On Monday, Dec. 3, the Missouri State House of Representatives pre-filed 22 bills for consideration during the spring 2013 session of the General Assembly.
As with the Senate bills filed earlier this year, the House bills covered a wide range of subjects even though only 11 representatives did all the filing.
State Representative Jeff Roorda, D-Barnhart, and State Representative Casey Guernsey, R-Harrison County, filed the most bills with four each.
Roorda's bills covered several subjects including requiring "certain" Missouri retailers to be closed to the public between the hours of 12 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
He also introduced a bill to create the crime of falsifying drug and alcohol tests and/or transporting a biological sample in order to falsify such tests. A bill to impose an excise tax on "controlled substances and illicit alcoholic beverages" and one that would do away with the Electoral College and instead create an agreement with other states to elected the president by popular vote.
Guernsey's bills included one to require the state to use the assessment of the local assessor when taxing real estate; to extend the expiration date of certain provisions of the state's Open Meetings Act; to establish the "School Construction Act" to exempt construction and maintenance work done by certain school districts from be forced to use prevailing wage scale to pay workers and a bill that would establish the "Preserving Freedom Act" to protect Missourians from "unwarranted intrusion through the use of unmanned aerial vehicles commonly known as drones.."
Other bills of interest included one filed by State Representative Bill Lant, R-Racine, to authorize a one-time income tax deduction of $5,000 for taxpayers who construct a storm shelter.
State Representative Lyle Rowland, R-Forsyth, introduced a bill that would prohibit the state and "all political subdivisions" from "adopting or implementing United Nations or international environmental and developmental policies that infringe or restrict private property rights without due process."
State Representative Dave Hinson, R-St. Clair, introduced House Bill 45 to give county commissioners the right to adopt "certain" building codes and State Representative Gary Cross, R-Lee's Summit, introduced a bill requiring parents or guardians "of any person younger than 17-years-of-age prior to the minor using a tanning device in a tanning facility to appear in person" to give consent for the minor to use the device.
Other bills of interest including two to change the pay scale for physical therapists, tightening abortion laws, change the way in which schools are required to create calendars during the school year and allow "hydropower" to be used to "satisfy the renewable energy standard" set by the federal government.
Most of the remainder of the bills introduced were duplicates of those described above.
The 2013 spring session of the Missouri General Assembly is scheduled to open at noon Wednesday, Jan. 9 and close in the late afternoon hours of Thursday, May 30.
During the November 6, General Election, all 163 seats were up for election. Those newly elected and re-elected representatives will take the oath of office on opening day.
In the Lake Area that includes newly elected State Representative Rocky Miller, R Tuscumbia, who will represent the newly formed 124th House District, which includes portions of Camden and Miller counties; re-elected State Representative Diane Franklin, R-Camdenton, who will now represent House District 123, which includes parts of Camden and Laclede counties and David Wood, R-Versailles who ran unopposed in the November General Election for the 58th House District in Morgan County after defeating two challengers during the August primary.