The bills that have been filed for this legislative session fall, as usual, into the good, the bad and the downright silly. Decide for yourself which category the following examples belong in.
SJR 29 is a proposed constitutional amendment by John Loudon (R-Chesterfield) requiring the official dating standard in the state to be A.D. (Anno Domini) or B.C. (Before Christ).
SB 824 (Jolie Justus: D-Kansas City) prohibits discrimination based upon a person’s sexual orientation, including unlawful housing practices, denial of loans or other financial assistance, denial of membership into an organization relating to the selling or renting of dwellings, unlawful employment practices, and denial of the right to use public accommodations.
SB 779 (Jeff Smith: D-St. Louis) would require the state to provide fully subsidized pre-school at quality, licensed child care centers for children living in unaccredited or provisionally accredited school districts. The children must be one or two years from entering kindergarten and must qualify for reduced price lunches.
HB 1317 (Cynthia Davis: R-St. Charles) requires election authorities to verify United States citizenship of all voter registration applicants.
HB 1361 (Margaret Donnelly: D-St. Louis; Judy Baker: D-Columbia) establishes a number of criteria for ensuring that the children’s products sold in this state are safe.
HB 1472 (Jane Cunningham and eleven others) requires an obstetric ultrasound to be conducted prior to the 24-hour wating period for an abortion.
SB 742 (Joan Bray: D-St. Louis) prohibits employers from paying any employee lower wages than those paid to employees of the opposite gender for the same work.
SB 735 (Matt Bartle: R-Lee’s Summit) requires the Joint Committee on Tax Policy to review all state tax credit programs which are not currently subject to a sunset. The committee will report to the general assembly, and starting in 2013, no tax credits may be issued for such programs unless the general assembly re-authorizes it.
Note: Who knew that Bartle cared about anything besides preventing billboards that advertise for R-rated businesses?
HB 1357 (Tim Flook: R-Liberty; Jane Cunningham: R-Chesterfield) prohibits any person who commits the crime of nonsupport of a spouse or child from being admitted on an excursion gambling boat or casino until the arrearage is satisfied.
HB 1487 (Joseph Fallert, Jr: D-Ste. Genevieve) requires any registered sex offender, prior to camping in a state park, to notify a ranger.
HB 1346 (Charles Portwood: R-Ballwin) makes knowingly transporting or concealing an illegal alien a felony punishable by not less than one year in prison, a fine of not less than $1,000, or both.
HB 1316 (Cynthia Davis: D-St. Charles; Gary Dusenberg: R-Blue Springs) declares a parent’s right to make all health care and education decisions for their minor children and allows for reimbursement of property taxes for those who home school or attend a private school. However, parents will not be given the authority to require their child to have an abortion.
HB 1351 (Mike Cunningham: R-Rogersville) requires state agencies, public schools and colleges, and political subdivisions to use the traditional names of holidays. Examples would include: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, LIncoln’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday, Easter, Truman Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July or Independence Day, Labor Day, Collumbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa.