Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: April 15, 2011

Week in Review: April 11-14

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

SCS HCS HB 116 & 316 Sponsored by Representative Flanigan (R), contains various tax, and tax credit issues, and was amended to include the PRC tax credit renewal. Voted Do pass by the
Senate Ways & Means Committee on Thursday.

HR 1826 Sponsored by Representative Long (R), supports the work of Missouri’s pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes in providing outstanding service to women and families. Referred to the House Health Care Policy Committee on Tuesday.

SS SCS SB 65 Sponsored by Senator Mayer (R), modifies provisions relating to abortion with respect to viability. Second read in the House on Monday, referred to the House Health Care Policy Committee on Tuesday.

HCS SCS SB 17 Sponsored by Senator Lembke (R), requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to make available resources relating to umbilical cord blood. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

ANIMAL RIGHTS & FAMILY FARMS

SS SCS 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. Truly agreed to and finally passed through the legislature on Thursday.

HCS HB 597 Sponsored by Representative Pollock (R), establishes the Private Landowner Protection Act which allows for the creation and enforcement of conservation easements to protect the environment and preserve certain historical or cultural property. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

HB 909 Sponsored by Representative Higdon (R), changes the laws regarding a landowner’s liability relating to an individual trespassing on the owner’s land. Heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

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. Reported to the Senate and first read on Monday, second read and referred to the Senate Agricultural 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. Perfected in the House on Tuesday, referred to the Fiscal Review on Wednesday and reported out of the Committee on Thursday.

SS SCS SBs 113 & 95 Sponsored by Senator Parson (R), enhances the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. Truly agreed to and finally passed through the legislature on Wednesday.

CRIME

HB 164 Sponsored by Representative Franz (R), changes the age when the juvenile court will have jurisdiction over a child involving a state or local traffic violation from a child up to 15 1/2 years of age to a child up to 15 years of age. Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

HB 178 Sponsored by Representative Nasheed (D), authorizes the expungement of certain criminal records. Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

HB 288 Sponsored by Representative Lair (R), allows the sheriff of any county to employ an attorney to aid and advise him or her in the discharge of the sheriff’s duties and to represent him or her in court. Referred to the House Local Government on Tuesday.

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

HB 365 Sponsored by Representative Funderburk (R), changes the laws regarding unlawful picketing or protesting of a funeral. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

HB 456 Sponsored by Representative Hodges (D), adds a law enforcement officer of a fourth class city to the list of officers who are authorized to arrest and hold in custody any person of whom the officer is in fresh pursuit. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Tuesday.

HCS HB 504 Sponsored by Representative Silvey (R), changes the laws regarding domestic violence and orders of protection. Voted do pass out of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

HB 512 Sponsored by Representative Lair (R), creates the crime of unlawfully intercepting computer and electronic communication device information. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Tuesday.

HB 517 Sponsored by Representative Ellinger (D), changes the laws regarding clemency in death penalty cases. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Tuesday.

HB 941 Sponsored by Representative Johnson (R), increases the penalty for certain identity theft crimes. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Tuesday.

HB 960 Sponsored by Representative Ruzicka (R), specifies that the statute of limitations will be two years for a class A misdemeanor and one year for a class B or class C misdemeanor instead of one year for any misdemeanor. Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

SCS SB 260 Sponsored by Senator Wasson (R), increases penalties for moving violations and traffic offenses occurring within an active emergency zone. Reported out of the Senate Transportation Committee on Thursday.

SS#2 SCS SB 320 Sponsored by Senator Lamping (R), modifies provisions relating to domestic violence. Perfected in the Senate on Wednesday.

HCS HB 600, 337 & 413 Sponsored by Representative Schad (R), changes the laws regarding public safety. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

SB 352 Sponsored by Senator Engler (R), creates a mental health assessment pilot program for criminal offenders. Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

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. Heard in the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday, voted do pass on Thursday.

HB 101 Sponsored by Representative Loehner (R), allows any winery, distiller, manufacturer, wholesaler, or brewer or designated employee to provide beverage samples on certain licensed retail premises for tasting purposes. Heard in the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday.

HB 181 Sponsored by Representative Nasheed (D), increases the excise tax on cigarettes from 17 cents to 33 cents per pack of 20 cigarettes to be deposited, less a 3% collection fee, into the General Revenue Fund. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday.

HB 342 Sponsored by Representative Still (D), increases the excise tax on cigarettes from 17 cents to $1.17 per pack of 20 cigarettes upon voter approval. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday.

