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Legislative Update – March 2, 2018

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 Please read these updates.  Your involvement with your elected officials is very important!

House and Senate Floor Action This Week:
This week in the House your Representatives took up and passed two bills for Life!

The first pro-life bill to pass the Missouri House this week was HB 1383, sponsored by Rep. Rocky Miller.  HB 1383 requires that there be two-parent notification prior to a minor having an abortion.  HB 1383 passed the House by a vote of 113 to 37 and now moves to the Senate for action.

The second bill to pass the Missouri House that includes a pro-life provision is HCS HB’s 1288, 1377 & 2050, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Engler.  HCS HB’s 1288, 1377 & 2050 is an omnibus benevolent tax credit bill that includes the extension of the current pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes tax credits.  The proposed increase of the tax credits was moved to 2020 for consideration because of current budget concerns.  HCS HB’s 1288, 1377 & 2050 passed the House by a vote of 121 to 27 and now moves to the Senate for action.

NOTE:  HCS HB’s 1288, 1377 & 2050 is the companion bill to SCS SB’s 632 & 675 as amended on the Senate floor.  SCS SB’s 632 & 675 was perfected on the Senate floor on Tuesday, February 27 and needs one more vote to move to the House.

Budget Work Continues:
Budget Committee moving recommended increase in Alternatives to Abortion funding to opiod rehabilitation for pregnant women who qualify for medicaid. We will keep you updated as the Budget process continues.

Committee Hearings this week in the House and Senate included:
The Senate Insurance and Banking Committee held an Executive Session Tuesday, February 27 on SB 879, sponsored by Senator Paul Wieland.  SB 879 was voted Do Pass by the committee.  SB 879 allows enrollment in a health benefit plan by a pregnant person under certain circumstances.

The House Rules Committee on Legislative Oversight held an Executive Session Wednesday, February 28 on HB 1266, sponsored by Donna Lichtenegger.  HB 1266 bans abortions after 20 weeks gestation when the baby can feel pain during an abortion.  This bill is known as, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

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:
SCS SB’s 632 & 675 as amended on the floor- Sponsor:  Bob Dixon – Extends the expiration date of tax credits for donations to Pregnancy Resource Centers (Support)
On Senate Formal Calendar for Third Reading (In Fiscal Review) – March 1, 2018
Perfected on Tuesday February 27, 2018
Testimony in Support of SB 632:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2018/sb632.html

SB 724 – Sponsor:  David Sater – Prohibits certain selective abortions relating to sex, race, or Down Syndrome (Support)
Executive Session Held and bill voted Do Pass in Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee – January 31, 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)
Executive Session Held and SB 879 voted Do Pass in Senate Insurance and Banking Committee – February 27, 2018

SB 1053- Sponsor:  Andrew Koenig - Prohibits restrictions on freedom of speech and religion in public places.  Response to BB 34 in St. Louis.  (Support)
Senate First Read – February 28, 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)
Executive Session Held and SB 693 voted Do Pass in Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee – February 28, 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 (Watch)
Public Hearing Held in Senate Education Committee – February 20, 2018

SB 795- Sponsor:  Andrew Koenig - Modifies provisions relating to termination of parental rights (Watch)
Senate Committee Sub Voted Do Pass in Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee – February 14, 2018

SB 803- Sponsor:  Jamilah Nasheed (Pro-Abortion) - Limits the use of physical restraints on pregnant or postpartum offenders (Watch)
SCS SB 803 Voted Do Pass in Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety – February 15, 2018

SB 1037- Sponsor:  Jay Wasson - Creates the Missouri Innovation Fund Corporation which includes biotech companies.  Bill includes pro-life language, we are reviewing the bill at this time to ensure pro-life language covers all concerns.
Senate Second Read and Referred to Senate Economic Development Committee – March 1, 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

SCR 41- Sponsor:  Jill Schupp (Pro-Abortion) - Would ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to make states pay for abortions (Oppose)
Public Hearing Held in Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee – February 20, 2018

In the Missouri State House:
HB 1266- Sponsor:  Donna Lichtenegger - Establishes the "Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" (Support)
Executive Session Held, Voted Do Pass in the House Rules Committee on Legislative Oversight – February 28, 2018
Testimony in Support of HB 1266:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2018/hb1266.pdf

HCS HB’s 1288, 1377 & 2050 - Sponsor:  Kevin Engler – Omnibus benevolent tax credit bill that includes extending the expiration date of tax credits for donations to Pregnancy Resource Centers and Maternity Homes (Support)
Voted Do Pass by the Full House and Sent to the Senate – February 27, 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 Held in House Children and Families Committee – January 30, 2018
Testimony in Support of HB 1361:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2018/hb1361.html

HB 1383- Sponsor:  Rocky Miller – Two Custodial Parents Notification prior to a minor having an abortion (Support)
Reported to the Senate and First Read – February 26, 2018
Voted Do Pass By the Full House – February 26, 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)
Referred to House Children and Families Committee – February 13, 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

HB 2589- Sponsor:  Holly Rehder - Provides that no political subdivision shall enact an ordinance that infringes on a person exercising his or her First Amendment rights in a public place.  Response to BB 34 in St. Louis.  (Support)
House Second Read – February 28, 2018

