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MFN – Under the Dome – April 13, 2013 & Gun Rights Rally 4/18/13


Missouri Family Network is leading a multitude of conservative battles in the Missouri Legislature.

We are proud to be the State’s leading pro-family voice in the State Capitol and equally proud to be the State’s worse organization at focusing on fundraising!

If you appreciate the fact that you have not received any fundraising letters or solicitations for over a year – please know that it’s not because we don’t need

your financial help.  It is because we are too busy fighting for your values to stop and do fundraising, plain and simple.  We challenge anyone to check out our

work and our reputation.  Ask anyone anywhere.  Seek out at least three individuals (lawmakers, activists, pastors, or other leaders who know us from any

venue).  If they cannot tell you what we are about and our successful reputation, we would not be justified to hammer you with fundraising letters anyway.

Thanks to those who continue to send us monthly support, and wives that are the most dedicated and understanding in the world, we get by.  But needs

for support continue to grow and we need your help to meet expenses.  Therefore we’re forced to include this note asking for your financial assistance.

But first we want you to understand our commitment and promise to continue with or without your financial gifts (told you we are terrible at this).

There are many who cannot afford to support one more organization and we refuse to compete in your postal box.  We do not want to challenge the

fine work being done by other organizations – many of which are our friends.  However, please visit and click

on the “Video – MFN: Who, What, Where, When, & Why?” link at the top of the home page.  If you will watch just part of this 15 minute

video, you will understand us much better.  Then, after watching this video and asking others about MFN, please prayerfully consider

clicking on the “DONATE” button back on the home page and prayerfully send us an electronic gift of financial support.

This is the only way we are funded, through individual gifts from supporters like you!

(Note that MFN is NOT tax exempt so we are free to work in defense of the values we hold dear without restrictions!)

Thank You

Gun Rights Rally!

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

10 am – 12 noon (or later ?)

First Floor Rotunda

Missouri State Capitol

Please come support Lawmakers trying to hold the

Rogue Department of Revenue Accountable!

Missouri Family Network

~ Defending the Traditional Family ~


Under the Dome

A Weekly Look Under Your Capitol Dome

A Pro-Family Perspective from the keyboards of

Abram Messer  &  Kerry Messer

April 13, 2013

Special Focus On Bills Related to the


Rogue Department of Revenue Scandal



Budget Bills for the Department of Revenue are being drastically cut by the Senate Appropriations Committee.  As the Committee is striving diligently to get officials to explain themselves to the Committee they are very frustrated and angered to keep finding the scandal goes deeper and wider every time they start a new line of questions.  Officials unwilling to answer with transparency are being grilled.  Note: The various line items in the DOR budget are being cut in proportion to the level of difficulty officials make the Senate Committee go through!



HCS HB 137 Introduced by Representative Hinson (R), requires all state agencies to obtain approval from the General Assembly prior to administering, implementing, or expanding any federal program. Perfected in the House on Tuesday, third read and passed through the House on Thursday.


Home School Rally

Home School Rally

Parental Rights & Home Education

Missouri State Capitol

Jefferson City

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 – 2:30 pm

Sponsored by:

Families for Home Education

In our generation Parental Right have come under attack like never before in America and Missouri!  Various levels of the federal government and even many influential activists in State government have been working to label you and I as suspect, even a threat to national security, just because we home school our children!

 Just as the Missouri Department of Revenue has (secretly) begun compiling a massive database of citizens and your source documents, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has conspired to begin a massive data collection on children and families through local schools.  By adopting the Common Core Standards initiative DESE has demonstrated the plan for Missouri to join with other States to provide as much detailed information as possible with the federal government.  How long do you think home schoolers can stay free?

 Home Education is a foundational rights that stems from the natural rights of the Family! Those who seek to undermine this right also work to fracture Parental Rights.  Here in our Great State of Missouri the fundamental principles of Parental Rights are not recognized even in State Statutes, much less in the Constitution!  It’s no wonder everyone lives in the fear of government coming to take away your children.

 Worst of all, the vast majority of child abuse accusations are treated under the law as “civil” violations rather than “criminal”.  As a result parents have NO Constitutional Rights that would help protect against false accusations.  Under most child protections accused parents are NOT assumed innocent until the government prove that you are guilty.  Instead, you are assumed to be guilty until YOU prove that you are innocent.  The State Children’s Division treats all such cases without affording you the basic rights respected of outright criminals!

