The Missouri Legislative session only has a few more days to run. Conservatives passed a much needed Tax Cut by overriding Nixon’s veto of the bill. The tax cuts will affect small businesses and individual taxpayers the most.
Unfortunately, many other bills are hung in committees, held hostage by RINOs who dare not offend their liberal constituents. They care not for their conservative supporters.
Here is the run-down on some of the more popular bills. It’s possible one or two may break loose and make to the the floor for their final votes. If so, expect Nixon to vote each one.
The first item is the Impeachment of Governor Jay Nixon. Three separate bills of impeachment were submitted. All are sitting in the House Judiciary committee and they will likely remain there. None of the ‘Pub committee members have the guts to bring the bills to a vote, much less allow them to reach the House floor. Those members, all lawyers, are using legal reasoning to block the bills. Impeachment is NOT a criminal charge—it’s a political charge, but the lawyers in the committee refuse to consider that position.
Right-to-Work. Dead. However, it is still possible that Paycheck Protection, a separate bill, may be voted upon this week.
House Majority Floor Leader John Diehl, R-St. Louis, said explicitly Thursday he does not believe Republicans the votes to send ‘right-to-work’ to the Senate. The bill was a chief priority of the conservative wing of the House Republican Caucus, including House Speaker Tim Jones. Instead, labor eyes are turned to the Senate, where lawmakers are expected to return to the ‘paycheck protection’ bill. The legislation would require annual authorization for public labor unions to use dues and fees to make political contributions, and consent for withholding earnings from paychecks. — PoliticMO Newsletter, May 12, 2014.
Voting Bills. There are two Voting bills in the Legislature that may get final attention this session. One will be presenting a Constitutional amendment to the voters to require photo-ID for anyone voting in Missouri. Voter-ID has been under attack in the state and this effort is another plan to strengthen our battle against liberal vote fraud in St. Louis, Kansas City and other locales in the state.
The other bill would be to authorize early voting. This is another attempt by democrats to provide a means for more vote fraud. Urge you Legislators to vote NO on this provision.
Second Amendment Protection Act. This one, too, is hung in a House Committee. Ron Calzone in his May 10th, 2014, Missouri First newsletter reports:
Five legislators hold the fate of SAPA, the Second Amendment Preservation Act in their hands.
That’s how many members of an 8 person committee are needed to sign a Conference Committee Report that will take most of the teeth out of HB 1439 and send if back to the Senate, where it will probably die.
Right now, it looks like at least 5 of them are probably going to recommend to the House and Senate that they remove the strongest enforcement clause from the bill. If they do, our only hope would be for Senator Nieves, the Senate handler of the bill, to refuse to make a motion to accept the Conference Committee Report, or for the House or Senate to vote the report down and go back to the stronger bill.
The frustrating thing for me is that it’s the House sponsor of the bill, Rep. Doug Funderburk, who wants to take most of the teeth (the “ineligibility clause”) out of the bill. Doug says he’s afraid that unless we weaken the bill, one particular Republican senator will vote “no” if a veto override is needed next September.
While it’s true that the senator he’s concerned about IS a potential no vote on override, this senator voted FOR the bill WITH the ineligibility clause in it just 10 days ago. This same senator voted FOR the veto override last September.
The ‘ineligibility’ clause was reinstated in the Senate. It prevents any Federal official from taking employment in Missouri in the Law Enforcement field under some circumstances.
The “ineligibility clause” in HB 1439 is the most important enforcement provision in the bill.
It’s designed to prevent federal officials who would infringe on your gun rights from accessing state resources as well as provide personal disincentive to those federal officials.
In addition to the “ineligibility clause”, SAPA includes a “private cause of action” provision that gives legal standing for any victim of 2nd Amendment infringement. Such a civil suit against an agent or agency does not depend on government doing their job, as would be the case with criminal charges.
However, because of something called “Supremacy Clause immunity”, civil suits and criminal charges, are almost impossible to make stick against federal officials. That’s where the “ineligibility clause” comes in.
The “ineligibility clause” simply says that any federal official who violates the Missouri Second Amendment Preservation Act shall be forever ineligible to hold a Missouri law-enforcement job.
Paper Ballots. The purpose of this bill is to insure that a paper audit trail will exist. Electronic voting, used in some parts of Missouri, have no paper trail and are vulnerable to hacking…or manipulation. Vote fraud exists. In one St. Louis precinct, more people voted that were eligible in the entire precinct. Without a photo-ID and an audit trail, just examples of vote fraud are very difficult to prove in court.
This bill, SB623, is hung in Rep. Thomas Flanigan’s Fiscal Review Committee. The Missouri Secretary of State claims this bill would cost counties money to remove the electronic voting machines and implement processes and procedures to insure paper audit trails are built to conform to the requirements of this bill.
We’ve come close this year but not close enough. We must all remember, when we approach the polls in the upcoming August Primary and the General elections next November, who voted for these bills, who did not, and most importantly, the gutless wonders who blocked these bills in committee. Remember, come August and November.