Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: January 22, 2011

Special Opportunity!

The upcoming 22nd annual Educational Policy Conference entitled Courage and Conviction is sponsored by the Constitutional Coalition and will be held from Jan. 27-29th at the Frontenac Hilton (1335 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131). Ann Coulter and Senator Rick Santorium are two of the featured speakers. For more information – www.epcconference.net.

WHAT: Special Breakout session for those interested in Education Reform plans in the Missouri Legislature
Featuring State Senator Jane Cunningham, long time advocate of putting parents in charge and initiating free market solutions to the public education industry

WHERE: Frontenac Hilton, Le Cafe Room… in conjunction with the Educational Policy Conference

WHEN: 11:30am to 12:15pm

COST: Free for those registered for the Educational Policy Conference

$25 for just the MO Education Reform breakout session or the breakout session and all the Friday morning presentations including:

*Dr. Judith Reisman, author of “Sexual Sabotage” on Why our Schools and Culture Promote Toxic Sexuality.

*Barbara Anderson of Minnesota Family Public Policy on The Fed’s Push on Schools to Promote Toxic Sexuality: Money and Curriculum

*Janet Boynes, author of “Called Out” on One Person’s Journey Back to Human Dignity

*Candi Cushman of Focus on the Family on Bullying and How to Effectively Confront it

*Dr. John West of the Discovery Institute on Science and Religion: Evolution or Purpose – Where does Theistic Evolution fit?

*John Calvert, attorney on Defining Terms: Materialistic Science vs Theistic Science

*The breakout session is noted as above. You may need to miss a couple of the morning speakers to attend the Missouri Education Reform session.

The $25 fee for the Friday morning (Jan. 28th) program does not include the lunch that follows.

Missouri Family Network highly endorses this full conference as well as the special opportunity for constitutional patriots to attend this education reform breakout session!

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Last Week In Review
JANUARY 17-20

ABORTION

HB 213 Sponsored by Representative Tim Jones (R), prohibits abortions for viable unborn children who are twenty weeks or more in gestational age. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

SB 65 Introduced by Senator Mayer (R), modifies provisions relating to abortion with respect to viability. Second read in the Senate and referred to the General Laws Committee on Thursday.

ANIMAL RIGHTS

SB 95 Introduced by Senator Munzlinger (R), modifies the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. Second read and referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday.

SB 113 Introduced by Senator Parson (R), modifies the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. Second read in the Senate, and referred to the Agriculture Committee on Thursday.

SJR 11 Introduced by Senator Munzlinger (R), asserts the right of Missourians to hunt and fish. Second read and referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday.

CRIME

HB 207 Sponsored by Representative Meadows (D), prohibits any entity that is authorized to issue traffic tickets from using an automated red light enforcement system at any intersection within its jurisdiction except in a school, construction, or work zone. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 200 Sponsored by Representative Kelley (R), makes gross negligence the standard of proof in actions for damages against correctional facilities as the result of the death, by suicide, of any person confined in such a facility. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 205 Sponsored by Representative Elmer, changes the laws regarding unlawful discriminatory practices in employment as they relate to the Missouri Human Rights Law. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 233 Sponsored by Representative Lant (R), revises the crime of unlawful picketing of a funeral. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

HB 247 Sponsored by Representative Kelley (R), creates the crime of false identification to a law enforcement officer. Introduced and first read in the House on Wednesday. Second read on Thursday.

HB 253 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), authorizes prosecuting attorneys to utilize prosecution diversion programs and changes the penalties for various first offense misdemeanors. First read in the House on Wednesday.

HB 257 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), abolishes the sentencing advisory commission. First read in the House on Wednesday.

HB 274 Sponsored by Representative Bahr (R), modifies the funeral protest laws. First read in the House on Thursday.

HB 276 Sponsored by Representative Franz (R), modifies funeral protest provisions. First read in the House on Thursday.

SB 73 Introduced by Senator Kraus (R), requires political subdivisions using automated traffic enforcement systems to distribute fines to local school districts. Second read and referred to the Senate Local Government Committee on Thursday.

