative Schad, increases the period of time a concealed carry endorsement is valid from three years to five years from the date of issuance or renewal. Heard in the House Agri-Business Committee on Wednesday.

HB 1669 Sponsored by Representative Ruzicka, changes the laws regarding concealed weapons. Heard in the House Agri-Business Committee on Wednesday.

HB 2076 Sponsored by Representative Parson, changes the laws regarding concealed carry endorsements. Heard in the House Agri-Business Committee on Wednesday.

TAXATION

HB 2211 Sponsored by Representative Nasheed, modifies provisions of the circuit breaker property tax credit program. Second read in the House on Monday.

SCS SB 587 Introduced by Senator Nodler, creates the Tenth Amendment commission. Voted do pass out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

SJR 34 Introduced by Senator Goodman, 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. Voted do pass out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

HB 2215 Sponsored by Representative Nasheed, phases out over a six-year period the state sales and use tax on the purchase of food and replaces the revenue with an additional excise tax on wine and liquor. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

HCR 25 Sponsored by Representative Guest, claims sovereignty for the states under the Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution for all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government under the Constitution. Heard in the House Real ID Committee on Tuesday.

HCR 29 Sponsored by Representative Nieves, affirms of the sovereignty of the people of Missouri under the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Heard in the House Real ID Committee on Tuesday.

HJR 63 Sponsored by Representative Parson, 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. Heard in the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

HJR 88 Sponsored by Representative Nieves, proposes a constitutional amendment asserting the state’s sovereignty and the sovereignty of its citizens under the Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Heard in the House Real ID Committee on Tuesday.

SB 964 Introduced by Senator Barnitz, allows criminal investigators with the Department of Revenue to be appointed by the department director as peace officers and to carry firearms. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

SCR 46 Introduced by Senator Stouffer, urges Congress not to enact cap and trade legislation. Reported do pass out of the Senate Ethics Committee on Tuesday.

HB 1520 Sponsored by Representative Smith, increases the deduction for personal and dependency exemptions for income tax. Voted do pass out of the House Tax Reform Committee on Wednesday.

HCR 46 Sponsored by Representative Funderburk, urges the Environmental Protection Agency to rescind its formal endangerment finding on greenhouse gases and urges our congressional delegation to vote against H.R. 2454 known as “Cap and Trade”. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

HB 2147 Sponsored by Representative Dan Brown, exempts students who are dependants of retired military from the three-year attendance requirement under the A+ Program when certain conditions are met. Referred to the House Veterans Committee on Wednesday.

HCR 64 Sponsored by Representative Low, urges Congress to pass legislation to address the consequences of climate change. Offered in the House on Wednesday.

HCS HJR 87 Sponsored by Representative Icet, proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting appropriations in any fiscal year from exceeding certain limits. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

SB 851 Introduced by Senator Schmitt, requires at least four days notice before voting by governing bodies of local governments on tax increases, eminent domain, and certain districts and projects. Heard in the Senate Jobs Committee on Wednesday.

HCS HB 1316 Sponsored by Representative Deeken, changes the required notice that certain assessors must give taxpayers when the assessed valuation on real property increases. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

HCS HB 1408 & 1514 Sponsored by Representative Cox, 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. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

HB 1900 Sponsored by Representative Dethrow, changes the laws regarding the Big Government Get Off My Back Act and provides an income tax deduction for certain small businesses that create new full-time jobs. Heard in the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

HB 2237 Sponsored by Representative LeBlanc, modifies provisions relating to land tax collection law, and allows Kansas City to establish a land bank agency and commission. First read in the House on Thursday.

HB 2240 Sponsored by Representative Talboy, eliminates the in-lieu watercraft tax for most watercraft and makes the owner liable for any state and local sales and use tax, and directs appropriation of funds to victims of domestic violence. First read in the House on Thursday.

HB 2241 Sponsored by Representative Silvey, eliminates the in-lieu watercraft tax for most watercraft and makes the owner liable for any state and local sales and use tax, and directs the appropriation of funds for certain purposes. First read in the House on Thursday.

HB 2254 Sponsored by Representative Nolte, eliminates the in-lieu watercraft tax for most watercraft and makes the owner liable for any state and local sales and use tax, and requires the revenues to be used for veterans. First read in the House on Thursday.

HB 2251 Sponsored by Representative Faith, allows purchasers to request refunds of erroneously charged sales taxes. First read in the House on Thursday.

