Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: February 12, 2011

Last week in Review: February 7-10

ABORTION

SB 17 Introduced by Senator Lembke, requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to make available resources relating to umbilical cord blood. Public testimony taken in the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday.

HB 213 Sponsored by Representative Tim Jones, specifies that no abortion of a viable unborn child beyond 20 weeks gestation can be performed or induced except in certain serious physical health threat situations. Public testimony taken in the House Health Care Policy Committee on Wednesday.

HB 425 Sponsored by Representative Funderburk, authorizes an income tax dependency exemption for a stillborn child for the taxable year in which the child was born. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

HB 483 Sponsored by Representative Cox, requires a report which provides an accounting of all abortions not necessary to save the life of the mother performed in this state to be filed by with the Department of Health and Senior Services. First read in the House on Thursday.

SB 204 Introduced by Senator Dempsey, reauthorizes the pregnancy resource center tax credit. Second read and referred to the Senate Health Committee on Monday.

SB 234 Introduced by Senator Dempsey, creates an income tax dependency exemption for stillborn children. First read in the Senate on Tuesday. Referred to the Senate Health Committee on Thursday.

ANIMAL RIGHTS & FAMILY FARMS

HCS HB 100 Sponsored by Representative Loehner, affirms the right of Missouri citizens to raise livestock in a humane manner without the state imposing an undue burden on their owners. Voted do pass out of the House Agriculture Policy Committee on Tuesday, referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

SB 161 Introduced by Senator Munzlinger, allows the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority to provide loan guarantees for loans to agribusinesses. Public testimony taken in the Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday.

HB 209 Sponsored by Representative Guernsey, revises the laws regarding private nuisances when it originates from property used for farming, agriculture, crop, or animal production purposes and when a court must visit an alleged affected property. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

HB 405 Sponsored by Representative Crawford, modifies the requirements for humane treatment of dogs in large-scale breeding operations. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 458 Sponsored by Representative Loehner, establishes the Missouri Farmland Trust Act to receive donated land to preserve it as farmland and provide beginning farmers an opportunity to farm through low and variable cost leases on the land. Second read in the House on Thursday.

HJR 17 Sponsored by Representative Smith, proposes a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to grow crops, hunt and fish wildlife, and raise animals in a humane manner. Referred to the House Rural Community Development Committee on Tuesday.

SCS SB 113 Introduced by Senator Parson, modifies the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. Reported from the Senate Agriculture Committee to the floor on Thursday.

CRIME

HB 406 Sponsored by Representative Wieland, prohibits political subdivisions from using automated photo red light enforcement systems to enforce red light violations. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 413 Sponsored by Representative Keeney, 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 Monday. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 383 Sponsored by Representative Pace, changes the laws regarding assault and tampering crimes against public workers and judicial officers. Referred to the House Crime Prevention Committee on Tuesday.

DRUGS & ALCOHOL

HB 101 Sponsored by Representative Loehner, allows any winery, distiller, manufacturer, wholesaler, or brewer or designated employee to provide beverage samples on certain licensed retail premises for tasting purposes. Public testimony taken in the House Local Government Committee on Wednesday.

HB 457 Sponsored by Representative Hodges, specifies that certain provisions regarding the distribution of a controlled substance were enacted to create a safe zone around certain areas and serve as an enhancement of the punishment. Second read in the House on Thursday.

SCS SBs 7, 5, 74 & 169 Introduced by Senator Goodman, creates the “TANF Child Protection and Drug Free Home Act” regarding drug testing for work-eligible TANF applicants and recipients. Voted do pass out of the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday, reported to the floor on Thursday.

SB 227 Introduced by Senator Engler, makes the results of certain types of field tests for controlled substances admissible as evidence in certain preliminary hearings and applications for arrest warrants. First read in the Senate on Tuesday. Second read, and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

SB 254 Introduced by Senator Stouffer, relating to intoxicated-related traffic offenses. First read in the Senate on Thursday.

EDUCATION

HB 139 Sponsored by Representative Smith, requires the Office of Administration to maintain public school and county government accountability information on the Missouri Accountability Portal. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

HB 179 Sponsored by Representative Nasheed, raises the compulsory school attendance age to 18 in all school districts unless the student has successfully completed 16 credits towards high school graduation. Referred to the House Education Committee on Tuesday.

