Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: April 22, 2011

Week in Review: April 18-21

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 when the life or serious physical health is at risk. (Such risk must be confirmed by a second unaffiliated physician.) Voted do pass out of the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

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. Heard in the House Health Care Policy Committee on Wednesday.

SS SCS SB 65 Sponsored by Senator Mayer, modifies provisions restricting late term abortions of viable unborn children. (Similar to HB 213 above.) Heard in the House Health Care Policy Committee on Wednesday.

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. Voted do pass out of the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday.

ANIMAL RIGHTS & FAMILY FARMS

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. Reported do pass out of the House Rules 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. Heard in the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday.

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. Third read and passed through the House, reported to the Senate and first read on Tuesday, referred to the Senate Agriculture 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. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

SS SCS SBs 113 & 95 Sponsored by Senator Parson (R), modifies the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. Signed by the Speaker of the House and sent to the Governor on Monday.

CRIME

HCS HB 504, 505 & 874 Sponsored by Representative Silvey (R), changes the laws regarding domestic violence and orders of protection. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Tuesday. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Friday.

HCS HB 600 337 & 413 Sponsored by Representative Schad (R), changes the laws regarding public safety. Perfected in the House and referred to the House Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday.

DRUGS & ALCOHOL

SCS 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. Referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on Monday, reported do pass on Thursday.

SCS 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. Voted do pass out of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday.

HCS HB 641 Sponsored by Representative Franz (R), changes the laws regarding controlled substances. Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

HB 658 Sponsored by Representative Schatz (R), reclassifies all methamphetamine precursor drugs from Schedule IV and V controlled substances to Schedule III requiring a prescription and references the provisions as the Meth Lab Elimination Act. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Friday.

HB 913 Sponsored by Representative Carter (R), changes the laws regarding the crimes of trafficking drugs in the first and second degree. Heard in the House Crime Committee on Wednesday.

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

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. Second read in the House on Monday.

EDUCATION

HCS HB 473 Sponsored by Representative Tishaura Jones (D), changes the laws regarding charter schools and establishes the Missouri Charter Public School Commission. Perfected in the House on Tuesday, referred to House Fiscal Review on Wednesday and Voted do pass in committee on Thursday.

HB 752 Sponsored by Representative Torpey (R), changes the laws regarding the compulsory school attendance of certain students. Heard in the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

HB 795 Sponsored by Representative Kelley (R), designates the second Friday in March as “Missouri School Read-In Day”. Reported do pass out of the Senate on Monday, truly agreed to and finally passed through the legislature on Tuesday.

SCS SB 14 Sponsored by Senator Pearce (R), establishes procedures for the transfer of students from an unaccredited school district to an accredited school district in the same or an adjoining county. Voted do pass out of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, reported out of the Committee on Thursday.

SCS SB 54 Sponsored by Senator Cunningham (R), creates the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act. Heard in the House Education Committee on Wednesday, voted do pass on Thursday.

ELECTIONS

HB 108 Sponsored by Representative Jason Smith (R), modifies the law relating to campaign finance. Third read and passed through the Senate on Tuesday.

SS HCS HB 193 Sponsored by Representative Diehl (D) , establishes the basic format for dividing Missouri into eight Congressional districts based on the 2010 census estimates. House and Senate appoint Conference Committee 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. Reported do pass out of the Senate Elections Committee on Thursday.

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. Heard in the House Elections 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 annually. Perfected in the House on Wednesday.

HJR 6 Sponsored by Representative Cierpiot (R), proposes a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right of individuals to vote by secret ballot. Voted do pass out of the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

HCS 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. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

HCS SCS SB 68 Sponsored by Senator Mayer (R), authorizes the issuance of subpoenas for the production of records by the General Assembly. Third read in the House on Friday.

SB 84 Sponsored by Senator Wright-Jones (D), modifies law relating to voter registration and election offenses. Reported out of the Senate Elections Committee on Thursday.

SS SB 202 Sponsored by Senator Crowell (R), requires authorization for certain labor unions to withhold fees from paychecks or make political contributions. Referred to the House Workforce Development Committee on Tuesday.

SCS SB 270 Sponsored by Senator Kraus (R), modifies the dates available for public elections. Perfected in the Senate on Tuesday, reported to the House and first read on Thursday and second read in the House on Friday.

HCS SB 282 Sponsored by Senator Engler (R), moves the presidential primary from February to March. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

SJR 10 Sponsored by Senator Lembke (R), lowers the number of State Representatives from 163 to 103. Reported to the House and first read on Thursday. Second read in the House on Friday.

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. Perfected in the House on Tuesday, referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday.

FAMILY

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 Senate Health Committee on Tuesday.