HB 343 Sponsored by Representative Still (D), increases the excise tax on cigarettes of 17 cents per pack of 20 cigarettes by 12.5 cents per pack per year for eight years until the excise tax on cigarettes reaches $1.17 per pack. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday.

HB 620 Sponsored by Representative Holsman (D), changes the laws regarding controlled substances as they relate to industrial hemp. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

HCS HB 641 Sponsored by Representative Franz (R), changes the laws regarding controlled substances. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

HB 658 Sponsored by Representative Schatz (R), reclassifies all methamphetamine precursor drugs from the list of Schedule IV and V controlled substances to Schedule III requiring a prescription for them to be known as the Meth Lab Elimination Act. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

HB 833 Sponsored by Representative Funderburk (R), specifies that a statement offering a coupon, sales price, rebate, or discount for an alcoholic beverage will be legal in advertising as long as the final retail price is not below the wholesale cost. Referred to the House Small Business Committee on Tuesday.

HB 859 Sponsored by Representative Ellinger (D), increases the excise tax on cigarettes of 17 cents per pack of 20 cigarettes by 12.5 cents per pack per year for eight years until the excise tax on cigarettes reaches $1.17 per pack. Referred to the House Way and Means Committee on Tuesday.

HB 1023 Sponsored by Representative Kelly (D), increases the excise tax on cigarettes from 17 cents to 98 cents per pack of 20 cigarettes upon voter approval. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday.

HB 1024 Sponsored by Representative Korman (R), allows the drug court commissioner in the twelfth judicial circuit to hear associate circuit court civil and criminal cases if he or she does not have a full caseload of drug and DWI cases. Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

SS SCS SB 254 Sponsored by Senator Stouffer (R), modifies Missouri’s drunk driving law to comply with federal law for purposes of transportation funding. Reported to the House and first read on Thursday.

EDUCATION

HB 195 Sponsored by Representative Koenig, requires the State Board of Education and other public school entities to encourage students to explore scientific questions and to allow the teaching of scientific theories of biological or chemical evolution. Referred to the House

Education Committee on Tuesday.

HB 612 Sponsored by Representative Holsman (D), establishes smaller class sizes for the Kansas City School District than the established minimum and desirable standards of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Referred to the House Education Committee on Tuesday.

HB 614 Sponsored by Representative Holsman (D), 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 first enrolled for the next five years. Referred to the House Higher Education Committee 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. Referred to the House Education Committee on Tuesday.

SCS HB 738 Sponsored by Representative Nasheed (D), requires each school district to ensure that every student develops a personal plan of study prior to the end of the student’s eighth grade year. Voted do pass out of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

HB 849 Sponsored by Representative Cookson (R), changes the laws regarding the required number of days and hours in a school calendar and the earliest opening and latest closing day of a school year. Referred to the House Education Committee on Tuesday.

HB 855 Sponsored by Representative Johnson (R), creates the Parents as Teachers Advancement Fund. Referred to the House Education Committee on Tuesday.

HB 897 Sponsored by Representative Tishaura Jones (D), changes the laws regarding high-risk or alternative charter schools. Referred to the House Education Committee on Tuesday.

HB 939 Sponsored by Representative Dieckhaus (R), creates procedures for open enrollment of public school students across school district boundary lines. Referred to the House Education Committee on Tuesday.

HB 994 Sponsored by Representative McNary (R), modifies provisions relating to school accreditation and transfer opportunities. Referred to the House Education Committee on Monday.

HB 1004 Sponsored by Representative Lampe (D), repeals several obsolete education sections. Referred to the House Downsizing State Government Committee on Tuesday.

HB 1005 Sponsored by Representative Lampe (D), harmonizes and eliminates several obsolete education sections. Referred to the House Downsizing State Government Committee on Tuesday.

HB 1017 Sponsored by Representative Oxford (D), modifies provisions relating to transitional school district governance. Referred to the House Education Committee on Tuesday.

HCR 41 Sponsored by Representative Parkinson (R), encourages every school district in Missouri to promote and include trap shooting as a high school sport. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

HJR 38 Sponsored by Representative Barnes (R), proposes a constitutional amendment allowing the General Assembly to provide financial assistance to students to pay for elementary and secondary education at any accredited school they select. Referred to the House Education Committee on Tuesday.

SB 13 Sponsored by Senator Pearce (R), requires the Joint Committee on Education to oversee a task force on teacher compensation and effectiveness. Heard in the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

SB 147 Sponsored by Senator Schaefer (R), requires school districts to include certain information in their school accountability report cards. Second read in the House on Monday.

