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Legislative Update – February 24, 2017

PRO-LIFE ACTION DAY - In a little over two weeks Pro-Life people will gather in Jefferson City to support pro-life legislation and pro-life legislators!  We need you!    

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

Come to the Capitol When Your Legislators are in the Capitol!
Your Legislators Need Your Support!

Plan to come early.  The Capitol now has security to walk through.

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

Stats for Legislation filed to date in the 2017 Legislative Session:

Legislation filed to date:  At this time there have been 469 bills and 48 various resolutions filed in the Senate.  And, there have been 1040 bills and 107 various resolutions filed in the House.

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 15 – Sponsor:  Bob Dixon - Extends the expiration date of tax credits for donations to pregnancy centers (Support)
Hearing Held in Senate Economic Development Committee – January 31, 2017
Testimony in Support of SB 15:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2017/sb15.html
SB 41 – Sponsor:  Wayne Wallingford - Provides protection for alternatives-to-abortion agencies (Support)
Senate Formal Calendar for Perfection – February 27, 2017
Reported Do Pass to the Senate – February 23, 2017
Voted Do Pass Out of Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee – January 25, 2017
Vote was 5 in Support:  Senators Sater, Riddle, Romine, Schaaf and Wieland
Vote of 2 Opposed:  Senators Chappelle-Nadal and Schupp
Testimony in Support of SB 41:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2017/sb41.html
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)
On Senate Formal Calendar for Perfection – February 27, 2017
Reported Do Pass to the Senate – February 16, 2017
Voted Do Pass Out of Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee – January 25, 2017
Vote was 5 in Support:  Senators Sater, Riddle, Romine, Schaaf and Wieland
Vote of 2 Opposed:  Senators Chappelle-Nadal and Schupp
Testimony in Support of SB 67:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2017/sb67.html
SB 96 – Sponsor:  David Sater - Prohibits certain selective abortions relating to sex, race, or Down Syndrome (Support)
Voted Do Pass Out of Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee – January 25, 2017
Vote was 5 in Support:  Senators Sater, Riddle, Romine, Schaaf and Wieland
Vote of 2 Opposed:  Senators Chappelle-Nadal and Schupp
Testimony in Support of SB 96:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2017/sb96.html
SB 196 – Sponsor:  Andrew Koenig - Relating to the jurisdiction of the Attorney General to enforce state abortion laws (Support)
Voted Do Pass Out of Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee – January 25, 2017
Vote was 5 in Support:  Senators Sater, Riddle, Romine, Schaaf and Wieland
Vote of 2 Opposed:  Senators Chappelle-Nadal and Schupp
Testimony in Support of SB 196:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2017/sb196.html
SB 230 – Sponsor:  Jeanie Riddle - Requires referrals for out of state abortions to be accompanied by specified printed materials (Support)
Voted Do Pass Out of Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee – February 1, 2017
Testimony in Support of SB 230:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2017/sb230.html
SB 274 – Sponsor:  Paul Wieland - Allows enrollment in a health benefit plan by a pregnant person under certain circumstances (Support)
Senate Second Read and Referred to Senate Insurance and Banking Committee – January 19, 2017
SB 375 – Sponsor:  Denny Hoskins - Changes the law regarding consent for a minor to obtain an abortion (Support)
Senate Second Read and Referred to Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee – February 9, 2017
SB 408 – Sponsor:  Andrew Koenig - Requires the use of a fetal heartbeat detection test prior to an abortion and prohibits an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected (Have Concerns)
Senate Second Read and Referred to Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee – February 13, 2017
SB 432 – Sponsor:  Andrew Koenig - Modifies provisions of law relating to custody of in-vitro (IVF) human embryos (Support)
Senate Second Read and Referred to Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee – February 23, 2017
SCR 10 – Sponsor:  Paul Wieland - Urges the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen to defeat Board Bill 203 and protect the religious liberty and right of conscience of Missouri citizens  (Support)
Language of SCR 10:  http://www.senate.mo.gov/17info/pdf-bill/intro/SCR10.pdf
Senate Referred to Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee – January 23, 2017

Under Review/Watch:
SB 70 – Sponsor:  Jill Schupp (Pro-Abortion) - Provides for the expansion of MO HealthNet services beginning January 1, 2018 (Under Review)
Senate Second Read and Referred to Senate Health and Pensions Committee – January 10, 2017
SB 78 – Sponsor:  Jay Wasson - Establishes the Missouri Angel Investment Incentive Act  (Working to Get Pro-Life Protections on the Bill)
Senate Second Read and Referred to Senate Economic Development Committee – January 10, 2017
SB 180 – Sponsor:  Jamilah Nasheed (Pro-Abortion) - Limits the use of physical restraints on pregnant or postpartum offenders (Watch)
Public Hearing Scheduled in Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee – February 23, 2017
SB 183 – Sponsor:  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)
Hearing Held in Senate Government Reform Committee – February 15, 2017
SB 195 – Sponsor:  Andrew Koenig - Relating to guardianships (Watch)
On Senate Formal Calendar for Perfection – February 27, 2017
Reported Do Pass to the Senate – February 16, 2017
On Senate Formal Calendar for Perfection – February 22, 2017
Voted Do Pass in Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee – February 1, 2017

