Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: April 9, 2011

Last week in Review: April 4-7

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. This bill to protect pharmacies which prefer to NOT provide abortion drugs also requires all drug induced abortions to face the same restrictions as surgical abortions in Missouri. Perfected in the House, and referred to the House Fiscal Review Committee on Tuesday, reported do pass on Wednesday and third read and passed through the House and reported to the Senate 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. Perfected in the House on Monday, third read in the House on Tuesday and referred to the Senate Health Committee on Thursday.

HB 870 Sponsored by Representative Clem Smith (D), changes the laws regarding school course materials and instruction relating to human sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases (listed as one of the top four pro choice bills by NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri). Referred to the House Education 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. Offered in the House on Thursday. This resolution was introduced with 100 names of members of the House of Representatives attached.

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. Public testimony heard in the House Health Care Policy Committee on Wednesday.

SS SCS SB 65 Introduced by Senator Mayer (R), prohibits late term abortions of viable babies unless there is a confirmed (two unrelated physicians must agree) threat to the life of the mother or impairment of a major body function (no mental or emotional health exception allowed). Voted do pass out of the Senate Fiscal Oversight Committee on Monday, Third read and passed by the Senate Thursday by a vote of 27-5 and reported to the House where it was first read.

SB 204 Sponsored by Senator Dempsey (R), reauthorizes the pregnancy resource center tax credit. Perfected in the Senate, and referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on Wednesday.

ANIMAL RIGHTS & FAMILY FARMS

HB 458 Sponsored by Representative Loehner (R), establishes the Missouri Farmland Trust Act to receive donated land to preserve it as farmland and provide beginning farmers an opportunity to farm through low and variable cost leases on the land. Perfected in the House on Monday, third read in the House and first read in the Senate on Thursday.

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. Heard in the House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday.

HB 746 Sponsored by Representative Brown (R), authorizes a check-off box for the newly created Puppy Protection Trust Fund to be added to the individual and corporate income tax forms and allows for a separate check donation with a tax payment. Perfected in the House on Monday, second read in the Senate and referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

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. Perfected in the House on Monday, referred to Fiscal Review on Tuesday and reported out of the Committee on Wednesday.

SS SCS SBs 113 & 95 Sponsored by Senator Parson (R), Modifies, and enhances the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. Voted do pass out of the House Agriculture Committee, and referred to the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

SB 150 Sponsored by Senator Munzlinger (R), allows regulated hand fishing for carp and catfish in June and July on certain waterways. Voted do pass out of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday.

CRIME

HB 118 Sponsored by Representative Peters-Baker (D), requires local law enforcement agencies and other government agencies serving ex parte orders of protection to enter the data into the Missouri Uniform Law Enforcement System (MULES) within 24 hours. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

HCS HB 253 & 398 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), authorizes a prosecuting attorney, upon agreement with an accused or defendant, to divert certain cases to a prosecution diversion program and changes the penalties for various first offense misdemeanors. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

HB 383 Sponsored by Representative Pace (D), changes the laws regarding assault and tampering crimes against public workers and judicial officers. Heard in the House Crime Committee on Monday.

HB 652 Sponsored by Representative Riddle (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 health care worker. Heard in the House Crime Committee on Monday.

HB 915 Sponsored by Representative Parkinson (R), specifies that any person who fails to provide proof of motor vehicle financial responsibility will have the vehicle he or she is operating impounded until valid proof is provided and all fees are paid. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Thursday.

HB 948 Sponsored by Representative Holsman (D), creates the crimes of abuse of the Internet, criminal defamation, and failure to comply with a search warrant seeking computer-related identifying information. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Thursday.

SCS SB 320 Sponsored by Senator Lamping (R), modifies provisions relating to domestic violence. Reported do pass out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

SB 425 Introduced by Senator Goodman (R), adds provisions to the crime of receiving stolen property relating to offenses in which the value of property or services is an element of the crime. Voted do pass out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

DRUGS & ALCOHOL

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. Perfected in the House on Monday, third read and sent to the Senate on Tuesday and referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday.

HB 199 Sponsored by Representative Kelley (R), specifies that a prior or persistent offender of an intoxication-related offense must perform a specified minimum number of hours of community service as an alternative to imprisonment. Perfected in the House on Monday, third read on Tuesday and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

HCS HB 322 Sponsored by Representative Walton Gray (D), allows certain organizations who sell intoxicating liquor by the drink on the premises to obtain a special permit to remain open until 3:00 a.m. each day and to open on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. Voted do pass out of the House Small Business Committee on Wednesday.

HCS HB 641 Sponsored by Representative Franz (R), changes the laws regarding controlled substances. Perfected in the House on Monday, third read on Thursday and first read in the Senate.

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

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. Second read in the House on Monday.

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. Second read in the House on Monday.

SB 160 Sponsored by Senator Cunningham (R), allows any winery, distiller, manufacturer, wholesaler, or brewer to provide liquor samples on certain licensed retail premises for tasting purposes. Voted do pass out of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday.

SS SCS SB 254 Sponsored by Senator Stouffer (R), modifies the law governing intoxicated-related traffic offenses. Perfected in the Senate on Wednesday. Referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on Thursday.

