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Hourly Updates: The House

  

During the last week of session, The Missouri Times will be bringing you hourly updates of all the floor activity of each chamber. Below is all the floor activity for the House.

May 16, 2014

The House readjourned at 9:00am today and should adjourn at 6:00pm this evening.

6:00pm

CCR HCS SB584 – Modifies provisions relating to taxation

  • Truly agreed and finally passed

 

Bills in Conference

CCR#2 SS SCS HCS HB1439 – Establishes the Second Amendment Preservation Act and changes the laws regarding firearms

  • House Rule 57(c) suspended
  • Third read and passed

 

Senate Bills for Third Reading

SB601 – Reauthorizes a deduction for energy efficiency audits and projects for tax years 2014 to 2020

  • Truly agreed and finally passed

 

Messages from the Senate

 

 

 

5:00pm

The House has met their earlier goal of 40 bills and gone far beyond it, with SB717 being the 50th legislation taken up for the day.

Senate Bills for Third Read

SB717 – Modifies provisions of law relating to persons engaged in hair braiding, the practice of pharmacy, and licensure of federally employed pharmacists and hospital pharmacies. Moved for adoption of HCS tongue-in-cheek

  • Failed to adopt House committee substitute on a voice vote
  • Third read and passed as amended

 

SB696 – Modifies provisions relating to motor vehicles

  • Third read and passed

 

Bills Carrying Request Messages

SCS SCS SB723 – Modifies the composition of the Board of Public Buildings and raises the cap on the amount of revenue bonds that may be issued by such board

  • House receded from its position on the bill as amended and take up and pass SCS SB723

 

Messages from the Senate

 

Bills in Conference

CCS SCS SB729 – Creates a tax credit for donations to Innovation Campuses

  • Truly agreed to and finally passed

 

CCR HCS SS SB860 – Creates a sales and use tax exemption for used manufactured homes

  • Truly agreed to and finally passed

 

CCR HCS SCS SB664 – Modifies provisions relating to natural resources

  • Third read and passed

 

CCR HCS SCS SB896 – Modifies provisions relating to county governance

  • Third read and passed

4:00pm

SB842 – Modifies the authority of the Director of the Department of Revenue to conduct diesel fuel inspections

  •  Truly agreed to and finally passed

 

Senate Concurrent Resolutions

SS SCR22 – Urges the National Park Service to not take action on the Ozark National Scenic Riverways general management plan, and for the Department of the Interior to negotiate the return of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways to the state

  • Adopted

 

SCR17 – Establishes the Joint Committee on Solid Waste Management District Operations

  • Adopted

 

Senate Bills for Third Reading

SS SCS SB707 – Modifies the definitions of “all-terrain vehicle,” “recreational off-highway vehicle,” and “utility vehicle”

  • Third read and passed

 

SCS SB829 – Modifies provisions relating to burden of proof in tax liability cases

  • Truly agreed to and finally passed

 

SCS SB638 & 647 – Modifies provisions relating to benevolent tax credits

  • Third read and passed as amended

 

Senate Current Resolutions

SCR31 – Urges the United States Congress and the President of the United States to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program

  • Adopted on a voice vote

 

SCR32 – Provides that Missouri join with national and state stroke awareness and prevention organizations in the month of May to observe Stroke Awareness Month

  • Adopted on a voice vote

 

SCR43 – Designates the Vietnam Veterans Memorial which is to be built on the College of the Ozarks Campus in Point Lookout, Missouri as the official Vietnam War Memorial of the State of Missouri

  • Adopted on a voice vote

 

SCR34 – Urges the National Football League to award an upcoming Super Bowl to Kansas City

  • Adopted on a voice vote

 

Bills Carrying Request Messages

SCS HB1468 – Specifies that workers’ compensation provisions shall not apply to volunteers for certain tax-exempt organizations

  • Senate requested to recede from its position and take up and pass HB1468

 

SCS SCS SB723 – Modifies the composition of the Board of Public Buildings and raises the cap on the amount of revenue bonds that may be issued by such board

  • Laid over

3:00pm

House Bills with Senate Amendments

SS SCS HCS HB1326 – Establishes the Missouri Dairy and Agriculture Education Act of 2014. This bill has an emergency clause

  • Truly agreed and finally passed
  • Emergency clause adopted

 

SS SCS SB767 – Allows the creation of a voluntary registry of persons with health-related ailments to assist individuals in case of a disaster or emergency

  • Truly agreed to and finally passed

 

SS SB575 – Modifies and repeals a number of existing, expired or obsolete committees as well as creating the new Joint Committee on Judiciary and Justice

  • Third read and passed

 

SB818 – Expands allowable uses for aviation trust fund moneys and modifies requirements for specified limited uses

  • Truly agreed and finally passed

 

 

2:00pm

Senate Bills for Third Reading

SB773 – Modifies provisions relating to public safety. This bill does have an emergency clause

  • House committee substitute failed
  • SB773 was truly agreed and finally passed

 

SB527 – Designates each March 27th as “Medical Radiation Safety Awareness Day”

  • Truly agreed and finally passed

 

Bills in Conference

CCS HCS SCS SB852 – Allows police on the Kansas border to provide mutual aid, provides compensatory time for corrections officers, and provides for the regulation of corporate security advisors

  • Truly agreed and finally passed

 

CCR#2 HCS SB693 – Modifies provisions relating to taxation, fire sprinklers and merchandising practices

  • Truly agreed and finally passed

 

CCR HCS SS#2 SB754 – Modifies provisions relating to health care

“The gentleman’s bill is an example of what is right with this legislature…” Rep. Chris Kelly said of the bill.

