Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: April 29, 2012

Last Week In Review

From the week of April 23rd, 2012

 

All budget bills where third read and passed through the Senate on Tuesday, and referred to

the House on Wednesday.  A joint House and Senate Conference Committee will strive to reach a

consensus compromise and each bill must then be passed by both bodies before going to the Governor.

 

ABORTION

HCS HB 1274 Introduced by Representative Koenig (R), establishes the Abortion-inducing Drugs Safety Act which places restrictions on abortion-inducing drugs. Second read and referred to the Senate General Laws Committee on Thursday.

 

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. Heard in the House

Health Insurance Committee on Tuesday, the hearing was held over till next week to finish the hearing.

 

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 House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

SCS HB 1278 Introduced by Representative Long (R), modifies provisions of law regarding certain tax credits. Voted do pass out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

ANIMAL RIGHTS & AGRICULTURE

HCS HB 1860 Introduced by Representative Guernsey (R), changes the laws regarding agricultural education in private schools, grain dealers, and agricultural crimes. First read in the Senate on Monday, second read in the Senate Agriculture 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. First read in the Senate on Monday, and second read and referred to the Senate General Laws Committee on Thursday.

 

SB 566 Introduced by Senator Brown, requires dogs and cats to be vaccinated against rabies. Voted do pass out of the House Agriculture Committee on Tuesday and voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1254 Introduced by Representative Ruzicka (R), changes the laws regarding agriculture. Perfected in the House on Wednesday, third read and passed through the House on Thursday.

 

HB 1635 Introduced by Representative Still (D), allows a person to pay the $25 emblem-use fee to the Missouri State Humane Association for a I’m Pet Friendly special license plate for deposit in the Missouri Pet Spay-Neuter Fund. Referred to the House Transportation Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1786 Introduced by Representative Burlison (R), establishes a National Wild Turkey Federation license plate. Referred to the House Transportation Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1364 Introduced by Representative Schieffer (D), prohibits laws or ordinances that prohibit the conducting of or participation in rodeos. Second read and referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday.

 

CRIME

HB 1525 Introduced by Representative Fuhr (R), modifies laws relating to criminal offenders under the supervision of the Department of Corrections. Referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday, voted do pass on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1698 Introduced by Representative Redmon (R), specifies that a person commits the crime of obstruction of justice when he or she knowingly does certain specified acts with the intent to prevent the apprehension or obstruct the prosecution of any person. Voted do pass Judiciary 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. Voted do pass out of the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1757 Introduced by Representative Grisamore (R), establishes Caylee’s Law which requires any parent or guardian to report the death or disappearance of a child within a specified time period. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Thursday.

 

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. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

SB 689 Introduced by Senator Engler (R), modifies provisions relating to crimes committed against the elderly and disabled. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS 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 House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

 

DRUGS & ALCOHOL

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. Heard in the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1673 Introduced by Representative Ellinger (D), 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. Heard in the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1884 Introduced by Representative Marshall (R), changes the insurance coverage requirements for a motor vehicle liability insurance policy issued to a person with one or more convictions for a driving while intoxicated offense. Referred to the House Insurance Policy Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1976 Introduced by Representative Oxford (D), increases, upon voter approval, the excise tax on cigarettes from 17 cents to 75% of the national average with a specified amount to be used for tobacco use prevention and cessation purposes. Heard in the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1992 Introduced by Representative Phillips (R), creates the offense of refusing to submit to a chemical test when a law enforcement officer requests submission to a chemical test for blood alcohol content. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Thursday.

 

SCS HB 1498 Introduced by Representative Hough (R), modifies provisions relating to intoxicating beverages, Sunday liquor sales and table top taps. Voted do pass out of the Senate Local Government Committee on Wednesday.

 

EDUCATION

SB 576 Introduced by Senator Stouffer (R), modifies provisions relating to charter schools. Second read in the House on Monday, referred to Education Committee on Thursday.

 

SB 677 Introduced by Senator Pearce (R), modifies provisions relating to school accreditation for failing school districts. Second read in the House on Monday, referred to the Education Committee on Thursday.