SCS SB 253 Sponsored by Senator Callahan (R), modifies provisions relating to summer school attendance. Reported out of the Senate Education Committee on Thursday.

SB 329 Sponsored by Senator Nieves (R), allows students to enroll in another school district or charter school for purposes of attending virtual courses or programs. Reported from the Senate General Laws Committee to the floor on Thursday.

SB 391 Sponsored by Senator Lager (R), requires the school board of each school district and charter school to establish an evaluation system for teachers and teaching. Reported from the Senate Education Committee to the Senate floor on Thursday.

ELECTIONS

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. Voted do pass out of the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

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

SS HCS HB 193 Sponsored by Representative Diehl (R), establishes the basic format for dividing Missouri into eight Congressional districts based on the 2010 census estimates. Reported do pass out of the Senate Redistricting Committee on Monday, Third read and passed in the Senate on Wednesday. Reported to the House on Thursday, House requests Conference.

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. Heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

HB 237 Sponsored by Representative Zimmerman (D), changes the laws regarding ethics, lobbying, and campaign contributions. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

HB 289 Sponsored by Representative Lair (R), specifies that no person will be eligible to run or to be selected to fill a vacancy for the office of county sheriff unless he or she holds a valid peace officer license. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

HB 351 Sponsored by Representative McNeil (D), allows an election authority to randomly select individuals from a cross-section of voter registrations to serve as election judges if there is a shortage of election judges in the authority’s jurisdiction. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

HB 379 Sponsored by Representative Zimmerman (D), changes the laws regarding the use of paper ballot cards at elections. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

HB 640 Sponsored by Representative Neth (R), creates the class four election offense of electioneering which involves the refusal, upon the request of any person, to remove certain political materials inside or with 250 feet of a polling place. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

HB 681 Sponsored by Representative Walton Gray (D), specifies that the provisions requiring a partisan election and conducting a party primary prior to a general election will not apply to a candidate for school board or fire district office. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

HB 694 Sponsored by Representative Barnes (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 June. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

HB 947 Sponsored by Representative Holsman (D), establishes a public campaign financing system for state elections which allows a candidate to voluntarily agree to campaign finance limitations in exchange for public funding. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

HB 952 Sponsored by Representative Korman (R), allows certain municipalities to cancel nonpartisan elections when there are the same number of candidates as open offices. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

HB 959 Sponsored by Representative Pollock (R), prohibits any person who has pled guilty or nolo contendre to or has been found guilty of specified offenses from election or appointment to certain city offices in a third or fourth class city. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

HB 998 Sponsored by Representative Kirkton (D), establishes a public campaign financing system for state elections which allows candidates to voluntarily agree to campaign finance limitations in exchange for public funding. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

HJR 28 Sponsored by Representative Walton Gray (D), proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting a person from serving more than 16 years in the General Assembly in any proportion split between the House of Representatives and the Senate. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

HJR 32 Sponsored by Representative Colona (D), proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting a person from serving more than 16 years in the General Assembly in any proportion split between the House of Representatives and the Senate. Voted do pass out of the House General Laws Committee on Monday. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

HJR 34 Sponsored by Representative Nasheed (D), proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting anyone elected to the General Assembly after November 1, 2008, from serving more than 12 years in any one house nor more than 24 years total in both houses. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

HJR 35 Sponsored by Representative Schad (D), proposes a constitutional amendment requiring any office of a senator or representative to be deemed vacated if the member removes himself or herself from the state during session to avoid an official vote. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

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 beginning with the 98th General Assembly. Referred to the House Downsizing State Government Committee on Tuesday.

HJR 37 Sponsored by Representative Hughes (D), proposes a constitutional amendment repealing legislative term limits. Referred to the House Downsizing State Government Committee on Tuesday.

HCS#2 SB 3 Sponsored by Senator Stouffer (R), establishes photo identification requirements for voting. Voted do pass out of the House Standing Rules Committee and referred to the House Floor Rules Committee on Tuesday. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

SCS SB 270 Sponsored by Senator Kraus (R), modifies the dates available for public elections. Reported from the Senate Elections Committee to the floor on Thursday.

