Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: March 17, 2014

Last Week In Review

 

ABORTION

All the House budget bills where voted through the House Rules Committee on Thursday, including HB 2005, which includes the Alternative to Abortion funding.

 

HB 1103 Sponsored by Representative Gatschenberger (R), specifies that the constitutions and laws of the United States and Missouri must protect the rights of an alternatives-to-abortion agency and its officers to freely engage in activities without interference. Voted and reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

HB 1132 Sponsored by Representative Engler (R), increases the amount of tax credits for contributions to pregnancy resource centers available in each fiscal year to $2.5 million. Voted and reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday. Perfected in the House, and referred to the House Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday. Third read and passed through the House, and first read in the Senate on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1192 Sponsored by Representative Miller (R), requires both custodial parents or the guardian of a minor to be notified prior to the performance of an abortion on their minor child and specifies that the constitutions and laws of the United States and Missouri must protect the rights of an alternatives-to-abortion agency and its officers to freely engage in activities without interference. Perfected in the House on Monday. Third read and passed through the House and first read in the Senate on Tuesday.

 

HCS HBs 1307 & 1313 Sponsored by Representative Elmer (R), changes the minimum waiting period before a woman can have an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours. Third read and passed through the House, and first read in the Senate on Tuesday.

HB 1430 Sponsored by Representative Tim Jones (R), specifies that anyone providing medical services cannot be required to perform or participate in activities that violate his or her conscience or principles. Second read and referred to the Senate Veterans Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1845 Sponsored by Representative Anderson (R), changes the requirements for parental consent for a minor to have an abortion. Heard in the House Health Care Policy Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2119 Sponsored by Representative Riddle (R), raises the fiscal year cap for the Maternity Home Tax Credit from $2 million to $2.5 million. First read in the House on Monday, and second read on Tuesday.

 

SB 770 Sponsored by Senator Wallingford (R), modifies abortion provisions relating to medical emergencies and inspection of facilities. Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

 

ANIMAL RIGHTS & AGRICULTURE

HCS#2 HBs 1100 & 1421 Sponsored by Representative Fraker (R), changes the laws regarding food preparation for charitable purposes. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCS HB 1116 Sponsored by Representative Hicks (R), allows villages, towns, and cities to prohibit dogs from running at large or to further control or regulate dogs within their boundaries if the ordinances, orders, policies, or regulations are not breed specific. Voted and reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1302 Sponsored by Representative Remole (R), specifies that Missourians have the right to heat their homes and businesses using wood-burning furnaces, stoves, fireplaces, and heaters. Voted and reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

HCS HB 1391 Sponsored by Representative Hurst (R), guarantees the right to conduct and participate in rodeos in this state. Third read and passed through the House on Thursday.

 

HCS #2 HB 1421 Sponsored by Representative Parkinson (R), allows a cottage food production operation to sell baked goods out of an individual’s home without being subject to the state health and food laws and regulations. Voted do pass out of the House Professional Registration Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1684 Sponsored by Representative Fitzwater (R), changes the laws regarding the tax credit for a Missouri wood energy producer by extending it until June 30, 2020, and limiting the amount of all credits to $3 million in any fiscal year. Voted and reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1852 Sponsored by Representative Hicks (R), allows a person on foot and without a firearm to retrieve a hunting dog on private land without permission of the owner. Heard in the House Agriculture Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCS HB 1918 Sponsored by Representative Dugger (R), prohibits any alien or foreign business from owning or having an interest in agricultural land, with certain exceptions. Voted do pass out of the House Agricultural policy Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCS HB 1937 Sponsored by Representative McGaugh (R), changes the definition of recreational use for purposes of landowner liability. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

HB 1998 Sponsored by Representative Caleb Jones (R), repeals the sunset provision of the large animal veterinarian student loan program. Voted do pass out of the House Agricultural Policy Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 2031 Sponsored by Representative Crawford (R), changes the definition of livestock to include captive cervids. Heard in the House Agri-Business Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 2094 Sponsored by Representative Houghton (R), exempts data collected by state agencies under the federal Animal Disease Traceability Program from disclosure under Missouri’s Sunshine Law. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

HB 2138 Sponsored by Representative Moon (R), permits farm-direct goods to be sold directly to the consumer without state or local regulation. Second read in the House on Thursday.

