Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: 3-5-2010

Legislative Actions Last Week

(Week of 3-1-10)

ABORTION

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

HCS HB 2014 — Sponsored by Representative Icet, appropriates money for supplemental purposes for several departments and offices of state government, purchase of equipment, payment of claims for refunds, for persons, firms and corporations. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

SB 684 — Introduced by Senator Rupp, corrects a technical error in a statute pertaining to foreign adoption orders. Third read and passed in the Senate on Monday, reported to the House and first read on Tuesday.

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. Heard in the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

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. Heard in the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

SCS SB 793 — Introduced by Senator Mayer, enacts provisions regarding informed consent for abortions. The Senate bill was taken up on the floor and debated for a few hours on Wednesday morning, but was put back on the Informal Calendar.

SB 1010 — Introduced by Senator Bray, establishes the Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies Act. Second read referred to the Senate Health Committee on Thursday.

CRIME

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. Voted do pass out of the House Urban Issues Committee on Monday.

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. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

SB 893 — Introduced by Senator Days, requires a law enforcement agency to enter certain information regarding orders of protection into the Missouri Uniform Law Enforcement system within twenty-four hours. Voted do pass out of the Senate Judiciary committee on Monday.

SB 1022 — Introduced by Senator Stouffer, adds to the list of entities that are required to report disciplinary action against health care professionals. First read in the Senate on Monday.

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. Perfected in the House on Tuesday.

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. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

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. Heard in the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

SB 643 — Introduced by Senator Keaveny, allows the City of St. Louis to control its police force without state intervention through passage of an ordinance. Heard in the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

HB 1383 — Sponsored by Representative Nolte, adds citizenship information to the sexual offender registration form and requires the State Highway Patrol to report to the federal government any non-U.S. citizen on the sexual offender registry. Referred to the House Immigration Committee on Wednesday.

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 perfected to the Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday, first read in the House on Thursday.

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. Second read referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

HB 1519 — Introduced by Representative Hoskins, creates the crimes of assault of a transit operator or an employee of a mass transit system while in the scope of his or her duties in the first, second, and third degree. First 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. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

SCS SB 887 — Introduced by Senator Schaefer, makes spice cannabinoids, commonly known as “spice” or “K2”, Schedule I controlled substances. Voted do pass out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, and reported out on Thursday.

HCS HB 1674 — Sponsored by Representative Lipke, requires all law enforcement agencies and the prosecutor to report all alcohol-related traffic arrests and court actions to the State Highway Patrol’s DWI Tracking System. Voted do pass out of the House Crime Prevention Committee on Wednesday.

HCS HB 1695 — Sponsored by Representative Stevenson, changes the laws regarding driving while intoxicated. Voted do pass out of the House Crime Prevention Committee on Wednesday.

HCS HB 1674,1742 & 1674 — Sponsored by Representatives Lipke Stevenson, requires all law enforcement agencies and the prosecutor to report all alcohol-related traffic arrests and court actions to the State Highway Patrol’s DWI Tracking System. Reported do pass out of the House on Thursday.

EDUCATION

SB 1046 — Introduced by Senator Wright-Jones, modifies the compulsory attendance age for the St. Louis City School District so that students must attend school from five years of age to eighteen years of age. First read in the Senate on Monday, referred to the Education Committee on Thursday.

HB 1892 — Sponsored by Representative Nasheed, authorizes certain specified individuals in addition to the school superintendent to issue a student work certificate. Voted do pass out of the House Workforce Development & Safety Committee on Monday, referred to Rules Committee on Tuesday.

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

SB 1024 — Introduced by Senator Cunningham, modifies provisions relating to teachers. First read in the Senate on Monday.

SB 1033 — Introduced by Senator Bray, requires the State Board of Education to establish school improvement standards to be used by charter school sponsors to annually evaluate charter schools. First read in the Senate on Monday, second read and referred to the Education Committee on Thursday.

