Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: April 8, 2012

Last Week In Review

From the week of April 2nd, 2012

ABORTION

HCS HB 1274 Sponsored by Representative Koenig (R), establishes the Abortion-inducing Drugs Safety Act which places restrictions on abortion-inducing drugs. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1278 Long, Thomas   Changes the laws regarding certain tax credits (including the PRC 50% tax credit) and establishes the Developmental Disability Care Provider Tax Credit Program.  Referred on Thursday to the Senate Ways and Means and Fiscal Oversight Committee.

 

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.  Second Read on Thursday and Referred to the Senate General Laws Committee.

 

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.  Public Hearing Completed on 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.  Voted Do Pass by the Senate General Laws Committee.

 

 

ANIMAL RIGHTS & AGRICULTURE

HCR 30 Sponsored by Representative Hampton (R), strongly urges the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to re-examine the flood plan, manage the rivers to avoid devastating flooding, and rebuild damaged levies. Adopted in the House on Monday.

 

HCR 11 Sponsored by Representative Kelley (R), designates October 3, 2012, as “Missouri Animal Agriculture Day”. Reported to the Senate on Monday.

 

SCS SB 566 Sponsored by Senator Brown (R), requires dogs and cats to be vaccinated against rabies. Perfected in the Senate on Tuesday, first read in the House on Thursday.

 

SCR 25 Sponsored by Senator Mayer (R), urges the federal government to manage the Mississippi River to protect against devastating flood events. Vote do pass out of the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCR 11 Sponsored by Representative Kelley (R), designates October 3, 2012 as “Missouri Animal Agriculture Day”. Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCR 30 Sponsored by Representative Hampton (R), strongly urges the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to re-examine the flood plan, manage the rivers to avoid devastating flooding, and rebuild damaged levies. referred to the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

SCS SB 491 Sponsored by Senator Munzlinger (R), modifies provisions pertaining to agriculture. Voted do pass out of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday.

 

 

CRIME

HB 1083 Sponsored by Representative Wells (R), prohibits all drivers, regardless of age, from text messaging while operating a moving vehicle unless the device being used is equipped with technology allowing for voice-recognition hands-free texting. Heard in the House Crime Committee on Monday.

 

HB 1698 Sponsored 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. Heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1822 Sponsored by Representative Lampe (D), changes the laws regarding domestic violence orders of protection. Voted do pass out of the House Crime Committee on Monday.

 

HCS HB 1966 Sponsored by Representative Burlison (R), renames The Uniform Business Records as Evidence Law to The Records of Regularly Conducted Activity as Evidence Law and specifies what documents are not excluded by any hearsay rule. Voted do pass out of the House   Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCS HB 1515 Sponsored by Representative Schad (R), changes the laws regarding crimes and criminal procedures. Perfected in the House on Wednesday, third read on Thursday.

 

HCR 55 Sponsored 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. Offered in the House on Wednesday.

 

SB 689 Sponsored by Senator Engler (R), modifies provisions relating to crimes committed against the elderly and disabled. Heard in the House Crime Committee on Wednesday.

 

SB 699 Sponsored by Senator Goodman (R), modifies laws relating to criminal offenders under the supervision of the Department of Corrections. Heard in the House Crime Committee on Wednesday.

 

SB 893 Sponsored 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. Heard in the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday.

 

SCR 28 Sponsored by Senator Mayer (R), establishes the Joint Committee on the Missouri Criminal Code to study the state’s criminal laws. Reported to the House on Wednesday.

 

 

DRUGS & ALCOHOL

HB 2102 Sponsored by Representative Gatschenberger (R), permits the use of table tap dispensing systems by persons licensed to sell liquor at retail by the drink for consumption on the premises to allow patrons of the licensee to dispense beer at a table. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

HB 2103 Sponsored 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. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

HCS HB 1498 Sponsored by Representative Hough (R), changes the laws regarding Sunday liquor sales. First read in the Senate on Monday.

 

HB 1394 Sponsored by Representative Brandom (R), specifies that no public assistance benefits can be used by a recipient to purchase liquor or tobacco products. Heard in the House general Laws Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCS HB 1328 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), changes the laws regarding the sale and possession of controlled substances. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 1674 Sponsored by Representative Scharnhorst (R), allows the Department of Revenue to disclose information to the public regarding the annual number of cigarettes sold by each tobacco product manufacturer. Voted do pass out of the House Small Business Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2063 Sponsored by Representative Denison (R), requires the department of revenue to issue special ignition interlock driver’s licenses to persons convicted of intoxication related traffic offenses. Referred to the House Transportation Committee on Wednesday.

 

 

EDUCATION

HCS HB 1169 Sponsored by Representative Franz (R), changes the laws regarding the investigation of a report of child abuse that arises from a spanking in a school. First read in the Senate on Monday.

