By Peggy Welker

Proverbs 14:34 says, “Righteousness [moral and spiritual integrity and virtuous character] exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” As biblical Christians, we have become aware that many areas of our society, including much of our leadership, have forgotten or abandoned moral righteousness. And we’ve recognized the privilege and duty of Christ followers to get involved, to contend for righteousness in all areas of life, including the public arena. Whether seeing morality prevail or watching it fail, throughout it all, our hearts become stronger and more aligned with God’s will when we seek to glorify Him. That means remaining informed about what is going on in our world and speaking the truth of His word over every arena.

In talking to his son on the relevance of biblical moral law found in the Ten Commandments, Founding Father John Quincy Adams declared, “The law given from Sinai was a civil and municipal as well as a moral and religious code; it contained many statutes… of universal application – laws essential to the existence of men [mankind] in society, and most of which have been enacted by every nation which ever professed any code of laws.” *  With such a strong beginning, Americans may have grown overconfident that such a sure foundation would remain without them having to do anything to preserve it. However, the Founding Fathers knew better. President Thomas Jefferson once said, “the cost of freedom is eternal vigilance.”

This year Christians all across Missouri have been quite vigilant, especially in prayer. Several prayer rallies were held by the Missouri chapter of Intercessors for America (IFA-MO), covering a variety of topics. In addition, IFA-MO host twice-weekly prayer calls across the state for anyone wanting to join. Multiple other Christian organizations united with the goal to restore the spiritual integrity and moral integrity within our society. As we remember Proverbs 14:34, we are praying for honesty, integrity and righteousness to prevail.

And the results have been so encouraging. We’ve seen the banning of public funding of abortion. An undermining of parental rights was defeated in the area of abuse and neglect referrals. And our Missouri budget was balanced for the first time in 10 years, due to $2 billion of cuts. What an incredible miracle! Most importantly, God-fearing men and women have remained true to their values, even when it seemed unpopular to do so, even when others sought to persecute them for their commitment to justice, righteousness, and truth. The courage we’ve witnessed is indeed inspiring, and proof that however it may look to us, God’s hand is guiding us all along the way.

So, as we review what’s occurred in the past year, I want to remind us to keep sharing the good news of God’s love and desire for human flourishing with those around us. We should remember to be sober and alert – especially as it relates to the unborn in their mother’s womb. And we should pray and continue to speak truth to our culture. May God grant us the desire to stay connected to Him, to seek righteousness and to remember to pray for our leaders and every piece of legislation passed or proposed.

* Letters of John Quincy Adams to his Son on the Bible and Its Teachings. (Auburn, NY; James M. Aiden, 1850) pp. 61, 70-71. As quoted in the Founders Bible page 278.

 

The Missouri Legislative Session: A Quick Review

Legislative # Sponsor Pass/Fail Break Down
HB 1692 Comprehensive Public Safety Bill

Introduces comprehensive measures to combat fleeing suspects, streamline penalties for resisting arrest, and establish stricter consequences for aggravated fleeing.

Exodus 18:21 “you shall choose able men from all the people—God-fearing men of truth who hate unjust gain—and place them over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens, to be their rulers.”

 

Rep Justin Sparks Passed 3/11/24 title of bill – agreed to, laid over in House

3/27/24 passed out of the House

4/11 referred to Senate committee

4/29 SCS voted and passed

https://house.mo.gov/PressRelease.aspx?prid=80

HB 1951 Three Strikes or Foster Care
Allows child to be removed from home the first time they suspect illness, abuse or neglect.Proverbs 3:1 “My son, do not forget my teaching, commandments for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.”
Rep Jamie Gragg Failed 12/14 pre-filed

1/4/24 referred to committee

1/15 opposed

1/24 had public hearing and died in committee

Died in the House

HB 2634 Makes it unlawful for public funds to be used for any abortion facility.

Psalm 139:13 “You God did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb.”

Legal Authority William Blackstone 1771 “Life is the immediate gift of God… as soon as an infant is able to stir in the mother’s womb.”

Rep Cody Smith Passed 4/25- HB2634 in danger of not passing in the Senate.

4/30- HB 2634 passed.

5/9- Governor signs.

SJR 78 Stops Rank Choice Voting

Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” *

 

Sen Ben Brown Passed 12/1 pre-filed

3/4 – passed out of committee

4/2- edited

4/4-refered to Fiscal Oversight committee

4/9-passed from committee

4/25 referred to House Election & Officials Committee

4/30-passed out of House Elections & Officials Committee

5/6 passed from Rules committee

5/15 referred to Fiscal Committee

5/16 passed Fiscal Review

5/17 Will be placed on the ballot by Gov. Parson

SB727 Expand MO Scholarship Accounts (considered a type of school choice)

Expanded the ESA Program to include more children from around the state.

 

Deuteronomy 6:7 “Impress my teachings on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

 

Sen Andrew Koenig Passed 12/1 pre-filed in Senate

1/8 referred to committee

1/17 passed out of committee

2/7 placed on informal calendar

3/11 & 3/12 amendments offered

3/12 perfected & sent to fiscal oversight committee

3/14 passed out of committee

3/14 went to House

3/26 sent to committee

4/2 passed out of committee & into rules committee

4/9 referred to fiscal review committee

4/11 passed out of fiscal review

4/18 passed

4/22 & 4/24 signed by Senate & House leaders

5/7 signed by the Governor

 

SB 782 Provisions for Missouri Water to Be Exported Outside the State

“Under the act, it shall be unlawful for any person to withdraw water from any water source, as defined in the act, for export outside the state of Missouri unless such person holds a water exportation permit issued by the Department of Natural Resources. A water exportation permit shall not be required to withdraw water from any water source for export outside the state by a public water system, as described in the act.”

