Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: April 22, 2012

Last Week In Review

From the week of April 16th, 2012

ABORTION

HCS HB 1274 Introduced by Representative Koenig (R), establishes the Abortion-inducing Drugs Safety Act which places restrictions on abortion-inducing drugs. Perfected in the House on Tuesday, third read and passed through the House on Thursday.

 

HB 1357 Introduced by Representative Gatschenberger (R), specifies that the constitutions and laws of the United States and Missouri must protect the rights of an alternative-to-abortion agency and its officers to freely engage in activities without interference. Voted do pass out of the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday, referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 2076 Introduced by Representative Sommer (R), establishes a preference in governmental contracts for a person or organization who contributes to an alternatives to abortion agency or the Alternatives to Abortion Support Fund. Heard in the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

 

SB 749 Introduced by Senator Lamping (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 1278 Introduced by Representative Long (R), modifies provisions of law regarding various benevolence tax credits, including those for donations to PRCs.  Heard in the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

 

ANIMAL RIGHTS & AGRICULTURE

HCS HB 1364 Introduced by Representative Schieffer (D), guarantees the right to conduct and participate in rodeos in this state and prohibits a restriction on the conducting of or participating in rodeos. Perfected in the House on Tuesday.

 

HCS HB 1860 Introduced by Representative Guernsey (R), changes the laws regarding agricultural education in private schools, grain dealers, and agricultural crimes. Perfected in the House on Tuesday, third read on Thursday.

 

HB 2048 Introduced by Representative Schad (R), prohibits any animal inside the State Capitol Building except for a service dog or other service animal. Heard in the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

 

SB 566 Introduced by Senator Brown (R), requires dogs and cats to be vaccinated against rabies. Referred to the House Animal Agriculture Committee on Tuesday.

 

SCR 15 Introduced by Senator Dempsey (R), urges Congress to support a plan for the Upper Mississippi River Basin that provides flood-control without adverse impacts on existing levees and communities. Referred to the House Rural Community Development Committee on Tuesday.

 

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. Referred to the House Natural Resources 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. Referred to the House Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1178 Introduced by Representative Phillips (R), increases the number of members of the Missouri Conservation Commission from four to seven contingent upon the passage of a constitutional amendment authorizing the change. Referred to the House Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1321 Introduced by Representative Guernsey (R), creates an exemption from the state and local sales and use tax on the purchase of feed for captive wildlife that will be ultimately sold at retail. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1796 Introduced by Representative Houghton (R), creates various crimes relating to animal facilities and crop protection. Referred to the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1800 Introduced by Representative Johnson (R), authorizes a state and local sales and use tax exemption for specified farm products sold at a farmers’ market. Referred to the House Agri-Business Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS 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. Perfected in the House on Wednesday, third read on Thursday.

 

HB 2088 Introduced by Representative Hughes IV (D), requires all food and food products sold in Missouri that are or contain genetically modified products to be labeled indicating that the food is or contains genetically modified products. Referred to the House Agri-Business Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2095 Introduced by Representative Jason Smith (R), Creates the Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act. Referred to the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1444 Introduced by Representative Jason Smith (R), modifies requirements relating to confiscated animals. Referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday.

 

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. Referred to the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday.

 

SCS HB 1073 & HB 1477 Introduced by Representative Sater (R), modifies provisions pertaining to agriculture. Voted do pass out of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday.

 

 

CRIME

HCS 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. Perfected in the House on Tuesday.

 

SB 699 Introduced by Senator Goodman (R), modifies laws relating to criminal offenders under the supervision of the Department of Corrections. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

SB 760 Introduced by Senator Dempsey (R), allows hunting privileges to be denied for up to 10 years for any person who kills someone else while hunting. Referred to the House Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday.

 

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. Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

 

SCR 28 Introduced by Senator Mayer (R), establishes the Joint Committee on the Missouri Criminal Code to study the state’s criminal laws. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1067 Introduced by Representative McGhee (R), requires the Board of Probation and Parole to periodically review the case history of certain convicted offenders serving sentences of more than 15 years or life without parole. Heard in House Crime Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1284 Introduced by Representative Clem Smith (D), adds an elected official or his or her staff to the list of persons protected by enhanced penalties for assault in the first, second, and third degrees. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1528 Introduced by Representative Wieland (R), establishes the Intersection Safety Act regarding automated traffic enforcement systems. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1583 Introduced by Representative Carter (D), authorizes the juvenile court to order psychiatric evaluations of a juvenile and to order admittance to a mental health facility upon the recommendation of specified evaluations. Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1599 Introduced by Representative Webber (D), changes the criteria for determining that the sentence for first degree murder will be life imprisonment without eligibility for parole instead of the death penalty. Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1645 Introduced by Representative Fisher (R), allows a person to file a verified petition for the expungement of certain misdemeanor offense records. Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1721 Introduced by Representative Colona (D), allows certain offenders who were younger than 18 years of age at the time the offense was committed to be eligible for parole after 15 years of imprisonment under specified conditions. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1797 Introduced by Representative Johnson (R), requires out-of-state persons or groups who wish to protest a funeral in this state to pay, prior to the protest, a $15,000 fee to the local law enforcement agency in the area where the protest will be held. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1907 Introduced by Representative Caleb Jones (R), changes various provisions regarding vulnerable persons. Referred to the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2038 Introduced by Representative Wallingford (R), establishes “Jonathan’s Law” which changes the requirements for the certification and transfer of a juvenile case to a court of general jurisdiction. Heard in the House Children and Families 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. Perfected in the Senate on Wednesday.

