“Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.” – Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu (1689 – 1755)
A bill, introduced in the current special session of the Missouri General Assembly:
SB 9 – This act creates the offense of unlawful traffic interference if, with the intention to impede vehicular traffic, the person walks, stands, sits, kneels, lays, or places an object in a manner that blocks passage by a vehicle on any public street or highway.
This offense is a Class A misdemeanor if a person blocks a public street for the first violation and a Class E felony for any subsequent violation.
This offense is a Class E felony if a person blocks an interstate highway.
This offense is a Class D felony if a person blocks a street or highway as part of an unlawful assembly.
[….] (2) “Unlawful assembly”, two or more persons who meet for the purpose of violating any of the criminal laws of this state or of the United States.
Do meetings in offices in the capitol building qualify? Just asking.
2. A person commits the offense of unlawful traffic interference if, with the intention to impede vehicular traffic, the person walks, stands, sits, kneels, lays, or places an object in such a manner as to block passage by a vehicle on any public street, highway, or interstate highway. [….]
In Warrensburg, Missouri on May 31, 2020:
When you can’t hear or see dissent than there is no First Amendment.
Get that marriage license while you still can, someone’s on a tear. A resolution for a special session introduced on Monday by Representative Jeff Pogue (r):
Calls for a special session for the purpose of eliminating the state’s involvement in the institution of marriage
Sponsor: Pogue, Jeff (143)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2019
LR Number: 1048H.01I
Last Action: 02/05/2019 – Read Second Time (H)
Bill String: HCR 30
Next House Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar
WHEREAS, state government should not be involved in the institution of marriage or in the issuance of marriage licenses; and
WHEREAS, our statutes are entrenched with matters relating to marriage including, but not limited to, laws relating to tax, property, family, probate, business, and county government; and
WHEREAS, a special session is needed in order to properly vet such matters and reform our statutes to remove the state’s involvement in marriage; and
WHEREAS, under Article III, Section 20(b) of the Constitution of Missouri, the General Assembly may call a special session upon the filing of a petition with the Secretary of State stating the purpose for which the session is to be called and signed by three-fourths of the members of the Senate and three-fourths of the members of the House of Representatives; and
WHEREAS, the General Assembly should have prior notice of such special session in order to conduct research and draft legislation; and
WHEREAS, the General Assembly should agree to reconvene in a special session in 20 September 2019, concurrent with the veto session, in order to explore this issue:
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the members of the House of Representatives of the One Hundredth General Assembly, First Regular Session, the Senate concurring therein, hereby agree to file a joint proclamation calling for a special session of the General Assembly in September 2019 for the purpose of discussing the state’s involvement in the institution of marriage; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief Clerk of the Missouri House of Representatives be instructed to prepare a properly inscribed copy of this resolution for each member of the General Assembly.
So, would those of us who are currently married be grandfathered in? How would that work? Just asking.
House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D) (center) – May 18, 2018.
House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D) held an end of session press conference immediately following the republican press conference after the regular session adjourned on Friday evening:
Representative McCann Beatty (D) pointed out the cloud of Governor Greitens’ (r) behavior and impending impeachment along with enumerating the majority’s efforts to cut state revenue, to hobble public education, and to diminish workers’ ability to collectively bargain.
On Friday night after the close of the regular session and after short end of session majority and minority press conferences the special session addressing the possible impeachment of Governor Eric Greitens (r) was called to order.
The spaces between the pillar in the side galleries were crammed with media tripods and cameras. The Press Gallery had a full contingent.
Media in a side gallery.
Waiting for the gavel.
The opening of the session was like the opening of any other session – the gavel, a prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the start of business.
Speaker Todd Richardson (R) calls the special session to order.
After the formalities the session was adjourned – the body of the House will return once the House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight has recommendation(s).
The regular session of the Missouri General Assembly ended today in a day long manic flash of bill activity.
The special session, concerned with the possible impeachment of Governor Eric Greitens (r), started this evening in brief understated formality. Quorum call, a prayer, the Pledge of Allegience, and a message to the Senate.
Yesterday the General Assembly filed a petition [pdf] for a special session with the Secretary of State:
Missouri General Assembly
PETITION FOR SPECIAL SESSION OF THE MISSOURI GENERAL ASSEMBLY
WHEREAS, Article III Section 20(b) of the Constitution of Missouri provides that “upon the filing with the secretary of state of a petition stating the purpose for which the session is to be called and signed by three-fourths of the members of the senate and three-fourths of the members of the house of representatives, the president pro tem of the senate and the speaker of the house shall by joint proclamation convene the general assembly in special session.”
We, the undersigned, constituting at least three-fourths of the members of the Senate and at least three fourths of the members of the House of Representatives pursuant to Article III, Section 20(b) of the Constitution of Missouri, hereby call a special session of the General Assembly to convene at 6:30 p.m. on May, 18, 2018, for the sole purpose of considering the findings and recommendations of the House of Representatives Special Investigative Committee on Oversight including, but not limited to, disciplinary actions against Governor Eric R. Greitens.
This morning, via Twitter:
Michael Bersin @MBersin
Replying to @jrosenbaum
The crossouts/unsignatures, “resignatures”, and no signatures tell a complex story – if we still have any universities left in the future there will be a dissertation or two on this document alone. 10:58 AM – 4 May 2018
Yesterday both houses of the Republican controlled Missouri General Assembly submitted a sufficient number of signatures to call for a special session to consider the impeachment of Governor Eric Greitens (r). The special session will begin at 6:30 p.m. on May 18th, after the end of the current regular session.
“…The governor called for the Legislature to pass more medically unnecessary restrictions targeting abortion providers, and override a St. Louis City law that protects people from being fired or discriminated against for getting pregnant, using contraception or any other reproductive health decision…”
Eric Greitens (r) [2016 file photo].
