Defending traditional families

Under the Dome: April 19, 2014

Last Week In Review

 

ABORTION

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 do pass out of the Senate Local Government Committee on Wednesday.

 

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. Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

 

HCS HB 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. Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

 

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. Voted do pass out of the Senate Veterans Committee on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1613 Sponsored by Representative Gatschenberger (R), establishes the “Ultrasound Informed Consent Act”. Voted do pass out of the House Children and Families Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCS HB 1846 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), changes the laws regarding the enforcement of abortion laws. Voted do pass out of the House Health Care Policy Committee on Wednesday. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 2206 Sponsored by Representative Brattin (R), requires the written consent of the father of the child before an abortion can be performed, with certain exceptions. Referred to the House Children and Families Committee on Tuesday.

 

SCS SB 638 & 647 Sponsored by Senator Romine (R), modifies provisions relating to benevolent tax credits. Perfected in the Senate on Tuesday. Referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on Wednesday.

 

SB 864 Sponsored by Senator Schaaf (R), modifies provision relating to health care facility infection reporting. Voted do pass out of the Senate Veterans Committee on Thursday.

ANIMAL RIGHTS & AGRICULTURE

HCS#2 HB 1100 & 1421 Sponsored by Representative Fraker (R), changes the laws regarding food preparation by nonprofit organizations and the laws regarding cottage food production operations. Perfected in the House on Tuesday. Third read and passed through the House on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1124 Sponsored by Representative Kolkmeyer (R), changes the laws regarding “all-terrain vehicles,” “recreational off-highway vehicles,” and “utility vehicles”. Perfected in the House on Tuesday. Third read and passed through the House on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 1302 Remole, specifies that Missourians have the right to heat their homes and businesses using wood-burning furnaces, stoves, fireplaces, and heaters. Heard in the Senate Energy Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1865 Sponsored by Representative Redmon (R), modifies provisions of law relating to sales and use tax exemptions for utilities used or consumed in the preparation of food. Perfected in the House on Tuesday.

 

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. Heard in the House Agricultural Policy Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 2185 Sponsored by Representative Hurst (R), repeals a provision allowing the Department of Natural Resources to take any action to assure protection of the environment and human health. Referred to the House Downsizing State Government Committee on Tuesday.

 

SB 727 Sponsored by Senator Chappelle-Nadal (D), creates a sales and use tax exemption for farm products sold at a farmers’ market. Referred to the Hsoeu Emerging Issues in Agriculture Committee on Thursday.

 

SS SCS SB 850 Sponsored by Representative Munzlinger (R) modifies provisions relating to agriculture including farmers’ markets. Referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on Tuesday.

 

SB 859 Sponsored by Senator Brown (R), repeals the sunset provision of the large animal veterinarian student loan program. Referred to the House Agricultural Policy Committee on Monday.

 

CRIME

HB 1539 Sponsored by Representative Kelley (R), changes the laws regarding public safety. First read in the House on Monday.

 

HCS HB 1371 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), changes the laws regarding the Missouri Criminal Code. Second read and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1372 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), prohibits protest activities at funeral services. Second read and referred to the  Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

 

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, allows a truck with a gross weight over 48,000 pounds to drive in the far left-hand lane of any Missouri highway, freeway, or expressway, requires MODOT to issue emergency utility response permits to allow motor carriers to transport equipment following a disaster. Voted do pass out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

 

SS SCS SB 491 Sponsored by Representative Justus (R), modifies provisions relating to criminal law. Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on Monday.

 

SB 869 Sponsored by Senator Schmitt (R), allows for the temporary suspension of adoption subsidies if the child has been removed from the home due to child abuse and neglect. Perfected in the Senate on Tuesday. Third read and passed through the Senate and first read in the House on Thursday.

 

SB 681 Sponsored by Senator Curls (D), provides a process for the Parole Board to review the case histories of offenders serving more than 15 years in prison and recommend clemency or allow release on parole. Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

 

SCR 29 Sponsored by Senator Wallingford (R), establishes a Juvenile Justice Task Force. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

DRUGS & ALCOHOL

HB 1615 Sponsored by Representative Fitzpatrick (R), allows any person to apply for a liquor license to sell intoxicating liquor on a boat carrying thirty passengers or more. Perfected in the House on Tuesday.

 

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

 

HCS 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. Voted do pass out of the House on Wednesday.

 

SB 786 Sponsored by Senator Schmitt (R), modifies provisions relating to intoxicating liquor manufactured for personal or family use. Perfected in the Senate on Tuesday. Third read and passed through the Senate and first read in the House on Thursday.

 

SS SCS SB 841 Sponsored by Senator Wasson (R), modifies provisions relating to alternative nicotine or vapor products. Perfected in the Senate on Wednesday. Third read and passed through the Senate and first read in the House on Thursday.

