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March 7, 2014 – Legislative Update

Spotlight for the Week:

HB 2072:   Filed in the Missouri House by Representative Jeff Messenger. 

HB 2072 Specifies that no economic incentive programs may provide public monies or benefits to research projects involved with abortion services, human cloning, or prohibited human research.  Missouri Right to Life strongly supports HB 2072.

Thank you Representative Jeff Messenger and all those who signed on as co-sponsors to HB 2072!  Thank you for seeing the need for this important life-saving legislation!  We look forward to working with you to get this important legislation passed and sent to the Governor’s desk.

Missouri Right to Life Priority Legislation

Status:  GOOD NEWS!
HB 1478 was heard in the House Health Care Policy Committee, Thursday, March 6
We thank the Chairman of the House Health Care Policy Committee, Rep. (Dr.) Keith Frederick for hearing this important life-saving bill!  We look forward to the committee moving this bill to the House floor for debate very soon.

Due to the weather last week:  SB 770 has been re-scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, Monday, March 10

SB 770 and HB 1478 will place in statute stricter inspection requirements and more accountability for abortion clinics.  It will establish statutory requirements rather than relying solely on regulations for oversight of abortion clinics and will be less subject to the agenda of a particular agency or political party.

Atrocities at abortion clinics in Pennsylvania and Texas and multiple violations of health requirements at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood facility where there have been multiple 911 calls over the last 4 years illustrate the need for this legislation. 

We thank Senator Wayne Wallingford, Sponsor of SB 770 and Representative Kathryn Swan, Sponsor of HB 1478 and all the co-sponsors for working to move this important life-saving legislation forward and help get it to the Governor’s desk.  HB 1478 has over 100 co-sponsors.

Missouri’s Pro-Life Action Day – WE NEED YOU TO BE IN JEFFERSON CITY!

One of the most important events that you can plan for is to attend Pro-Life Lobby Day on Tuesday, March 11th at the Missouri State Capitol at 10:00 a.m. in Jefferson City, MO.  Rally to begin at Noon on the 1st floor rotunda.  Please print this flyer and invite people to lobby day: 
http://missourilife.org/news/2014/2014lobbyday.pdf

GOOD NEWS ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BILLS:

PRO-LIFE PROTECTIVE LANGUAGE HAS BEEN PLACED ON THE FOLLOWING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BILLS AS OF MARCH 5. 

MRL IS NEUTRAL ON THESE BILLS AS LONG AS THE 196.1127 PROTECTIVE LANGUAGE STAYS ON THE BILLS.  WE WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED.

HCS HB 1310 & 1236:  Representative Noel Torpey and Denny Hoskins, Sponsors – Establishes the Missouri Angel Investment Incentive Act – Opens the door for public funding of human cloning and embryonic stem cell research
January 22, MRL told by vice-chairman (acting chairman at the time), during committee testimony, that testimony was only being taken for HB 1310 and not on HB 1236 – even though both sponsors for HB 1236 and HB 1310 both presented their bills together and everyone giving testimony in support of these bills, including MOBIO, the lead group seeking public monies for human cloning and embryonic stem cell research, gave testimony for both bills.  MRL turned in testimony in opposition to both HB 1310 and HB 1236.  HB 1236 never had a separate presentation in the hearing.  It was on the hearing list, shows that a hearing was held but there was no separate time in the hearing to give testimony on HB 1236.
Executive Session Held Wednesday, January 29 – HB 1310 and HB 1236 Combined into House Committee Sub (HCS) and pro-life language not included on committee sub. 
Rules Committee voted do pass and reported to House floor HCS HB 1310 & 1236, February, 5 – Without pro-life protective language
MARCH 5, 2014 – HOUSE AMENDMENT 1, SPONSORED BY REP. CHRISSY SOMMER, PLACES PRO-LIFE PROTECTIONS ON HCS HB 1310 & 1236. 

MRL NOW NEUTRAL ON HCS HB 1310 & 1236 AS LONG AS THE 196.1127 PROTECTIVE LANGUAGE STAYS ON THE BILL. 

THANK YOU TO REP. SOMMER AND ALL HOUSE MEMBERS WHO VOTED FOR HA 1.