 

HB 2157 Sponsored by Representative Anderson (R), changes the laws regarding the confiscation of animals. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

SB 859 Sponsored by Senator Brown (R), repeals the sunset provision of the large animal veterinarian student loan program. Perfected in the Senate and referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on Tuesday, voted do pass on Wednesday. Third read and passed through the Senate, and first read in the House on Thrusday.

 

SB 865 Sponsored by Senator Nieves (R), modifies provisions relating to dogs. Heard in the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

 

CRIME

HB 1088 Sponsored by Representative Lauer (R), adds making a terrorist threat to the list of offenses that school administrators must report. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1149 Sponsored by Representative Hicks (R), increases the penalties for the offense of failing to yield the right-of-way and the time period that the court may order the suspension of a person’s driving privilege for the offense. Voted do pass out of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1233 Sponsored by Representative Pace (D), creates the crimes of assault of an employee of a mass transit system while in the scope of his or her duties in the first, second and third degrees. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1369 Sponsored by Representative Guernsey (R), specifies the venue for prosecutions for the offense of making a terrorist threat against a school. Voted do pass out of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1372 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), prohibits protest activities at funeral services. Voted do pass out of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, referred to the Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1388 Sponsored by Representative Cornejo (R), requires a search warrant for a government entity to obtain location information of an electronic device. Third read and passed through the House, and first read in the Senate on Thursday.

 

HB 1411 Sponsored by Representative Cross (R), requires persons less than 17 years of age using a tanning device in a tanning facility to have the parent or guardian of the minor give written consent in person to the minor’s use of a tanning device. Perfected in the House on Tuesday. Third read and passed through the House, and first read in the Senate on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1557 Sponsored by Representative Hinson (R), specifies that any person found to have committed a traffic violation based solely on evidence obtained from an automated traffic enforcement system shall have no points assessed on his or her license. Perfected in the House on Wednesday. Third read and passed on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1560 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), changes the laws regarding penalties for first degree murder when the person is under 18 years of age at the time the offense was committed. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1573 Sponsored by Representative Lauer (R), changes the laws regarding 911 emergency communications services. Including a 911 name change to exclude “enhanced 911” from any 911 ballot proposal. 911 proposals would retain the ability to track cellular devices in real-time, but would no longer notify voter at the ballot box. Referred to the House Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday. Third read and passed through the House and first read in the Senate on Thursday.

 

HB 1707 Sponsored by Representative Conway (R), allows community college police officers to establish regulations to control vehicular traffic on any thoroughfare owned or maintained by the college. Voted and reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1737 Sponsored by Representative Burlison (R), authorizes the Department of Corrections to promulgate rules to administer the death penalty. Voted do pass out of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. Referred to the Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1816 Sponsored by Representative Lair (R), gives immunity to sheriff’s, their deputies and administrative employees when acting in furtherance of or in compliance with a court order or directive. Voted do pass out of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1976 Sponsored by Representative Spencer (R), prohibits the use of automated traffic enforcement systems beginning August 28, 2014, and allows any political subdivision to complete or terminate any automated traffic enforcement contracts within 1 year. Heard in the House Downsizing State Government Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 2124 Sponsored by Representative May (D), changes the laws regarding arrearages and the expungement of certain records related to criminal nonsupport. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read and referred to the Crime Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2126 Sponsored by Representative McGaugh (R), specifies that an individual who is occupying private property under the authority of the property owner shall be permitted to use deadly force in certain situations. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read and referred to the General Laws Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2142 Sponsored by Representative Higdon (R), requires a majority of jurors to agree upon a jury verdict imposing the death penalty. First read in the House on Wednesday, and second read on Thursday.

 

HB 2151 Sponsored by Representative Mayfield, expands the Amber Alert System to include missing endangered persons, specifies the criteria for being an endangered person, and changes its name to the Amber Alert and Silver Alert system. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

SB 491 Sponsored by Senator Justus (D), modifies provisions relating to criminal law. Taken up for perfection, laid over on the Informal Calendar on Tuesday.

