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Legislative Update – April 15, 2016

Highlights of This Week at the Capitol:

House Passes HB 2069 & 2371 on Thursday, April 14:   HB 2069 & 2371 Gives accountability for the disposition of the remains of babies bodies after being killed through abortion.  This bill will ensure that these little bodies are not being sold for profit.  This bill also increases information and reporting requirements in future inspections of abortion clinics. 
See final House vote here:  http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/rollcalls/053.006.pdf
Please call your Representative and thank them if they voted yes on HB 2069 & 2371.  You can find their phone numbers her http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx

Senate Passes SR 1793 & SR 1794:  While the House was passing HB 2069 & 2371 Thursday, April 14,  the Missouri State Senate gave final approval on resolutions SR 1793 & SR 1794, addressing subpoenas issued to Planned Parenthood and the Pathology Lab Director to appear before the Missouri Senate on Monday, April 25.  These subpoenas were issued because the Senate had requested information from Planned Parenthood and the Pathology Lab that has, to date, not been received.
Senate Vote for each resolution was:  24 Republicans voted yes and 8 Democrats voted no (2 seats vacant out of the 34 Senate seats)
Please call your Senator and thank him/or her if they voted yes on SR 1793 and SR 1794:
http://www.senate.mo.gov/2016-senator-listing-2/

See Press Release Here:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/press2016-0414.html

BUDGET BILLS: – The House and Senate begins Conference Committee Meetings to work out the Differences in the two versions of each budget bill to come to agreement.

THE FOLLOWING WAS PUT IN PLACE, MAINTAINED or AMENDED BY SENATE:

  • Maintained pro-life protective language on Dept. of Economic Development bill to prevent public monies from being used for research on aborted babies, human cloning and embryos.  (HB 2007:  7.035) 
  • Alternative to Abortion Funding.  (HB 2005:  5.160 – $6,458,561) (Conference Item)
  • Show-Me Healthy Babies Program Funding.  (HB 2011:  11.560 – $13,597,790)
  • Amended how the federal family planning dollars that come through the state budget will be prevented from going to abortion providers. (HB 2011:  11.550)  (Conference Item)

  
THE FOLLOWING WAS PUT IN PLACE BY THE HOUSE: 

  • Pro-Life Protective language on Dept. of Economic Development bill to prevent public monies from being used for research on aborted babies, human cloning and embryos.  (HB 2007:  7.035)
  • Alternative to Abortion Funding.  (HB 2005:  5.160 - $4,158,561) (Conference Item)
  • Show-Me Healthy Babies Program Funding. (HB 2011: 11.560 - $13,597,790)
  • Federal Family Planning Dollars in State Budget prevented from going to abortion providers.  (Conference Item)

TAKE NOTE……
MRL “NEUTRAL” on “Raise Your Hands for Kids” Tobacco Tax Initiative (RYH4K)
Pro-Life Protections are in the Language of the Initiative.
Click Here to Read MRL Press Release: http://www.missouririghttolife.org/legislation/2016/press2016-0204.html
Read MRL Response to Op-ed with False Information about MRL and the “RYH4K” Initiativehttp://www.missouririghttolife.org/news/2016/2016-03-15.html

2016 Priority Legislation:

  • Expanding Abortion Clinic Inspections, Accountability for Disposal of Baby Body Parts,  Ensure no selling or buying of baby body parts is happening in Missouri from in state abortion clinics, and ensure that any publicly funded state institution is not buying baby body parts from out of state abortion clinics with our tax dollars, Accountability for licensing of abortionists and abortion facilities as well as oversight of connections between abortion facilities and public institutions.  Whistleblower protections for abortion clinic employees.
  • Defund Planned Parenthood.
  • Fund Alternative to Abortion Program.
  • Fund Show-Me Healthy Babies Program.
  • Maintain Pro-Life Protections on Economic Development Budget Bill.

Bills to Watch in 2016:
NOTE:  In the following lists Missouri Right to Life’s position could change at any time depending on amendments that are needed or amendments that can happen at any point in the legislative process.

At this time there have been 583 bills and 64 various resolutions filed in the Senate.  And, there have been 1479 bills and 157 various resolutions filed in the House.

