Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: February 26, 2011

Last week in review: Feb 21-24

ABORTION

HCS HB 213 Sponsored by Representative Tim Jones (R), specifies that no abortion of a viable unborn child can be performed or induced except in certain specified situations. Reported “do pass” out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

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. Referred to the House Economic Development Committee on Thursday.

HB 425 Sponsored by Representative Funderburk (R), authorizes an income tax dependency exemption deduction for a stillborn child for the taxable year in which the child was born. Referred to the House Tax reform Committee on Thursday.

HB 483 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), requires any entity performing or assisting in certain abortions or counseling a woman to have an abortion to file an annual report regarding moneys received under the federal Public Health Service Act. Referred to the House Children and Families Committee on Thursday.

HB 636 Sponsored by Representative Oxford (D), establishes the Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies (CARE) Act which requires hospitals and health care facilities to provide emergency contraception (including abotifaceints) to sexual assault victims. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday and referred to the House Children and Families Committee on Thursday.

HCR 40 Sponsored by Representative McNeil (D), establishes Missouri’s ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution. First read in the House on Thursday.

SB 65 Introduced by Senator Mayer (R), modifies provisions relating to abortion with respect to viability. Public testimony taken in the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

SB 204 Introduced by Senator Dempsey (R), reauthorizes the pregnancy resource center tax credit. Voted “do pass” out of the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday, reported to the floor on Thursday.

SB 332 Introduced by Senator Justus (D), modifies provisions relating to expanded sex education in public schools. First read in the Senate on Wednesday.

SB 348 Introduced by Senator Wright-Jones (R), enacts the Prevention First Act. First read in the Senate on Thursday.

ANIMAL RIGHTS & FAMILY FARMS

HCS HB 131 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), changes the laws regarding the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

HCS 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. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

HCS HJR 5 Sponsored by Representative Pollock (R), proposes a constitutional amendment guaranteeing citizens the right to hunt and fish, subject to reasonable regulations and restrictions as provided by law. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

CRIME

HB 159 Sponsored by Representative Brandom (R), allows for house arrest with electronic monitoring or shackling for certain nonviolent offenders and requires the state to provide reimbursement for the total cost of house arrest in certain cases. Public testimony taken in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

HCS HB 276, 233 & 274 Sponsored by Representative Franz (R), changes the laws regarding unlawful picketing or protesting of a funeral. Reported “do pass” out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

HB 585 Sponsored by Representative Oxford (D), changes the laws regarding actions against a person for conduct or speech at a public hearing or meeting. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 589 Sponsored by Representative Ruzicka (R), increases the penalty for making a false report if the crime which is falsely reported was a felony. First read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday and referred to the House Crime Committee on Thursday.

HB 592 Sponsored by Representative Gatschenberger (R), modifies funeral protest provisions. First read in the House on Monday. Second read in the House on Tuesday, referred to the House General Laws Committee on Thursday.

HB 600 Sponsored by Representative Schad (R), adds utility workers to the list of persons who can be victims of the crimes of assault of a law enforcement officer etc, in the first, second, and third degrees. First read in the House on Monday.

HB 652 Sponsored by Representative Riddle, changes assault of a law enforcement officer, corrections officer, emergency personnel, highway worker in a construction zone or work zone, or probation and parole officer by adding health care workers. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

HB 693 Sponsored by Representative Schad (R), revises the punishment for the crime of receiving stolen property. First read in the House on Thursday.

SB 16 Introduced by Senator Lembke (R), prohibits political subdivisions from using automated photo red light enforcement systems to enforce red light violations. Public testimony taken in the Senate Local Government Committee on Wednesday.

SB 320 Introduced by Senator Lamping (R), modifies provisions relating to domestic violence. First read in the Senate on Tuesday.

DRUGS & ALCOHOL

HB 73 Sponsored by Representative Brandom (R), requires drug testing for work-eligible TANF applicants and recipients based upon reasonable suspicion. Second read in the Senate Health Committee on Monday.

HB 551 Sponsored by Representative Schieffer (D), adds bath salts or MDPV to the list of schedule I controlled substances. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 572 Sponsored by Representative Pollock (R), adds bath salts to the list of schedule I controlled substances. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 623 Sponsored by Representative Marshall (R), changes the penalty for persons with prior DWI convictions who cause an accident in which another person is killed and increases the insurance liability limits for persons with prior DWI convictions. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

HB 632 Sponsored by Representative Frederick (R), establishes the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Act to monitor the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances. First read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 641 Sponsored by Representative Franz (R), changes the definition of marijuana, specifies that analogues and homologues be treated as controlled substances in schedule I for purposes of any state law, and adds bath salts and K3 to schedule I substance. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday and referred to the House General Laws Committee on Thursday.

