Below find a few highlights from the past two weeks of session. The office will be issuing a Capitol Report every other Thursday while in session.
Since the beginning of session, my office -- along with the rest of the Capitol -- has been buzzing with concerned citizens opposing Common Core Standards. We receive multiple calls, emails and visits from constituents of the 53rd district who are unhappy with CC.
This past Tuesday a rally was held at the Capitol in opposition to Common Core Standards.
My biggest concern with CC is data collection. I do not want our children's information to be accessible to anyone other than those directly affiliated with their education. With that being said, I would like to discuss a piece of legislation proposed by our very own Senator David Pearce.
Sponsor-Sen. David Pearce
I would like to applaud Senator David Pearce on SB 815. Senator Pearce authored this piece of legislation that secured our children's data. Below is a list of implications if SB 815 is passed.
The bill prohibits DESE from mandating curriculum, textbooks or other instructional materials used in public schools.
DESE is prohibited from collecting and school districts are prohibited from reporting the following individual data: Juvenile court delinquency records, criminal records, student biometric information, student political affiliation and student religion.
DESE must promulgate a rule relating to student data accessibility, transparency and accountability relating to the statewide longitudinal data system. It makes DESE clearly state what is being collected and restricts who has access to the data.
Any additional collection of data must be clearly spelled out as to what data is collected and the purpose for collecting it. DESE must also include guidelines for access and security of the data. There will also be an annual report to the legislature on any new data proposed to be included in the state student data system and any changes to existing data collections for any reason, including changes to federal reporting requirements.
The House of Representatives has about 2,000 bills filled every year. On average, we will vote about 6,000 times per session. That number includes committee votes, floor votes on House Bills, as well as floor votes on Senate Bills. Below you will find a list of a few key bills the House has passed this week.
House approves Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (HB 1133)
This bill would create a state database to monitor and track the purchases of prescription drugs, and was approved by the House this week. This legislation would require the Department of Health and Senior Services to develop and maintain the database. Pharmacies would have to submit relevant information to the database, related to the sale of prescription drugs. This includes the date of sale, the drug's quantity, and the identity of patient, doctor and pharmacy. The bill would require all submitted information to be confidential, and makes it a misdemeanor crime to wrongly disclose the information.
House approves Conscience Protection Act for Medical Workers
This piece of legislation is meant to protect medical professionals from being pressured into performing procedures that violate their religious or moral beliefs. If approved by the Senate and signed into law by the Governor, the bill would protect medical workers from being fired, suspended or demoted for refusing to participate in medical pro- cedures that do not reflect their moral beliefs. Those supporting its passage also point out that the bill would not allow medical professionals to withhold emergency treatment needed to save the life of a patient.
House approves plan for Veterans Lottery Ticket (HJR 48)
Also this week the House approved a proposed change to our Missouri Constitution that would provide a new funding source for our veterans homes and cemeteries. If approved by voters, the amendment would require the State Lottery Commission to develop and sell a Veterans Lottery Ticket by July of next year. The funds raised through the sale of this new ticket would be solely dedicated to the Veterans Commission Capital Improvement Trust Fund, which provides funding to the seven veterans homes operating in Missouri.