Oppose:
SB 71 – Sponsor: Jill Schupp (Pro-Abortion) – Repeals the 72-hour waiting period, physician privileges, and ambulatory surgical center requirements (Oppose)
Senate Second Read and Referred to Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee – January 10, 2017

In the Missouri State House:
HB 112 – Sponsor: John McCaherty - Modifies provisions of law relating to custody of in-vitro (IVF) human embryos (Support)
Referred to House Judiciary Committee – February 16, 2017
HB 144 – Sponsor:  Joe Don McGaugh - Establishes the "Designated Health Care Decision-Maker Act" (Support)
Voted Do Pass HCS HB 144 – February 23, 2017
Voted Do Pass in House Judiciary Committee – February 23, 2017
Hearing Held in House Judiciary Committee – February 14, 2017
Testimony for Information Only on HB 144:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2017/hb144.pdf
HB 147 – Sponsor: Tom Hurst - Changes the laws regarding the final disposition of aborted fetal remains to require more accountability (Support)
Referred to House Children and Families Committee – February 8, 2017
HB 174 – Sponsor:  Tila Hubrecht - Provides protections for alternatives-to-abortion agencies (Support)
Referred to Rules Committee on Legislative Oversight – February 22, 2017
Voted Do Pass in House Children and Families Committee – February 21, 2017
Hearing Held in House Children and Families Committee – February 14, 2017
Testimony in Support of HB 174:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2017/hb174.html
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)
Hearing Scheduled in House Children and Families Committee – February 28, 2017
HB 194 – Sponsor:  Diane Franklin - Changes the laws regarding the accounting of baby body parts from abortion (Support)
Hearing Scheduled in House Children and Families Committee – February 28, 2017
HB 326 – Sponsor:  Rocky Miller – Two Parent Notification Before a Minor has an Abortion (Support)
Second Hearing Scheduled in House Children and Families Committee – February 28, 2017
Voted Do Pass in House Children and Families Committee – February 21, 2017
Hearing Held in House Children and Families Committee – February 14, 2017
Testimony in Support of HB 326:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2017/hb326.html
HB 382 – Sponsor:  Sonya Anderson - Requires referrals for out of state abortions to be accompanied by specified printed materials (Support)
Referred to House Children and Families Committee – February 8, 2017
HB 404 – Sponsor:  Tila Hubrecht – The Heartbeat Informed Consent Act (Support)
Referred to House Children and Families Committee – February 8, 2017
HB 440 – Sponsor:  Bill Kidd - Establishes "Simon's Law", which changes the laws regarding life-sustaining or non-beneficial treatment policies of health care facilities (Support)
Referred to House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee – February 16, 2017
HB 456 – Sponsor:  Kathryn Swan - Modifies provisions of law relating to abortion, including donation of fetal tissue, tissue reports, abortion reports, employee disclosure policies, and abortion facility inspections (Support)
Referred to House Children and Families Committee – February 8, 2017
HB 537 – Sponsor:  Tila Hubrecht - Establishes the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act (Support)
Referred to House Children and Families Committee – February 8, 2017
HB 565- Sponsor:  Nick Schroer - Changes the requirements for reporting abortions and creates a civil remedy for violation of the confidentiality of certain records (Support)
Referred to House Children and Families Committee – February 8, 2017
HB 602 – Sponsor:  Rick Brattin - Changes the laws regarding the accounting of baby body parts from abortions (Support)
Referred to House Children and Families Committee – February 8, 2017
HB 655 – Sponsor:  Kevin Engler - Extends the expiration date of tax credits for donations to pregnancy centers (Support)
Perfected with Amendments – February 22, 2017
Reported Do Pass to House – February 14, 2017
Testimony in Support of HB 655:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2017/hb655.html
HB 692 – Sponsor:  Tila Hubrecht - Prohibits abortions of unborn children capable of feeling pain (Support)
Referred to House Children and Families Committee – February 8, 2017
HB 709 – Sponsor:  Mike Moon – Proposes a constitutional amendment very possibly putting pro-life language at risk.  The savings clause is a good thing.  (Have Concerns)
NOTE:  Missouri Right to Life supports the concept and goal of the bill but we have concerns about timing and the risks to pro-life laws.  The savings clause is a good thing in this bill.
Referred to House Children and Families Committee – February 16, 2017
HB 757 – Sponsor:  Phil Christofanelli - Prohibits abortions of unborn children capable of feeling pain (Support)
Hearing Scheduled in House Children and Families Committee – February 28, 2017
HB 908 – Sponsor:  Donna Lichtenegger - Establishes the "Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" (Support)
Hearing Scheduled in House Children and Families Committee – February 28, 2017
HB 989 – Sponsor:  Phil Christofanelli - Prohibits certain political subdivisions from establishing themselves as sanctuaries for abortions  (Support)
House Second Read – February 22, 2017
HCR 21 – Sponsor:  Nick Schroer - Urges the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen to defeat Board Bill 203 and protect the religious liberty and right of conscience of Missouri citizens  (Support)
Language of HCR 21:  http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills171/hlrbillspdf/1613H.01I.pdf
Referred to House Children and Families Committee – February 16, 2017
HCR 31 – Sponsor:  DaRon McGee (Pro-Abortion) – Proposes a "Safe Haven for Newborns Awareness Day" in Missouri (Under Review)
House Second Read – February 13, 2017
HJR 18 – Sponsor:  Mike Moon - Proposes a constitutional amendment very possibly putting pro-life language at risk. (Have Concerns)
NOTE:  Missouri Right to Life supports the concept and goal of the bill but we have concerns about timing and the risks to pro-life laws.
Referred to Rules Committee on Legislative Oversight – February 22, 2017
Voted Do Pass in House Children and Families Committee – February 21, 2017 
Hearing Held in House Children and Families Committee – February 14, 2017
HR 403 – Sponsor:  Nick Schroer - Urges the United States Senate to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch as Justice to the Supreme Court of the United States (Support)
Voted Do Pass in House Rules on Administrative Oversight – February 20, 2017
Testified in Support of HR 403 in House Rules on Administrative Oversight Committee – February 20, 2017