Legislators spoke about how pleased they are with the bill’s current state and all the help it will give to Missourians.

  • Truly agreed to and finally passed

 

1:00pm

Bills in Conference

CCR HCS SCS SB492 – Modifies provisions relating to the authorization for funding and administrative processes in higher education

  • Truly agreed and finally passed

 

CCR HCS SB656 – Modifies provisions relating to firearms and corporate security advisors

Emergency clause removed in conference.

  • Truly agreed and finally passed

 

CCR HCS SB615 – Modifies various provisions of law relating to court costs, civil fines, and the prosecuting attorneys’ retirement system

  • Truly agreed and finally passed
  • Emergency clause adopted

 

CCR#2 HCS SB621 – Modifies various provisions of law regarding garnishments, criminal procedure, prosecutors’ retirement system, judicial resources, court surcharges, and crime prevention. This bill does have an emergency clause

  • Truly agreed and finally passed
  • Emergency clause adopted

 

Messages from the Senate

 

12:00pm

House Bills with Senate Amendments

SCS HCS HB1304 – Changes the definition of “original package” of malt liquor for liquor licensing purposes to include cans and pouches

  • Truly agreed and finally passed

 

Bills for Third Reading

SCS SB642 – Modifies provisions relating to proposed surface mining operations

  • Third read and passed as amended

 

SS SCS HCS HB1302 – Specifies that Missourians have the right to heat their homes and businesses using wood-burning furnaces, stoves, fireplaces, and heaters

  • House refused to adopt SS SCS and requests Senate recede from its position and take up and pass the bill on voice vote

 

SCS SB567 – Modifies provisions relating to adult day care programs

  • Third read and passed as amended

 

Senate Joint Resolutions for Third Reading

SCS SHR27 – Provides that the people shall be secure in their electronic communications and data

  • Truly agreed to and finally passed

 

Bills in Conference

CCR HCS SB662 – Requires the Department of Revenue to notify affected sellers of certain decisions modifying sales tax law

  • Truly agreed and finally passed

 

CCR#2 HCS SCS SB672 – Modifies provisions relating to businesses, political subdivisions, fire sprinklers, investments, hair braiding, garnishments, asphalt shingles, and Sunday sales

  • Truly agreed and finally passed

 

CCR#2 HCS SCS SB 716 – Modifies provisions relating to public health

  • Truly agreed and finally passed

 

CCR SCS SB612 with HA1-5 – Modifies provisions relating to taxation

  • Truly agreed to and finally passed

11:00am

Bills in Conference

CCR SS SCS HCS HB1665 & 1335 – Prohibits businesses from requiring payment to remove a booking photograph and includes a petition process for an individual to have his or her booking photograph removed from the website

  • Third read and passed

 

House Bills with Senate Amendments

SCS HCS HB2141 – Modifies measurement standards and tax rates for compressed and liquefied natural gas as a motor fuel

  • Truly agreed and finally passed

 

SS SCS HCS HB 1371 – Changes the laws regarding the Missouri Criminal Code

  • Truly agreed and finally passed

 

SS SCS HB 1865 – Modifies provisions of law relating to sales and use tax exemptions for utilities used or consumed in the preparation of food

  • Truly agreed and finally passed

 

SCS HCS HB1689 – Changes the laws regarding early childhood education programs

  • Truly agreed and finally passed

 

SCS HB1692 – Requires all members of a public water supply district board of directors to be voters who have resided in the district for one year prior to election

  • Truly agreed and finally passed

 

SCS HCS HB1296 – Allows a seller to advertise that the required sales tax will be assumed or absorbed into the price of the property sold or the services rendered if the amount of the tax is separately stated

Senate added that graphing calculators be included on the sales tax holiday.

  • Truly agreed and finally passed

 

SCS HCS HB1614 – Adds dyslexia to the special needs definition for purposes of Bryce’s Law

Rep. Jeremy LaFaver got up to inquire other legislators and slow progress down. By 10:35, 7 bills had been passed in the last 30 minutes.

  • Truly agreed and finally passed unanimously

 

SS SCS HCS HB1867 – Changes the laws regarding underground facility safety

  • Truly agreed and finally passed as amended

 

SCS HCS HB1225 – Modifies provisions relating to self-service storage facilities

  • Truly agreed and finally passed

10:00am

Speaker Jones says that he’s been informed by the Majority Leader that they have 40 legislations to get through today.

Bills in Conference

CCR#2 SS HCS HB1685 – Allows physicians to prescribe certain investigational drugs, biological products, or devices to certain eligible terminally ill patients

  • Third read and passed

 

CCR SS SCS HCS HB1231 – Changes the laws regarding judicial procedures. This bill does have an emergency clause

  • Third read and passed
  • Emergency clause adopted

 

CCR SCS HCS HB1831 – Allows a child care facility incorporated as an LLC to qualify for the exemption for related children

“We should not be putting the safety of small children behind that,” Rep. Genise Montecillo said after explaining she wants business to come to Missouri.

  • Third read and passed

 

CCR SCS HB1553 – Adds Saline County public library district to the list of library districts allowed to levy a sales tax under section 182.802

Rep. Dean Dohrman’s bill has had many additions since its original version, which incited some debate from the Democrat side  regarding how far this law would reach into the aesthetic consideration of nuisance.

