Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: March 25, 2012

Last Week In Review

 

 

All budget bills perfected in the House on Tuesday, third read on Thursday, and now moves on to the Senate…

 

ABORTION

HB 1278 Introduced by Representative Long (R), changes the laws regarding certain tax credits, including an extension of the Pregnancy Resource Center tax credit, and establishes the Developmental Disability Care Provider Tax Credit Program. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1607 Introduced 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.

 

HB 1730 Introduced by Representative Cox (R), provides protections for religious beliefs as to the imposition of certain health care services such as abortion, contraception, or sterilization. Referred to the House Health Insurance Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1933 Introduced by Representative McCaherty (R), establishes the Abortion Ban for Sex Selection and Genetic Abnormalities Act of 2012 to prohibit abortions for the purpose of sex selection or genetic abnormalities. Second read in the House on Monday.  Referred to the House Health Care Policy Committee on Thursday.

 

CRIME

HB 1699 Introduced by Representative Schad (R), requires a person who has reasonable cause to believe that the conduct of a pharmacist or health care professional is illegal and could cause serious injury to make a report to specified authorities. Heard in the House Crime Committee on Monday.

 

SB 699 Introduced by Senator Goodman (R), modifies laws relating to criminal offenders under the supervision of the Department of Corrections. Second read in the Senate on Monday.

 

HB 1615 Introduced by Representative Oxford (D), changes the laws regarding actions against a person for conduct or speech at a public hearing or meeting. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

SS SCS SB 689 Introduced by Senator Engler (R), modifies provisions relating to crimes committed against the elderly and disabled. Perfected in the Senate on Tuesday, reported to the House on Thursday.

 

HB 1413 Introduced by Representative Stream (R), changes the laws regarding injury or death to a service dog and harassing a service dog. Referred to the House Special Standing Committee on Disability Services on Wednesday.

 

HB 1456 Introduced by Representative Black (D), authorizes the Department of Corrections to establish a mental health assessment pilot program for certain criminal offenders. Voted do pass out of the House Corrections Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1468 Introduced by Representative Higdon (R), requires the Amber Alert System Oversight Committee to adopt criteria to expand the Amber Alert System to provide peace officer safety alerts. Voted do pass out of the House Crime Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1496 Introduced by Representative Hubbard (D), prohibits the imposition of the death penalty, halts pending executions, provides for resentencing of offenders sentenced to death, and changes the laws regarding the death penalty. Heard in the House Corrections Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 1515 Introduced by Representative Schad (R), changes the laws regarding crimes and criminal procedures. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1822 Introduced by Representative Lampe (D), changes various provisions regarding domestic violence orders of protection. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1897 Introduced by Representative Cox (R), modifies provisions relating to criminal law. Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

 

SCS SB 789 Introduced by Senator Kraus (R), modifies provisions relating to DNA profiling by the Missouri State Highway Patrol crime lab and the DNA Profiling Analysis Fund. Voted do pass out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, reported to the Senate floor on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1860 Introduced by Representative Guernsey (R), specifies that a person commits the crime of agricultural production facility fraud if he or she willfully obtains access or makes a false statement with the intent to commit an unauthorized act. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1977 Introduced by Representative Oxford (D), establishes requirements for the reporting of animal abuse. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

DRUGS & ALCOHOL

HB 1954 Introduced by Representative Higdon (R), modifies provisions relating to alcohol regulation fees and establishes the Alcohol and Tobacco Control Trust Fund. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Thursday.

 

HB 1328 Introduced by Representative Cox (R), changes the laws regarding the sale and possession of controlled substances. Heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1394 Introduced by Representative Brandom (R), specifies that no public assistance benefits can be used by a recipient to purchase liquor or tobacco products. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1421 Introduced by Representative Colona (D), changes the laws regarding the classification of marijuana as a controlled substance and allows its use for medicinal purposes under certain conditions. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1486 Introduced 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 Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 1551 Introduced by Representative Cookson (R), creates the crime of operating a motorized vessel with excessive blood alcohol content when a person operates a motorized vessel on any navigable waterway with a blood alcohol content of .08 of 1% or more. Voted do pass out of the House Crime Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1498 Introduced by Representative Hough (R), changes the laws regarding Sunday liquor sales. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1858 Introduced by Representative Cox (R), prohibits beer manufacturers and liquor wholesalers from owning certain interests in each other. Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1952 Introduced by Representative Schatz (R), establishes the Meth Lab Elimination Act which reclassifies some forms of methamphetamine precursor drugs from Schedule IV and V controlled substances to Schedule III requiring a prescription. First read in the House on Tuesday, referred to the House Crime Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1976 Introduced by Representative Oxford (D), increases the tax on cigarettes for tobacco use prevention and cessation purposes upon approval by the voters. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

EDUCATION

HB 1466 Introduced by Representative Nasheed (D), establishes the Math and Science Tutoring Act which establishes a pilot program for tutoring certain students in any St. Louis City public school. Third read and passed through the House on Monday.