 

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 years. Heard in the House Higher Education Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1042 Introduced by Representative Thomson (R), modifies the duties prescribed to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education. Referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday, reported from the Senate Ways and Means Committee to the Senate floor on Thursday.

 

HB 1526 Introduced by Representative Dieckhaus (R), changes the laws regarding school personnel. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

SB 655 Introduced by Senator Green (D), creates the Higher Education Capital Fund to provide matching funds to public colleges and universities for capital projects under certain circumstances. Voted do pass out of the House Rules 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. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

SCS HB 1140 Introduced by Representative Jason Smith (R), requires financial information about public schools, county, and municipal governments to be included on the Missouri accountability portal. Reported from the Senate General Laws Committee to the floor on Thursday.

 

ELECTIONS

HB 1060 Introduced by Representative Dugger (R), modifies the law relating to elections. Heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

 

HB 1901 Introduced by Representative Grisamore (R), requires each polling place for a federal, state, local, or school district election to have at least one accessible voting system that conforms to federal regulations for disabled voters. 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. Heard in the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCS HB 1869 Introduced by Representative Dugger (R), changes the laws regarding initiative and referendum petitions perfected in the House on Wednesday, third read on Thursday.

 

HB 1320 Introduced by Representative Still (D), changes the laws regarding campaign contributions. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1781 Introduced by Representative Nasheed (D), reenacts provisions requiring candidates for public office to file disclosure reports and pay ethics fees before filing for and taking office that were held unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 2031 Introduced by Representative Flanigan (R), specifies that the presidential primary will be held in February and requires presidential preference primary results to take precedence over any presidential preference caucus. Heard in the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 2047 Introduced by Representative Davis (R), modifies the law relating to uniform military and overseas voters. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Thursday.

 

FAMILY

SB 448 Introduced by Senator Rupp (R), modifies provisions relating to child care providers. Second read in the House on Monday, referred to the House Children and Families Committee on Thursday.

 

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. Second read in the House on Monday, referred to House Children and Families Committee on Thursday.

 

HCS #2 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. First read in the Senate on Monday.

 

SB 739 Introduced by Senator Keaveny (D), modifies provisions relating to administrative child support orders. Second read in the House on Monday, referred to Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1137 Introduced by Representative Lauer (R), changes the laws regarding adoptions. Perfected in the House on Tuesday, third read on Thursday.

 

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

 

HB 1258 Introduced by Representative Kelly (D), modifies provisions relating to the acknowledgment of paternity and consent to an adoption. Heard in the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1840 Introduced by Representative Caleb Jones (R), Singles out midwifes by requiring that midwifes present each client proof of malpractice insurance coverage in an amount of at least $1 million prior to providing services, a regulation that does not apply to doctors providing the same services. Hearing finished in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2042 Introduced by Representative Stream (R), changes the laws regarding the granting of grandparent visitation. Heard in the House Children and families Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCR 59 Introduced by Representative Schatz (R), opposes the proposed United States Department of Labor regulations which would prohibit certain youth agricultural labor and employment. Offered in the House on Wednesday.

 

HCS SB 711 Introduced by Senator Lamping (R), modifies provisions relating to the prohibition of racial considerations in adoption proceedings. Voted do pass out of the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

 

GAMBLING

HJR 85 Introduced by Representative Solon (R), amends the Constitution to require the development and sale of electronic pull-tab cards. Second read and referred to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday.

 

SB 813 Sponsored by Senator Ron Richards, allows political subdivisions and other public entities to invest certain funds in deposit accounts rather than certificates of deposits. However the bill was amended  in the House Financial Institutions Committee to include a provision authorizing casinos to allow patrons to gamble on credit.

 

GOVERNMENT ETHICS

HB 1108 Introduced by Representative Lauer (R), requires telecommunications and cell phone providers to provide call location information to law enforcement in emergency situations. Voted do pass out of the Senate Energy and the Environment Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCS HB 1846 Introduced by Representative Long (R), changes the laws regarding referrals for MO HealthNet-funded home- and community-based care. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday, voted do pass on Thursday.