  • Third read and passed

 

CCR SS HB1707 – Allows community college police officers to establish regulations to control vehicular traffic on any thoroughfare owned or maintained by the college

  • Rep. Kathy Conway has proposed an amendment to the conference committee report, which has been adopted by a voice vote.
  • Third read and passed as amended

 

May 15, 2014

7:00pm

Senate Bills for Third Reading

HCS SS SB869 – Modifies provisions relating to children

  • Third read and passed

 

Bills in Conference

HCS SCS SB896 – Modifies provisions relating to county governance

  • House refuse to secede from its position and grant the Senate a further conference thereon motion adopted

 

Messages from the Senate

 

SS SCS HCS HB1439 – Establishes the Second Amendment Preservation Act and changes the laws regarding firearms

  • House refuse to secede from its position and grant the Senate a further conference thereon motion adopted

 

HCS SCS SB664 – Modifies provisions relating to natural resources

  • House refuse to secede from its position and grant the Senate a further conference thereon motion adopted

 

House Bills with Senate Amendments

SS HB1707 – Allows community college police officers to establish regulations to control vehicular traffic on any thoroughfare owned or maintained by the college

  • House refuse to secede from its position and grant the Senate a further conference thereon motion adopted

 

HCS SB584 – Modifies provisions relating to taxation

  • House refuse to secede from its position and grant the Senate a further conference thereon motion adopted

 

SCS HCS HB1831 – Allows a child care facility incorporated as an LLC to qualify for the exemption for related children

  • House refuse to secede from its position and grant the Senate a further conference thereon motion adopted

 

House Bills with Senate Amendments

SS SCS HCS HBS 1665 & 1335 – Requires a person publishing an arrest booking photograph on his or her internet website to remove such photograph upon the request of the individual whose photograph was published

  • House refuse to secede from its position and grant the Senate a further conference thereon motion adopted

 

The House is currently waiting on the Senate for messages and is open for announcements.

6:00pm

Senate Bills for Third Reading

HCS SS SB869 – Modifies provisions relating to children

The House stands at ease.

The House comes to order.

A quorum has been established.

5:00pm

Senate Bills for Third Reading

HCS SB584 – Modifies provisions relating to taxation

  • Third read and passed as amended

 

SB844 – Modifies the shared work unemployment compensation program. This bill has an emergency clause.

  • Third read and passed
  • Emergency clause adopted

 

SS SB691 – Modifies insurance policy cancellation and reinstatement requirements and allows homeowner insurance companies to offer sinkhole coverage

  • Third read and passed

 

SCS SB777 – Modifies provisions relating to tax incentives, sales tax exemptions, retail sales licenses, penalties for ordinance violations, and economic development

  • Third read and passed

Rep. Torpey, bill handler, moved that the emergency clause be adopted “tongue in cheek.”

  • Emergency clause was defeated

 

HCS SCS SB680 – Modifies provisions relating to public assistance

  • Third read and passed as amended

 

HCS SB655 – Modifies provisions relating to property

  • Third read and passed

 

4:00pm

Senate Bills for Third Reading

SCS SB896 – Modifies provisions relating to county governance

  • Third read and passed as amended

 

HCS SCS SB664 – Modifies provisions relating to natural resources

  • Third read and passed as amended
  • Emergency clause defeated

 

HCS SB584 – Modifies provisions relating to taxation

The House is debating the fifth amendment to this bill currently.

3:00pm

The House readjourned at 2:45.

  • A quorum has been found

2:00pm with Gary Gurecki

The House is in Recess until 2:45pm

Senate Bills for Third Reading

HCS SS SB 869 Creates a sales and use tax exemption for used manufactured homes.

  • Conference Granted

HCS SS#2 SB 754 Modifies provisions relating to health care.

  • Conference Granted

HCS SCS SB 852 Allows police on the Kansas border to provide mutual aid, provides compensatory time for corrections officers, and provides for the regulation of corporate security advisors.

  • Conference Granted

SCS SB 729 Creates a tax credit for donations to Innovation Campuses

  • Conference Granted

House Bills with Senate Amendments

SS SCS HCS HB 1231 Changes the laws regarding judicial procedures.

  • Conference Granted

Messages from the Senate

House Bills with Senate Amendments

HB1831 – Allows a child care facility incorporated as an LLC to qualify for the exemption for related children

  • Refused to recede from position and granted conference

 

1:00pm

CCR HCS SCS SBS493, et al – Modifies provisions relating to elementary and secondary education. There is an emergency clause on this bill.

“I try to make people laugh, but this isn’t a laughing matter,” Rep. Kevin Engler started with in the top of the hour. “In 12 years, I have never voted for a bill this complicated.”

Engler pointed out that the Senator from Rep. Clem Smith, who represents the area with the bankrupt Normandy School District, is an African-American who is actively supporting the bill. The inquiry started to become race-based.

“If we pass it, are we going to have to go back and change some things? Absolutely,” Engler said, further explaining that some kind of solution needs to be passed.

“They do not have a plan!” Engler exclaimed. “We have to have a plan to get through the Senate in the next day.”

Representatives on both sides of the aisle continued to reference the Governor and his veto threat and express disdain for the the lack of plan he has for the issue.

