Hourly Updates: The House

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During the last two weeks of the session, The Missouri Times will be bringing you hourly updates of all floor activity of each chamber. Below is all the floor activity for the House beginning on Monday, May 1.

Friday, May 12, 2017

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • SB 65 – Ross/Schatz: Exempts vessels propelled by outboard jet motors and vessels not originally manufactured with adequate guards or railing from the provisions prohibiting passengers from riding in certain areas of a boat
    • Third read and passed
  • SCR 26 – Barnes/Kehoe: Authorizes independent certified public accountant or certified public accounting firm to conduct an audit of State Auditor’s office
    • Third Read and Passed
  • SCR 4 – Frederick/Kehoe: Applies to Congress for the calling of an Article V convention of states to propose certain amendments to the United States Constitution which place limits on the federal government
    • Dems call for a privileged motion to stand adjourned until May 22, trying to stall for time.
    • Previous question
    • Third Read and Passed 85-50
  • HB 1194 and HB 1193 – Prohibits political subdivisions from requiring a minimum wage that exceeds the requirements of state law
    • Minimum Wage bills, just passed out of the Senate after a controversial previous question and hours of procedural motions
    • Recess until 5:30 for fiscal review
    • Shaul: Only change on this bill is the federal regulation, corrected so food and tax credits
    • Shaul: Technical fix
    • Previous question without Democratic comment 99-34
    • Third Read and Passed 109-43
    • Emergency Clause Debate
    • Chipman: “We have passed this bill, we don’t adopt the emergency clause you’re going to leave a lot of people in a lurch between now and Aug. 28.”
    • Chipman: This will cause job loss.
    • Carpenter to Franks:
      • Franks: We were able to raise our minimum wage to a living wage. Those entry level jobs is how we get by because we don’t have the option to just go here or go there. My mom had to raise us on an entry level job.
      • Franks: We fought for this. And to just take it away, this is that emergency.
      • Carpenter: Talking about Rone’s speech last night. He did an amazing job in that speech and he said down in the Bootheel the people are poor.
    • Carpenter to Merideth:
      • Debate as to whether or not this is a constitutional emergency
      • Merideth: This bill is tough for me. We’ve had a lot of bills come through this place this year that I find shameful and offensive, but this one takes the case. Do you know what the standard is for is something constitutes an emergency for an emergency clause? Immediate preservation of public health, peace, well-being and public safety.
      • Merideth: On the face of the bill, this is unconstitutional.
    • Carpenter: Right now, in this country, I get we disagree on the minimum wage. But that disagreement does not rise to the level of a constitutional emergency.
    • Previous Question
    • Emergency Clause Fails 108-42
  • HCB 3 – Fitzpatrick: Modifies provisions relating to funds for vulnerable senior citizens
    • Fitzpatrick: I don’t think this is going to work. I’m not voting for it because I think it’s against my oath of office to do so.
    • Quade: We played chicken
    • Quade:This has been really frustrating and disgusting, the back and forth. This can work it’s the only chance we have left.
    • Substitute passes 85-63
    • Motion passes 83-67
    • Emergency clause failed 32-102
  • Sine Die

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • SB 503 – Lauer/Munzlinger: Requires the Committee for 911 Oversight to designate a state 911 coordinator
    • Third Read and Passed
  • SB 112 – Tate/Schatz: Modifies provisions relating to political subdivisions
    • Truly Agreed and Finally Passed
  • SB 95 – Fraker/Sater: Modifies provisions relating to local government financial transactions
    • Truly Agreed and Finally Passed
  • HB 52 – Frederick/Nasheed: Creates several provisions relating to suicide awareness and prevention
    • Third Read and Passed
    • Emergency Clause Passes
  • SB 88 – Brown/McGaugh: Establishes a two year statute of limitations for claims of malpractice or negligence against veterinarians
    • Third Read and Passed
  • SB 376 – Dohrmann/Hoskins: Designates “Old Drum” as the historical dog of the state of Missouri
    • Most important bill in the state
    • Curtis raises a point of order
    • Says it’s not important
    • Previous question
    • Onto the governor’s desk

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • HB 115 – Shull: Modifies provisions relating to the sale of intoxicating liquor at the St. Louis International Airport
    • Third Read and Passed
  • SB 501 – Stephens/Sater: Modifies provisions relating to health care
    • Third Read and Passed
  • Other bills third read and passed: Working on updating with sponsors, bill descriptions
    • SB 8 – Rhoads/Munzlinger: Modifies the law relating to flashing lights on motor vehicles and equipment
    • SB 283 – Andrews/Hegeman: Enacts provisions relating to tourism commissions and special road district commissioner elections
    • SB 225 – Davis/Schatz: Modifies the permissible length of motor vehicles operated on highways
    • SB 222 – Korman/Riddle: Modifies provisions relating to vehicle lighting equipment
    • SB 421 – Kidd/Rizzo: Modifies provisions relating to the conveyance of state property
    • SB 35 – Ross/Cunningham: Modifies public notice and hearing requirements for certain land purchases made by the Department of Natural Resources or the Commissioner of Administration on behalf of state departments

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • SB 108 – Davis/Romine: Grants reemployment rights to members of the military
    • Third Read and Passed
  • SB 229 – T. Fitzwater/Riddle: Modifies the law relating to working hours for employees at certain mental health facilities
    • Amendment from Fitzpatrick
    • Fitzpatrick: Senate didn’t seem to like it too much. Even though we haven’t really tried to sit down with them, we’ve got another solution to try to come up with. “Phantom money”
    • Fitzpatrick: Keeps fund sweep measure in yesterday’s bill.
    • Putting HCB 3 language onto this bill
    • Alferman: “This is the third different option that the house has tried to send over to the Senate to eradicate this problem. This is yet another example of the house trying to do everything they have in their power to do to find a resolution.”
    • Richardson – Substitute Amendment
      • Fitzpatrick: “You tried to find some reasonable middle ground and i want to commend you on that effort. You’ve been more than gracious, more than willing and more than reasonable in that effort.”
      • When the Senate adopted HB 11, their version had 24 points.
      • Their funding from the Senior Services Protection Fund
      • “The reason we are here in the House today talking about a path to 21 points is because we ended up with the House position on that.”
      • I agree with the lady of the comments from Greene [Quade]. We are long past the point in time we ought to be talking about whose fault this is. It doesn’t matter how we got into the spot we’re in, what matters is what we’re going to do about it.
      • We asked them on Monday night to grant conference on HCB 3. We tried yesterday to give them yet another vehicle to take up and pass.
      • This is another attempt for a chance to take care of this problem and take care of it in a fiscally conservative year.
      • What he’s trying to do today is one more chance to give the Senate the opportunity to take this up and pass it and fund these critical state services that aren’t going to be funded.
      • Previous Question
      • Lavender with an outburst 8000 people will lose their health care. Furious and screaming at Cierpiot
    • Butler: There is a path to 21 points other than just this bill. There’s only half of one group that doesn’t agree on the path before the body and that’s House Republicans.
    • Richardson: We have been talking about this all week long. Do you know how many times in two years one legislative chamber has refused to grant conference on this matter? Twice. And on a bill of this magnitude, we should be able to grant conference on it.
    • Richardson: Their plan doesn’t work.
    • Butler: Until we get a vote on what the Senate did, we’re not going to know if it’s going to work or not. We can respectfully disagree. There are a couple of paths to 21 points.
    • Butler: I would love to see us do both.
    • Fitzwater; We can accept this bill and send it to the Senate, we can send our budget to the Senate and give them an option to move us to 21 points, or we can capitulate and not have a say in our budget.
    • Previous Question
    • Third Read and Passed 127-24
  • HB 452 – Austin: Modifies definitions of “employee” and “physician employee” in actions against health care providers for personal injury or death
    • Third Read and Passed
  • HB 115 – Shull: Modifies provisions relating to the sale of intoxicating liquor at the St. Louis International Airport
    • Debate ongoing