SB 91 Introduced by Senator Engler (R), modifies funeral protest provisions. Second read in the Senate and referred to the Affairs, Emerging Issues, Pensions and Urban Affairs Committee on Thursday.

SB 112 Introduced by Senator Kraus (R), gives immunity from civil or criminal liability to persons reporting suspected child abuse to proper authorities. Second read in the Senate and referred to the Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

DRUGS & ALCOHOL

HB 199 Sponsored by Representative Kelley (R), specifies that a prior or persistent offender of an intoxication- related offense must perform a specified minimum number of hours of community service as an alternative to imprisonment. Read Second Time (H) Tuesday

HB 225 Sponsored by Representative Brandom (R), classifies tobacco blunt wraps as drug paraphernalia. First read in the House on Thursday, and second read on Wednesday.

SB 127 Introduced by Senator Chappelle-Nadal (D), requires certain public officials and certain staff members of the executive branch and legislature to submit to drug tests. First read in the Senate on Tuesday.

SB 64 Introduced by Senator Parson (R), prohibits beer manufacturers from having any interest in liquor wholesalers. Second read in the Senate and referred to the Commerce Committee on Thursday.

EDUCATION

HB 195 Sponsored by Representative Koenig (R), protects teacher academic freedom to teach scientific evidence regarding biological and chemical evolution. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 212 Sponsored by Representative Thomson (R), modifies laws relating to proprietary schools. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 261 Sponsored by Representative Barnes (R), removes the consideration of seniority with respect to permanent teachers during layoffs. Second read in the House on Thursday.

HB 273 Sponsored by Representative Allen (R), defines “cyber bullying” and imposes specific requirements f schools relating to district-wide antibullying policies. First read in the House on Thursday.

SB 54 Introduced by Senator Cunningham (R), creates the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act. Second read and referred to the Senate Education Committee on Thursday.

SB 123 Introduced by Senator Keaveny (D), allows foreign language immersion charter schools to enroll four-year-old children. First read in the Senate on Tuesday, second read and referred to the Education Committee on Tuesday.

SB 124 Introduced by Senator Keaveny (D), requires children in the St. Louis City School District to attend school at age five. First read in the Senate on Tuesday, and second read and referred to the Education Committee on Thursday.

SB 128 Introduced by Senator Lembke (R), allows the mayor of the City of St. Louis to be a charter school sponsor. First read in the Senate on Tuesday.

SB 129 Introduced by Senator Lembke (R), exempts the St. Louis City School District from the requirement that it pay tuition and transportation for students who attend an accredited school under certain circumstances. First read in the Senate on Tuesday.

SB 130 Introduced by Senator Rupp (R), creates the Early High School Graduation Scholarship Program for public high school students who graduate from high school early. First read in the Senate on Tuesday.

HB 223 Sponsored by Representative Wallingford (R), establishes the “Caring for Missourians Program” within the Department of Higher Education to award grants to institutions for higher education to address the nursing shortages in this state. Second read in the House on Wednesday.

HB 231 Sponsored by Representative Thomson (R), establishes an “Advanced Placement Incentive Grant” for certain students. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

HB 232 Sponsored by Representative Thomson (R), modifies eligibility requirements for the A+ Schools Program. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

HB 248 Sponsored by Representative McNeil (D), authorizes an income tax deduction for 100% of tuition and fees for up to the last 9 or 18 hours required to complete associate or bachelor degrees from a public two-year or four-year university. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

HB 261 Sponsored by Representative Barnes (R), removes the consideration of seniority with respect to permanent teachers during layoffs. First read in the House on Wednesday.

SB 99 Introduced by Senator Chappelle-Nadal (D), modifies provisions relating to elementary and secondary education. Second read in the Senate and referred to the Education Committee.

SB 147 Introduced by Senator Schaefer (R), requires school districts to include in their school accountability report cards whether they have a gifted education program and the percentage and number of students enrolled. First read in the Senate on Thursday.

ELECTIONS

HB 217 Sponsored by Representative Dugger (R), allows election authorities to use certain electronic voter identification systems or electronic signature pads to verify voter identification information. First read in the House on Tuesday.

