Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: April 15, 2012

Last Week In Review

From the week of April 9th, 2012

 

ABORTION

HB 1087 Introduced by Representative White (R), establishes the Adult Health Care Consent Act which specifies a priority of persons who can make health care decisions for a person who has been certified as unable to consent to his or her own care. Referred to the House Healthcare Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1439 Introduced by Representative Newman (D), changes the laws regarding sex education in schools and establishes the Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies Act, the Birth Control Protection Act, and a women’s health services program. Referred to the House Education Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1541 Jones, Timothy   Specifies that anyone providing or participating in a medical service cannot be required to participate in a service if it violates his or her conscience or principles.  Public hearing held on Wednesday.

 

HB 1853 Newman, Stacey   Prohibits a vasectomy from being performed on a man unless it is to save his life or prevent substantial and irreversible physical impairment.  The House Committee Substitute voted “do pass” by the committee was adopted as a ‘joke’ against the sponsor.  The new version has now been turned into a health care workers conscience rights bill as health care workers are authorized to not participate if it sterilization is against their moral convections.  Voted do pass out of the House Governmental Affairs Committee on Monday.

 

HB 2028 Introduced by Representative Leach (R), requires a summary and a description of a research project funded by the Spinal Cord Injury Fund to be submitted before or with the request for an appropriation to the appropriate appropriations committee. Heard in the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2076 Introduced by Representative Sommer (R), establishes a preference in governmental contracts for person who contribute to alternatives to abortion services. Referred to the House Children and Families Committee on Thursday.

 

SB 657 – Rupp – Provides for conscience rights of all individuals who provide medical services.  Reported “do Pass” by the Senate Small Business Committee and placed on the Senate Perfection calendar on next Monday.

 

SJR 45 – Nieves – Prohibits Missouri state government from recognizing, enforcing, or acting in furtherance of certain actions of the federal government, including any funding for abortions or embryo destruction .  Reported “do pass” from the Senate General Laws Committee and placed on the formal Senate Perfection Calendar for Monday.

 

 

ANIMAL RIGHTS & AGRICULTURE

HCR 31 Introduced by Representative Schieffer (D), urges Congress to support a plan for the Upper Mississippi River Basin that provides flood-control without adverse impacts on existing levees and communities. Adopted in the House on Monday.

 

SB 566 Introduced by Senator Brown (R), requires dogs and cats to be vaccinated against rabies. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

HCS HB 1444 Introduced by Representative Jason Smith (R), changes the laws regarding the confiscation of animals. Perfected in the House on Wednesday, third read on Thursday.

 

HB 1746 Introduced by Representative Wells (R), requires any person who files a court challenging the issuance of a license for a commercial livestock or poultry slaughter or processing plant to post a surety bond. Referred to the House Agriculture Policy Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1934 Introduced by Representative Torpey (R), exempts, effective January 1, 2014, an animal shelter from the payment of any licensing and other fees under the provisions of the Animal Care Facilities Act. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1977 Introduced by Representative Oxford (D), establishes requirements for the reporting of animal abuse. Referred to the House Animal Agriculture Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 2045 Introduced by Representative Shively (R), establishes the criteria for interstate and intrastate movement of cervids (deer). Referred to the House Animal Agriculture Committee on Thursday.

 

SB 631 Introduced by Senator Parson (R), exempts persons who purchase less than 50,000 bushels of grain a year from needing a grain dealer license. Referred to the House Agriculture Committee on Thursday.

 

SJR 40 Introduced by Senator Kraus (R), amends the constitution to modify the ban on retrospective laws. Referred to the House judiciary Committee on Thursday.

 

 

CRIME

SCS SB 448 Introduced by Senator Rupp (R), establishes “Sam Pratt’s Law” and “Nathan’s Law” and modifies provisions relating to child care providers. Voted do pass out of the Senate Health Committee on Monday.

 

SCR 28 Introduced by Senator Mayer, establishes the Joint Committee on the Missouri Criminal Code to study the state’s criminal laws. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

HB 1232 Introduced by Representative McManus (D), specifies that any person who impersonates another actual person through or on a website for specified harmful purposes will be guilty of a class A misdemeanor. Heard in the House Crime Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1334 Introduced by Representative Meadows (D), establishes the Fair Fare Passenger Safety Act of 2012 which prohibits any person operating a motor vehicle for compensation and transporting passengers from using a hand-held wireless communications device. Voted do pass out of the House Crime Committee on Wednesday.

 

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. Referred to the House Education Committee on Thursday.