In the Missouri State Senate:
The Missouri Senate Sanctity of Life Committee issued a summary of their work and recommendations for the 2016 Legislative Session.  Read their report here:  http://www.senate.mo.gov/15info/comm/reports/sanctity_of_life_report.pdf

SCS SB 644 – Sponsor:  Bob Onder - Modifies provisions related to abortion.  Includes pro-life language for donation of fetal tissue, tissue reporting, physician privileges, ambulatory surgical center reporting and abortion facility inspections (Support)
April 14, 2016 – Senate Informal Calendar Senate Bills for Perfection
http://www.senate.mo.gov/16info/pdf-bill/intro/SB644.pdf
Testimony in Support of SB 644:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/sb644.html
SB 802 – Sponsor:  David Sater - Prohibits abortions performed solely because of a prenatal diagnosis, test, or screening indicating Down Syndrome or the potential of Down Syndrome in an unborn child (Support)
April 14, 2016 – Senate Informal Calendar Senate Bills for Perfection
 http://www.senate.mo.gov/16info/pdf-bill/intro/SB802.pdf
Testimony in Support of SB 802:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/sb802.html
SB 883 – Sponsor:  Jeanie Riddle - Requires referrals for out of state abortions to be accompanied by specified printed materials (Support)
April 14, 2016 – Senate Formal Calendar Senate Bills for Perfection
http://www.senate.mo.gov/16info/pdf-bill/intro/SB883.pdf
Testimony in Support of SB 883:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/sb883.html
SB 1129 – Sponsor:  Jeanie Riddle - Changes the laws regarding custody of in vitro human embryos (Support)
April 5, 2016 – Senate Committee Sub Voted Do Pass in Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee
http://www.senate.mo.gov/16info/pdf-bill/intro/SB1129.pdf
Testimony in Support of SB 1129:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/sb1129.html
SB 1142 – Sponsor:  Paul Wieland - Allows enrollment in a health benefit plan by a pregnant person under certain circumstances (Support)
March 3, 2016 – Senate Second Read and Referred to Senate Small Business, Insurance and Industry Committee
http://www.senate.mo.gov/16info/pdf-bill/intro/SB1142.pdf
SR 1793 – Sponsor:  Kurt Schaefer - Issues a Subpoena for Mary Kogut of Planned Parenthood to Testify before the Missouri Senate (Support)
To see further action by the Senate on SR 1793 & SR 1794, please begin reading at the bottom of page 771 and on through page 779 of this link:  http://www.senate.mo.gov/16info/Journals/RDay480407750-788.pdf#toolbar=1
To read the texts of SR 1793 & 1794, please begin reading at the bottom of page 633 and on through page 641 of this link: 
http://www.senate.mo.gov/16info/Journals/RDay430330631-653.pdf#toolbar=1
April 14, 2016 - Senate Passes SR 1793 & SR 1794:  While the House was passing HB 2069 & 2371 Thursday, April 14,  the Missouri State Senate gave final approval on resolutions SR 1793 & SR 1794, addressing subpoenas issued to Planned Parenthood and the Pathology Lab Director to appear before the Missouri Senate on Monday, April 25.  These subpoenas were issued because the Senate had requested information from Planned Parenthood and the Pathology Lab that has, to date, not been received.
Senate Vote for each resolution was:  24 Republicans voted yes and 8 Democrats voted no (2 seats vacant out of the 34 Senate seats)
Please call your Senator and thank him/or her if they voted yes on SR 1793 and SR 1794:
http://www.senate.mo.gov/2016-senator-listing-2/
April 7, 2016 – Voted Do Pass in Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee
Testified in Support of SR 1793
SR 1794 – Sponsor:  Kurt Schaefer - Issues a Subpoena for Dr. James Miller of Pathology Services, which is contracted with Planned Parenthood.  This subpoena is to Testify before the Missouri Senate (Support)
To see further action by the Senate on SR 1793 & SR 1794, please begin reading at the bottom of page 771 and on through page 779 of this link:  http://www.senate.mo.gov/16info/Journals/RDay480407750-788.pdf#toolbar=1
To read the texts of SR 1793 & 1794, please begin reading at the bottom of page 633 and on through page 641 of this link: 
http://www.senate.mo.gov/16info/Journals/RDay430330631-653.pdf#toolbar=1
April 14, 2016 - Senate Passes SR 1793 & SR 1794:  While the House was passing HB 2069 & 2371 Thursday, April 14,  the Missouri State Senate gave final approval on resolutions SR 1793 & SR 1794, addressing subpoenas issued to Planned Parenthood and the Pathology Lab Director to appear before the Missouri Senate on Monday, April 25.  These subpoenas were issued because the Senate had requested information from Planned Parenthood and the Pathology Lab that has, to date, not been received.
Senate Vote for each resolution was:  24 Republicans voted yes and 8 Democrats voted no (2 seats vacant out of the 34 Senate seats)
Please call your Senator and thank him/or her if they voted yes on SR 1793 and SR 1794:
http://www.senate.mo.gov/2016-senator-listing-2/
April 7, 2016 – Voted Do Pass in Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee
Testified in Support of SR 1794