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • SB 22 – Matthiesen/Chappelle-Nadal: Modifies provisions relating to contaminated homes
    • West Lake Landfill buyout bill
    • Amendments
    • Amendment 1 – Matthiesen
      • Would remove the amendment added in committee by Rep. Ross that would sell off the land in Oregon County to fund the issue
      • Barnes: I have great sympathy for the people who live in this area, because they are concerned about the safety of their homes that they have invested in. But this bill reminds me a debate I had where I was on the losing side. this body should not inject itself into litigation. his amendment would have the effect of guaranteeing a victory for the homeowners.
      • Barnes: If it’s inhaled, it can stay in your bones and maybe cause cancer. This element is buried in the ground. We don’t know the level of danger, this element creates. What this amendment does is that we, non-scientists are declaring homes to be uninhabitable if a certain amount of this element is in the ground.
      • Barnes: This is not a court room, this is not an executive agency. It is beyond what we are supposed to do under our constitutional powers.
      • Matthiesen: These are people that are trapped with no way out.
      • Quade: Folks testifying against what we were doing were tied in some way or another to the company that was tied to the landfill. A lot of them don’t live in Missouri. What happens to you [Republic Services] as a business if we pass this bill, are you hurt financially by this? (They are not)
      • Ross: Nixon ignored people who needed help. Instead used money to “build a monument to himself” in Oregon County.
      • Ross: “This was meant to help people; our previous governor ignored the needs of the people.”
      • Previous question
      • Matthiesen: We can’t keep making assumptions we’re going to help people and not follow through.
      • Amendment fails 60-82
    • Hill: “My wife’s family has been victim of the stuff that’s in this landfill.” She lived near Coldwater Creek, another radioactive site. Coldwater is under FUSRAP/Army Corps of Engineers jurisdiction
    • Hill: All of the women in her family started getting autoimmune disorders and cancers at relatively young ages
    • Hill: “My wife was just diagnosed with her first cancer two months ago. She is always going to have to worry about cancer in her life.”
    • Nichols: Represents a big part of Bridgeton
    • Nichols: Buying a modest home under the umbrella of a landfill. They thought it was just a nasty smell, they didn’t know they were also living by a Superfund site.
    • Curtman: When I read through the bill and the summary, I feel like I have a lot more questions than I do answers now.
    • Curtman fears crossing policy with EPA, especially after Matthiesen said Pruitt said West Lake Landfill would be the EPA’s number one priority.
    • Previous Question
    • Bill Fails to Pass 65-79

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • SB 84 – Dogan/Kraus: Restricts the use of cell site simulator devices
  • SB 125 – Ross/Wasson: Modifies provisions relating to the regulation of certain professions
  • SB 34 – Creates the crime of illegal reentry
    • Crime omnibus includes Blue Alert bill
    • Roberts: “I did not sign the report, I feel the underlying bill is unconstitutional.” But said he liked the conference process
    • Rhoads: No DNA swabs in the bill, told that to Curtman
    • Rhoads: This is our only vehicle for Blue Alert that’s probably going to get passed. This will be probably our only viable candidate to get this across
    • Rhoads: I just talked to the governor’s office about it, and this has always been a big thing for them. We had huge bipartisan support for it earlier this year.
    • Dogan wants another crime bill, HB 302, to come up because HB 302 is the badge number of Ballwin Police Officer Michael Flamion, who was paralyzed after a shooting last July.
    • Truly Agreed and Finally Passed 
  • SB 139 – Wood/Sater: Establishes the Controlled Substance Abuse Prevention Fund and the Rx Cares for Missouri Program and modifies the MO HealthNet Pharmacy program
    • Controlled substances
    • Truly Agreed and Finally Passed 138-11
  • SB 22 – Matthiesen/Chappelle-Nadal: Modifies provisions relating to contaminated homes
    • West Lake Landfill buyout bill
    • Matthiesen: Unusually large amounts of lupus, alopecia and other autoimmune diseases could be linked to this site. Cancers
    • Matthiesen: As of today, there is still no barrier. Told public the waste was limited to a small area and that
    • Matthiesen: Five homes in his district have tested positive for increased thorium levels
    • Matthiesen: No one’s been willing to step in and help. The original bill requested the general revenue be capped at $12 million. Been decreased to $1 million
    • Debate ongoing

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  • SB 309 – Walker/Walsh: Modifies provisions of various retirement systems and allows single non-charter county judicial circuits to collect a court surcharge
    • Omnibus for public employee retirement systems
    • Previous question
    • Third Read and Passed 129-31
  • SB 326 – McCaherty/Kraus: Creates new provisions relating to low-profit limited liability corporations
    • Some questions of whether or not this should go through without having been vetted
    • Third Read and Passed 147-5
  • SB 84 – Dogan/Kraus: Restricts the use of cell site simulator devices

Thursday, May 11, 2017

11:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • SB 395 – Sommer/Hoskins: Modifies provisions relating to the practice of public accounting
    • House is killing time to give time to set up conference committees
    • Third Read and Passed

10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

  • SB 64 – Alferman/Schatz: Omnibus highway naming bill
    • Third Read and Passed 114-4
  • SB 111 – Crawford/Hegeman: Modifies provisions relating to public administrators and allows a guardian to execute a preneed contract
    • Third Read and Passed
  • SB 248 – Love/Kraus: Repeals the expiration date for tax refund contributions to the Organ Donor Program Fund
    • Third Read and Passed
  • SB 62 – Black/Hegeman: Modifies provisions regarding various pension systems and allows the county recorder to collect an additional fee
    • Third Read and Passed

9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

  • HB 151 – Corlew: Requires the department of revenue to issue REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses unless the applicant requests a license that is not compliant with the REAL ID
    • Lynch: Can use a Missouri driver’s license, with one of seven other types of ID to get into Ft. Leonard Wood
    • Previous question
    • Third Read and Passed 112-39
    • Emergency Clause
  • SB 50 – Frederick/Walsh: Modifies several provisions relating to health care
    • Conferenced bill
    • Health care omnibus
    • Third Read and Passed 138-10
  • SB 240 – Mathews/Schatz: Creates a statewide license for electrical contractors
    • Would not have to go from county to county to get new licenses
    • Third Read and Passed 130-14
  • House stands at ease at 11:20
  • Announcements

