Journal of the Senate

SECOND REGULAR SESSION


THIRTIETH DAY--THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2000


The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Senator Johnson in the Chair.

The Reverend Carl Gauck offered the following prayer:

"As a man thinks in his heart, so is he." (Proverbs 23:7)

Creator, Redeemer of this world, hear our prayer this day as we prepare to finish up our work and head home to be with loved ones and family. Let us be mindful that You are the Creator and we are the creature. You have created us so that we might be comforted knowing that we are just men and women, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers called to be interdependent with one another and therefore in need of one another to be made whole by thinking no more of ourselves than we should. Help us use this time for rest and recreation, doing all things in moderation. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was recited.

A quorum being established, the Senate proceeded with its business.

The Journal of the previous day was read and approved.

Photographers from KRCG-TV, KOMU-TV and the Senate were given permission to take pictures in the Senate Chamber today.

The following Senators were present during the day's proceedings:

Present--Senators
Bentley Bland Caskey Childers
Clay DePasco Ehlmann Flotron
Goode Graves House Howard
Jacob Johnson Kenney Kinder
Klarich Mathewson Maxwell Mueller
Rohrbach Russell Schneider Scott
Sims Singleton Staples Steelman
Stoll Westfall Wiggins Yeckel--32
Absent with leave--Senator Quick--1
Vacancies--1
The Lieutenant Governor was present.

President Wilson assumed the Chair.

RESOLUTIONS

Senator Flotron offered Senate Resolution No. 1255, regarding Colin Lovett, Manchester, which was adopted.

Senator Bentley offered Senate Resolution No. 1256, regarding Michael George Abraham, Kansas City, which was adopted.

Senator Maxwell offered Senate Resolution No. 1257, regarding the One Hundredth Anniversary of Shelbina Chapter #159, Order of the Eastern Star, which was adopted.

Senator Maxwell offered Senate Resolution No. 1258, regarding Dr. Jack Coleman, Monroe City, which was adopted.

Senator Maxwell offered Senate Resolution No. 1259, regarding William Harold Hitchcock, Jr., Paris, which was adopted.

Senator Maxwell offered Senate Resolution No. 1260, regarding Sandra E. Ewart, Alexandria, which was adopted.

Senator Clay offered Senate Resolution No. 1261, regarding Ms. Dwanna Darden, St. Louis, which was adopted.

Senator Howard offered Senate Resolution No. 1262, regarding Libba Crisler, New Madrid, which was adopted.

Senator Howard offered Senate Resolution No. 1263, regarding Marsha Bradfield, Portageville, which was adopted.

Senator Howard offered Senate Resolution No. 1264, regarding Garland Butler, Portageville, which was adopted.

Senator Howard offered Senate Resolution No. 1265, regarding John Klipfel, Portageville, which was adopted.

Senator Howard offered Senate Resolution No. 1266, regarding Marie Hunter, New Madrid, which was adopted.

Senator Howard offered Senate Resolution No. 1267, regarding Dempsey Lee Craft, New Madrid, which was adopted.

CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS

Senator Westfall offered the following concurrent resolution:

SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 28

WHEREAS, a petition is being circulated to radically change Missouri law with respect to the regulation of outdoor advertising signs; and

WHEREAS, every year since 1995, the General Assembly has enacted legislation increasing the restrictions on outdoor advertising signs; and

WHEREAS, after reaching a reasonable compromise agreement that met with the approval of both the advertising industry and citizens interested in scenic beauty, in 1999 the General Assembly made several changes further restricting outdoor advertising signs; and

WHEREAS, outdoor advertising signs have already been reduced from over 40,000 signs in 1968 to approximately 13,500 this year, and will eventually be further reduced under the current statute; and

WHEREAS, the outdoor advertising industry in this state employs 500 people directly, and 5,000 people indirectly; and annually pays over $17.5 million in payroll and $12 million in lease payments to landowners; and

WHEREAS, tourism and travel related services use 70% of the outdoor advertising signs; and

WHEREAS, at $12 billion a year, with over 200,000 employees, Missouri tourism is one of the top three industries in the state; and

WHEREAS, the proposed petition goes too far and would require the expenditure of millions of tax dollars to condemn and remove signs, and would prevent the routine removal of vegetation growing up in front of existing signs, and would have a deleterious impact on the tourism industry in Missouri, and on rural landowners who depend on lease payments:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Missouri Senate, Ninetieth General Assembly, Second Regular Session, the House of Representatives concurring therein, hereby find no justification at this time for further statutory changes related to the outdoor advertising industry in Missouri; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate be instructed to prepare properly inscribed copies of this resolution for Karl Kruse, Save Our Scenery 2000 Campaign Committee and the Director of the Missouri Department of Transportation.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

The following Bills and Joint Resolution were read the 1st time and 1,000 copies ordered printed:

SB 1044-By Goode.