Under Review/Watch:
SB 635 – Sponsor:  Dan Hegeman - Establishes the Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Council and the Palliative Care Consumer and Professional Information and Education Program (Watch)
April 6, 2016 – Referred to the House Select Committee on Social Services
SB 873 – Sponsor:  David Pearce - Creates the Missouri Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Initiative (Watch)
April 14, 2016 – Senate Formal Calendar Senate Bills for Third Reading
SB 961 – Sponsor:  Jamilah Nasheed (Pro-Abortion) – Medicaid Expansion (Watch)
January 28, 2016 – Senate Second Read and Referred to Senate Veterans’ Affairs and Health Committee
SB 1058 – Sponsor:  Rob Schaaf - Creates a voluntary replacement alternative program for children's vaccines which do not contain human DNA content (Watch)
February 22, 2016 – Senate Second Read and Referred to Senate Veterans’ Affairs and Health Committee
SB 1083 – Sponsor:  Wayne Wallingford - Modifies procedures in guardianship proceedings for incapacitated persons (Watch)
April 12, 2016 – Public Hearing Held in Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee
SB 1096 – Sponsor:  Bob Dixon - Modifies provisions pertaining to non-participating manufacturers in the Master Settlement Agreement (Watch)
April 14, 2016 – Senate Formal Calendar Senate Bills for Perfection
SJR 38 – Sponsor:  Kurt Schaefer - Creates a new constitutional provision relating parental rights (Watch)
February 18, 2016 – Senate Second Read and Referred to Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee
SJR 42 – Sponsor:  Ed Emery - Delineates procedures a court must follow when assessing a claim that the government has enforced a law that limits a person's constitutional rights (Watch)
March 3, 2016 – Senate Second Read and Referred to Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee

Oppose:
SB 672 – Sponsor:  Maria Chappelle-Nadal (Pro-Abortion) - Repeals the Statute that Keeps Planned Parenthood from Teaching Sex Education in Public Schools (Oppose)
March 2, 2016 – Public Hearing Held in Senate Education Committee
Testimony in Opposition to SB 672:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/sb672.html
SCR 57 – Sponsor:  Jill Schupp (Pro-Abortion) - Seeks Equal Rights Amendment to force state to pay for abortions (Oppose)
January 21, 2016 – Referred to Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee

In the Missouri State House:
The Missouri House Children and Families Committee and the Ways and Means Committee have been holding investigative hearings of Planned Parenthood and the buying and selling of baby body parts.  They issued the following press release and recommendations for legislation based on their work.
Read House Committees Press Release Here: 
http://missourilife.org/news/2016/2016-01-27.html
Read House Committees Report and Recommendations Here:
http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/FINAL2015_HouseCommitteesReport.pdf
HB 1370 – Sponsor:  Rocky Miller - Changes the laws regarding notification prior to a minor obtaining an abortion (Support)
April 12, 2016 –  Public Hearing Held in Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee
See how your legislator voted on all roll call votes on HB 1370: http://www.house.mo.gov/RollCalls.aspx?bill=HB1370&year=2016&code=R
http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HB1370I.PDF
Testimony in Support of HB 1370: http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/hb1370.html
Testimony in Support of HB 1370 in the Missouri Senate:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/hb1370a.html
HB 1714 – Sponsor:  Tila Hubrecht - Establishes the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act (Support)
February 2, 2016 – Public Hearing Held in House Children and Families Committee
http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HB1714I.PDF
Testimony in Support of HB 1714:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/HB1714.pdf
HB 1815 – Sponsor:  Andrew Koenig - Establishes the Abortion Ban for Sex Selection and Genetic Abnormalities Act of 2016 to prohibit an abortion solely due to the sex of the unborn child or a genetic abnormality diagnosis (Support)
January 28, 2016 – Referred to House Children and Families Committee
http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HB1815I.PDF
HB 1903 – Sponsor:  Jered Taylor - Creates the crime of abuse of an unborn child for a person who illegally uses narcotic drugs while pregnant (Support)
January 28, 2016 – Referred to House Children and Families Committee
http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HB1903I.PDF
HB 1915 – Sponsor:  Bill Kidd - Establishes "Simon's Law" which changes the laws regarding life-sustaining or non-beneficial treatment policies of health care facilities (Support)
February 16, 2016 – Public Hearing Held in House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee
http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HB1915I.PDF
Testimony in Support of HB 1915:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/hb1915.html
NOTE:  Hospitals and Physicians turned out to oppose this bill.  Their testimony was that physicians should be able to put a Do-Not-Resuscitate order in your minor child’s medical file without your consent or knowledge.  Be aware and be knowledgeable about what is in your child’s medical file.
HB 1953 - Sponsor:  Kathryn Swan - Modifies provisions related to abortion.  Includes pro-life language for donation of fetal tissue, tissue reporting, physician privileges, ambulatory surgical center reporting and abortion facility inspections (Support)
April 18, 2016 – Public Hearing Scheduled in House Select Committee on Social Services
http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HB1953I.PDF
Testimony in Support of HB 1953:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/hb1953.html
HB 1968 – Sponsor:  Sonya Anderson - no physician shall perform an abortion upon a minor
unless such physician first obtains the notarized written consent of both the minor and one
of her parents or her legal guardian (Support)
February 16, 2016 – Public Hearing Held in House Children and Families Committee
http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HB1968I.PDF
Testimony in Support of HB 1968:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/hb1968.html
HB 2068 – Sponsor:  Diane Franklin - Changes the laws regarding the prohibition on the sale of aborted fetal remains (Support)
April 14, 2016 - House Passes HB 2069 & 2371 on Thursday, April 14:   HB 2069 & 2371 Gives accountability for the disposition of the remains of babies bodies after being killed through abortion to ensure that these little bodies are not being sold.  This bill also increases information and reporting requirements in future inspections of abortion clinics. 
See final House vote here:  http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/rollcalls/053.006.pdf
Please call your Representative and thank them if they voted yes on HB 2069 & 2371.  You can find their phone numbers here:   http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx
March 3, 2016 – Bill Combined in HCS HB’s 2069 & 2371 in House Select Committee on Social Services
March 7, 2016 – HCS HB 2069 & 2371 Reported Due Pass to House.  HB 2068 language was included in this sub
http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HB2068I.PDF
Testimony in Support of HB 2068:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/hb2371a.html
HB 2069 – Sponsor:  Diane Franklin - Provides whistleblower protections for employees who work in facilities that handle aborted fetal remains (Support)
April 14, 2016 - House Passes HB 2069 & 2371 on Thursday, April 14:   HB 2069 & 2371 Gives accountability for the disposition of the remains of babies bodies after being killed through abortion to ensure that these little bodies are not being sold.  This bill also increases information and reporting requirements in future inspections of abortion clinics. 
See final House vote here:  http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/rollcalls/053.006.pdf
Please call your Representative and thank them if they voted yes on HB 2069 & 2371.  You can find their phone numbers here:   http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx
March 7, 2016 – HCS Reported Do Pass.  The HCS includes all bills listed on March 1 Vote.  Also changed bill number from HCS HB 2069 to HCS HB 2069 & 2371.    
March 1, 2016 – HCS Voted Do Pass in House Children and Families Committee which includes language of HB’s 2068, 2070, 2071, 2329 & 2371 as well as language to allow for a tissue sample to be sent to crime lab for criminal investigations
http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HB2069I.PDF
Testimony in Support of HB 2069:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/hb2371a.html
HB 2070 – Sponsor:  Diane Franklin - Changes the definition of "remains of a human fetus" (Support)
April 14, 2016 - House Passes HB 2069 & 2371 on Thursday, April 14:   HB 2069 & 2371 Gives accountability for the disposition of the remains of babies bodies after being killed through abortion to ensure that these little bodies are not being sold.  This bill also increases information and reporting requirements in future inspections of abortion clinics. 
See final House vote here:  http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/rollcalls/053.006.pdf
Please call your Representative and thank them if they voted yes on HB 2069 & 2371.  You can find their phone numbers here:   http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx
March 7, 2016 – HCS HB 2069 & 2371 Reported Due Pass to House.  HB 2070 language was included in this sub
March 3, 2016 – Bill Combined in HCS HB’s 2069 & 2371 in House Select Committee on Social Services
March 1, 2016 – Bill Combined in HCS HB 2069 in House Children and Families Committee