“I can tell you right now that what we have right now is not working,” Engler continued, pleading for change so that more districts do not become bankrupt because of the transfers.

The bill received 89 votes for third read and passed with bipartisan support and opposition.

  • Third read and passed

“There is no emergency,” Rep. Margo McNeil said regarding the emergency clause.

LT. Gov. Kinder walked in during the inquiry of Rep. Stream, bill sponsor, by Rep. Michael Butler. Further Democrats that voted against the bill spoke against the clause because of their opinion that the policy would not be an effective fix for the problem. Supporters of the bill and clause want the bill to take effect before the next school year starts. Without the clause, the law would take effect until late August.

The debate on the clause was ended when previous question was moved for.

  • The emergency clause was adopted with 111 votes.

12:00pm

CCR HCS SCS SBS493, et al – Modifies provisions relating to elementary and secondary education

Reps aggressively pleaded that there needs to be a fix for the children in unaccredited districts and that no perfect bill exists.

“We are so caught up on the private options…but I want to point out that there are a lot of good things [in this bill] that will be beneficial,” Rep. David Wood said.

“If we don’t do something, the effects could be devastating to the Kansas City School District,” Rep. Sheila Solon said. “If you’re waiting for the perfect bill, it doesn’t exist.”

Rep. Clem Smith, who represents the Normandy School District, said that “this bill doesn’t do it” for his students and constituents.

“There are many provisions in this bill that are supported by both sides of the aisle,” Rep. Jay Barnes said.

Many representatives spoke about districts outside of their district that are struggling and concern them.

“I’m not going to second guess the motives on anyone on this bill. I’d like to express…that for those of us who came here who were elected and are strong supporters of public education – we want to have the latitude to stand up and support public education. I was not elected by members of this body, I was elected by the voters in my district,” Rep. Jeff Grisamore said in reference to a state’s responsibilities towards its schools.

Rep. Brandon Ellington raised concerns that this bill takes the first steps towards vouchers and isn’t truly about fixing the transfer issue that is bankrupting other school districts, such as Normandy.

“If you want to throw problems on the table and ignore the major issues that affect us…and use black faces that push the agenda,” Rep. Karla May started in. “We have to address the issue and quite being divided.”

May further shared that she was glad that other reps listened to her concerns, but the provisions were lost. She shared concerns for those who may make money off of a private option and take advantage of a bad situation in specific areas in the state.

“This is everybody’s money, so why do the receiving districts get to decide how much money they receive when we should make the decision of how much money they receive,” May concluded.

“Had these been standalone bills, they would have been very happy to support them,” Rep. Vicki England said. “We all want to educate kids, we just have different ideas on how to do it.”

“We need to have guidelines as to how to manage this, which is why I support this bill,” England said. “I know there are problems with this bill. I will tell you right now that I have problems with [the private option].”

England went on to support and reiterated Senate Sifton’s points in last night’s Senate debate that the Governor should sign the bill or veto it immediately so that the issue can be fixed.

“No more talk,” England said.

Rep. Lyle Rowland stood up to ask for additional information regarding jargon from Rep. Jay Barnes. Rowland has been the recipient of several awards including FFA Blue and Gold Award, Outstanding Rural Administrator (1997), Missouri K-8 School Superintendent of the Year (2005), and Outstanding Emeritus Educator (2010).

Barnes is currently clarifying what the law says regarding the private option.

Debate goes on into the noon hour.

11:00am

Bills in Conference

CCR#2 SS SCS HB 1490 – Changes the laws regarding academic performance and learning standards in elementary and secondary education. This bill does have an emergency clause.

Amendments on the bill from the Senate, which specifically address the Kansas City Public School District and transitioning districts.

“We wanted to be sure that schools aren’t harmed,” Rep. Kurt Bahr, bill sponsor, said during inquiry as to the changes.

“There’s that real potential for schools to drop because they’re transitioning,” Rep. Genise Montecillo regarding the changes that came back from the Senate. Afterwards, she thanked Bahr for the bill.

  • Third read and passed

The emergency clause is to give committees/work groups more time to form in October, Bahr said. The clause failed yesterday. Rep. Kevin Engler says the clause does not meet criteria for emergency.

  • The emergency clause was adopted

 

CCR SS HCS HB1685 – Allows physicians to prescribe certain investigational drugs, biological products, or devices to certain eligible terminally ill patients

Neely moved that the House refuse to adopt  and request further conference.

“This is just a technical little thing that we missed and we want to fix it,” Rep. Gina Mitten said.

  • The motion passed on a voice vote.

 

CCR SS SCS HB1504 – Changes the laws regarding tax increment financing

  • Third read and passed

 

May 14, 2014

12:00am with Gary Gurecki

SCS SB 635 Prohibits issuance of certain incentives to business relocating from certain counties in Kansas if Kansas enacts a similar prohibition.

  • Third Read and Passed

HCS SS#2 SB 754 Modifies provisions relating to health care.

  • Adopted as Amended

11:00pm with Gary Gurecki

Senate Bills for Third Reading

HCS SS SB 884 Establishes contractual provisions for entities engaged in the provision of dental services.

  • Third Read and Passed

HCS SCS SB 852 Allows police on the Kansas border to provide mutual aid, provides compensatory time for corrections officers, and provides for the regulation of corporate security advisors.

Rep. Riddle proposed an amendment which dealt with removing brackets, that were added to the bill in error.  The amendment passed a voice vote.

