Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: 5-1-2010

HJR 62   *   SJR 31

 

Proposes a Missouri Constitutional Amendment Protecting and Outlining Citizen’s Right to Free Expression of Religion and Right to Pray in Public Places.

 

HJR 31 has passed the House and will be considered in the Senate General Laws Committee.  However, the same bill introduced in the Senate, SJR 31

passed this same committee in early February and was sent to the Senate floor back on the 11th of February.  At issue is a filibuster from opposition that

is mounted by several Senators!  HJR 62 is expected to pass the General Laws Committee with no problem but will also stall once it gets to the floor of

the full Senate.  With many high-demand issues vying for attention, many Senators do not see the importance of defending citizen’s religious rights.

 

The federal court’s recent ruling saying that the traditional National Day or Prayer designation is unconstitutional is a serious warning

that our government is in need of a citizen’s outcry.  HJR 62 or SJR 31 would allow Missouri citizens the opportunity to amend our state

constitution clarifying the right to free expression of religion and prayer in public places including public school students’ right to prayer.

 

ACTION NEEDED:  Contact your republican State Senator and ask them to support any effort to pass either SJR 31 or HJR 62.

Democrat Senators will not support a “PQ” procedure to break the filibuster due to partisan political dynamics and should not be

expected to respond favorably.  Republican members of the Senate have mixed attitudes about such a maneuver, which is the only

chance for passage of one of these bills.  Your Calls and emails are needed – then ask all your friends to make the request also.

 

 

 


 

Health Care Freedom Act Code Blue Rally  (Wear Red)           

Tuesday, May 4     

Missouri State Capitol

 

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Join in the Rolling Tea Party circling the Capitol.

Decorate your car with balloons, flags, writing on the glass – however creative, or not, you

want to be as Missouri patriots circle the Capitol in support of the Health Care Freedom Act.

At 9:55 a.m., honk your car horn for two minutes.

Drivers should then drop off your passengers so they can go in and find seats in the Senate Gallery. (Fourth floor)

They can save a seat for the driver so the driver can join them after the car is parked.

  

10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. – Senate Gallery 

(NOTE:  No Signs or balloons are allowed in the gallery.)

 

We must show up in huge numbers so Senators know we mean business.

“We the People” want a ballot option to protect our families from federal health control. (Wear Red)

 

12:00 p.m. – Rally in the first floor rotunda!

 

The fight is in the Senate so we will be hearing from Sen. Jane Cunningham and Sen. Jim Lembke and other

Senators who have been leading in the effort to make sure SJR25 makes it all the way through the Senate.

 

What you need to do on Monday, May 3, in preparation for Tuesday’s events:

 

The Health Care Freedom Act-SJR25 is being attacked by hospital corporations, Democrat Senators, and at least one Republican Senator.  To win this battle, Missourians must go on the offensive. We need at least eighteen Senators to force a roll call vote to override the current filibuster.

 

You are the key to Health Care Freedom Act success.

 

1)  Call, email, fax, and visit your Senator now.  If your senator is a co-sponsor of SJR25 then ask him/her if they would sign on to the PQ if needed.  

Who is my state senator? Go to http://tinyurl.com/26ab9m

 

2)  If your senator is a Democrat, make sure they understand if this filibuster persists, Missourians will hold their party accountable.

 

3)  Call Lloyd Smith, Executive Director Missouri GOP.  Enlist his aid in contacting Senators and persuading them to vote to end the filibuster. Here’s Lloyd’s message of support in March: http://tinyurl.com/369vnj5

                                                                                                                                                                 

Lloyd Smith, Executive Director   lloyd@mogop.org   Phone: 573-636-3146

 

Senators names highlighted in yellow are co-sponsors of SJR25 and should be encouraged to force a vote on SJR25.

 

Sen. Engler, the Floor Leader – (573) 751-3455 – needs to hear from everyone.

His name and contact information is highlighted in green.

 

All other Senators are either part of the filibuster, ambivalent to the issue, confused

over the details, overly cautious or holding their plans from public scrutiny.

 