 

SB 775 Sponsored by Senator Walsh (D), abolishes the death penalty and provides that any person sentenced to death before August 28, 2014 must be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. Heard in the Senate Progress and Development Committee on Wednesday.

 

SB 804 Sponsored by Senator Schaaf (R), modifies rulemaking provisions relating to executions, prohibits use of paper money to buy execution drugs, and bars certain people from being members of execution teams. Heard in the Senate Progress and Development Committee on Wednesday.

 

SB 911 Sponsored by Senator Libla (R), prohibits tenants who willfully damage rental property from being able to raise the defense of claim of right in cases involving certain property crimes. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

 

SB 945 Sponsored by Senator Brown (R), modifies procedures in death penalty cases in which the defendant kidnapped the victim before causing the victim’s death. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

 

DRUGS & ALCOHOL

HCS HB 1051 Sponsored by Representative Rhoads (R), adds specified chemical compounds to and removes a compound from the list of synthetic cannabinoids included in Schedule I of controlled substances. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1058 Sponsored by Representative Higdon (R), creates the Alcohol and Tobacco Control Trust Fund consisting of specified fees collected by the Director of Revenue to be used for the administration and regulation of the liquor control and tobacco laws. Second read and referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1133 Sponsored by Representative Engler (R), establishes the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Act. Second read and referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1648 Sponsored by Representative Brattin (R), requires statewide elected officials, members of the General Assembly, and judges to be subject to random drug testing. Heard in the House Administration Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 1685 Sponsored by Representative Neely (R), allows physicians to prescribe certain investigational drugs, biological products, or devices to certain eligible terminally ill patients. Voted and reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1690 Sponsored by Representative Rowden (R), prohibits the sale of alternative nicotine or vapor products to minors and the use or possession of such products in any public elementary or secondary school building. Heard in the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 2115 Sponsored by Representative Norr (D), requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to establish a program to cleanup and remediate properties contaminated by the manufacture of controlled substances. First read in the House on Monday, and second read on Tuesday.

 

HB 2147 Sponsored by Representative Morris (R), changes the laws regarding the sale and possession of controlled substances. First read in the House on Wednesday, second read on Thursday.

 

SCS SB 530 Sponsored by Senator Libla (R), allows for drug use or convictions to be considered in determining parental fitness in termination of parental rights proceedings. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

SB 689 Sponsored by Senator Schmitt (R), expands the types of packages in which malt liquor Sponsored by may be sold pursuant to a permit for the sale of malt liquor in the original package. Perfected in the Senate on Monday. Third read and passed through the Senate, and first read in the House on Thursday.

 

SB 841 Sponsored by Senator Wasson (R), modifies provisions relating to alternative nicotine or vapor products. Heard in the Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday.

 

SB 921 Sponsored by Senator Schaaf (R), establishes a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Second read and referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on Thursday.

 

EDUCATION

HB 1111 Sponsored by Representative Rowland (R), excuses a school district from specified financial requirements in fiscal years in which the school is underfunded. Voted do pass out of the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 1189 Sponsored by Representative Wood (R), requires DESE to adopt a policy on high school graduation that allows certain agriculture or career and technical education courses to satisfy certain subject-specific graduation requirements. Voted and reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1250 Sponsored by Representative Wood (R), establishes guidelines for statewide student assessments. Voted and reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

HCS HB 1425 Sponsored by Representative Montecillo (D), requires DESE to develop a process that rewards districts that provide full-day kindergarten for MSIP purposes. Voted do pass out of the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1472 Sponsored by Representative Brattin (R), requires schools teaching the theory of evolution by natural selection to have a policy on parental notification and a mechanism for opting out of such instruction. Voted do pass out of the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1490 Sponsored by Representative Bahr (R), prohibits the State Board of Education from adopting and implementing the standards for public schools developed by the Common Core Standards Initiative. Voted and reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

