Missouri’s 2015 profamily legislation lockout


Missouri’s 2015 pro-family legislation lockout

Pro-family legislation — status as of 5/3/2015: Only one of the 29 pro-family bills in the Missouri House has been voted out of House committee. Most were not even heard. HB977 , which would prevent misuse of EBT cards, was voted out of committee but did not make it to the House floor. HB764 would reduce state social spending by about $100-million the first year while giving families a profamily tool to root serious substance abuse problems out of their families.  It was never even voted on in committee.

HB 131: Requires the written consent of the father of the child before an abortion can be performed, with certain exceptions (Not heard in committee).

HB 113: Establishes “Simon’s Law”, which changes the laws regarding life-sustaining or non-beneficial treatment policies of health care facilities (not voted on in committee). Families should have control in these decisions. Hospital administrators should not control them.

HB 151: Prohibits any public funds or governmental economic incentives to be authorized for a project involving abortion services, human cloning, or prohibited human research. (not voted on in committee).

HB 171: Increases, from 15 days to 60 days, the time after a child’s birth that the father has to file an action to establish paternity prior to an adoption or to file a notice with the Putative Father Registry (Hearing not completed). The Putative Father Registry is a procedural tool the adoption industry and welfare-state agencies wanted erasing parental rights of fathers who often do not know they are a father until it is too late. I strongly opposed this when it was enacted. The parental rights of fathers should not be any more easily severable than the parental rights of mothers simply on the basis of one’s natural reproductive ability.

HB 211: Establishes Carrie’s Law that creates the crime of sexual exploitation by a person of higher authority. (Not heard in committee). Those who hold power over others who use their power for sexual advantage should no longer get a free pass.

HB 216: Prohibits the state and political subdivisions from implementing policies affecting property rights and from entering into certain relationships with organizations. This bill prevents U.N. Agenda 21 from being implemented by state agencies and municipalities. (Not heard in committee). This is a pro-family property rights bill to ensure that Agenda 21 cannot be implemented in Missouri absent authorization by the legislature. No further explanation is necessary.

HB 247: Requires all spousal maintenance obligations to termination five years after the date of entry of the court’s order if the obligor is current on all maintenance payments (Not heard in committee). Permanent maintenance discourages remarriage or makes it economically impossible. It discourages work. Maintenance should be a bridge to independence, not an entitlement to indolence.

HB 413: Imposes a penalty against parents or guardians when a child under their charge is habitually absent from school or habitually tardy. (Heard in committee but not voted on).

HB 443: Allows a limited driving privilege to be granted to a person whose driver’s license has been suspended due to child support arrearage under certain circumstances. (No hearing ever scheduled). This bill is necessary because involuntary unemployment causes fathers to lose driver’s licenses, and then they can’t get work because they can’t get there.   Child support arrearages are a “status crime” for which it is extremely difficult if not impossible for citizens to relieve the problem.

HB 595: Requires public institution of higher education staff members to report alleged sexual assault and misconduct cases directly to local law enforcement and to cooperate in any subsequent investigation. (Not heard in committee). There have been a number of highly publicized alleged rape fiascos such as the University of Virginia and the Duke Lacrosse rape case. It is abundantly clear that universities are not equipped to investigate or prosecute rape allegations in an administrative tribunal setting. Claire McCaskill and Obama are trying to force this on Universities by federal fiat. My WorldNetDaily article about this issue is here. The bill should have sailed through the legislature.

HB 764: Establishes family intervention orders for the treatment of an individual who abuses chemical substances. (Heard in committee but not voted on).

HB 814: Changes the laws regarding consent for a minor to obtain an abortion to require notification of both parents with reasonable exceptions. (Not heard in committee). This is a tremendously pro-family bill that will give the responsible spouse a power tool to leverage a substance-abusing spouse into recovery. It will reduce substance abuse, domestic violence, divorce, cohabitation, and reduce state spending for social services, crime, and violence by an estimated $100-million annually.

HB 877: Specifies that there must be a rebuttable presumption of a need to decrease a spousal maintenance order if the spouse receiving maintenance is cohabiting with a person of the opposite sex. (Not heard in committee).

HB 893: Specifies that every child custody judgment must include a written statement notifying the parties that if a provision of the judgment is violated, the injured party may file a family access motion. (Heard in committee but not voted on).

HB 931: Expands the crime of invasion of privacy to include the use of a drone to photograph, film, videotape, produce, or otherwise create an image of another person without his or her consent. (Heard in committee but not voted on).

HB 959: Imposes penalties against parents or guardians of children who are not enrolled in school or who are habitually absent without excuse. (Heard in committee but not voted on).

HB 977: Prohibits temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) benefit cards from being used at ATMs or to access cash, and limits the items which may be purchased with TANF benefits. (Passed Committee but not on House floor).

HB 984: Specifies that a parent’s obligation to pay child support must terminate when the child turns 18 or graduates from high school unless other circumstances arise that would terminate the obligation. (Not heard in committee). Courts often order college educations for kids who are not ready for it. Kids waste the money and parents are drained of retirement assets in the process. Child support orders discourage children from moving into adulthood, continuing the welfare lifestyle. The state orders parents to pay for college educations for children of divorce, but not for children of married families. Regardless of marital status, parents should have the right to decide these matters on their own.

HB 1107: Modifies provisions of the law relating to marriages other than a marriage between a man and a woman. (Not heard in committee).

HB 1131: Modifies provisions relating to child custody orders. This is a long-overdue and reasonable shared parenting bill. (Not heard in committee).

HB 1284: Creates the crime of abuse of an unborn child for a person who illegally uses narcotic drugs while pregnant and the use results in harm to the child. (Not heard in committee).

HB 1285: Establishes the Freedom to Work Act. (Not heard in committee).

HB 1325: Prohibits the use or sale of powdered alcohol. (Not heard in committee).

HB 1329: Prohibits the use or sale of powdered alcohol. (Not heard in committee).

HB 1337: Allows a person authorized to solemnize marriages to refuse to solemnize a marriage which is contrary to the religious beliefs or sincerely held moral convictions of such person. (Not heard in committee).

HB 1338: Requires all public restrooms, other than single occupancy restrooms, to be gender-divided restrooms. (Not heard in committee).

HB 1339: Prohibits the appropriation or expenditure of state revenues for the purpose of creating a gender-neutral environment, unless required by a federal or state court order. (Not heard in committee.

HJR 12: Proposes a constitutional amendment that prohibits the state from devoting any resources toward enforcing any federal law deemed unconstitutional by the voters or the general assembly. (Not heard in committee).

HJR 31: Proposes a constitutional amendment specifying that parents have a fundamental right to educate their children. . (Not heard in committee).