HJR 6 Sponsored by Representative Cierpiot (R), proposes a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right of individuals to vote by secret ballot. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

HJR 7 Sponsored by Representative Hoskins (R), proposes a constitutional amendment reducing the number of members of the House of Representatives from 163 to 103 beginning with the 98th General Assembly. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

HJR 12 Sponsored by Representative Burlison (R), proposes a constitutional amendment reducing the number of members of the House of Representatives from 163 to 103. First read in the House on Thursday.

HB 217 Sponsored by Representative Dugger (R), allows election authorities to use certain electronic voter identification systems or electronic signature pads to verify voter identification information. Second read in the House on Wednesday.

HB 237 Sponsored by Representative Zimmerman (D), changes the laws regarding ethics, lobbying, and campaign contributions. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

HB 240 Sponsored by Representative Fallert (D), requires anyone requesting 50 or more voter registration applications to provide certain information to the Office of the Secretary of State. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

HB 245 Sponsored by Representative Newman (D), allows voters to cast advance ballots. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

HB 277 Sponsored by Representative Franz (R), requires the local offices and resident hunting and fishing permit vendors of the Department of Conservation to make a voter registration application form available to a resident permit applicant. First read in the House on Thursday.

SB 75 Introduced by Senator Kraus (R), modifies the law relating to campaign finance, lobbying, and ethics. Second read and referred to the Senate Rules Committee on Thursday.

SB 84 Introduced by Senator Wright-Jones (D), modifies law relating to voter registration and election offenses. Second read and referred to the Elections Committee on Thursday.

SB 105 Introduced by Senator Green (D), creates an advance voting system for elections. Second read and referred to the Senate Elections Committee on Thursday.

SJR 9 Introduced by Senator Engler (R), allows enabling legislation for photographic identification for voting. Second read in the Senate and referred to the Elections Committee on Thursday.

SJR 2 Introduced by Senator Stouffer (R), allows enabling legislation for photographic identification for voting. Second read and referred to the Senate Elections Committee on Thursday.

SJR 7 Introduced by Senator Lembke (R), proposes a constitutional amendment to create term limits for all statewide elected officials. Second read in the Senate and referred to the General Laws Committee on Thursday.

SJR 10 Introduced by Senator Lembke (R), lowers the number of State Representatives from 163 to 103. Second read in the Senate and referred to the Governmental Accountability Committee Thursday.

SJR 12 Introduced by Senator Green (D), increases term limits for members of the General Assembly from 8 years to 12 years in each house. Second read in the Senate and referred to the Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee on Thursday.

FAMILY

HB 224 Sponsored by Representative Allen (R), prohibits the Division from discriminating between licensed marital and famility therapists and professional counselors in the promulgation of rules for payment of services under the MO HealthNet. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

HB 227 Sponsored by Representative Wyatt, modifies provisions relating to child support when there is equal parenting time. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

HB 259 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), closes certain foster care licensure records and requires the Children’s Division to prepare a detailed report of specific information obtained in the licensure process. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

HB 260 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), repeals and re-enacts provisions regarding the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act to be consistent with the changes adopted by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Second read in the House on Thursday.

SB 102 Introduced by Senator Green (D), specifies that work certificates will permit the employment of children fourteen or fifteen years of age. Second read and referred to the Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday.

SB 116 Introduced by Senator Justus (D), updates the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act. Second read and referred to the Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

SB 126 Introduced by Senator Wasson (R), prohibits the MO HealthNet Division from discriminating between licensed marital family therapists and licensed professional counselors. First read in the Senate on Tuesday.

SB 134 Introduced by Senator Rupp (R), outlines the parental rights of individuals with disabilities in termination of parental rights cases. First read in the Senate on Tuesday.

GOVERNMENT ETHICS & SOCIALISM

SB 74 Introduced by Senator Kraus (R), requires drug testing for work-eligible TANF applicants and recipients based upon reasonable cause. Second read and referred to the Senate Health Committee on Thursday.