 

SB 699 Introduced by Senator Goodman (R), modifies laws relating to criminal offenders under the supervision of the Department of Corrections. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

SB 871 Introduced by Senator Lamping (R), modifies provisions relating to domestic violence. Voted do pass out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

 

SB 893 Introduced by Senator Kraus (R), requires certain offenders to undergo criminal history checks in order to have their driver’s licenses reinstated or have limited driving privileges granted. Voted do pass out of the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1437 Introduced by Representative Newman (D), changes the laws regarding domestic violence. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1690 Introduced by Representative May (D), changes the laws regarding arrearages and the expungement of certain records related to criminal nonsupport. Voted do pass out of the House General Laws Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1790 Introduced by Representative Torpey (R), changes the laws regarding the court admissibility of the hearsay statement of a child. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1998 Introduced by Representative Franz (R), changes the laws regarding health services and fees and moving violations and traffic offenses occurring within an active emergency zone. Vote do pass out of the House General Laws Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 2038 Introduced by Representative Wallingford (R), establishes “Jonathan’s Law” which changes the requirements for certification and transfer of juvenile cases to courts of general jurisdiction. Referred to the House Children and families Committee on Thursday.

 

 

DRUGS & ALCOHOL

HB 2063 Introduced by Representative Denison (R), requires the Department of Revenue to issue a special driver’s license to a person required to use an ignition interlock device. Voted do pass out of the House Transportation Committee on Monday, referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 2103 Introduced by Representative Leach (R), prohibits political subdivisions from enacting ordinances which ban electronic cigarettes and exempts businesses which derive at least 60% of their retail sales from alcohol, tobacco products, and entertainment. Referred to the House Small Business Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1328 Introduced by Representative Cox (R), changes the laws regarding the sale and possession of controlled substances. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

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. Voted do pass out of the House General Laws Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1614 Introduced by Representative Sifton (D), requires at least 10% of any drug testing of violent offenders placed on probation, parole, or conditional release to be completed by the use of hair follicle testing. Heard in the House Corrections Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1673 Introduced by Representative Ellinger (R), increases the excise tax on cigarettes of 17 cents per pack of 20 cigarettes by 4 cents per pack per year for four years until the excise tax on cigarettes reaches 33 cents per pack. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1954 Introduced by Representative Higdon (R), requires an applicant for a new or renewal liquor license for a period of more than 30 days to pay an additional $100 transaction fee for deposit into the Alcohol and Tobacco Control Trust Fund. Hear in the House Ways and Means 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. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

 

EDUCATION

HB 1049 Introduced by Representative Allen (R), changes the laws regarding bullying in schools and establishes specific components that a district must include in its antibullying policy. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 2068 Introduced by Representative Bahr (R), prohibits professional membership dues of school administrators from being paid out of the incidental fund or teachers fund of any school district. Referred to the House Education Committee on Monday.

 

HCS HB 1526 Introduced by Representative Dieckhaus (R), changes the laws regarding teacher contracts and establishes the Teacher Multiyear Contract Act. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

SS SCS SB 576 Introduced by Senator Stouffer (R), modifies provisions relating to charter schools. Perfected in the Senate on Wednesday.

 

SB 735 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 Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1507 Introduced by Representative Webb (R), requires the State Board of Education to limit a student’s participation in and practice for extracurricular activities to during the school day and week to the extent possible. Referred to the House Education Committee on Thursday.

 

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 Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1741 Introduced by Representative Leara (R), changes the laws regarding the defined contribution plan for employees of certain higher education institutions. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 2050 Introduced by Representative Scharnhorst (R), converts the position of school superintendent to an elective office. Referred to the House Education Committee on Thursday.

 

 

ELECTIONS

HCS HJR 47 Introduced 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. Perfected in the House on Monday, third read on Thursday.

 

SCS HB 1059 Introduced by Representative Dugger (R), modifies the threshold for recounts in elections. Voted do pass out of the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

 

HB 1104 Introduced by Representative Schoeller (R), establishes photo identification requirements for voting. Referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Monday.

 

HCR 53 Introduced by Representative Schoeller (R), submits a revised Summary Statement for House Committee Substitute No. 2 for Senate Joint Resolution No. 2 to the Secretary of State. Third read and passed through the House on Wednesday.