HB 658 Sponsored by Representative Schatz, Creates the Meth Lab Elimination Act. First read on Wednesday.

HB 540 Sponsored by Representative Schneider (R), creates the crime of practicing medicine while intoxicated. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Thursday.

EDUCATION

HB 362 Sponsored by Representative Scharnhorst (R), establishes Bryce’s Law which authorizes a tax credit for a person donating to a scholarship-granting organization for special needs students if it is not claimed on his or her federal income tax return. Public testimony taken in the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

HB 473 Sponsored by Representative Tishaura Jones (D), changes the laws regarding charter schools and establishes the Missouri Charter Public School Commission. Public testimony taken in the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

HB 511 Sponsored by Representative Nasheed (D), establishes the Every Child Can Learn Act which requires all St. Louis City public schools to use a response-to-intervention tiered approach to reading instruction for certain struggling students. Referred to the House Education Committee on Thursday.

HB 576 Sponsored by Representative Aull (D), creates the School Safety and School Violence Prevention Fund. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 582 Sponsored by Representative Oxford (D), establishes smaller class sizes for school districts in St. Louis City and St. Louis County than the minimum and desirable standards of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Second read in the House on Monday, referred to the House Education Committee on Thursday.

HB 583 Sponsored by Representative Oxford (D), provides outreach services, educational training for child care professionals, and subsidies for early childhood programs. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 599 Sponsored by Representative Schad (R), expands the crime of sexual contact with a student to include sexual contact made while not on public school property. First read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday.

HB 602 Sponsored by Representative Schad (R), modifies provisions relating to school district corporate organization lapse for failure to provide for the minimum school term or unccredited classification for two successive school years. First read in the House on Monday. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 612 Sponsored by Representative Holsman (D), establishes smaller class sizes for school districts in Kansas City than the established minimum and desirable standards of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

HB 614 Sponsored by Representative Holsman, prohibits a higher education institution from charging a Missouri resident who is a full-time student a tuition rate that exceeds the amount charged when the student enrolls for the next five years. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday

HB 617 Sponsored by Representative Holsman (D), requires any school district designated as unaccredited or provisionally accredited to meet certain attendance requirements. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

HB 618 Sponsored by Representative Holsman (D), authorizes a state income tax deduction of up to $500 to a taxpayer for the cost of school supplies and books he or she purchased to home school a child. First read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 621 Sponsored by Representative Holsman (D), requires a student wanting to drop out of high school to attend a dropout prevention seminar. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

HB 624 Sponsored by Representative McNeil (D), prohibits corporal punishment in schools. First read in the House on Tuesday. Second read in the House on Wednesday.

HB 628 Sponsored by Representative Dieckhaus (R), changes the laws regarding teacher contracts and establishes the Teacher Continuing Contract Act. First read in the House on Tuesday. Second read and referred to the House Education Committee on Wednesday .

HB 639 Sponsored by Representative McNary (R), requires school districts to establish requirements for student academic progression. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read and referred to the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

HB 642 Sponsored by Representative Cookson, modifies provisions relating to summer school attendance. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

SS SCS SB 13 Sponsored by Senator Pearce (R), requires the Joint Committee on Education to oversee a task force on teacher compensation and effectiveness. Perfected in the Senate on Tuesday, first read in the House on Thursday.

SB 14 Introduced by Senator Pearce (R), requires the State Board of Education to establish criteria for the transfer of students from an unaccredited school district to an accredited district in the same or an adjoining county. Public testimony taken in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

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. Public testimony taken in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

SB 329 Introduced by Senator Nieves (R), allows students to enroll in another school district or charter school for purposes of attending virtual courses or programs. First read in the Senate on Wednesday.

ELECTIONS

HCS HB 108 Sponsored by Representative Jason 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 Rules Committee on Tuesday, and referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

HB 107 Sponsored by Representative Jason Smith (R), requires special elections to fill certain vacancies in the positions of United States Senator, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Auditor, and State Treasurer. Referred to the House Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday, first read in the Senate on Thursday.