HB 196 Sponsored by Representative Tishaura Jones (D), extends the sunset on the Missouri Rx Program to 2016. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 197 Sponsored by Representative Tishaura Jones (D), requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to make available resources relating to umbilical cord blood. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 201 Sponsored by Representative Sater (R), authorizes the MO HealthNet Division to implement a statewide dental delivery system for the provision of services under the MO HealthNet program. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 202 Sponsored by Representative Hoskins (R), specifies that for two years the daily expense allowance for members of the General Assembly will remain the same as the rate in effect on September 30, 2010. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 267 Sponsored by Representative McNeil (D), establishes requirements for environmentally sustainable construction for certain state-funded buildings. First read in the House on Thursday.

HB 218 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), allows senior judges or commissioners to elect, in times of budget stress, to forgo regular pay for minimum wage. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

HCR 9 Sponsored by Representative Barnes (R), submits an official application by the State of Missouri for the calling of a federal amendment convention. Heard in the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

HCR 18 Sponsored by Representative Parkinson (R), disapproves the salary recommendations of the Citizen’s Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials. First read in the House on Thursday.

HJR 11 Sponsored by Representative Burlison (R), proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting appropriations in any fiscal year from exceeding certain limits. First read in the House on Thursday.

SB 80 Introduced by Senator Justus (D), extends the sunset provision of the MO RX prescription drug program to 2016. Second read in the Senate, and referred to the Health, Mental Health, Seniors and Families Committee on Thursday.

SR 27 Introduced by Senator Cunningham (R), urges Attorney General Koster to challenge the federal health reform act by joining the other attorneys general in the lawsuit, file an independent lawsuit or join Lt. Governor Kinder’s lawsuit. Voted do pass out of the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday, and adopted in the Senate on Wednesday.

SCS SCR 3 Introduced by Senator Lembke (R), disapproves the salary recommendations of the Citizen’s Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials. The Senate Committee Substitute was voted do pass, but the final do pass motion fails to move the resolution through committee.

SJR 3 Introduced by Senator Goodman (R), 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. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

IMMIGRATION

HB 206 Sponsored by Representative Meadows (D), imposes a fifty thousand dollar fine for business entities or employers hiring illegal immigrants. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

SB 72 Introduced by Senator Kraus (R), requires the Attorney General to sue the federal government to enforce federal immigration laws. Second read and referred to the Senate Governmental Accountability Committee on Thursday.

SB 114 Introduced by Senator Justus (D), provides that certain aliens will receive in-state tuition at college and universities that meet certain requirements. Second read in the Senate and referred to the education Committee on Thursday.

PERSONAL FREEDOM

SB 28 Introduced by Senator Brown (R), exempts motorcyclists age 21 and older from wearing a helmet when operating a motorcycle or motortricycle. Heard in the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday.

PORNOGRAPHY & SEX CRIMES

HB 214 Sponsored by Representative Zerr (R), revises laws regarding human trafficking. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 219 Sponsored by Representative Chris Kelly (D), contains provisions relating to background checks for school employees aimed at protecting children from sexual offenders. Introduced and first read on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

SB 51 Introduced by Senator Cunningham (R), requires public libraries to adopt policies on the placement of books and other materials that are obscene or pornographic for minors. Second read and referred to the Senate General laws Committee on Thursday.

SB 69 Introduced by Senator Schaefer (R), modifies provisions relating to children who are victims of pornographic offenses. Second read in the Senate and referred to the Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

PRIVATE PROPERTY & FAMILY FARMS

HB 209 Sponsored by Representative Guernsey (R), revises laws concerning private nuisances when the nuisance emanates from property used for farming, agriculture, crop, or animal production purposes. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

HB 198 Sponsored by Representative Denison (R), designates December 25th as “Christmas Day” in Missouri. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

HJR 10 Sponsored by Representative Barnes (R), proposes a constitutional amendment removing the current ban on providing state funding to educational facilities controlled by religious organizations. Second read in the House on Wednesday.

HB 250 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), modifies provisions relating to well water. Second read in the House on Thursday.