Testimony in Opposition to HB 1310 & 1236:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-01-22e.html

Click here to see the Special Standing Committee on Small Business Vote on HB 1310 & 1236 without pro-life protections:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-01-29-vote.pdf

Click here to see the Rules Committee Vote on HB 1310 & 1236 without pro-life protections:
http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-02-5-vote.pdf

HB 1495:  Representative Noel Torpey, Sponsor – 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.  This includes business incubators at Universities where we know embryonic stem cell research has been done.
Executive Session Held in House Special Standing Committee on Small Business Committee, February 10, pro-life language not included.
Voted Do Pass by Rules Committee, February 20 – Without pro-life protections
MARCH 5, 2014 – HOUSE AMENDMENT 1, SPONSORED BY REP. STEVE LYNCH, PLACES PRO-LIFE PROTECTIONS ON HB 1495. 

MRL NOW NEUTRAL ON HB 1495 AS LONG AS THE 196.1127 PROTECTIVE LANGUAGE STAYS ON THE BILL. 

THANK YOU TO REP. LYNCH AND ALL HOUSE MEMBERS WHO VOTED FOR HA 1.

Testimony in Opposition to HB 1495:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-01-29b.html

Click here to see the House Special Standing Committee on Small Business Vote on HB 1495 without pro-life protections:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-02-10-vote.pdf

Click here to see the Rules Committee Vote on HB 1495 without pro-life protections:
http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-02-20-vote.pdf

HB 1501:  Representative Anne Zerr, Sponsor – Omnibus Tax Credit Bill – Pro-life protections are in HCS HB 1501. 

MRL NEUTRAL ON HB 1501 AS LONG AS THE 196.1127 PROTECTIVE LANGUAGE STAYS ON THE BILL. 

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BILLS STILL OPPOSED BY MISSOURI RIGHT TO LIFE:

SB 698:  Senator Jolie Justus, Sponsor – Changes the laws regarding tax incentives and tax credits.  Includes Establishing the Missouri Angel Investment Incentive Act – Opens the door for public funding of human cloning and embryonic stem cell research.  Public Hearing Completed in Senate Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government Committee, February 19
Members of the Senate Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government Committee – Senators:    Eric Schmitt, Chairman, 573-751-751-2853; Bob Dixon, Vice-Chairman, 573-751-751-2583; Will Kraus, 573-751-1464; John Lamping, 573-751-2514; Gary Romine, 573-751-4008; David Sater, 573-751-1480; Jay Wasson, 573-751-1503; Jolie Justus, 573-751-2788; Joseph Keaveny, 573-751-3599; Jamilah Nasheed, 573-751-4415
Needs Pro-Life Language – Not on the Bill at this Time
Testimony in Opposition to SB 698:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-02-19b.html

SB 912: Senator Jay Wasson, Sponsor - Repeals the title of Missouri Science, Innovation and Reinvestment Act (MOSIRA) and renames the MOSIRA tax credits under the name of  Missouri Technology Investment Fund establishing provisions relating to tax credits to be managed by the Missouri Technology Corporation without pro-life protections to prevent public funding for human cloning and embryonic stem cell research.  First Read in the Senate, February 24
Needs pro-life language – Not on the Bill at this Time

HB 1498:  Representative Anne Zerr, Sponsor - Changes the laws regarding tax incentives and tax credits.   Includes Establishing the Missouri Angel Investment Incentive Act – Opens the door for public funding of human cloning and embryonic stem cell research.  Public Hearing Completed, January 28
Needs Pro-Life Language – Not on the Bill at this Time
Committee Adjourned to go to reception held by MOBIO in the home of MOBIO’s President and CEO.  MOBIO is the leading group pushing to get public funding for open-ended human life sciences research, which includes human cloning and embryonic stem cell research.  MOBIO adamantly opposes pro-life protective language to prevent human cloning and embryonic stem cell research.
Testimony in Opposition to HB 1498:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-01-28b.html
UPDATE:  February 11, the language of HB 1498 has been amended on to HCS HB 1501.  Pro-life protections are in HCS HB 1501 but not on HB 1498.  HB 1498 as a stand-alone bill, may or may not move.  HCS HB 1501 with pro-life protections voted out of economic development on Tuesday, February 11.  HCS HB 1501 with pro-life protections voted out of Rules Committee, February 20 (8 yes, 4 no)

