Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: 4-2-2010

Legislative Actions Last Week

(Week of 3-29-10)

 

ABORTION

 

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 in the Senate floor, debated and placed on the Senate Informal Calendar on Monday..

 

HCS HB 1327 & 2000 Sponsored by Representatives Davis & Pratt, changes the laws regarding the consent requirements for obtaining an abortion and creates the crime of coercing an abortion. Third read and passed the House, reported to the Senate and first read on Tuesday, referred to the Senate Judiciary 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. Referred to the House Children and Families 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. Voted do pass out of the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday, reported out to the floor on Thursday.

 

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.

 

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

 

 

CRIME

 

SCS SB 787 Sponsored by Senator Rupp, modifies the process for appealing a decision of the department of public safety regarding a crime victims’ compensation fund claim. Second read in the House 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. Heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

 

HB 1472 Sponsored by Representative Franz, expands the list of controlled substances. Voted do pass out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

 

HB 1519 Sponsored 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. Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

 

HCS#2 HB 1543 Sponsored by Representative Wallace, changes the laws regarding school employee liability, safety practices, and reporting acts of violence. Adopted in the House on Tuesday.

 

HB 2137 Sponsored by Representative Guest, allows any local governing agency to establish a work for restitution program and requires certain nonviolent offenders to participate in and complete the program. Referred to the House Corrections Committee on Tuesday.

 

SCS 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. Voted do pass out of the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 2442 Sponsored by Representative Brandom, allows for house arrest with electronic monitoring or shackling for nonviolent offenders and requires reimbursement of the total cost of house arrest by the state. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

HB 2444 Sponsored by Representative Webb, prohibits a person from operating a motor vehicle on public property while using a wireless telephone with certain exceptions. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

HB 2469 Sponsored by Representative Webb, expands the crime of tampering with a witness and creates the crimes of intimidating a witness or victim in the first, second, and third degrees. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

 

DRUGS & ALCOHOL

 

SB 887 Introduced by Senator Schaefer, makes spice cannabinoids, commonly known as “spice” or “K2”, Schedule I controlled substances. Referred to the House Public Safety Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 2451 Sponsored by Representative Kenny Jones, establishes the Controlled Substances Registration Database Fund to implement a controlled substances database for the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

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 Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1695, 1742 & 1674 Sponsored by Representative Stevenson, changes the laws regarding driving while intoxicated. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

 

EDUCATION

 

SCS SB 631 Introduced by Senator Cunningham, creates the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act. Reported from the Senate Education Committee to the floor on Thursday.

 

SCS SB 963 Sponsored 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 in the House on Monday.

 

HB 2406 Sponsored by Representative Scharnhorst, authorizes an income tax deduction for tuition, attendance fees, and school supplies purchased for educating a dependent enrolled in a Missouri elementary or secondary school. First read in the House on Tuesday.

 

SCS SB 733 Introduced by Senator Pearce, modifies provisions of the Bright Flight Scholarship Program. Perfected in the Senate on Tuesday.

 

HB 2427 Sponsored by Representative Tim Jones, establishes the “School Choice Tax Credit Act”. First read in the House on Wednesday.

 

SCS SB 815 Introduced by Senator Bartle, 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. Voted do pass in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

SB 943 Introduced by Senator Shields, requires the Joint Committee on Education to study state funding for elementary and secondary education. Vote do pass out of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

SB 969 Introduced by Senator Keaveny, modifies provisions relating to school attendance. Heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

SB 980 Introduced by Senator Pearce, requires the Joint Committee on Education to conduct a study on voluntary prekindergarten in Missouri. Heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2462 Sponsored by Representative Dieckhaus, creates procedures for open enrollment of public school students across school district boundary lines. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

HB 2464 Sponsored by Representative Dieckhaus, contains provisions relating to school reform measures. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

SB 733 Introduced by Senator Pearce, modifies provisions of the Bright Flight Scholarship Program. Third read and passed through the Senate and reported to the House and first read in the House on Thursday.

 

SCS SB 815 Introduced by Senator Bartle, 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. Reported out of the Senate Education Committee to the floor on Thursday.