SECOND AMENDMENT

HB 215 Sponsored by Representative Gatschenberger (R), lowers the age for concealed carry endorsements from 23 to 21, extends the endorsement period from 3 to 5 years, and allows Missouri residents to purchase firearms in other states and vice versa. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 271 Sponsored by Representative Burlison (R), lowers the age limit for a concealed carry endorsement from twenty-three to twenty-one years of age. First read in the House on Thursday.

SB 87 Introduced by Senator Parson (R), removes the requirement that certain otherwise unlawful uses of a weapon be reasonably associated with, or necessary to, fulfill a person’s official duties in order to be lawful. Second read in the Senate on Thursday and referred to the Judiciary Committee.

TAXES

HJR 8 Sponsored by Representative Koenig (R), proposes a constitutional amendment relating to a revenue-neutral replacement of all taxes on income with an amended sales and use tax. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

HJR 9 Sponsored by Representative Chris Kelly (D), proposes a constitutional amendment authorizing the General Assembly to issue bonds to fund higher education improvements, construction, landscaping, and land purchases. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

HCS HB 45 Sponsored by Representative Hoskins (R), changes the laws regarding the Big Government Get Off My Back Act and provides an income tax deduction for certain small businesses that create new full-time jobs. Voted out of the House Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday, and third read and passed in the House on Thursday.

SB 139 Introduced by Senator Crowell (R), subjects all state tax credits to appropriation. First read in the Senate on Wednesday.

SB 144 Introduced by Senator Crowell (R), places a one year moratorium on the authorization of certain tax credits. First read in the Senate on Wednesday.

HB 278 Sponsored by Representative McNeil (D), implements the provisions of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement. First read in the House on Thursday.

SB 100 Introduced by Senator Stouffer (R), creates a tax credit for contributions to developmental disability care providers and modifies provisions of the residential treatment agency tax credit program. Second read in the Senate and referred to the Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

SB 117 Introduced by Senator Engler (R), allows the imposition of a hospital district sales tax in lieu of a property tax to fund certain hospital districts. Second read and referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

SJR 1 Introduced by Senator Ridgeway (R), replaces all taxes on income with a sales and use tax. Second read and referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

VETERANS

HB 204 Sponsored by Representative Hoskins (R), allows military personnel on active duty to renew drivers licenses without examination when renewal is initiated within a specified time from discharge or return to the state. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 238 Sponsored by Representative Kander (D), allows a spouse of an active member of the United States Armed Forces to be eligible for unemployment benefits if accompanying the military spouse in the event of a military move. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

HB 239 Sponsored by Representative Kander (D), requires the Division of Personnel to develop rules and regulations ensuring the state adopts a uniform hiring preference for veterans, disabled veterans, and their surviving spouses. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

HB 249 Sponsored by Representative Fitzwater (R), designates April 30th of each year as “Vietnam Veterans Day” Missouri. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

SB 78 Introduced by Senator Brown (R), extends the sunset on the military family relief fund income tax check-off from August . 28, 2011, to December 31, 2017. Second read and referred to the Senate Veteran’s Affairs Committee on Thursday.

SB 106 Introduced by Senator Green (D), allows persons who have been awarded the combat action badge to obtain “COMBAT ACTION” specialized license plates. Second read in the Senate and referred to the Transportation Committee on Thursday.

MISCELLANEOUS

HJR 10 Sponsored by Representative Barnes (R), proposes a constitutional amendment removing the current ban on providing state funding to educational facilities controlled by religious organizations. First read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 262 Sponsored by Representative Jason Smith (R), establishes the Foreign Health Insurance Purchase Act which allows Missouri residents to purchase or enroll in a health insurance policy or health benefit plan that is licensed in certain other states. First read in the House on Wednesday. Second read Thursday.

HB 275 Sponsored by Representative Franz (R), specifies certain employee rights regarding labor organizations. First read in the House on Thursday.

SB 109 Introduced by Senator Crowell (R), bars employers from requiring employees to engage in or cease engaging in certain labor practices. Second read and referred to the Senate General laws Committee on Thursday.

SB 110 Introduced by Senator Crowell (R), prohibits the state minimum wage from exceeding the federal minimum wage. Second read and referred to the Senate Small Business Committee on Thursday.