Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: April 12, 2014

Last Week In Review

 

ABORTION

Budget bills, including the A2A program, will continue to be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee thought the week.

 

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. Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

 

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. Heard in the Senate Veterans Committee on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1478 Sponsored by Representative Swan (R), changes the laws regarding the protection of women’s health care. Voted do pass out of the House Health Care Policy Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1613 Sponsored by Representative Gatschenberger (R), establishes the “Ultrasound Informed Consent Act”. Heard in the House Children and Families Committee on Tuesday.

 

SCS SB 770 Sponsored by Senator Wallingford (R), modifies abortion provisions relating to medical emergencies and inspection of facilities. Reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee to the Senate floor on Thursday.

ANIMAL RIGHTS & AGRICULTURE

HCS#2 HBs 1100 & 1421 Sponsored by Representative Fraker (R), changes the laws regarding food preparation by nonprofit organizations and the laws regarding cottage food production operations. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday, and reported do pass on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1235 & 1214 Sponsored by Representative Hoskins (R), changes the laws regarding weight limitations for vehicles hauling livestock or agricultural products on state highways. First read in the Senate on Monday., second read and referred to the Senate Transportation 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. Second read and referred to the Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1391 Sponsored by Representative Hurst (R), guarantees the right to conduct and participate in rodeos in this state. Heard in the Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 1448 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), changes the laws regarding judicial procedures. Voted do pass out of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 1918 Sponsored by Representative Dugger (R), changes the laws regarding the foreign ownership of agricultural land. Perfected in the House on Tuesday. Third read and passed through the House on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1937 Sponsored by Representative McGaugh (R), changes the definition of recreational use for purposes of landowner liability. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2088 Sponsored by Representative Hummel (D), establishes the Farm-to-School Act to connect Missouri schools and farmers in order to provide locally grown food to schools. Referred to the House Agriculture Policy Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 2092 Sponsored by Representative Neely (R), changes the laws regarding eminent domain powers of utility providers. Referred to the House Utilities Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 2157 Sponsored by Representative Anderson (R), changes the laws regarding the confiscation of animals. Heard in the House Agri-Business Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCS HCR 38 Sponsored by Representative Phillips (R), urges the U.S. Congress to decrease the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate water quality and the use of coal and wood as energy sources. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

SB 506   Sponsored by Senator Munzlinger (R), requires that all fees collected under the Missouri Livestock Marketing Law not yield revenues greater than the cost of administration. Heard in the House

Committee on Tuesday.

 

SS SCS SB 707 Sponsored by Senator Wasson (R), modifies the definitions of “all-terrain vehicle,” “recreational off-highway vehicle,” and “utility vehicle”. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

SB 727 Sponsored by Senator Chappelle-Nadal (D), creates a sales and use tax exemption for farm products sold at a farmers’ market. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

SB 964 Sponsored by Senator Lager (R), adds captive cervids to the definition of livestock. Reported from the Senate Agriculture Committee to the Senate floor on Thursday.

 

CRIME

HCS HB 1371 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), changes the laws regarding the Missouri Criminal Code. Perfected in the House on Tuesday. Referred to the House Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1372 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), prohibits protest activities at funeral services. Perfected in the House on Tuesday.

 

HB 1562 Sponsored by Representative Kratky (D), specifies that a person commits the crime of unlawful use of a weapon if he or she possesses a firearm while also knowingly in possession of a specified amount of a controlled substance. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1855 Sponsored by Representative Kelley (R), requires the Missouri Supreme Court to conduct is review of all death penalty cases within 30 days and to set a date for execution to occur within 60 days of its review being completed. Heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2151 Sponsored by Representative Mayfield (D), 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. Referred to the House Crime Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 2190 Sponsored by Representative Webber (D), changes the elements of the crime of disarming a peace officer or correctional officer. Heard in the House General Laws Committee on Thursday.

 

SS SCS SB 491 Sponsored by Senator Justus (D), modifies provisions relating to criminal law. Perfected in the on Monday. Referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on Wednesday.