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

  • HB 151 – Corlew: Requires the department of revenue to issue REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses unless the applicant requests a license that is not compliant with the REAL ID
    • Conway: If this comes in in the middle of your six year license that they will replace it for free.
    • Conway: You don’t have to wait for a new license to be issued, they can emboss it with something to make it REAL ID compliment.
    • Corlew: The procedures of REAL ID are the importance of it. It’s not so much that it’s a magic card.
    • Conway: Biometric ID is no longer a federal requirement for REAL ID
    • Kidd: Does this become a national idea. Fora  caucus that talks about freedom and soverignty, we now submit to the United Nations.
    • Corlew: Under this legislation, you don’t have to get a REAL ID compliant license
    • Corlew: The reason REAL ID was implemented at the federal level was so they could make sure people weren’t committing fraud with IDs.
    • Kidd: It takes away more sovereignty from the state. I’m concerned about the long term issues of what happens if we submit to national ID.
    • Davis: “This isn’t a game of chicken we’re going to play against the federal government and we’re going to get hurt, this is going to be 6 million Missourians that are going to get hurt.”
    • Corlew: This affects those areas the federal government does have control over. Federal buildings, etc.
    • Davis talks about how truckers that do work with government (nuclear materials transport) that have to go through those background checks, would be easier with REAL ID.
    • Corlew: “This is an issue that is affecting out businesses right now. This is something we can do to help them.”
    • Brattin: It’s such a breach of peoples’ rights.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • SB 217 – Dogan/Nasheed:  Adds donations to soup kitchens or homeless shelters to current tax credit for donations to food pantries
    • Amendment 1 – Fitzpatrick
      • Quade: I’m not willing to play chicken with seniors.
      • Hubrecht: We have a solution of Baby Boomers that is hitting us. We’re not even halfway up that curve yet. I think this is a creative solution for this year. I’ve been told everyone is willing to work for these creative solutions.
      • Lavender: The Senate did not change every word of this bill, it changed the funding mechanism of this bill. 432 funds. Senate has excluded 30 or 40. But they have not excluded 90 percent of these funds. I there are sweepable funds, and people are protective of those funds. There are funds we don’t want to take money from. I don’t think this is a gimmick.
      • Lavender: Only looked at funds with larger sums of money or ones that didn’t sound important
      • Lavender: This isn’t willy-nilly.
      • Wood: To continue to work for a solution I think shows a lot of integrity
      • Wood: Lavender started the conversation
      • Wood: Look at a fund sweep for next year. We can celebrate today if we pass this bill and the Senate takes it up. This is a one time solution. We’re putting off a bad situation, but that means we’re going to have to work twice as hard to find the money to fund these solutions.
      • Amendment – Alferman
        • Language the Treasurer’s that could be changed. Just clean the language.
      • Alferman: I just spent the better part of 30 minutes listening to the minority party say there are so many easier options than the one we are taking now. The best policy forward was to pass the house version of HCB 3.
      • Alferman: DESE, DHE, Governor’s office all of these departments said there are constitutional problems with the Senate version of HCB 3.
      • Alferman: HCB 3 is not a viable option forward. Had we gone to conference on that.
      • Alferman: I tried. I think I’ve spoken to more senators this week than I have in this building.
      • Alferman: Time is running out, this is the option before the table.
      • Alferman: We’re going to be back here next year talking about this same issue, and that’s going to be fine because at least we’ll have another year to talk about it. This is the only viable plan to go back down to 21 points.
      • Passed on Voice Vote Unanimously
    • Third Read and Passed 145-5
  • SB 124 – Austin/Wasson: Modifies provisions relating to political subdivisions
    • Amendment 1 – Rone
      • Smelter bill
      • Rone: “I want to thank everybody in this body for supporting me and the people of Southeast Missouri when I put this amendment on SB 302. We knew it was a longshot, but we knew one thing.”
      • Rone: All we ask for out of both people down on the other end of the hall to give the PSC the right to negotiate an affordable power rate. Ready to open up the old Noranda facility in 120 cays. My people lost 900 jobs, but we have the ability to bring back 500 of them.
      • Rone: I went to that dysfunctional end down there, along with the other reps. King Libla telling Schaaf to come over and talk to us and try to convince us their way was the right way.
      • Rone: Schaaf said it’s not right we take one industry over another. We gave them tax credits at Ford, in St. Louis, we gave them tax credits in Boeing. Our people need to work.
      • Rone: I have travelled this entire United States and I’ve dealt with a lot of people in my job. I’ve dealt with some of the craziest farmers you’ve ever seen. But I don’t want to deal with the most selfish people as Libla, as Romine in my life. Never.
      • Rone: 500 shovel-ready jobs. I just don’t understand it.
      • Rone: “We shouldn’t pass anything they do because they’re heartless and they’re selfish.” They are disrupting government at the state of Missouri.
      • Rone: This is an opportunity for a whole generation in the state of Missouri.
      • Rone: the citizens of my district will know and know and know how Libla treated them.
      • Standing ovation
      • Adopted 148-2
    • Third Read and Passed 149-5
  • Announcements
  • Recess to 7 p.m.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • SB 217 – Dogan/Nasheed:  Adds donations to soup kitchens or homeless shelters to current tax credit for donations to food pantries
    • Amendment 1 – Fitzpatrick
      • HCB 3
      • Fitzpatrick: After changing every word in the bill and sending it back over to us, we requested they grant conference on the bill.
      • Gave the ability to transfer other funds in the state without an appropriation
      • There was no way for the fund transfer to occur, unless we went into a special session
      • The Senate in their process of crafting this plan, chose to exempt the vast majority of state funds.
      • When you look at the funds that are remaining: the school district trust fund, the veterans capitol fund, you work your way down the list and you go down that list
      • Previous fund sweep bills have specified the funds and the amounts of money that would come from those funds. This does not do that. What the bill represents is an attempt to take $35 million out of thin air.
      • We had a solution to get to 21 points, they generally made a bill that would siphon money from the general revenue and refuse to talk about it.
      • If we hit our consensus revenue estimate,
      • Governor, House and Senate, $100 million for unplanned expenses as a cushion, leaves to withhold situation
      • We’re going to have a supplemental
      • This amendment will if state hits consensus revenue estimate (3 percent), every dolalr over and above that up to $35 million will be deposited into the Senior Services Protection Fund.
      • If the net general revenue collects end at 3.44 percent over last year, as of today it’s been 3.47 percent. If we trend as we are right now, money will end up in the fund.
      • One thing I don’t want to do is unbalance our budget. What we’ve been given in the form of HCB 3, is a gimmick. We’ve provided an option here that if revenue is good, money will be in the fund.
      • “I think that what we’re providing here is an opportunity for these services to be funded without unbalancing the budget.”
      • Butler: We here in the House clearly take balancing the budget very seriously. This is a very serious change on an amendment to a budget bill. I’m glad we’re getting time to debate this.
      • Butler: The amount of time the Senate had the budget was not the idea a fund sweep was brought before this body. We had enough time to do this correctly.
      • Butler: The idea of a fund sweep, using funds, untouched funds, to fund a gap in the budget
      • Butler: We can make it to $35 million. What the Senate did, it can work. A fund sweep done a little differently could solve our issue.
      • Butler: Amendment has a possibility of working too.
      • Butler to Fitzpatrick:
        • Butler: Why are we skipping over the $100 million that we have left over. Why don’t we just dip into that?
        • Fitzpatrick: I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone.
      • Butler: If we really want to bring the point system to 21, we still have the same two options the Democrats have offered from the beginning. A fund sweep or dip into the reserves. By all predictions we’re going to have some excess revenue… We have always stted form our side of the aisle we wanted to make it to 21 points. If this is the option we are brought before today, I am going to vote yes.
      • Merideth to Fitzpatrick:
        • Merideth: I cannot help but look at this and say this does not work s well as the option that’s been given to us by the Senate. In this approach, if come June 30 or July 1, we don’t have the excess revenue this year, then what happens to the point system?
        • Fitzpatrick: Nbody has brought me one fund that has not been exempted. Compared to the plan we were given by the Senate, her plan was amazing. It was specific. How many of those funds did she identify did the Senate not exempt.
        • Fitzpatrick: There was no scenario with the budget coming out of the Senate that we were going to get to 21 points.
        • Fitzpatrick: I was on the brink of taking us to a special session on the budget to make sure we did not overspend. If we took the Senate’s version of the bill, it would undo that, and i’m not willing to do that.
        • Merideth: If the revenue comes in on July 1 at $10 million of excess revenue, then the governor would be able to decide what to do with that money.
        • Fitzpatrick; I said all along that the lady from St. Louis County identified funds that had way too much money in them. I’m happy to work in a fund sweep solution, but it’s not present in the plan that the Senate sent us.”
      • Engler to Fitzpatrick: They changed every word of the bill. The court loves that don’t they.
        • Engler: Our only power we have in this freaking building. We’re going to abdicate?
        • Fitzpatrick: Other than taking the money they already budgeted for something else.
        • Engler: This body has done the only responsible thing.
        • Engler: How did that conference go?
        • Fitzpatrick: Senate did not go to conference
      • Debate ongoing

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • SB 31 – McGaugh/Emery: Modifies provisions relating to the collateral source rule and provides that parties may introduce evidence of the actual cost, rather than the value, of the medical care rendered
    • Corlew: Collateral source change is about making people whole
    • Lavender: How far did our House bill get?
      • On the Senate informal calendar
    • Corlew: “The goal of tort law is to make the victim whole as best as possible. The basis of our tort system is not to punish the defendant, even if we may want to.”
    • Frederick: “This is one of the most meaningful tort reform measures we can pass. This is a myth that the people paying insurance don’t get any benefit from this.”
    • Previous question
    • Third read and passed 98-53
  • Recess until 4:10 p.m.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • SB 31 – McGaugh/Emery: Modifies provisions relating to the collateral source rule and provides that parties may introduce evidence of the actual cost, rather than the value, of the medical care rendered
    • Collateral source rule bill
    • Barnes: “Your bill takes that information away from the jury.”
    • Barnes: It discriminates against people who purchase against their own health insurance.
    • Barnes: I can’t wait until next year when legislation is produced that businesses live under the same rules that they are putting the state of Missouri under.
    • Barnes: “Since before this country was founded, in a line of cases that goes back to English common law, the collateral source rule has existed. In an injury case, the defendant doesn’t get the benefit of the fact that the patient paid for their own health insurance.”
    • Barnes: “When it comes to ordinary Missourians, we’re telling them their personal responsibility means nothing.”
    • Merideth: The person that gets the benefit of the insurance premium goes to the drunk driver,not the person who pays the premiums.
    • McGaugh: What we’re talking about here is one scintilla of damages. We’re not talking about non-economic damages, we’re not talking about punitive damages. We’re talking about what the court is saying is special medical damages, i.e. medical costs.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • Looking to allow conferences to exceed the difference on SB 192, SB 128
  • A lot of talk about maintaining that the House is an equal chamber.
  • McCaherty: “Why are we adding the things that are important to them onto our bills?” if we’re not getting House priorities on Senate bills
  • Franks: Our legislation is equally important.
  • McGaugh: 35 page amendment of House bills put onto SB 128 yesterday
  • House Bills with Senate Amendments
  • HB 90 – Rehder/Schatz: Establishes the Narcotics Control Act (cont.)
    • Rehder wants to go back to conference on PDMP
    • White: Appreciate the comments on working on things with counties
    • Rehder: Physician mandate will still be in however. Schaaf’s amendment will remain on.
    • Pat Conway: “I think the lady is doing the correct policy in asking this to go to conference. We need to send this back. We need to put this on their lap. We need to let the Senate know that we are an equal body.”
    • Conway: “If this bill does not make it through this session, there’s no one that can say… that the leadership and the members of this House did everything we could to get this passed.”
    • Conway: “We are doing the right thing for the people of Missouri.”
  • SB 478 – Barnes/Silvey: Modifies provisions relating to educational institutions

11:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • SB 95 – Fraker/Sater: Modifies provisions relating to local government financial transactions
  • SB 279 – Davis/Kraus: Adds certain forms to the list of documents sufficient to demonstrate eligibility for a veteran designation on an applicant’s driver’s license or non-driver identification card
    • Third Read and Passed
  • HB 292 – Crawford: Changes the laws regarding powers of banks
    • Third Read and Passed
  • Announcements

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  • SB 49 – Haefner/Walsh: Modifies provisions relating to county sales taxes for zoological organizations
    • St. Louis Zoo Sales Tax
    • Language has already passed through the House
    • Amendments
    • Would be a vote of the people if they want to raise their own taxes
    • Debate ongoing
    • Third Read and Passed 110-43
  • SB 95 – Fraker/Sater: Modifies provisions relating to local government financial transactions