HB 1536 Sponsored by Representative Spencer (R), establishes the Student Accountability Act that requires a student score proficient or higher on a state assessment in order to receive a high school academic diploma. Voted do pass out of the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 1823 Sponsored by Representative Berry (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 House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1873 Sponsored by Representative Guernsey (R), establishes the Missouri Student Data Protection Act. Voted do pass out of the House Downsizing State Government Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1974 Sponsored by Representative Clem Smith (D), establishes the College Credit Disclosure Act which requires a higher education institution to disclose its unaccredited status to students before enrollment. Heard in the House Education Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 2113 Sponsored by Representative Bahr (R), prohibits DESE from requiring the administration of any statewide assessment by electronic means during school years 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17. First read in the House on Monday, and second read on Tuesday.

 

HB 2042 Sponsored by Representative Rowden (R), provides instruction in computer programming shall be treated as mathematics coursework for credit granting purposes at public schools. Referred to the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2156 Sponsored by Representative Berry (R), requires the Department of Higher Education to develop a program to offer information technology certification through technical course work. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

SB 566 Sponsored by Senator Sifton (D), restricts the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education from including certain data from neglected children and delinquent children in the aggregate data of a school district. Heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

SB 848 Sponsored by Senator LeVota (D), requires the Department of Higher Education to establish a reimbursement procedure through the A+ Program for a student’s portion of fees for dual enrollment courses. Heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

SB 931 Sponsored by Senator Nieves (R), requires that members of the State Board of Education be elected instead of appointed. Second read and referred to the Senate Education Committee on Thursday.

 

SB 932 Sponsored by Senator Nieves (R), modifies how the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education provides the high school equivalency examination. Second read and referred to the Senate Education Committee on Thursday.

 

SB 941 Sponsored by Senator Curls (D) requires the Department of Higher Education to develop a program to offer information technology certification through technical course work. Second read and referred to the Senate Education Committee on Thursday.

 

ELECTIONS

HB 1136 Sponsored by Representative Dugger (R), changes the laws regarding elections. Perfected in the House on Tuesday. Third read and passed through the House, and first read in the Senate on Thursday.

 

HB 1364 Sponsored by Representative Bahr (R), prohibits a property owners’ association from preventing a property owner from placing political yard signs on his or her property. Heard in the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1416 Sponsored by Representative Entlicher (R), changes the laws regarding election ballots and audits. Heard in the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1566 Sponsored by Representative Muntzel (R), establishes procedures for general elections following primary elections that have resulted in a tie vote between candidates for a county office. Voted do pass out of the House Elections Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1692 Sponsored by Representative Korman (R), requires all members of a public water supply district board of directors to be voters who have resided in the district for one year prior to election. Voted do pass out of the House Elections Committee on Tuesday. Voted and reported do pass out of the Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1739 Sponsored by Representative McGaugh (R), authorizes an election authority to accept voter registration applications with electronic signatures under certain conditions. Voted do pass out of the House Elections Committee on Tuesday, referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 1902 Sponsored by Representative Dugger (R), changes the presidential primary election from February to March. Perfected in the House on Tuesday, and referred to Fiscal Review on Wednesday. Third read and passed through the House and first read in the Senate on Thursday.

 

HB 1913 Sponsored by Representative Webber (D), requires an employer to permit a veteran receiving medical treatment or care at a veterans’ facility or by order of the Veterans Administration to be given leave without pay to receive the treatment. Heard in the House Veterans Committee on Tuesday.

 

HJR 54 Sponsored by Representative Hampton (R), proposes a constitutional amendment reducing the number of members of the House of Representatives from 163 to 120 and increasing the number of Senators from 34 to 40 beginning in 2023. Heard in the House Downsizing State Government Committee on Thursday.

 

HJR 70 Sponsored by Representative Caleb Jones (R), modifies the election of the Secretary of State and State Treasurer and places term limits on all statewide officials. Voted do pass out of the House General Laws Committee on Wednesday, referred to the Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HJR 77 Sponsored by Representative Marshall (R), proposes a constitutional amendment changing the laws regarding sessions of the General Assembly. Heard in the House Downsizing State Government Committee on Thursday.