SB 1039 — Introduced by Senator Pearce, requires the Joint Committee on Education to conduct a study on the issue of standards for elementary and secondary education. First read in the Senate on Monday, second read and referred to the Education Committee on Thursday.

HB 2221 — Sponsored by Representative Curls, modifies provisions relating to the Public School Retirement System of Kansas City. Referred to the House Retirement Committee on Tuesday.

HCS HB 1858 — Sponsored by Representative Zimmerman, transfers the administrative responsibility of the Minority and Underrepresented Environmental Literacy Program and the committee which administers the program to the Department of Higher Education. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

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. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

SB 768 — Introduced by Senator Bartle, modifies provisions relating to school districts charging tuition for non-resident children of district teachers and employees. Reported truly perfected out of the Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday, first read in the House on Thursday.

SB 835 — Introduced by Senator Rupp, modifies provisions relating to charter schools. 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. Voted do pass out of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

SCS 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. Voted do pass out of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

HB 2292 — Sponsored by Representative Fallert, provides that a person who is employed by a public school for seventeen hours or less may be employed by another public school without such hours being cumulative for purposes of retirement benefit. Second read in the House on Thursday.

SB 1024 — Introduced by Senator Cunningham, modifies provisions relating to teachers. Second read and referred to the Senate Education Committee on Thursday.

ELECTIONS & ETHICS

HB 2238 — Sponsored by Representative Burnett, creates a class three election offense for any person who induces another person with a name identical or similar to another candidate to run for office against the other candidate. Second read in the House on Monday.

SB 1051 — Introduced by Senator Crowell, bars legislators from lobbying and serving on boards commissions and committees for one year after leaving office. First read in the Senate on Monday, referred to the Rules Committee on Thursday.

SB 1052 — Introduced by Senator Crowell, bars legislators from being compensated by federal and state political committees. First read in the Senate on Monday, referred to the Rules Committee on Thursday.

SB 1054 — Introduced by Senator Crowell, prohibits the receipt of tax credits by campaign contributors. First read in the Senate on Monday.

SCR 53 — Introduced by Senator Purgason, requests Congress to amend the seventeenth amendment to allow state legislatures to elect members of the United States Senate. Referred to the Senate Rules Committee 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. Voted do pass out of the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

HB 2256 — Sponsored by Representative Flook, requires the Office of Administration to maintain public school accountability information on the Missouri Accountability Portal established under section 37.850. second read in the House 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. Voted do pass out of the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

HJR 78 — Sponsored by Representative Jason Smith, proposes a constitutional amendment requiring a three-fifths majority vote to amend the Missouri Constitution. Voted do pass out of the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

HB 1531 — Sponsored by Representative Dugger, removes the requirement that municipalities must hold an election in nonpartisan elections when there are the same number of candidates as open offices. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Wednesday.

HB 2153 — Sponsored by Representative Deeken, changes the laws regarding elections and establishes the Election Consolidation Act of 2010. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Wednesday.

HB 2281 — Sponsored by Representative Talboy, allows individuals to vote a straight party line ticket for all candidates of the same political party with a single punch or mark. Second read in the House on Thursday.

HB 2282 — Sponsored by Representative Skaggs, requires persons requesting 50 or more voter registration applications to provide certain information to the Office of the Secretary of State. Second read in the House on Thursday.

HB 2300 — Sponsored by Representative Kevin Wilson, changes provisions relating to ethics. First read in the House on Thursday.

SS#2 SCS SB 577 — Sponsored by Representative Shields, modifies various provisions relating to ethics. Reported to the House and first read on Thursday.

FAMILY

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 service fees, and judicial proceedings. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

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. Second read in the House on Monday, referred to the Crime Prevention Committee on Wednesday.

SB 1035 — Introduced by Senator Bray, requires parental consent for blood donors under eighteen years of age. First read in the Senate on Monday.

