Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: 3-26-2010

Legislative Actions Last Week

(Week of 3-22-10)

 

Monday afternoon the House started the floor debate on the state budget. It was a timed debate with a total of eight hours dedicated for all the budget bills (HB 2001 through HB 2013). The entire batch of budget bills where reported do pass through the House Rules Committee on Monday. The house committee substitutes where perfected in the House on Wednesday, and third read on the House floor on Thursday. 

 

Meetings between House and Senate leaders promising to work together to find solutions to the current budget crisis have already been historic and unexpected.  Passage of the first legislative version of the budget through the House this week was a great relief to many who expected cantankerous fighting.  While not without occasional flare-ups as tempers were tested, the House action was exceptionally subdued. 

 

The budget process is well under way but still has a long way to go.  Your prayers are already baring fruit.  Do not be weary in well doing.  Please add our State budget to your regular prayer life. May the Show Me State see God’s Glory in the midst of our budget crisis!

 

 

ABORTION

 

HCS HB 1327 & 2000 Sponsored by Representatives Pratt and Davis, changes the laws regarding the consent requirements for obtaining an abortion and creates the crime of coercing an abortion. Perfected in the House on Monday, and referred to the Fiscal Review Committee Tuesday, reported out on Thursday.

 

SB 747 Introduced by Senator Rupp, prohibits health insurance exchanges established in Missouri from offering health insurance policies or optional riders that provide coverage for elective abortions. Heard and voted do pass out of the Senate Small Business Committee on Monday and reported to the Senate floor on Tuesday.

 

HCS HB 1238 Sponsored by Representative Davis, changes the laws regarding the consent requirements for obtaining an abortion and specifies that anyone performing or inducing an abortion knowing the woman has been coerced will be guilty of a class C felony. Reported do pass out of the House Children and Families Committee on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1365 Sponsored by Representative Emery, specifies that no pharmacy can be required to perform, assist, recommend, refer to, or participate in any act or service resulting in an abortion and it will be immune from liability for refusing to do so. Voted do pass out of the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 1546 Sponsored by Representative Harris, changes the requirements for reporting abortions to the Department of Health and Senior Services. Voted do pass out of the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1725 Sponsored by Representative Pollock, prohibits health insurance exchanges in Missouri or any exchange administered by the federal government from offering policies or optional riders that provide coverage for elective abortions. Heard in the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

 

SS#2 SCS SJR 25 Introduced by Senator Cunningham, prohibits laws interfering with freedom of choice in health care. Picked up on Wednesday and debated on the Senate floor for close to 9 hours on Wednesday afternoon and evening before rolling the SJR on the Informal Calendar.

 

HB 2252 Sponsored by Representative Faith, reauthorizes the provisions regarding the tax credit for contributions to pregnancy resource centers and extends the expiration date until August 28, 2022. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 2384 Sponsored by Representative Tracy, establishes the Embryo Transfer Act which authorizes the legal relinquishment and subsequent transfer of human embryos. Second read in the House on Thursday.

 

 

CRIME

 

SB 1004 Introduced by Senator Schaefer, increases the penalty for endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree when the person creates a substantial risk to the life of a child under the age or five by shaking him or her. Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

 

HCS HB 1601 Sponsored by Representative Nasheed, allows the City of St. Louis to establish a municipal police force completely under the city’s authority. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

HB 2357 Sponsored by Representative Jason Smith, prohibits Missouri public retirement plans from investing funds with foreign companies located in countries that sponsor terrorism. First read in the House on Monday second read on Tuesday.

 

SCS SB 787 Introduced by Senator Rupp, modifies the process for appealing a decision of the department of public safety regarding a crime victims’ compensation fund claim. Perfected in the Senate on Tuesday.