 

HJR 83 Sponsored by Representative Wright (R), proposes a constitutional amendment reducing the size of the house of representatives from 163 to 80. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

SB 781 Sponsored by Senator LeVota (D), modifies the law relating to election authorities. Voted do pass out of the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

 

SB 892 Sponsored by Senator Kraus (R), changes the presidential primary election date from February to April. Heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

 

SB 893 Sponsored by Senator Kraus (R), moves the date of the State primary election from August to June. Heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

 

SB 930 Sponsored by Senator Lamping (R), requires the joint election of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor. Second read and referred to the Senate Elections Committee on Thursday.

 

FAMILY

HCS HB 1054 Sponsored by Representative Barnes (R), allows a foster parent who is a state employee to use leave time for the placement or care of a foster child and requires the state and political subdivisions to provide a leave sharing program for certain employees involved with adopting or caring for a foster child. Voted and reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

HB 1063 Sponsored by Representative Grisamore (R), changes the laws regarding children and families. Voted and reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

HB 1138 Sponsored by Representative Rowland (R), requires a child enrolled in a vocational or higher education institution to receive passing grades in order to remain eligible for child support. Voted and reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1147 Sponsored by Representative White (R), requires a checklist form to be completed prior to finalizing an adoption which verifies that all documents and procedures have been submitted, followed, and reviewed by the judge. Voted do pass out of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1320 Sponsored by Representative Ellinger (D), excuses breastfeeding mothers from jury service. Voted and reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1488 Sponsored by Representative Bahr (R), specifies that parental liberty regarding the upbringing, education, and care of children is a fundamental right not subject to infringement without demonstrating a governmental interest of the high. Voted do pass out of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1492 Sponsored by Representative Lichtenegger (R), allows for drug use or convictions to be considered in determining parental fitness in termination of parental rights proceedings. Voted do pass out of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1541 Sponsored by Representative Hubbard (D), establishes a pilot program to increase the visitation rights of children with incarcerated parents. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1592 Sponsored by Representative Ellinger (D), makes the identity of the reporter of three or more unsubstantiated reports of child abuse or neglect admissible in dissolution or child custody proceedings. Voted do pass out of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1807 Sponsored by Representative Solon (R), changes the laws regarding newborn screening tests. Heard in the House Emerging Issues in Health Care Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 1831 Sponsored by Representative Fitzpatrick (R), allows a child care facility incorporated as an LLC to qualify for the exemption for related children. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1849 Sponsored by Representative Conway (R), changes the requirements for retention of substantiated and unsubstantiated reports on the child abuse and neglect registry. Voted do pass out of the House Children and Families Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 2096 Sponsored by Representative Schupp (D), changes the laws regarding licensing requirements for child care facilities. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

HB 2097 Sponsored by Representative Schupp (D), establishes Nathan’s Law which changes the laws regarding licensing requirements for child care facilities. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

HB 2102 Sponsored by Representative Newman (D), establishes the Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

HB 2120 Sponsored by Representative Walker (R), changes the laws regarding child custody, visitation rights, and adoption. First read in the House on Monday, and second read on Tuesday.

 

HCS HJR 56 Sponsored by Representative Richardson (R), proposes a constitutional amendment ensuring that parents have a fundamental right to control and direct the care, education, and upbringing of their minor children. Perfected in the House and referred to the House Fiscal Review Committee on Tuesday. Third read and passed through the House and first read in the Senate on Thursday.

 

SB 559 Sponsored by Senator Sifton (D), prohibits an insurer from requiring any waiting period for health insurance coverage for maternity benefits and requires coverage to begin immediately from the effective date of the health insurance policy or plan. Heard in the Senate Small Business Committee on Tuesday.

 

SB 759 Sponsored by Senator Sifton (D), establishes the Missouri Parent/Teacher Involvement Program to provide grants to schools to contribute to the academic and social success of pupils. Heard in the Senate Seniors, Families and Pensions Committee on Tuesday.

 

SB 802 Sponsored by Senator Dixon (R), extends certain time periods for when child abuse and neglect investigations and determinations shall be made by the Children’s Division. Heard in the Senate Seniors, Families and Pensions Committee on Tuesday.