 

SCS HB 1051 Introduced by Representative Allen (R), requires the State Auditor to conduct a one-time comparative audit of selected state agencies. Voted do pass out of the Senate Elections Committee on Monday, reported from the Senate Elections Committee to the floor on Thursday.

 

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 Senate Fiscal Review Committee 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. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

SCS SJR 51 Introduced by Senator Lembke (R), modifies the composition of Appellate Judicial Commission and number of nominees for vacancies. Perfected in the Senate on Thursday.

 

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. Second read and referred to the Senate General Laws Committee on Thursday.

 

IMMIGRATION

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. Referred to the House Transportation Committee on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 2057 Introduced by Representative Brown (R), changes the laws regarding illegal aliens and immigration status verification for public assistance benefit purposes. Heard in the House Workforce Development Committee on Monday, voted out on Wednesday.

 

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

HCS 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. Voted do pass out of the House Rules 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. Adopted in the House on Tuesday.

 

HB 1785 Introduced by Representative Burlison (R), establishes a National Rifle Association license plate. Referred to the House Transportation Committee on Thursday.

 

TAXES

SB 510 Introduced by Senator Cunningham (R), requires county assessors to consider market factors in determining value of real property for tax purposes. Second read in the House on Monday, referred to the House Governmental Oversight Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1031 Introduced by Representative Flanigan (R), establishes a tax amnesty program. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1982 Introduced by Representative Parkinson (R), requires businesses to separately state on each sales receipt a breakdown of each tax paid by the purchaser. Referred to the House Tax Reform Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 2072 Introduced by Representative Richardson (R), requires the Director of Revenue to report a list of jurisdictions that have adopted certain local use taxes to the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tem of the Senate. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 2080 Introduced by Representative Keeney (R), modifies provisions regarding sales taxation of trade-in or exchange transactions. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

SB 510 Introduced by Senator Cunningham (R), requires county assessors to consider market factors in determining value of real property for tax purposes. Referred to the House Governmental Affairs Committee on Thursday.

 

VETERANS

HB 1517 Introduced by Representative Nolte (R), authorizes the issuance of a military medallion, medal and certificate to certain veterans who served in a unit of the Missouri National Guard during specified conflicts. Heard in the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday.

 

HCS HB’s 1574 & 1097 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.  First read in the Senate on Monday, referred to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday.

 

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. Adopted in the House on Tuesday.

 

HB 2071 Introduced by Representative Gosen (R), 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. Referred to the House Veterans Committee on Thursday.

 

SB 498 Introduced by Senator Munzlinger (R), prohibits cities from restricting veterans organizations from operating re-sale shops in certain areas. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee 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. Third read and passed in the House on Wednesday.

 

SB 715 Introduced by Senator Kraus (R), allows the Adjutant General to waive the age limit for service in the state militia. Voted do pass out of the House Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday.

 

OTHER

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. Adopted 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. Heard in the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

 

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. Perfected in the House on Wednesday.

 

HB 1787 Introduced by Representative Rizzo (D), requires merchants to develop and maintain a list of suppliers for each product they sell and provide it to law enforcement upon request. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1808 Introduced by Representative Carter (D), repeals the provision prohibiting the operation of certain vehicles transporting passengers in intrastate and interstate commerce unless the vehicle is equipped and operated according to federal regulations. Referred to the House Transportation Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1816 Introduced by Representative White (R), requires health carriers to provide Internet access to its standard fee schedules, prohibits carriers from refusing to contract with any willing providers, and changes the requirements for provider referrals. Referred to the House Health Insurance Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 2056 Introduced by Representative Aull (D), requires an insurer to obtain approval from the Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration before changing any insurance premium rate by 15% or more. Referred to the House Health Insurance Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 2091 Introduced by Representative Hughes IV (D), provides that title lenders are liable for the actions of the persons employed by or contracted by the title lender to take possession of titled personal property. Referred to the House Financial Institutions Committee on Thursday.

 

HCR 55 Introduced by Representative Nolte (R), strongly urges strict enforcement of federal trade laws to protect domestic information technology and urges use all state powers to protect manufacturers and state agencies from illegal software. Referred to the House International Trade Committee on Thursday.