HB 232 Sponsored by Representative Thomson, extends eligibility for the A+ Schools Program to Missouri public high school students who have an expected family contribution to college expenses at a level determined by the Department of Higher Education. Public testimony taken in the House Higher Education Committee on Tuesday.

HB 410 Sponsored by Representative Loehner, gives superintendents or school principals discretion in readmitting students convicted of certain crimes. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 463 Sponsored by Representative McNary, allows certain schools providing virtual courses to charge nonresident tuition. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

SCS SB 13 Introduced by Senator Pearce, requires the Joint Committee on Education to oversee a task force on teacher compensation and effectiveness. Voted do pass out of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

SB 20 Introduced by Senator Wright-Jones, modifies the compulsory attendance age for the St. Louis City School District so that students must attend school from five years of age to eighteen years of age. Public testimony taken in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

SB 21 Sponsored by Senator Wright-Jones, Requires kindergarten attendance at the start of the school year for children who turn age five at any time during the calendar year, lowering compulsory education to as low as 4 + one day of age. Public hearing scheduled for Wednesday but not heard in the Senate Education Committee.

SB 124 Sponsored by Senator Keaveny, Requires children in the St. Louis City School District to attend school at age five. Public testimony taken in the Senate Education Committee.

SB 123 Introduced by Senator Keaveny, Allows foreign language immersion charter schools to enroll four-year-old children. Public testimony taken in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

SB 242 Introduced by Senator Cunningham, allows a pupil to enroll in an adjoining school district if the student’s residence is located closer to a school in the adjoining district or in cases of transportation hardship. Second read and referred to the Senate General Laws Committee on Thursday.

SB 247 Introduced by Senator Pearce, modifies the elementary and secondary education funding formula. Referred to the Senate Education Committee on Thursday.

SB 253 Introduced by Senator Callahan, relating to summer school. First read in the Senate on Thursday.

ELECTIONS

HB 107 Sponsored by Representative Smith, 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. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday, reported do pass on Wednesday.

HB 180 Sponsored by Representative Nasheed, authorizes an election authority to establish a procedure allowing registered voters to provide an email address to receive information in conjunction with the conduct of elections. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

HB 329 Sponsored by Representative Diehl, establishes an advance voting period and requires a voter to present an approved form of personal identification to vote at an election. Public testimony taken in the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

HJR 14 Sponsored by Representative Cox, proposes a constitutional amendment changing the laws regarding elections by authorizing provisions relating to advance voting, voter identification, and absentee voting. Public testimony taken in the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

HJR 18 Sponsored by Representative Cox, proposes a constitutional amendment changing the composition of nonpartisan judicial commissions and increases the number of candidates it nominates to the Governor for certain judicial vacancies. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

HJR 19 Sponsored by Representative Kirk ton, proposes a constitutional amendment which would establish a state demographer to prepare congressional and legislative redistricting plans. First read in the House on Wednesday.

SB 84 Introduced by Senator Wright-Jones, modifies law relating to voter registration and election offenses. Public testimony taken in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

SB 205 Introduced by Senator Stouffer, creates an advance voting system for primary and general elections. Second read and referred to the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

SB 225 Introduced by Senator Engler, provides for nonpartisan elections of judicial candidates and forbids certain judges and candidates from engaging in political activities. First read in the Senate on Tuesday.

SB 255 Introduced by Senator Keaveny, relating to campaign finance. First read in the Senate on Thursday.

SB 264 Introduced by Senator Rupp, relating to the composition of congressional districts. First read in the Senate on Thursday.

