During the last week of the session, The Missouri Times will bring you updates of floor activity for each chamber. Below is all the activity in the Senate from Thursday, May 13. For live updates on the House, click here.
The Senate is in recess
The Senate went into recess at 10:02 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
HB 661, commercial vehicles, referred to GAFO
Rep. Becky Ruth‘s sweeping transportation bill was taken up. Sen. Justin Brown offered a Senate substitute for this House bill which includes a myriad of provisions.
Sen. Bob Onder inquired to make sure provisions regarding emissions standards for some counties were included. Brown told him that they were included in the bill, and this version of the bill is a “good compromise”. Brown also emphasized his gratitude to Sen. Lincoln Hough for handling the bill in his absence on Tuesday.
Before the body voted on the bill, Senate Presdient Pro Tem Dave Schatz sent the bill to the Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight Committee.
SB 44, third read and passed
Sen. Paul White’s SB 44, which has a number of utility provisions, was passed by a vote of 23-10.
HBs 85, SAPA, third read and passed, emergency clause
Before the bill was laid over earlier this afternoon, Sen. Lauren Arthur offered an amendment to close the domestic violence gun loophole that exists in Missouri when the state expanded concealed carry in 2016. Reps. Tracy McCreery and Ron Hicks have worked on the issue this year in the House.
Arthur’s amendment would prevent someone convicted of domestic violence from owning a firearm. Conservatives sought to label it a “red flag law” which allows family members or law enforcement to ask a court to take away someone’s firearms if deemed a threat to themselves or others. However, her amendment only deals with stripping someone of a firearms who has been convicted of domestic violence.
Debate over that provision continues. Sen. Greg Razer asked, “Is the body more pro-life or more pro-Second Amendment?”
Arthur’s amendment failed by a voice vote.
The underlying bill passes by a vote of 22-10, with the emergency clause passing by a vote of 24-10 after some procedural confusion.
HB 734, utilities, third read and passed
Sen. Dan Hegeman invoked Rule 91 to be excused from voting on the bill.
The bill was third read and passed 33-0.
The Senate reconvenes
The Senate came back from recess at 4:20 p.m.
COVID liability bill advances
Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer‘s SB 51, adding COVID liability protections, passed out of a House rules committee today, setting it up to be TAFP’d in the lower chamber.
The Senate is in recess
HBs 85, SAPA, informal calendar
Sen. Eric Burlison brings up the Second Amendment Preservation Act (SAPA), decrying “tyrannical government.” He said there is a “trend around the nation” of law enforcement officers not feeling as though they could adequately do their jobs.
Sponsored by Rep. Jered Taylor, the bill would allow state gun laws to supersede federal regulations, including ones enacted after the bill’s effective date. The bill passed the House with an amendment that would also require those who knowingly deprive a Missouri citizen of those rights to be liable for redress for more than $50,000, with police departments liable for the actions of officers violating the act.
The bill was one of the first to progress through the House in February and made it out of the Senate General Laws Committee in April and the Government Accountability and Fiscal Oversight Committee earlier this month.
Sen. Lauren Arthur offered an amendment to close the domestic violence gun loophole that exists in Missouri when the state expanded concealed carry in 2016. Reps. Tracy McCreery and Ron Hicks have worked on the issue this year in the House.
Arthur’s amendment would prevent someone convicted of domestic violence from owning a firearm. She notes it is not a so-called “red flag law.”
SB 9, licenses, taken up
Sen. Jeanie Riddle brought the conference committee report, and it was adopted 30-1. The bill was third read and passed 28-2.
SB 153, taxation, refuse to concur
Sen. Andrew Koenig moved the Senate refuse to concur and request a conference.
Senate gavels in
The Senate got underway for the day at 11:15 a.m.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is the editor of The Missouri Times. She joined the newspaper in early 2019 after working as a reporter for Fox News in New York City.
Throughout her career, Kaitlyn has covered political campaigns across the U.S., including the 2016 presidential election, and humanitarian aid efforts in Africa and the Middle East.
She is a native of Missouri who studied journalism at Winthrop University in South Carolina. She is also an alumna of the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C.
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