HCS SB 282 Sponsored by Senator Engler (R), moves the presidential primary from February to March. Heard in the House Election Committee on Tuesday. Reported do pass out of the House Elections Committee and referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

SB 418 Sponsored by Senator Chappelle-Nadal (D), establishes a paper ballot as the official ballot. Voted do pass out of the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

HCS#2 SJR 2 Sponsored by Senator Stouffer (R), allows enabling legislation for photographic identification for voting. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

SJR 12 Sponsored by Senator Green (D), increases term limits for members of the General Assembly from 8 years to 12 years in each house. Reported out of the Senate Elections Committee on Thursday.

FAMILY

HB 165 Sponsored by Representative Franz (R), requires the Missouri Supreme Court standards from September 17, 1996, regarding representation of children by guardians ad litem to be updated. Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on Monday.

HB 452 Sponsored by Representative Hodges (D), requires health insurance coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Referred to the House Health Insurance Committee on Tuesday.

HCS HB 555 Sponsored by Representative Grisamore (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. Perfected on the House floor, and referred to the Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday.

HB 587 Sponsored by Representative Aull (D), changes the laws regarding the notice of the relocation of a child by the custodial parent. Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

HCS HB 643 Sponsored by Representative May (D), specifies that criminal nonsupport will be a class D felony if the total arrearage is in excess of $10,000 and allows for abatement of certain support arrearages. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

HB 771 Sponsored by Representative Curls (D), creates the Foster Care and Adoptive Parents Recruitment and Retention Fund and establishes the Foster Care and Adoptive Parents Recruitment and Retention Fund Board. Referred to the House Children and Families Committee on Tuesday.

HB 866 Sponsored by Representative Newman (D), changes the laws regarding domestic violence. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Tuesday.

HB 887 Sponsored by Representative Frederick (R), changes the laws regarding midwifery and establishes registration requirements for midwives. Referred to the House Professional Registration Committee on Tuesday.

HB 902 Sponsored by Representative Neth (R), specifies that any person who makes a report of suspected child abuse to the proper authorities will be immune from civil and criminal liability. Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

HB 925 Sponsored by Representative Riddle (R), prohibits a municipality from restricting breast-feeding of a child or expressing breast milk, excludes the conduct from any sexual offense, and excuses a nursing mother from jury duty upon request. Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

SS SCS SB 351 Sponsored by Senator Lamping (R), modifies provisions relating to adoption records. Second read in the House on Monday, referred to Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

GAMBLING

HCR 52 Sponsored by Representative Brown (R), requires the Missouri Gaming Commission to make annual accounting reports of public safety moneys retained by home dock cities and counties from the taxes levied on adjusted gross receipts of excursion. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

HJR 24 Sponsored by Representative Aull (D), proposes a constitutional amendment specifying who can participate in the operation of a bingo game. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

GOVERNMENT ETHICS & SOCIALISM

SCS HB 307 Sponsored 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 Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday.

HB 390 Sponsored by Representative Holsman (D), establishes the KidCare Co-op Program, a public option, nonprofit health insurance cooperative, to provide affordable health insurance to children through 18 years of age. Referred to the House Health Care Policy Committee on Tuesday.

HB 391 Sponsored by Representative Holsman (D), adds home nursing visits for newborn infants including follow-up care as needed for certain at-risk newborns to the list of covered services under the MO HealthNet Program. Referred to the House Health Insurance Committee on Tuesday.

HB 454 Sponsored by Representative Hodges (D), specifies that any person who gratuitously and in good faith renders any service to another individual cannot be civilly or criminally liable for any act or omission with certain specified exceptions. Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

HB 466 Sponsored 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. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

HB 708 Sponsored by Representative Curtman (R), changes the laws regarding violations of the public policy of Missouri when decisions are based on foreign law or legal code. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

HB 768 Sponsored by Representative Bahr (R), prohibits the application of a foreign law in a contract if doing so would violate a right guaranteed under the Missouri Constitution or the United States Constitution. Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

HB 886 Sponsored by Representative Gatschenberger (R), requires all purchases and withdrawals made with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits by a recipient in this state to be limited to in-state purchases and withdrawals only. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

HB 1010 Sponsored by Representative Bahr (R), declares the federal health care reform law as unauthorized by the United States Constitution and creates criminal penalties for persons enforcing or attempting to enforce that federal law. Referred to the House Health Care Committee on Tuesday.

HCR 14 Sponsored by Representative Timothy Jones (R), designates February 6, 2011, as “Ronald Reagan Day” in Missouri honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of our 40th President of the United States. Referred to the House Tourism Committee on Tuesday.

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 Senate Ethics Committee on Monday.

