Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: January 29, 2011

Last week in review
January 24-27

ABORTION

HB 28 Sponsored by Representative Sater (R), specifies that no pharmacy can be required to perform, assist, recommend, refer to, or participate in any act or service resulting in an abortion and will be immune from liability for refusing to do so. Public testimony Public testimony heard in the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

HB 328 Sponsored by Representative Koenig (R), establishes the Abortion-inducing Drugs Safety Act. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

HB 348 Sponsored by Representative Newman (D), requires pharmacies to fill valid and lawful prescriptions for all federal Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs or devices to prevent pregnancy, including emergency contraceptives, without delay. First read in the House on Thursday.

HB 350 Sponsored by Representative Newman (D), enacts the Prevention First Act. First read in the House on Thursday.

SB 204 Introduced by Senator Dempsey (R), relating to a tax credit for contributions to pregnancy resource centers. First read in the Senate on Thursday.

ANIMAL RIGHTS & FAMILY FARMS

SCS SB 113 & 95 Introduced by Senators Munzlinger (R) and Parson (R), modifies the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. Both bills were Public testimony heard on Wednesday and voted do pass out of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday.

HB 281 Sponsored by Representative Kelley (R), modifies the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 94 Sponsored by Representative Dugger (R), repeals the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act passed as Proposition B by voters in November 2010. Public testimony Public testimony heard in the House Agriculture Policy Committee on Thursday.

HB 131 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), changes the laws regarding the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. Public testimony Public testimony heard in the House Agriculture Committee on Tuesday.

HB 332 Sponsored by Representative Franz (R), modifies the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act to include humane societies and the grandfathering of facilities licensed as of November 2, 2011. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

HB 344 Sponsored by Representative Guernsey (R), creates the Farm-to-Table Advisory Board to increase awareness of local agriculture and promote the incorporation of locally-grown agricultural products in the cafeterias of schools. First read in the House on Thursday.

SB 161 Introduced by Senator Munzlinger (R), allows the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority to provide loan guarantees for loans to agribusinesses. Second read and referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday.

SB 162 Introduced by Senator Munzlinger (R), creates the Farm-to-Table Advisory Board. Second read and referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday.

HB 345 Sponsored by Representative Guernsey (R), expands the Agricultural Business Development Loan Program to include agribusinesses. First read in the House on Thursday.

CRIME

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

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

HB 297 Sponsored by Representative Riddle (R), modifies the elements of the crime of abuse of a child. First read in the House on Monday, and second read on Tuesday.

SB 157 Introduced by Senator Schaefer (R), changes the laws regarding child abuse. First read in the Senate on Monday. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

HB 71 Sponsored by Representative Nasheed (D), allows the City of St. Louis to establish and maintain a municipal police force completely under the city’s authority. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

HB 308 Sponsored by Representative Black (D), prohibits an offender in the custody of the Department of Corrections from making a false report against any department employee for the purpose of implicating an employee in a crime. First read in the House on Tuesday, and second read on Wednesday.

SB 24 Introduced by Senator Keaveny (D), increases the fine for seat belt violations from $10 to $50. Public testimony Public testimony heard in the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday.

HB 356 Sponsored by Representative Phillips (R), expands the crime of making a false declaration for the purpose of misleading a public servant in the performance of his or her duty. First read in the House on Thursday.

HB 365 Sponsored by Representative Funderburk (R), modifies funeral protest provisions. First read in the House on Thursday.

DRUGS & ALCOHOL

HB 314 Sponsored by Representative Wells (R), repeals a school district’s authority to set policies allowing the use of tobacco products in certain school areas and prohibits smoking and the use of tobacco products on all school property and school abuse. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

SB 5 Introduced by Senator Stouffer (R), requires drug testing for work-eligible TANF applicants and recipients based upon reasonable suspicion. Public testimony Public testimony heard in the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday.

SB 7 Introduced by Senator Goodman (R), requires drug testing for work-eligible TANF applicants and recipients based upon reasonable suspicion. Public testimony Public testimony heard in the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday.

SB 74 Introduced by Senator Kraus (R), requires drug testing for work-eligible TANF applicants and recipients based upon reasonable cause. Public testimony Public testimony heard in the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday.

SB 169 Introduced by Senator Crowell (R), requires drug screening and testing for TANF applicants and recipients. First read in the Senate on Tuesday, second read and referred to the Health Committee on Thursday.

