I received this email mail this week:
“Missouri receives big "F" from NARAL”
Helping moms and unborn babies earns failing grade.
According to National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), a well-known group promoting abortion on demand, the state of Missouri gets an "F" because we're just too good at helping women and preventing abortions.
I am proud of Missouri
This was the busiest week so far for the 96th general assembly. My committees voted do pass on nine bills, and in session we perfected eight pieces of legislation.
I am pleased that the veterans committee voted do pass on my bill this week, HCR33.
HCR33-HONOR AND REMEMBER FLAGDesignates the Honor and Remember Flag as the State of Missouri's emblem of service and sacrifice of service men and women who have given their lives in the line of duty.
Other bills we voted out of committee were:
HJR29-VETERANS LOTTERY TICKETProposes a constitutional amendment requiring the State Lottery Commission to develop and sell a Veterans Lottery Ticket to support the Veterans Commission Capital Improvement Trust Fund.
HCR35-DEPLETED URANIUMRequests the Adjutant General of the Missouri National Guard to establish a voluntary reporting program for Missouri National Guard members and veterans who have been exposed to depleted uranium.
HB462-MISSOURI ENERGY TASK FORCErepeals the provisions requiring the Missouri Energy Task Force to reconvene at least one time a year and issue an annual status report to the Governor and General Assembly.
HB120-INFRASTRUCTURE REPLACEMENT SURCHARGEChanges the laws regarding infrastructure replacement surcharges for water corporations.
HB119-UTILITIESChanges the laws regarding rates charged by natural gas corporations and assistance for eligible households through the Utilicare Program.
HB68-EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SERVICE MISUSEProhibits a political subdivision from imposing a fine or penalty on the owner of a pay telephone on the owner's property for calls to an emergency telephone service from the pay telephone.
HB86-LANDLORD-TENANT ACTIONSAuthorizes corporations or unincorporated associations to be represented in small claims court by their president or vice-president for any claim of $500 or less for certain actions to remove a tenant.
HB211-LEAD ABATEMENT RULES AND REGULATIONSProhibits the Department of Health and Senior Services from enforcing or enacting a rule or regulation relating to lead abatement that is stricter than those required by federal law.
The bills we debated on the floor include
HB276,233,274-UNLAWFUL PICKETING OF A FUNERALChanges the laws regarding unlawful picketing or protesting of a funeral. Picketers must remain 500 feet from the funeral from 2 hours before to 2 hours after the funeral.
HB61-STATE MINIMUM WAGEProhibits the state minimum wage from exceeding the federal minimum wage and specifies that every employer must pay each employee receiving gratuities as compensation a wage of $3.63 per hour. This would prevent the minimum wage from falling in Missouri which could happen now.
HB116&316-COLLECTION OF STATE MONEYSChanges the laws regarding the collection of money owed to the state and authorizes an amnesty from the assessment or payment of the penalties, taxes, and interest on certain unpaid tax delinquencies. This should net the state 75 million dollars.
HB136-MILITARY SPOUSESAllows the spouse of certain active military members to be eligible for unemployment benefits and to receive a temporary courtesy license to practice his or her occupation or profession in this state.
HB214-HUMAN TRAFFICKINGChanges the laws regarding human trafficking.
HCR3-BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENTSubmits to Congress a proposed federal balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution.
HB76-CORPORATE FRANCHISE TAXChanges the laws regarding the corporate franchise tax. This will eliminate the tax over a 5 year period.
Next week will be even busier, but I am looking forward to working hard for you and will do what is right for Missouri.