 Parental Rights are too important to leave unprotected.  Please come to the Missouri State Capitol for this important rally.  With almost half of the 163 House members being new to the Legislature, and the remaining members serving only a few years (thanks to the impact of “term limits”) they must see and hear from you!  Of the 34 Senators and House members (197 in all) only a small fraction have ever seen a large organized group of Home Schoolers.

In 2009 3,000 home schoolers packed out the Capitol, but since then 80% of the General Assembly has been replaced and only a few have seen more than a tenth of these numbers at any given time.

Go to:

and check out HB 513, Sponsored by Representative Kurt Bahr, and

to see HJR 26, Sponsored by Representative Todd Richardson

Come thank these men and the many co-sponsors of these important bills.

Come and visit with your Representative and Senator to ask for their support also!

 Without your involvement Parental Rights will continue to be eroded until your grandchildren and great-grandchildren will no longer have the home schooling rights you enjoy today.

2011 Missouri Capitol Legislative Academy and Legislative Calendar

Missouri Family Network wants you to be aware of your State Legislature:

Who they are – What they do – When they are in “Session”

And how You can be involved, effectively!

See the information below for dates and details.

MFN’s 26 years of experience can assist you in many ways to work smart and effective.

If you have any interest in being involved at any level with legislative issues and/or lobbying save this post as it contains some important dates related to your State Legislative Calendar.

Starting with MFN’s co-hosting our annual “Legislative Academy” and outlining the dates you need to know about before coming to your State Capitol building.

Missouri General Assembly – 2011 Legislative Session

Tuesday, Jan. 4th – Several pro-family groups will co-host the traditional “Legislative Academy” (These are the groups that have a decade or more of direct lobbying experience).

If you or a representative of your group wants to be effectively engaged in legislative matters – attending this program should be your top priority.

Wednesday Morning, Jan. 5th, Is the annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast. This event is hosted by a prayer breakfast committee and attendance requires pre-paid tickets to attend.

It is typically a sold out event with about three hundred or more in attendance. This year the committee set the date in conflict with the Commissioning and prayer service sponsored by the Missouri Baptist Convention, the Pathway newspaper (official paper of the MBC), and Concord Baptist Church. That even has been rescheduled for the next day.

Thursday Morning, Jan. 6th, there will be a special Commissioning and Prayer service for all members of the House and Senate. This program will be held at Concord Baptist Church in Jefferson City and open to the general public. The focus will be on a Biblical challenge to lawmakers and a series of prayers aimed at specific levels of authority, elected officials and their families, legislative staff, as well as all branches of State government. Please join us in person, or in prayer on the 6th.

Capitol Legislative Academy

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

10:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.
Jefferson City, Missouri Capitol
House Hearing Room 7

-Find your way through the Legislative maze and PROMOTE YOUR ISSUE.
-Learn the most effective way to approach your legislator.
-Gain knowledge from a mock hearing.
-Become skilled on how to present your subject matter.
-NETWORK with other like-minded Missourians.

Citizen lobbyist training for the novice and the experienced!

Lunch and materials included.

RSVP by calling or emailing by 1-1-11: 314-983-0680 or
Money may be paid at the door but RSVP must be in advance for lunch.
$12 per person, children under 12 – $5

Checks: MO Eagle Forum, 49 Conway Close Road, St. Louis, MO 63124

Presented by: Missouri Eagle Forum
Concerned Women for America of Missouri
Families for Home Education
Missouri Family Network

96th Missouri General Assembly Schedule for the First regular Session, 2011

Pre-filing of proposed bills began December 1, 2010 even though the Session convenes January 5, 2011.

Once the regular Session begins the average legislative week begins with a mid-afternoon session each Monday, with a 10 am session in both the House and Senate on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, ending at noon or early afternoon on Thursday. (While Schedules can involve Fridays, Saturdays, or even Sundays, the House and Senate strive to avoid those days so everyone can maintain their private home lives, businesses, and the other ‘normal’ activities of a ‘citizen’s legislature.’)