 

 

ELECTIONS & ETHICS

 

SB 845 Sponsored by Senator Barnitz, modifies the law relating to voter registration and absentee ballots for overseas voters. Second read in the House 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. Reported to the Senate and first read on Tuesday.

 

HCS HB 1966 Sponsored by Representative Diehl, allows for an advance voting period for an election in which any statewide office is on the ballot. Voted do pass out of the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

 

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. Perfected in the House on Tuesday.

 

HCS HJR 64 Sponsored by Representative Cox, proposes a constitutional amendment changing the laws regarding voter identification. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HJR 94 Sponsored by Representative Dethrow, Proposes a constitutional amendment changing the minimum legal voter signature requirement for placing a constitutional amendment on the ballot through the initiative petition process. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCS HB 1788 Sponsored by Representative Parson, changes the laws regarding initiative petitions and referendums. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

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

 

HCS HB 1966 Sponsored by Representative Diehl, allows for an advance voting period for an election in which any statewide office is on the ballot. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

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

 

HJR 98 Sponsored by Representative Linda Fischer, proposes a constitutional amendment reducing the number of members of the House of Representatives to 120 and increasing the number of members of the Senate to 40. Second read in the House on Thursday.

 

HJR 100 Sponsored by Representative Hoskins, proposes a constitutional amendment reducing the number of members of the House of Representatives to 103. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

 

FAMILY

 

HCS#2 HB 1692, 1209, 1405, 1499, 1535 & 1811 Sponsored by Representative Smith, changes the laws regarding courts and judges, adoptions, reports of child abuse and neglect, child support, and judicial proceedings. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1892 Sponsored by Representative Nasheed, authorizes certain specified individuals in addition to the school superintendent to issue a student work certificate. Third read and finally passed in the House on Monday.

 

HB 2389 Sponsored by Representative Tishaura Jones, requires the state high risk pool to offer supplemental health insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder. Second read in the House on Monday, referred to the Health Insurance Committee on Wednesday.

 

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

 

HB 2412 Sponsored by Representative Jason Smith, allows Missouri residents to purchase health insurance from foreign insurers that are licensed in certain other states. First read in the House on Tuesday.

 

HB 2413 Sponsored by Representative Stream, continues Medicaid coverage for foster children up to age 23 and requires schools to facilitate the transition of foster care students from school to school. First read in the House on Tuesday.

 

HB 2419 Sponsored by Representative Carter, specifies that certain felons must be eligible for food stamp program benefits. First read in the House on Tuesday.

 

HB 2420 Sponsored by Representative Kinder, revises laws concerning the protection of children regarding amber alerts, orders of protection and denial of bail. Second read in the House on Thursday.

 

SS SCS SB 625 Introduced by Senator Justus, modifies provisions on child care subsidies. Perfected in the Senate on Tuesday, reported do pass out of the Senate on Wednesday.

 

SB 992 Introduced by Senator Clemens, creates the Missouri Farmland Trust. Heard in the Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday.

 

 

GAMBLING

 

SS SB 984 Introduced by Senator Lembke, modifies 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. Perfected in the Senate on Monday, reported do pass on Tuesday.

 

HCS HB 1893 Sponsored by Representative Kelly, changes the laws regarding the distribution of gaming funds for early childhood education and veterans’ programs. Perfected in the House on Tuesday, and third read and passed through the House on Thursday.

 

 

HOMOSEXUALITY

 

 

 

IMMIGRATION

 

HB 2449 Sponsored by Representative Parkinson, modifies provisions relating to illegal immigration. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

 

PORNOGRAPHY & SEX CRIMES

 

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

 

HB 2270 Sponsored by Representative Cooper, allows child abuse medical resource centers and SAFE CARE providers to collaborate to promote improved services to children who are suspected victims of abuse in need of a forensic medical exam. Perfected in the House on Tuesday, first read in the Senate on Wednesday.

 

SS SCS SB 586 & 617 Sponsored by Representative Bartle, regulates sexually oriented businesses. Referred to the House Small Business Committee on Tuesday.