Senator

District

Office

Capitol Phone

Frank Barnitz

D-16

427

(573) 751-2108

Matt Bartle

R-8

319

(573) 751-1464

Joan Bray

D-24

431

(573) 751-2514

Victor Callahan

D-11

333

(573) 751-3074

Norma Champion

R-30

320

(573) 751-2583

Dan Clemens

R-20

418

(573) 751-4008

Jason Crowell

R-27

323

(573) 751-2459

Jane Cunningham

R-7

225

(573) 751-1186

Rita Heard Days

D-14

220

(573) 751-4106

Tom Dempsey

R-23

433

(573) 751-1141

Kevin Engler

R-3

331

(573) 751-3455

Jack Goodman

R-29

331A

(573) 751-2234

Timothy P. Green

D-13

219

(573) 751-2420

John Griesheimer

R-26

227

(573) 751-3678

Jolie Justus

D-10

328

(573) 751-2788

Joseph Keaveny

D-4

329

(573) 751-3599

Brad Lager

R-12

429

(573) 751-1415

Jim Lembke

R-1

428

(573) 751-2315

Rob Mayer

R-25

422

(573) 751-3859

Ryan McKenna

D-22

421

(573) 751-1492

Gary Nodler

R-32

423

(573) 751-2306

David Pearce

R-31

419

(573) 751-2272

Chuck Purgason

R-33

420

(573) 751-1882

Luann Ridgeway

R-17

221

(573) 751-2547

Scott Rupp

R-2

426

(573) 751-1282

Kurt Schaefer

R-19

226

(573) 751-3931

Eric Schmitt

R-15

334

(573) 751-2853

Delbert Scott

R-28

416

(573) 751-8793

Charlie Shields

R-34

326

(573) 751-9476

Wes Shoemyer

D-18

434

(573) 751-7852

Bill Stouffer

R-21

332

(573) 751-1507

Carl Vogel

R-6

321

(573) 751-2076

Yvonne Wilson

D-9

330

(573) 751-9758

Robin Wright-Jones

D-5

425

(573) 751-2606

 


 

 Pornography

 

ACTION NEEDED:

 

We are hoping that SB586 (a bill that regulates Sexually Oriented Businesses) will come up for debate and maybe vote

on Tuesday afternoon so plan to stay as long as you can so you can observe from the House Gallery. If we are there,

the members of the House, especially the leadership, will see that you are interested in protecting communities to

the fullest degree that the US Constitution will allow. The SOB owners are lobbying hard against these regulations.

 

House members need to be encouraged NOT to accept further amendments as the porn industry lobbyists are trying to confuse

 

the issue with arguments that will either make the bill unconstitutional or bog it down in confusing controversy!  Ask all House

 

members to accept the House Committee Substitute version of the bill (HCS SS SCS SBs 586 & 617) without further changes!

 

We the people must make our desires known.  You will find the bill and all the actions so far here: http://tinyurl.com/2cl255h

 

 


 Legislative Actions Last Week

(Week of 4-26-10)

 

ABORTION

 

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. Reported to the Senate and first read on Monday, second read and referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on Tuesday.

 

SS SCS SB 793 Introduced by Senator Mayer, enacts provisions regarding informed consent for abortions. Second read in the House on Monday, referred to the General Laws Committee on Wednesday.

 

CCS SCS HCS HB 2010 Sponsored by Representative Icet, appropriates money for the expenses, grants, refunds, and distributions of the Department of Mental Health, Board of Public Buildings, and Department of Health and Senior Services. House submits Conference Committee Report on Tuesday, Third read and passed through the House on Wednesday, signed by Speaker of the House Ron Richards on Thursday.

 

HCS 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. Reported do pass out of the House rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

SB 971 Sponsored by Representative Lembke, requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to make available resources relating to umbilical cord blood. Voted do pass out of the House health Care Policy Committee on Wednesday, referred to the House Rules 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. Voted do pass out of the House Children and Families Committee on Thursday.

 

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. Truly agreed to and finally passed on Wednesday.

 

 

 

CRIME

 

HB 1404 Sponsored by Representative Cox, creates the crime of failure to adequately control an animal. Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

 

HCS HB 1400 Sponsored by Representative Cox, establishes the Business Premises Safety Act. Perfected in the House on Tuesday, reported to the Senate on Thursday.

 

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. Truly agreed to and finally passed on Wednesday.

 

 

DRUGS & ALCOHOL

 

SCS HCS HB 1695, 1742 & 1674 Sponsored by Representative Stevenson, changes the laws regarding driving while intoxicated. Reported do pass through the Senate on Wednesday.

 

SCS SB 887 Sponsored by Senator Schaefer, makes spice cannabinoids, commonly known as “spice” or “K 2” a controlled substances. Voted do pass out of the House Public Safety Committee on Tuesday.

 

 

EDUCATION

 

HCS HB 1473 Sponsored by Representative Thomson, revises the grade required for renewing an Access Missouri Scholarship. Second read and referred to the Senate Education Committee on Monday, and heard 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. Referred to the House Secondary Education Committee on Monday.

 

SS SB 943 Introduced by Senator Shields, requires the Joint Committee on Education to study state funding for elementary and secondary education. Referred to the House Secondary Education Committee on Monday.

 

SS#3 SCS SJR 45 Sponsored by Senator Shields, modifies the State Board of Education. Reported to the House and first read on Tuesday.

 

SB 969 Introduced by Senator Keaveny, modifies provisions relating to school attendance. Placed on the Senate Informal calendar on Monday, perfected on Tuesday.

 

SJR 44 Introduced by Senator Shields, proposes a constitutional amendment to eliminate the department of elementary and secondary education and the department of higher education and instead create a new department of education. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

HCS#2 HB 1543 Sponsored by Representative Wallace, changes the laws regarding school employee liability, safety practices, and reporting acts of violence. Referred to the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2245 Sponsored by Representative Bivins, changes the laws regarding school funding. Third read in the House on Thursday.

