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Legislative Update – May 8, 2015


ACTION ALERT FOR:  Final Week of the 2015 Legislative Session. 
2015 Legislative Session Ends at 6:00 p.m., Friday, May 15

CALLS NEEDED TO THE SENATE ON HB 190 
Ask your Senator to take up and pass HB 190 to ensure annual inspections of abortion facilities.  Click here to get your Senator’s phone number:  http://www.senate.mo.gov/15info/SenateRoster.htm

While you are talking to your Senator also ask them to pass Simon’s Law (SB 466 & 422) to ensure that a DNR order is not placed in a minor child’s file without the parent’s knowledge.

HB 190 – The abortion clinic inspection bill which changes the laws regarding the protection of women's health care.  On Senate Informal HB on Third Reading Calendar awaiting final action by the Senate.   Sponsor: Kathy Swan
Testimony in Support of HB 190 Before the Senate Veteran’s Affairs and Health Committee:
http://missourilife.org/legislation/2015/hb190a.html

SB 466 & 422 - Simon’s Law ensures that do-not-resuscitate order is not placed in a minor child’s medical file without the parent’s knowledge.
Sponsors:  Senators Eric Schmitt and Rob Schaaf
Testimony in Support of SB 466 & 422:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2015/sb466.html
Click Here to hear Radio Spot for Simon’s Law:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/index.htm

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All Bills from Previous Lifelines Still on Missouri Right to Life Action List
Highlights of Some Bills in This Last Week:

SB 302 - Requires referrals for out of state abortions to be accompanied by specified printed materials (Support) – On the Senate Informal Calendar Senate Bills for Perfection awaiting action by the Senate.  Sponsor:  Senator Jeanie Riddle
Testimony in Support of SB 302:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2015/sb302.html

HB 81 – Changes the laws regarding consent for a minor to have an abortion (Support) – April 30, 2015 – Executive Session Held in House Children and Families Committee, Voted Do Pass and Referred to House Select Committee on Social Services.  Sponsor:  Sonya Anderson
Testimony in Support of HB81http://missourilife.org/legislation/2015/hb81.html

HB 1133 - Establishes the "Designated Health Care Decision-Maker Act" (Support) -  May 6, 2015 – Executive Session Held and Voted Do Pass on HB 1133 as amended in House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee.  Sponsor:  Joe Don McGaugh
Testimony in Support of Amendment Offered in Committee on HB 1133 Before the House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2015/hb1133.html

HB 735 and SB 342– Establishes the "Perinatal Advisory Council" and requires the council to establish standards for all neonatal care and maternal prenatal care levels of birthing hospital care.   Amended on to SB 230, an omnibus health care bill.
Sponsors: Rep. Marsha Haefner and Senator Dan Brown -  MRL Pro-Life Amendment Added

HB 151 –Prohibits any public funds or governmental economic incentives to be authorized for a project involving abortion services, human cloning, or prohibited human research (Support) – April 28, 2015 – Public Hearing held in House Economic Development and Business Attraction and Retention Committee.  Sponsor:  Jeff Messenger
Testimony in Support of HB 151 Before the House Economic Development and Business Attraction and Retention Committeehttp://missourilife.org/legislation/2015/hb151.html
                                
UPDATES:
SB 24Senate and House Override Governor Nixon’s Veto of SB 24
CCS HCS SS #2 SCS SB 24 which modifies provisions of law relating to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program includes an additional 2% of funding for the Alternatives to Abortion Program.  This will add an additional $4.3 million for the Alternatives to Abortion Programs to spend each year.  Missouri Right to Life supports this additional funding in SB 24.
Sponsors:  Sen. David Sater and Rep. Diane Franklin

Awaiting Governor’s Action on Budget, delivered 2 weeks prior to constitutional deadline
See HB 5 & HB 7 Below….
HB 5 (5.155)– Sponsor:  Tom Flanigan - Includes Appropriations for Alternatives-to-Abortion Agencies in the Administrative Budget Bill  (MRL Supports the Funding for Alternatives-to-Abortion) -  April 23, 2015 – Delivered to Governor
Funds Alternatives to Abortion as follows:
For the purpose of funding alternatives to abortion services:
From General Revenue Fund. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .…   $2,033,561
From Federal Funds... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50,000
For the alternative to abortion public awareness program:
From General Revenue Fund  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 75,000
Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,158,561 

PLUS   2% ($4.3 million) for Alternative to Abortion Programs
from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program

HB 7 (7.035) – Sponsor:  Tom Flanigan – Includes Pro-Life Protective Language of 196.1127 to prevent Department of Economic Development budget monies to Missouri Technology Corporation from being given for or used to fund abortion services, human cloning and embryonic stem cell research (MRL Supports the Pro-Life Language)
April 23, 2015 – Delivered to Governor
Watching All Bills on All Calendars 
Adding Pro-Life Amendments and Opposing Pro-Abortion Amendments

 

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