An Act to repeal sections 375.1300, 375.1303, 375.1306 and 375.1309, RSMo Supp. 1999, relating to personal information, and to enact in lieu thereof five new sections relating to the same subject, with penalty provisions.

SB 1045-By Caskey.

An Act to repeal sections 478.117 and 478.570, RSMo 1994, relating to circuit courts, and to enact in lieu thereof three new sections relating to the same subject.

SB 1046-By Sims.

An Act to repeal section 451.090, RSMo 1994, relating to marriage licenses', and to enact in lieu thereof one new section relating to the same subject.

SB 1047-By Rohrbach, Jacob, Goode and Bentley.

An Act to repeal section 565.020, RSMo 1994, relating to certain criminal procedures, and to enact in lieu thereof one new section relating to the same subject, with penalty provisions.

SJR 55-By Goode.

Joint Resolution submitting to the qualified voters of Missouri, an amendment to article IV of the Constitution of Missouri, and adopting one new section relating to funds administered by the department of natural resources.

SENATE BILLS FOR PERFECTION

Senator Caskey moved that SB 721, with SCS, be taken up for perfection, which motion prevailed.

SCS for SB 721, entitled:

SENATE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR

SENATE BILL NO. 721

An Act to repeal sections 209.251, 209.253, 209.255, 209.258 and 209.259, RSMo Supp. 1999, relating to telecommunications for persons with disabilities, and to enact in lieu thereof five new sections relating to the same subject.

Was taken up.

Senator Caskey moved that SCS for SB 721 be adopted, which motion prevailed.

On motion of Senator Caskey, SCS for SB 721 was declared perfected and ordered printed.

Senator Staples moved that SB 545, SB 628, SB 647, SB 728, SB 834 and SB 832, with SCS, be taken up for perfection, which motion prevailed.

SCS for SBs 545, 628, 647, 728, 834 and 832, entitled:

SENATE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR

SENATE BILLS NOS. 545, 628, 647, 728, 834 and 832

An Act to repeal section 301.144 as enacted by house committee substitute for senate substitute for senate bill no. 3 and as enacted by conference committee substitute for house substitute for house committee substitute for senate substitute for senate bill no. 70, first regular session, 88th general assembly and 301.464, RSMo Supp. 1999, relating to license plates, and to enact in lieu thereof five new sections relating to the same subject.

Was taken up.

Senator Staples moved that SCS for SBs 545, 628, 647, 728, 834 and 832 be adopted.

Senator Staples offered SA 1, which was read:

SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1

Amend Senate Committee Substitute for Senate Bills Nos. 545, 628, 647, 728, 834 and 832, Page 1, Section 301.144, Line 3, by striking "six" and inserting in lieu thereof the following: "[six] seven"; and

Further amend said bill, page 6, Section 301.480, line 13, by inserting immediately after "person." the following: "Notwithstanding the provisions of section 301.144, no additional fee shall be charged for the personalization of license plates pursuant to this section."; and

Further amend said bill, page 7, Section 301.3041, Line 17, by inserting after "owns," the following: "other than an"; and

Further amend said bill, page 8, Section 301.3051, Line 32, by inserting at the end of said line the following: "Notwithstanding the provisions of section 301.144, no additional fee shall be charged for the personalization of license plates pursuant to this section.".

Senator Staples moved that the above amendment be adopted.

At the request of Senator Staples, SA 1 was withdrawn.

Senator Steelman offered SA 2:

SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 2

Amend Senate Committee Substitute for Senate Bills Nos. 545, 628, 647, 728, 834 and 832, Page 6, Section 301.480, Line 21, by inserting after all of said line the following:

"301.3030.  1.  Any person may receive special license plates with words and an emblem which denotes respect for human life both before and after birth, pursuant to this section, for any motor vehicle such person owns either solely or jointly, other than an apportioned motor vehicle or a commercial motor vehicle licensed in excess of eighteen thousand pounds gross weight after a contribution of at least twenty-five dollars to the Missouri alternatives to abortion support fund. Such license plates shall be called "Respect Life License Plates".

2.  Respect life license plates shall bear the words "RESPECT LIFE" in place of the words "SHOW-ME STATE", shall bear an image of a single red rose placed on the plate in a conspicuous manner, and shall have a background with a color scheme chosen to complement and highlight the words "RESPECT LIFE" and the image of the red rose.  Such license plates shall be made with fully reflective material with a common color scheme and design, shall be clearly visible at night, and shall be aesthetically attractive, pursuant to section 301.130.  A fee for the issuance of personalized license plates pursuant to section 301.144 shall not be required for plates issued pursuant to this section.