HCS HB 73 & 47 Sponsored by Representative Brandom (R), requires certain applicants for and recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program benefits to be tested for the illegal use of controlled substances. Perfected in the House, and referred to the Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday.

HB 322 Sponsored by Representative Walton Gray (D), allows certain organizations who sell intoxicating liquor by the drink on the premises to obtain a special permit to remain open until 3:00 a.m. each day and to open on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. First read in the House on Wednesday.

HB 342 Sponsored by Representative Still (D), increases the cigarette tax by $1.00 per pack upon a vote of the people. first read in the House on Thursday.

HB 343 Sponsored by Representative Still (D), increases the cigarette tax by 12.5 cents per pack per year for 8 years until the additional tax on cigarettes reaches $1.00. first read in the House on Thursday.

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. Second read and referred to Senate Health Committee on Thursday.

EDUCATION

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

SB 13 Introduced by Senator Pearce (R), requires the Joint Committee on Education to oversee a task force on teacher compensation and effectiveness. Public testimony Public testimony heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

SB 184 Introduced by Senator Wright-Jones (D), allows the Special Administrative Board governing the St. Louis City School District to sponsor charter schools under certain circumstances. First read in the Senate on Wednesday.

SB 128 Introduced by Senator Lembke (R), allows the mayor of the City of St. Louis to be a charter school sponsor. Second read and referred to the Senate Education Committee on Thursday.

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. Second read and referred to the Senate Education Committee on Thursday.

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. Second read and referred to the Senate Education Committee on Thursday.

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. Second read and referred to the Senate Education Committee on Thursday.

ELECTIONS

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. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 283 Sponsored by Representative Rowland (R), requires proof of identity and proof of United States citizenship to be filed with declarations of candidacy and certifications of nomination for the office of President and Vice President. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 289 Sponsored by Representative Lair (R), requires any person who is going to run for sheriff or be selected to fill a vacancy as a sheriff to hold a valid peace officer license. First read in the House on Monday.

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 beginning with the 98th General Assembly. Second read in the House on Monday.

SB 3 Introduced by Senator Stouffer (R), establishes photo identification requirements for voting. Public testimony Public testimony heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

SB 105 Introduced by Senator Green (R), creates an advance voting system for elections. Public testimony Public testimony heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

SJR 2 Introduced by Senator Stouffer (R), allows enabling legislation for photographic identification for voting. Public testimony Public testimony heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

SJR 9 Introduced by Senator Engler (R), allows enabling legislation for photographic identification for voting. Public testimony Public testimony heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

SJR 13 Introduced by Senator Justus (D), requires referenda and initiative petitions to be signed by 5% and 8% of the voters in each congressional district. First read in the Senate on Monday, second read and referred to the Senate Elections Committee on Thursday.

HB 95 Sponsored by Representative Dugger (R), allows certain municipalities to cancel nonpartisan elections when there are the same number of candidates as open offices. Public testimony Public testimony heard in the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

HB 107 Sponsored by Representative Smith (R), requires special elections to fill vacancies in the positions of United States Senator, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Auditor, and State Treasurer. Public testimony Public testimony heard in the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

HB 171 Sponsored by Representative Ruzicka (R), allows certain third class cities to cancel any primary election for the office of mayor and councilman. Public testimony Public testimony heard in the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

HB 217 Sponsored by Representative Dugger (R), allows an election authority to use an electronic voter identification system or electronic signature pad to verify voter identification information at a polling place. Public testimony Public testimony heard in the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

HJR 13 Sponsored by Representative Black (D), 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. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

HB 329 Sponsored by Representative Diehl (R), establishes advance voting periods and requires voters to present approved forms of personal identification to vote. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

HJR 14 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), proposes a constitutional amendment changing the laws regarding elections and voting rights. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

HB 301 Sponsored by Representative Talboy (D), changes the laws regarding midwifery. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

HB 351 Sponsored by Representative McNeil (D), authorizes the random selection of election judges. First read in the House on Thursday.

FAMILY

HB 129 Sponsored by Representative Barnes (R), prohibits a juvenile or family court from using the fact that a natural parent chose not to abort a child when determining to take, continue, or fail to terminate jurisdiction over another child. Public Testimony Public testimony heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

SB 134 Introduced by Senator Rupp (R), outlines the parental rights of individuals with disabilities in termination of parental rights cases. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

GOVERNMENT ETHICS & SOCIALISM

HB 307 Sponsored by Representative Gatschenberger (R), establishes a “Don’t Tread on Me” special license plate. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

HB 310 Sponsored by Representative Gatschenberger (R), establishes the State Authority and Federal Tax Fund Act and reasserts the state’s authority under the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read in the House on Wednesday.