 

EDUCATION

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

 

HB 1157 Sponsored by Representative Lair (R), requires the State Board of Education within the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to adopt a rule regarding student data accessibility. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday. 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. Perfected in the House on Tuesday. Referred to the House Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday. Third read and passed through the House on Thursday.

 

HB 1418 Sponsored by Representative Parkinson (R), dissolves the board of education of any school district that has lost its accreditation and specifies that new board members shall be elected within 45 days of the loss of accreditation. Heard in the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1490 Sponsored by Representative Bahr (R), changes the laws regarding academic performance and learning standards in elementary and secondary education. Heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1549 Sponsored by Representative Montecillo (D), establishes term limits for State Board of Education members. Heard in the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 1689 Sponsored by Representative Swan (R), changes the laws regarding early childhood education programs. Perfected in the House on Tuesday. Referred to the House Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1732 Sponsored by Representative Swan (R), requires school districts to develop a system for identifying students who are at risk of not being ready for college-level work or entry-level career positions. Heard in the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 1780 Sponsored by Representative Swan (R), adds virtual courses to the postsecondary courses that can be offered to high school students participating in dual enrollment classes. Voted do pass out of the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1919 Sponsored by Representative Guernsey (R), modifies provisions relating to high school equivalency examinations. Heard in the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 2257 Sponsored by Representative LaFaver (D), changes the laws regarding virtual schools. Referred to the House Education Committee on Tuesday.

 

SCS SB 521 Sponsored by Senator Emery (R), modifies provisions relating to elementary and secondary education. Voted do pass out of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

SCS SB 798 & 514 Sponsored by Senator Emery (R), modifies provisions relating to elementary and secondary education standards and assessments. Voted do pass out of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

SCS 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. Voted do pass out of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

ELECTIONS

HCS HB 1739 Sponsored by Representative McGaugh (R), authorizes an election authority to accept voter registration applications with electronic signatures under certain conditions. Perfected in the House on Tuesday. Third read and passed through the House on Thursday.

 

HCS HB 2271 Sponsored by Representative Dugger (R), changes the laws regarding elections. Referred to the House Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday. Third read and passed through the House on Thursday.

 

HCS HJR 47 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), proposes a constitutional amendment specifying that general law may require a person to provide valid government-issued photo identification in order to vote in person in an election. Referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on Monday Voted do pass out of the Senate Oversight Committee on Wednesday..

 

HCS HJR 90 Sponsored by Representative Dugger (R), proposes a constitutional amendment requiring the establishment of a six-week early voting period for all elections except local, special district, and municipal elections. Referred to the House Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday. Third read and passed through the House, and first read in the Senate on Thursday.

 

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

 

SCS SB 892 Sponsored by Senator Kraus (R), changes the presidential primary election date from February to March. Second read in the House on Monday. Referred to the House Elections Committee on Thursday.

 

FAMILY

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 do pass out of the Senate Veterans Committee on Thursday.

 

HB 1756 Sponsored by Representative Walton Gray (D), allows certain incarcerated parents to petition the court to delegate visitation time and access to a family member or other person with a close and substantial relationship to the parent’s minor child. Head in the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCS HB 1788 Sponsored by Representative Cox (R), changes the laws regarding adoptions. Voted do pass out of the House Judiciary 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. Heard in the Senate Small Business Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 2189 Sponsored by Representative Franklin (R), requires persons certified and providing homebirth services to provide proof of malpractice insurance coverage prior to the provision of services. Heard in the House Health Care Policy Committee on Wednesday.

 

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 Rules Committee on Wednesday.

 

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. Heard in the Senate Seniors and Families Committee on Tuesday.

 

SCS SB 520 Sponsored by Senator Sater (R), modifies the law relating to leave time for state employees who are adoptive and foster parents. Voted do pass out of 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. Second read in the House on Monday.

 

SS SCS SB 720 Sponsored by Representative Justus (R), adds new requirements for state-funded child care businesses. Voted do pass out of the House Children and Families Committee on Tuesday.

 

SB 827 Sponsored by Senator Keaveny (D), prohibits the use of corporal punishment and the use of spanking to discipline students in public and private schools. Heard and voted do pass out of the Senate Progress and Development Committee on Wednesday.

 

SCS SB 873 Sponsored by Senator Brown (R), modifies provisions relating to background checks for the purpose of child placement. Third read and passed through the Senate and first read in the House on Thursday.

 

GAMBLING

SB 741 Sponsored by Senator Rupp (R), authorizes gaming establishment to provide lines of credit. Heard in the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday. Voted do pass out of the House General Laws Committee on Thursday.

 

GOVERNMENT ETHICS

HCS HB 1257 Sponsored by Representative Wilson (R), prohibits any member of the state highway patrol or local law enforcement agency or employee of the national highway traffic safety administration from collecting breath, blood, or saliva for research purposes. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

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. Heard in the House Health Insurance Committee on Tuesday.