HB 1583:  Representative T.J. Berry, Sponsor - Repeals language referring to the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act (MOSIRA) and establishes provisions relating to tax credits for Missouri Technology Corporations without pro-life protections.  Public Hearing Completed in House Economic Development Committee, February 11
Needs pro-life language – Not on the Bill at this Time
NOTE:  HOUSE COMMITTEE SUB (HCS) WAS VOTED DO PASS IN THE HOUSE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, MARCH 4.  WILL UPDATE STATUS UPON REVIEW OF THE HCS.
Testimony in Opposition to HB 1583:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-02-11a.html

Budget Bills

As the budget moves through the process over the next 2 months, Missouri Right to Life supports continued funding for the Alternatives to Abortion Program.  This important program provides funding for pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes.  These programs help women in crisis pregnancies through difficult situations and works to help them choose life for their unborn babies. 

We are also looking at ways to have more accountability for our federal tax dollars that are going to Planned Parenthood.

Missouri Right to Life will also once again be seeking pro-life protections on the Department of Economic Development Budget Bill to ensure that public monies are not used to fund or subsidize human cloning or embryonic stem cell research.

Budget bills are moving through the hearing process and will soon be moving to the House floor.
Budget bills must be truly agreed and finally passed by the end of the day on May 9, 2014 this session.

Movement on Pro-Life Legislation:  NOTE:  Last Day of Session is Friday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m.
Missouri Right to Life watches each piece of legislation for changes in language that would change the status of our support or opposition at any point in the process.

In the Missouri State Senate:

SB 519:  Senator David Sater, Sponsor - Amends the current waiting period for having an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours – Discussed on Senate Floor and for the Second Time, Placed on Informal Calendar Senate Bills for Perfection with Pro-Abortion Amendment Pending, March 5
Testimony in Support of SB 519:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-01-27.html
Picture after Testimony in Support of SB 519 with 40 Days for Life Group:  http://missourilife.org/images/2014_sb519_hearing.jpg
SB 546:  Senator John Lamping, Sponsor - Modifies Missouri' Health Care Freedom Act by prohibiting the state from implementing a health insurance exchange, prohibiting insurers from accepting remuneration and prescribing duties of the Attorney General for enforcement of the act – Voted Do Pass out of Senate Small Business, Insurance and Industry Committee,  Tuesday, February 18
Testimony in Support of SB 546:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-01-28.html
SB 638:  Senator Gary Romine, Sponsor - Raises the fiscal year cap on the Pregnancy Resource Center Tax Credits from $2 million to $2.5 million – SCS Voted Do Pass, Combined SB 638 & SB 647, Food Pantry Tax Credits, February 12
Testimony in Support of SB 638:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-01-29.html
SB 658:  Senator Wayne Wallingford, Sponsor - Provides protections for alternatives to abortion agencies to freely engage in religious practices – Second Read and Referred to Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, January 23
SB 660:  Senator Wayne Wallingford, Sponsor - Designates the priority for the state with respect to any funding for family planning services – Public Hearing Completed, February 11
Information on Planned Parenthood and Abortions from Susan B. Anthony List: 
http://www.sba-list.org/sites/default/files/content/shared/pp_fact_sheet_2012_2013_annual_report.pdf
SB 770:  Senator Wayne Wallingford, Sponsor - Modifies abortion provisions relating to medical emergencies and inspection of facilities – Public Hearing Scheduled in Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, March 10 (Had to be Re-scheduled from March 3 due to weather)
SJR 38:  Senator Brian Nieves, Sponsor - Prohibits Missouri state government from recognizing, enforcing, or acting in furtherance of certain actions of the federal government.   – Hearing Completed in Senate General Laws Committee, March 4
Testimony in Support of SJR 38:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/sjr38.html

In the Missouri State House:

