2016 Pre-Filing Preview: House

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Rep. John Wiemann (R-103) preparing for the upcoming legislative session.

It’s already mid-December and that means pre-filing season is in full-swing in Jefferson City. As a result, hundreds of new bills have been filed in the past two weeks by House members hoping to either enact positive change, or just a name for themselves. Either way, these bills, especially the ones from the lower chamber, never fail to surprise and at the very least entertain the outside observer. So, acting in that spirit, we’ve compiled the top-five most ‘entertaining’ bills slated for introduction in the new legislative session in January.

 

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Honorable Mention)HB 1743 Brattin, Rick: Provides that any college athlete on scholarship who refuses to play for a reason unrelated to health shall have his or her scholarship revoked (LR# 4679H.01I)

 

Though this bill was ultimately withdrawn (hence the strike-through), its catalyst was certainly an interesting one. The equally praised and maligned Missouri football protest in November galvanized broad support on both sides of the issues and brought the rights of the “student-athlete” to the forefront. Though, it perhaps would’ve been helpful if Representative Brattin (R-55) had done his research on exactly where funding for athletic scholarships comes from. Hint: it’s not from the state.

 

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#5) HB 1637 Dohrman, Dean: Requires graduates of two-year and four-year institutions of higher education located in Missouri to have successfully completed a three credit hour course in the freedom of speech (LR# 4911H.01I)

This is a bill, in many people’s opinion is greatly need in this state. As the Missouri #ConcernedStudent1950 protests confirmed, many educators and students alike simply have no grasp of the rights granted in the United States Constitution; the First Amendment in particular. The very concept of “Safe Spaces” completely contradicts the values of a free-thinking people, i.e. Americans.

 

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#4) HB 1450 Wood, David Prohibits a foster parent from smoking in the presence of a foster child under his or her care (LR# 4622H.01I)

This is one of those ‘low-hanging fruit’ proposals that legislators tend to make in order to either have something to talk about on the campaign trail or attempt to prove to the electorate that they actually care about their personal well-being. This bill is much akin to all those proposed motorcycle helmet laws that come up EVERY YEAR, without fail.

 

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#3) HB 1790 Rone, Don Allows all-terrain vehicles to be used by individuals sixty years of age or older on conservation land for the purposes of hunting or fishing (LR# 4502H.02I)

This is definitely one of the more interesting legislative proposals for the upcoming session. Apparently, the legality of ¬†Missouri seniors operating ATV’s was somewhat infringed. This bill will fix that. We guess.

 

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#2) HB 1509 Ellington, Brandon Designates May 19 of each year as “El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Observation Day” in Missouri (LR# 4122H.01I)

For those not ‘in the know’, “El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz” is the Islamic name of Malcom X. We have a hard time believing that this one will pass out of committee.

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#1) HB 1374 Miller, Rocky Specifies that the Department of Conservation is liable for any damages caused by a wild otter, elk, or bear (LR# 4238H.01I)

This, by far, is our favorite proposed piece of legislation slated for 2016. Representative Miller (R-124) is looking out for the people of Missouri by assuring that the Missouri Department of Conservation is liable for property damage caused by animals; otters, elk, and bears specifically. We support any proposal that lessens the threat of the animal menace on Missouri citizens.

 

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