 

HB 1577 Introduced by Representative Largent (R), requires schools to implement specified criteria regarding the enrollment and educational success of foster care children. Perfected in the House on Monday.

 

HB 1834 Introduced by Representative Funderburk (R), establishes the Extracurricular and Interscholastic Opportunities Anti-Discrimination Act. Referred to the house Education Committee on Monday, and heard on Wednesday.

 

HB 1914 Introduced by Representative Kirkton (D), changes the laws regarding child support for higher education. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

HB 1918 Introduced by Representative Richardson (R), clarifies higher education course delivery priorities. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

HB 1920 Introduced by Representative McNary (R), allows unaccredited schools to direct funding towards early childhood education and allows the state board to establish a pilot project for awarding teacher credentials in unaccredited districts. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

HB 1925 Introduced 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 Year. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

HB 1927 Introduced by Representative Holsman (D), requires any school district designated as unaccredited or provisionally accredited to meet certain attendance requirements. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

HB 1930 Introduced by Representative Holsman (D), increases the number of students the Missouri Preschool Plus Grant Program may serve and expands the list of those who may receive a grant. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

HB 1932 Introduced 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. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

HB 1062 Introduced by Representative Dieckhaus (R), requires a school district to include in its annual school accountability report card whether it has a state-approved gifted education program or services and the number of students served. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1267 Introduced by Representative Denison (R), requires all children over 15 years of age who are in the foster care system or the Division of Youth Services Program to receive a visit to a state university or community or technical college in Missouri. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1728 Introduced by Representative Johnson (R), establishes the Missouri Jobs for Education Program. Heard in the House Economic Development Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1718 Introduced by Representative Scharnhorst (R), establishes Bryce’s Law which authorizes a tax credit for a person donating to a scholarship-granting organization for special needs students if it is not claimed on his or her federal income tax return. Voted do pass out of the House Education Committee on Wednesday, and referred to the Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1953 Introduced by Representative Hinson (R), requires the state board of education to establish standards of agricultural education that a private school may adopt to provide vocational programming outside the federal requirements. Second read in the House and referred to the House Agriculture Policy Committee on Wednesday.

 

SB 751 Introduced by Senator Schaaf (R), allows school districts to adopt an eight-hour school Introduced by Representative Day (R). Voted do pass out of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

SB 762 Introduced by Senator Keaveny (D), modifies provisions relating to alternative educational procedures for charter schools. Voted do pass out of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

SB 839 Introduced by Senator Lembke (R), exempts certain school districts governed by a special administrative board from having to pay tuition and transportation for students who attend an accredited school under certain circumstances. Heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HJR 46 Introduced by Representative Day (R), proposes a constitutional amendment changing the composition of the State Board of Education. Referred to the House Education Committee on Thursday.

 

SB 599 Introduced by Senator Schaefer (R), requires school districts to include in their school accountability report cards whether they have a gifted education program and the percentage and number of students enrolled. Reported out of the Senate Education Committee on Thursday.

 

ELECTIONS

HB 1917 Introduced by Representative Black (D), changes candidate filing dates for primary elections. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

HB 1929 Introduced 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. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

HB 1939 Introduced by Representative Tishaura Jones (D),changes the laws regarding conflicts of interest and lobbying, ethics, and campaign finance. First read in the House on Monday.

 

SB 569 Introduced by Senator Kraus (R), modifies the dates available for public elections. Second read in the Senate on Monday.

 

SJR 37 Introduced by Senator Crowell (R), requires all meetings of apportionment commissions to be conducted in public and prohibits commission members from serving in General Assembly for 10 years after service on commission. Second read in the Senate on Monday.

