Top Conservative Bills Introduced in the Missouri Legislature
Liberty Alliance will be highlighting 12 conservative bills that have been filed as part of our 12 days of Liberty Alliance. Our goal is to keep our top conservative activists informed on what is going on in the capitol by showcasing the top 12 conservative pieces of legislation.
Hundreds of bills have already been filed, and many of them propose great Conservative reforms that will truly make Missouri a better place to live and raise a family. We support these 12 bills and hope you will too.
House Bill 1354
Sexual offender electronic monitoring. This bill would require those who are required to register as a sex offender to be electronically monitored for a period of two years if they fail to update their address within three days of moving. The offender would also be required to pay the fees associated with the electronic monitoring. We believe that this will help keep Missouri’s children safer from sexual predators and allow law enforcement to keep better tabs on threats to our communities.
– Sponsored by Representative Randy Pietzman
House Bill 1687
Modifies residency requirements for personnel of certain municipal police forces. This bill would repeal the requirement that St. Louis City police officers reside in St. Louis City. This would allow the police department to recruit the top talent from the region in order to keep Missouri’s second-largest city safe. This would also allow the police department greater resources to combat the plague of crime that has taken over the city.
– Sponsored by Representative Derek Grier
House Joint Resolution 75
Proposes a constitutional amendment on voting rights. This legislation would update Missouri’s Constitution to specify that “only” citizens of the United States are able to vote in elections held in Missouri. This is a very commonsense change that would help combat the Left’s insistence on allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote. If this legislation is passed in Jefferson City, we would have the chance to vote for this on the ballot in 2020.
– Sponsored by Representative Curtis Trent
Senate Bill 589
Modifies provisions relating to sanctuary policies enacted by political subdivisions.This legislation will expand the ban on sanctuary policies from municipalities to all political subdivisions in Missouri. This will prevent Liberals from working to subvert federal immigration law at all levels of Missouri government. This bill puts America First and will keep our communities safe from dangerous illegal immigrants.
– Sponsored by Senator Eric Burlison
Senate Bill 600
Requires a term of imprisonment and prohibits the imposition of certain other punishments for second-degree murder and certain dangerous felonies. This bill requires that criminals convicted of second-degree murder, and violent felonies serve time in prison. Far too often dangerous criminals are allowed back into our communities without being locked up. This legislation will be a powerful deterrent to people contemplating committing a violent crime. It will also keep our streets safe from people who show no respect for our laws or society.
– Sponsored by Senator Tony Luetkemeyer
Senate Bill 758
Modifies provisions relating to the offense of unlawful possession of a firearm for certain persons. This bill increases the penalty that felons who are in illegal possession of a firearm will face. Current law states that the penalty is a Class D felony. If this legislation becomes law, the penalty will increase to a Class C felony. We don’t need more laws restricting law-abiding citizens’ second amendment rights, instead we need to support tougher penalties on dangerous criminals who are in possession of illegal firearms.
– Sponsored by Senator Bob Onder
House Bill 1785
Modifies the law relating to work requirements for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. This legislation requires work requirements in order to access the state’s food stamps program. It also disqualifies people who refuse to comply with the work requirements from the food stamps program for a period of time. This bill helps further a core function of our government. If passed, it will give people a hand up instead of a handout.
– Sponsored by Rep. Dirk Deaton
House Bill 1453
Modifies provisions relating to the offense of armed criminal action. This bill creates tougher penalties for criminals who commit a felony with an unlawfully-possessed firearm. This legislation would require an additional charge of “armed criminal action” in addition to the felony. Armed criminal action would carry a minimum sentence of 8 years for a first offense with longer sentences for repeat offenders. This bill will keep our communities safe by ensuring that violent criminals are in jail and not victimizing innocent citizens.
– Sponsored by Rep. Nick Schroer
House Bill 1610
Modifies and establishes provisions relating to criminal street gangs. This legislation creates harsher penalties for criminals who are charged with committing crimes as part of a criminal street gang. This bill takes away the court’s discretion to give gang members light sentences and requires the maximum sentence allowed under the law. This takes away power from Liberal judges and prosecutors to put criminals back on the street. This bill also gives the Missouri Attorney General the power to prosecute gang members if Liberal prosecutors in our urban areas refuse to do their job.
– Sponsored by Mary Elizabeth Coleman
Senate Bill 759
Increases the penalties for the offenses of unlawful transfer of weapons and fraudulent purchase of firearms. This bill strengthens gun laws that are already on the books. It increases penalties for fraudulently purchasing a firearm and for transferring firearms to people who are not legally allowed to handle a firearm. It is important to support laws that go after criminals who illegally use guns instead of regulating law-abiding citizens.
– Sponsored by Senator Bob Onder
Senate Bill 601
Modifies the punishment for the offense of armed criminal action. This legislation takes away any opportunity for parole, probation, conditional release, or a suspended sentence for people who use firearms to commit violent crimes. If this bill passes, these criminals will be forced to serve out at least the minimum sentence for their crimes.
– Sponsored by Senator Tony Luetkemeyer
Senate Bill 591
Modifies provisions relating to punitive damages. This legislation provides that punitive damages shall only be awarded if the plaintiff proves by clear and convincing evidence that the defendant intentionally harmed the plaintiff without just cause or acted with a deliberate and flagrant disregard for the safety of others. This will help eliminate the thousands of frivolous lawsuits every year. This will also help Missouri’s economy grow and will allow small businesses to flourish without the fear of being sued by greedy trial attorneys.
– Sponsored by Senator Bill White
Keep an eye out for the next three bills in our 12 Days of Liberty Alliance series. It is important that conservative activists like you know what is going on in the capitol. Together we can help Keep Missouri Great!