 

HB 1273 Sponsored by Representative Kelley (R), requires the State Board of Education to establish rules to authorize school boards to lease advertising on school buses. Third read and passed through the House on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1722 Sponsored by Representative Thomson (R), changes the laws regarding proprietary schools. First read in the Senate on Monday.

 

HCS HB 1526 Sponsored by Representative Dieckhaus (R), changes the laws regarding teacher contracts and establishes the Teacher Multiyear Contract Act. Voted do pass out of the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1997 Sponsored by Representative McNeil (D), changes the laws regarding the attendance of a pupil from an unaccredited school district. Referred to the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2043 Sponsored 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. Heard in the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2079 Sponsored by Representative Oxford (D), changes the laws regarding the structure and conditions for the transitional school district that has the same boundaries as the City of St. Louis. Referred to the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

SS SCS SB 677 Sponsored by Senator Pearce (R), modifies provisions relating to school accreditation for failing school districts. Perfected in the Senate on Monday.

 

SB 797 Sponsored by Senator Justus (D), requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to establish a voluntary prekindergarten program. Heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

SB 839 Sponsored 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. Voted do pass out of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1789 Sponsored by Representative Schad (R), changes the laws regarding travel hardships for public school students. Third read and passed through the House on Thursday.

 

SS SCS SB 806 Sponsored by Senator Cunningham (R), creates the teacher tenure systems. Perfected in the Senate on Thursday.

 

 

ELECTIONS

HB 2109 Sponsored by Representative Schoeller (R), changes provisions relating to voter registration. Second read in the House on Monday, referred to the House Elections Committee on Wednesday.

 

SCS SB 817 Sponsored by Senator Parson (R), modifies the laws relating to initiative and referendum petitions. Voted do pass out of the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

 

HB 1046 Sponsored by Representative Rowland (R), requires proof of identity and status as a United States natural born citizen for the office of President and Vice President to be submitted with other required certification documents to the Secretary of State. First read in the Senate on Monday.

 

HB 1059 Sponsored by Representative Dugger (R), modifies the threshold for recounts in elections. Heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

 

SCS HB 1104 Sponsored by Representative Schoeller (R), establishes photo identification requirements for voting. Voted do pass out of the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

 

HB 1236 Sponsored by Representative Entlicher (R), modifies the paperwork requirements for the formation of a new political party and the nomination of independent candidates. Heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

 

HB 1250 Sponsored by Representative Ruzicka (R), allows third class cities to eliminate primary elections for mayor and councilman offices. Heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

 

HCS HB 1060 Sponsored by Representative Dugger (R), changes the laws regarding elections. Perfected in the House on Tuesday, third read in the House on Thursday.

 

HCR 53 Sponsored 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. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCS HJR 89 Sponsored by Representative Schoeller (R), proposes a constitutional amendment allowing a person seeking to vote to be required to provide a form of identification which may include a government-issue photo identification. Heard in the House Elections Committee on Tuesday, referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HCS SB 569 Sponsored by Senator Kraus (R), modifies the dates available for public elections. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HJR 92 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), proposes a constitutional amendment relating to advance voting, required use of government-issued photo identification to vote, and voting procedures based on physical presence or by absentee ballot. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Wednesday.

 

SJR 48 Sponsored 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. Referred to the House Judicial Reform Committee on Wednesday.

 

 

FAMILY

SB 727 Sponsored by Senator Schaaf (R), creates a child care subsidy pilot program for parents to continue to receive subsidies while sharing in the costs of the benefits by enacting the Low-Wage Trap Elimination Act. Perfected in the Senate, and referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on Tuesday.

 

SB 739 Sponsored by Senator Keaveny (D), modifies provisions relating to administrative child support orders. Voted do pass out of the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday.

 

SCS SB 758 Sponsored by Senator Wasson (R), changes the laws regarding hotline calls and investigations of child abuse and neglect to the Children’s Division. Voted do pass out of the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1915 Sponsored 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. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1990 Sponsored 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 vaccinations prior to the administration of the vaccination. Referred to the House Health Care Policy Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2078 Sponsored by Representative Oxford (D), changes the income eligibility guidelines for receipt of child care subsidy benefits. Referred to the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

 

 

GAMBLING

HB 1877 Sponsored 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. Heard in the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

 

HJR 80 Sponsored by Representative Hoskins (R), proposes a constitutional amendment requiring the State Lottery Commission to develop and sell a Veterans Lottery Ticket to support the Veterans Commission Capital Improvement Trust Fund. Referred to the House Veterans Committee on Wednesday.

 

HJR 85 Sponsored 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. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

HJR 91 Sponsored by Representative Aull (D), proposes a constitutional amendment specifying who can participate in the operation of a bingo game. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Wednesday.