Under Review/Watch:
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)
Referred to House Judiciary Committee – February 16, 2017
HB 143 – Sponsor:  T.J. Berry - Extends the sunset date of the Manufacturing Jobs Act (Watch)
Referred to House Economic Development Committee – February 16, 2017
HB 146 – Sponsor:  T.J. Berry - Establishes the Manufacturing Infrastructure Investment Act, which allows certain businesses to retain withholding taxes (Watch)
Referred to House Economic Development Committee – February 16, 2017
HB 233 – Sponsor:  Shamed Dogan – Changes the laws regarding the dispensing of contraceptives (Watch)
Re-Referred to House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee – February 21, 2017
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)
House Second Read – January 5, 2017
HB 367 – Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Regarding Sexual Assault Policies  (Under Review)
House Second Read – January 5, 2017
HB 374 – Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Regarding Release of Health Care Information (Under Review)
House Second Read – January 5, 2017
HB 375 – Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Regarding Consideration of Women’s Equality (Under Review)
House Second Read – January 5, 2017
HB 376 – Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Regarding how Employers Treat Reproductive Health (Under Review)
House Second Read – January 5, 2017
HB 377 – Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Regarding how an Employer Treats a Woman Based on her Reproductive Choices (Under Review)
House Second Read – January 5, 2017
HB 526 – Sponsor:  Brandon Ellington (Pro-Abortion) - Establishes the Economic Development Grant Program whose funds are used to reopen closed manufacturing facilities (Under Review)
Referred to House Economic Development Committee – February 1, 2017
HB 1002 – Sponsor:  Tracy McCreery (Pro-Abortion) - Establishes protections for pregnant offenders and offenders who are in postpartum recovery while in custody at a correctional center or county or city jail  (Watch)
House Second Read – February 23, 2017
HB 1014 – Sponsor:  Mike Moon - Requires the Missouri State Museum to include a display on the history of abortion with instruments used in abortions as well as pictures of abortion tools and the effects of these tools (Under Review)
House Second Read – February 23, 2017

Oppose:
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)
House Second Read – January 5, 2017
HB 368 – Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Changes and repeals laws on abortion (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 5, 2017
HB 369 – Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Changes and repeals laws on abortion  (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 5, 2017
HB 370 – Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Establishes and creates programs that would include abortion (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 5, 2017
HB 371 – Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Establishes abortion requirement as response to rape (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 5, 2017
HB 372 – Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Forces State to Dispense Abortion Drugs  (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 5, 2017
HB 373 – Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Forces State to Dispense Some Drugs considered abortifacients (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 5, 2017
HB 524 – Sponsor:  Brandon Ellington (Pro-Abortion) – Establishes Assisted Suicide in Missouri (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 10, 2017
HB 759 – Sponsor:  Judy Morgan (Pro-Abortion) – Establishes Respect for Abortion Without Acknowledging the Killing of the Baby and the Risks for Women (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 26, 2017
HCR 23 – Sponsor:  Judy Morgan (Pro-Abortion) – Would ratify the so-called equal rights amendment specifically to make tax payers pay for all abortions (Oppose)
House Second Read – February 2, 2017

 

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