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

  • SB 128 – Roeber/Dixon: Provides that Division Twelve of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit shall sit at the City of Independence
  • SB 30 – Fitzpatrick/Sater: Enacts provisions regarding consolidation of road districts and the sale of water or wastewater systems
  • SB 394 – Walker/Romine: Modifies provisions relating to public employee retirement systems
  • SB 488 – Bernskoetter/Kehoe: Modifies provisions relating to the conveyance of state property
    • Third read and passed
  • SB 114 – Alferman/Schatz: Modifies provisions relating to political subdivisions
    • Amendments
    • Previous question
    • Bill Third Read and Passed 86-63

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • SB 501 – Stephens/Sater: Modifies provisions relating to health care
    • Amendments
    • Healthcare omnibus
    • Previous question
    • Third read and passed 141-8
    • Emergency clause fails 15-126
  • SB 128 – Roeber/Dixon: Provides that Division Twelve of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit shall sit at the City of Independence

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • SB 35 – Ross/Cunningham: Modifies public notice and hearing requirements for certain land purchases made by the Department of Natural Resources or the Commissioner of Administration on behalf of state departments
    • Would change the way Nixon took up bought land in Oregon County, been unpopular with Republicans
    • Amendments
    • Ross: Requires notification of all local public officials
    • Ross: Would prefer legislative approval on land purchases by the executive branch
    • Kendrick: This is a much more measured response to this. It could be worse (laughing with Ross, two have usually been on opposite ends of the Oregon County debate).
    • Third read and passed 126-21
  • SB 112 – Tate/Schatz: Modifies provisions relating to political subdivisions (cont.)
    • Third read and passed 129-16
    • Emergency clause fails 
  • SB 11 – Fraker/Wasson: Modifies the language relating to agreements that may be entered into by municipalities who participate in industrial development projects
    • Third read and passed 101-48
    • Emergency clause fails 14-136
  • SB 421 – Kidd/Rizzo: Modifies provisions relating to the conveyance of state property
    • Amendments
    • Brattin submits his sanctuary city bill as an amendment. Text here.
    • Brattin’s amendment approved by voice vote
    • Third read and passed 100-52

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • SB 11 – Fraker/Wasson: Modifies the language relating to agreements that may be entered into by municipalities who participate in industrial development projects (cont.)
    • Miller’s amendment failed on roll call vote after contentious debate
    • Amendment list here
    • Previous question
    • Will hold its place on the calendar
  • Announcements. Recess to 2:30 p.m.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • SB 225 – Davis/Schatz: Modifies the permissible length of motor vehicles operated on highways (cont.)
    • Amendment list here
    • Previous question
    • Third read and passed 96-51
  • SB 139 – Wood/Sater: Establishes the Controlled Substance Abuse Prevention Fund and the Rx Cares for Missouri Program and modifies the MO HealthNet Pharmacy program
    • Conference granted
  • SB 283 – Andrews/Hegeman: Enacts provisions relating to tourism commissions and special road district commissioner elections
    • Conference granted
  • SB 11 – Fraker/Wasson: Modifies the language relating to agreements that may be entered into by municipalities who participate in industrial development projects
    • Amendment list here
    • Big, heated cross talk between Barnes and Rocky Miller on Miller’s amendment which would abrogate a few court cases. Amendment can be found here.
    • Debate ongoing

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  • SB 222 – Korman/Riddle: Modifies provisions relating to vehicle lighting equipment
    • Updates statute to include LED lights in lighting equipment
    • Multiple amendments added. Full list here.
    • Previous question
    • Third read and passed
  • SB 225 – Davis/Schatz: Modifies the permissible length of motor vehicles operated on highways
    • Another omnibus transportation bill
    • Amendment list here

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

  • SB 111 – Crawford/Hegeman: Modifies provisions relating to public administrators and allows a guardian to execute a preneed contract
    • Motion to exceed the differences on the conference committee

9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

  • HB 90 – Rehder/Schatz: Establishes the Narcotics Control Act (cont.)
    • Rehder: 18 to 24 months for the state to get their framework in place, then it will be work with counties to transfer data over to a statewide framework.
    • Lauer: County PDMPs will ultimately be dissolved
    • Lauer: There are concerns with the counties that have already put their programs in place. They are now going to be under the state requirement. I’m very concerned about what kind of situation we’re going to put them in.
    • Wessels: “We have the opportunity to get started on the program. Is this a bill that doesn’t have flaws. No. But do we want to start over next year? No.”
    • Wessels: Will have a session, maybe two, to correct the flaws.
    • Frederick: “I don’t doubt the lady’s good intentions throughout this… I do believe however, this is a different bill and this is a huge mistake. This is a triumph of hope over reason.”
    • Frederick: “This will diminish access to your physicians. This requires us to consult this database and it will count against your license if you don’t.”
    • Frederick: This bill would repel doctors from the state with extra workload.
    • Merideth to Rehder:
      • Merideth: “What I’m hearing is it would ultimately be better for the people in the areas of the state that have not adopted that county by county program, but it might actually hurt those of us that have this county by county system.”
      • Merideth says he’ll vote against.
    • Beatty: I really have heartburn tonight. I know the lady has put a ton of work into this bill for a while. I was hoping we would get a better product from the conference.
    • Democrats are jumping ship. Beatty says she’s a “no” vote too.
    • Rehder: They [the Senate] wanted this to die.
    • Rhoads: “This is an absolute highjacking of this so no one will vote for it.”

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

  • SB 322 – Gannon/Wieland: Designates the USMA Cadet Thomas M. Surdyke Memorial Highway (cont.)
    • Several highway naming amendments also added to this highway naming bills. List here.
    • Third read and passed 117-0
  • SB 503 – Lauer/Munzlinger: Requires the Committee for 911 Oversight to designate a state 911 coordinator
    • Emergency clause
    • Amendment 1 – Lauer
      • Approved
    • Amendment 2 – Rowland
      • Approved
    • Amendment 3 – Hubrecht
      • Approved
    • Third read and passed 113-21
    • Emergency clause passes
  • SB 355 – Alferman/Romine: Provides that 2-year and 4-year educational institutions shall be eligible for the same types of signs
  • Conference committee motion for HB 90 (prescription drug monitoring program) be dissolved
    • Rehder: Negotiations on the sticking points have been ongoing, but we have not been able to compromise.
    • Rehder: What the Senate sent to the House is not perfect, but it is a statewide framework that is desperately needed right now.
    • Rehder: I think the lady’s story and call for prayer shows how needed this is.
      • Our goal from the beginning has been to build a statewide PDMP. This compromise will help meet those goals.
      • Start of a long process. Will work with counties to continue to build a robust program.
      • This legislation is a huge win for the advocates that
      • This isn’t exactly what I wanted, but I’ve been here long enough to understand this is how this building works.
      • This is our best path forward.
    • Kendrick: I assume the sponsor is frustrated, and I am too.
      • Criticizes the 180-day data dump amendment
      • “I would hope and pray that we are back here next session getting our senses back and understanding that what North Carolina did would be the correct path as well.”
    • Conference committee dissolved
  • HB 90 – Rehder/Schatz: Establishes the Narcotics Control Act
    • White: Physicians are overburdened by administrative regulatory requirements
    • White: Requirement for physicians to use PDMP (put on by Sen. Rob Schaaf) is a poison pill
    • White: Those of you that want to kill the bill, you’re going to like this probably.
    • Franks to Rehder: Is this drastically different to the bill you put forward
      • Rehder wanted to to schedule 2-4, Senate said only benzos and opiates
      • Rehder also dislikes the 180-day purge of data from the PDMP
    • Laid over on the informal calendar

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • SB 112 – Tate/Schatz: Modifies provisions relating to political subdivisions (cont.)
    • All amendments added can be found here.
  • Announcements
  • Motion to recess until 7 p.m. denied
  • SB 322 – Gannon/Wieland: Designates the USMA Cadet Thomas M. Surdyke Memorial Highway
    • Highway naming bills
    • Kendrick and Dunn offer amendments
    • Bill put back onto calendar
  • Motion to recess now adopted

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • SB 112 – Tate/Schatz: Modifies provisions relating to political subdivisions
    • Combines about 28 bills, most of which were passed unanimously
    • Consent omnibus
    • Bill is getting further omnibused, all amendments can be found here.