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

HCS HB 604 Sponsored 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. Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

SB 261 Sponsored by Senator Goodman (R), removes the element of good cause from the crime of nonsupport. Voted do pass out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

SCS SB 312 Sponsored by Senator Keaveny (D), modifies provision relating to administrative child support orders. Voted do pass out of the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday.

SS#2 SCS SB 320 Sponsored by Senator Lamping (R), modifies provisions relating to domestic violence. First read in the House on Thursday, second read in the House on Friday.

GOVERNMENT ETHICS & SOCIALISM

SCS HB 307 & HB 812 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. Third read and passed through the Senate, and reported to the House on Tuesday.

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. Perfected in the House on Tuesday, reported to the Senate and first read on Wednesday and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

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. Adopted in the House, and reported to the Senate on Tuesday, referred to the Senate 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. Heard in the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

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. Voted do pass out of the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

IMMIGRATION

HB 167 Sponsored by Representative Nolte (R), requires Missouri driver’s license examinations to only be administered in English. Voted do pass out of the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

HB 731 Sponsored 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 Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

PORNOGRAPHY & SEX CRIMES

HCS HB 781 Sponsored by Representative Torpey (R), increases the penalty for child molestation in the first degree when the victim is a child younger than 13 years of age to a class A felony. Voted do pass out of the House Crime Committee on Wednesday.

HCS HB 999 Sponsored by Representative Schad (R), changes the laws regarding sexual offender registration. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

SCS SB 54 Sponsored by Senator Cunningham (R), creates the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act. Heard in the House Education Committee on Wednesday, voted do pass on Thursday.

HCS SB 250 Sponsored by Senator Kehoe, requires sexual assault offenders to complete certain programs prior to being eligible for parole or conditional release. Reported do pass out of the House Crime Committee and referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday,

SS SB 286 Sponsored by Senator McKenna (D), creates the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children. Second read in the House on Monday.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

HB 29 Sponsored by Representative Sater (R), establishes the Volunteer Health Services Act to allow for licensed health care professionals to provide volunteer services for a sponsoring organization. Heard in the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday.

SCS HCS HB 250 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), changes the laws regarding water well regulations. Voted do pass out of the Senate Agriculture Committee 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. Voted do pass out of the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday. Reported do pass out of the Senate General Laws Committee on Thursday.

SECOND AMENDMENT

HCR 41 Sponsored by Representative Parkinson (R), encourages every school district in Missouri to promote and include trap shooting as a high school sport. Voted do pass out of the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday and referred to the House Rules Committee on Friday.

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. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

SCS HCS HB 294, 123, 125, 113, 271 & 215 Sponsored by Representative Riddle (R), changes the laws regarding firearms, ammunition, and concealed carry endorsements. Voted do pass out of the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

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. Voted do pass out of the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

SCS SB 300 Sponsored by Senator Munzlinger (R), allows the use of handguns during the muzzleloader portion of firearms deer season. Second read in the House on Monday and referred to the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

TAXES

SS 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. Third read and passed through the Senate and sent back to the House on Monday.

SCS 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 Senate Oversight Committee on Thursday.

SB 19 Sponsored by Senator Schmitt (R), phases-out the corporate franchise tax over a five year period. Signed by the Speaker of the House and delivered to the Governor for his signature on Monday.

VETERANS

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 Senate Resolutions Committee on Tuesday.

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. Reported do pass out of the Senate Elections Committee on Thursday.

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

Show Me Your Glory Lord

Forty+ Days of Prayer & Fasting

May 6th is the State Constitutional deadline for passage

of the annual State budget, with May 5th being the

National Day of Prayer

ACTION NEEDED:

PRAYER FOR MISSOURI’S BUDGET CRISIS

Missouri’s state budget reflects the State and Nation’s financial woes.

The budget process has ALWAYS (except last year with Missouri churches in prayer) involved partisan

bickering, public battles between the Governor’s Office and the General Assembly, strife between the

House and Senate, and countless skirmishes among the 197 individual members of the Legislature.

Key elected officials ask for specific prayer from Missouri’s Churches and Christian community.

In partnership with National Day of Prayer leaders as well as several others, our prayer

team has laid the ground work for a special prayer initiative aimed at involving God’s

people in praying for our State. This includes three important points to avoid highlighting

lawmakers by their names or titles. (1) To guarantee no elected official is empowered

to grandstand prayer for political purposes. (2) To guarantee no elected official can be

accused of grandstanding for political purposes. (3) To guarantee no elected official

having the right motives can be tempted to grandstand or accuse another of the same.

Show Me Your Glory Lord

Forty+ Days of Prayer & Fasting

Show Me Your Glory Lord began with a special prayer program Monday, March 14, at the State Capitol.

Missouri Churches are asked to participate in these 40+ days of prayer and fasting

which will culminate on Friday, May 6th, the final deadline for the State budget.