 

SCS SB 640 Sponsored by Senator Emery (R), allows a court to place a person on electronic monitoring with victim notification if a person has been charged with, or found guilty of, violating an order of protection. Voted do pass out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

 

SB 792 Sponsored by Senator Parson (R), raises the amount the Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund can pay to eligible victims and provides that the Public Safety Department can negotiate costs on behalf of victims. Voted do pass out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

 

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. Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

 

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. Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

 

HB 1152 Sponsored by Representative Pace (D), creates the offense of distribution of a controlled substance near a child care facility. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1617 Sponsored by Representative Rehder (R), requires authorization for certain labor unions to use dues and fees to make political contributions and withhold earnings from paychecks to pay dues. Second read and referred to the Senate Small Business Committee on Thursday.

 

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. Heard in the Senate Veterans Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1892 Sponsored 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 Tuesday.

 

HCS HB 2238 Sponsored by Representative Caleb Jones (R), allows the Department of Agriculture to grow industrial hemp for research purposes and allows for the use of hemp extract to treat certain individuals with epilepsy. Voted do pass out of the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday, and referred to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2243 Sponsored by Representative Neely (R), prohibits hospitals, health care facilities, and health care professionals from owning, operating, or having a financial interest in health insurance entities. Referred to the House Health Insurance Committee on Tuesday.

 

SB 689 Sponsored by Senator Schmitt (R), expands the types of packages in which malt liquor may be sold pursuant to a permit for the sale of malt liquor in the original package. Heard in the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday, voted do pass on Thursday.

 

EDUCATION

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. Perfected in the House on Tuesday. Third read and passed through the House, reported to the Senate and first read on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1689 Sponsored by Representative Swan (R), changes the laws regarding early childhood education programs. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 1895 Sponsored by Representative Englund (D), modifies the percentage for reimbursement for schools offering virtual coursework. Voted do pass out of the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2122 Sponsored by Representative Wright (D), authorizes a tax credit for donations to Missouri public colleges and universities. Heard in the House Higher Education Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 2037 Sponsored by Representative Lauer (R), implements intervention procedures for schools with annual performance report scores consistent with provisionally accredited or unaccredited status. Heard in the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

SCS SB 493, 485, 495, 516, 534, 545, 595, 616 & 624 Sponsored by Senator Pearce (R), modifies provisions relating to elementary and secondary education. Heard in the House Education Committee on Tuesday.

 

SB 815 Sponsored by Senator Pearce (R), modifies the duties of the State Board of Education and requires the board to promulgate rules regarding student data accessibility. Heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

ELECTIONS

HB 1073 Sponsored by Representative Dugger (R) establishes photo identification requirements for voting. Voted do pass out of the Senate Elections Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1108 Sponsored by Representative Rowland (R), allows a school district to use a calendar based on hours of attendance, rather than hours and days of attendance, if the minimum number of hours is at least 1,080 hours of actual pupil attendance. Heard in the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1136 Sponsored by Representative Dugger (R), changes the laws regarding elections. Voted do pass out of the Senate Elections Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1604 Sponsored by Representative Conway (R), allows any registered voter who is eligible to vote in a particular election to do so by absentee ballot without being required to state a reason. Heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

 

HCS HB 2271 Sponsored by Representative Dugger (R), changes the laws regarding elections. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

HJR 70 Sponsored by Representative Caleb Jones (R), changes the laws regarding the election of the Secretary of State and State Treasurer and establishes term limits for all statewide officials. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday, reported do pass on Thursday.

 

HCS HJR 90 Sponsored by Representative Dugger (R), proposes a constitutional amendment specifying a six week early voting period. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

SS SCS SB 593 Sponsored by Senator Sater (R), modifies provisions relating to nonpartisan elections. Heard in the House Elections Committee on Monday.

 

SCS SB 623 Sponsored by Senator Nieves (R), establishes the paper ballot as the official ballot and requires audits before election certification. Re-referred to the Downsizing State Government Committee on Thursday.

 

SCS SB 892 Sponsored by Senator Kraus (R), changes the presidential primary election date from February to March. Perfected in the Senate on Tuesday. Referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on Wednesday. Third read and passed on Thursday.

 

FAMILY

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. Third read and passed through the House, and first read in the Senate on Tuesday.

 

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. Heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

 

HB 2219 Sponsored by Representative Peters (D), establishes the Supporting Working Moms Act of 2014 to allow reasonable break time for nursing mothers. Referred to the House Health Care Policy Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCS HJR 62 Sponsored by Representative Bahr (R), proposes a constitutional amendment specifying that each citizen has an inherent liberty that includes being able to make decisions regarding lawful health care related services or products. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday, and reported do pass on Thursday.