  • Adopted as Amended
  • Third Read and Passed

10:00pm with Gary Gurecki

Senate Bills for Third Reading

SS SB 866 Preempts local laws that would modify current law governing the manner in which traditional installment loan lenders are allowed to make loans.

  • Truly Agreed Finally Passed

HCS SS SB 860 Creates a sales and use tax exemption for used manufactured homes.

  • Third Read and Passed

SS#2 SB 754 Modifies provisions relating to health care.

Rep. Chris Kelly was one of the larger supporters of the bill, citing autism legislation that was passed a few years earlier, “We should not only pass this, we should bring this to the state of Missouri and say take this if you take nothing else.”  Some other amendments were added including the suggesting of a flu inoculation for elderly patients between the months of October and February.

  • Bill Placed on Calendar

SB 660 Modifies provisions relating to reproductive health care.

  • House Committee Substitute adopted
  • Third Read and Passed

SCS SB 852 Allows police on the Kansas border to provide mutual aid, provides compensatory time for corrections officers, and provides for the regulation of corporate security advisors.

Rep. Rhoads began by proposing an amendment that would provide for immediate treatment for EMT’s that come in contact with contaminated blood in the line of duty.  The amendment was shown support and was added through a voice vote.  Rep. Rowden then proposed an amendment that would strike language related to funeral processions.  The amendment was adopted through a voice vote.  Rep. Wilson then proposed an amendment that would disallow any aid from the state of Kansas, unless a major emergency event occurs, the amendment was added through a voice vote.

  • Bill Placed on Calendar

SCS SB 809  Modifies provisions of law regarding licensing of architects, professional engineers, professional land surveyors, and professional landscape architects.

  • House Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Third Read and Passed

SCS SB 729 Creates a tax credit for donations to Innovation Campuses

Third Read and Passed Senate Committee Substitute as Amended

HCS SB 607 Sales tax for public safety

  • House Committee Substitute amended
  • Third Read and Passed

HCS SB 508 Modifies licensing requirements for health insurance exchange navigators; modifies cross-section references in SCHIP program and modifies requirements for issuance of excepted benefit plans.

A house amendment regarding mandatory fingerprinting was added during a voice vote after being offered by Rep. Allen.  Rep. McManus also added an amendment.

  • House Committee Substitute adopted
  • Third Read and Passed

9:00pm with Gary Gurecki

House Bills with Senate Amendments

SCS HCS HB 1307 & 1313 Increases the minimum waiting period before a woman can have an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours.

Rep. Clem Smith and other Democrats alike questioned the bill in the sense that it regulates female body parts and how this is an inappropriate effort, “I want you to think about your own manhood, with this bill today” Rep. Smith asked male members of the assembly. Rep. Elmer, the bill’s sponsor, defended his bill by saying “For me it’s about when does life begin, and how do you value it?  The sanctity should be protected.”  Rep. Riddle was one of the few women for the bill telling the assembly, “It’s so urgent for women to have an abortion that you won’t allow them to have all the facts?” Riddle asked. “They think that this is an inconvenience. Some of you are on the older side – do you want someone to negate your life because you are an inconvenience?”

  •  Senate Committee Substitute for House Committee Substitute adopted
  • Truly agreed finally passed

Senate Bills for Conference.

HCS SB 621 Modifies various provisions of law regarding garnishments, criminal procedure, prosecutors’ retirement system, judicial resources, court surcharges, and crime prevention.

  • Conference Granted

8:00pm with Gary Gurecki

Quorum has been called in the house

Messages from the Senate

House Bills with Senate Amendments

SS HCR 9 Strongly urges the National Park Service to draft its final General Management Plan for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways to recognize the importance the riverways provides to the state.

Rep. Cookson brought up his background as a national park ranger in support of his bill.  Rep. Schieffer  also showed support for Rep. Cookson’s bill “If we start shutting down campgrounds and canoe rentals..  I think it’s going to be an economic disaster.”

  • Senate Substitute adopted

House Bills in Conference

SCS HB 1553 Establishes procedures by which a school district or an initiative petition may place the issue of open enrollment by contract before the voters of the school district.

  • Conference Granted

SCS HB 1468 Specifies that workers’ compensation provisions shall not apply to volunteers for certain tax-exempt organizations.

  • Conference Granted

SCS HB 1495 Requires Missouri Technology Corporations to distribute money to specified early stage business development corporations for grants to newly formed businesses that have the potential for sales or development of new technologies.

Rep. Torpey fielded questions concerning his bill and the possible concern about the possibility of his developmental bill being used for stem cell like research and abortion technologies.  Torpey stands by his position that the funding comes from the MTC which already has protection against such technologies being provided by the MTC, while other

  • Conference Granted

5:00pm

The House had adjourned until 6:45pm.

HCS SB992 – Creates the State Capitol Complex Subcommittee of the Board of Public Buildings

  • Third read and passed

 

Senate Bills for Third Reading

SB727 – Creates a sales and use tax exemption for farm products sold at a farmers’ market and creates a pilot program for SNAP benefits to be used at farmers’ markets

“This will increase a person’s buying power in these markets,” Rep. Delus Johnson, bill handler said.

  • Third read and passed

SB500 – Modifies provisions of law relating to no-contest clauses in wills and trusts

  • Third read and passed

 

4:00pm

Senate Bills for Third Reading

HCS SB506 – Modifies provisions relating to agriculture

The House has offered and adopted four amendments now on this large agriculture bill.

