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.
SB 586 (a bill that regulates Sexually Oriented Businesses) is being attacked by the pornography industry and
should come up for debate Monday or Tuesday. 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 at: http://tinyurl.com/2cl255h
Legislative Actions Last Week
(Week of 4-26-10)
HCS 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 Rules Committee on Monday.
SS SCS SB 793 Sponsored by Senator Mayer, enacts provisions regarding informed consent for abortions. Heard and voted through the House General laws Committee, and referred to the Rules Committee on Tuesday.
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 Senate Oversight Committee on Thursday.
HCS 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. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.
SS SCS SB 1014 Sponsored by Senator Bartle, modifies provisions relating to crime. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Tuesday.
SJR 20 Introduced by Senator Bartle, creates an exception to the prohibition against laws retrospective in operation by allowing certain laws pertaining to DNA profiling analysis to be applied retrospectively. Reported out of the Senate Oversight Committee to the floor on Thursday.
DRUGS & ALCOHOL
HCS#2 HB 1472 Sponsored by Representative Franz, K2. Adds 1-Pentyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole to the list of Schedule I controlled substances. Reported to the House on Wednesday.
SCS HCS#2 HB 1543 Sponsored by Representative Wallace, changes the laws regarding school employee liability, safety practices, and reporting acts of violence. Reported do pass out of the Senate on Monday, referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on Tuesday.
HB 2245 Sponsored by Representative Bivins, changes the laws regarding school funding. Reported to the Senate and first read on Monday.
HCS SCS SB 733 Sponsored by Senator Pearce, adds protections to home school students to guarantee their access to Bright Flight Scholarships, modifies renewal requirements for recipients of the Bright Flight Scholarship Program who have completed military service. Third read and passed through the House on Tuesday – language was added in the HCS that includes homeschoolers.
HCS HB 1473 Sponsored by Representative Thomson, revises the grade required for renewing an Access Missouri Scholarship. Heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.
SB 614 Sponsored by Senator Wilson, modifies the definition of “bullying” as used in school dist antibullying policies to include cyberbullying and electronic communications. Referred to the House Public Safety Committee on Tuesday.
SCS SB 815 Sponsored by Representative 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 out of the House Secondary Education Committee on Wednesday, referred to the Rules Committee on Thursday.
HB 1956 Sponsored by Representative Schoemehl, authorizes an income tax deduction for certain individuals for 100% of tuition and fees for up to the last 18 hours required to complete his or her bachelor degree from a public four-year university. Voted do pass out of the House Higher Education Committee on Thursday.
HB 2255 Sponsored by Representative Tim Jones, requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to develop information for school districts to provide parents and students about meningococcal disease and the availability of a vaccine to prevent it. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.
ELECTIONS & ETHICS
SCS 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 do pass in the Senate on Monday.
HB 1966 Sponsored by Representative Diehl, establishes advance voting and photo identification requirements for voting. Heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday, voted do pass on Wednesday.
HJR 64 Sponsored by Representative Cox, allows enabling legislation for advance voting, photographic identification for voting, and absentee voting. Heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.
HJR 78 Sponsored by Representative Smith, proposes a constitutional amendment requiring a three-fifths majority vote to amend the Missouri Constitution. Heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.
SB 845 Sponsored by Senator Barnitz, modifies the law relating to voter registration and absentee ballots for overseas voters. Referred to the House Ethics Reform Committee on Tuesday.
SCR 47 Sponsored by Senator Engler, authorizes employment of an independent certified public accountant to perform an audit on the State Auditor’s Office. Referred to the House Ethics 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. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.
SS HB 1713 Sponsored by Representative Sander, requires all health insurance policies issued to Missouri residents on or after January 1, 2011, to include coverage for adopted children on the same basis as other dependents of the enrollee. Third read and passed through the Senate, and referred to the House on Monday.
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. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.
SS SCS SB 625 Sponsored by Senator Justus, modifies provisions on child care subsidies. Voted do pass out of the House Economic Development Committee on Tuesday.
SCS HCS HB 1311 & 1341 Sponsored by Representative Scharnhorst, establishes provisions regarding the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Heard in the Senate Oversight Committee on Wednesday, reported to the House on Thursday.
HCS SB 940 Sponsored by Senator Pearce, modifies various provision relating to bingo. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday, reported do pass on Thursday.
PORNOGRAPHY & SEX CRIMES
HCS SS SCS SBs 586 & 617 Sponsored by Representative Bartle, Regulates sexually oriented businesses. Taken up for third reading on Thursday, but was divided into four parts. Which means not only will we have to fend off amendments, but the bill will have four different votes before it passes the House.
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. Voted do pass out of the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.
SCS HB 1871 Sponsored by Representative Schoeller, modifies provisions pertaining to environmental protection. Contains provisions protecting rural churches with their own water wells from government requirements to upgrade their water system as long as there is not problems with the water quality. Voted do pass out of the Senate Energy and Environment Committee on Tuesday.
HCS HB 1400 Sponsored by Representative Cox, establishes the Business Premises Safety Act. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, voted do pass on Wednesday.
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. Voted do pass out of the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.
SOVEREIGNTY, GOVERNMENT ETHICS & SOCIALISM
SS SCS HCS HB 1764 Sponsored by Representative Diehl, allows a domestic insurance company that is organized as a stock insurance company to voluntarily dissolve and liquidate as a corporation under certain conditions. Third read and passed through the Senate on Tuesday. The new SS includes the “Health Care Freedom Act” language.
SCR 34 Sponsored by Senator Lembke, reaffirms Missouri’s sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.
SCS 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 Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
SB 948 Introduced by Senator Crowell, enacts provisions relating to an individual’s right to participate in a health care system. Voted do pass out of the Senate Small Business Committee on Wednesday.
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. Voted do pass out of the Senate Ethics Committee on Thursday.
HCS SB 851 Sponsored 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. Third read and passed through the House on Monday, truly agreed to and finally passed on Wednesday.
HCS 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 Rules Committee on Monday.
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. Truly agreed to and finally passed on Monday.
HCS HB 1524 Sponsored by Representative Largent, modifies laws connected to military forces. Voted do pass out of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Monday.
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. Reported do pass out of the Senate on Monday.
HCS#2 SCS SB 778 Sponsored by Senator Pearce, removes an expiration date on state universities being able to convey land without authorization from the General Assembly. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.
HCS#2 SB 848 Introduced by Senator Barnitz, modifies various provisions pertaining to utilities, energy, and animal care. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.
SCS HB 2226 Sponsored by Representative Wasson, modifies the laws regarding the regulation of certain professions and the regulation of hospitals. Referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on Monday.
SB 945 Sponsored by Senator Bray, modifies provisions relating to court actions by the Department of Mental Health. Referred to the House Tax Reform Committee on Tuesday.
SCR 51 Sponsored by Senator Stouffer, urges Missouri’s Congressional delegation to oppose funding the Missouri River Authorized Purposes Study. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.
HCS SCR 55 Sponsored 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. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.
SCS SB 616 Sponsored by Representative Goodman, enacts provisions relating to faith-based community health centers. Voted do pass out of the House Professional Registration Committee on Wednesday, referred to Rules Committee on Thursday.
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”. Voted do pass out of the Senate Rules Committee on Thursday.