HCR 42 Sponsored by Representative Funderburk (R), urges the United States Congress to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions or to take action on climate change. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

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. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

HCR 51 Sponsored by Representative Oxford (D), urges the United States Congress to enact the Improved and Expanded Medicare for All Act. Referred to the House Health Insurance Committee on Tuesday.

HJR 1 Sponsored by Representative Allen (R), proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting a bill from being introduced unless accompanied by a memo detailing its title, purpose, summary of sections, constitutional authority, and fiscal impact. Referred to the House Downsizing State Government Committee on Tuesday.

HJR 35 Sponsored by Representative Schad (D), proposes a constitutional amendment requiring any office of a senator or representative to be deemed vacated if the member removes himself or herself from the state during session to avoid an official vote. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

HCS SCS SB 68 Sponsored by Senator Mayer (R), authorizes the issuance of subpoenas for the production of records by the General Assembly. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

SS SB 202 Sponsored by Senator Crowell (R), requires authorization for certain labor unions to withhold fees from paychecks or make political contributions. Second read in the House on Monday.

SB 403 Sponsored by Senator Nieves (R), modifies provisions pertaining to the filing of appeals regarding decisions made by environmental commissions. Reported out of the Senate energy Committee on Thursday.

SCS SB 408 Sponsored by Senator Crowell (R), extends the MO RX prescription drug plan until August 28, 2014. Voted do pass out of the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday.

SB 421 Sponsored by Senator Pearce (R), bar felons from holding public office. Heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

SJR 22 Sponsored by Senator Parson (R), provides that a member of the General Assembly shall vacate his or her office if such member leaves the state during a legislative session for the purpose of avoiding any official duty or vote. Heard in the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

HOMOSEXUALITY

HCR 40 Sponsored by Representative McNeil (D), establishes Missouri’s ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution. Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

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. Heard in the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

IMMIGRATION

HB 206 Sponsored by Representative Meadows (D), specifies that a business entity or employer who knowingly hires an illegal immigrant to perform work within the state will be subject to a $50,000 fine in addition to any other penalty provided by law. Referred to the House International Trade Committee on Tuesday.

HB 983 Sponsored by Representative Meadows (D), prohibits persons who are illegally in the United States from bringing claims in state court. Referred to the House International Trade Committee on Tuesday.

PORNOGRAPHY & SEX CRIMES

SCS SB 54 Sponsored by Senator Cunningham (R), creates the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act. Referred to the House Redistricting Committee on Monday, referred to the House Education Committee on Tuesday.

SCS SBs 394 & 331 Sponsored by Senator Goodman (R), modifies the human trafficking provisions. Second read in the House on Monday.

HB 510 Sponsored by Representative Wyatt (R), requires a court to order sexually transmitted disease testing of certain defendants within one week of the date the prosecuting or circuit attorney filed the motion requesting it. Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

HB 576 Sponsored by Representative Aull (D), creates the School Safety and School Violence Prevention Fund to be used to establish a statewide center for school safety and school violence prevention. Referred to the House Education Committee on Tuesday.

HB 995 Sponsored by Representative Walton Gray (D), creates a Task Force on Alternative Sentencing for Victims of Human Sex Trafficking. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Tuesday.

HB 999 Sponsored by Representative Schad (R), changes the laws regarding sexual offender registration. Heard in the House Crime Committee on Wednesday.

SS SB 286 Sponsored by Senator McKenna (D), creates the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children. Reported to the House and first read on Thursday.

SCS SB 400 Sponsored by Senator Kraus (R), modifies provisions regarding the crime of sexual contact with a student while on public school property. Reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee to the floor on Thursday.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

HCS HB 250 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), changes the laws regarding water well regulations. Heard in the Senate Agricultural Committee on Wednesday.

HB 424 Sponsored by Representative Funderburk (R), designates the day after Thanksgiving Day until midnight December 26 of each year as the “Christmas Season” in Missouri. Referred to the House Tourism Committee on Tuesday.

HCS HB 470 & 429 Sponsored by Representative Funderburk (R), changes the laws regarding the nonresident entertainer and professional athletic team income tax. Second read and referred to the Senate General Laws Committee on Thursday.

SCS SJR 16 Sponsored by Senator Goodman (R), proposes a constitutional amendment reaffirming a citizen’s right to free expression of religion. Reported out of the Senate General Laws Committee on Thursday.