“You can’t force a group to work with you if they are not willing to. If we have learned anything over this past year, it is that the Department of Conversation is not willing to,” Rep. Casey Guernsey, bill sponsor.

  • Third read and passed as amended – four amendments were added
  • The emergency clause failed to be adopted

2:oopm with Gary Gurecki

Bills in Conference

HCS SCS SB 493 – Modifies provisions relating to elementary and secondary education.

A member of the conference committee Rep. Englund commented on the committee’s work “These items are things that are not controversial in nature.”

HCS SB 615 – Modifies various provisions of law relating to court costs, civil fines, and the prosecuting attorneys’ retirement system.

  • Conference granted

HCS SB 656 – Modifies provisions relating to firearms and corporate security advisors.

  • Conference granted

1:15pm

Messages from the Senate

Bill carrying request messages

SS SCS HB 1490, A.A. Elementary and Secondary education

Allow the conferees to exceed the differences in section

Rep. Roorda said of the bill being sent back to the house over the Senate’s want to change some language in the bill “I don’t think this is out of line, I think this is part of the process.”

  • Conferees allowed

House Bills with Senate Amendments

SS HJR 68 Sales and use tax for transportation

Rep. Hinson’s bill received some statements of support from two members of the house.  Hinson then was asked about the nature of the bill and the fact that it does impose a tax, Hinson replied “We’re going to have to deal with it one way or another.”

  • Senate Substitute adopted
  • Truly agreed finally passed

12:0opm

 House Bills with Senate Amendments

SCS HCS HB1217 –  Specifies certain unlawful transfers or assignments of pension benefits

The Senate sent back an amended bill, which Democrats spoke against. This bill does have an emergency clause.

“I think this is good legislation. I would have liked to see this in committee. I don’t see how this harms anyone,” Rep. Mike Leara said.

Rep. Kevin Engler highlighted the amendment’s inclusion of felonies committed in relations to public duties and the outrage his district would have in the event that pensions were still received by those who were serving the public and committing felonies related to their job.

  • Truly agreed and finally passed as amended

“While the emergency clause is goodly intended…I’m a big believer in a little bit of notice,” Rep. Mike Colona said in reference to the emergency clause and charging his colleagues to vote their conscience.

  • The emergency clause was not adopted.

 

SS HCS HB1075 – Changes the laws regarding unclaimed property

  • Third read and passed
  • Emergency clause adopted

 

SS SCS HCS HJR90 – Proposes a constitutional amendment requiring the establishment of a six-week early voting period for all elections except local, special district, and municipal elections

  • Truly agreed to and finally passed

 

Senate Bills for Third Reading

SS HCS HB1075 – Changes the laws regarding unclaimed property

  • Truly agreed and finally passed as amended
  • Emergency clause adopted

 

SCS SB794 – Allows certain financial institutions to transfer fiduciary obligations and modifies the law relating to insurance producers and holding companies

  • Third read and passed

 

SCS SB731 – Modifies provisions relating to nuisance ordinances and actions

“This section doesn’t apply to any cities that are not already in statues,” Rep. John Diehl said in inquiry.

  • Truly agreed and passed

 

May 13, 2014

7:15pm

House Bills with Senate Amendments

SCS HB1594 – Allows for volunteer labor on public works projects

A quick PQ was called after jokes about being a “volunteer state” like Tennessee.

  • Truly agreed and finally passed

 

The House has adjourned.

 

7:00pm

HSC SB615 – Modifies various provisions of law relating to court costs, civil fines, and the prosecuting attorneys’ retirement system

  • The emergency clause was adopted.

 

Messages from the Senate

 

Bills Carrying Request Messages

HCS SCS SB492 – Modifies provisions relating to the authorization for funding and administrative processes in higher education

“There was apparently an amendment that caused consternation in the Senate,” Rep. Mike Thomson said.

  • Motion to refuse adopted

 

House Bills with Senate Amendments

SS HCS HB1685 – Allows physicians to prescribe certain investigational drugs, biological products, or devices to certain eligible terminally ill patients

  • Motion to refuse adopted

 

Rule 57(S) suspended for the sole purpose of taking up CCR SCS HCS HB1439 due to tragedy  in bill sponsor Rep. Doug Funderburk’s life.

 

CCR SCS HCS HB1439 – Establishes the Second Amendment Preservation Act and changes the laws regarding firearms

Rep. Funderburk expressed concerns with Senate amendments.

“There is no federal statute specifically enumerated in this bill,” said Funderburk during inquiry by Rep. Judy Morgan, whose inquiry was based on lines from the bill. While clarifying what the bill would and would not do, Morgan regularly referenced the Constitution. After asking to briefly speak on the bill, Morgan read a prepared speech, which mentioned the concerns of municipalities’ concerns regarding provisions in the bill, including the recent speeches at the Capitol by Mayors Slay and James.

Rep. T.J. Berry moved to previous question.

“There have been a lot of questions about the provisions put back in regarding domestic violence… those elements are already federal law, but we wanted to put those in in the event the law would change,” Funderburk said.

There was quite the delay after the motion to adopt the substitute, with a variety of representatives across the political spectrum speaking to Rep. Jeff Pogue, who voted no, despite his strong conservative record.  Pogue voted yes to the motion to third read and pass the bill – representatives continued to speak to him even after his “yes” vote.

