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Legislative Update – January 26, 2018

Pray daily for your Statewide Leaders!
 Please read these updates.  Your involvement with your elected officials is very important!

Budget Work In Process:
Governor Greitens announced his proposed FY2019 budget on Monday, January 22 and it includes $638,356 in additional funding for the Alternatives to Abortion program.  This is almost a 10% increase!   The governor’s proposed funding for Alternatives to Abortion services for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2018, is the largest ever proposed by a Missouri governor.  This would bring the Alternatives to Abortion funding to:  $7,096,917.  Budget work is just beginning; the House and Senate have not finalized the numbers.  We will keep you updated as the budget moves through the process.

Committee Hearings this week in the House and Senate included:
The House Ways and Means Committee held a public hearing on HB 1288, the bill to extend the tax credits for 17 Maternity Homes and 71 Pregnancy Resource Centers around the state.  HB 1288 is sponsored by Rep. Kevin Engler.  No action was taken by the Committee.

The House Children and Families Committee held executive session on HB 1383, the bill to require two custodial parent notification prior to a minor having an abortion sponsored by Rep. Rocky Miller. The vote was 7 in support and 3 opposed to the bill.  Bill was Voted Do Pass and Referred to House Rules Committee on Legislative Oversight.

The Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee held a public hearing on SB 742, the bill to ban abortion based solely on sex, race or the diagnosis of Down Syndrome.  SB 742 is sponsored by Senator David Sater.  No action was taken by the Committee.

Hearings Scheduled for Week of January 29 – Feb. 2:
HB 1383- Hearing Scheduled in House Rules Committee on Legislative Oversight – Monday, January 29, 2018.  Requires two custodial parent notification prior to a minor obtaining an abortion.
HB 1266- Public Hearing Scheduled in House Children and Families Committee – Tuesday, January 30, 2018.   Bans abortion for babies who feel pain during an abortion, know as the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”
HB 1361 - Public Hearing Scheduled in House Children and Families Committee - Tuesday, January 30, 2018.  Establishes “Simon’s Law,” which changes the laws regarding life-sustaining or non-beneficial treatment policies of health care facilities and prevent DNR orders from being placed in a minor child’s medical file without the parent’s permission.  

VERY IMPORTANT DATE FOR 2018 - MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW
Pro-Life Action Day is Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Please print off the “Show Me Life” Action Day flyer and distribute to your pro-life friends, family and church members. http://missourilife.org/assets/lobby_day_flyer2018.pdf

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

In the Missouri State Senate:
SB 632- Sponsor:  Bob Dixon – Extends the expiration date of tax credits for donations to Pregnancy Resource Centers (Support)
Senate Second Read and Referred to Senate Economic Development Committee – January 9, 2018

SB 724 – Sponsor:  David Sater – Prohibits certain selective abortions relating to sex, race, or Down Syndrome (Support)
Senate Hearing Held in Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee – January 24, 2018
Testimony in Support of SB 724:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2018/sb724.html

SB 879- 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 22, 2018

Under Review/Watch:
SB 604- Sponsor:  Bob Onder - Human Trafficking Poster (Good Bill)
Senate Second Read and Referred to Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee – January 9, 2018

SB 693- Sponsor:  Wayne Wallingford - Modifies procedures in guardianship and conservator proceedings for incapacitated or disabled persons (Watch)
Senate Second Read and Referred to Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee – January 10, 2018

SB 714 – 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 (Under Review)
Senate Second Read and Referred to Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee – January 16, 2018

SB 731- Sponsor:  Scott Sifton (Pro-Abortion) - Provides for the expansion of MO HealthNet services beginning January 1, 2018 (Watch)
Senate Second Read and Referred to Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee– January 16, 2018

SB 788- Sponsor:  Jamilah Nasheed (Pro-Abortion) - Modifies provisions relating to human sexuality (Under Review)
Senate Second Read and Referred to Senate Education Committee – January 17, 2018

SB 795- Sponsor:  Andrew Koenig - Modifies provisions relating to termination of parental rights (Under Review)
Senate Second Read and Referred to Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee – January 17, 2018