 

SB 943 Sponsored by Senator Justus (D), modifies provisions relating to adoption and parental rights. Second read and referred to the Senate Seniors, Families and Pensions Committee on Thursday.

 

GAMBLING

HJR 48 Sponsored by Representative Solon (R), proposes a constitutional amendment requiring the State Lottery Commission to develop and sell a Veterans Lottery Ticket with proceeds to go to the Veterans Commission Capital Improvement Trust Fund. Second read and referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

SB 741 Sponsored by Senator Rupp (R) authorizes gaming establishment to provide lines of credit. Reported to the Senate floor on Thursday.

 

GOVERNMENT ETHICS

HCS HB 1204 Sponsored by Representative Wilson (R), establishes the Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act that prohibits the use of drones or other unmanned aircrafts to gather evidence or other information with specified exceptions. Perfected in the House on Tuesday.

 

HB 1378 Sponsored by Representative Carpenter (D), requires ethics training for statewide elected officials, General Assembly members, and executive department directors and acting directors after taking office, appointment, or employment, and every two years. Heard in the house Administration Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1388 Sponsored by Representative Cornejo (R), requires a search warrant for a government entity to obtain location information of an electronic device. Perfected in the House on Tuesday.

 

HB 2153 Sponsored by Representative Wright (R), prohibits certain lobbyist expenditures for members of the general assembly. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

HJR 72 Sponsored by Representative Richardson (R), proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting the Governor from reducing any payment of public debt and requiring notification to the General Assembly when he or she makes specified payment changes of appropriations. Second read and referred to the Senate Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

SB 504 Sponsored by Senator Munzlinger (R), requires state agencies to post proposed rules, summaries, and fiscal notes on their websites. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

SCS SB 490 Sponsored by Senator Lager (R), modifies the law relating to whistleblower protection. Voted do pass out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

 

SB 512 Sponsored by Senator Lamping (R), modifies the law relating to campaign finance, lobbying, and public official conflicts of interest. Heard in the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

SB 523 Sponsored by Senator Emery (R), prohibits school districts from requiring a student to use an identification device that uses radio frequency identification technology to transmit certain information. Perfected in the Senate on Monday. Third read and passed through the Senate, and first read in the House on Thursday.

 

SB 667 Sponsored by Senator Schmitt (R), modifies the gubernatorial appointment process for acting directors and members of boards and commissions. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

SB 823 Sponsored by Senator Dixon (R), provides that public employees are ineligible for retirement benefits if found guilty of certain crimes. Heard in the Senate Seniors, Families and Pensions Committee on Tuesday.

 

SB 925 Sponsored by Senator Emery (R), modifies retirement benefits for newly elected members of the General Assembly and statewide elected officials. Second read and referred to the Senate Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

SB 927 Sponsored by Senator Lamping (R), imposes a 2 year cooling off period before General Assembly members may become lobbyists. Second read and referred to the Senate Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

SB 928 Sponsored by Senator Lamping (R), provides that members of the General Assembly shall not be eligible for retirement benefits and other employee benefits. Second read and referred to the Senate Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

SCS SJR 27 Sponsored by Senator Schaaf (R), provides that the people shall be secure in their electronic communications and data. Reported to the Senate floor on Thursday.

 

IMMIGRATION

HCS HB 1469 Sponsored 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 an unauthorized alien. Heard in the House International Trade Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2100 Sponsored by Representative Wanda Brown (R), changes the laws regarding illegal aliens and immigration status verification for public assistance benefit purposes. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

HOMOSEXUALITY

HB 1930 Sponsored by Representative Engler (R), changes the laws regarding unlawful discriminatory employment practices as they relate to the Missouri Human Rights Act, by including sexual orientation as a protected classification. Heard in the House Workforce Development Committee on Thursday.