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • SB 283 – Andrews/Hegeman: Enacts provisions relating to tourism commissions and special road district commissioner elections
    • Bill omnibused. A lot of amendments added to the legislation, can see all of them here.
    • Bill third read and passed

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • SB 139 – Wood/Sater: Establishes the Controlled Substance Abuse Prevention Fund and the Rx Cares for Missouri Program and modifies the MO HealthNet Pharmacy program
    • Amendment 2 – Rowland
      • Amendment 2 – Franklin
        • Amendment passes by voice vote
      • Amendment passes by voice vote
    • Amendment 3 – Mathews
      • Amendment passes 147-1
    • Previous question
    • Third read and passed 148-6
  • Recessed until 2:45

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • HCB 3 – Fitzpatrick: Modifies provisions relating to funds for vulnerable senior citizens
    • Fitzpatrick: A discussion is eminently reasonable to request
    • Hubrecht: We have got to pass something to make sure our elderly are not hurt. They can’t get a job. They can’t take care of themselves. They need help.
    • White: Just heard a nice discussion on bicameral legislature and how it works. I think everyone was here last night when they said, it will go back to the Senate where they won’t be able to do anything, we need to pass it.
    • Fitzpatrick: I’m trying to look beyond what happens Friday… This has been a bad year to be the budget chairman. There’s no making people happy in a year when you have to cut $500 million from the budget.
    • Fitzpatrick: We’ve been as fiscally responsible as we’ve been in the five years since I’ve been here.
    • May: I’m not opposed to us going to conference ot discuss what we’re discussing, but I do agree with Merideth in saying we can vote on this because I think the work [Lavender] has done in establishing we have some cushion… for going into the next year and we can vet those funds and decide how we go about spending and regulating those funds in the future. That gives our seniors more time as we try to right this ship.
    • Previous question
    • Motion to conference passes 107-46
  • SB 139 – Wood/Sater: Establishes the Controlled Substance Abuse Prevention Fund and the Rx Cares for Missouri Program and modifies the MO HealthNet Pharmacy program

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  • HR 421 – Bernskoetter
    • Would pay state employees over the interim and keep them employed through the end of the year
  • HCB 3 – Fitzpatrick: Modifies provisions relating to funds for vulnerable senior citizens
    • Bill vastly changed in the Senate. Instead of stopping services to renters in the circuit breaker tax credit by allowing the Commissioner of the Office of Administration to analyze the funds from boards, commissions, and funds and pull from them in order to fulfill the roughly $35 million needed.
    • Fitzpatrick: Not something I’m willing to agree to do
    • Fitzpatrick: Need to go to conference on HCB 3
    • Merideth: When we talked over the weekend, there were some concerns with the move the Senate did.
    • Fitzpatrick: This bill will not pass this body unless it goes to conference.
    • Merideth: You’re saying if we refuse to do this and try to do something on a circuit breaker tax credit,
    • Fitzpatrick: I think it’s unlikely to accept a conference position that had nothing to do with the original intention of the bill
    • Merideth: What I’m not willing to have is a re-debate of the circuit breaker that the Senate has said on both side of the aisle they’re not going to pass.
    • Fitzpatrick: We can go to conference and we can try to work out a deal here. It is unlikely that I am going to accept a deal that doesn’t include some bit of circuit breaker.
    • Merideth: Our senators came up with a creative solution. We’ve complained a lot about the Senate working together. Well, they did it. They solved a problem we tried to put them in, we are pitting seniors against seniors.
    • Alferman: We are a bicameral body which means both the House and the Senate have their say on a bill. I want to reach a compromise position, I wholeheartedly encourage the chairman to send this bill to conference.
    • Conway: When the Senate comes up with a different idea. We were going to be in a place where it was 24 points. We’re looking for a way that brings it to 21. Everyone here wants to be able to help the neediest in our state. To rail against the budget chair…
    • Fitzpatrick: Lavender id a lot of work to find funds that had extra money. I still believe that. Whether those boards and commissions choose to lower. i think there’s no reason for those funds to carry that kind of balance.
    • Lavender: We have $3.6 billion in these funds. The $34.5 million we’re asking for is less than 1 percent. Do we need a judicial review of where we pull this money out from? Absolutely. If we’re talking about 1 percent of the money sitting in these funds today, we’re talking about 8,000 that won’t get consumer directed care. 1 percent of the money sitting in these piggy banks this year.
    • Wood: There were several funds exempted in the budget sweep. Who is in control of finding that $35 million?
    • Debate ongoing

Monday, May 8, 2017

9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

  • SB 43 – McGaugh/Romine: Modifies the law relating to unlawful discrimination (cont.)
    • Amendment 5 – Evans
      • Engler: “We know you’re against the bill, and we figured every one would vote against either abortion or religious liberty. We know it’s a poison pill.”
      • Evans: “I understand some people are trying to trip me up with legal language, and I’m guilty of ignorance when it comes to legalese. But I know people sent me here to protect their rights, and I’m afraid this bill will infringe on their religious freedoms”
      • Previous question
      • Amendment fails 71-81
    • Franks: Quoting particular facts of the discrimination case against Sen. Gary Romine’s business, putting emphasis on the word “nigger” allegedly used multiple times by an employee against a black employee.
    • Franks: The judicial system looks a little different for people that look like me. We’re forced to vote on something that’s morally wrong. The fact I have to press a button about discrimination to make it harder for people to prove.
    • Franks: You can’t cap me being dehumanized.
    • Beatty: This bill was drafted wrong. In 2017, the Missouri legislature should have a no tolerance stance against discrimination.
    • Amendment 6 – Dogan
      • Limited MONA, would affect only state workers
      • Engler said there were assurances from House leadership that MONA will come up early.
      • Previous question
      • Amendment fails 59–100
    • Democrats appear to be set to walk out on the bill.
    • McGee: “When you talk about the history of segregation and discrimination, you have to remember Missouri was a slave state. We are going back 50 years with this legislation.”
    • McGee: “For us to have to go back to our districts to say we have rolled back civil rights and discrimination in our state is deplorable.”
    • Previous question
    • McGaugh: No one in this room is for discrimination, we will still be a zero-tolerance state, but we will only hold employers responsible.
    • Bill passes 98-30.

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

  • SB 43 – McGaugh/Romine: Modifies the law relating to unlawful discrimination (cont.)
    • Amendment 4 – Barnes
      • Dogan to Kelly: I haven’t seen any women getting up and saying we need to pass this bill as is. I haven’t seen any African-Americans get up and say we need to pass this bill without amendments
      • Kelly: I guess I’ll break this tradition
      • Kelly: Discrimination is not acceptable at all, but the underlying premise of this bill is how do we grow jobs by not putting employers out of business before they even start
      • Cookson to Barnes: Organ donor transplants, a case in which a person who was an organ donor was fired because they chose to be an organ donor and under this bill would have no redress.
      • Amendment fails 68-85.
    • Amendment 5 – Evans
      • Would protect employees from religious liberty persecution
      • Debate ongoing

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

  • SB 43 – McGaugh/Romine: Modifies the law relating to unlawful discrimination (cont.)
    • Amendment 3 – White
      • McGaugh to White: Individual liability
        • McGaugh: I don’t believe this bill is tort reform. This bill is about righting judicial activism from 10 years ago.
      • Barnes to White:
        • Barnes: Hill vs. Ford. While working as a floater and trim. Worked with a supervisor who asked details about her panties and bra. Made other sexual comments.  Should he be held accountable? Is that the type of behavior you think people in your district ought to be immune from liability?
        • White: They are offended those people would not be held accountable.
      • Barnes: If this bill passes without amendments, the waitress at a private club who is fired because she is pregnant has no legal recourse in the state of Missouri. Is that okay,? Is that moral? Is it moral to tell a victim of disgusting sexual harassment that she has no claim against the actual person who sexually harassed them? That’s exactly what this bill does.
      • Barnes: What are you going to tell your daughter?
      • Previous question
      • Amendment fails 68-91
    • Amendment 4 – Barnes
      • Individual can be liable if directly involved in the conduct alleged, fixes venue issue in the bill, a few other provisions
      • Barnes: “Think about what we are doing.” voiced raised, getting emotional. Listing off cases where plaintiffs used the Missouri Human Rights Act for legitimate claims.
      • Barnes: “Don’t vote for this bill as it is and pretend that you’re pro-life.”

