Defending traditional families

Under the Dome; March 12, 2011

Last week in review: March 7-10

ABORTION

HCS 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. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

HCS HB 197 Sponsored by Representative Tishaura Jones (D), requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to post on its web site resources relating to umbilical cord blood. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

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. Taken up for perfection in the House on Wednesday but was laid over, the House is likely to finish up on the legislation next week.

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. Heard in the House Tax Reform Committee on Wednesday.

HCS 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. Voted do pass out of the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

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 to sexual assault victims. Heard in the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

SCS SB 17 Introduced by Senator Lembke (R), requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to make available resources relating to umbilical cord blood. Reported out of the Senate Health Committee on Thursday.

SCS SB 65 Introduced by Senator Mayer (R), modifies provisions relating to abortion with respect to viability. Voted do pass out of the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

Reported from the Senate General Laws Committee to the floor on Thursday.

ANIMAL RIGHTS & FAMILY FARMS

HB 601 Sponsored by Representative Schad (R), exempts the sale of feed for captive wildlife from state and local sales and use taxes. Referred to the House Agri-Business Committee on Thursday.

HJR 15 Sponsored by Representative Ruzicka (R), proposes a constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds majority for voter approval of any initiative petition relating to harvesting bird, fish, game, wildlife, or forestry resources. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

SS SCS SB 113 & 95 Introduced by Senator Parson (R), (R), modifies the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. Perfected on the Senate floor on Tuesday, referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on Wednesday and finally passed through the Senate and referred to the House on Thursday.

SCS SJR 11 Introduced by Senator Munzlinger (R), asserts the right of Missourians to hunt and fish. Voted do pass out of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday.

CRIME

HCS HB 276, 233 & 274 Introduced by Representative Franz (R), changes the laws regarding unlawful picketing or protesting of a funeral. Reported to the Senate and first read on Monday.

HB 406 Introduced by Representative Wieland (R), prohibits any entity that is authorized to issue traffic tickets from using an automated red light enforcement system at any intersection within its jurisdiction. Heard in the House Crime Committee on Monday.

HB 504 Introduced by Representative Silvey (R), changes the laws regarding domestic violence and orders of protection. Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on Monday. Heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

HB 505 Sponsored by Representative Kelly (D), changes the laws regarding domestic violence and orders of protection. Heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

HB 516 Sponsored by Representative Ellinger (D), prohibits any state agent from seeking the death penalty on the basis of race and permits the use of statistical evidence in certain criminal and post-conviction relief proceedings in death penalty cases. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Thursday.

HB 600 Introduced by Representative Schad (R), expands the crime of assault of a law enforcement officer, corrections officer, emergency personnel, highway worker in a construction or work zone, or probation and parole officer to include a utility worker. Heard in the House Crime Committee on Monday.

HCS HB 641 Introduced by Representative Franz (R), changes the laws regarding controlled substances. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

HB 652 Sponsored by Representative Riddle (R), 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. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Thursday.

HB 691 Sponsored by Representative Schad (R), creates the crime of endangerment of emergency personnel or emergency responder. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Thursday.

HB 692 Sponsored by Representative Schad (R), revises the law concerning the supreme courts review of death sentences. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Thursday.

HB 693 Sponsored by Representative Schad (R), revises the punishment for the crime of receiving stolen property. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Thursday.

HB 713 Introduced by Representative Phillips (R), requires the driver and each front-seat passenger in cars and trucks to wear a safety belt with certain exceptions. Voted do pass out of the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday.

HB 724 Sponsored by Representative Kratky (D), expands the crime of unlawful use of a weapon to include knowingly possessing a firearm while also in possession of a specified amount of a controlled substance. Referred to the house Crime Committee on Thursday.

HB 725 Sponsored by Representative Kratky (D), revises unlawful use of weapons by providing that a person violating subsection 1 of 571.030 shall not receive an SIS if they already have had one for any other felony offense committed while in possession. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Thursday.

HB 770 Introduced by Representative Smith (D), adds elected officials and their staff members to the list of persons protected by enhanced penalties or assault in the first, second and third degrees. First read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday.