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

HB 218 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), allows a senior judge or senior commissioner to elect to forgo his or her regular salary and receive only the minimum wage during times of budget stress. Public testimony heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

HCR 19 Sponsored by Representative Gatschenberger (R), submits an official application by the State of Missouri for the calling of a convention proposing amendments to the United States Constitution. First read in the House on Tuesday.

SB 183 Introduced by Senator Ridgeway (R), modifies current law regarding certain prohibited uses of social security numbers to include the partial use of social security numbers. First read in the Senate on Wednesday, referred to the Senate General Laws Committee on Thursday.

HB 349 Sponsored by Representative Newman, changes the laws regarding equal employment practices. First read in the House on Thursday.

HCR 18 Sponsored by Representative Parkinson (R), disapproves the salary recommendations of the Citizen’s Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials. Second read in the House on Monday, referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

HOMOSEXUALITY

SCR 5 Introduced by Senator Justus (D), ratifies the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution. Second read referred to the Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday.

IMMIGRATION

HCR 22 Sponsored by Representative Fallert (D), strongly urges the federal Department of Homeland Security and Congress to increase the level of enforcement of illegal immigration, especially the hiring of unauthorized workers. Offered in the House on Thursday.

PORNOGRAPHY & SEX CRIMES

SB 156 Introduced by Senator Rupp (R), provides that suspended sentences may not be granted in statutory rape and sodomy cases. First read in the Senate on Monday.

HB 219 Sponsored by Representative Kelly (D), changes the laws regarding background checks for school employees. Public testimony heard in the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

SB 156 Introduced by Senator Rupp (R), provides that suspended sentences may not be granted in statutory rape and sodomy cases. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

HJR 2 Sponsored by Representative McGhee (R), 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. Public testimony heard in the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

HB 333 Sponsored by Representative Shumake (R), allows religious books to be used in public schools so long as they are not used in a manner so as to violate the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

SECOND AMENDMENT

HB 271 Sponsored by Representative Burlison (R), lowers the age at which a person can obtain a concealed carry endorsement from 23 to 21 years of age. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 294 Sponsored by Representative Riddle (R), lowers the age for a concealed carry endorsement from 23 to 21. First read in the House on Monday, and second read on Tuesday.

HB 113 Sponsored by Representative Day (R), lowers the age at which a person can obtain a concealed carry endorsement from 23 to 21 years of age if the person is a member of the armed forces. Public testimony heard in the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

HB 215 Sponsored by Representative Gatschenberger (R), allows a resident of Missouri to purchase a firearm in any state, increases to five years the period that a concealed carry endorsement is valid, and lowers the age to obtain an endorsement to 21 years. Public testimony heard in the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

HB 331 Sponsored by Representative Franz (R), allows firearms dealers to waive a background check for persons seeking to purchase a firearm if they have a valid concealed carry endorsement. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

HB 361 Sponsored by Representative Leara (R), establishes the Missouri Firearms Freedom Act. First read in the House on Thursday.

TAXES

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. Reported to the Senate and first read on Monday.

HB 76 Sponsored by Representative Nolte (R), limits the tax liability of a corporation for corporate franchise taxes to no more than $2 million annually. Public testimony heard in the House Tax Reform Committee on Wednesday.

HB 105 Sponsored by Representative Nance (R), changes the laws regarding the requirements of the governing body of a city, town, or village when its annual revenue from fines and court costs for traffic violations exceed 35% of its total annual revenue. Public testimony heard in the House Public Safety Committee on Wednesday.

HB 116 Sponsored by Representative Flanigan (R), authorizes an amnesty from the assessment or payment of all penalties, additions to tax, and interest on delinquencies of unpaid taxes which occurred on or prior to December 31, 2010. Public testimony heard in the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

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

HB 286 Sponsored by Representative Barnes (R), provides for an income tax refund designation to the American Red Cross. First read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday.