During most of the first half of the Session more time will be spend in the 60-70 committees and the public hearings required of any bills before they can be considered on the House or Senate floors. These committees will begin early Monday mornings and some will not even have a chance to meet until late evening. Official Capitol schedules combined involve 14-16 hour days, and often times even longer. (MFN averages between 44-50 hours a week in the capitol building during these four days each week.)

During the mid-Session months this activity will gradually evolve into more time spent in full formal sessions on the House and Senate floors and less time in smaller committees. Mondays early sessions will begin earlier and each chamber will extend hours of ‘floor time.’ Committees will struggle to keep up with not just their own chamber’s introduced bills, but those bills that start being sent to them as they were passed by the other chamber.

Following Spring Break, House bills remaining in House Committees and Senate bills that have not yet been passed through their original Senate Committees are facing the probability that they will die in the miry muck of the legislative process. Thursdays run longer and lawmaker’s stress levels become more prevalent.

Every day thousands of visitors will fill the capitol with hundreds of them joining with the hundreds of ‘regular’ full time lobbyists. Multiple groups will compete for lawmaker’s ears with receptions, meals, and a host of events, rallies, and demonstrations. Individual lawmakers’ schedules will be set and altered daily as they struggle to maintain, adjust, and/or manage their priorities and ever changing demands and dynamics.

As the Session wears on, the pace gets more hectic and overwhelming as each of the 197 members (163 in the House & 34 in the Senate) are each struggling to nurture their priorities through the gauntlet of the legislative process. Legislative dynamics become increasingly complicated as the hundreds, or thousands of, voices crying out for attention attempt to drown out one another as they compete for priority consideration. In the end 90%+ of all proposals will fail to become law.

Thankfully the vast majority of proposals will die along the way. There are hundreds of ways to help kill bills and only one process to survive to become law. For constitutionally conservative

Christian citizens to navigate this process MFN recommends:

– Attend the Legislative Academy described above.

– Consult with SEVERAL experienced and trustworthy sources as to which individuals and groups to trust for information and leadership on your issues.

– Cross reference information you see or hear for accuracy and wisdom before responding.
(many voices use hyperbolic or unsubstantiated information for fund-raising or activism)

– Sign up for our MFN E@lerts and weekly “Under the Dome” updates by going to you will be kept up-to-date with each week’s highlights as well as the key expectations for the following week.

Legislative Dates to Note:

First Day: (Swearing in ceremony and official election of House & Senate Leadership)

Wednesday, January 5, 12 noon

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day: (no session)

Monday, January 17th (reconvene Tuesday the 18th, 4 pm)

State of the State Address:

Expect A Late January Wednesday Evening (date to be set) Governor Jeremiah (Jay) Nixon

State of the Judiciary Address:

Expect An Early February Wednesday Late Morning or Noon (date to be set) – Chief Justice William Ray Price

Last Day for Senate Bills to be Introduced:

March 1 (House Bills typically do not have a cut-off date, but the later into the annual session a fresh bill is introduced it become less viable.)

Spring Break: (a one week break with a late start the following Monday)

Thursday, March 17, upon adjournment – Monday, March 28, 4 pm

Last Day for House Consent Bills to be Reported from Senate Committees:

April 14 (House consent bills after this date can still move forward but would lose their ‘consent’ status, making them vulnerable to harmful amendments.)

Easter Break:

Monday, April 25 (Easter Monday no session with a late 4 pm start on Tuesday)

Cut-off date for all Appropriations Bills to be Truly Agreed and Finally Passed:

May 6 (The Missouri Constitution requires the budget to be approved prior to the last week of session, thus allowing the last week to focus on policy issues only and helps lawmakers realize the fiscal impact of the final bills in relationship to keeping a balanced budget. Therefore bills which threaten to overstress, or bankrupt, the budget face almost impossible odds of passage.)

Last Day of 2011 Missouri State Legislative Session:

May 13, 6 pm (All bills that are not “Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed” (meaning both the House and Senate fully vet, process, and adopt the same version with a jot nor tittle difference) will be totally dead and must start the process from the starting gate if attempted the next year. Unlike the two year session of the U.S. Congress, the State Legislature treats each year as a separate self-standing legislative session.)

Any additional “Special Session(s)” may be called by the Governor for whatever specific purpose needed.

“Interim” committees that meet anytime throughout the year may be established by the House, Senate, or jointly.

A Constitutionally required “Veto Session” will be held in September.