 

PORNOGRAPHY & SEX CRIMES

HB 1243 Sponsored by Representative Black (D), creates criminal penalties for acts of violence committed by a sexually violent predator while in a secure facility operated by the Department of Mental Health. Heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 1346 Sponsored by Representative Conway (R), creates the crime of sexual exploitation by a clergyperson. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1581 Sponsored by Representative Kelley (R), requires a convicted sex offender to be told of his or her obligation to register as a sex offender both prior to release or discharge and at the time of adjudication. Heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 1741 Sponsored by Representative Engler (R), allows a sexually violent offense conviction in another state to be considered when determining whether a person is a sexually violent predator for purposes of confinement and treatment. Voted do pass out of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1906 Sponsored by Representative Schieber (R), extends to August 28, 2024, the provisions regarding Internet cyber crime law enforcement task forces and the Cyber Crime Investigation fund which has expired and removes the appropriation for the fund. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

HB 1281 Sponsored by Representative English (D), allows a school district to authorize its schools to observe a moment of silence in individual classrooms. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1303 Sponsored by Representative Haahr (R), establishes the Missouri Student Religious Liberties Act. Voted and reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

SB 916 Sponsored by Senator Wallingford (R), prohibits the government from burdening a person’s free exercise of religion unless acting in furtherance of a compelling government interest. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

 

SECOND AMENDMENT

HB 1474 Sponsored by Representative Brattin (R), authorizes any school district to designate a teacher or administrator as a school protection officer who may carry concealed firearms after he or she has met specified minimum training requirements. Heard in the House General Laws Committee on Wednesday, referred to the Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1539 Sponsored by Representative Kelley (R), modifies provisions related to firearms safety training requirements in order to obtain a concealed carry permit. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1591 Sponsored by Representative Wanda Brown (R), specifies that there shall be 40 students per qualified firearms safety instructor in the classroom portion of the firearms safety training course. Voted do pass out of the House General Laws Committee on Wednesday, and referred to Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1778 Sponsored by Representative Riddle (R), prohibits landlords from prohibiting tenants from legally possessing firearms in individual residences or in common areas. Voted do pass out of the House General Laws Committee on Wednesday, and referred to Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 2129 Sponsored by Representative Peters (D), establishes the “Protecting the Second Amendment Act”, which prohibits the possession of certain firearms in the city of St. Louis. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

 

HB 2159 Sponsored by Representative Ellington (D), requires a criminal background check prior to the sale or transfer of a firearm and requires the reporting of a lost or stolen firearm. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

SCS SB 613 Sponsored by Senator Nieves (R), modifies provisions relating to firearms. Voted and reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

SCS SJR 36 Sponsored by Senator Schaefer (R), modifies constitutional provisions regarding the right to keep and bear arms. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Wednesday.

 

TAXES

HCS HBs 1253 & 1297 Sponsored by Representative Berry (R), changes the laws regarding taxation by reducing the tax on corporate business income and business income for certain tax entities. Second read and referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1295 Sponsored by Representative Koenig (R), changes the laws regarding income tax. Second read and referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1455 Sponsored by Representative Hoskins (R), changes the laws regarding burdens of proof for the director of revenue in ascertaining tax liability of a taxpayer. Referred to the House Fiscal Review Committee on Tuesday, third read and passed on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1967 Sponsored by Representative Koenig (R), changes the laws regarding taxation. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2110 Sponsored by Representative Zerr (R), modifies provisions relating to sales tax. First read in the House on Monday.

 

HB 2035 Sponsored by Representative Leara (R), specifies that charitable property is exempt from property tax. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 2110 Sponsored by Representative Zerr (R), modifies provisions relating to sales tax. Second read in the House on Tuesday.

 

HB 2111 Sponsored by Representative Montecillo (D), changes the laws regarding the distribution of certain local sales tax revenues in St. Louis County. First read in the House on Monday, and second read in the House on Tuesday, referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2133 Sponsored by Representative Hinson (R), eliminates tax credits, converts certain tax credits into deductions, and reduces the top tax rate on Missouri taxable income. First read in the House on Tuesday, second read on Wednesday.

 

HB 2149 Sponsored by Representative Fitzpatrick (R), requires the Department of Revenue to notify affected sellers of certain decisions modifying sales tax law. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

HCR 29 Sponsored by Representative Scharnhorst (R), submits to Congress a proposed federal balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

SB 612 Sponsored by Senator Schaaf (R), extends allocation of tax revenues from the nonresident entertainer and athlete tax until December 31, 2020. Voted do pass out of the Senate Oversight Committee on Wednesday.