3.  The contribution of at least twenty-five dollars to the Missouri alternatives to abortion support fund shall be made to the director of revenue at the time of registration of the vehicle.  The director shall transfer such contributions to the state treasurer for deposit in the Missouri alternatives to abortion support fund. Upon the receipt of such contribution, payment of the regular registration fees and presentation of other documents which may be required by law, the director of revenue shall issue respect life license plates to the vehicle owner.

4.  There shall be no limit on the number of sets of respect life license plates a person may obtain pursuant to this section so long as such license plates are issued for vehicles owned solely or jointly by such person, and so long as a contribution of twenty-five dollars is made for each set of respect life license plates.

5.  A vehicle owner who was previously issued respect life license plates but who does not make a contribution of at least twenty-five dollars to the Missouri alternatives to abortion support fund at a subsequent time of registration shall be issued new plates which are not respect life license plates, as otherwise provided by law.

6.  The director of revenue shall issue samples of respect life license plates to all offices in this state where vehicles are registered and license plates are issued.  Such sample license plates shall be prominently displayed in such offices along with literature prepared by the director describing the license plates, the Missouri alternatives to abortion support fund, and the purposes for which the fund is used.

7.  The general assembly may appropriate moneys annually from the Missouri alternatives to abortion support fund to the department of revenue to offset costs incurred for collecting and transferring contributions pursuant to this section.

8.  There is hereby created in the state treasury the "Missouri Alternatives to Abortion Support Fund". The state treasurer shall credit to and deposit in such fund:

(1) Moneys that may be required by law to be credited to or deposited in such fund;

(2) Moneys that may be appropriated to it by the general assembly;

(3) Other amounts that may be received from general revenue, grants, gifts, bequests, settlements, awards or from federal, state or local sources; and

(4) Any other sources granted or given for this specific purpose.

9.  The state treasurer shall invest moneys in the Missouri alternatives to abortion support fund in the same manner as surplus state funds are invested pursuant to section 30.260, RSMo.  All earnings which result from the investment of moneys in the Missouri alternatives to abortion support fund shall be credited to such fund.

10.  The provisions of section 33.080, RSMo, requiring all unexpended balances remaining in various state funds to be transferred and placed to the credit of the general revenue fund of this state at the end of each biennium, shall not apply to the Missouri alternatives to abortion support fund.

11.  Moneys credited to and deposited in the fund shall only be used for the purposes authorized pursuant to this section or as otherwise provided by law.

12.  Until the amount in the Missouri alternatives to abortion support fund exceeds one million dollars, not more than one-half of the money credited to and deposited in the fund from all sources, plus all earnings from the investment of moneys in the fund credited to the fund during the previous fiscal year, shall be available for disbursement.  When the state treasurer certifies that the assets in the fund exceed one million dollars, all credited earnings plus all future credits to the fund from all sources shall be available for disbursement.

13.  The purpose of the Missouri alternatives to abortion support fund is to provide and promote alternatives to abortion services by grants to, or contracts with, those private agencies which are:

(1)  Established and operating primarily to provide alternatives to abortion services, and which do not perform or refer for abortions;

(2)  Located in this state; and

(3)  Exempt from income taxation pursuant to the United States Internal Revenue Code.

14. As used in this section, "alternatives to abortion services" means services or counseling offered to a woman with a crisis pregnancy or unplanned pregnancy to assist her in carrying her unborn child to term instead of having an abortion, and to assist her in caring for her dependent child or placing her child for adoption.

15. Unless otherwise provided by law, the general assembly may, for the purposes authorized pursuant to this section, appropriate moneys from the Missouri alternatives to abortion support fund to:

(1) The office of administration;

(2) The fifteen administrative departments; or

(3) Any board, bureau, commission or other agency of the state exercising administrative or executive authority."; and

Further amend said title, enacting clause and intersectional references accordingly.

Senator Steelman moved that the above amendment be adopted.

Senator Steelman offered SA 1 to SA 2, which was read:

SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO

SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 2

Amend Senate Amendment No. 2 to Senate Committee Substitute for Senate Bills Nos. 545, 628, 647, 728, 834 and 832, Page 1, Section 301.3030.2, by deleting on lines 2 and 3 of such section, the words "shall bear an image of a single red rose placed on the plate in a"; and

Further amend such amendment, page 2, lines 1-3, by deleting said lines and replacing in lieu thereof, the following: "Such license plates shall".

Senator Steelman moved that the above amendment be adopted, which motion prevailed on a standing division vote.

SA 2, as amended, was again taken up.

Senator Kinder requested a roll call vote be taken on the adoption of SA 2, as amended, and was joined in his request by Senators Klarich, Kenney, Ehlmann and Steelman.