SJR 13 Introduced by Senator Justus, requires referenda and initiative petitions to be signed by 5% and 8% of the voters in each congressional district. Public testimony taken in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

FAMILY

HB 130 Sponsored by Representative Barnes, changes the laws regarding guardianship of an incapacitated person and authorizes Missouri to enter into the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act. Public testimony taken in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

HB 143 Sponsored by Representative Schoeller, changes the laws regarding hotline calls reporting suspected child abuse and neglect to the Children’s Division within the Department of Social Services. Public testimony taken in the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

HB 227 Sponsored by Representative Wyatt, specifies that the Missouri Supreme Court child support guidelines must require income documentation and changes the provisions regarding child support when the parents have joint physical custody. Public testimony taken in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

HB 259 Sponsored by Representative Cox, authorizes a public body to close certain foster care licensure data and requires the Division of Family Services to prepare a detailed report of specific information obtained in the licensure process. Public testimony taken in the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

HB 417 Sponsored by Representative Richardson, allows a person with a parent/child relationship with a minor child to petition the court for custody or visitation rights. First read in the House on Monday. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 419 Sponsored by Representative Stream, requires schools to facilitate the transition of foster care students from school to school. First read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 427 Sponsored by Representative Barnes, modifies provisions relating to adoption records and original birth certificates. First read in the House on Tuesday. Second read in the House on Wednesday.

HB 431 Sponsored by Representative Franz, enacts various provisions regarding foster care and adoption promotion. First read in the House on Tuesday. Second read in the House on Wednesday.

HB 452 Sponsored by Representative Hodges, requires health insurance coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. First read in the House on Wednesday. Second read in the House on Thursday.

SB 213 Introduced by Senator Schaefer, modifies what information is required in a petition for guardianship for a minor or an incapacitated person and adopts the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act. First read in the Senate on Monday.

SB 222 Introduced by Senator Cunningham, modifies the child labor laws. First read in the Senate on Monday. Second read, and referred to the Senate General Laws Committee on Thursday.

SB 261 Introduced by Senator Goodman, relating to the crime of nonsupport. First read in the Senate on Thursday.

GOVERNMENT ETHICS & SOCIALISM

HB 139 Sponsored by Representative Smith, requires the Office of Administration to maintain public school and county government accountability information on the Missouri Accountability Portal. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

HB 423 Sponsored by Representative Burlison, establishes the Health Care Compact which pledges member states to improve health care policies within their states. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

HB 443 Sponsored by Representative McNeil, requires the Governor to maintain and regularly update a listing of appointees to state boards, commissions, committees, and councils including residences, races, genders, and term expiration dates. Second read on Wednesday.

HB 444 Sponsored by Representative McNeil, requires the Governor when selecting appointees to state boards, commissions, committees, and councils to ensure that the membership reflects racial and gender equity based on population if possible. Second read in the House on Wednesday.

HCR 3 Sponsored by Representative Scharnhorst, submits to Congress a proposed federal balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution. Voted do pass out of the House Budget Committee on Monday.

HCR 9 Sponsored by Representative Barnes, submits an official application by the State of Missouri for the calling of a federal “amendment convention”. Voted do pass and reported out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

HCR 12 Sponsored by Representative Rowland, claims sovereignty for the State of Missouri under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government. Public testimony taken in the House Downsizing State Government Committee on Monday.

SB 232 Introduced by Senator Crowell, repeals authority of certain cities to enforce zoning regulations up to two miles outside city limits. First read in the Senate on Tuesday, referred to the Senate Local Government Committee on Thursday.

SJR 15 Introduced by Senator Nieves, prohibits Missouri state government from recognizing, enforcing, or acting in furtherance of certain actions of the federal government. First read in the Senate on Tuesday.

SCR 9 Introduced by Senator Rupp, rescinds Missouri’s 1983 call for a constitutional convention. First read in the Senate on Tuesday, referred to the Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday.

HOMOSEXUALITY

HB 460 Sponsored by Representative Lampe, changes the laws regarding bullying in schools. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

HB 477 Sponsored by Representative Webber, changes the laws regarding complaints filed with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights and prohibits discrimination based upon a person’s sexual orientation. First read in the House on Thursday.

SB 239 Introduced by Senator Justus, prohibits discrimination based upon a person’s sexual orientation. First read in the Senate on Wednesday, referred to the Senate Progress and Development Committee on Thursday.

SB 240 Introduced by Senator Justus, changes the requirements for school anti-bullying policies. First read in the Senate on Wednesday, referred to the Senate Progress and Development Committee on Thursday.

IMMIGRATION

SB 195 Introduced by Senator Stouffer, requires driver’s licenses and nondriver’s licenses issued to persons who are not United States citizens to contain a notation that the holder of such license is not a citizen of the United States. Second read and referred to the Senate Transportation Committee on Monday.