 

SB 580 Sponsored by Senator Parson (R), modifies the licensing period for certain licenses issued by the Missouri Gaming Commission. Heard in the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

 

GOVERNMENT ETHICS

HB 1882 Sponsored by Representative Wanda Brown (R), changes the eligibility requirements for food stamp assistance as it relates to an ineligible immigrant. Heard in the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1984 Sponsored by Representative Flanigan (R), requires the division of the budget to report any expenditure of state funds in excess of $100,000 to the chairs of the House Budget Committee and the Senate Ways and Means and Fiscal Oversight Committee. Heard in the House Budget Committee on Wednesday.

 

HJR 42 Sponsored by Representative Sater (R), proposes a constitutional amendment changing the dates that specified actions can take place on bills filed in a legislative session. Voted do pass out of the House Downsizing Government Committee on Thursday.

 

HCS SS SCS SB 467 Sponsored 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 Downsizing Government Committee on Thursday.

 

HJR 87 Sponsored by Representative McCaherty (R), proposes a constitutional amendment reducing the number of members of the House of Representatives to 101. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Wednesday.

 

SJR 43 Sponsored by Senator Green (D), limits the total service in the General Assembly to sixteen years in any proportion between the Senate and the House of Representatives. Heard in the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

 

 

PORNOGRAPHY & SEX CRIMES

HB 1565 Sponsored by Representative Cauthorn (R), requires mandatory reporters of child abuse to report when they are working or acting in their official capacity and allows them to report when they are not. Heard in the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1102 Sponsored by Representative Swinger (D), requires any person who observes a child being subjected to sexual abuse to immediately report or cause a report to be made to the Children’s Division. Heard in the House Children and Families Committee on Wednesday.

 

 

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

HB 1109 Sponsored 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. Perfected in the House on Wednesday, third read on Thursday.

 

 

SECOND AMENDMENT

HB 1483 Sponsored by Representative Schieffer (D), specifies that a political subdivision cannot prohibit a person with a valid concealed carry endorsement from carrying a concealed firearm onto a train or public bus. Heard in the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 2030 Sponsored by Representative Curtman (R), authorizes any person who has a valid concealed carry endorsement to openly carry a firearm on or about his or her person. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Wednesday.

 

HJR 52 Sponsored by Representative Ruzicka (R), proposes a constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds majority for voter approval of any initiative petition relating to harvesting bird, fish, game, wildlife, or forestry resources. First read in the Senate on Monday.

 

SS SCS SBs 489 & 637 Sponsored by Senator Munzlinger (R), modifies provisions relating to weapons. Referred to the House General laws Committee on Wednesday.

 

SB 820 Sponsored by Senator Nieves (R), adds training requirements for 911 dispatch operators and provides certain civil immunity. Heard in the Senate Local Government Committee on Wednesday.

 

 

TAXES

HB 1727 Sponsored by Representative McCreery (D), changes the laws regarding taxation. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday.

 

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

 

HB 1066 Sponsored by Representative McGhee (R), increases from $400 to $1,500 the minimum amount of gross wages that an employer must pay to an employee before the employer’s unemployment compensation account will be charged. Perfected in the House on Wednesday.

 

HJR 90 Sponsored by Representative Aull (D), proposes a constitutional amendment raising the allowable level of bonded indebtedness for a school district from 15% to 20% of taxable tangible property in the district. Referred to the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

 

VETERANS

HCS HB 1110 Sponsored 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. Perfected in the House on Wednesday, third read on Thursday.

 

HCS SB 498 Sponsored by Senator Munzlinger (R), prohibits cities from restricting veterans organizations from operating re-sale shops in certain areas. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

SB 564 Sponsored 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. Voted do pass out of the Transportation Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 2058 Introduced by Representative Brown (R), establishes a Women Veterans license plate. Referred to the House Transportation Committee on Wednesday.

 

 

OTHER

HB 1941 Sponsored by Representative Barnes (R), requires the Office of Administration to maintain specified financial records of the Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Company on the Missouri Accountability Portal. Heard in the House Government oversight Committee on Monday.

 

HB 2098 Sponsored by Representative Elmer (R), changes the laws regarding unlawful discriminatory employment practices as they relate to the Missouri Human Rights Act. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

HB 2099 Sponsored by Representative Elmer (R), establishes the Whistleblower’s Protection Act to codify the existing common law exceptions to the at-will employment doctrine and limit their future expansion by the courts. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

HCR 6 Sponsored 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 Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCS SB 594 Sponsored by Senator Kraus (R), modifies the state do-not-call list by allowing cell phone numbers on the list. Voted do pass out of the House Utilities Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCR 37 Sponsored by Representative Barnes (R), urges Congress to support greater domestic development of North American sources of oil and approve the Keystone XL pipeline project. Voted do pass out of the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

SB 592 Sponsored by Senator Lager (R), modifies the law relating to the Missouri Human Rights Act and employment discrimination. Referred to the House Workforce Development and Workplace Safety Committee on Wednesday.