  • Third read and passed

6:00pm

Senate Bills for Third Reading

SS SB745 – Modifies the provisions regarding sheriffs and other law enforcement officers, weapons, and concealed carry permits

  • Debate and amendments on this bill started in the 4:00pm hour.
  • Third read and passed as amended

 

HSC SB615 – Modifies various provisions of law relating to court costs, civil fines, and the prosecuting attorneys’ retirement system

Earlier amendments had little or no debate, but as more and more amendments were offered, inquiry and discussion became drawn out. Ten amendments were adopted. This bill has an emergency clause.

  • Third read and passed.
  • Vote on the emergency clause coming in the 6:00pm hour.

 

5:00pm

Senate Bills for Third Reading

HCS SCS SB656 – Modifies provisions relating to firearms and corporate security advisors

  • This bill was passed during the 4:00pm hour.
  • The emergency clause was adopted

 

SB734 – Allows members of electric cooperatives to participate in certain meetings by mail or electronic means

Representatives highlighted and congratulated the bill on returning to the House from the Senate without amendments during minimal discussion.

  • Truly agreed to and finally passed

 

SCS SB735 – Establishes Duty to inform campground guests of campground policies and establishes causes for which a campground owner can remove a person from a campground and a penalty for failure to leave

  • Truly agreed to and finally passed

 

HCS SB504 – Requires state agencies to post proposed rules, summaries, and fiscal notes on their websites

An amendment raised brought concerns from Rep. Gina Mitten, who shared that she was worried about inefficient information overload.  The amendment was passed on a voice vote.

“They go around us often – good, bad, or indifferent – but this keeps them a little more accountable,” Rep. Noel Torpey said.

  • Third read and passed as amended

 

SS SB745 – Modifies the provisions regarding sheriffs and other law enforcement officers, weapons, and concealed carry permits

  • Debate on amendments went into the 5:00pm hour

4:00pm

Senate Bills for Third Reading

HCS SCS SB656 – Modifies provisions relating to firearms and corporate security advisors

“This bill excludes the nullification language that has been seen before. It allows open carry when you have a right to carry permit,” Rep. Kevin Elmer said.  He further explained that the bill also allows teachers to carry firearms if allowed by the school’s administration.

As debate heated up regarding school districts having the ability to allow staff to carry through their own plans for safety, Rep. Margo McNeil brought up the issue of carrying and referenced “pulling a Dick Cheney” regarding to concerns of stability in those who carry within a school.

“One of the things that breaks my heart is that if something were to happen to [the children] and we didn’t do everything we could to protect them,” Rep. Charlie Davis said in his inquiry.

Brattin’s amendment to create a program for training for school staff to carry passed 112-36.

  • Third read and passed
  • The emergency clause is being debated now.

3:00pm

The House has spent the first half hour back from recess introducing special guests, presenting resolutions, and thanking  interns and staff.

12:30pm

Bills in Conference

CCR SS SCS HB1490 – Changes the laws regarding academic performance and learning standards in elementary and secondary education. It has an emergency clause. An emergency clause was added in the Senate.

Democrats normally crying fowl on most Republican-based education bills called for support of the bill, which has been worked hard by bill sponsor Rep. Kurt Bahr and his staff. Some Democrats were more critical, but overall the inquiries seemed in favor of Bahr’s bill that addresses common core standards in-state.

“It’s not a hard stop as I originally intended at the beginning of session,” Bahr said.

  • Substitute is adopted
  • Failed to adopt the emergency clause.

 

The House has recessed until 2:30pm.

12:00pm

House Bills with Senate Amendments

SCS HCS HB1779 – Allows advanced practice registered nurses in collaborative practice arrangements to make certain decisions regarding patient restraints

This bill had bipartisan support, with many nurse-legislators standing up to thank bill sponsor Rep. Jeannie Riddle.

  • Truly agreed to and finally passed unanimously

 

SCS HCS HRB1299 – Revision bill which changes various laws in accordance with executive branch reorganization

  • Truly agreed to and finally passed unanimously

 

SCS HB1791 – Authorizes the Governor to convey specified state properties. This bill has an emergency clause.

  • Truly agreed to and finally passed
  • The emergency clause was adopted.

 

SCS HB1190 – Requires the Department of Transportation to issue emergency utility response permits for the transporting of equipment and materials needed following a disaster where utility service has been disrupted

  • Truly agreed to and finally passed.

 

SS SCS HCS HB1735 & 1618 – Allows for the sale of motorcycles on Sundays in Platte County and Jackson County

Legislators from Platte and Jackson County stood up to support the bill, arguing that the bill would allow a market that is a “little more free,”

  • Truly agreed to and finally passed

 

SS SCS HB1504 – Changes the laws regarding tax increment financing

Bill handler Rep. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, moved that the House refuse to adopt the Substitute.

  • Passed on a voice vote

11:00am

Senate Bills for Third Reading

SCS SB723 – Modifies the composition of the Board of Public Buildings and raises the cap on the amount of revenue bonds that may be issued by such board

  • Third read and passed

 

Messages from the Senate

 

House Bills with Senate Amendments

SCS HB1092 – Changes the deadline for the Children’s Division within the Department of Social Services to complete a child abuse or neglect investigation from 30 days to 30 business days

  • Truly agreed to and finally passed as amended

SS SCS HB1270 – Requires specified disclosures on new credit card processing service contracts

  • Truly agreed to and finally passed

SCS HCS HB1779 – Allows advanced practice registered nurses in collaborative practice arrangements to make certain decisions regarding patient restraints

Debate continued on this legislation into the 11:00am hour.