HB 478 Sponsored by Representative Wyatt, prohibits state departments from contracting with any entity that has been found guilty of or pled guilty to intentionally or willfully violating any election, tax, or immigration law of this state. First read in the House on Thursday.

PORNOGRAPHY & SEX CRIMES

HB 214 Sponsored by Representative Zerr, changes the laws regarding human trafficking. Public testimony taken in the House Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee on Wednesday.

HCS HB 219 Sponsored by Representative Kelly, changes the laws regarding background checks for school employees. Voted do pass out of the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

HB 433 Sponsored by Representative Kander, increases the penalties for certain human trafficking crimes. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read in the House on Wednesday.

SB 250 Introduced by Senator Kehoe, requires sexual assault offenders to complete certain programs prior to being eligible for parole or conditional release. Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

HCS HB 29 Sponsored by Representative Sater, establishes the Volunteer Health Services Act which allows a licensed health care provider to render volunteer professional health care services for a sponsoring organization. Voted do pass out of the House Health Care Policy Committee on Wednesday.

HB 250 Sponsored by Representative Cox, changes the laws regarding water well regulations. Public testimony taken in the House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday.

HB 470 Sponsored by Representative Funderburk, exempts not-for-profit entities from paying the nonresident entertainers tax. First read in the House on Thursday.

HB 424 Sponsored by Representative Funderburk, designates the day after Thanksgiving Day until midnight December 26 of each year as the “Christmas Season” in Missouri. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

SJR 16 Introduced by Senator Goodman, relating to religious freedom. First read in the Senate on Thursday.

TAXES

HB 60 Sponsored by Representative Nolte, limits the increase in assessed valuation of residential property by the percentage of increase in the federal Social Security benefits for the elderly and disabled who own and live in their principal residence. Public testimony taken in the House Local Government Committee on Wednesday.

HCS HB 76 Sponsored by Representative Nolte, limits the tax liability of a corporation for corporate franchise taxes to no more than $2 million annually. Voted do pass out of the House Tax Reform Committee, and referred to the Rules Committee on Wednesday.

HB 408 Sponsored by Representative Koenig, changes corporate income tax rates, eliminates the corporate franchise tax, and adds a .4939% sales tax. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 429 Sponsored by Representative McGhee, changes provisions relating to the nonresident entertainers income tax. First read in the House on Tuesday. Second read on Wednesday.

HB 447 Sponsored by Representative Funderburk, modifies provisions of Missouri’s real property tax increment allocation redevelopment act. Second read in the House on Thursday.

HJR 8 Sponsored by Representative Koenig, proposes a constitutional amendment replacing the individual and corporate income tax, corporation and bank franchise taxes, and sales and use tax with a fair sales tax on certain property and services. Public testimony taken in the House Tax Reform Committee on Wednesday.

SCS SB 18 Introduced by Senator Schmitt, places a cap on corporate franchise taxes. Perfected in the Senate on Monday, reported out of committee on Tuesday.

SCS SB 19 Introduced by Senator Schmitt, phases-out the corporate franchise tax over a five year period. Perfected in the Senate on Monday, reported do pass on Tuesday.

SB 146 Introduced by Senator Schmitt, creates individual and corporate income tax deductions for business income. Public testimony taken in the Senate Local Government Committee on Wednesday.

SB 198 Introduced by Senator Crowell, repeals the estate tax. Second read and referred to the Senate Ways and means Committee on Monday.

SB 210 Introduced by Senator Lembke, modifies provisions of law requiring certain political subdivisions to revise property tax rates. Second read and referred to the Senate Ways and means Committee on Monday.

VETERANS

HB 233 Sponsored by Representative Lant, changes the laws regarding unlawful picketing or protesting of a funeral. Public testimony taken in the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

HB 274 Sponsored by Representative Bahr, changes the laws regarding unlawful picketing or protesting of a funeral. Public testimony taken in the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

HB 276 Sponsored by Representative Franz, changes the laws regarding unlawful picketing or protesting of a funeral. Public testimony taken in the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

HCR 29 Sponsored by Representative Conway, designates November 11, 2011, as “Vietnam Veterans Day” in M to be observed in conjunction with Veterans Day. Offered in the House on Wednesday.