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

  • SB 43 – McGaugh/Romine: Modifies the law relating to unlawful discrimination (cont.)
    • Amendment 2 – Dogan
      • Marshall: This bill is a smokescreen. This amendment is necessary to make the law clear. When it comes to discrimination in the state of Missouri, we must be clear, we must be unequivocal, we must have courage and say we aren’t going to allow it in the state of Missouri.
      • Barnes: This bill has not been well vetted. This is not the same bill that has been passed through this body year after year.
      • Barnes: This amendment would be an absolute no-brainer, but for the calendar date.
      • May: That means you didn’t want to amend it. you wanted to pass it with the flaws. We need to support this amendment because it will help a very bad bill.
      • Barnes says this is a deliberative body, or are we just going to “eat the sandwiches they send us no matter what’s in them.”
      • Evans to Dogan:
        • Evans: “What you’re asking us to do is our duty here in the legislature. We can make this bill better and we can get behind this bill and make it better by changing one word.”
      • Schroer: “I think it’s another unneeded hurdle to this very important bill.”
      • Dogan: “These words do have meaning. We’ve seen statutes invalidated on commas, nonetheless whole words.”
      • Amendment fails 61-94
    • Miller: I’ve fired an employee that fell within those affected classes, and they were not a good employee. They had shortcomings, they could not do the job. A couple of months later, a lawyer asked why they fired the employee. After showing them, they discovered they had a good reason for getting rid of him and they went away. We’re in a different standard 14 or 15 years ago.
    • Ellington: If we pass then, then the boss can effectively sexually harass them.
    • Ellington: “You all had this bill for a little over a month, if this bill was actually something you wanted to work on, we could have done it then.”
    • Ellington to Franks:
    • Amendment 3 – White
      • White: “What this bill does in its current form, the person who hung the noose in somebody’s locker, that person doesn’t get named in this case in this bill.”
      • White: To say a foreign company automatically gets to go to federal court at the expense of our people not getting to face the source of their discrimination, I think that is inappropriate.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • SB 43 – McGaugh/Romine: Modifies the law relating to unlawful discrimination (cont.)
    • Amendment 1 – Engler
      • Ellington: I believe this is about show, the underlying bill has everything to do with discriminating against race, sex, religion…”
      • Ellington: I know for a fact this is nothing but politics at its worse, because its a show. Challenges a roll call vote on the bill. I challenge anyone that has the gumption to debate me on the underlying notion of the bill.
      • Ellington: We can stand up here and look good and debate an amendment for over an hour.
      • Ellington: It’s a good amendment, but it’s a political show.
      • Hannegan: This majority party has been nothing but gracious and respectful to me… I know a lot of people say Republicans don’t care, but this group does. For every Republican that has stood up for this, thank you.
      • Curtman: I think the state may be guilty of discriminating against business owners.
      • Curtman: By supporting the amendment, we are judging, we are telling them, it doesn’t matter what your faith is, it doesn’t matter what your religion is.
      • Curtman: People have the freedom to make repugnant decisions, but that gives the market time to respond.
      • Roberts to Curtman:
        • Roberts: It’s okay for you to be fired based off of your religious belief? You realize that can’t happen, right?
        • Roberts: Do you think it’s okay for me to be fired for the color of my skin?
        • Curtman: I think the First Amendment practice of religion absolutely counts. I think we have to be respectful of how they operate their religious bookstore.
      • Stephens: “What seemed to be clear and absolute suddenly becomes not so clear, not so absolute. When you see someone who is your flesh and blood who presents herself to you with a life you do not understand and that you had undeniable feelings about.”
      • Stephens: “I am drawn to this issue in a way I never knew I would be.”
      • Stephens: The bill underneath this is so important to this caucus.
      • Engler: I actually planned this. One of the things ever said was the minority leader in the Senate said, you play chess when the rest of us play checkers.
      • Engler withdraws the amendment
    • Amendment 2 – Dogan
      • Changes “the motivating factor” to “a motivating factor”
      • Dogan: “This bill just sets me off. The underlying arguments about this idea is that women and minorities have it too good in this state, that it’s to the point we can’t even fire them anymore.”
      • Dogan: “The Senate’s done nothing. But for us to send a signal now that we care deeply enough, even though we’ve passed tons of tort reform bills in this body… I think the message this will send is that we want to make it easier to fire people in the state of Missouri.
      • McGaugh: Asks the body to vote it down
      • Merideth to McGaugh:
        • Merideth: If it makes it harder to hold them accountable to what they do, it at least makes it more difficult to punish people who do discriminate. We are going to be the first state that goes backwards in how we judge discriminate.
        • McGaugh: We’re going to throw everything at the law and see what sticks to send it back to the Senate.
      • Barnes to Corlew:
        • Barnes: McGaugh was saying this is necessary because activist judges,
        • Barnes: Instructions changes came from”plaintiff’s lawyers, defense lawyers  jury instructions were changed 10 years ago.
        • Barnes: Not talking about a slanted body.
        • Barnes: “The” is a definite article. This is a building block of grammar and to say there’s no difference between these two words, I think my second grader knows better.
        • Corlew: What the jury should be instructed is what the law says. If this is what is signed in, then that’s what the jury instructions be.
      • Barnes to McGaugh:
        • Barnes: Cases weren’t being brought to the state court, and ordinary Missourians don’t like this kind of behavior, discrimination on the basis of age, race, religion
        • Barnes getting a lot into the formation of “the” means “a” in the main instruction from the MAI
      • Barnes believes this bill’s language causes confusion.
      • Barnes: I think that’s the whole point of the drafters because anytime there is confusion in a jury trial, it benefits the defendant. That’s half the job of the defense counsel is to sow seeds of discord among the jurors.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • SB 43 – McGaugh/Romine: Modifies the law relating to unlawful discrimination (cont.)
    • Amendment 1 – Engler
      • Dunn: “As a gay man, this has impacted me, at a personal level… People are discriminated because of who they are, who they love and that is absolutely not right.”
      • McCreery: “When you discriminate, you waste a lot of human potential.”
      • Razer commenting on SB 43 being debated for ten years: “That’s a long time for a bill to be debated and passed. This amendment copies language called MONA, and this is the 19th year it’s been introduced in the general assembly. Nineteen years, consecutively. Nineteen years ago, only a handful of Democrats would have signed on and supported this bill. Nineteen years ago, I don’t think anyone on the other side of this aisle would have supported this bill… Someone from the other side introduced this amendment. Times have changed in 19 years.
      • Razer: “I can leave this building, go to a restaurant and be refused service just because I’m gay. I don’t think anyone in this body thinks that’s right.”
      • Hansen: “This is something this state should have done a long time ago. I don’t think we should be in favor of discrimination in the workplace.”
        • “We need to grow up. We need to come into the 21st century. We need to treat people equal.”
        • Refers to the SJR 39 “crap” from last year
      • Hansen to Dogan:
        • Dogan: SJR 39, you were in the spotlight for that
        • Hansen: Most difficult thing I’ve been confronted with here and in my life
        • Hansen: it’s disturbing we’re standing here having these kinds of conversations in 2017.
        • Dogan: Greitens came out against SJR 39, didn’t he?
      • Dogan: “This is an issue that economically harms our state.”
      • Dogan: Calls not passing the legislation a step back on human rights. “We ought to take advantage of this opportunity.”
      • Dogan: Has a limited amendment that would just be for state employees
      • Brattin: “Every single person in here has been touched by someone or is related to someone who ahs come out and and is a part of the homosexual community, and no one in their right mind would advocate for hate or being treated horribly.”
        • “You have an individual right to live your life, but that also goes on the other dynamic of this discussion. If you choose to live out the tenets of your religion… there’s no way you can come up with a moral decision that it’s wrong.”
        • Bible, Quran, other religions say: “There’s a distinction between homosexuality and being a human being.”
        • “This sort of bill makes you a criminal to live out that religious right.”
        • “It’s not about hate or discrimination. People have discernment on how they operate their companies.”
        • “When we adopt things like this it only further erodes our constitutional Republic we swear our oath to.”
      • Walker to Hansen:
        • Walker: Former Speaker ran a campaign against him and called him gay. Too many people said I wasn’t gay then they said I was a whoremonger. Then, they said I was the Antichrist.
        • Walker: “The point is discrimination is bad, regardless.”
        • Hansen: Two friends – black – had to go in the kitchen and eat when he played basketball.
        • Hansen: Discrimination comes in a lot of forms. I’m a religious person, I believe in Jesus Christ. We’re all sinners.
        • Hansen: “I played sports at the University of Arizona, went on to play for the Buffalo Bills, I didn’t know until he died of AIDS that he was gay.”
        • Hansen: We’re living in the Dark Ages, fighting this.
        • Hansen: Don’t look to the state government to pass a bill for you to be a Christian.
        • Walker: Our church doesn’t discriminate against anyone.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • SB 43 – McGaugh/Romine: Modifies the law relating to unlawful discrimination
    • Major bill, has been expected to be brought up for weeks as the GOP attempted to whip votes for it.
    • If it has amendments attached to it, it goes back to the Senate and could be filibustered by Democrats as it was before
    • McGaugh
      • Changes levels of discrimination
      • Can’t be true, there aren’t levels of discrimination under Missouri law, SB 43 will not permit any level of discrimination, Missouri Human Rights Act is a no tolerance law on the basis of gender religion race
      • Defendants are charged to defend against completely baseless claims
      • Need to hold individuals responsible.
      • This is all about venues, trial lawyers want to get
      • Employers need be the ones to fire individuals who are harassing.
      • “This has been ten years in the making, it’s a real shame we haven’t done more before this… but today we can actually make a change that will help our employers.”
    • Engler to McGaugh
      • Engler: “We have to make Missouri a better place to bring jobs and development and workers. Privately, this is a number one cost driver.”
      • Engler: More Missouri claims than in the other five states combined.
    • Amendment 1 – Engler
      • Would include sexual preference in the Missouri Human Rights Act
      • Engler: “I was branded the redneck homophobe from Farmington. I hated that title, not for the redneck part… but a homophobe, I’ve always tried not to hate anybody.”
      • Engler: “If you live in fear of being fired, I think that’s hate. We’re one of the few states that you can fire somebody for just cause, if you find out they’re gay. I think that’s sick. We should be disgusted we have that policy in this state.”