HB 171 Sponsored by Representative Ruzicka (R), allows certain third class cities to cancel any primary election for the office of mayor and councilman. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

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. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

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. Public testimony taken in the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

HCS HB 329 Sponsored by Representative Diehl (R), establishes an advance voting period and requires a voter to present an approved form of personal identification to vote at an election. Reported “do pass” out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

HB 432 Sponsored by Representative Kander (D), changes the laws regarding ethics, lobbying, and campaign finance. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Thursday.

HB 503 Sponsored by Representative Dugger (R), provides that presidential primaries are held in March of each presidential election year. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Monday.

HB 627 Sponsored by Representative Curls (R), allows certain transfers between political action committees and candidate committees or elected officials for educational or service in office purposes. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

HB 629 Sponsored by Representative Cierpiot (R), modifies the dates available for public elections. First read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 640 Sponsored by Representative Neth (R), prohibits electioneering activities and materials inside and within 250 feet of polling places. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

HJR 6 Sponsored by Representative Cierpiot (R), proposes a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right of individuals to vote by secret ballot. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

HJR 14 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), proposes a constitutional amendment changing the laws regarding elections by authorizing provisions relating to advance voting, voter identification, and absentee voting. Reported “do pass” out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

HJR 16 Sponsored by Representative Dugger (R), proposes a constitutional amendment changing the number of voter signatures that are required to place an initiative petition or a referendum on a ballot. Public testimony taken in the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

HJR 21 Sponsored by Representative Sifton (D), proposes a constitutional amendment placing additional voting restrictions on the General Assembly to amend or repeal any statute adopted by initiative or referendum. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Thursday.

HJR 28 Sponsored by Representative Walton Gray (D), proposes a constitutional amendment limiting the total service in the General Assembly to 16 years in any proportion between the House of Representatives and Senate. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

SB 3 Sponsored by Representative Stouffer (R), establishes photo identification requirements for voting. Second read in the House on Monday.

SB 225 Introduced by Senator Engler (R), provides for nonpartisan elections of judicial candidates and forbids certain judges and candidates from engaging in political activities. Voted “do pass” out of the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

SB 270 Introduced by Senator Kraus (R), modifies the dates available for public elections. Public testimony taken in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

SB 282 Introduced by Senator Engler (R), moves the presidential primary from February to March. Public testimony taken in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

SB 292 Sponsored by Senator Schaaf (R), requires presidential and vice presidential candidates to show valid birth certificates. Second read and referred to the Senate General Laws Committee on Thursday.

SB 318 Introduced by Senator Dixon (R), requires voter registration application forms to be distributed from Conservation offices and permit vendors authorized to issue resident hunting and fishing permits. First read in the Senate on Tuesday.

SJR 2 Introduced by Senator Stouffer (R), allows enabling legislation for photographic identification for voting. First read in the House on Thursday.

SJR 10 Introduced by Senator Lembke (R), lowers the number of State Representatives from 163 to 103. Public testimony taken in the Senate Governmental Accountability Committee on Wednesday.

SJR 12 Introduced by Senator Green (R), increases term limits for members of the General Assembly from 8 years to 12 years in each house. Public testimony taken in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

FAMILY

HB 417 Sponsored by Representative Richardson (R), allows any person having a parent/child relationship with a minor child who is not the biological or legal parent to petition the court for custody and visitation rights. Public testimony taken in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

HB 539 Sponsored by Representative Hubbard (D), creates a two year pilot project within the department of corrections and with the cooperation of the division of family services to increase the access children have to incarcerated mothers. Referred to the House Corrections on Thursday.

HB 555 Sponsored by Representative Grisamore (R), prohibits discrimination based on disability in termination of parental rights cases. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 565 Sponsored by Representative Denison (R), gives immunity from civil or criminal liability to persons reporting suspected child abuse to proper authorities. Second read in the House on Monday. Referred to the House Children and Families Committee on Thursday.

HB 587 Sponsored by Representative Aull (D), changes the requirements for providing notice of the relocation of a child by the custodial parent. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 604 Sponsored by Representative Long (R), outlines the parental rights of individuals with disabilities in termination of parental rights cases. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read in the House on Wednesday and referred to the Disability Services Committee on Thursday.

HB 643 Sponsored by Representative May (D), allows for abatement of certain support arrearages in criminal nonsupport cases. First read in the House on Wednesday.