HB 1063:  Representative Jeff Grisamore, Sponsor - Changes the laws regarding children and families and creates the Show Me Healthy Babies Program – Hearing Scheduled in Rules Committee, March 10
Testimony in Support of HB 1063:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-01-14a.html
HB 1065:  Representative Jeff Grisamore, Sponsor - Establishes the Show-Me Healthy Babies Program as a separate children's health insurance program for any low-income unborn child – Voted Do Pass our of Rules Committee, March 6
Testimony in Support of HB 1065:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-01-14b.html
HB 1103:  Representative Chuck Gatschenberger, Sponsor - Specifies that the constitutions and laws of the United States and Missouri must protect the rights of an alternatives-to-abortion agency and its officers to freely engage in activities without interference – Hearing Scheduled in Rules Committee, March 10
Testimony in Support of HB 1103:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-01-15.html
HB 1132:  Representative Kevin Engler, Sponsor - Increases the amount of tax credits for contributions to pregnancy resource centers available in each fiscal year to $2.5 million – Hearing Scheduled in Rules Committee, March 10
Testimony in Support of HB 1132:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-01-28a.html
HB 1148:  Representative Ron Hicks, Sponsor - Requires an ultrasound to be conducted and reviewed with the pregnant woman prior to the 24-hour waiting period for an abortion – Second Read and Referred to Health Care Policy Committee, January 9
HB 1192:  Representative Rocky Miller, Sponsor - Requires both custodial parents or the guardian of a minor to be notified prior to the performance of an abortion on their minor child – Debated on House Floor and Laid Over with HA 1 Pending, March 5.  Still on House Bill for Perfection Calendar
Testimony in Support of HB 1192:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-01-22a.html
HB 1193:  Representative Jeff Roorda, Sponsor - Requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to establish cord blood collection sites across the state for transportation to the Saint Louis Cord Blood Bank – Voted Do Pass out of House Rules Committee, March 6
Testimony in Support of HB 1193: http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-01-22b.html
HB 1252:  Representative Elijah Haahr, Sponsor - Changes the laws regarding custody and visitation rights of a father who attempted to coerce the mother of his child to obtain an abortion – HCS HB 1252 Voted Do Pass, February 19
Testimony in Support of HB 1252:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-02-05a.html
HB 1307:  Representative Kevin Elmer, Sponsor - Changes the current waiting period for having an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours – Perfected with Amendments, March 5.  On House Calendar for Third Reading.
Testimony in Support of HB 1307:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-01-22c.html
HB 1313:  Representative Keith Frederick, Sponsor - Amends the current waiting period for having an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours – Perfected with Amendments, March 5.  On House Calendar for Third Reading.
Testimony in Support of HB 1313:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-01-22c.html
HB 1314:  Representative Keith Frederick, Sponsor - Modifies Missouri's Health Care Freedom Act by prohibiting the state from implementing a health insurance exchange, prohibiting insurers from accepting remuneration and prescribing duties of the Attorney General – Public Hearing Completed, February 27
Statement in Support of HB 1314: http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-02-27.html
HB 1352:  Representative Chuck Gatschenberger, Sponsor - Changes the laws regarding the protection of women's health care – Referred to Health Care Policy Committee, January 28
HB 1353:  Representative Chuck Gatschenberger, Sponsor - Designates the priority for the state with respect to any funding for family planning services – Referred to Budget, January 28
HB 1375:  Representative Stanley Cox, Sponsor - Requires any organization, institution, or facility which performs abortions to make an annual accounting of all funds received pursuant to Title X of the federal Public Health Service Act – Voted Do Pass out of House Health Care Policy Committee, March 6
Testimony in Support of HB 1375:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-02-26.html
HB 1379:  Representative Chuck Gatschenberger, Sponsor - Requires an ultrasound to be conducted and reviewed with the pregnant woman prior to the 24-hour waiting period for an abortion – Referred to Health Care Policy Committee, January 28
HB 1430:  Representative Tim Jones, Sponsor - Specifies that anyone providing medical services cannot be required to perform or participate in activities that violate his or her conscience or principles
Testimony in Support of HB 1430:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-01-29a.html
Third Read and Pass Vote on Thursday, February 13:
http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-02-13-votes.pdf
Perfection Vote on Wednesday, February 12:
http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-02-12-vote.pdf
First Read in the Senate, February 13
HB 1478:  Representative Kathryn Swan, Sponsor - Changes the laws regarding the protection of women's health care – Public Hearing Completed in House Health Care Policy Committee, March 6
Testimony in Support of HB 1478:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-03-06.html
HB 1531:  Representative Bryan Spencer, Sponsor - Prohibits abortions performed for the purpose of providing fetal organs or tissue for medical transplantation – Referred to Health Care Policy Committee, January 29
HB 1585:  Representative Andrew Koenig, Sponsor - Establishes the Abortion Ban for Sex Selection and Genetic Abnormalities Act of 2014 to prohibit an abortion solely due to the sex of the unborn child or a genetic abnormality diagnosis – Referred to House Health Care Policy Committee, February 5
HB 1613:  Representative Chuck Gatschenberger, Sponsor - Establishes the "Ultrasound Informed Consent Act" – Referred to House Children, Families and Persons With Disabilities Comm., February 5
HB 1845:  Representative Sonya Anderson, Sponsor - Changes the requirements for parental consent for a minor to have an abortion – Referred to House Health Care Policy Committee, February 25
HB 1846:  Representative Stanley Cox, Sponsor - Changes the laws regarding the enforcement of abortion laws – Referred to House Health Care Policy Committee,  February 25
HB 1934:  Representative Linda Black, Sponsor - Requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to create a video that contains all the information required to be provided to a woman considering an abortion – Referred to House Health Care Policy Committee, February 26
HB 2072:  Representative Jeff Messenger, Sponsor - Specifies that no economic incentive programs may provide public monies or benefits to research projects involved with abortion services, human cloning, or prohibited human research – Second Read, March 6
HJR 62:  Representative Kurt Bahr, Sponsor - Proposes a constitutional amendment specifying that each citizen has an inherent liberty that includes being able to make decisions regarding lawful health care related services or products – Voted Do Pass out of House Health Care Policy Committee, March 6
Testimony in Support of HJR 62: http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-02-19a.html