 

 

DRUGS & ALCOHOL

HB 1412 Introduced by Representative Walton Gray (D), allows certain organizations who sell intoxicating liquor by the drink at retail or on their 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.  Referred to the House Small Business Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1478 Introduced by Representative Still (D), increases the tax on tobacco products and the excise tax on cigarettes of $.17 per pack of 20 cigarettes to $.89 per pack to be used for public education purposes. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1894 Introduced by Representative Carter (D), changes the laws regarding the crime of trafficking drugs in the first and second degrees. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1498 Introduced by Representative Hough (R), modifies provisions relating to allow unfettered liquor sales on Sunday. As well as allowing “table top taps” allowing alcohol to be dispensed from patrons tables, rather than the bar. Heard in the Senate Local Government Committee on Wednesday.

 

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

 

 

EDUCATION

HCR 58 Introduced by Representative Shumake (R), encourages local school districts to educate themselves on the authority they have under state law to develop and implement policies and procedures to address the issues in their school districts. Offered in the House on Tuesday.

 

HB 1374 Introduced by Representative Neth (R), changes the laws regarding school accreditation and establishes a transformational school district upon the second declaration of unaccredited status of certain school districts. Referred to the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1792 Introduced by Representative Franz (R), requires each school district to adopt a policy on how student records and communications are provided to parents who have joint legal or physical custody of a student. Referred to the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1819 Introduced by Representative Tishaura Jones (D), modifies provisions relating to alternative educational procedures for charter schools. Referred to the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 1834 Introduced by Representative Funderburk (R), establishes the Extracurricular and Interscholastic Opportunities Anti-Discrimination Act.  Voted do pass out of the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1893 Introduced by Representative Carter (D), modifies tenure for St. Louis public school teachers. Referred to the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

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. Referred to the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

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. Referred to the House Higher Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

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. Referred to the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2039 Introduced by Representative Torpey (R), allows the establishment of a pilot program charter school for accelerated reading instruction. Referred to the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 2043 Introduced by Representative Neth (R), specifies that no further Kansas City school district board elections will be held after July 1, 2013, and allows certain unaccredited school districts to be administered as a renewed school district. Voted do pass out of the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2051 Introduced by Representative Cookson (R), prohibits in public schools instruction, material, or extracurricular activity sponsored by a public school that discusses sexual orientation other than in instruction concerning human reproduction. Referred to the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2068 Introduced by Representative Bahr (R), prohibits the payment of any professional membership dues of any school administrator or superintendent from the incidental fund or teachers fund of a school district. Heard in the House Education 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. Heard in the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1062 Introduced by Representative Dieckhaus (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. Heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

SB 576 Introduced by Senator Stouffer (R), modifies provisions relating to charter schools. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

SS SCS SB 677 Introduced by Senator Pearce (R), modifies provisions relating to school accreditation for failing school districts. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

ELECTIONS

HB 1046 Introduced by Representative Rowland (R), requires presidential and vice presidential candidates to submit valid birth certificates. Heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

 

HB 1442 Introduced by Representative Jason Smith (R), creates procedures for filling vacancies for the offices of U.S. Senator and certain statewide elected officials. Heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

 

HJR 52 Introduced by Representative Ruzicka (R), proposes a constitutional amendment that requires a 2/3rds supermajority to pass ballot initiatives relating to the opportunity to harvest bird, fish, game, wildlife, or forestry resources. Heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

 

HB 1719 Introduced by Representative Scharnhorst (R), authorizes Missouri to enter into the Interstate Compact on the Agreement among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote Act. Heard in the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

 

HJR 86 Introduced by Representative Gatschenberger (R), proposes a constitutional amendment repealing the automatic submission of a proposal every 20 years to convene a state constitutional convention and provisions regarding the procedures of the convention. Heard in the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

 

SJR 26 Introduced by Senator Lager (R), proposes a constitutional amendment to create term limits for all statewide elected officials. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

 

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. Heard in the House Judicial Reform Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1601 Introduced by Representative Webber (D), designates the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November as a public holiday known as “Election Day”. Referred to the House Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1653 Introduced by Representative Kelly (D), requires certain tax records to be disclosed to the Missouri Ethics Commission by certain entities who make more than $25,000 in campaign contributions during a year. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1901 Introduced by Representative Grisamore (R), requires accessible voting systems for elections. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1917 Introduced by Representative Black (D), changes candidate filing dates for primary elections. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Wednesday.