 

HB 1560 Introduced by Representative Diehl (R), changes the selection of the circuit clerk in the 22nd Judicial Circuit in St. Louis City from being elected by the qualified voters to being appointed by a majority of the circuit judges of the circuit. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1692 Introduced by Representative Entlicher (R), revises the oath that an election judge takes prior to being commissioned or beginning duties by requiring them to swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and Missouri. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1939 Introduced by Representative Tishaura Jones (D), changes the laws regarding conflicts of interest and lobbying, ethics, and campaign finance. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

 

SB 546 Introduced by Senator Purgason (R), imposes campaign contribution limits. Heard in the Senate Ethics Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1848 Introduced by Representative Webb (D), repeals the provisions regarding judges in the existing eastern, southern, and western circuits and replaces them with first, second, and third appellate judicial districts based on legislative districts. Heard in the House Judicial Reform Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1962 Introduced by Representative Parkinson (R), establishes the presidential primary election day on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in April, the general municipal election Introduced by Representative Day (R). First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

 

HB 1963 Introduced by Representative Parkinson (R), establishes a closed primary election system. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

 

HCS HJR 44 Introduced by Representative Cox (R), proposes a constitutional amendment changing the composition of nonpartisan judicial commissions and increasing the number of candidates nominated to the Governor for certain judicial vacancies. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1981 Introduced by Representative Sommer (R), establishes the presidential primary election Introduced by Representative Day (R) on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in April, the general municipal election Introduced by Representative Day (R). First read in the House on Thursday.

 

HJR 55 Introduced by Representative Dugger (R), proposes a constitutional amendment requiring the approval of both a majority of voters statewide and a majority of voters in a majority of the Congressional districts for an amendment to take effect. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Thursday.

 

HJR 87 Introduced by Representative McCaherty (R), proposes a constitutional amendment reducing the number of members of the House of Representatives to 101. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

FAMILY

SB 711 Introduced by Senator Lamping (R), modifies provisions relating to the prohibition of racial considerations in adoption proceedings. Second in the Senate on Monday.

 

HB 1171 Introduced 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. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1842 Introduced by Representative Lant (R), establishes the Joint Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect to make a continuing study and analysis of the state child abuse and neglect reporting and investigation system. Heard in the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1915 Introduced by Representative Kirkton (D), authorizes the probate court to consider and grant visitation to the natural parents of a child with guardianship if it is in the best interest of the child. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

HB 1206 Introduced by Representative Barnes (R), allows a student who has been denied the privilege to participate in an interscholastic activity under certain conditions to petition the court for a restraining order prohibiting enforcement of the denial. Heard in the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCR 50 Introduced by Representative Bahr (R), urges the United States Congress to propose the Parental Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution to the states for ratification. Offered in the House on Wednesday.

 

GAMBLING

HCS HB 1644 Introduced by Representative Barnes (R), changes the laws regarding excursion gambling boat licenses. Perfected in the House on Wednesday, third read on Thursday.

 

GOVERNMENT ETHICS

HB 1359 Introduced by Representative Jason Smith (R),prohibits any state employee in a decision-making position on a state contract from being employed by the entity contracted with for at least two years from the date when the contract was initiated. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

HCS HB 1383 Introduced by Representative Cox (R), requires every state department and division that receives a federal grant of $1 million or more to make that information available on the Missouri accountability portal. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

HB 1534 Introduced by Representative Bahr (R), declares the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as unauthorized by the United States Constitution and creates criminal penalties for persons enforcing or attempting to enforce the act. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1682 Introduced by Representative Wyatt (R), prohibits any state department from contracting with or providing money to any entity that has been found guilty of or pled guilty to violating any election, tax, or immigration law of this state. Referred to the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1928 Introduced by Representative Holsman (D), adds home nursing visits and follow-up care as needed for certain at-risk newborns to the list of covered services under the MO HealthNet Program. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

HB 1931 Introduced by Representative Holsman (D), establishes the KidCare Co-op Program within the Department of Social Services to provide affordable health insurance to children through 18 years of age. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

SB 722 Introduced by Senator Lamping (R), bars entities that invest in the energy sector in Iran from contracting with the state and political subdivisions. Second read in the Senate on Monday.

 

SJR 39 Introduced by Senator Cunningham (R), prohibits laws interfering with freedom of choice in health care. Voted do pass out of the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1051 Introduced by Representative Allen (R), requires the State Auditor to perform, on a one-time basis, a comparative audit of at least five, but no more than 10, of the largest state agencies and of each chamber of the General Assembly. Referred to the House Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1109 Introduced by Representative Brattin (R), prohibits any state or local governmental entity or public building, place, or setting from banning or restricting the practice, mention, celebration, or discussion of any federal holiday. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCR 7 Introduced by Representative Rowland (R), claims sovereignty for the State of Missouri under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

HJR 64 Introduced by Representative Curtman (R), proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting any person, employer, or health care provider from being compelled to participate in any health care system. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

SB 877 Introduced by Senator Mayer (R), requires each state department to quarterly report the number of department employees to the General Assembly. Voted do pass out of the Senate Governmental Accountability Committee on Wednesday.