Senate Bills OPPOSED by Missouri Right to Life:

SCR 30:  Senator Jolie Justus, Sponsor - Relating to the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution.  A State ERA has been used for the basis to publicly fund abortion. – Second Read and Referred to Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics, January 30

House Bills OPPOSED by Missouri Right to Life:

HB 1146: Representative Bill White, Sponsor – Establishes the Adult Health Care Consent Act that specifies a priority of persons who can make health care decisions for a person who has been certified as unable to consent to his or her own care.  This bill needs pro-life amendments to ensure that the family is still the decision maker in health care decisions, that food and hydration are not removed because of the question of quality of life, ensuring that court appointment does not overrule the wish of the patient and that patient care goes on while court battles are in process.  Public Hearing Completed, February 5

Testimony in Opposition to HB 1146:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-02-05.html

HB 1528:  Representative Stacy Newman, Sponsor – Requires a pharmacy to fill a valid and lawful prescription for any federal Food and Drug Administration-approved drug or device to prevent pregnancy, including emergency contraceptives, without delay – Even against the deeply held religious beliefs and conscience of a pharmacy owner. Referred to House Health Care Policy Committee, January 29

HB 1529:  Representative Stacy Newman, Sponsor - Changes and nullifies multiple pro-life laws. 
Public Hearing Completed, February 11 – Executive Session Held, Motion Do Pass Failed, February 18
Testimony in Opposition to HB 1529:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/2014-02-11b.html

HB 1848:  Representative Stacy Newman, Sponsor - Establishes disclosure regulations for entities that provide pregnancy-related services or solicits patrons with offers to provide prenatal sonography, pregnancy tests, or pregnancy options counseling.  This bill, sponsored by legislators that support abortion for any reason, seeks to place unnecessary regulations on the great work of faith based medical facilities and pregnancy resource centers that do not do abortions. – Public Hearing Completed in House Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities Committee, March 4.  Executive Session Scheduled, March 11.
Testimony in Opposition to HB 1848:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/hb1848.html

HB 1904:  Representative Clem Smith, Sponsor - Changes and nullifies multiple pro-life laws.  Hearing Scheduled in House Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities Committee, March 11

HCR 39:  Representative Judy Morgan, Sponsor - Relating to the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution.  A State ERA has been used for the basis to publicly fund abortion. – Second Read, February 27

 We continue to review all Senate and House Bills that have been filed as they move through the process.  We will report either support or opposition or a change of our position as the bills move through the process.  We are looking at every aspect of each bill to determine the impact on pro-life issues that put innocent human lives at risk or have the opportunity to give protection.

 

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