 

HB 1236 Introduced by Representative Entlicher (R), modifies the paperwork requirements for the formation of a new political party and the nomination of independent candidates. Voted do pass out of the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

 

HB 1340 Introduced by Representative Dugger (R), allows a county commission to appoint an interim county clerk, auditor, or assessor in the event of a vacancy who shall serve until the Governor appoints a replacement. Voted do pass out of the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

 

HB 2059 Sponsored by representative Wanda Brown (R), allows fourth class cities to make the offices of city collector and chief of police appointed positions without requiring approval of the voters. Heard in the House Local Government Committee on Wednesday.

 

SS SJR 48 Introduced by Senator Dixon (R), prohibits apportionment commission members from serving in the General Assembly for four years from the date the commission is discharged for failure to file a map with the Secretary of State. Heard in the Special House Judicial Reform Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1312 Introduced by Representative Koenig (R), prohibits General Assembly members who have not served at least three full biennial assemblies from accruing creditable service under the Year 2000 Plan in the Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System. Referred to the House Retirement Committee on Thursday.

 

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 day. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1963 Introduced by Representative Parkinson (R), establishes a closed primary election system. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1965 Introduced by Representative Elmer (R), shortens the candidate filing period for county and state offices in the August primary to 2 weeks. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1981 Introduced by Representative Sommer (R), establishes the presidential primary election day on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in April, the general municipal election day. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Thursday.

 

HJR 89 Introduced by Representative Schoeller (R), proposes a constitutional amendment regarding advance voting and photo identification and allowing different requirements for certain absentee voting. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

SCS SBs 484, 477 & 606 Introduced by Senator Rupp (R), modifies the state do-not-call list and creates “paid for by” requirements for political phone calls. Referred to the House Utilities Committee on Thursday.

 

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. Referred to the House Judicial Reform Committee on Thursday.

 

 

FAMILY

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

 

HB 1137 Introduced by Representative Lauer (R), changes the laws regarding adoption records. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1758 Introduced by Representative Long (R), allows any person having a parent/child relationship with a minor child who is not the biological or legal parent to petition the court for custody and visitation rights. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1840 Introduced by Representative Caleb Jones (R), singles out midwives by requiring them to present clients proof of midwifery malpractice insurance in an amount of at least one million dollars prior to the provision of services, a requirement that doctors do not have to match. Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

 

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. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1994 Introduced by Representative Carlson (D), allows prospective adoptive parents and parents of the adoptee to enter into a post adoption contract agreement to allow contact after adoption between the former parents and the adoptee. Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

 

 

GAMBLING

HJR 85 Introduced by Representative Solon (R), proposes a constitutional amendment requiring the State Lottery Commission to develop and sell electronic pull-tab cards to support the Veterans’ Commission Capital Improvements Trust Fund. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

 

GOVERNMENT ETHICS

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. Adopted in the House on Monday.

 

HB 2099 Introduced by Representative Elmer (R), establishes the Whistleblower’s Protection Act to codify the existing common law exceptions to the at-will employment doctrine making it unlawful for an employer to discharge a protected person. Heard in the House Workforce Development Committee on Monday.

 

HCS HB 1256 Introduced by Representative Diehl (R), changes the laws regarding judicial procedures. Perfected in the House on Wednesday, third read and passed on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1383 Introduced by Representative Cox (R), changes the laws regarding information that must be made available on the Missouri Accountability Portal. Perfected in the House on Wednesday, third read and passed through the House on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1549 Introduced by Representative Richardson (R), changes the laws regarding the state’s No-call List by allowing a person to place his or her cell phone number on the list. Perfected in the House on Wednesday, third read on Thursday.

 

HB 1637 Introduced by Representative Curtman (R), establishes the Missouri Sound Money Act of 2012 which changes the laws regarding legal tender. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 2066 Introduced by Representative Curtman (R), prohibits state enforcement of provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 2078 Introduced by Representative Oxford (D), requires the Children’s Division to establish rules to modify the income eligibility criteria for individuals receiving a child care subsidy benefit. Heard in the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

 

HJR 82 Introduced by Representative Wyatt (R), proposes a constitutional amendment changing the composition of the Commission on Retirement, Removal, and Discipline which investigates complaints regarding members of the judiciary. Heard in the Special House Committee on Judicial Reform on Wednesday.

 

HB 1803 Introduced by Representative Korman (R), specifies the requirements for recognition as a certified school social worker. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

SS SCS SB 469 Introduced by Senator Dixon (R), requires a periodic review of all administrative rules and modifies provisions regarding the awarding of certain fees in administrative actions. Voted do pass out of the House Local Government Committee on Thursday.