 

SB 676 Introduced by Senator Nieves (R), specifies how courts may rule in contractual disputes involving the law of other countries and jurisdictional issues involving other countries. Taken up for perfection on the Senate floor, but after some debate on the floor it placed back on the Informal Calendar on Wednesday afternoon.

 

HJR 86 Introduced by Representative Gatschenberger (R), proposes a constitutional amendment removing the automatic submission of proposals to convene a state constitutional convention. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

SB 467 Introduced by Senator Munzlinger (R), requires agencies that receive federal grants to track and disclose the usage of the funds and the Governor to report withholdings. Heard in the House Down Downsizing State Government Committee on Thursday.

 

IMMIGRATION

SB 855 Introduced by Senator Schaaf (R), modifies the eligibility requirements for food stamps assistance as it relates to ineligible immigrants. Heard in the Senate Governmental Accountability Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1979 Introduced by Representative Brattin (R), requires the issuance of a 30 day temporary nondriver’s license in order for the Department of Revenue to verify the identity and citizenship of the applicant. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

HOMOSEXUALITY

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

 

PORNOGRAPHY & SEX CRIMES

HCS HB 1700 Introduced by Representative Schad (R), requires the classification of sexual offenders, establishes the Sex Offender Classification Board, creates the Sex Offender Classification Fund, and changes the laws regarding sexual offender registration. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday, voted out on Thursday.

 

HB 1896 Introduced by Representative Cauthorn (R), changes various sexual offenses involving persons less than seventeen years of age and minors. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Wednesday.

 

HJR 83 Introduced by Representative Kelley (R), proposes a constitutional amendment allowing laws retrospective in operation in instances of registered sex offenders. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Thursday.

 

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

HCS HB 1532 Introduced by Representative Schoeller (R), establishes the House of Worship Act, creates the crime of disrupting a house of worship, and enhances the penalty for the crime of institutional vandalism. Voted do pass out of the House Crime Committee on Wednesday.

 

SS SCS SB 755 Introduced by Senator Mayer (R), creates the crime of disrupting a house of worship. Perfected in the Senate on Wednesday, reported to the House on Thursday.

 

SECOND AMENDMENT

HB 1326 Introduced by Representative Cox (R), establishes the Business Premises Safety Act. Perfected in the House on Wednesday, third read on Thursday.

 

HB 1428 Introduced 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 Wednesday.

 

HB 1968 Introduced by Representative Parkinson (R), changes the size requirements for signs posting off- limits for concealed firearms on private property to five times the previous requirement. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

HJR 49 Introduced by Representative Brattin (R), proposes a constitutional amendment specifying that the right of every citizen to possess or purchase ammunition and articles for the proper functioning of arms must not be infringed or limited. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

SCS SB 489 & 637 Introduced by Senators Munzlinger and Brown, adopts a grandfather clause for firearms safety training certificate prior to 2011. Voted do pass out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

 

TAXES

HB 1170 Introduced by Representative Franz (R), allows any county collector to add and collect a special property tax assessment to the property’s annual real estate tax bill. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1484 Introduced by Representative McCaherty (R), establishes the Paperless Documents and Forms Act which authorizes the Department of Revenue to use technology to allow the filing of certain forms and the sending of certain notifications. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1946 Introduced by Representative Neth (R), increases the limitation on bonded indebtedness for school districts. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Thursday.

 

HJR 84 Introduced by Representative Neth (R), proposes a constitutional amendment increasing the limitation on bonded indebtedness for school districts. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 1356 Introduced by Representative Funderburk (R), requires the Director of the Department of Revenue to enter into the multistate streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement and the department to implement the compliance provisions. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1429 Introduced by Representative Kratky (D), authorizes an income tax credit for certain costs incurred in the renovation of a taxpayer’s rented dwelling or residence. Referred to the House Economic Development Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1639 Introduced by Representative Nolte (R), establishes the Broad-Based Tax Relief Act of 2012, reduces the tax on business income and corporate income, and reduces the amount available for historic rehabilitation tax credits. Heard in the House International Trade Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 1101 Introduced by Representative Brattin (R), authorizes Missouri to enter into the multistate streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement, eliminates all state tax credits, phases in a flat income tax rate, and increases the sales and use tax by .25%. Reported do pass out of the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1427 Introduced by Representative Kratky (D), authorizes an income tax credit for certain small businesses who hire a person who is disabled or recently discharged from a correctional facility. Heard in the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1661 Introduced by Representative Hoskins (R), changes the laws regarding the income tax deduction for job creation by small businesses. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1956 Introduced by Representative White (R), requires tax increment financing plans, projects, designations, or amendments to be approved by a two-thirds vote of the voters in affected taxing entities voting on the question. Second read on Thursday.