HB 680 Sponsored by Representative White, requires a checklist form to be completed prior to the finalizing an adoption which verifies that all documents and procedures have been submitted, complied with, and reviewed by the judge. First read in the House on Thursday.

HB 683 Sponsored by Representative Peters-Baker (D), changes the laws regarding the Safe Place for Newborns Act by increasing from five to 45 days after birth the time a parent can relinquish physical custody of a newborn without being prosecuted. First read in the House on Thursday.

SB 213 Introduced by Senator Schaefer (R), 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. Public testimony taken in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

GAMBLING

HJR 24 Sponsored by Representative Aull (D), proposes a constitutional amendment specifying who can participate in the operation of a bingo game. Second read in the House on Monday.

SB 319 Introduced by Senator Dixon (R), allows debts owed to ambulance service providers to be collected from income tax refunds and lottery winnings of patients. First read in the House on Tuesday.

GOVERNMENT ETHICS & SOCIALISM

HB 73 Sponsored by Representative Brandom (R), requires drug testing for work-eligible TANF applicants and recipients based upon reasonable suspicion. Second read in the Senate Health Committee on Monday.

HB 139 Sponsored by Representative Jason Smith (R), requires the Office of Administration to maintain public school and county and municipal government accountability information and the Governor’s travel information on the Missouri Accountability Portal. First read in the Senate on Thursday.

HB 145 Sponsored by Representative Schoeller, requires any entity receiving state funds to publish the name and compensation of each lobbyist employed by the entity and the name and membership dues paid to any other entity. Referred to the House Local Government Committee on Thursday.

HB 310 Sponsored by Representative Gatschenberger, establishes the State Authority and Federal Tax Fund Act and reasserts the state’s authority under the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

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. Reported “do pass” out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

HCR 30 Sponsored by Representative Frederick (R), urges the Governor and Attorney General to send a letter to the President of the United States expressing the urgency of resolving the constitutionality of the federal health care reform act. Referred to the House Health Care Committee on Thursday.

HJR 26 Sponsored by Representative Curtman (R), proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting the state government from recognizing, enforcing, or acting in furtherance of certain actions of the federal government. Second read in the House on Monday.

HJR 31 Sponsored by Representative Wells (R), proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting the use of international law or Sharia law by state courts. First read in the House on Thursday.

SCS SB 68 Sponsored by Representative Mayer (R), authorizes the issuance of subpoenas for the production of records by the General Assembly. Public testimony taken in the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

SB 308 Introduced by Senator Nieves (R), specifies how the courts and administrative agencies may rule when a dispute involves other countries or their laws. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

HOMOSEXUALITY

HCR 40 Sponsored by Representative McNeil (D), establishes Missouri’s ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution. First read in the House on Thursday.

IMMIGRATION

HB 167 Sponsored by Representative Nolte (R), requires Missouri driver’s examinations to only be administered in English. Reported “do pass” out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

HB 478 Sponsored by Representative Wyatt (R), prohibits state departments from contracting with or providing money to any entity that has been found guilty of or pled guilty to violating any election, tax, or immigration law of this state. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Thursday.

SB 72 Introduced by Senator Kraus (R), requires the Attorney General to sue the federal government to enforce federal immigration laws. Public testimony taken in the Senate Governmental Accountability Committee on Wednesday.

PORNOGRAPHY & SEX CRIMES

HCS HB 154 Sponsored by Representative Black (D), specifies that a prisoner who commits sexual misconduct in the second degree in the presence of a minor or a person working in a jail, prison, or correctional facility will be guilty of a class D felony. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

HCS HB 214 Sponsored by Representative Zerr (R), changes the laws regarding human trafficking. Reported “do pass” out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

HB 433 Sponsored by Representative Kander (D), changes the classification of certain human trafficking crimes and establishes fines and prison terms for the crimes. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Thursday.

HB 599 Sponsored by Representative Schad (R), expands the crime of sexual contact with a student to include sexual contact made while not on public school property. First read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday.

HB 660 Sponsored by Representative Rizzo, allows urban cities to create, maintain and make public a list of the names of persons who have pleaded guilty to or been found guilty of patronizing prostitution. First read in the House on Thursday.

SB 331 Introduced by Senator Lamping (R), modifies the human trafficking provisions. First read in the Senate on Wednesday.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

HCS HB 250 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), changes the laws regarding water well regulations. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

HB 470 Sponsored by Representative Funderburk (R), exempts certain not-for-profit entities from the nonresident entertainer and professional athletic team income tax. Public testimony taken in the House Tax Reform Committee on Wednesday.