EDUCATION

HB 273 Sponsored by Representative Allen (R), defines “cyberbullying” as it relates to the antibullying policies school districts must adopt and establishes specific requirements for each school district in implementing the policy. Heard in the House Education Committee on Tuesday.

HB 314 Sponsored by Representative Wells (R), repeals a school district’s authority to set policies that allow the use of tobacco products in certain school areas and prohibits smoking and use of tobacco products on all school property and school buses. Heard in the House Education Committee on Tuesday.

HB 677 Sponsored by Representative Wells (R), removes the June 30, 2012 expiration date of the provisions requiring every child enrolling in kindergarten or first grade in a public school to receive one comprehensive vision examination. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

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

HB 795 Sponsored by Representative Kelley (R), designates the second Friday in March as “Missouri School Read-In Day”. Perfected in the House on Monday, third read and passed through the House, and first read in the Senate on Tuesday.

HJR 38 Sponsored by Representative Barnes (R), proposes a constitutional amendment authorizing the General Assembly to provide grants and scholarships for any elementary or secondary education. Second read in the House on Monday.

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

SB 372 Introduced by Senator Cunningham (R), modifies provisions relating to teacher contracts and establishes the Teacher Continuing Contract Act. Heard in the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

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. Voted do pass out of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

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. Heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

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

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 House Rules Committee on Tuesday. First read in the Senate on Wednesday. Second read and referred to the Select Committee on Redistricting on Thursday.

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. First read in the Senate on Monday. Second read and referred to the Senate Elections Committee on Thursday.

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

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. Heard in the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

HCS HB 856 Sponsored by Representative Dugger (R), changes the laws regarding initiative and referendum petitions. Rules Committee returns the HCS back to the House Elections Committee for further review on Monday.

HB 891 Sponsored by Representative Parkinson (R), authorizes an income tax deduction from a taxpayer’s Missouri adjusted gross income for all income earned as a temporary election staff member. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

HB 974 Sponsored by Representative Hough (R), authorizes Missouri to enter into the Interstate Compact on the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote Act. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Thursday.

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. Heard in 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. Heard in the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

SB 264 Introduced by Senator Rupp (R), changes congressional districts. Voted do pass out of the Senate Redistricting Committee on Monday.

SB 282 Sponsored by Senator Engler (R), moves the presidential primary from February to March. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Monday.

SB 418 Introduced by Senator Chappelle-Nadal (D), establishes a paper ballot as the official ballot. Heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

SJR 10 Introduced by Senator Lembke (R), lowers the number of State Representatives from 163 to 103. perfected in the Senate on Monday. Referred to the Senate Fiscal Oversight Committee on Tuesday. Voted do pass out of the Senate Oversight Committee on Thursday.

FAMILY

HB 476 Sponsored by Representative Funderburk (R), establishes the Students First Interscholastic Athletics Act which requires every high school age student to have the opportunity to participate in interscholastic athletics. Heard in the House Education committee on Wednesday.

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

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. Perfected in the House on Monday, third read and passed through the House and first read in the Senate on Tuesday and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

HCS HB 630 Sponsored by Representative Grisamore (R), establishes the Missouri Task Force on Prematurity and Infant Mortality. Perfected in the House on Monday. First read in the Senate on Tuesday, second read and referred to the Senate Health Committee on Thursday.

HCS 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. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

HB 749 Sponsored by Representative Lasater (R), designates April as “Child Abuse Prevention Month” and designates the blue ribbon as the official state symbol for child abuse prevention. Perfected in the House on Monday. Third read and passed though the House and first read in the Senate on Tuesday.

HB 851 Sponsored by Representative Cross (R), requires the parent or guardian of any person younger than 18 years of age prior to the minor using a tanning device in a tanning facility to appear in person giving consent to the minor’s use of the facility. Voted do pass out of the House Health Care Policy Committee on Wednesday.

HB 894 Sponsored by Representative Long (R), changes the laws regarding midwifery. Referred to the House Professional Registration Committee on Thursday.

HB 950 Sponsored by Representative Scharnhorst (R), requires a health insurer to reimburse any entity or group that is supervised by a licensed psychologist for providing applied behavior analysis services to children with autism spectrum disorders. Referred to the House Disability Services Committee on Thursday.

SB 213 Sponsored 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. Reported perfected in the Senate on Thursday.

SS SCS SB 351 Introduced by Senator Lamping (R), modifies provisions relating to adoption records. Reported do pass out of the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday, reported to the House and first read on Thursday.

GOVERNMENT ETHICS & SOCIALISM

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. Perfected in the House on Monday, third read and passed through the House, and first read in the Senate on Tuesday and second read and referred to the Senate Health Committee on Thursday.

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. Perfected in the House on Monday, third read and passed through the House and first read in the Senate 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. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

HB 816 Sponsored by Representative Parkinson (R), requires all purchases made with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits by a recipient in this state to be limited to in-state purchases only. Referred to the House Children and Families Committee on Thursday.