 

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. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2031 Introduced by Representative Flanigan (R), requires presidential preference primary results to take precedence over any presidential preference caucus. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2086 Introduced by Representative Hodges (D), requires elected county officials to appoint a deputy to serve as an interim county official during a vacancy in office until the vacancy is filled as provided by law. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HJR 60 Introduced by Representative Black (D), proposes a constitutional amendment reducing the number of members of the House of Representatives to 120 and increasing the number of members of the Senate to 40. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

SB 569 Introduced by Senator Kraus (R), modifies the dates available for public elections. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HJR 47 Introduced by Representative Dugger (R), modifies the threshold number of signatures to be collected for initiative and referendum petitions. Second read in the Senate Elections Committee on Thursday.

 

FAMILY

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. Heard in the House Health Care Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 1323 Introduced by Representative Black (D), changes the laws regarding unlicensed child care providers, paternity proceedings, and bail bonds and establishes Sam Pratt’s Law. Perfected in the House on Wednesday, third read on Thursday.

 

HB 1678 Introduced by Representative Long (R), Changes the laws regarding midwifery. Heard in the House Professional Registration Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1690 Introduced by Representative May (D), changes the laws regarding arrearages and the expungement of certain records related to criminal nonsupport. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

HB 1840  Introduced by Representative Caleb Jones (R), singles out midwifes, by requiring any person certified and providing midwifery services to present each client proof of malpractice insurance coverage in an amount of at least $1 million prior to providing services, a requirement that does not apply to doctors. Heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, but opposition testimony will be continued next week.

 

HB 1990 Introduced by Representative Phillips (R), requires all parents and legal guardians of children less than seven years of age to be informed of the ingredients contained in a vaccination prior to the administration of the vaccination. Heard in the House Health Care Policy Committee on Wednesday.

 

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

 

HB 2042 Introduced by Representative Stream (R), changes the requirements for the granting of grandparent visitation. Referred to the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

 

SB 448 Introduced by Senator Rupp (R), modifies provisions relating to child care providers. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

SB 711 Introduced by Senator Lamping (R), modifies provisions relating to the prohibition of racial considerations in adoption proceedings. Referred to the House Children and Families Committee.

 

SCS SB 758 Introduced by Senator Wasson (R), changes the laws regarding hotline calls and investigations of child abuse and neglect to the Children’s Division. First read in the House 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. Perfected in the House on Wednesday, third read on Thursday.

 

HB 1731 Introduced by Representative Day (R), modifies how funds from the Lottery and the Gaming Commission Fund are distributed. Heard in the Senate Veterans Committee on Thursday.

 

 

GOVERNMENT ETHICS

HB 1359 1342 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. Perfected in the House on Tuesday.

 

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 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. Perfected in the House on Monday.  Third read and passed through the House on Thursday.

 

HB 1620 Introduced by Representative McNeil (D), requires the Governor when selecting appointees to state boards, commissions, committees, and councils to ensure that the membership reflects racial and gender equity based on population if possible. Referred to the House Professional Registration Committee on Wednesday.

 

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

 

HB 1877 Introduced by Representative Sommer (R), prohibits recipients of Missouri Temporary Assistance for Needy benefits from making an electronic benefit transaction at any casino or gaming establishment. Voted do pass out of the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1903 Introduced by Representative Koenig (R), requires the Department of Social Services to take steps to mandate the use of photo identification for the food stamp program. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1957 Introduced by Representative McGeoghegan (D), allows the Department of Revenue to create an emergency information database for holders of instruction permits, driver’s licenses, and non-driver’s identification cards. Heard in the House Crime Committee on Monday.

 

HB 2066 Introduced by Representative Curtman (R), establishes the Missouri Liberty Preservation Act which prohibits state enforcement of specified sections of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. Heard in the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCR 54 Introduced by Representative Wanda Brown (R), strongly urges Congress to modify the eligibility requirements for SNAP food stamp benefits which result in less benefits for our citizen households than comparable noncitizen households. Referred to the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS SB 467 Munzlinger, requires agencies that receive federal grants to track and disclose the usage of the funds and the Governor to report withholdings. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

SB 877 Introduced by Senator Mayer (R), requires each state department to quarterly report the number of department employees to the General Assembly. Referred to the House Budget Committee on Tuesday.