VETERANS

HB 1208 Sponsored by Representative Day, adds the person designated by a military member in a United States Department of Defense form to the term next-of-kin as it relates to the right of sepulcher in final dispostition of the decedent’s remains. Perfected by consent in the House on Monday.

HB 1745 Sponsored by Representative Day, requires the State Treasurer to hold and maintain military medals until their owner or his or her heirs can be found and authorizes the Treasurer to designate an organization to be the custodian of a medal. Perfected by consent in the House on Monday.

HCS HB 1504 Sponsored by Representative Schaaf, expands eligibility for the Missouri Returning Heroes’ Education Act scholarship and specifies that homeschooled students must receive the same financial aid consideration as non-homeschooled students. Voted do pass out of the House Higher Education Committee on Tuesday.

HB 1524 Sponsored by Representative Largent, changes the laws regarding military forces and authorizes certain medals, badges, and ribbons for outstanding military performance and for service in direct support of several military campaigns. Heard in the House Veterans Committee on Wednesday.

HCS HB 1580 Sponsored by Representative Joe Smith, changes the laws regarding the Hero at Home Program. Voted do pass out of the House Veterans Committee on Wednesday.

HCS HB 1943 Sponsored by Representative McGhee, changes the membership of the panel which establishes the criteria for awarding grants from the Missouri Military Family Relief Fund. Voted do pass out of the House Veterans Committee on Wednesday.

HB 2242 Sponsored by Representative Walsh, establishes the Safe Staffing and Quality Care Accountability Act for Veterans Homes and the Safe Staffing and Quality Care Accountability Act for Mental Health Facilities. First read in the House on Thursday.

OTHER

HB 2220 Sponsored by Representative Dugger, includes an affirmation to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and this state in an election judge’s oath. First read in the House on Monday.

HJR 76 Sponsored by Representative Dethrow, proposes a constitutional amendment requiring four-sevenths majority for voter approval of any initiative relating to bird, fish, game, wildlife, or forestry resources. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

HCS HJR 86 Sponsored by Representative Loehner, proposes a constitutional amendment affirming the right to raise animals in a humane manner. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

SCS SB 616 Sponsored by Senator Goodman, enacts provisions relating to faith-based community health centers. Second read in the House on Monday.

SB 712 Introduced by Senator Bray, establishes a Commission on the Reorganization of State Health Care. Heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

SB 904 Introduced by Senator Bray, repeals the Clean Indoor Air Act and enacts new provisions relating to the prohibition of smoking in public places. Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

HB 1265 Sponsored by Representative Smith, prohibits the use of global positioning systems or other technology to monitor the mileage traveled by any motor vehicle in order to impose any mileage tax. Heard in the House Real ID Committee on Tuesday.

HB 2220 Sponsored by Representative Dugger, includes an affirmation to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and this state in an election judge’s oath. Second read in the House on Tuesday, referred to the House Elections Committee on Thursday.

HCR 14 Sponsored by Representative Ervin, encourages President Obama to reinstate Executive Order Number 12612 regarding the division of governmental responsibilities and the principles of federalism. Heard in the House Real ID Committee on Tuesday.

HCS HB 1903 Sponsored by Representative Icet, creates the Federal Budget Stabilization Extension Fund to receive moneys from any federal job creation legislation enacted by the 111th United States Congress. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

HB 2131 Sponsored by Representative Parkinson, requires a $2 deduction each pay period from the Governor’s personal pay to be deposited into the Governor Nixon’s Federal Scratch-Off, Match-Off Fund to purchase a Powerball lottery ticket each week. Heard in the House Tax Reform Committee on Wednesday.

HCR 58 Sponsored by Representative Oxford, designates March 27, 2010, at 8:30 pm as “Earth Hour” in Missouri encourages Missourians to participate by turning off their lights for one hour at that time. Referred to the House Tourism Committee on Wednesday.

HB 1848 Sponsored by Representative Holsman, establishes the Urban Farming Task Force to study and make recommendations regarding the impact of urban farm cooperatives, vertical farming, and sustainable living communities in Missouri. Referred to the House Agriculture Policy Committee on Thursday.

HCR 16 Sponsored by Representative Loehner, supports the use of unbiased scientific research and data regarding the management practices for rivers and streams. Heard in the House State Parks and Waterways Committee on Thursday.

HCR 66 Sponsored by Representative Dixon, urges Attorney General Koster to investigate the constitutionality of the Nebraska Compromise to federal health care legislation made by Senator Ben Nelson. Offered in the House on Thursday.