HB 1864 — Sponsored by Representative Ruestman, authorizes a state and local sales tax and use exemption for specified farm products sold at a farmers’ market. Heard in the House Agri-Business Committee on Tuesday.

HB 2226 — Sponsored by Representative Wasson, changes the laws regarding marital and family therapists. Heard in the House Professional Registration Committee on Wednesday.

HB 2270 — Sponsored by Representative Cooper, authorizes child abuse medical resource centers to collaborate with SAFE CARE providers and networks to promote improved services to children who are suspected victims of abuse. Second read in the House on Wednesday.

HB 2284 — Sponsored by Representative Talboy, establishes the requirements for the practice of midwifery in this state. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

HCS HJR 48, 50 & 57 — Sponsored by Representative Davis, proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting any person, employer, or health care provider from being compelled to participate in any health care system. Referred to the House Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday.

HJR 74 — Sponsored by Representative Gatschenberger, proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting any person, employer, or health care provider from being compelled to participate in any health care system. Heard in the House Real ID Committee on Wednesday.

SB 945 — Introduced by Senator Bray, modifies provisions relating to court actions by the Department of Mental Health. Voted do pass out of the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday.

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. Heard in the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday.

PORNOGRAPHY & SEX CRIMES

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 sexual or domestic violence. Second read in the House on Monday.

SB 806 — Sponsored by Representative Bartle, modifies provisions relating to children who are victims of pornographic offenses. Second read in the House on Monday.

SB 735 — Introduced by Senator Cunningham, requires public libraries to adopt policies on the placement of books and other materials that are obscene or pornographic for minors. Heard in the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

SB 1014 — Introduced by Senator Bartle, modifies the crime of child molestation in the first degree. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

SECOND AMENDMENT

SCS SB 740 — Introduced by Senator Lembke, exempts prosecuting and circuit attorneys who have completed the firearms safety training course required to obtain a conceal carry endorsement from certain otherwise unlawful uses of a weapon. Voted do pass out of the Senate Judiciary committee on Monday.

SB 1045 — Introduced by Senator Wright-Jones, makes it a crime for a person under the age of twenty-five in St. Louis to knowingly occupy a vehicle with a firearm. First read in the Senate on Monday, referred to the Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

SB 1005 — Introduced by Senator Schaefer, changes the laws regarding the use of deadly force by a private property owner or lessor, exempts antique firearms from certain weapons offenses, and modifies provisions concerning concealed carry endorsements. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

SOVEREIGNTY

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

HCR 38 — Introduced by representative Icet, urgently requests the United States Congress to cease and desist from imposing unfunded mandates on the states. Heard in the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday.

HCS 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. Voted do pass out of the House Real ID Committee on Wednesday.

HCS HCR 29 — Sponsored by Representative Nieves, affirms of the sovereignty of the people of Missouri under the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Voted do pass out of the House Real ID Committee on Wednesday.

HCS HCR 39 — Sponsored by Representative Gatschenberger, 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. Voted do pass out of the House Real ID Committee on Wednesday.

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. Voted do pass out of the House Real ID Committee on Wednesday, and referred to the 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. Voted do pass out of the Senate Economic Development Committee on Wednesday.

TAXATION

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. Second read in the House on Monday.

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

SB 686 — Sponsored by Representative Rupp, allows each party to an appeal before the state tax commission one change of hearing officer. Second read in the House on Monday.

SB 1036 — Introduced by Senator Bray, allows senior citizens and disabled persons to defer property tax payment. First read in the Senate on Monday.

SJR 43 — Introduced by Senator Mayer, authorizes the creation of tax free zones. First read in the Senate on Monday.

HB 2265 — Sponsored by Representative Funderburk, eliminates the annual corporate income tax. First read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 2265 — Sponsored by Representative Funderburk, eliminates the annual corporate income tax. Second read in the House on Wednesday.

SB 816 — Introduced by Senator Lembke, modifies provisions of law allowing interest on overpayments of income tax. Voted do pass out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday.