HB 799 Introduced by Representative Carlson (D), repeals the death penalty and establishes the Cold Case Investigation Revolving Fund. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

HB 800 Introduced by Representative Stream (R), prohibits the spanking of any student in a public school who has an individualized education plan. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

HB 802 Sponsored by Representative McCaherty (R), revises the crime of property damage in the first degree by including damaging a motor vehicle while making entry into it to steal or when the damage occurs while the person is stealing within it. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

HB 803 Sponsored by Representative Hughes (D), eliminates the payment of an intervention fee as a condition of parole. Second read in the House on Thursday.

HB 805 Sponsored by Representative Hughes (D), authorizes the expungement of certain criminal records including convictions for any nonviolent crime, misdemeanor, or nonviolent drug violation. First read in the House on Wednesday. Second read in the House on Thursday.

SB 221 Introduced by Senator Cunningham (R), (R), establishes damage caps for Human Rights Act cases and workers’ compensation discrimination cases. Voted do pass out of the Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday.

SB 387 Introduced by Senator Wasson (R), allows a court of order a criminal offender serve a sentence of confinement on electronic monitoring and to charge the state or the offender up to $8 a day for such monitoring. Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

SCS SB 188 Sponsored by Senator Lager (R), modifies the law relating to the Missouri Human Rights Act and employment discrimination. Reported to the House and first read on Thursday.

DRUGS & ALCOHOL

HB 658 Sponsored by Representative Schatz (R), moves the controlled substance classification of all methamphetamine precursor drugs in Schedule IV and V to Schedule III requiring a prescription for them which will be known as Meth Lab Elimination Act. Heard in the House Crime Committee on Wednesday.

EDUCATION

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

HB 543 Sponsored by Representative Fitzwater (R), requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop standards for professional improvement plans for teachers and principals. Referred to the House Education Committee on Thursday.

HB 602 Sponsored by Representative Schad (R), changes the laws regarding the lapse of a school district when it has been unaccredited by the State Board of Education for two successive school years. Referred to the House Education Committee on Thursday.

HB 752 Introduced by Representative Torpey (R), modifies provisions relating to compulsory school attendance. Second read in the House on Monday, referred to the House Education Committee on Thursday.

HB 763 Introduced by Representative Stream (R), establishes school enrollment options for students from unaccredited districts. Second read in the House on Monday, referred to the House Education Committee on Thursday.

HB 764 Introduced by Representative Webb (D), limits student participation in extracurricular activity based on academic performance. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 765 Introduced by Representative Aull (D), allows school districts to use a calendar based on hours of attendance, rather than hours and days of attendance. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 795 Introduced by Representative Kelley (R), designates the second Friday in March as “Missouri School Read-In Day”. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

HB 835 Sponsored by Representative Lampe (R), requires children in the St. Louis City School District to attend school at age five. First read in the House on Thursday.

HB 836 Sponsored by Representative Scharnhorst (R), requires the Division of Special Education to develop a program to provide ombudsman services to children and families regarding special education programs and services. First read in the House on Thursday.

HB 844 Sponsored by Representative Denison (R), requires all children and youth over 15 years of age in the care of the state as a foster child or in a Division of Youth Services program to receive a half-day visit to a technical or community college. First read in the House on Thursday.

SCS SB 37 Introduced by Senator Lembke (R), (R), establishes the “Students First Interscholastic Athletics Act” to allow each student of high school age the opportunity to seek to participate in interscholastic athletics. Voted do pass out of the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

SCS SB 242 Introduced by Senator Cunningham (R), (R), 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. Voted do pass out of the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

SB 253 Introduced by Senator Callahan (D), modifies provisions relating to summer school attendance. Heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

SB 369 Introduced by Senator Cunningham (R), (R), establishes procedures for resident pupils of an unaccredited school district to enroll in another school in the same or an adjoining county. Heard in the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

ELECTIONS

HCS HB 121 Sponsored by Representative Dugger (R), changes the laws regarding elections. Voted do pass out of the House Elections Committee on Wednesday.

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

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. Perfected in the House on Wednesday.

HB 503 Sponsored by Representative Dugger (R), repeals a provision requiring a presidential primary to be held in February in any year a presidential election is held and sets the primary to be held in March of each presidential election year. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

HB 535 Sponsored by Representative Leara (R), changes the laws regarding the circulation of initiative and referendum petitions. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Thursday.