Thursday, May 4, 2017

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

  • HB 12 – Fitzpatrick: Appropriations, Judiciary, Office of the State Public Defender, and General Assembly
    • Butler: Didn’t give raises to MoDOT, Highway patrol, but court clerks did get salary increases
    • Third Read and Passed
  • HB 13 – Fitzpatrick: Appropriations, Property Leases
  • HB 17 – Fitzpatrick: Appropriations, Capitol Improvement
  • HB 18 – Fitzpatrick: Appropriations, Maintenence and Repair of State Buildings
    • Committee Substitute adopted
    • Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed
    • Fitzpatrick: “This has been a tough year, but it’s been an incredible experience for me to lead this body in the budget process. I appreciate the confidence you all placed in me.”

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

  • HB 11 – Fitzpatrick: Appropriations, Department of Social Services
    • Nursing home portion of points in this bill
    • A lot of bipartisan support for the summer jobs program, able to compromise to $4 million, governor didn’t recommend, Senate only appropriated a dollar
      • Franks: This is crime prevention from a root cause. To be able to fund this program when it was cut down to zero is a win not only to my community, but Kansas City and every single part of Missouri.
      • Hard spot to be in for Franks, he says
    • Butler: Bill has been a “pressure point” between Democrats and Republicans in the past
      • Criticizing the passage of a budget based on the passage of a bill in the Senate, namely the Circuit Breaker Tax Credit
      • “We’re still waiting on senators we clearly don’t have faith in to pass a bill.”
    • Hubrecht: I cannot tell you how many people i’ve been at their bedside while they were sick and how many people’s hands I’ve held when they died… What we do here has a direct impact on people’s lives.
      • Sick people need medicine, sick people need health care.
      • I’m concerned about the cuts that are proposed in this.
      • Echoed same concerns of Butler, doesn’t trust Senate will be able to pass the circuit breaker
    • Wood: “I understand when you try to protect the people you represent best you possibly can, but we have to look at it from a fiscally responsible place. We have X number of dollars to spend, and that’s it.”
    • Alferman: “Four and a half months we have been contemplating this budget and making sure we fund the priorities of the state. in that four and a half months, I’ve only seen one viable option to achieve what all of us want in this body in terms of the point count.”
      • Some people don’t like the way [HCB 3] is. I get a little frustrated when individuals make motions to go back to conference.
      • Are these easy decisions? No, they’re tough, they’re hard.
    • White: In part I agree with the gentleman who just spoke.
      • We had options earlier. We are the people that put the Senate in the box of having to pass HCB 3. We fully funded the formula, $40 million out of general revenue. “Now there is no other way for this money, I agree… but we boxed ourselves into this scenario.”
      • These are the poorest of our poor.
    • Lavender: VOCA funds, Victims of Crime Act funds moved to HB 11 from Public Safety
    • Fitzwater: Brother who is 56 years old with mental challenges over the years, what we’re doing affects him. “I cannot sit here in my seat and do away with the thing that has provided for him for 56 years.” I’ve been called RINO by some of my own colleagues.
      • “When I go home I have to live with the people I represented and I could look them in the face with good conscience and tell them I represented you, even though it was hard sometimes.”
    • Fitzpatrick: “We could have chosen to gut education. instead we provided a way to fund education, fully fund the formula, not go to a 10 percent cut to higher education. We have to balance our priorities.”
      • “When the Speaker named me budget chair, the thing I knew I was 100 percent not going to do was pass a budget that’s unbalanced. And I’m going to stick to that commitment.”
    • Committee Substitute adopted 88-68
    • Third Read and Passed 88-68

12:00 p.m. – 1 p.m.

  • HB 8 – Fitzpatrick: Appropriations, Department of Public Safety
    • Funding removed for security at Capitol entrances,
    • Funding for all statewide law enforcement alert systems, like Amber Alert, maintained, including Blue Alert
    • Committee Substitute adopted 126-26
    • Third Read and Passed 125-29
  • HB 9 – Fitzpatrick: Appropriations, Department of Corrections
    • Librarian at each institution
    • Department had been operating a canteen fund, a state owned bank account, as an off-budget fund, so they brought the fund on budget, subject to appropriation
    • Committee Substitute adopted 137-13
    • Third Read and Passed 136-12
  • HB 10 – Fitzpatrick: Appropriations, Department of Mental Health, Board of Public Buildings, and Department of Health and Senior Services
    • Formula not conference-able, 24 points which was the Senate position to 27 points, which would be the house position, if HCB 3 (commonly known as the circuit breaker) didn’t pass. What was agreed to in conference was to take the Senate position on points from GR,
    • Put money back in senior services protection funds to move to 21 points
    • Fitzpatrick: “That’s the best possible outcome for seniors we could have reached in conference. If HCB 3 doesn’t pass, we’ll be at 23 points… if the Senate wants to take up and pass HCB 3, we’ll be at 21 points and providers will get half of their rate back.”
    • When we vote on this bill, the House has done its job. We’ve given the Senate the option of whether we’ll be at 21 points or 24 points.
    • Lavender: “There is not a path regardless of what the Senate does to fully restore our rate cuts to providers, both to nursing homes and in-home.”
      • “I think we can do a little bit better and at least merge the Senate and House positions. At least create a path that if the Senate provides a way to fund HCB 3 that we can fully restore the cuts made to providers in this bill and the home health people.”
      • Moves to go back to conference on HB 10
      • Engler: Thinking like this could get you into the Senate
      • Engler: This is the first time in 15 years I’ve seen it where the house has stuck it to the Senate, because they’re so ill-prepared to budget, so ill-prepared to govern, what the lady from St. Louis County wants to budget. both Democrats and Republicans have served us well in the House.
      • Fitzpatrick: What I am hearing right now is that there is a motion on the table, what this really means, to send us to a special session for a provider rate. We did the most we could do within conference-able differences for the point count. The only position we did not
      • Fitzpatrick: “If we as a body don’t have the courage to vote to pass the body to pass constitutional obligations because a group of providers are complaining about the rate they’re paid, then I think that’s unconscionable.”
      • Quade: “We spend a lot of time debating the circuit breaker… and there was a lot of heartburn around that bill. If the Senate does not do their job, the points stay at 24. That’s still almost 8,000 people that will be losing their services.” “If we go back in, we can potentially find another way to help these people out.”
      • Lavender: “I don’t want us to enter a special session. I think the measures we have taken to take this from 27 to 21 points is available.” Opportunity to help some of the lowest paid employees in the state
      • Lavender: “Doesn’t take away from what’s already been done. We left a little bit on the table, we can take it that next inch, and this doesn’t have to disrespect anyone in this chamber.”
      • Motion fails 41-114
    • Committee Substitute adopted 98-56
    • Third Read and Passed 98-57

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • HB 3 – Fitzpatrick: Appropriations, Higher Education (cont.)
    • Butler: At the end of the day, we’re cutting our education by quite a bit, but “I’m looking forward to voting for HB 3… We made the bill better than when we got it.”
    • Corlew: Hoping to see funds in the future for a Missouri S&T extension into Kansas City
    • Long debate between Carpenter and Fitzpatrick
    • Committee Substitute adopted 114-40
    • Third Read and Passed 114-39
  • HB 4 – Fitzpatrick: Appropriations, Department of Transportation and Revenue
    • No ‘E’s in the budget starting with this bill, no estimates. Big priority of Fitzpatrick’s
    • Fitzpatrick says Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard offered removing the $1 million airport hangar fund as a way to get to the balanced budget
      • White: Glad we pulled that out, but there’s more then one person living in Joplin
    • Burns: State employees should get a pay raise. New budget revokes a pay increase to MoDOT workers
    • Kathie Conway: Pay raises, “It would give me no better feeling than to give people raises they deserve, but I understand we’re trying to be fair to all state employees.”
    • $20 million line for highway safety purposes, including DUI checkpoints. Cuts to DUI checkpoints and no funds for toll roads either
    • Committee Substitute adopted 117-39
    • Third Read and Passed 115-38
  • HB 5 – Fitzpatrick: Appropriations, Office of Administration and Department of Public Safety
    • Committee Substitute adopted 140-17
    • Third Read and Passed 137-17
  • HB 6 – Fitzpatrick: Appropriations, Departments of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Conservation
    • Committee Substitute adopted 142-15
    • Third Read and Passed 137-16
  • HB 7 – Fitzpatrick: Appropriations, Departments of Economic Development; Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration; and Labor and Industrial Relations
    • Engler: “When a senator can take money form the arts council or the humanities council and use it here in this district, it’s no different than what we were talking about with the airport hangar.”
    • Committee Substitute adopted 119-34
    • Third Read and Passed 118-36