 

SCS SB 520 Sponsored by Senator Sater (R), modifies the law relating to leave time for state employees who are adoptive and foster parents. Referred to the House Children and Families Committee on Tuesday.

 

SB 695 Sponsored by Senator Keaveny (D), authorizes the addition of a child by modifying an existing administrative child support order. Perfected in the Senate on Tuesday. Third read and passed through the Senate and first read in the House on Thursday.

 

SS SCS SB 720 Sponsored by Senator Justus (D), adds new requirements for state-funded child care businesses. Second read in the House on Monday. Referred to the House Children and Families Committee on Tuesday.

 

SCS 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. Voted do pass out of the Senate and Families Committee on Tuesday.

 

SB 899 Sponsored by Representative Justus (R), requires MO HealthNet reimbursement to hospitals for donor milk provided to infants. Heard in the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday.

 

SCS SB 943 Sponsored by Senator Justus (D), modifies provisions relating to adoption and parental rights. Voted do pass out of the Senate Seniors and Families Committee on Tuesday.

 

SB 973 Sponsored by Senator Brown (R), allows the office of the Child Advocate to intervene on behalf of a child during judicial proceedings. Voted do pass out of the Senate Seniors and Families Committee on Tuesday.

 

GAMBLING

SCS SB 741 Sponsored by Senator Rupp (R), authorizes gaming establishment to provide lines of credit. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

 

GOVERNMENT ETHICS

HCS HB 1258 Sponsored by Representative Rowden (R), changes the laws regarding gifts by lobbyists, reporting requirements for campaign donations, and members of the general assembly serving as lobbyists within 2 years of being in office. Voted do pass out of the House General Laws Committee, and referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1267 Sponsored by Representative Cornejo (R), changes the laws regarding ethics. Voted do pass out of the House General Laws 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. Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

 

HCS HBs 1861 & 1864 Sponsored by Representative Wanda Brown (R), specifies that public assistance benefit recipients who make electronic benefit transfer transactions exclusively outside the state for a period of 90 days shall have their benefits suspended; requires the Department of Social Services to establish a pilot program to allow SNAP participants to purchase fresh produce at farmers markets. Heard in the Senate Oversight Committee on Wednesday.

 

HJR 46 Sponsored by Representative White (R), proposes a constitutional amendment requiring impeachments to be tried by the Senate. Heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

 

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. Voted do pass out of the House Downsizing State Government Committee on Thursday.

 

SCS SB 823 Sponsored by Senator Dixon (R), provides that public employees are ineligible for retirement benefits if found guilty of certain crimes. Reported from the Senate Seniors and Families Committee to the Senate floor on Thursday.

 

SB 957 Sponsored by Senator Holsman (D), prohibits the indiscriminate gathering of intelligence about a person and contains provisions regarding the ownership and investigation of garbage awaiting collection. Heard in the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

 

SCS SJR 27 Sponsored by Senator Schaaf (R), provides that the people shall be secure in their electronic communications and data. Second read in the House on Monday. Referred to the House Downsizing State Government Committee on Tuesday, and heard on Thursday.

 

SCS SJR 45 Sponsored by Senator Silvey (R), prohibits the Governor from controlling the rate of expenditures of, and withholding funds from, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the payment of public debt. Heard in the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

 

HOMOSEXUALITY

HB 2232 Sponsored by Representative Allen (R), changes the laws regarding bullying in schools and establishes specific components that a district must include in its antibullying policy. Referred to the House Educaiton Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 2233 Sponsored by Representative Allen (R), changes the laws regarding bullying in schools and establishes specific components that a district must include in its antibullying policy. Referred to the  House Education Committee on Tuesday.

 

SB 962 Sponsored by Senator Justus (D), bars discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Heard in the Senate Progress and Development Committee on Wednesday.

 

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. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 1303 Sponsored by Representative Haahr (R), establishes the Missouri Student Religious Liberties Act. Third read and passed through the House and first read in the Senate on Tuesday, second read and referred to the Senate Education Committee on Thursday.

 

SECOND AMENDMENT

HCS HB 1439 Sponsored by Representative Funderburk (R), changes various provisions relating to firearms. First read in the Senate on Monday. Second read and referred to the Senate General Laws Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1539 Sponsored by Representative Kelley (R), changes the laws regarding firearms safety training requirements in order to obtain a concealed carry permit. Perfected in the House on Wednesday.