HB 629 Introduced by Representative Cierpiot (R), changes the laws regarding the dates of public elections. Heard in the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

HB 709 Sponsored by Representative Nichols (D), changes provisions relating to elections. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Thursday.

HB 723 Sponsored by Representative Kratky (D), allows for the cancellation of an election to fill a vacancy in the General Assembly under certain specified conditions. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Thursday.

HB 796 Sponsored by Representative Schupp (D), changes the laws regarding the Fair Ballot Access Act by repealing the provision which requires a petition to form a new political party to contain the name of a resident of each Congressional district. Second read in the House on Wednesday.

HJR 23 Sponsored by Representative Leara (R), proposes a constitutional amendment changing the number of signatures required on an initiative petition proposing an amendment to the Missouri Constitution or on a referendum to change a state law. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Thursday.

HJR 36 Sponsored by Representative Kander (D), proposes a constitutional amendment reducing the number of members of the House of Representatives from 163 to 99. Second read in the House on Wednesday.

HCS SB 3 Sponsored by Representative Stouffer (R), establishes photo identification requirements for voting. Voted do pass out of the House elections Committee on Wednesday, referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

SB 282 Introduced by Senator Engler (R), moves the presidential primary from February to March. Reported from the Senate Elections Committee to the floor on Thursday.

SB 418 Introduced by Senator Chappelle-Nadal (D), establishes a paper ballot as the official ballot. Second read and referred to the Senate Elections Committee on Thursday.

SB 421 Introduced by Senator Pearce (R), bar felons from holding public office. Second read and referred to the Senate Elections Committee on Thursday.

HCS SJR 2 Introduced by Senate Stouffer (R), allows enabling legislation for photographic identification for voting. Heard in the House Elections Committee on Tuesday, heard in the House Elections Committee on Tuesday and Voted do pass on Wednesday.

SJR 10 Introduced by Senator Lembke (R), lowers the number of State Representatives from 163 to 103. Voted do pass out of the Senate Governmental Accountability Committee on Wednesday.

FAMILY

HCS HB 259 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), 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. Voted do pass out of the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday, referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

HCS HB 431 Sponsored by Representative Franz (R), changes the laws regarding foster care and adoption, establishes the Missouri State Foster Care and Adoption Board, and creates the Foster Care and Adoptive Parents Recruitment and Retention Fund. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

HCS HB 604 Introduced by Representative Long (R), specifies that the disability of a parent cannot be a basis for a determination that a child is in need of care or should be removed or the parental rights terminated without certain court findings. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

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

HB 804 Sponsored by Representative Hughes (D), increases the length of time from no later than 15 days to no later than 60 days after the birth of a child in which the father has to establish paternity prior to an adoption. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

HCR 45 Sponsored by Representative Pollock (R), urges the President of the United States and the United States Congress to uphold and defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Offered in the House on Thursday.

GAMBLING

HB 745 Sponsored by Representative Brown (R), requires 10% of the adjusted gross receipts tax on gambling boats to be used for services necessary for the safety of the public visiting an excursion gambling boat. Heard in the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

HJR 29 Sponsored by Representative Solon (R), proposes a constitutional amendment requiring the State Lottery Commission to develop and sell a Veterans Lottery Ticket to support the Veterans Commission Capital Improvement Trust Fund. Reported do pas out of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

GOVERNMENT ETHICS & SOCIALISM

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

HB 108 Introduced by Representative Jason Smith (R), modifies the law relating to campaign finance. First read in the Senate on Monday.

HCS HB 143 Sponsored by Representative Schoeller (R), changes the laws regarding hotline calls reporting suspected child abuse and neglect to the Children’s Division within the Department of Social Services. Voted do pass out of the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday, and referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

HB 307 Introduced by Representative Gatschenberger (R), allows for a special “Don’t Tread on Me” license plate to be for any vehicle except an apportioned motor vehicle or a commercial motor vehicle in excess of 18,000 pounds gross weight. Voted do pass out of the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday, referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

HB 423 Sponsored by Representative Burlison (R), authorizes Missouri to adopt the provisions of the Health Care Compact which pledges to improve health care policy by returning the authority to regulate health care to the state legislatures. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

HB 466 Introduced by Representative Schoeller (R), allows an employer or labor organization to obtain political contributions through a payroll deduction if the employee or member consents to the contribution in writing. Voted do pass out of the House Workforce Development Committee on Monday.