 

May 12, 2014

6:00pm

House Bills with Senate Amendments

SCS HCS HB1410 – Removes the option for a trial de novo in landlord-tenant actions

Amendments were offered by the bill sponsor, Cross, which were questioned by attorney-legislators on the other side of the aisle.

  • Truly and agreed as amended

The House stands adjourned.

5:00pm

 Senate Bills for Third Reading

SCS SB492 – Modifies provisions relating to the authorization for funding and administrative processes in higher education

Amendments were offered and points of order were raised against several of them, making one wonder if Democrats are stalling.  Amendments can be seen here.

Debate started in the 4:00pm hour and continued into the 5:00pm hour. Despite the points of order, there was no issue with the adoption of the amendments.

  • Third read and passed as amended

 

Bills in Conference

SS SCS HSC HB1439 – Establishes the Second Amendment Preservation Act and changes the laws regarding firearms

Bill sponsor Rep. Douglas Funderburk, R-St. Charles, made an unusual move to exceed the differences for the purpose of changing certain provisions in the section of the bill regarding sheriffs granting conceal and carry permits.

  • Motion was taken up by a voice vote

 

CCR HCS SCS SB672 – Modifies provisions relating to businesses, political subdivisions, fire sprinklers, investments, hair braiding, garnishments, asphalt shingles, and Sunday sales

The bill sponsor moved that the House refuse to adopt CCR HCS SCS SB672 as amended and request the Senate grant further conference.

  • Motion taken

 

House Bills with Seante Amendments

SS SCS HB1411 – Requires persons less than 17 years of age using a tanning device in a tanning facility to have the parent or guardian of the minor give written consent in person to the minor’s use of a tanning device

Rep. Gary Cross, R-Lee’s Summit, has worked on getting this legislation through for four years, which Rep. Keith Frederick brought up during inquiry. Cross seemed pleased with the progress this bill has made this year. Representatives on both side of the aisle lent support to Cross and his effort. Republicans were split on the bill, but was ultimately passed.

  • Truly agreed to and finally passed

 

SCS HB1866 – Designates a portion of U.S. Highway 54 in Cole County as the “Billy Dean Robinett Memorial Highway”

  • Truly agreed to and finally passed

4:00pm

Senate Bills for Third Reading

SCS SB785 – Expands one time temporary boating safety identification card opportunity to include Missouri residents

Bill handler Rep. Rocky Miller, R-Tuscumbia, explained that out-of-state visitors can get a one-time boating safety identification card, which should be expanded to Missourians because he contends that not all Missourians need a full fledged boating license.

“It’s about fairness. We allow it to out-of state people, so we should allow this for in-state also,” Miller said, who explained during multiple inquiries that departments and organizations affiliated with safety did not come out against the bill.

Debate started on this bill within the 3:00pm hour and continued into the 4:00pm hour.

  •  Truly agreed to and finally passed.

 

SB907 – Allows the Carthage School District to transfer unrestricted funds from the incidental to the capital projects funds to complete student safety-related projects

There was no debate on this bill.

  • Truly agreed and finally passed

 

SS SB 782 – Allows an individual with certification from the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence to obtain teacher certification in elementary education.

Rep. Margo McNeil, a Democrat teacher from St. Louis, shared that the issues current certification covers are critical to the classroom and equated it to the need for knowledge in other specialized fields.

“We need to keep high quality teachers and that is why I’m voting against this bill. Our children deserve better,” McNeil concluded.

The vote was 92 yes, 55 no with only a handful of present Republicans voting no.

  • Truly agreed to and finally passed.

 

SS SCS SB593 –  Modifies provisions relating to nonpartisan elections

Bill sponsor Rep. Tony Dugger, R-Hartville, shared that this bill would waive conducting uncontested non-partisan elections and provide a recall procedure for members of an emergency services board and in turn, save taxpayers a slew of money in the event that holding an election with no contest. Democrat Rep. Randy Dunn, R-Kansas City, raised concerns for write-in candidates.

  • Truly agreed and finally passed.

 

SCS SB492 – Modifies provisions relating to the authorization for funding and administrative processes in higher education

Amendments were offered and points of order were raised against them, making one wonder if Democrats are stalling.  Amendments can be seen here.

Debate started in the 4:00pm hour and continued into the 5:00pm hour.

3:00pm

Senate Bills for Third Reading

SS SCS SB841 – Modifies provisions relating to alternative nicotine or vapor products by requiring sellers to have a retail tax license.

“Since we voted on the House version of the bill, the FDA released their report on e-cigarettess, which affirms the language,” House handler Rep. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, said.

“Young people should not have access to these e-cigarettes and almost all of this bill is about that,” Rep. Jill Shupp, D-Creve Coeur, said. She continued on to discuss that the bill is bittersweet towards FDA regulations and abilities and called for further regulations in the future.

“We know that it takes more than just not selling these products to 18 year olds,” she said. “For this reason, I would urge the General Assembly to look forward.”

Several Democrats stood up and argued that the bill does not go far enough to protect minors from e-cigarettes, even in light of Rowden’s effort to support and handle legislation, which is responsive to the FDA ruling.

In his defense, Rowden said, “It is a very important step.”

  • Truly agreed to and finally passed.