Oppose:
SB 670- Sponsor:  Jill Schupp (Pro-Abortion) – Forces Pregnancy Resource Centers to refer for Abortion (Oppose)
Senate Second Read and Referred to Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee – January 10, 2018

SB 671- Sponsor:  Jill Schupp (Pro-Abortion) – Repeals the 72 Hour Reflection Period prior to an Abortion (Oppose)
Senate Second Read and Referred to Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee – January 10, 2018

In the Missouri State House:
HB 1266- Sponsor:  Donna Lichtenegger - Establishes the "Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" (Support)
Public Hearing Scheduled in House Children and Families Committee – January 30, 2018

HB 1288- Sponsor:  Kevin Engler - Extends the expiration date of tax credits for donations to Pregnancy Resource Centers (Support)
Public Hearing Completed in the House Ways and Means Committee – January 22, 2018
Testimony in Support of HB 1288:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2018/hb1288.html

HB 1361- Sponsor:  Bill Kidd - Establishes "Simon's Law," which changes the laws regarding life-sustaining or non-beneficial treatment policies of health care facilities (Support)
Public Hearing Scheduled in House Children and Families Committee – January301, 2018

HB 1383- Sponsor:  Rocky Miller – Two Custodial Parents Notification prior to a minor having an abortion (Support)
Executive Session Held in House Children and Families Committee – Voted Do Pass and Hearing Scheduled in House Rules Committee on Legislative Oversight - January 29, 2018
Testimony in Support of HB 1383:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2018/hb1383.html

HB 1752- Sponsor:  Jeff Pogue - Prohibits pharmacies in the state from providing abortion pills known as emergency contraceptives over the counter (Support)
House Second Read – January 4, 2018

HB 1867- Sponsor:  Shamed Dogan - Prohibits certain selective abortions relating to sex, race, or Down Syndrome (Support)
House Second Read – January 4, 2018

HB 1946- 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 – January 11, 2018

HB 2074- Sponsor:  Hannah Kelly - Prohibits public institutions of higher learning from discriminating against a religious student organization or denying a religious student association any benefit available to any other student association (Support)
Referred to House General Laws Committee – January 17, 2018

HB 2159- 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)
Referred to House Children and Families Committee –  January 25, 2018

Under Review/Watch:
HB 1238- Sponsor:  Dan Stacy – Tax Credit Limits (Watch)
House Second Read – January 4, 2018

HB 1240- Sponsor:  Dan Stacy – Regarding Contraceptives (Watch)
House Second Read – January 4, 2018

HB 1246- Sponsor:  Patricia Pike – Human Trafficking Poster (Good Bill)
Senate Hearing Held in Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee–  Reported Do Pass - January 25, 2018
Note:  Good House Amendment requiring Human Trafficking Posters be posted in PRC’s and Abortion Clinics)

HB 1333- Sponsor:  Randy Pietzman – Good Intentions to End Abortion but Repeals a lot of Pro-Life Laws (Major Concerns)
House Second Read – January 4, 2018

HB 1337- Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Equal Pay (Watch)
House Second Read – January 4, 2018

HB 1372- Sponsor:  Mike Moon - Modifies provisions relating to unborn children
(Major Concerns)
House Second Read – January 4, 2018

HB 1399- Sponsor:  Bruce DeGroot – Removal of parental rights because of rape, could include coercion for abortion (Under Review)
House Second Read and Referred to House Judiciary Committee – January 4, 2018

HB 1437 – Sponsor:  Jean Evans – Changes the laws regarding protection for offenders who are pregnant (Under Review)
Withdrawn – January 5, 2018

HB 1468- Sponsor:  Martha Stevens (Pro-Abortion) - Extends benefits for pregnant women under the MO HealthNet program and Show Me Healthy Babies program to one year after giving birth (Under Review)
House Second Read – January 4, 2018

HB 1498- Sponsor:  Shamed Dogan - Modifies provisions relating to dispensing contraceptives (Watch)
Referred to House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee – January 24, 2018