 

HB 2270 Sponsored by Representative McGaugh (R), allows certain persons who have lost the right to possess firearms to have their rights restored under certain circumstances. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

 

SB 656 Sponsored by Senator Kraus (R), modifies the live fire exercise and testing requirements for a concealed carry permit. Heard in the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

 

SS SB 745 Sponsored by Senator Munzlinger (R), modifies the provisions regarding sheriffs and other law enforcement officers, weapons, and concealed carry permits. Heard in the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

 

SCS SJR 36 Sponsored by Senator Schaefer (R), modifies constitutional provisions regarding the right to keep and bear arms. Voted do pass out of the House General Laws Committee, and referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

TAXES

HB 1268 Sponsored by Representative Curtman (R), changes the individual income tax brackets to adjust for inflation. Heard in the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

SCS HCS HB 1295 Sponsored by Representative Koenig (R), changes the laws regarding income tax. Voted and reported do pass out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1455 Sponsored by Representative Hoskins (R), modifies provisions relating to burden of proof in tax liability cases. Heard and voted do pass out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 2218 Sponsored by Representative Koenig (R), changes the laws regarding sales tax refund claims. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 2250 Sponsored by Representative Cross (R), allows a tax preparer, enrolled agent, or certified public accountant to represent his or her client before the Administrative Hearing Commission in matters relating to an assessment or reassessment of tax. Referred to the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 2290 Sponsored by Representative Korman (R), modifies provisions relating to income taxes. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday.

 

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. Reported form the Senate Rules Committee to the Senate floor on Thursday.

 

HJR 87 Sponsored by Representative Lauer (R), proposes a constitutional amendment authorizing an increase in the amount a school district can become indebted. Referred to the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HJR 91 Sponsored by Representative Korman (R), proposes a constitutional amendment that would raise the state sales tax by one fourth of a cent for K-12 education. The revenue would be distributed based on the weighted average daily attendance. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday.

 

SS#3 SCS SBs 509 & 496 Sponsored by Senator Kraus (R), modifies provisions relating to income taxes. Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Monday. Heard in the House Ways and Mean Committee on Thursday.

 

SCS SB 687 Sponsored by Senator LeVota (D), authorizes and earned income tax credit. Voted do pass out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

SB 713 Sponsored by Senator Emery (R), exempts capital gains on gold and silver from income tax and authorizes the storage of gold and silver in private repositories. Heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.

 

SS SJR 26 Sponsored by Senator Lager (R), amends the Constitution to limit general revenue appropriations and mandate state income tax rate reductions in certain situations. Debated on the Senate floor for several hours, but was placed on the Senate Informal Calendar on Tuesday.

 

SJR 46 Sponsored by Senator Emery (R), eliminates income taxes and replaces them with an expanded sales and use tax and creates a property tax relief credit. Voted do pass out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

 

VETERANS

HCS HB 1285 Sponsored by Representative English (D), specifies that Veterans Day shall be a school holiday. Voted do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1724 Sponsored by Representative Davis (R), allows the Adjutant General to provide financial assistance or services to certain military families with money from the Missouri Military Family Relief Fund. Heard in the Senate Veterans Committee on Thursday.

 

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 Senate on Thursday.

 

HCS SB 600 Sponsored by Senator Sater (R), removes additional fee for issuance of Gold Star license plates. Voted do pass out of the House Veterans Committee on Tuesday.

 

OTHER

HB 1770 Sponsored by Representative Burlison (R), prohibits an employer from requiring a person to become a member of a labor organization as a condition or continuation of employment. Perfected in the House on Wednesday.

 

HB 2274 Sponsored by Representative Haahr (R), requires all printing done by any state department, agency, or entity to use the Garamond font if practicable. Referred to the House Downsizing State Government Committee on Tuesday.

 

SB 503 Sponsored by Senator Schaaf (R), exempts users of enclosed three wheel vehicles that contain manufacturer-installed seat belts with shoulder restraints from the requirement to wear helmets. Heard in the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday.

 

SB 890 Sponsored by Senator Kehoe (R), creates a rule for determining proper venue in cases alleging a tort in which the plaintiff was first injured in connection with any railroad operations outside the state of Missouri. Perfected in the Senate on Wednesday, third read and first read in the House on Thursday.