HB 515 Sponsored by Representative Wallingford (R), establishes the Embryo Transfer Act which authorizes the legal relinquishment and subsequent transfer of human embryos. Heard in the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

HB 663 Sponsored by Representative Ruzicka (R), revises law regarding a $2 surcharge on criminal cases by making it mandatory and allows the money collected to be used for information sharing as well as biometric verification systems. Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

HB 683 Sponsored by Representative Peters-Baker (D), changes the laws regarding the Safe Place for Newborns Act by increasing the number of days that a parent can relinquish physical custody of a newborn without being prosecuted. Heard in the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

HB 750 Introduced by Representative Hinson (R), increases the amount of the fee in the proposal to establish fees for wireless enhanced 911 service to seventy-five cents. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 767 Sponsored by Representative Bahr (R), allows the Department of Revenue and the Office of Administration to enter into collection and offset of indebtedness agreements with the United States government and other states. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

HB 768 Introduced by Representative Bahr (R), prohibits the application of foreign law in contracts if the foreign law violates or would likely violate the Missouri Constitution or the United States Constitution. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 816 Sponsored by Representative Parkinson (R), requires all purchases made by public assistance recipients with temporary assistance for needy families benefits to be in-state purchases only. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

HB 817 Sponsored by Representative Wyatt (R), requires all purchases made by public assistance recipients with temporary assistance for needy families benefits to be in-state purchases only. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

HCR 44 Sponsored by Representative Barnes (R), urges the United States Congress to propose a constitutional amendment under Article V of the United States Constitution for ratification by the states regarding state sovereignty. Offered in the House on Thursday.

HJR 35 Introduced by Representative Schad (R), proposes a constitutional amendment vacating the office of any state representative or senator who removes himself or herself from the state to avoid any official duty or vote. Second read in the House on Monday.

SJR 15 Introduced by Senator Nieves (R), prohibits Missouri state government from recognizing, enforcing, or acting in furtherance of certain actions of the federal government. Voted do pass out of the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

HOMOSEXUALITY

HB 477 Sponsored by Representative Webber (D), changes the laws regarding complaints filed with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights and makes discrimination based upon a person’s sexual orientation an unlawful discriminatory practice. Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

HB 829 Sponsored by Representative Weter (R), adds acts that would be considered a hate crime to the list of acts that constitute bullying in schools. First read in the House on Thursday.

IMMIGRATION

HB 167 Sponsored by Representative Nolte (R), requires Missouri driver’s license examinations to only be administered in English. Perfected in the House on Wednesday, and reported to the Senate and first read on Thursday.

HB 478 Introduced 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. Heard in the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

HB 731 Introduced by Representative Parkinson (R), adds citizenship information to the sexual offender registration form and requires the State Highway Patrol to report to the federal government any non-U.S. citizen on the sexual offender registry. Heard in the House Job Creation Committee on Monday, referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday. Voted do pass out of the House International Trade Committee on Wednesday.

HB 784 Introduced by Representative Riddle (R), broadens prohibitions against disclosure of personal information contained in department of revenue motor vehicle and driver registration records. First read in the House on Tuesday.

HB 791 Introduced by Representative Marshall (R), revises various laws regarding DNA profiling analysis and the surcharge which helps pay for it. First read in the House on Tuesday.

SB 72 Introduced by Senator Kraus (R), requires the Attorney General to sue the federal government to enforce federal immigration laws. Voted do pass out of the Senate Governmental Accountability Committee on Wednesday.

PORNOGRAPHY & SEX CRIMES

HCS HB 214 Introduced by Representative Zerr (R), changes the laws regarding human trafficking. First read in the Senate on Monday.

HB 781 Introduced by Representative Torpey (R), increases the penalty for child molestation in the first degree when the victim is a child less than thirteen. First read in the House on Tuesday. Second read in the House on Wednesday.

SCS SB 54 Introduced by Senator Cunningham (R), creates the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act. Voted do pass out of the Senate Education Committee, reported to the floor on Thursday.

