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Legislative Update – April 13, 2018

Pray for our State and Statewide Leaders
Session ends at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18

Senate Appropriations Committee close to Sending Budget Forward for Floor Debate:
Pro-life provisions within the Appropriation Bills from the House include:  continued funding for Alternatives to Abortion Program and the Show-Me Healthy Babies Program. A new program to help pregnant women on Medicaid to access rehabilitation services from opioid addiction so babies are not born addicted to drugs.  Pro-life protections to prevent our tax dollars from being used for abortion services, human cloning and embryonic stem cell research.  And, the House approved amendments to prevent our tax dollars from being used for abortions or abortion services as well as prohibiting subsidiary organizations that are connected to abortion facilities from receiving our tax dollars.

Court Activity:
Planned Parenthood has challenged the provisions of SB 5 that require abortion facilities to have medical emergency plans in place.  The abortionists are not always available after an abortion and they are unable to get local OBGYN’s to be available to take care of their patients when botched abortions or medical emergencies occur.   We will keep you updated.

Springfield Planned Parenthood Denied a License Three Times:
We will keep you updated as this moves forward.  Planned Parenthood must abide by the provisions of SB 5 from 2017 and they have not been able to do that.  Hence, they have filed a lawsuit to allow them not to have to abide by the laws that require them to have safety plans in place for their patients.

Bills to Watch in these Last Weeks of the 2018 Legislative Session:
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 – Omnibus tax credit bill that includes the extension of tax credits for donations to Pregnancy Resource Centers (Support)
Hearing Held in House Ways and Means Committee – April 9, 2018
Testimony in Support of SB 632 in Senate and House:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2018/sb632.html
http://missourilife.org/legislation/2018/hb-sb632_675.html

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 (Concerns)
Senate Second Read and Referred to Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee – January 16, 2018

SB 724 – Sponsor:  David Sater – Prohibits certain selective abortions relating to sex, race, or Down Syndrome (Support)
Executive Session Held and 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 754 – Sponsor:  (Pro-Abortion) Jill Schupp - Economic Development Bill for Benefit Corporations  (Opposed)
Executive Session Held and Voted Do Pass in Senate Small Business and Industry Committee – February 27, 2018
Note:  Upon further review of SB 754 MRL has major concerns.
Memo will be distributed to Senate with the same message as HB 2669:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2018/hb2669.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 Voted Do Pass in Senate Insurance and Banking Committee – February 27, 2018

SB 1017- Sponsor:  Paul Wieland -  The Department of Social Services shall, when calculating Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, consider biological, step, adoptive, and unborn children as part of a household (Watch)
Hearing Held in Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee – March 7, 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)
Second Read and Referred to Senate Local Government and Elections Committee – March 8, 2018

In the Missouri State House:
HB 1266- Sponsor:  Donna Lichtenegger - Establishes the "Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" (Support)
Public Hearing Scheduled in Senate Seniors, Children and Families Committee – April 17, 2018
Hearing Cancelled in Senate Seniors, Children and Families Committee – April 11, 2018
Perfected in the House– March 26, 2018
See how your legislator voted on the previous question vote to allow HB 1266 to move forward to a third read vote:  https://house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills181/rollcalls/043.008.pdf
Testimony in Support of HB 1266:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2018/hb1266.pdf

SCS 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)
Hearing Held in Senate Fiscal Oversight Committee – April 11, 2018
Reported to the Full Senate, Placed on the Perfection Calendar – April 5, 2018
Executive Session Held and SCS Voted Do Pass in Senate Economic Development Committee – March 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)
Referred to House Rules Committee on Legislative Oversight– March 15, 2018
Testimony in Support of HB 1361:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2018/hb1361.html

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

HB 1383- Sponsor:  Rocky Miller – Two Custodial Parents Notification prior to a minor having an abortion (Support)
Executive Session Held and voted Do Pass in Senate Seniors, Families, and Children Committee – April 5, 2018
Testimony in Support of HB 1383:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2018/hb1383.html

HB 1499- Sponsor:  Shamed Dogan – Regarding Transfer of Contraceptive Prescriptions (Concerns)
Reported to the Senate and First Read – April 9, 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 1867- Sponsor:  Shamed Dogan - Prohibits certain selective abortions relating to sex, race, or Down Syndrome (Support)
Executive Session Held and Voted Do Pass in House Children and Families Committee – April 10, 2018
Testimony in Support of HB 1867:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2018/hb1867.html

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 – Expands on the foundation of our current statute that a person cannot transport a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion without the consent required by state law (Support)
Executive Session Held and Voted Do Pass in House Children and Families Committee – April 10, 2018
Testimony in Support of HB 2159:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2018/hb2159.html

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)
Executive Session Held and Voted Do Pass in House Children and Families Committee – April 10, 2018
Testimony in Support of HB 2589:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2018/hb2589.html

HB 2658- Sponsor:  Nick Marshall - Modifies provisions of law relating to custody of in vitro human embryos (Support)
House Second Read – March 5, 2018

HB 2669- Sponsor:  Kevin Austin – Economic Development Bill for Benefit Corporations. (Opposed)
Note:  Bill voted out of committee without pro-life protections. 
Executive Session Held and Voted Do Pass WITHOUT PRO-LIFE PROTECTIONS in House Special Committee on Innovation and Technology – April 4, 2018
Testimony in Opposition to HB 2669: http://missourilife.org/legislation/2018/hb2669.html
Members of the Special Committee on Innovation and Technology: https://house.mo.gov/Committees.aspx?cluster=true

HB 2739- Sponsor:  Jeff Pogue - Modifies provisions of law relating to custody of in vitro human embryos (Support)
House Second Read – March 5, 2018

HJR 53- Sponsor:  Mike Moon - Proposes a constitutional amendment regarding the right to life (Concerns)
Executive Session Held and Voted Do Pass in House Children and Families Committee – April 10, 2018
Testimony for Information Only on HJR 53:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2018/hb_2018-0403_personhood.pdf

 

 

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