HB 817 Sponsored by Representative Wyatt (R), requires all purchases made with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits by a recipient in this state to be limited to in-state purchases only. Referred to the House Children and Families Committee on Thursday.

HB 865 Sponsored by Representative Johnson (R), specifies that the requirement that every person operating or riding on a motorcycle on any state highway wear protective headgear will not apply from August 1 through August 21 of each year. Referred to the House Transportation Committee on Thursday.

HB 1021 Sponsored by Representative Nolte (R), requires a telecommunications company to provide caller location information in certain emergency situations. Second read in the House 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. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday. Adopted in the House, and reported to the Senate on Wednesday.

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. Referred to the House Rules 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 do pass out of the House Workforce Development Committee, and referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

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. Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

SCR 13 Introduced by Senator Lembke (R), urges Congress to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. Referred to the Senate Ethics Committee on Monday.

SB 202 Sponsored by Senator Crowell (R), requires authorization for certain labor unions to withhold fees from paychecks or make political contributions. Perfected in the Senate, and referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on Wednesday. Reported to the House and first read on Thursday.

HOMOSEXUALITY

HB 460 Sponsored by Representative Lampe (D), changes the laws regarding bullying in schools. Creates politically correct protections for homosexual students. Heard in the House Education Committee on Tuesday.

SB 240 Introduced by Senator Justus (D), changes the requirements for school anti-bullying policies. Creates politically correct protections for homosexual students. Heard in the Senate Progress and Development Committee on Tuesday.

PORNOGRAPHY & SEX CRIMES

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. Heard in the House Crime Committee on Wednesday.

HB 985 Sponsored by Representative Anders (D), revises the law restricting residency for sexual offenders. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Thursday.

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

SCS SB 54 Introduced by Senator Cunningham (R), creates the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act and establishes the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children. Perfected in the Senate and referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on Tuesday, third read on Thursday and reported to the House.

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

SS SB 286 Sponsored by Senator McKenna (D), creates the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act and establishes the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children. Perfected in the Senate on Wednesday, referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on Thursday.

SCS SBs 394 & 331 Sponsored by Senator Goodman (R), modifies the human trafficking provisions. Perfected in the Senate on Wednesday and referred to the Senate Oversight Committee. Third read on Thursday, reported to the House and first read on Thursday.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

HCS HB 470 & 429 Sponsored by Representative Funderburk (R), changes the laws regarding the nonresident entertainer and professional athletic team income tax by exempting churches from any such tax liability. Perfected in the House on Tuesday. Third read by the House and sent to the Senate on Thursday.

SCS SJR 16 Introduced by Senator Goodman (R), proposes a constitutional amendment reaffirming a citizen’s

right to free expression of religion. Voted do pass out of the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

SECOND AMENDMENT

SCS SB 300 Sponsored by Senator Munzlinger (R), allows the use of handguns during the muzzleloader portion of firearms deer season. Reported do pass out of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday.

TAXES

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. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

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. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

HB 979 Sponsored by Representative Brattin (R), imposes a flat 3.125% individual income tax rate and eliminates certain tax credits. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday. Heard in the Committee on Thursday.

SCS SB 19 Sponsored by Senator Schmitt (R), phases-out the corporate franchise tax over a five year period. Truly Agreed to and finally passed the legislature, send on to be signed by Governor Nixon on Wednesday.

SCS SB 155 Sponsored by Senator Rupp (R), modifies provisions of Missouri’s real property tax increment allocation redevelopment act. Voted do pass out of the Senate Oversight Committee on Thursday.

VETERANS

HB 79 Sponsored by Representative Nolte (R), authorizes the issuance of a military medallion, medal, and certificate to certain veterans who served in specified conflicts regardless of whether they are or ever were legal Missouri residents. Perfected in the House on Monday, reported to the Senate and first read on Tuesday and second read and referred to the Senate General Laws Committee on Thursday

HCS HB 303 & 239 Sponsored by Representative Day (R), changes the laws regarding members of the military, military spouses, and veterans. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday, and reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

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HB 673 Sponsored by Representative Largent (R), authorizes the presentation of a Missouri National Guard Overseas Training Ribbon, a Missouri National Guard State Partnership Program Ribbon, and the Order of Minuteman Award. Perfected in the House on Monday, third read and passed through the House and first read in the Senate on Tuesday.

HB 931 Sponsored by Representative Johnson (R), establishes a funeral demonstration zone, creates the Family Funeral Victimization Fund, and makes it unlawful for a person to demonstrate in a funeral demonstration zone without obtaining a permit. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Thursday.

HB 935 Sponsored by Representative Johnson (R), requires out-of-state persons or groups who wish to protest a funeral in this state pay, prior to the protest, a $25,000 fee to local law enforcement agency in area where the protest will be held. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Thursday.

HCR 7 Sponsored by Representative Walton Gray (D), encourages the Missouri Veterans Commission to work with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to address the needs of women veterans and formally honors the heroic service of women veterans. Second read and referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday, and reported to the Senate on Monday.

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. Reported to the Senate on Monday, second read and referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

HCR 33 Sponsored by Representative Davis (R), 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. Reported to the Senate on Monday, second read and referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.