 

HB 1268 Sponsored by Representative Meiners, removes Lincoln’s and Truman’s birthdays as state holidays and establishes certain times of the year as days, weeks, or months of special recognition for various subjects. Third read and passed in the Senate on Thursday.

 

SCS HB 1892 Sponsored by Representative Nasheed, authorizes certain specified individuals in addition to the school superintendent to issue a student work certificate, including home school parents who are personally in charge of their own children’s education and education schedule. Third read and passed through the Senate, and reported back to the House on Wednesday.  Currently on the House calendar for a final approval.

 

 

ELECTIONS & ETHICS

 

HCS HB 1497 Sponsored by Representative Jason Smith, requires special elections to fill vacancies in the offices of Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Auditor, State Treasurer, and United States Senator. Voted do pass out of the Senate Elections 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 Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

 

SCS 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 Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

 

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. Perfected in the House on Tuesday.

 

 

FAMILY

 

SCS HCS HB 1311 & 1341 Sponsored by Representative Scharnhorst, establishes provisions regarding the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCS SS SB 618 Sponsored by Senator Rupp, requires health carriers to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders under certain conditions. Referred to the house Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCS HB 1521 & 1302 Sponsored by Representative Nance, expands the Amber Alert System to include missing endangered adults, specifies the criteria for being a missing endangered adult, and changes the system’s name to Amber Alert and Silver Alert System. Perfected in the House on Tuesday.

 

HCS SB 877 Sponsored by Senator Keaveny, modifies provisions relating to child support. Voted do pass out of the House General laws Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1613 Sponsored by Representative Storch, changes the laws regarding the Safe Place for Newborns Act by increasing from five to 60 days after birth the time a parent can relinquish physical custody of a newborn without being prosecuted. Heard in the House Crime Prevention Committee on Wednesday.

 

SCS HB 1892 Sponsored by Representative Nasheed, authorizes certain specified individuals in addition to the school superintendent to issue a student work certificate, including home school parents who are personally in charge of their own children’s education and education schedule. Third read and passed through the Senate, and reported back to the House on Wednesday.  Currently on the House calendar for a final approval.

 

SCS 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. Referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on Monday.

 

 

 

GAMBLING

 

SS 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. Truly agreed to and finally passed on Monday.

 

HCS SB 940 Sponsored by Senator Pearce, modifies various provision relating to bingo. Voted do pass out of the House Veterans Committee on Tuesday.

 

 

HOMOSEXUALITY

 

 

 

IMMIGRATION

 

 

 

PORNOGRAPHY & SEX CRIMES

 

HB 1911 Sponsored by Representative Schad, changes the laws regarding the responsibility of obtaining background checks on school bus drivers. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

HCS SS SCS SBs 586 & 617 Introduced by Senator Bartle, regulates sexually oriented businesses. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee 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 exams. Truly agreed to and finally passed on Tuesday.

 

 

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. Third read and passed through the House, reported to the Senate and first read on Monday, second read and referred to the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1871 Sponsored by Representative Schoeller, modifies provisions pertaining to environmental protection, including new protective laws for rural churches with private water wells. Heard in the Senate Energy and Environment Committee on Tuesday.

 

 

 

SECOND AMENDMENT

 

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. Truly agreed to and finally passed on Wednesday.

 

 

SOVEREIGNTY, GOVERNMENT ETHICS & SOCIALISM

 

 

 

TAXATION

 

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. Referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on Monday.

 

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. Second read and referred to the Senate Local Government Committee on Monday, referred to the Senate Local Government Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1842 Sponsored by Representative Kevin Wilson, specifies that the fractional requirement for passage of a tax measure must be deemed satisfied only if the popular vote percentage is equal or greater than a four decimal percentage equivalent of the fraction. Voted do pass out of the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

 

SB8 16 Introduced by Senator Lembke, modifies provisions of law allowing interest on overpayments of income tax. Referred to the House Tax Reform Committee on Monday.

 

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. Heard in the Senate Ethics 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”. Heard in the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

 

VETERANS

 

HCS HB 1524 & 2260 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. Referred to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday.

 

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. Heard in the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday.

 

 

OTHER

 

HCS HB 2102 Sponsored by Representative Munzlinger, changes the laws regarding the Animal Care Facilities Act. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

HCS SCR 54 Introduced by Senator Purgason, creates the Joint Interim Committee on Reducing the Size of State Government. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

SS SJR 44 Introduced by Senator Shields, proposes a constitutional amendment to eliminate each state department within the executive branch. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

HCS SB 774 Introduced by Senator Lembke, creates additional measures intended to increase safety at the Department of Mental Health. Referred to the House Fiscal Review Committee on Monday.

 

SCR 55 Introduced by Senator Nodler, urges President Obama not to implement recommendations made by the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force if recreational fishing is not recognized as a key activity. Reported to the House on Tuesday, referred to the House Agri-Business Committee on Thursday.

 

SCR 56 Introduced by Senator Schmitt, urges the Department of Natural Resources to consider the use of certain coal technology in its permitting of new coal-fired power plants. Reported to the House on Tuesday.

 

SCS 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. Reported do pass out of the Senate on Wednesday.

 

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