The last week of session is the final opportunity for legislators to "attach" their legislative issue to a bill via an amendment. Some bills had more than 80 amendments offered, but of course only a handful is debated and even fewer adopted.
House members worked some long, tedious hours this week to work through dozens of bills, affecting all sorts of issues in many fields --agriculture, education, county courts and much more.
Below I have reported on a few bills that are on their way to Governor Nixon to sign. Next week I will provide a link to the list of Truly Agreed and Finally Passed (TAFP) bills for this legislative session.
SB 749 This act modifies provisions relating to the protection of the religious beliefs and moral convictions of certain persons and health care entities. It provides protections for religious beliefs as to the imposition of certain health care services such as abortion, contraception, or sterilization.
SB 689 is an Elder Abuse bill that makes it a 2nd degree elder abuse crime if a person recklessly and purposely causes serious injury to an elderly person.
SB 576 created numerous provisions for Charter Schools.
SB 464 prohibits the establishment, creation, or operation of a state-based health insurance exchange unless the exchange is created by a legislative act, an initiative petition, or referendum. The act specifically prohibits the establishment of a state-based health insurance exchange by an executive order issued by the Governor.
HB 1540 Employee lawsuit (the worker compensation provision was removed before sending to Governor). It specifies that an employee will not be liable for a co-employee's workplace injury or death for which compensation is recoverable under the workers' compensation laws, except that an employee will not be released from liability for injury or death if the employee engaged in an affirmative negligent act that purposefully and dangerously caused or increased the risk of injury.
HB 1549 This bill changes the laws regarding the state's No-call List to allow a residential subscriber to have his or her wireless telephone number added to the list.
MO DOT NEWS: The road-side mowing cycle has begun. They're out for the next several months, and we need to watch out for them. Remember these state workers are our friends and neighbors.
Also summer is a time when kids are riding their bikes and are outside playing while many of our adults will be riding their motorcycles, so let's be careful out there and enjoy our summer.