 

HCS HCR 7 Sponsored by Representative Curtman (R), strongly urges the U.S. Congress to pass the Federal Reserve Transparency Act to require a complete audit of the Federal Reserve Bank. Heard in the Senate Joint Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

SS SB 498 Sponsored by Senator Schaefer (R), creates a private cause of action against navigators for unlawful release of private identifying information and requires health insurance navigators be bonded for purposes of paying any judgments awarded. Referred to the House Health Insurance Committee on Thursday.

 

SB 504 Sponsored by Representative Munzlinger (R), requires state agencies to post proposed rules, summaries, and fiscal notes on their websites. Heard in the House Oversight Committee on Monday. Voted do pass out of the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

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. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday. Voted and reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

SS SCS SB 599 Sponsored by Senator Kraus (R), restricts the storage and use as evidence of data collected through automated license plate reader systems by government entities. Perfected in the Senate on Tuesday. Third read and passed through the Senate and first read in the House on Thursday.

 

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

 

PORNOGRAPHY & SEX CRIMES

HB 1554 Sponsored by Representative Montecillo (D), requires any registered sexual offender required to file a Lobbyist Registration Statement to disclose to the Missouri Ethics Commission that he or she is required to register as a sexual offender. Voted do pass out of the House General Laws Committee on Thursday.

 

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 Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday. Third read and passed through the House on Thursday.

 

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

HCR 51 Sponsored by Representative Kelley (R), recognizes February 10, 1954, as the anniversary of the addition of the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance.  Offered in the House on Wednesday.

 

SECOND AMENDMENT

SCS HCS HB 1439 Sponsored by Representative Funderburk (R), changes various provisions relating to firearms. Heard in the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

 

HB 1591 Sponsored by Representative Wanda Brown (R), specifies that the classroom portion of the firearms safety training course must not have more than 40 students per qualified firearms safety instructor. Perfected in the House on Monday. Third read and passed through the House, and first read in the Senate on Wednesday.

 

HB 1649 Sponsored by Representative Brattin (R), modifies provisions related to the tort liability associated with the concealed carry of firearms. Heard in the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

 

HJR 61 Sponsored by Representative Brattin (R), proposes a constitutional amendment on the right to bear arms and to possess and purchase ammunition and parts for such arms. Heard in the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.
HCS SB 656 Sponsored by Senator Kraus (R), modifies the live fire exercise and testing requirements for a concealed carry permit. Voted and reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

SS SB 745 Sponsored by Representative Munzlinger (R) modifies the provisions regarding sheriffs and other law enforcement officers, weapons, and concealed carry permits. Voted and reported do pass out of the House Rules Committee on Thursday.

 

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

 

TAXES

HB 1174 Sponsored by Representative Curtman (R), specifies that certain capital gains income from the exchange of gold and silver is exempt from Missouri adjusted gross income and changes the laws regarding nonbank depositories. Referred to the House Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday. Third read and passed through the House on Thursday.

 

HCS HBs 1179 & 1765 Sponsored by Representative Burlison (R), changes the laws regarding sales and use taxes and the motor fuel tax and authorizes a sales and use tax exemption on the sale of a used manufactured home. 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. Referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on Monday. Voted do pass out of the Senate Oversight Committee on Wednesday.

 

HB 1865 Sponsored by Representative Redmon (R), modifies provisions of law relating to sales and use tax exemptions for utilities used or consumed in the preparation of food. Referred to the House Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday.

 

HCR 29 Sponsored by Representative Scharnhorst (R), submits to Congress a proposed federal balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution. Reported to the Senate and first read on Monday. Second read and referred to the Senate Joint Rules Committee on Tuesday.

 

HJR 68 Sponsored by Representative Hinson (R), proposes a constitutional amendment imposing a 1% temporary increase in the state sales and use tax to be used for transportation projects. Voted do pass out of the Senate Transportation Committee 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. Referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on Monday. Voted do pass out of Senate Oversight Committee on Wednesday.

 

SS #3 SB 509 & 496 Sponsored by Senator Kraus (R), modifies provisions relating to income taxes. Truly agreed to and finally passed on Wednesday.

 

SB 693 Sponsored by Senator Parson (R), exempts motor vehicles older than ten years from the sales tax on titling. Heard in the House General Laws Committee on Tuesday.

 

VETERANS

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

 

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

 

OTHER

HB 1468 Sponsored by Representative Dohrman (R), specifies that workers’ compensation provisions shall not apply to volunteers for certain tax-exempt organizations. Heard in the Senate Small Business Committee on Tuesday.

 

SB 718 Sponsored by Senator Richard (R), allows for volunteer labor on public works projects. Referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.