SECOND AMENDMENT

HB 113 Sponsored by Representative Day (R), lowers the age at which a person can obtain a concealed carry endorsement from 23 to 21 years of age if the person is a member of the armed forces. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

HB 594 Sponsored by Representative Richardson (R), changes the laws regarding the possession, manufacture, transport, repair, or sale of weapons. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

HB 760 Sponsored by Representative Johnson (R), adds a member of a fire department who works full-time as a fire investigator to the list of individuals who are exempt from the prohibition on carrying a concealed firearm under certain conditions. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

HB 841 Sponsored by Representative Fitzwater (R), allows any person with a valid concealed carry endorsement to openly carry firearms on or about his or her person or in a vehicle regardless of any other state law or local ordinance. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

HCR 41 Sponsored by Representative Parkinson (R), encourages every school district in Missouri to promote and include trap shooting as a high school sport. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

HJR 27 Sponsored by Representative Brattin (R), proposes a constitutional amendment specifying that the right of every citizen to possess, purchase ammunition, and any parts or articles for the proper functioning of arms must not be infringed. Voted do pass out of the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

SB 298 Sponsored by Senator Munzlinger (R), lowers the minimum age for an applicant of a concealed carry endorsement from twenty-three to twenty-one. Heard in the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

SCS SB 300 Sponsored by Senator Munzlinger (R), allows the use of centerfire handguns during the muzzleloader portion of firearms deer season. Perfected in the Senate on Tuesday, reported to the House and first read on Thursday.

TAXES

SCS HCS HB 45 Sponsored by Representative Hoskins (R), changes the laws regarding the Big Government Get Off My Back Act and provides an income tax deduction for certain small businesses that create new full-time jobs. Referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Monday, voted do pass out of the Senate Committee on Thursday.

SB 322 Sponsored by Senator Schaefer (R), extends the sunsets on certain provider taxes. Perfected in the Senate on Monday.

HB 380 Sponsored by Representative Zimmerman (D), allows an individual who is 62 years of age or older to defer paying property taxes on his or her residence under certain conditions by filing a claim with the county assessor. Referred to the House Tax Reform Committee on Tuesday.

HB 533 Sponsored by Representative (D), changes the laws regarding taxation. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday.

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. Referred to the House Tax Reform Committee on Tuesday.

HB 705 Sponsored by Representative Curls (D), changes the laws regarding the Missouri low-income housing tax credit. Referred to the House Economic Development Committee on Tuesday.

HB 885 Sponsored by Representative Koenig (R), allows a seller to advertise that the required sales tax will be assumed or absorbed into the price of the property sold or the services rendered if the amount of the tax is separately stated. Heard in the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

HB 930 Sponsored by Representative Oxford (D), eliminates the state income tax deduction for federal income tax liability beginning January 1, 2012. Referred to the House Tax Reform on Tuesday.

HB 942 Sponsored by Representative Johnson (R), increases the tax credit for adopting a special needs child from up to $10,000 to up to $25,000 and authorizes a tax credit for nonrecurring adoption expenses for any child adopted. Referred to the House Economic Development Committee on Tuesday.

HB 944 Sponsored by Representative Johnson (R), lowers the required age for a person to be eligible for a senior citizens property tax credit, commonly known as circuit breaker. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday.

HB 953 Sponsored by Representative Cauthorn (R), exempts the sale of any accessories and upgrades to farm machinery and equipment, freight charges on exempt items, and fabrication labor from the state and local sales and use taxes. Heard in the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

HB 976 Sponsored by Representative Johnson (R), provides for the elimination of the corporate income tax as state sales and use tax collections increase. Referred to the House Tax Reform Committee on Tuesday.

HJR 25 Sponsored by Representative Aull (D), proposes a constitutional amendment raising the allowable level of bonded indebtedness for a school district from 15% to 20% of the value of taxable tangible property in the district. Referred to the House Education Committee on Tuesday.

SB 52 Sponsored by Senator Cunningham (R), requires county assessors to consider market factors in determining value of real property for tax purposes. Reported out of the Senate oversight Committee to the Senate floor on Thursday.

VETERANS

HCS HB 136 Sponsored by Representative Day (R), allows a spouse of an active member of the United States Armed Forces to be eligible for unemployment benefits if accompanying the spouse in the event of a military transfer. Heard in the Senate Elections Committee 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. Heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

HB 150 Sponsored by Representative Webber (D), requires a Missouri state employee to be compensated an amount equal to the difference between his or her military compensation and state salary when the military leave of absence exceeds 120 hours. Referred to the house Veterans Committee on Tuesday.

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

SB 26 Sponsored by Senator Wasson (R), allows for the issuance of Nixa Education Foundation and Combat Action special license plates. First read in the House on Thursday.