http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HB2070I.PDF
Testimony in Support of HB 2070:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/hb2371a.html
HB 2071 – Sponsor:  Diane Franklin - Changes the laws regarding abortions and required tissue reports (Support)
April 14, 2016 - House Passes HB 2069 & 2371 on Thursday, April 14:   HB 2069 & 2371 Gives accountability for the disposition of the remains of babies bodies after being killed through abortion to ensure that these little bodies are not being sold.  This bill also increases information and reporting requirements in future inspections of abortion clinics. 
See final House vote here:  http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/rollcalls/053.006.pdf
Please call your Representative and thank them if they voted yes on HB 2069 & 2371.  You can find their phone numbers here:   http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx
March 7, 2016 – HCS HB 2069 & 2371 Reported Due Pass to House.  HB 2071 language was included in this sub
March 3, 2016 – Bill Combined in HCS HB’s 2069 & 2371 in House Select Committee on Social Services
March 1, 2016 – Bill Combined in HCS HB 2069 in House Children and Families Committee
http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HB2071I.PDF
Testimony in Support of HB 2071: http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/hb2371a.html
HB 2127 – Sponsor:  Tom Hurst – Expands one new section relating to transporting a
minor across state lines to obtain an abortion (Support)
April 19, 2016 – Public Hearing Scheduled in House Children and Families Committee
http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HB2127I.PDF
HB 2247 – Sponsor:  Jeff Messenger - Prohibits the authorization of any public funds or governmental economic incentives for a project involving abortion services, human cloning, or prohibited human research (Support)
January 19, 2016 – House Second Read
http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HB2247I.PDF
HB 2329 – Sponsor:  Rick Brattin - Changes the laws regarding reports required after the performance of an abortion (Support)
April 14, 2016 - House Passes HB 2069 & 2371 on Thursday, April 14:   HB 2069 & 2371 Gives accountability for the disposition of the remains of babies bodies after being killed through abortion to ensure that these little bodies are not being sold.  This bill also increases information and reporting requirements in future inspections of abortion clinics. 
See final House vote here:  http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/rollcalls/053.006.pdf
Please call your Representative and thank them if they voted yes on HB 2069 & 2371.  You can find their phone numbers here:   http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx
March 7, 2016 – HCS HB 2069 & 2371 Reported Due Pass to House.  HB 2329 language was included in this sub
March 3, 2016 – Bill Combined in HCS HB’s 2069 & 2371 in House Select Committee on Social Services
March 1, 2016 – Bill Combined in HCS HB 2069 in House Children and Families Committee
http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HB2329I.PDF
HB 2371 – Sponsor:  Andrew Koenig - Modifies provisions related to abortion.  Includes pro-life language for donation of fetal tissue, tissue reporting, physician privileges, ambulatory surgical center reporting and abortion facility inspections (Support)
April 14, 2016 - House Passes HB 2069 & 2371 on Thursday, April 14:   HB 2069 & 2371 Gives accountability for the disposition of the remains of babies bodies after being killed through abortion to ensure that these little bodies are not being sold.  This bill also increases information and reporting requirements in future inspections of abortion clinics. 
See final House vote here:  http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/rollcalls/053.006.pdf
Please call your Representative and thank them if they voted yes on HB 2069 & 2371.  You can find their phone numbers here:   http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx
March 7, 2016 – HCS Reported Do Pass.  The HCS includes all bills listed on March 1 Vote.  Also changed bill number from HCS HB 2069 to HCS HB 2069 & 2371.    
March 3, 2016 – HCS Voted Do Pass in Select Committee on Social Services which includes all bills listed on March 1 Vote.  Also changed bill number from HCS HB 2069 to HCS HB 2069 & 2371.    
March 1, 2016 – HCS Voted Do Pass in House Children and Families Committee which includes language of HB’s 2068, 2070, 2071, 2329 & 2371 as well as language to allow for a tissue sample to be sent to crime lab for criminal investigations
http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HB2371I.PDF
Testimony in Support of HB 2371:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/hb2371a.html
HB 2502 – Sponsor:  Joe Don McGaugh - Establishes the "Designated Health Care Decision-Maker Act" (Support)
March 17, 2016 – HCS Reported Do Pass
Testimony in Support of HB 2502:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/hb2502.html
HB 2558 – Sponsor:  John McCaherty - Changes the laws regarding custody of in vitro human embryos (Support)
April 19, 2016 – Public Hearing Scheduled in House Children and Families Committee
http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HB2558I.PDF
Listen to Jim Cole, General Counsel of Missouri Right to Life (MRL) and Chelsea Zimmerman, MRL Social Media Director discuss the amicus brief filed by Missouri Right to Life, Lawyers for Life and the American Association of Pro-Life OB-GYN’s in the case of McQueen-Gadberry vs. Gadberry and the plight of frozen embryos:   https://soundcloud.com/biotalk/biotalk15-embryo-custody-battles-people-not-property
HB 2728  - Sponsor:  Tom Hurst - Changes the laws regarding the final disposition of aborted fetal remains (Support)
March 15, 2016 – House Second Read
HB 2737 – Sponsor:  Jeff Pogue - Prohibits pharmacies in the state from providing emergency contraceptives over the counter (Support)
March 15, 2016 – House Second Read
HCR 121  - Sponsor:  Jeff Pogue - Submits to Congress a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution regarding the right to life (Support)
March 16, 2016 – House Second Read
HJR 96 – Sponsor:  Paul Curtman - Proposes a constitutional amendment that prohibits penalties by the state against religious organizations or certain persons for beliefs or acts based on religious beliefs  (Support)
http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HJR0096I.PDF
March 3, 2016 – Referred to House Emerging Issues Committee
HJR 98 – Sponsor:  Mike Moon - Proposes a constitutional amendment regarding the right to life  (Support)
http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HJR0098I.PDF
April 18, 2016 – Public Hearing Scheduled in House Select Committee on Social Services
Testified in Support of HJR 98 With Major Concerns – Sponsor:  Mike Moon – While we support the fact that the unborn child is a person and deserving of protection under the law and we are working every day to get this protection, we do believe there is a very real danger that a bad U.S. Supreme Court decision at this time could knock down every pro-life law passed in the last 43 years and reaffirm Roe.
HJR 99 – Sponsor:  Eric Burlison - Proposes a constitutional amendment relating to parental rights (Support)
http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HJR0099I.PDF
February 25, 2016 – House Second Read