Under Review/Watch:
HB 1238- Sponsor:  Dan Stacy – Tax Credit Limits (Watch)
Referred to House Ways and Means Committee – February 28, 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–  Delivered to Governor: - February 20, 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)
Referred to House Children and Families Committee – February 21, 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 (Watch)
Bill Combined into HCS HB’s 2280, 2120, 1468 & 1616 and voted Do Pass in House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee.  Referred to House Rules Committee on Administrative Oversight – February 22, 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)
Reported Do Pass by House Rules Committee on Administrative Oversight – February 27, 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)
Executive Session Held and Voted Do Pass and Referred to House Rules Committee on Legislative Oversight – February 28, 2018

HB 1616- Sponsor:  Cora Faith Walker (Pro-Abortion) – Makes changes to the Show-Me Healthy Babies Program (Watch)
Bill Combined into HCS HB’s 2280, 2120, 1468 & 1616 and voted Do Pass in House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee.  Referred to House Rules Committee on Administrative Oversight – February 22, 2018

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

HB 1627- Sponsor:  Jean Evans -  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)
Hearing Held in House Corrections and Public Institutions Committee – February 8, 2018

HB 1713- Sponsor:  Don Phillips - Modifies provisions relating to the Missouri Adoptee Rights Act (Watch)
Reported Do Pass and placed on House Bills for Perfection Calendar – February 27, 2018

HB 1714- Sponsor:  Don Phillips - Modifies provisions relating to the rights of adoptees (Watch)
Reported Do Pass and placed on House Bills for Perfection Calendar - February 27, 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 (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 (Watch)
Public Hearing Held in House Special Committee to Improve the Care and Well-being of Young People – February 19, 2018

HCS HB 1895- Sponsor:  Jim Neely - Specifies that no investigation is required for a death that occurs under hospice care (Watch)
Perfected on House Floor, waiting for final vote - February 28, 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)
Referred to House Children and Families Committee – February 7, 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 (Watch)
Bill Combined into HCS HB’s 2280, 2120, 1468 & 1616 and voted Do Pass in House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee.  Referred to House Rules Committee on Administrative Oversight – February 22, 2018

HB 2136 – Sponsor:  Jeffrey Messenger - Establishes the Missouri Freedom to Choose Health Care Act (Watch)
Referred to House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee – February 13, 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 (Watch)
Public Hearing Held in House Special Committee to Improve the Care and Well-being of Young People – February 12, 2018

HB 2201- Sponsor:  Craig Redmon - Establishes the Show Me Rural Jobs Fund (Watch)
Hearing Scheduled in House Economic Development Committee – March 6, 2018

HCS HB 2234- Sponsor:  Holly Rehder - Requires course materials and instruction relating to human sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases to contain information about sexual harassment, sexual violence, and consent (Under Review)
Referred to House Rules Committee on Legislative Oversight – February 28, 2018
Executive Session Held in House Children and Families Committee – February 27, 2018
Public Hearing Held in House Children and Families Committee – February 13, 2018

HB 2275- Sponsor:  Cora Faith Walker (Pro-Abortion) – Establishes a Policy Commission (Watch)
House Second Read – January 29, 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 (Watch)
Bill Combined into HCS HB’s 2280, 2120, 1468 & 1616 and voted Do Pass in House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee.  Referred to House Rules Committee on Administrative Oversight – February 22, 2018

HB 2303- Sponsor:  Sarah Unsicker (Pro-Abortion) - Establishes the Maternal Mortality Review Board and Makes Recommendations (Under Review/Concerns)
House Second Read – January 30, 2018

HB 2463- Sponsor:  Mike Stephens - Modifies the definition of emergency medical condition (Watch)
House Second Read – February 15, 2018

HB 2592- Sponsor:  Nick Marshall - Requires a court order for a minor to obtain an abortion
(Under Review)
House Second Read – February 28, 2018

HB 2658- Sponsor:  Nick Marshall - Modifies provisions of law relating to custody of in vitro human embryos (Language Unavailable)
Introduced and House First Read – March 1, 2018

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

HCR 81- Sponsor:  Sponsor:  DaRon McGee (Pro-Abortion) - Designates April 6 of each year as "Safe Haven for Newborns Awareness Day" in Missouri (Under Review)
Referred to House Special Committee on Tourism – February 7, 2018

HCR 103 – Sponsor:  Nick Marshall - Submits to Congress a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution regarding the right to life (Language Unavailable)
Introduced and House First Read – March 1, 2018

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

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

HJR 53- Sponsor:  Mike Moon - Proposes a constitutional amendment regarding the right to life (Under Review)
Referred to House Children and Families Committee – February 13, 2018

HJR 80- Sponsor:  Phil Christofanelli - Constitutional amendment changing the percentage of votes required to approve constitutional amendments (Watch)
Executive Session Scheduled in House Government Efficiency Committee – March 6, 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)
House Second Read – January 29, 2018

HB 2296- Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Forces Pregnancy Resource Centers and Maternity Homes to refer for abortion (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 30, 2018

HB 2297- Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Requires Pro-Abortion Information be Given to Women Prior to an Abortion (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 30, 2018

HB 2298- Sponsor:  Stacey Newman (Pro-Abortion) – Changes the law to Prevent Pregnancy Resource Centers and Maternity Homes from Operating if they do not include Abortion Information (Oppose)
House Second Read – January 30, 2018

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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