 

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

 

 

HOMOSEXUALITY

HB 2051 Introduced by Representative Cookson (R), prohibits in public schools instruction, material, or extracurricular activity sponsored by a public school that discusses sexual orientation other than in instruction concerning human reproduction. Referred to the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

 

PORNOGRAPHY & SEX CRIMES

HB 1411 Introduced by Representative Walton Gray (D), establishes the Task Force on Alternative Confinement for Victims of Human Sex Trafficking within the Department of Public Safety. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2049 Introduced 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. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Wednesday.

 

SJR 40 Introduced by Senator Kraus (R), amends the constitution to modify the ban on retrospective laws. Heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

 

 

RELIGIOUS LIBERTIES

SB 755 Introduced by Senator Mayer (R), creates the crime of disrupting a house of worship and allows for civil penalties for that crime and the crime of institutional vandalism. Heard in the House Crime Committee on Monday.

 

 

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. Referred to and passed by the House Rules Committee.

 

HB 1686 Introduced by Representative Talboy (D), Establishes Blair’s Law which specifies that a person commits the crime of unlawful use of a weapon if she or she discharges a firearm within or into the limits of a municipality with criminal negligence. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1696 Introduced by Representative Cookson (R), requires the State Highway Patrol to waive any state fees associated with obtaining a concealed carry endorsement for an applicant who is a veteran. 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. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2036 Introduced by Representative Barnes (R), prohibits public school districts from joining an association unless the association sanctions the disciplines of archery, pistol, rifle, shotgun, and muzzleloading. Referred to the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HJR 49 Introduced by Representative Brattin (R), affirms certain rights to posses, purchase, and manufacture ammunition and mechanical parts for firearms. Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

 

 

TAXES

HB 1251 Introduced by Representative Ruzicka (R), extends the authorization for the Department of Natural Resources to impose fees regarding the federal Safe Drinking Water Act from September 1, 2012, to September 1, 2017. Heard in the Senate Energy and Environment Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCS HB 1661 Introduced by Representative Hoskins (R), changes the laws regarding the income tax deduction for job creation by small businesses. Perfected in the House on Monday.

 

HB 1717 Introduced by Representative Kelley (R), changes the laws regarding the withholding tax filing requirements and income tax deductions of certain small businesses. Referred to the House Fiscal Review Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1993 Introduced by Representative Lampe (D), extends the sunset on the Children in Crisis tax credit program. Referred to the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1484 Introduced by Representative McCaherty (R), establishes provisions of law regarding electronic communications to and from the Department of Revenue. Heard in the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

 

VETERANS

HB 1499 Introduced by Representative Webber (D), requires a Missouri state employee to be compensated an amount equal to the difference between his or her military compensation and state salary when the military leave of absence exceeds 120 hours. Referred to the House Veterans Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 1574 Introduced by Representative Meadows (D), allows a person to apply for a veteran designation on his or her driver’s license or identification card upon providing specified proof of service. Perfected in the House on Wednesday, third read 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. Reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HJR 71 Introduced by Representative Elmer (R), amends the constitution to exempt personal property of active duty military personnel from taxation. Referred to the Senate Veterans Committee on Thursday.

 

 

OTHER

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. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1141 Introduced by Representative Gatschenberger (R), changes the laws regarding the “Don’t Tread on Me” special license plate. Heard in the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1405 Introduced by Representative Michael Brown (D), establishes the Missouri Universal Health Assurance Program to provide a publicly financed, statewide insurance program for all residents of this state. Referred to the House Health Care Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 1637 Introduced by Representative Curtman (R), establishes the Missouri Sound Money Act of 2012 which changes the laws regarding legal tender and Sahara’s Law which authorizes a tax form check-off box for the Pediatric Cancer Research Trust Fund. Referred to the House Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday, third read on Thursday.

 

HB 1670 Introduced by Representative Day (R), requires only persons younger than 21 years of age to wear protective headgear when operating or riding as a passenger on any motorcycle or motortricycle. Referred to the House Transportation Committee on Wednesday.

 

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. Referred to the House Health Insurance Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2035 Introduced by Representative Swearingen (R), exempts motorcyclists age 21 and older from wearing a helmet when operating a motorcycle or motortricycle. Referred to the House Transportation Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2040 Introduced 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 Wednesday.

 

HCS SB 594 Introduced by Senator Kraus (R), modifies the state do-not-call list by allowing cell phone numbers on the list. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1111 Introduced by Representative Gosen (R), modifies the law regarding the release of towed abandoned vehicles and requires the return of nonvehicular personal property within towed vehicles regardless of payment arrangements. Heard in the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1458 Introduced by Representative Hinson (R), modifies provisions relating to emergency services. Second read referred to the Senate Local Government Committee on Thursday.