Under Review/Watch:
HB 1511 – Sponsor:  Brandon Ellington (Pro-Abortion) - Establishes the Economic Development Grant Program to be used to reopen closed manufacturing facilities (Watch)
April 12, 2016 – Referred to House Small Business Committee
HB 1518 – Sponsor:  Brandon Ellington (Pro-Abortion) - Allows certain small businesses to be eligible to claim any state tax credit, deduction, and other exemption from tax that specified corporations are allowed to claim (Watch)
March 2, 2016 – Public Hearing Held in House Small Business Committee, Bill Not Heard
HB 1609 – Sponsor:  Kathryn Swan - Specifies that all new and existing tax credits shall be approved by the General Assembly as part of the budget process (Watch)
January 7, 2016 – House Second Read
HB 1617 – Sponsor:  John McCaherty - Establishes the Bring Jobs Home Act that authorizes a tax deduction for out-of-state businesses that relocate to Missouri (Watch)
April 5, 2016 – HCS Reported Do Pass
HB 1679 – Sponsor:  Sheila Solon - Changes the laws regarding the dispensing of contraceptives (Amendment #4359H01.03 to Bill – Continuing to Watch)
April 6, 2016 – HCS Reported Do Pass
HB 1870 – Sponsor:  Denny Hoskins - Changes the laws regarding the Big Government Get Off My Back Act (Watch)
April 13, 2016 – Executive Session held in Senate Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight Committee
HB 1875 – Sponsor:  Marsha Haefner - Establishes the Perinatal Advisory Council and requires the council to establish standards for all neonatal and maternal levels of birthing hospital care (Watch – Has Pro-Life Protections on it)
March 29, 2016 – Senate Second Read and Referred to Senate Veterans’ Affairs and Health
HB 1994 – Sponsor:  Robert Cornejo - Establishes the Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Council and the Palliative Care Consumer and Professional Information and Education Program (Watch)
March 1, 2016 – Reported Do Pass in House Rules Committee (Consent)
HB 2033 – Sponsor:  Caleb Rowden - Modifies provisions relating to the Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board and authorizes a tax credit for certain small businesses (Watch)
February 17, 2016 – Executive Session Held in House Economic Development and Business Attraction and Retention Committee and Referred to House Select Committee on Commerce
HB 2087 – Sponsor:  Steve Lynch – Makes changes to the Missouri Works Program, Currently has pro-life protections (Watch)
February 25, 2016 – Reported Do Pass by House Select Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations
HB 2201 – Sponsor:  Deb Lavender (Pro-Abortion) – Expansion of Health Care and access to abortion with public tax dollars (Watch)
January 14, 2016 – House Second Read
HB 2343 – Sponsor:  Gina Mitten (Pro-Abortion) – Changes in MOHealthNet (Watch)
January 25, 2016 – House Second Read
HB 2452 – Sponsor:  Margo McNeil (Pro-Abortion) - Implements the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement (Watch)
February 2, 2016 – House Second Read
HB 2499 – Sponsor:  Jeanie Lauer - Changes the laws regarding the Missouri Works Training Program (Watch)
April 6, 2016 – Senate Second Read and Referred to Senate Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government Committee
HB 2580 – Sponsor:  Holly Rehder - Changes the laws regarding the priority of persons to be appointed guardian of an incapacitated person or conservator of a disabled person (Watch)
April 19, 2016 – Public Hearing Scheduled in House Children and Families Committee
HB 2582 – Sponsor:  Mike Moon - Prohibits the enforcement of any federal regulation by any state department or agency unless the enforcement is approved by the General Assembly (Watch)
February 22, 2016 – House Second Read
HB 2803 – Sponsor:  Sue Allen - Modifies provisions of law relating to instruction in human sexuality (Watch)
March 16, 2016 – House Second Read
HJR 68 – Sponsor:  Paul Curtman - Proposes a constitutional amendment establishing an individual's rights of conscience (Watch)
January 7, 2016 – House Second Read