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

  • HR 395 – Ruth: Urges the United States Congress to support U.S. Senate Bill S. 89
    • Adopted
  • SB 34 – Rhoads/Cunningham: Criminal Offenses (cont.)
    • Third Read and Passed 108-22
    • Emergency Clause Approved 123-13
  • CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REPORTS (on budget)
  • HB 2 – Fitzpatrick: Appropriations, Elementary and Secondary Education
    • Formula will be fully funded
    • Foundation transportation funded to last year, $36 million more than governor
    • Included rural broadband funding of $6 million
    • Compromise on public placement fund, $5 million from funding into that
    • Fitzpatrick: “We should be proud we fully funded the formula with this bill.”
    • Kendrick: “This body did a lot of work to make sure we added funds to the foundation formula.”
      • “Some concerns about independent living centers taking a fairly significant hit yesterday.” Added $600,000 to independent living centers
      • Hopefully next year we’ll be in a better position to fund independent living centers appropriately.
    • Fitzpatrick: “If I’m a superintendent, I’m looking at this as a pretty good deal. Put the growth cap back on, a bill that allows early childhood education to happen, if the formula is fully funded.”
    • Butler: “We started this process a month late. We got the budget a month late, the foundation formula wasn’t fully funded, we started with the foundation formula for transportation… That is not the case today. Even with an I amount I believe is lower than what it should be… we still fully funded that amount, and I am happy there is an increase.”
      • HB 2 has ended in a better place than it was given to us.
    • Lyle Rowland: “I think we’ve got a bill we can all stand behind, I think the education community really appreciates the hard work we’ve put into this bill.”
    • Committee Substitute adopted 129-20
    • Third Read and Passed 129-22
  • HB 3 – Fitzpatrick: Appropriations, Higher Education
    • Restored funds to cuts to some programs at the University of Missouri
    • Senate reversed recommendation on cores
    • Worked on getting parity for the University of Missouri
    • McGee: Maintain cuts to higher ed to just 6.5 percent, we should know we put in additional monies for HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities), $1.5 million to Lincoln University, some money for labs at Harris-Stowe University
    • Debate ongoing

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

  • SB 302 – Ruth/Wieland: Local Enterprise Zones (cont.)
    • Multiple amendments added, all of which can be viewed here
    • Third Read and Passed 88-62

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • SB 302 – Ruth/Wieland: Local Enterprise Zones (cont.)

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • SB 302 – Ruth/Wieland: Local Enterprise Zones
    • Port bill, allows port authorities to create advanced industrial manufacturing zones
    • Amendment 1 – Rone
      • Allow the creation of a steel mill in SEMO
      • Debate ongoing

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • SB 34 – Rhoads/Cunningham: Criminal Offenses (cont.)
    • More amendments were added. Full list can be seen here.
    • Bill placed back onto the calendar
  • Budget conferees allowed to go into conference while the House is in session.
  • House stands in recess until 4 p.m.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • SB 34 – Rhoads/Cunningham: Criminal Offenses (cont.)
    • Amendment 6 – Haefner
      • Substitute Amendment Barnes
        • Amendment – Merideth (approved)
        • Amendment – Marshall (approved)
        • Approved
      • Approved
    • Amendment 7 – Swan
      • Amendment – McGaugh (approved)
      • Amendment – Brown, Wanda (approved)
      • Approved
    • Amendment 8 – Brattin
      • Amendment – Plocher (approved)
      • Amendment – Spencer (approved)
      • Debate ongoing

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • SB 34 – Rhoads/Cunningham: Criminal Offense (cont.)
    • Amendment 6 – Haefner
      • Substitute Amendment – Barnes
      • Amendment – Roden
        • Withdrawn
      • Standing division
        • Part 1 adopted
        • Part 2 adopted

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  • SB 34 – Rhoads/Cunningham: Criminal Offenses (cont.)
    • Amendment 4 – Hannegan
      • Rejected
    • Amendment 5 – Conway
      • Approved by voice vote
    • Amendment 6 – Haefner
      • Stricter penalties on crimes against law enforcement
      • Bill has already been offered on the House floor and debate and deliberations are remaining roughly the same Democrats by and large fear the bill goes too far and could be anti-protestor, Republicans say the bill will better protect police
      •  Amendment – Roden
        • Makes it apply to all first responders
      • Substitute Amendment – Barnes

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • SB 34 – Rhoads/Cunningham: Criminal Offenses (cont.)
    • Bill will hold place on the calendar
  • Announcements

1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • SB 160 – Franklin/Sater: Foster Care Bill of Rights
    • Bill would have multiple provisions that change the definitions of child abuse and neglect, changes foster care regulations and juvenile court recordings
    • Amendment 1 – Swan
      • Approved by voice vote
    • Bill Third Read and Passed 136-2
    • Emergency Clause passes 136-2
  • SB 34 – Rhoads/Cunningham: Criminal Offenses
    • Bill has undergone several changes since it went through the Senate when it created the crime of illegal reentry in Missouri. Reporting requirements for teachers and principals, new laws regarding domestic assault and harassment, leaving the scene of an accident, and corruption, among other things.
    • Multiple amendments added. See full list here to see which ones got on and what they do.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • The House continues tacking amendments onto SB 194, the tally is now up to 19 amendments.
  • House moves the previous question on HA 19, which is adopted.
  • House Speaker Todd Richardson requests to speak and make a presentation, to which Rep. Jay Barnes calls for a point of order, noting that the Speaker did not ask to speak from a microphone other than his own. The presiding speaker rules the point of order to be well taken, which leads to a parliamentary committee on a point of order.
  • Speaking from his own microphone, Richardson moves to present Majority Floor Leader Mike Cierpiot with a pair of clippers to keep a promise that he had made earlier in the session. Richardson implies that they will be used later in the afternoon.
  • The House continues to add amendments to the bill, reaching 21 before the previous question is moved, at which point Cierpiot asks for the bill to be moved to the calendar.
  • The House takes up SB 160 – Rep. Diane Franklin/ Sen. David Sater: Modifies provisions relating to child protection
  • Cierpiot moves that item to the calender and goes to announcements at 12:26 p.m.
  • The House will stand in recess until 1:30 p.m.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • House continues adding amendments onto SB 194. As of 11 a.m., 10 amendments have been tacked onto the bill.
  • As of 11:17 a.m., the House increases the number of amendments adopted to 16.
  • Rep. Mike Moon files an amendment to tack Right to Life legislation onto the bill, and after lengthy debate, moves the previous question. The House votes the amendment through right before noon.

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  • House returns to session Tuesday morning and approves the minutes of the previous day.
  • After the Senate adjourns, Rep. Lauren Arthur moves for an introduction of special guests. She requests they welcome members of the Senate “who apparently have nothing else to do today.”
  • House moves for third reading of Senate Bills

    SB 194 – Rep. Curtis Trent/Sen. Wayne Wallingford: Provides that a managed care plan’s network is adequate if the health carrier is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.”

  • By 10:30 a.m., the House approves five amendments to the legislation, and is working on a sixth.
  • House Amendment 6 passes with a voice vote, HA 7 filed by Rep. Cody Smith, which also passes.
  • HA 8 (Rep. Jay Barnes) passes with a voice vote.
  • HA 9 and 10 also pass with a voice vote.

 

Monday, May 1, 2017

6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

SB 486 – Bernskoetter/Kehoe: Authorizes the conveyance of a certain state property located in Cole County to the City of Jefferson (cont.)

  • Amendment 2 – Pogue
    • Previous question
    • Rejected 40-104
  • Bill Third Read and Passed 127-17

House bills for third reading

HB 380 – Plocher: Modifies provisions relating to municipal courts

  • Plocher’s bill makes multiple changes to municipal government and recent fights to end “taxation by citation”
  • Among the changes, motorists charged with traffic violations will receive notice, tickets will have court appearance information, ends red light cameras, and prohibits municipal judges serving more than five municipalities at a time.
  • Bill Third Read and Passed 136-3-1

Senate Bills for Third Reading

SB 50 – Frederick: Establishes the Advance Health Care Directive Registry

  • Frederick: “We have a difficult time now because the Senate’s not passing a lot of stuff.”
  • Expanded access to CBD oil, newborn screening, EMS interstate compact, STEMI/heart attack certification
  • Frederick acknowledges it’s an omnibus bill, urges people to vote on it because a lot of people have worked hard on it.
  • Bill Third Read and Passed 87-56
  • Emergency Clause Fails

Messages from the Senate

Announcements

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

SB 161 – Rowland/Sater: Establishes the Ozark Exploration Bicentennial Commission

  • Approved 134-9 after little discussion and no amendments

SB 486 – Bernskoetter/Kehoe: Authorizes the conveyance of a certain state property located in Cole County to the City of Jefferson

  • Would allow for the redevelopment of a part of Jefferson City with a prison that’s been closed for 13 years
  • Amendment 1 – Roden
    • Amendment would force the sale of the property instead of its conveyance
    • Large number of representatives opposed to Roden’s amendment, including Barnes, Engler, others
    • Barnes: “There is no profit to be made”
    • Others opposed. Hill calls it a tax credit, says developers should buy it from the state
    • Roden: “The City of Jefferson is not taking any risk in this”
    • Rejected 56-86
  • Amendment 2 – Pogue
    • Would sell 4,300 acres in Oregon County, the Eleven-Point State Park
    • Barnes opposes, given Senate shenanigans
    • Debate ongoing

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

SB 411 – Tate/Schatz: Metropolitan Development District

 

Benjamin Peters also contributed to this report.

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