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Legislative Update - December 23, 2016
Pre-Filing of Legislation Continues for the 2017 Legislative Session

Merry Christmas to you and your Family!
Continue to pray for our incoming legislators and statewide officials as they prepare for the start of the 2017 Legislative Session.  Session begins Wednesday, January 4 at Noon.

Pre-filing of legislation continues as we are all busy with Christmas.  At this time there have been 232 bills and 12 various resolutions filed in the Senate.  And, there have been 290 bills and 9 various resolutions filed in the House.

Pro-Life Action Day is Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the Missouri State Capitol. 

Please print off the “Show Me Life” Action Day flyer and distribute to your pro-life friends, family and church members.  http://www.missouririghttolife.org/assets/2017lobby_day_flyer.pdf

Bills to Watch:
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.

In the Missouri State Senate:
SB 41 – Sponsor:  Wayne Wallingford - Provides protection for alternatives-to-abortion agencies (Support)
SB 67 – Sponsor:  Bob Onder - Modifies provisions of law relating to abortion, including donation of fetal tissue, tissue reports, abortion reports, employee disclosure policies, and abortion facility inspections (Support)
SB 96 – Sponsor:  David Sater - Prohibits certain selective abortions relating to sex, race, or Down Syndrome (Support)
SB 196 – Andrew Koenig - Relating to the jurisdiction of the Attorney General to enforce state abortion laws (Support)
SB 230 – Sponsor:  Jeanie Riddle - Requires referrals for out of state abortions to be accompanied by specified printed materials (Support)

Under Review/Watch:
SB 70 – Sponsor:  Jill Schupp (Pro-Abortion) - Provides for the expansion of MO HealthNet services beginning January 1, 2018 (Under Review)
SB 180 – Sponsor:  Jamilah Nasheed (Pro-Abortion) - Limits the use of physical restraints on pregnant or postpartum offenders (Under Review)
SB 183 – Denny Hoskins - Extends the Big Government Get Off My Back Act and modifies several provisions relating to the collection of money by public entities (Watch)
SB 195 – Andrew Koenig - Relating to guardianships (Under Review)

SB 71 – Sponsor: Jill Schupp (Pro-Abortion) – Repeals the 72-hour waiting period, physician privileges, and ambulatory surgical center requirements (Oppose)

 In the Missouri State House:
HB 112 – Sponsor: John McCaherty - Modifies provisions of law relating to custody of in vitro human embryos (Support)
HB 144 – Sponsor:  Joe Don McGaugh - Establishes the "Designated Health Care Decision-Maker Act" (Support)
HB 147 – Sponsor: Tom Hurst - Changes the laws regarding the final disposition of aborted fetal remains to require more accountability (Support)
HB 174 – Sponsor:  Tila Hubrecht - Provides protections for alternatives-to-abortion agencies (Support)
HB 182 – Sponsor: Tom Hurst - Prohibits a person from transporting a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion without the consent required by state law (Support)
HB 194 – Sponsor:  Diane Franklin - Changes the laws regarding the accounting of baby body parts (Support)

Under Review/Watch:
HB 66 – Sponsor: Becky Ruth - Expands the newborn screening requirements to include spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and Hunter syndrome (Under Review)
HB 89 – 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 
(Under Review)
HB 143 – Sponsor:  T.J. Berry - Extends the sunset date of the Manufacturing Jobs Act (Watch)
HB 146 – Sponsor:  T.J. Berry - Establishes the Manufacturing Infrastructure Investment Act, which allows certain businesses to retain withholding taxes (Watch)
HB 233 – Sponsor:  Shamed Dogan – Changes the laws regarding the dispensing of contraceptives (Watch)
HB 252 – Sponsor:  Jered Taylor - Provides that a person commits the offense of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree if she knowingly uses a narcotic drug without a prescription while pregnant (Under Review)

HB 236 – Sponsor:  Deb Lavender (Pro-Abortion) - Forces Pregnancy Resource Centers to use education materials that are biased and misleading.  PRC’s would be forced to provide  information in support of abortion rather than providing factual medical information (Oppose)




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