 

SB 743 Sponsored by Senator Schmitt (R), requires all tax credit programs created on or after August 28, 2014 to comply with the Tax Credit Accountability Act of 2004. Heard in the Senate Local Government Committee on Wednesday.

 

SCS SB 829 Sponsored by Senator Kraus (R), modifies provisions relating to burden of proof in tax liability cases. Reported to the Senate floor on Thursday.

 

SB 881 Sponsored by Senator Sifton (D), authorizes the Department of Revenue to seek administrative garnishment orders and specifies the procedure for a certificate of lien for delinquent use taxes. Heard in the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

VETERANS

HCS HB 1710 Sponsored by Representative Davis (R), establishes the Missouri National Guard Foundation Fund and authorizes a designation of tax refunds to the fund. Perfected in the House on Monday.

 

HB 1724 Sponsored by Representative Davis (R), allows the Adjutant General to provide financial assistance or services from the Missouri Military Family Relief Fund to families or members of the Armed Forces of the United States or a member of the Missouri National Guard. Voted and reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

HB 2098 Sponsored by Representative Meredith (D), changes income tax provisions to treat certain members of the military as nonresidents for whatever portion of the taxable year they are stationed away from this state. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

HCR 11 Sponsored by Representative Walton Gray (D), encourages the Missouri Veterans Commission to work with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to address the needs of women veterans and formally honors the heroic service of women veterans. Adopted in the House on Monday. Second read and referred to the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCR 44 Sponsored by Representative Smith (D), strongly urges the United States Army to explain chemical testing which occurred in St. Louis in the 1950s and 1960s and requests the federal government to conduct a study on the health effects of such test. Offered in the House on Monday.

 

SB 631 Sponsored by Senator Wallingford (R), allows military and overseas voters to register to vote after the general deadline in certain circumstances. First read in the House on Thursday.

 

SB 709 Sponsored by Senator Wallingford (R), authorizes the issuance of a medallion, medal and certificate to veterans who served in certain wars. Heard in the Senate Veterans Committee on Thursday.

 

OTHER

HB 1617 Sponsored by Representative Rehder (R), requires authorization for certain labor unions to use dues and fees to make political contributions and requires consent for withholding earnings from paychecks. Voted and reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

HCS HB 1655 Sponsored by Representative Burlison (R), exempts motorcyclists age 21 and older from wearing a helmet when operating a motorcycle or motortricycle. Voted and reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1943 Sponsored by Representative Webber (D), changes the prohibition on restricting the celebration of federal holidays to allow for the imposition and enforcement of reasonable regulations to protect the public’s health and safety. Heard in the House Tourism Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 2036 Sponsored by Representative Moon (R), establishes the procedures for delegates and alternates to an Article V convention for proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 2114 Sponsored by Representative Cierpiot (R), changes the laws regarding debt collectors. First read in the House on Monday.

 

HB 2132 Sponsored by Representative Caleb Jones (R), modifies the time after which a person may bring a civil action under the Human Rights Act. Second read in the House on Wednesday.

 

SB 684 Sponsored by Senator Holsman (D) requires hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers to report prices for most common procedures. Heard in the Senate Veterans Committee on Thursday.

 

SB 718 Sponsored by Senator Richard (R), allows for volunteer labor on public works projects. Perfected in the Senate on Tuesday.

 

SB 758 Sponsored by Senator Justus (D), changes the term “free health clinic” to “community health clinic” and modifies its definition for the purposes of the State Legal Expense Fund. Voted do pass out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

 

SB 816 Sponsored by Senator Sater (R) provides that the Volunteer Health Services Act shall not apply to health care providers responding to a state of emergency declared by the Governor. Heard in the Senate Veterans Committee on Thursday.

 

SB 919 Sponsored by Senator Justus (D), modifies the time after which a person may bring a civil action under the Human Rights Act (from 180 days to 120 days). Second read and referred to the Senate Progress and Development Committee on Thursday.