HB 298 Sponsored by Representative Fitzwater (R), allows the imposition of a hospital district sales tax in lieu of a property tax to fund certain hospital districts. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 304 Sponsored by Representative Black (D), authorizes an income tax credit for certain public safety officers. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

HB 309 Sponsored by Representative Black (D), creates the Law Enforcement Safety Fund and authorizes a $7 surcharge in certain criminal cases to fund a contribution system for certain law enforcement employees. First read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 316 Sponsored by Representative Kelly (D), proposes various changes relating to collection of money owed the state. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

HB 335 Sponsored by Representative Burlison (R), allows, upon voter approval, political subdivisions to replace any personal property taxes levied for funding the political subdivision with a revenue-neutral increase in the local sales or real property tax. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

HB 336 Sponsored by Representative Burlison (R), creates a tax credit to attract sporting events to the state. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

HB 362 Sponsored by Representative Scharnhorst (R), establishes Bryce’s Law which authorizes a tax credit for individuals who donate to a scholarship-granting organization if the donation is not claimed on their federal income tax return. First read in the House on Thursday.

SB 18 Introduced by Senator Schmitt (R), caps corporate franchise taxes at two million dollars. Public testimony heard in the Senate Local Government Committee on Wednesday.

SB 19 Introduced by Senator Schmitt (R), phases-out the corporate franchise tax over a five year period. Public testimony heard in the Senate Local Government Committee on Wednesday.

SB 139 Introduced by Senator Crowell (R), subjects all state tax credits to appropriation. Second read and referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

SB 140 Introduced by Senator Crowell (R), repeals provisions of the Missouri property tax credit which allow renters to receive the property tax credit for rent constituting taxes paid. Second read and referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

SB 141 Introduced by Senator Crowell (R), prohibits the receipt of tax credits by campaign contributors. Second read and referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

SB 144 Introduced by Senator Crowell (R), places a one year moratorium on the authorization of certain tax credits. Second read and referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

SB 146 Introduced by Senator Schmitt (R), creates individual and corporate income tax deductions for business income. Second read and referred to the Senate Local Government Committee on Thursday.

SB 155 Introduced by Senator Rupp (R), modifies provisions of Missouri’s real property tax increment allocation redevelopment act. First read in the Senate on Monday, second read and referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

SB 185 Introduced by Senator Purgason (R), imposes a sunset upon all tax credit programs not currently subject to a sunset provision. Second read and referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

SB 198 Introduced by Senator Crowell (R), relating to the repeal of the estate tax. First read in the Senate on Thursday.

SB 203 Introduced by Senator Schmitt (R), relating to tax incentives to attract sporting events to Missouri. First read in the Senate on Thursday.

VETERANS

HB 79 Sponsored by Representative Nolte (R), authorizes the issuance of a military medallion, medal, and certificate to certain veterans who served in specified conflicts regardless of whether they are or ever were legal Missouri residents. Public testimony heard in the House Veterans Committee on Tuesday.

HB 136 Sponsored by Representative Day (R), allows a spouse of an active member of the United States Armed Forces to be eligible for unemployment benefits if accompanying the spouse in the event of a military transfer. Public testimony heard in the House Veterans Committee on Tuesday.

HB 149 Sponsored by Representative Day (R), extends the expiration date of the provisions regarding the Missouri Military Family Relief Fund to December 31, 2017, and the termination date of the provisions to September 1, 2018. Voted do pass out of the House Veterans Committee on Tuesday.

HB 204 Sponsored by Representative Hoskins (R), allows a resident who is on active military duty to renew his or her expired driver’s license without a complete examination if the renewal is made within a specified time from discharge or residency. Voted do pass out of the House Veterans Committee on Tuesday.

HB 303 Sponsored by Representative Day (R), authorizes the issuance of temporary courtesy professional licenses and certificates for nonresident military spouses. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

SB 106 Introduced by Senator Green (D), allows persons who have been awarded the combat action badge to obtain “COMBAT ACTION” specialized license plates. Public testimony heard in the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday.

OTHER

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

SCS SB 68 Introduced by Senator Mayer (R), authorizes the issuance of subpoenas for the production of records by the General Assembly. Reported from the Senate Governmental Accountability Committee to the Floor on Wednesday, perfected on Thursday.

SB 197 Introduced by Senator Ridgeway (R), relating to labor organizations. First read in the Senate on Thursday.

SB 202 Introduced by Senator Crowell (R), relating to labor organizations. First read in the Senate on Thursday.