 

 

HOMOSEXUALITY

HB 1500 Introduced by Representative Webber,  Changes the laws regarding complaints filed with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights and expends discrimination claims based upon a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.  Public hearing held Wednesday in the House Judiciary Committee.

 

 

IMMIGRATION

HB 1224 Introduced by Representative Brattin (R), requires all employers and business entities to enroll and actively participate in a federal work authorization program and imposes stricter penalties for employing unauthorized aliens. Heard in the House International Trade Committee on Wednesday.

 

 

PORNOGRAPHY & SEX CRIMES

HB 1896 Introduced by Representative Cauthorn (R), changes the laws regarding sexual offenses. Heard in the House General Laws Committee on Wednesday.

 

 

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

SB 755 Introduced by Senator Mayer, creates the crime of disrupting a house of worship and allows for civil penalties for that crime and the crime of institutional vandalism. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Thursday.

 

 

SECOND AMENDMENT

HCR 43 Introduced by Representative Franklin (R), encourages every school district and school in Missouri to promote and include trap shooting as a high school sport. Heard in the House General Laws Committee on Monday, voted do pass 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. Perfected in the House on Monday, referred to the House Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday, third read and passed through the House on Thursday.

 

SB 489 Introduced by Senator Munzlinger (R), modifies provisions relating to weapons. Heard in the House General Laws Committee on Monday.

 

SB 820 Introduced by Senator Nieves (R), adds training requirements for 911 dispatch operators and provides certain civil immunity. Voted do pass out of the Senate Local Government Committee on Wednesday.

 

 

TAXES

HB 1983 Introduced by Representative Korman (R), authorizes a state sales and use tax exemption on all retail sales of any “Made in USA” product except a motor vehicle for a seven-day period in July 2013 and July 2014. Heard in the House International Trade Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2092 Introduced by Representative Kirkton (D), changes provisions relating to county sales taxes in certain counties. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Wednesday.

 

SCS SB 510 Introduced by Senator Cunningham (R), requires county assessors to consider market factors in determining value of real property for tax purposes. Perfected in the Senate on Wednesday.

 

HB 1616 Introduced by Representative Oxford (D), changes the laws regarding the Missouri individual income tax. Referred to the House Tax Reform Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1727 Introduced by Representative McCreery (D), changes the laws regarding taxation. Heard in the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

 

VETERANS

HCS HB 2058 Sponsored by Representative Wanda Brown (R), allows any woman who currently serves in any branch of the United States Armed Forces or who was honorably discharged from the service to obtain a “Women Veterans” special license plate. Voted do pass out of the House Transportation Committee on Monday.

 

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. Referred to House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

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. Perfected in the House on Monday, referred to the House Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday, third read and passed on Thursday.

 

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. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1242 Introduced by Representative Day (R), specifies that the motorcycle road skills test is not required for a member of the armed forces who has successfully completed a military motorcycle rider training course that meets specified standards. Referred to the House Transportation Committee on Thursday.

 

 

OTHER

HB 1342 Introduced by Representative Jason Smith (R), changes the laws regarding the recovery of costs and attorney fees by the prevailing defendant in a civil action. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

HCR 36 Introduced by Representative Asbury (R), reaffirms economic development projects of mutual benefit between the United States and Israel. Adopted in the House on Monday.

 

HCS HB 1490 Introduced by Representative Frederick (R), changes the laws regarding health care. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 1245 Introduced by Representative Lauer (R), changes the laws regarding the Missouri Quality Jobs Act. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1910 Introduced by Representative McNeil (D), prohibits children’s products containing bisphenol-A to be sold in this state. Referred to the House Healthcare Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 2048 Introduced by Representative Schad (R), prohibits all animals, other than service dogs and other service animals, inside the State Capitol Building. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 2098 Introduced by Representative Elmer (R), changes the laws regarding unlawful discriminatory employment practices as they relate to the Missouri Human Rights Act. Referred to the House Workforce Development Committee on Thursday.

 

HCR 15 Introduced by Representative Cauthorn (R), urges the United States Congress to protect citizens from the financial hardships caused by the Federal Reserve System of paper money unbacked by gold and silver. Referred to the House Financial Institutions Committee on Thursday.

 

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. Passed through the Senate on Thursday.

 

SCR 25 Introduced by Senator Mayer, urges the federal government to manage the Mississippi River to protect against devastating flood events. Adopted in the Senate on Thursday.

 

SS SCR 16 Introduced by Senator Stouffer (R), urges the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to modify its river management protocol to make flood control a top priority. Adopted in the Senate on Thursday.