SB 1064 — Introduced by Senator Lembke, modifies provisions of law regarding property tax rates. Second read and referred to the Senate Jobs 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 to the Senate and first read on Thursday.

VETERANS

HCS HB 1580 — Sponsored by Representative Joe Smith, changes the laws regarding the Hero at Home Program. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

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. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

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. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 2260 — Sponsored by Representative Todd, changes the laws regarding absent uniformed services and overseas voters. First read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday.

HB 2261 — Sponsored by Representative Kraus, exempts students who are dependants of retired military from the three-year attendance requirement under the A+ Program when certain conditions are met. First read in the House on Monday.

SB 1020 — Introduced by Senator Barnitz, modifies the Hero at Home program. First read in the Senate on Monday.

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 disposition of the decedent’s remains. Reported to the Senate and first read on Thursday.

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. Reported to the Senate and first read on Thursday.

SB 102 — Introduced by Senator Barnitz, modifies the Hero at Home program. Second read and referred to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday.

OTHER

HB 2255 — Sponsored by Representative Tim Jones, requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to develop information for distribution in school districts about meningococcal disease and the availability of a vaccine to prevent it. First read in the House on Monday, second read 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. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday, perfected on Wednesday, and first read in the Senate on Thursday.

HCS HJR 86 — Sponsored by Representative Loehner, proposes a constitutional amendment affirming the right to raise animals in a humane manner. Perfected in the House on Monday.

SB 741 — Introduced by Senator Griesheimer, allows members of an ambulance district board of directors to be subject to recall from office. Voted do pass out of the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

SCR 54 — Introduced by Senator Purgason, creates the Joint Interim Committee on Reducing the Size of State Government. Referred to the Senate Rules committee on Monday.

SJR 44 — Introduced by Senator Shields, proposes a constitutional amendment to eliminate each state department within the executive branch. First read in the Senate on Monday, referred to the General Laws Committee on Thursday.

HCS HB 1402 — Sponsored by Representative Cox, exempts certain water systems that serve charitable or benevolent organizations from certain rules relating to well construction. Voted do pass out of the House Energy Committee on Tuesday.

HB 1444 — Sponsored by Representative Tim Jones, requires certain public governing bodies to hold a public meeting and to allow public comment four business days prior to voting on certain issues. Voted do pass out of the House General Laws committee on Tuesday.

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. Heard in the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

HCS HJR 86 — Sponsored by Representative Loehner, proposes a constitutional amendment affirming the right to raise animals in a humane manner. Referred to the House Fiscal Review Committee on Tuesday, voted out on Wednesday, first read in the Senate on Thursday.

HB 2280 — Sponsored by Representative Talboy, changes the laws regarding the crime of animal neglect. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

SCS SB 774 — Introduced by Senator Lembke, creates additional measures intended to increase safety at the Department of Mental Health. Reported do pass out of the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday.

SB 945 — Introduced by Senator Bray, modifies provisions relating to court actions by the Department of Mental Health. Heard in the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday.

HB 2102 — Sponsored by Representative Munzlinger, amends various requirements for animal care and facilities licensure and regulation. Referred to the House  Agri-Business Committee on Wednesday.

HB 2291 — Sponsored by Representative Munzlinger, establishes the Missouri Animal Care Advisory Committee to review and make recommendations on the welfare of poultry, livestock, and licensed dog breeding facilities in this state. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

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 Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday.

SCS HCS HB 1544 — Sponsored by Representative Fisher, extends the state’s eligibility to receive federal extended unemployment benefit money to provide unemployed individuals compensation beyond the current unemployment benefit period. Truly agreed to and finally passed through the Senate, and delivered to the Governor on Thursday.

SCR 47 — Introduced by Senator Engler, authorizes employment of an independent certified public accountant to perform an audit on the State Auditor’s Office. Reported to the House on Thursday.

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. Reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.