 

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. Voted do pass out of the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1551 Sponsored by Representative Emery, establishes the Community Protection Act which regulates sexually oriented businesses. Heard in the House Crime Prevention Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2471 Sponsored by Representative Dan Brown, requires that devices used to electronically monitor certain sexual offenders also immediately alert law enforcement if the offender travels into a restricted area under Missouri law. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

 

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

 

 

 

SECOND AMENDMENT

 

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 through the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1400 Sponsored by Representative Cox, establishes the Business Premises Safety Act. Voted do pass out of the House General Laws Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 2453 Sponsored by Representative Curls, makes it a class A misdemeanor for any person to sell handgun ammunition in Kansas City or North Kansas City. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

HB 1802 Sponsored by Representative Gatschenberger, allows a resident of Missouri to purchase rifles and shotguns in any state and allows a resident of any state to purchase rifles and shotguns in Missouri if he or she conforms to certain laws. Third read and passed in the House on Monday, reported to the Senate and first read on Tuesday, referred to the House General Laws Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2398 Sponsored by Representative Leara, requires sheriff’s and police chiefs of the city of residence of persons purchasing firearms to execute within fifteen business days of any request all documents required to be submitted by the purchaser. First read in the House on Monday.

 

HB 2455 Sponsored by Representative Davis, creates the Missouri Firearms Freedom Act. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

 

SOVEREIGNTY, GOVERNMENT ETHICS & SOCIALISM

 

HB 2403 Sponsored by Representative McNeil, requires the Governor to maintain a record of all appointees to state boards, commissions, committees, and councils and to maintain a listing of the racial and gender composition of such bodies. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

 

 

TAXATION

 

HB 1424 Sponsored by Representative Franz, changes the laws regarding the collection of property taxes. Third read in the House on Monday, reported to the Senate and first read on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

 

HB 2394 Sponsored by Representative Leara, authorizes an income tax deduction for first-time purchases of a primary residence. First read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday.

 

HB 2395 Sponsored by Representative Leara, specifies that the true value in money on real property for property taxation will be the assessed value in 2009 or the most recent sale price until the property is sold. First read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday.

 

HB 2399 Sponsored by Representative Hobbs, enacts provisions relating to authorization of tax credits. First read in the House on Monday.

 

HCS HB 1244 Sponsored by Representative Sater, authorizes a state and local sales and use tax exemption for over-the-counter or nonprescription drugs which are prescribed by a practitioner. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCS HB 1290 Sponsored by Representative Gatschenberger, increases the minimum value of county property that the auditor in a charter county must annually inventory. Reported to the Senate and first read on Tuesday.

 

SB 686 Introduced by Senator Rupp, allows each party to an appeal before the state tax commission one change of hearing officer. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday.

 

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. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1228 Sponsored by Representative Kraus, exempts real property owned by individuals 65 years of age or older with certain levels of income from increases in assessed valuation that are not from new construction or improvements. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2427 Sponsored by Representative Tim Jones, establishes the “School Choice Tax Credit Act”. Second read in the House on Thursday.

 

HB 2446 Sponsored by Representative Cunningham, requires cell phone providers who improperly charge a sales tax for cell phone service to pay the customer three times the amount of the sales tax collected by the customer. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

HB 2447 Sponsored by Representative Aull, allows school districts to adopt a sales tax for educational purposes upon voter approval. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

HB 2460 Sponsored by Representative Dieckhaus, provides an income tax deduction of up to $250 for payments made on student loans. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

 

VETERANS

 

HCS HB 1580 Sponsored by Representative Smith, changes the laws regarding the Hero at Home Program. Third read and finally passed in the House on Monday, first read in the Senate on Tuesday, second read 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. Third read and finally passed in the House on Monday, second read on Wednesday.

 

HB 2396 Sponsored by Representative Leara, provides that the annual registration fee for a motor vehicle of any Missouri resident who served in armed combat is a one-time fee, and waives the fee for years subsequent to initial registration. First read in the House on Monday.

 

HB 2114 Sponsored by Representative Hoskins, specifies that the State of Missouri recognizes the designations of Prisoner of War and Missing in Action as valid descriptions of casualty status and category classification for military personnel. Perfected in the House on Tuesday.