HB 603 Sponsored by Representative Schupp (D), establishes Nathan’s Law which changes the laws regarding child care facilities. First read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday. Referred to the House Professional Registration and Licensing Committee on Thursday.

HB 690 Sponsored by Representative Bahr (R), changes the laws regarding immunizations for children. First read in the House on Thursday.

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. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

SB 339 Introduced by Senator Rupp (R), establishes “Sam Pratt’s Law” and “Nathan’s Law” and modifies provisions relating to child care providers. First read in the Senate on Thursday.

SECOND AMENDMENT

HB 252 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), establishes the Business Premises Safety Act. Public testimony taken in the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

HB 594 Sponsored by Representative Richardson (R), revises the law regarding possession, manufacture, transport, repair or sale of weapons. First read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday.

HB 596 Sponsored by Representative Schieffer (R), prohibits the sales tax on firearms or ammunition from being levied at a higher rate than for any sales tax or other excise tax charged on any sporting goods or equipment or any hunting equipment. First read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Thursday

HJR 27 Sponsored by Representative Brattin, proposes a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to possess or purchase ammunition and mechanical parts essential to the proper functioning of firearms. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Thursday.

SB 298 Introduced by Senator Munzlinger (R), lowers the minimum age for an applicant of a concealed carry endorsement from twenty-three to twenty-one. Second read and referred to the Senate General Laws Committee on Thursday.

SB 300 Introduced by Senator Munzlinger (R), allows the use of handguns during the muzzleloader portion of firearms deer season. Second read and referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday.

SB 330 Introduced by Senator Dixon (R), allows certain state officials and employees to carry concealed firearms in the state capitol building. First read in the Senate on Wednesday.

TAXES

HB 45 Sponsored by Representative Hoskins (R), modifies provisions of the Big Government Get Off My Back Act and creates an income tax deduction for small business job creation. Second read in the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Monday.

HCS HB 116 & 316 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. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

HB 335 Sponsored by Representative Burlison (R), allows, upon voter approval, a political subdivision to replace any personal property taxes levied for funding the political subdivision with a revenue-neutral increase in local sales or real property taxes. Public testimony taken in the House Tax Reform Committee on Wednesday.

HB 571 Sponsored by Representative Faith (R), reduces the maximum penalty on delinquent county property taxes. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 637 Sponsored by Representative Oxford (D), changes the laws regarding the Missouri individual income tax. First read in the House on Tuesday.

HCS HJR 8 Sponsored by Representative Koenig (R), 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. Voted “do pass” out of the House Tax Reform Committee on Wednesday.

SJR 20 Introduced by Senator Lager (R), limits general revenue appropriations and mandates state income tax rate reductions in certain situations. First read in the House on Tuesday.

VETERANS

HCS HB 116 & 316 Sponsored by Representative Flanigan (R), changes the laws regarding the collection of money owed to the state and authorizes an amnesty from the assessment or payment of the penalties, taxes, and interest on certain unpaid tax delinquencies. Reported “do pass” out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

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. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

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. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

HB 654 Sponsored by Representative Fitzwater, designates March 26 of each year as “Veterans of Operation Iraq/Enduring Freedom Day”. First read in the House on Wednesday. Second read in the House on Thursday.

HB 673 Sponsored by Representative Largent, authorizes a Missouri national guard overseas training ribbon, state partnership program ribbon, and the order of the minuteman award. First read in the House on Thursday.

HCR 11 Sponsored by Representative Nolte (R), urges Congress to designate the Liberty Memorial at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City as the National World War I Memorial. Voted “do pass” out of the House on Thursday.

HCR 33 Sponsored by Representative Davis, designates the Honor and Remember Flag as the State of Missouri’s emblem of service and sacrifice of service men and women who have given their lives in the line of duty. Referred to the House Veterans Committee on Thursday.

HCR 35 Sponsored by Representative Oxford (D), requests the Adjutant General of the Missouri National Guard to establish a voluntary reporting program for Missouri National Guard members and veterans who have been exposed to depleted uranium. Offered up in the House on Tuesday.

Referred: Veterans (H) on Thursday.

HJR 30 Sponsored by Representative Wyatt (R), proposes a constitutional amendment exempting portions of veterans’ homestead property from property tax based on degrees of service-connected disability. First read in the House on Wednesday. Second read in the House on Thursday.