 

HCS HB 1205 Sponsored by Representative Schad, prohibits all drivers, regardless of age, from text messaging while operating a moving motor vehicle on any highway in this state. Voted do pass out of the House Public Safety Committee 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. Heard in the House Crime Prevention Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS#2 HB 1692, 1209, 1405, 1499, 1535 & 1811 Sponsored by Representative Jason Smith, changes the laws regarding courts and judges, adoptions, reports of child abuse and neglect, child support, and judicial proceedings. Reported do pass out of the House Fiscal review Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 2081 Sponsored by Representative Riddle, specifies that a pregnant woman may use deadly force to protect her unborn child if she reasonably believes that deadly force is necessary. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

 

DRUGS & ALCOHOL

 

 

 

EDUCATION

 

HB 2358 Sponsored by Representative Kratky, renames the St. Louis Students’ Bill of Rights to the Metropolitan School District Students’ Bill of Rights and removes the voter-approval requirement. First read in the House on Monday.

 

HB 2379 Sponsored by Representative Carter, establishes the Missouri 4 For More Program in the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to allow parents paid leave from work to help their children in their school. First read in the House on Wednesday.

 

SB 936 Introduced by Senator Pearce, establishes the Missouri Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Initiative within the Department of Higher Education. Voted do pass out of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2230 Sponsored by Representative Stream, changes the laws regarding high-risk or alternative charter schools. Referred to the House Urban Issues Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 2376 Sponsored by Representative Holsman, expands the Preschool Plus Program. First read in the House on Wednesday.

 

 

ELECTIONS & ETHICS

 

SB 845 Introduced by Senator Barnitz, modifies the law relating to voter registration and absentee ballots for overseas voters. Perfected in the Senate, and reported to the Senate Rules Committee on Monday.

 

HCS HB 1788 Sponsored by Representative Parson, changes the laws regarding initiative petitions and referendums. Voted do pass out of the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCS HB 2260 Sponsored by Representative Todd, changes the laws regarding absent uniformed services and overseas voters. Voted do pass out of the House Veterans Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCS 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. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

HJR 78 Sponsored by Representative Jason Smith, proposes a constitutional amendment requiring a three-fifths majority vote to amend the Missouri Constitution. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2180 Sponsored by Representative Nieves, changes the laws regarding initiative and referendum petitions. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 2214 Sponsored by Representative Nasheed, establishes the Every Child Can Learn Act which requires all St. Louis public schools to use a response-to-intervention tiered approach to reading instruction for certain students who are struggling readers. Referred to the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 2300 Sponsored by Representative Kevin Wilson, changes the laws regarding conflicts of interest and lobbying, ethics, and campaign finance. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

 

FAMILY

 

HCS HB 1570 Sponsored by Representative Ervin, changes the laws regarding health insurance to comply with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Voted do pass out of the House Insurance Policy Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2374 Sponsored by Representative Tim Jones, modifies provisions relating to child support. First read in the House on Wednesday.

 

HB 2389 Sponsored by Representative Tishaura Jones, requires the state high risk pool to offer supplemental health insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

HB 2392 Sponsored by Representative Stream, relating to the Missouri homestead preservation act. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

HJR 93 Sponsored by Representative Nieves, proposes a constitutional amendment declaring that all persons have a natural right to economic freedom. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Thursday.

 

 

GAMBLING

 

HCS HB 1994 Sponsored by Representative Zerr, repeals 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. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

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. Reported from the Senate Ways and Means Committee to the floor on Thursday.

 

 

HOMOSEXUALITY

 

HB 1850 Sponsored by Representative Webber, changes the laws regarding complaints filed with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights and prohibits discrimination based upon a person’s sexual orientation. Heard in the House Urban Issues Committee on Monday.

 

 

IMMIGRATION

 

 

 

PORNOGRAPHY & SEX CRIMES

 

SB 1014 Introduced by Senator Bartle, modifies the crime of child molestation in the first degree. Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

 

HB 2386 Sponsored by Representative Sander, revises various laws concerning sexual offenses and their investigation. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

 

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

 

HJR 62 Sponsored by Representative McGhee, proposes a constitutional amendment guaranteeing a citizen’s right to pray and worship on public property and reaffirming a citizen’s right to choose any or no religion. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

 

SECOND AMENDMENT

 

HCR 76 Sponsored by Representative Parkinson, encourages every school district in Missouri to promote and include trap shooting as a high school sport. Offered in the House on Thursday.