HB 1499- Sponsor:  Shamed Dogan – Regarding Transfer of Contraceptive Prescriptions (Watch)
Public Hearing Completed in House Health and Mental Health Committee – January 10, 2018

HB 1565- Sponsor:  Phil Christofanelli - Changes the vote required to pass a statewide ballot measure from a majority vote to sixty percent of the votes cast (Watch)
Referred to House Government Efficiency Committee – January 24, 2018

HB 1616- Sponsor:  Cora Faith Walker (Pro-Abortion) – Makes changes to the Show-Me Healthy Babies Program (Watch)
Referred to House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee – January 24, 2018

HB 1624- Sponsor:  Gina Mitten (Pro-Abortion) – Expansion of MO Healthnet Services (Under Review/Watch)
House Second Read – January 4, 2018

HB 1627- Sponsor:  Jean Evens -  Establishes protections for pregnant offenders and offenders who are in postpartum recovery while in custody at a correctional center or county or city jail (Under Review)
Referred to House Corrections and Public Institutions Committee – January 24, 2018

HB 1713- Sponsor:  Don Phillips - Modifies provisions relating to the Missouri Adoptee Rights Act (Watch)
Referred to House Special Committee to Improve the Care and Well-being of Young People – January 24, 2018

HB 1714- Sponsor:  Don Phillips - Modifies provisions relating to the rights of adoptees (Watch)
Referred to House Special Committee to Improve the Care and Well-being of Young People – January 24, 2018

HB 1751- Sponsor:  Jeff Pogue - Changes the laws regarding abortion by repealing current pro-life statutes (Major Concerns)
House Second Read – January 4, 2018

HB 1762- Sponsor:  Jeff Pogue - Expands child neglect to include a child that is born with a controlled substance in the child's fluids because the pregnant mother knowingly used a controlled substance before birth (Under Review/Watch)
House Second Read and Referred to House Judiciary Committee – January 4, 2018

HB 1786- Sponsor:  Brandon Ellington (Pro-Abortion) - Establishes the Economic Development Grant Program (Watch)
House Second Read – January 4, 2018

HB 1833- Sponsor:  Joe Adams (Pro-Abortion) – Establishes an open-ended Universal Health Care Program for all (Major Concerns)
House Second Read – January 4, 2018

HB 1875- Sponsor:  Jered Taylor - Creates the crime of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree if a person knowingly misuses a narcotic drug while pregnant (Under Review)
Referred to House Special Committee to Improve the Care and Well-being of Young People – January 24, 2018

HB 1895- Sponsor:  Jim Neely - Specifies that no investigation is required for a death that occurs under hospice care (Watch)
Public Hearing Held in House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee – January 24, 2018

HB 1950- Sponsor:  Peter Meredith (Pro-Abortion) - Requires insurance plans to cover up to a 12-month supply of hormonal contraceptives at one time (Under Review)
House Second Read – January 8, 2018

HB 1955- Sponsor:  Tracy McCreery (Pro-Abortion) - Regarding Transfer of Contraceptive Prescriptions (Watch)
House Second Read – January 9, 2018

HB 2069- Sponsor;  Holly Rehder - Modifies procedures in guardianship and conservator proceedings for incapacitated or disabled persons (Watch)
House Second Read – January 11, 2018

HB 2084- Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) - Requires all insurance plans to cover contraceptives at no cost to the individual (Under Review)
House Second Read – January 11, 2018

HB 2085- Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) - Requires all insurance plans to cover postpartum services at no cost to the individual (Watch)
House Second Read – January 11, 2018

HB 2120- Sponsor:  Jay Barnes - Expands MO HealthNet benefits for pregnant women to provide substance abuse treatment for up to two years after giving birth (Under Review)
Referred to House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee – January 25, 2018

HB 2136 – Sponsor:  Jeffrey Messenger - Establishes the Missouri Freedom to Choose Health Care Act (Watch)
House Second Read – January 18, 2018