The General Assembly has been called into its second special session for this coming Monday, this time on the subject of abortion:
Governor Greitens Announces Pro-Life Special Session
June 7, 2017
Today, Governor Eric Greitens announced his plan to call the legislature back for a special session to protect the lives of the innocent unborn and protect women’s health. The session will focus on protecting pregnancy resource centers and proposals for common-sense health and safety standards in abortion clinics.
Governor Greitens explained his announcement in a Facebook video, stating:
“I’m pro-life, and I believe that we need to defend life and promote a culture of life here in the state of Missouri.
For me, that comes from the work I’ve done. I’ve worked with kids in Cambodia who’d lost limbs to land mines and who were survivors of polio. Children of the street in Bolivia, and children who were orphaned because of war and genocide.
I also saw the value of true love and compassion in one of Mother Theresa’s homes for the destitute and dying. I saw the power of faith leaders who stood up and affirmed that every life had value and worth.
Our faith community and volunteers do incredible work to support people in need. And there’s few finer examples than the work pregnancy care centers do across our state.
These charitable organizations and community groups work with pregnant women and new moms. They offer newborn children food and clothing, offer free pre-natal care and ultrasounds, and help find women find housing and even pay for utilities. They help with adoption when needed, and protect women from domestic abuse. They even do job training and help women find jobs to support their new families.
In the city of St. Louis, some of these pregnancy care centers are under attack. There’s a new city law making St. Louis an abortion sanctuary city—where pregnancy care centers can’t work the way they’re supposed to. Politicians are trying to make it illegal, for example, for pro-life organizations to say that they just want to hire pro-life Missourians.
The Senate had a bill to address this during the session—but they failed to act. We’re calling a special session to support the people doing this vital work to help women and children.
I also believe that we should have common-sense health and safety standards in all medical facilities. A court decision from earlier this year weakened our state’s health standards in abortion clinics. So, we’re also proposing some basic, common-sense standards to keep Missourians safe.
We’re proposing, for example, that abortion clinics should have an annual safety inspection.
We’re proposing that these clinics should have a plan for complications.
And we’re proposing a fix that will stop abortion clinics from interfering with emergency responders. If a woman needs help, abortion clinics shouldn’t be able to tell an ambulance to come slowly–to not use their lights and sirens–or to go around to the back gate, just because they are worried that an ambulance arriving might make their abortion clinic look bad.
I’m proud to support life—the lives of mothers, their children, and the innocent unborn. It’s an honor to serve you, have a great day and God Bless.”
Interestingly, neither Medicaid expansion nor repeal of the death penalty are on the right wingnut agenda for the session. That makes this special session anti-abortion, not “pro-life”.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Governor Eric Greitens called on lawmakers to return to Jefferson City for an extraordinary legislative session — costing Missouri taxpayers $20,000 a day — to restrict Missourians’ reproductive health and rights. The governor called for the Legislature to pass more medically unnecessary restrictions targeting abortion providers, and override a St. Louis City law that protects people from being fired or discriminated against for getting pregnant, using contraception or any other reproductive health decision. Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri opposes this extreme, frivolous and expensive effort to endanger women’s health with even more medically unnecessary restrictions on safe, legal abortion.
On the heels of a costly special session and just one month after regular session adjourned, Gov. Greitens is forcing lawmakers to return once again to push more measures that undermine individual rights to access sexual and reproductive health care.
M’Evie Mead, director of policy and organizing for Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri, issued the following statement:
“Since the November election, tens of thousands of Missourians have taken to the streets, filled town halls, and rallied to support reproductive rights, access to abortion, and affordable health care. Planned Parenthood supporters in Missouri, a list that grows by the thousands each month, will not tolerate politicians who promote more government intrusion into their personal reproductive health decisions and think the best use of tax dollars is on more government bureaucracy.
In just the past two years, Missouri lawmakers have rejected millions in federal funds and replaced it with precious, limited state dollars just so they can discriminate against patients and block their ability to access health care from providers that offer comprehensive reproductive health care. Governor Greitens should reject that irresponsible and deeply unpopular measure rather than invite the Legislature to pass more unconstitutional bills that restrict access to health care.”
Governor Eric Greitens Calls Special Session on Jobs
May 18, 2017
Today, Governor Eric Greitens announced that he is bringing the legislature back for a special session on Monday with one topic: the steel mill bill. At the end of the 2017 legislative session, some career politicians in the Senate blocked efforts to bring a steel mill and other projects to the state of Missouri. Those projects could create hundreds of jobs in southeast Missouri.
Governor Greitens released the following statement, “We are fighting to bring more jobs to the people of Missouri. Some career politicians failed to do their jobs and then went home. That’s wrong. We’re cancelling their summer vacations and calling a special session to get this done.”
This issue was championed by Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville)during the 2017 legislative session, and an amendment aimed at addressing the issue was passed by the House (148-2) but blocked in the Missouri Senate.
The special session will begin at 4:00 P.M. on Monday.
Governor Eric Greitens (r), via social media:
Eric Greitens @EricGreitens
I’m fighting for more jobs. Some politicians failed to do their job and then went home. That’s wrong. No vacations. I’m bringing them back.
[….] 4:10 PM – 18 May 2017
Representative Bruce Franks, Jr. (D) [2017 file photo]
From Representative Bruce Franks, Jr. (D):
Bruce Franks Jr @brucefranksjr
Dear Gov @EricGreitens Funerals, graduations, mentoring,community meetings, saving lives! That’s what I’ve been doing on my #moleg vacation 9:45 AM – 19 May 2017 from St Louis, MO