Oppose:
HB 1752 – Sponsor:  Randy Dunn (Pro-Abortion) - Specifies that a person is presumed to have consented to organ donation at the time a person applies for or renews his or her driver's license unless he or she signs a statement opting out (Oppose)
April 12, 2016 – Referred to House Transportation Committee

HB 1794 – Sponsor:  Mike Moon - Establishes the "All Lives Matter Act", which changes the laws regarding the finding that life begins at conception (Oppose)
January 7, 2016 – House Second Read
Reason for Opposition to HB 1794:
HB 1794 bill is basically a ban on abortion, recognizing personhood of child, etc.  Of course ending abortion here in Missouri and nationally is the goal for Missouri Right to Life.  I would not call it a personhood bill as its worded differently than other personhood attempts.  First some background information.

Recently a bill called  “the heartbeat bill,” another ban on abortion (from South Dakota I believe,) was overturned in the lower courts and remanded back to the lower courts by the US Supreme Ct (in other words, they refused to hear it.)   That tells us that the majority of the US Supreme Court is not in favor of banning abortion/overturning Roe v Wade at this time. (Something we already knew from previous Supreme Ct. decisions.) And, of course now with the death of Justice Scalia the pro-life numbers on the Supreme Court are even smaller.

The problems with this bill are two-fold.  First, it repeals the Missouri statute, 1.205 which states “…The life each human being begins at conception…” and goes on with other declarations about the unborn child. HB 1794 repeals the current language and adds additional language about the child being “…hereby deemed a person…”  Mo Statute 1.205 was  part of  the language of HB 1596 (passed in 1986 and upheld in 1989) and that part of HB 1596 was never challenged in court so has never been overturned or upheld.  It is just superseded by Roe v. Wade when it comes to abortion.

If HR 1794 is overturned as we believe it will be by this present US Supreme Court, it could also overturn our statute 1.205.  That statute, while it has been superseded by Roe when it comes to abortion, has been used by the Missouri courts to convict persons of  two deaths in a manslaughter case because they have attacked pregnant women or caused traffic accidents in which an unborn child died.  We have offered a safety amendment to the bill that would protect our statute and while the supporters of 1794 showed some interest in that a few weeks ago, they have not contacted us since. If the safety clause was added, we would go neutral on the bill because of the second reason below. 
           
The second reason for opposing this bill is that again we believe that the bill will be overturned by the US Supreme Ct (and overturned by every other lower court on its way to the SCOTUS. )  In the overturning decision, they may very well reaffirm Roe v Wade as they did in the Casey decision in 1992.  Every time this reaffirmation happens, it just makes it harder for us to overturn Roe in the future. 
           
If we ever hope to overturn Roe and ban abortion here in Missouri we must elect pro-life Presidents and US Senators that will appoint and approve pro-life US Supreme Court justices.