 

 

SOVEREIGNTY, GOVERNMENT ETHICS & SOCIALISM

 

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 Fiscal Review Committee on Monday.  Voted do pass out of the House Fiscal review 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. First read in the House on Monday.

 

HB 2220 Sponsored by Representative Dugger, revises the oath that election judges take prior to being commissioned or beginning duties by requiring them to swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and of Missouri. Reported do pass out of the House rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

SS SB 757 Introduced by Senator Rupp, establishes the Joint Committee on Recovery Accountability and Transparency, requires amounts withheld from the state budget and out of state travel to be posted on the Missouri accountability portal, and requires county auditors to inventory certain property. Perfected in the Senate on Tuesday, reported to the Senate Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

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. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

 

 

TAXATION

 

HB 2360 Sponsored by Representative Aull, requires counties to provide for installment payments of a portion of real property taxes when the taxes increase by more than 15% in one year. First read in the House on Monday.

 

SB 816 Introduced by Senator Lembke, modifies provisions of law allowing interest on overpayments of income tax. Perfected in the Senate on Monday.

 

SCS SB 944 Introduced by Senator Shields, creates state and local sales and use tax exemptions. Perfected in the Senate, and reported to the Senate Rules Committee on Monday.

 

HB 2360 Sponsored by Representative Aull, requires counties to provide for installment payments of a portion of real property taxes when the taxes increase by more than 15% in one year. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

 

HCS HCR 25, 29 & 39 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. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

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”. Adopted in the House and reported to the Senate 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. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

SB 816 Introduced by Senator Lembke, modifies provisions of law allowing interest on overpayments of income tax. Referred to the Senate Fiscal Oversight Committee on Tuesday.

 

SB 944 Introduced by Senator Shields, creates state and local sales and use tax exemptions. Referred to the Senate Fiscal Oversight Committee on Tuesday.

 

SB 1064 Introduced by Senator Lembke, modifies provisions of law regarding property tax rates. Heard in the Senate Local Government Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 1420 Sponsored by Representative Franz, changes the laws regarding the sale of real property for the collection of delinquent taxes. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 2176 Sponsored by Representative Guest, establishes the State Authority and Federal Tax Fund Act and reasserts the state’s authority under the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 2302 Sponsored by Representative Sutherland, implements the provisions of the streamlined sales and use tax agreement. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

 

VETERANS

 

HCS HB 2147 & 2261 Sponsored by Representative Dan Brown, exempts certain students who are dependents of recently retired military personnel from the three-year attendance requirement under the A+ Program. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

HCS 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. Vote do pass out of the House Veterans Committee on Tuesday.

 

SCS SB 733 Introduced by Senator Pearce, modifies renewal requirements for recipients of the Bright Flight Scholarship Program who have completed military service. Reported out of the Senate Education Committee to the floor on Thursday.

 

 

OTHER

 

HB 2377 Sponsored by Representative Storch, removes Lincoln’s Birthday and Truman’s Birthday as public holidays in the State of Missouri. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read 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. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

HCS HB 2198 Sponsored by Representative Parson, changes the laws regarding the Motor Vehicle Franchise Practices Act. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

HCR 16 Sponsored by Representative Loehner, supports the use of unbiased scientific research and data regarding the management practices for rivers and streams. Adopted in the House, and reported to the Senate on Monday.  Referred to the Senate Ethics Committee on Tuesday.

 

HJR 86 Sponsored by Representative Loehner, makes laws regarding crop production and welfare of domesticated animals valid only if based on generally accepted science and if passed by the General Assembly. Heard in the Senate Agriculture committee on Wednesday.