SB 250 Introduced by Senator Kehoe (R), requires sexual assault offenders to complete certain programs prior to being eligible for parole or conditional release. Voted do pass out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

SB 286 Introduced by Senator McKenna (D), creates the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children. Heard in the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

HCS HB 250 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), changes the laws regarding water well regulations. Perfected in the House on Wednesday.

HCS HB 470 & 429 Sponsored by Representative Funderburk (R), exempts certain not-for-profit entities from the nonresident entertainer and professional athletic team income tax. Referred to the House rules Committee on Wednesday.

HJR 2 Introduced 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 Fiscal Review Committee on Tuesday, reported to the Senate and first read on Thursday.

SECOND AMENDMENT

HB 252 Introduced by Representative Cox (R), establishes the Business Premises Safety Act. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday, reported do pass on Wednesday.

HCS HB 294, 123, 125, 113, 271 & 215 Sponsored by Representative Riddle (R), changes the laws regarding firearms, ammunition, and concealed carry endorsements. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

HB 361 Sponsored by Representative Leara (R), establishes the Missouri Firearms Freedom Act. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

HB 537 Sponsored by Representative Leara (R), requires the sheriff or chief of police to execute, within 15 business days, all documents required under federal law by an applicant for the purchase or transfer of a firearm with certain exceptions. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Thursday.

HB 727 Sponsored by Representative Kratky (D), revises the crime of unlawful use of weapons and authorizes the revocation of a concealed carry endorsement when the holder is convicted of committing a felony while in the possession of a firearm. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Thursday.

HB 760 Introduced by Representative Johnson (D), allows full- time fire investigators to carry concealed weapons without a concealed carry endorsement if they have met the training requirements for a concealed carry endorsement. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 778 Introduced by Representative Riddle (R), allows certain persons to carry concealed firearms in the state capitol building or at a meeting of the general assembly if it is held in the state capitol building if they have a concealed carry endorsement. First read in the House on Monday, second read on Tuesday. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Thursday.

HB 841 Sponsored by Representative Fitzwater (R), makes it legal for any person who has a valid concealed carry endorsement to openly carry firearms on or about his or her person or within a vehicle regardless of any other state law or local ordinance. First read in the House on Thursday.

TAXES

HCS HB 45 Introduced 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. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday.

HCS HB 76 Introduced by Representative Nolte (R), limits the tax liability of a corporation for corporate franchise taxes to no more than $2 million annually. First read in the Senate on Monday.

HCS HB 116 & 316 Introduced 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. First read in the Senate on Monday.

HCS HB 408 Introduced by Representative Koenig (R), reduces the corporate income tax rate from 6.25% to 3.125%, authorizes an additional sales tax of .4939%, and eliminates the corporate franchise tax beginning January 1, 2013. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

HB 447 Sponsored by Representative Funderburk (R), changes the laws regarding the Real Property Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act. Referred to the House Local Government Committee on Thursday.

HCS HB 506 Introduced by Representative Fuhr (R), removes the requirement that certain school districts must revise tax rates when there is a tax rate reduction after certain tax revenue calculations and allows them to revise the rates. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

HCS HJR 8 Introduced 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. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

SCS SB 19 Sponsored by Representative Schmitt (R), phases-out the corporate franchise tax over a five year period. Voted do pass out of the House International Trade Committee on Wednesday, referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

SB 427 Introduced by Senator Lamping (R), repeals state and local use taxes. Second read and referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

VETERANS

HCS HB 136 Introduced 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. First read in the Senate on Monday.

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. Perfected in the House on Wednesday.

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. Perfected in the House on Wednesday.

HB 238 Introduced by Representative Kander (R), allows a spouse of an active member of the United States Armed Forces or reservist on active duty to be eligible for unemployment benefits if accompanying the military spouse in the event of a military move. Voted do pass out of the House Workforce Development Committee on Monday.

HB 442 Sponsored by Representative Franz (R), gives a bidding preference in a state contract for products and services manufactured, produced, or assembled by certain veteran-owned businesses headquartered in Missouri. Perfected in the House on Wednesday.

HB 654 Sponsored by Representative Fitzwater (R), designates March 26 of each year as “Veterans of Operation Iraq/Enduring Freedom Day”. Referred to the House Veterans Committee 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. Referred to the House Veterans Committee on Thursday.