 

HB 2332 Sponsored by Representative Witte, allows certain active-duty military parents to send their children to a public school within a 30-mile radius of the parent’s military installation. Referred to the House Veterans Committee on Tuesday.

 

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. Third read and passed through the House, reported to the Senate and first read on Wednesday.

 

HB 2423 Sponsored by Representative Kander, revises the law concerning veteran’s preference in state hiring. Second read in the House on Thursday.

 

HCR 79 Sponsored by Representative Webb, supports the procurement of the F/A-18E/F Block II Super Hornet to mitigate the Navy’s TACAIR shortfall. Offered in the House on Thursday.

 

 

OTHER

 

HCS HB 1375 Sponsored by Representative Cooper, allows physicians to use expedited partner therapy by dispensing and prescribing medications for partners of persons with certain sexually transmitted diseases who are not their patients. Third read in the House on Monday.

 

HB 1508 Sponsored by Representative Still, changes the laws regarding unsecured loans of $500 or less, commonly known as payday loans. Referred to the House Financial Institutions Committee on Monday.

 

HB 1509 Sponsored by Representative Still, prohibits unsecured loans of $500 or less, commonly known as payday loans, from being facilitated, encouraged, solicited, advertised, or provided on nursing home or residential care facility property. Referred to the House Financial Institutions Committee on Monday.

 

HB 2397 Sponsored by Representative Leara, requires a public entity, political subdivision, or governmental agency to have full ownership of any property obtained by the power of eminent domain. First read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday.

 

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. Second read in the House on Monday, referred to the House Budget Committee on Tuesday.

 

SB 945 Introduced by Senator Bray, modifies provisions relating to court actions by the Department of Mental Health. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

SB 1066 Introduced by Senator Wright-Jones, establishes plans to increase the participation of certified socially and economically disadvantaged small business concerns, minority business enterprises, and women’s business enterprises in contracting with the state. Heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

 

HCS 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. Perfected in the House on Tuesday.

 

HCS HB 1831 Sponsored by Representative Kenny Jones, allows school districts, after 10 years, to return real property back to the nonprofit organization which donated it or to sell it as surplus. Reported to the Senate and first read on Tuesday.

 

HCS HB 2102 Sponsored by Representative Munzlinger, changes the laws regarding the Animal Care Facilities Act. Voted do pass out of the House Agri-Business Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCS HB 2357 Sponsored by Representative Jason Smith, prohibits any public retirement plan of the state or a political subdivision from investing funds with foreign companies that have active ties to specified countries that are nonhumanitarian in nature. Voted do pass out of the House veterans Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 2399 Sponsored by Representative Hobbs, enacts provisions relating to authorization of tax credits. Referred to the House Economic Development Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCS HCR 34 & 35 Sponsored by Representative Icet, submits to Congress a proposed federal balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution. Reported do pass out of the House Ethics Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCR 77 Sponsored by Representative Franz, calls on the Attorney General to file an independent lawsuit or join 13 state attorneys general in their lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care reform legislation. First read in the House on Tuesday.

 

SCR 36 Introduced by Senator Schmitt, urges Congress to pass a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution. Referred to the House Budget Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCR 78 Sponsored by Representative Dethrow, creates the Joint Interim Committee on Reducing the Size of State Government. 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. Second read and referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2456 Sponsored by Representative Emery, establishes the State Sovereignty Commission to protect the State of Missouri against unconstitutional encroachment by the federal government on state sovereignty. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

HB 2470 Sponsored by Representative Webb, establishes the Missouri Global Warming Solutions Act of 2010 to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

HB 2474 Sponsored by Representative Pollock, requires all water quality testing for E. coli for purposes of determining compliance with EPA standards for full body contact recreation or testing of state park beaches to be conducted by DNR. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

HCR 77 Sponsored by Representative Franz, calls on the Attorney General to file an independent lawsuit or join 13 state attorneys general in their lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care reform legislation. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Thursday.

 

SCS 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 Senate Agricultural Committee on Thursday.