HB 2174- Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) - Establishes the Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act (Watch)
House Second Read – January 18, 2018

HB 2175- Sponsor:  Jason Chipman - Requires the Children's Division to refer all cases in which a birth mother or infant tests positive for illegal controlled substances after childbirth to the Juvenile Office (Under Review)
Referred to House Special Committee to Improve the Care and Well-being of Young People – January 25, 2018

HB 2201- Sponsor:  Craig Redmon -  Establishes the Show Me Rural Jobs Fund (Under Review)
House Second Read – January 23, 2018

HB 2275- Sponsor:  Cora Faith Walker (Pro-Abortion) – Establishes a Policy Commission (Language Unavailable)
Introduced and House First Read – January 25, 2018

HB 2280- Sponsor:  Marsha Haefner - Expands MO HealthNet benefits for pregnant women to provide substance abuse treatment for up to one year after giving birth (Language Unavailable)
Introduced and First Read – January 25, 2018

HCR 68 – Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Classification of Hate Groups (Watch)
House Second Read – January 11, 2018

HJR 47- Sponsor:  Dan Stacy - Proposes a constitutional amendment changing how judges are selected to certain courts (Under Review/Watch)
House Second Read – January 4, 2018

HJR 48- Sponsor:  Dan Stacy - Changes the constitutional provisions regarding ballot initiatives and referendums (Under Review/Watch)
House Second Read – January 4, 2018

HJR 53- Sponsor:  Mike Moon - Proposes a constitutional amendment regarding the right to life (Under Review)
House Second Read – January 4, 2018

Oppose:
HB 1312- Sponsor:  Crystal Quade (Pro-Abortion) - Requires Pharmacists todispense contraceptives without excluding abortifacients (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 4, 2018

HB 1319- Sponsor:  Steven Roberts (Pro-Abortion) – Establishes Physician Assisted Suicide in Missouri (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 4, 2018

HB 1338- Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Requires Health Care Workers distribution of abortifacients (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 4, 2018

HB 1551- Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) -  Modifies provisions relating to human sexuality and sexually transmitted disease education (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 4, 2018

HB 1772- Sponsor:  Judy Morgan (Pro-Abortion) - Establishes the "Respect Women's Abortion Decisions Act" (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 4, 2018

HB 1790- Sponsor:  Brandon Ellington (Pro-Abortion) – Legalizes Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in our state (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 4, 2018

HB 1807- Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Establishes a state Woman’s Health Services Program to provide abortions for women (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 4, 2018

HB 1852- Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Repeals the 72 hour reflexion period and repeals the requirement for an emergency physician being on call after an abortion (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 4, 2018

HB 1853- Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Repeals the statute that gives women the factual medical information about what happens during abortion and repeals the statute that tells women places where they can go to receive help if they want to keep their unborn baby (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 4, 2018

HB 1854- Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Repeals the requirement for a physician performing an abortion to have hospital priveleges (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 4, 2018

HB 2083- Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) - Repeals the provision stating that it is the intent of the General Assembly to grant the right to life to all humans, born and unborn (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 11, 2018

HB 2086- Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) - Requires all insurance plans to cover abortion services at no cost to the individual (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 11, 2018

HB 2093- Sponsor:  Cora Faith Walker (Pro-Abortion) - Authorizes a tax credit for certain contraception costs. Watch language for Abortifacients. (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 16, 2018

HB 2236- Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Forces a Pharmacist to stock and fill prescriptions for abortion drugs (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 24, 2018

HB 2237- Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Forces a Pharmacist to stock and fill prescriptions for abortion drugs (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 24, 2018

HB 2266- Sponsor:  Deb Lavender (Pro-Abortion) – Forces Pregnancy Resource Centers and Maternity Homes to refer for abortion (Oppose)

HCR 56 – Sponsor:  Judy Morgan (Pro-Abortion) – Would ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to make states pay for abortions (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 4, 2018

HCR 65- Sponsor:  Judy Morgan (Pro-Abortion) - Resolves that abortion shall be recognized as an essential component of women's health care (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 9, 2018

 

 

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