Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: February 5, 2011

Week in Review
Jan 31 – Feb 3

ABORTION

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 des to prevent pregnancy, including emergency contraceptives, without delay. Second read in the House on Monday.

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

HB 385 Sponsored by Representative Faith (R), reauthorizes the provisions regarding the tax credit for contributions to pregnancy resource centers and extends the expiration date until August 28, 2023. First read in the House on Tuesday.

ANIMAL RIGHTS & FAMILY FARMS

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. Second read in the House on Monday.

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

HB 346 Sponsored by Representative Guernsey (R), exempts the sale of captive wildlife and the sale of feed for captive wildlife from sales tax. Second read in the House on Monday.

HJR 15 Sponsored by Representative Ruzicka (R), proposes a constitutional amendment requiring two-thirds majority for voter approval of any initiative relating to bird, fish, game, wildlife, or forestry resources. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 209 Sponsored by Representative Guernsey (R), 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. Heard in the House Agri-Business Committee on Tuesday.

HJR 3 Sponsored by Representative Loehner (R), proposes a constitutional amendment affirming the right of citizens to raise livestock in a humane manner without the state imposing an undue economic burden on their owners. Heard in the House Agri-Business Committee on Tuesday.

CRIME

HB 205 Sponsored by Representative Elmer (R), changes the laws regarding unlawful discriminatory practices as they relate to the Missouri Human Rights Law. Heard in the House Workforce Development Committee on Monday.

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. Second read in the House on Monday.

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

HB 374 Sponsored by Representative Barnes (R), establishes the Missouri False Claims Act for the prosecuting of MO HealthNet fraud. First read in the House on Monday, second read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 383 Sponsored by Representative Pace (D), changes the laws regarding assault and tampering crimes against public workers and judicial officers. First read in the House on Tuesday.

DRUGS & ALCOHOL

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. Third read and passed through the House on Monday, first read in the Senate on Tuesday.

EDUCATION

HB 352 Sponsored by Representative Wallingford (R), establishes the Missouri Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Initiative within the Department of Higher Education. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 372 Sponsored by Representative Smith (R), requires school districts providing services to students under Title I to provide the same services to students who would be eligible for such services if not for the student’s family income level. First read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday.

HB 389 Sponsored by Representative Holsman (D), increases the number of students the Missouri Preschool Plus Grant Program may serve and expands the list of those who may receive a grant. First read in the House on Tuesday.

ELECTIONS

HB 108 Sponsored by Representative Smith (R), allows a political action committee to receive a contribution from any corporation, association, or partnership instead of from only those formed under Chapters 347 – 360, RSMo. Voted do pass out of the House General Laws Committee on Monday.

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

HB 373 Sponsored by Representative Faith (R), authorizes a charter county’s director of elections to act as the county’s election authority. First read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday.

HB 375 Sponsored by Representative Zimmerman (D), allows any registered voter who is eligible to vote in a particular election to do so by absentee ballot without being required to state a reason. First read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday.

HB 377 Sponsored by Representative Zimmerman (D), prohibits elected officials of the state or any political subdivision or their staff from registering or acting as a lobbyist for one year after leaving office or employment with certain exceptions. First read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday.

HB 379 Sponsored by Representative Zimmerman (D), changes the laws regarding the use of paper ballots at elections. First read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday.

HB 381 Sponsored by Representative Zimmerman (D), allows political subdivisions to conduct ranked-choice voting in certain elections. First read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday.

HB 382 Sponsored by Representative Zimmerman (D), allows any registered voter who is eligible to vote in a particular election to do so by absentee ballot without being required to state a reason. First read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday.

HJR 16 Sponsored by Representative Dugger (R), proposes a constitutional amendment increasing the signature requirement for all initiative and referendum petitions. First read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday.

SB 3 Introduced by Senator Stouffer (R), establishes photo identification requirements for voting. Voted do pass out of the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

SJR 2 Introduced by Senator Stouffer (R), allows enabling legislation for photographic identification for voting. Voted do pass out of the Senate elections Committee on Monday.

SJR 9 Introduced by Senator Engler (R), allows enabling legislation for photographic identification for voting. Voted do pass out of the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

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. Voted do pass out of 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. Voted do pass out of 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. Voted do pass out of the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

SB 205 Introduced by Senator Stouffer (R), relating to advance voting. First read in the Senate on Tuesday.

FAMILY

HB 391 Sponsored by Representative Holsman (D), adds home nursing visits and follow-up care as needed for certain at-risk newborns to the list of covered services under the MO HealthNet Program. First read in the House on Tuesday.

GOVERNMENT ETHICS & SOCIALISM

HB 378 Sponsored by Representative Zimmerman (D), revises the definition of “public governmental body” as it r the Open Meetings and Records Law, commonly known as the Sunshine Law, to include certain public officials and state employees. First read in the House on Monday, second read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 390 Sponsored by Representative Holsman (D), establishes the KidCare op Program within the Department of Social Services to provide affordable health insurance to children through 18 years of age. First read in the House on Tuesday.

HCR 9 Sponsored by Representative Barnes (R), submits an official application by the State of Missouri for the calling of a federal amendment convention. Voted do pass out of the House General Laws Committee on Monday, referred to the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

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

PORNOGRAPHY & SEX CRIMES

HB 384 Sponsored by Representative Black (D), requires inmates incarcerated for sexual assault offenses to successfully complete treatment programs prior to being eligible for parole or conditional release. First read in the House on Tuesday.

SECOND AMENDMENT

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

TAXES

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

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. second read in the House on Monday.

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. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 380 Sponsored by Representative Zimmerman (D), allows individuals who are 62 years of age or older to defer paying property taxes on their residences under certain conditions by filing a claim with the county assessor. First read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday.

SCS SB 18 Introduced by Senator Schmitt (R), caps corporate franchise taxes at two million dollars. Reported out of the Senate Local Government Committee on Tuesday.

SCS SB 19 Introduced by Senator Schmitt (R), phases-out the corporate franchise tax over a five year period. Voted do pass out of the Senate Local Government Committee on Tuesday.

SB 210 Introduced by Senator Lembke (R), relating to property tax levy revisions. First read in the Senate on Tuesday.

VETERANS

HB 368 Sponsored by Representative Meadows (D), creates an identification card for veterans. Second read in the House on Monday.

OTHER

SCS SB 68 Sponsored by Senator Mayer (R), authorizes the issuance of subpoenas for the production of records by the General Assembly. Reported to the House and first read on Monday.