 

VETERANS

HCS HB 1110 Introduced by Representative Barnes (R), allows a circuit court to establish a veterans treatment court to dispose of criminal cases which stem from substance abuse or mental illness of military veterans or current military personnel. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1315 Introduced by Representative McCaherty (R), requires a leave to be granted to state employees and certain other employees who are members of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary when performing authorized military duties. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1680 Introduced by Representative Davis (R), changes the name of the Heroes at Home Program to the Show-Me Heroes Program and includes spouses of active duty United States military personnel to those eligible to receive its services. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCR 22 Introduced 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. Adopted in the House on Tuesday.

 

SB 564 Introduced by Senator Brown (R), waives the motorcycle roads skills test for members of the armed forces who have successfully completed certain military motorcycle rider training courses. Heard in the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday.

 

HJR 71 Introduced by Representative Elmer (R), proposes a constitutional amendment authorizing an exemption for certain property from personal property tax for active-duty military personnel stationed outside the country. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

HJR 85 Introduced by Representative Solon (R), proposes a constitutional amendment authorizing electronic pull tab games the revenue from which will be directed to the veterans’ commission capital improvement trust fund. First read in the House on Wednesday, referred to the House Veterans Committee on Thursday.

 

HJR 67 Introduced by Representative Denison (R), proposes a constitutional amendment which freezes the level of tax liability on residential property owned by a person who is 65 years of age or older. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

HJR 81 Introduced by Representative Kelley (R), proposes a constitutional amendment exempting from taxation all real and personal property of any citizen with a total service-connected disability or that person’s surviving spouse if she is not remarried. Referred to the House Veterans Committee on Thursday.

 

OTHER

HB 1363 Introduced by Representative Schieffer (D), requires the Missouri State Fair Commission and the governing bodies of fairs and exhibitions which exhibit livestock to permit specified persons to exhibit livestock. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCR 37 Introduced by Representative Barnes (R), supports the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline to ensure America’s oil independence, improve our national security, reduce the cost of gasoline, and create new jobs. Adopted in the House and referred to the Senate on Tuesday.

 

HCR 44 Introduced by Representative Sommer (R), urges Congress and the Administration to seek solutions to rapidly rising fuel costs, and create and maintain our energy independence. Heard in the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday.

 

SCR 25 Introduced by Senator Mayer (R), urges the federal government to manage the Mississippi River to protect against devastating flood events. Heard in the Senate Ethics Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCS HB 1324 Introduced by Representative Loehner (R), affirms the right of Missouri citizens to raise livestock in a manner adhering to state and local laws and ordinances as enacted on August 28, 2012, or at the commencement of operations. Perfected in the House on Wednesday, third read on Thursday.

 

HCR 36 Introduced by Representative Asbury (R), reaffirms economic development projects of mutual benefit between the United States and Israel. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCR 47 Introduced by Representative Allen (R), strongly urges the Department of Defense and the Missouri Congressional delegation to protect, promote, and leverage Missouri’s military bases and agencies during the upcoming federal defense budget. Offered in the house on Wednesday.

 

HCR 48 Introduced by Representative Houghton (R), opposes the passage of the Egg Products Inspection Act of 2012, H.R. 3798, which would nullify existing state law and deny states the ability to enact laws to regulate egg factory production. Offered in the House on Wednesday.

 

HCR 49 Introduced by Representative Fallert (D), calls on Congress to disapprove the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards regulation and ensure that the EPA replaces it with a sensible regulation. Offered in the House on Wednesday.

 

HCR 6 Introduced by Representative Rowland (R), strongly urges Congress and the Administration to immediately seek long)-term and short-term solutions to the rapidly rising fuel costs in this country. Referred to the House Transportation Committee on Thursday.

 

SCS SB 566 Introduced by Senator Brown (R), requires dogs and cats to be vaccinated against rabies. Reported from the Senate Agriculture Committee to the Senate floor on Thursday.