HB 1905 – Sponsor:  Stacy Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Forces the State to use education materials that are biased and misleading in their support for abortion rather than factual medical information (Oppose)
January 7, 2016 – House Second Read
HB 1906 – Sponsor:  Stacy Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Forces Pregnancy Resource Centers and other pro-life institutions to advertise and refer for abortions (Oppose)
January 7, 2016 – House Second Read
HB 1907 – Sponsor:  Stacy Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Forces Pharmacists to fill abortion drugs (Oppose)
January 7, 2016 – House Second Read
HB 1908 – Sponsor:  Stacy Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Presents Abortion as a Compassionate Alternative to a Woman in a Vulnerable Situation (Oppose)
January 7, 2016 – House Second Read
HB 1909 – Sponsor:  Stacy Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Pregnant Workers (Under Review)
January 7, 2016 – House Second Read
HB 1918 – Sponsor:  Kimberly Gardner (Pro-Abortion) – Physician Licensing (Under Review)
January 7, 2016 – House Second Read 
HB 1919 – Sponsor:  Kimberly Gardner (Pro-Abortion) – Death Bill (Oppose)
January 7, 2016 – House Second Read
HB 1978 – Sponsor:  Stacy Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Employers, employees and Reproductive Health Care (Under Review)
January 7, 2016 – House Second Read
HB 2302 – Sponsor:  Caleb Rowden - Establishes the Missouri Angel Investment Incentive Act (Oppose)
February 17, 2016 – Voted Do Pass With NO Pro-Life Protections in House Economic Development and Business Attraction and Retention Committee and Referred to House Select Committee on Commerce
Missouri House Economic Development and Business Attraction and Retention Committee Passes Two Bills That Endanger the lives of the unborn and early stage development of human beings. 
(11 voted yes to move HB 2302 and HB 2321 forward with no pro-life protections: Rowden, Corlew, Kratky, Austin, Butler, Dogan Dunn, Hansen, Lichtenegger, Pfautsch, Rizzo 
2 Absent:  Beard, Johnson)
http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HB2302I.PDF
Testimony in Opposition to HB 2302:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/hb2302.html
Read Memo Distributed in Opposition to HB 2302:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/memo2016-0217.html
House Select Committee on Commerce Committee Members who Have the Opportunity to Place Pro-Life Protections on HB 2302 and HB 2321: http://www.house.mo.gov/CommitteeIndividual.aspx?com=01358&year=2016&code=R
HB 2321 – Sponsor:  Caleb Rowden – Establishes the Missouri Advanced Industries Acceleration Act (Oppose)
February 17, 2016 – Voted Do Pass With NO Pro-Life Protections in House Economic Development and Business Attraction and Retention Committee and Referred to House Select Committee on Commerce
Missouri House Economic Development and Business Attraction and Retention Committee Passes Two Bills That Endanger the lives of the unborn and early stage development of human beings. 
(11 voted yes to move HB 2302 and HB 2321 forward with no pro-life protections: Rowden, Corlew, Kratky, Austin, Butler, Dogan Dunn, Hansen, Lichtenegger, Pfautsch, Rizzo 
2 Absent:  Beard, Johnson)
http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HB2321I.PDF
Testimony in Opposition to HB 2321:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/hb2321.html
Read Memo Distributed in Opposition to HB 2321:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/memo2016-0217.html
House Select Committee on Commerce Committee Members who Have the Opportunity to Place Pro-Life Protections on HB 2302 and HB 2321: http://www.house.mo.gov/CommitteeIndividual.aspx?com=01358&year=2016&code=R
HB 2491 – Sponsor:  Clem Smith (Pro-Abortion) – Adds peer review articles instead of just medically accurate information when teaching students in school regarding contraceptives.  This bill also removes large sections of sex education regarding pregnancy and information presented to students.  (Oppose)
February 8, 2016 – House Second Read
HCR 65 – Sponsor:  Jeanne Kirkton (Pro-Abortion) - Urges Congress to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to state that corporations are not human beings and do not have the same rights as citizens (Oppose)
January 11, 2016 – House Second Read
HCR 82 – Sponsor:  Judy Morgan (Pro-Abortion) - Seeks Equal Rights Amendment to force state to pay for abortions (Oppose)
January 25, 2016 – House Second Read
HCR 115 – Sponsor:  Bill Otto (Pro-Abortion) - Urges Congress to extend full funding for Medicaid expansion for three years for all states (Oppose)
March 16, 2016 – House Second Read
HCR 118 – Sponsor:  Kimberly Gardner (Pro-Abortion) - Affirms the right to access health care without interference in this state, including safe and legal abortion (Oppose)
March 16, 2016 – House Second Read

Update on Legislation Passed in 2014:
The "Show-Me Healthy Babies Program" was created in 2014 by the Missouri House and Senate to provide insurance for pregnant women who earn too much to qualify for traditional Medicaid but don't have affordable private-sector insurance.  The plan was recently approved by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Through the Show-Me Healthy Babies Program, pregnant women with incomes up to 30% of the federal poverty level will have access to pregnancy-related services that promote healthy labor, delivery and birth.  Women participating in the program will have postpartum coverage for sixty days.  Coverage for the child will continue for up to one year after birth.

The MO HealthNet Division, which operates the state’s Medicaid system, began accepting online applications for the Show-Me Healthy Babies Program on January 1, 2016.  If you know a woman who can benefit from this program, you can share the following information regarding how to apply for the Show-Me Healthy Babies Program.  This program will help a woman choose life for her unborn child and help her and her unborn child get off to a healthy start in life. .  The program is expected to expand access to health care to an estimated 1,800 pregnant women each year.

MO HealthNet for Pregnant Women application:  https://mydss.mo.gov/.  Or the pregnant woman can call 1-855-373-9994 to complete the application by phone, or in person at the nearest Family Support Division Resource Center.  http://dss.mo.gov/offices.htm

 

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