Acts 17:26 “From one man (Adam) he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.”

Jason Bean (New Madrid County) Failed 12/1 pre-filed

1/9 sent to committee

2/6 passed out of committee

4/8 placed on informal calendar

4/15 several amendments added by McCreery & Moon

4/15 placed on informal calendar & stayed there

 

Supplemental Budget Operation Lone Star

Esther 8:11 “in them the king granted the Jews who were in each and every city the right to assemble and to defend their lives.”

Founding Father John Adams 7/2/1776 “I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration (of Independence) and support and defend these States.”**

Gov. Parsons Passed $2.2 Million to send 250 National Guard and 22 highway patrol officers to the TX-Mexico border.

www.ksmu.org/news/2024-04-17/missouri-legislature-approves-2-2-million-for-troops-and-police-to-patrol-texas-mexico-border

 

BUDGET

Proverbs 22:7 “the borrower is servant to the lender.”

unknown Passed Balanced the budget.

Budget cuts of $2.6 billion from Senate version – first time cut in budget in over 10 years.

Spending reflects $1.2B reduction in spending from FY24

$2 million for grants to crisis pregnancy resource centers to support mothers in need.

The budget bans any state taxpayer dollars from going to any sanctuary city for illegal immigrants.

Number of government employees reduced from 63,000 to 49,500.

https://house.mo.gov/PressRelease.aspx?prid=208

SB 814 Education Freedom Act

Deuteronomy 6:7 “Impress my teachings on your children.”

Sen. Jill Carter Failed 12/1 pre-filed

1/23/24 voted out of committee

No further action

Never made it out of the senate

SB 728 Parent’s Bill of Rights

Deuteronomy 6:7 “Impress my teachings on your children.”

Sen Koenig Failed 12/1 pre-filed

1/23/24 voted out of committee

No further action

Never made it out of the senate

SB 867 Tax Credit for Education Expenses

Deuteronomy 6:7 “Impress my teachings on your children.”

Sen Brattin Failed 12/1 pre-filed

1/11/24 Second read and referred to committee

Never left committee

Never made it out of the senate

HJR 131 Restricts abortion. Requires a vote of the people to add abortion exceptions; provides assistance to pregnant women

Psalm 139:13 “You God did form my inward parts…”

Rep Justin Sparks

 

Failed Died in the House – Not brought to the floor for final vote.
SB 735  Gold and Silver Constitutional Money Act

 

Proverbs 16:11 “Honest scales and balances belong to the Lord; all the weights in the bag are of his making.”

 

Sen Bill Eigel

 

Failed 12/1-prefiled

1/8-sent to Veterans committee

1/17-passes Veterans committee

3/7 reported from Veterans

4/18-Senate Substitute for SCS S Offered (by Eigel)

4/18-perfected

4/22 reported perfected Rule committee

4/22 referred to Fiscal Oversight committee

4/25 reported from Fiscal Oversight Committee

4/29 passed Senate

5/1 in House & referred to Emerging Issues committee

5/8-passed Emerging Issue committee

5/8-referred to House Admin Oversight

5/9-passed House Admin Oversight committee

5/9-referred to Fiscal Review

5/10-voted on & passed House Fiscal Review

5/13 – bill placed on House informal calendar for 3rd reading.

5/17-still on informal calendar

Died in the House – Not brought to the floor for final vote.

SJR 74 IP Reform

petitions must pass with majority of voters AND majority of Congressional districts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sen Mary Ellizabeth Coleman Failed 12/1 pre-filed

1/25 referred to local gov’t committee

1/30 passed out of committee

2/4 urged to call Senators to support this legislation

2/7 passed out of committee, but put on informal calendar

2/12 MEC offers Senate Substitute that changed important parts of the original bill

2/19 Senate substitute for SCS S withdrawn

2/21 perfected rules and referred to oversight committee

2/22 passed Senate

2/22 House first read

3/7 referred to House Election committee

3/12 hearing conducted

4/2 passed House election committee

4/4 referred to Rules committee

4/7- the House amended SJR 74 to include that only U.S. citizens are allowed to vote on ballot initiatives and no foreign funding for ballot initiatives.

4/9-passed house Rules committee

4/9-passed House Rules & referred to Fiscal Review

4/11-passed House Fiscal Review

4/21 – put on House calendar to be voted back to Senate (called House substitute)

4/25 – passed in the House with house Substitute language. Headed back to Senate for final vote/approval.

5/9- Motion to concur in HCS: offered & withdrawn

5/13-Substitute Motion to refuse to concur (Rizzo)

5/13-Motion to concur in HCS withdrawn (Coleman)

5/16-House refuses to recede & requests Senate take up what was sent to them (unchanged) and take a vote: pass or fail

5/17-requests to recede or grant conference calendar

5/17-END OF SESSION. – Not brought to the floor for final vote.

 

* Commentaries of the Laws of England (Philadelphia, Robert Bell, 1771), Vol. 1 pp. 129-130 as quote in Wallbuilders Founders Bible pg 908.

** John Adams, in writing to his wife. Referenced in Founders Bible pg. 750 associated with Esther 9:28.

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