Four Weeks Left

Only 15 legislative days remain of the 2017 session but there is still plenty of time for the GOP leadership in the House and Senate to advance their priorities to the Governor’s desk.

We are already speculating if there will be a need for the constitutional Veto Session in September —if Governor Greitens will be vetoing any bill hitting his desk.

Tort Reform/Law Enforcement Bills passed to the Senate so far this year from the Speaker’s special committee on Litigation Reform:

HB34 (Plocher, R-Town & Country)–changes law regarding Uniform Commercial Code

HB35 (Ploccher, R-Town & Country) modifies admissibility of test results in intoxication proceedings

HB57 (Haefner, R-South St. Louis)—allowing law enforcement to further target anyone

HB95 (McGaugh, R-Carrollton)—modifies provision relating to collateral source rule

HB153 (Corlew, R-Kansas City)—modifies provision relating to expert witnesses

HB302 (Hill, R-Lake St. Louis ) —establishes a Blue Alert System for law enforcement killings/targets

HB303 (Mathews, R-Pacific)—establishes the offense of filing false documents

HB339 (DeGroot, R-Chesterfield — modifies provisions relating to tort claims

HB422 (Cornejo, R-St. Peters)—changes property that may be exempt from execution

HB452 (Austin, R-Springfield)–actions against health care providers in personal injury or death

HB460 (Kolkmeyer, R-Odessa)–modifies provisions relating to civil proceedings

HB461 (Kolkmeyer, R-Odessa)–amends Supreme Court Rules in matters of civil action

HB462 (Kolkmeyer, R-Odessa)–prohibits persons from intervening in a tort action

HB573 (McGaugh, R-Carrollton)–new requirements of offers of tort claims

See a pattern?

Making it more difficult for the average Missourian to access the legal system if they might ever need it – for any reason.  Just one of the GOP priorities this session that I find disgusting.

WAIT, THERE’S MORE…

What do you do if you’re a State Senator whose business, a chain of stores in Southeast Missouri, has a pending suit in Scott County Circuit Court for discrimination?

You file SB43, making it more difficult for victims of illegal discrimination to hold worngdoers accountable for the actions.  You push a bill that would cripple the Missouri Human Rights Act.

And you ignore the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development when they tell you that SB43 could violate federal law and make civil rights agencies in the state ineligible for federal money used for investigations.

READ ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH OP-ED: “TROUBLING BILL WOULD CRIPPLE MISSOURI HUMAN RIGHTS ACT”.

SB43 passed the final House Committee last week and could come to the House floor this week for final debate.  Are you as disturbed by this as I am?

Is this the way the legislature should do business???

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ANOTHER GUN BILL ON THE WAY?

Think we need to allow guns in:

  • day care centers
  • bars
  • casinos
  • polling places
  • churches, synagogues, mosques
  • hospitals
  • airports ticket counters prior to TSA
  • on buses and other public transportation
  • stadiums and sports arenas?

Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa ) thinks so with his HB650 which has one more ceremonial committee vote before coming to the House floor, possibly this week.  This is the furthest gun bill which still has time to make it to the Governor’s desk by May 12th.

Last week Missouri pediatricians flooded the Capitol to talk about healthcare, vaccines and gun violence prevention.  These are the doctors we depend on to save our kids lives when shot (they reminded me the ones they can’t save usually proceed directly to the morgue).  They are also adamantly AGAINST allowing more access to guns —particularly in day care centers and hospitals.

Thrilled to talk with dedicated pediatricians and surgeons at Childrens Hospital last week,

including Dr. Katie Plax (left) and Dr. Martin Keller, Medical director of pediatriatric trauma (right).

Doctors at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis feel the exact same way.

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ABOUT THOSE “VAGINA” BILLS…

Four anti-reproductive rights bills are sitting on the House Calendar awaiting debate any day now.  In my 8 years in the legislature, I have yet to see a session where an anti-woman bill does NOT make it to the finish line.  I’m ready to debate against them at any time (we normally have about 10 seconds of warning to get to a microphone when they pop up on the House Floor board):

HB 182 – TRANSPORTING MINORS FOR ABORTION —Rep. Tom Hurst (R-Meta)

Criminalizing those who transport minors to another state for an abortion
HB 194 – ABORTION —Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton)

Fetal disposal and inspections, ban on fetal cell research omnibus bill re 2016 anti- Planned Parenthood investigative hearings

HB326 – TWO PARENT NOTIFICATION OF MINOR ABORTIONS —Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) Mandating both custodial parents be notified regardless of the danger that causes for a minor

HB 908/HB757 – PAIN CAPABLE UNBORN CHILD PROTECTION —Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson) & Rep. Phil Christorfanelli (R-St. Peters)  New restrictions on abortion re gestational age & fetal pain.

Planned Parenthood’s FACT sheets on each bill HERE.

With Dr. Daniel Moon (left) and Dr. Colleen McNicholas at Washington University School

of Medicine last week, filming with 4th year medical students on the “Making Medical

Policy as Law”.  They could not believe we pass bills instructing them how to

practice medicine WITHOUT any medical expertise —rather, the opposite of it.

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CHELSEA CLINTON VISITS SAUL MIROWITZ JEWISH COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Recently I was asked if I knew of a school in St. Louis that Chelsea Clinton could visit where she could share her new children’s book.  Instantly I recommended my granddaughter Maya’s school – Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School.  What a thrill to spend the afternoon there last week watching the 3rd – 8th graders talk with and ask questions of Chelsea before they personally had her sign her book, “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired and Get Going”.

Maya and I had fun greeting Chelsea when she arrived at the school and autographed a photo for Maya we had taken with Chelsea a year ago (the perks of being a Nana). Thank you Kris Kleindienst and Left Bank Books for an inspiring afternoon the students, staff, parents, Maya nor I will never forget.

Greeting Chelsea Clinton w Maya, her mom Margo Newman and Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School Head, Cheryl Maayan

Maya escorting Chelsea into the auditorium and with Kris Kleindienst of Left Bank Books,

showing off Chelsea’s book and Maya’s autographed photo.  Can you tell I really like wearing

stripes almost every day?

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#GOV101 TAKES SPRINGFIELD BY STORM

When was the last time you saw this many people (we counted 145) excited and fired up to work for equality and justice? It was as much fun as it looked when Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) and I brought #GOV101 to her district on April 6th. #ThisIsWhatDemocracyLooksLike

The fabulous Springfield #GOV101 panelists (l to r): Ashley Quinn – Empower Missouri; Karis Agnew – PROMO; Rod Chapel – Missouri NAACP; Stacy Sherrod – Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri; me and Rep. Crystal Quade.

Stay tuned —we have even MORE #GOV101 events in the planning stage around the state after session adjourns on May 12th.

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FOR YOU HOUSE OF CARDS FANS

Sometimes it feels like a day in the Missouri Capitol could almost be scripted from “House of Cards” (the popular Netflix series).  So when I had the chance to meet with Beau Willimon, the writer and creator who also graduated from John Burroughs High School in St. Louis – I jumped!

Putting his film career on hold while directing his new national Action Group Network, I almost fell over when he gave me a big bear hug at the Planned Parenthood of St. Louis Region/Southwest Missouri luncheon (he was the keynote speaker).  But he wouldn’t tell me any plot secrets from Season 5 which premieres on May 30th although I did beg.

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