SA 2, as amended, was adopted by the following vote:

YEAS--Senators
Bentley Caskey Childers DePasco
Ehlmann Flotron Graves House
Howard Kenney Kinder Klarich
Mathewson Mueller Rohrbach Russell
Schneider Steelman Stoll Wiggins
Yeckel--21
NAYS--Senators
Bland Clay Goode Jacob
Johnson Maxwell Staples Westfall--8
Absent--Senators
Scott Sims Singleton--3
Absent with leave--Senator Quick--1
Vacancies--1

At the request of Senator Staples, SB 545, SB 628, SB 647, SB 728, SB 834 and SB 832, with SCS, as amended (pending), were placed on the Informal Calendar.

Senator Maxwell moved that SB 741 be taken up for perfection, which motion prevailed.

Senator Johnson assumed the Chair.

Senator Klarich offered SA 1:

SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1

Amend Senate Bill No. 741, Page 1, Section A, Line 8, by inserting after all of said line the following:

"247.031. 1. Territory included in a district that is not being served by such district may be detached from such district provided that there are no outstanding general obligation or special obligation bonds, or if any such bonds are outstanding, that the written consent of the holders thereof is obtained, except such consent shall not be required for special obligation bonds if the district has no waterlines or other facilities located within any of the territory detached. Detachment may be made by the filing of a petition with the circuit court in which the district was incorporated. The petition shall contain a description of the tract to be detached and a statement that the detachment is in the best interest of the district or the inhabitants and property owners of the territory to be detached, together with the facts supporting such allegation. The petition may be submitted by the district acting through its board of directors, in which case the petition shall be signed by a majority of the board of directors of the district. The petition may also be submitted by voters residing in the territory sought to be detached. If there are more than ten voters in such territory, the petition shall be signed by five or more voters residing in the territory; if there are less than ten voters residing in such territory, the petition shall be signed by fifty percent or more of the voters residing in the territory. In the event there are no voters living within such territory proposed to be detached, then the petition may be submitted by owners of more than fifty percent of the land in the territory proposed to be detached, in which case said petition shall be signed by the owners so submitting the petition.

2. Such petition shall be filed in the circuit court having jurisdiction and the court shall set a date for hearing on the proposed detachment and the clerk shall give notice thereof in three consecutive issues of a weekly newspaper in each county in which any portion of the territory proposed to be detached lies, or in lieu thereof, in twenty consecutive issues of a daily newspaper in each county in which any portion of the tract proposed to be detached lies; the last insertion of the notice to be made not less than seven nor more than twenty-one days before the hearing. Such notice shall be substantially as follows:

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF ...........

COUNTY, MISSOURI

NOTICE OF THE FILING OF A PETITION FOR

TERRITORIAL DETACHMENT FROM

PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT NO. ....

OF ............. COUNTY, MISSOURI.

To all voters and landowners of land within the boundaries of the above-described district:

You are hereby notified:

1. That a petition has been filed in this court for the detachment of the following tracts of land from the above-named public water supply district, as provided by law:

(Describe tracts of land).

2. That a hearing on said petition will be held before this court on the ...... day of ............, 19 ..., at ...., ....m.

3. Exceptions or objections to the detachment of said tracts from said public water supply district may be made by any voter or landowner of land within the district from which territory is sought to be detached, provided such exceptions or objections are in writing not less than five days prior to the date set for hearing on the petition.

4. The names and addresses of the attorneys for the petitioner are:

.............................

Clerk of the Circuit Court of

............ County, Missouri

3. The court, for good cause shown, may continue the case or the hearing thereon from time to time until final disposition thereof.

4. Exceptions or objections to the detachment of such territory may be made by any voter or landowner within the boundaries of the district, including the territory to be detached. The exceptions or objections shall be in writing and shall specify the grounds upon which they are made and shall be filed not later than five days before the date set for hearing the petition. If any such exceptions or objections are filed, the court shall take them into consideration when considering the petition for detachment and the evidence in support of detachment. If the court finds that the detachment will be in the best interest of the district and the inhabitants and landowners of the area to be detached will not be adversely affected or if the court finds that the detachment will be in the best interest of the inhabitants and landowners of the territory to be detached and will not adversely affect the remainder of the district, it shall approve the detachment and grant the petition.

5. If the court approves the detachment, it shall make its order detaching the territory described in the petition from the remainder of the district, or in the event it shall find that only a portion of said territory should be detached, the court shall order such portion detached from the district. The court shall also make any changes in subdistrict boundary lines it deems necessary to meet the requirements of sections 247.010 to 247.220. Any subdistrict line changes shall not become effective until the next annual election of a member of the board of directors.

6. A certified copy of the court's order shall be filed in the office of the recorder and in the office of the county clerk in each county in which any of the territory of the district prior to detachment is located, and in the office of the secretary of state. Costs of the proceeding shall be borne by the petitioner or petitioners.

7. In a county of the first classification with a noncharter form of government having a population of more than ninety thousand inhabitants and any county immediately adjacent to such county, if any property currently receives service from a water district but the property owner desires to be excluded from such district, then the owner may elect to be removed from the affected water district. If such election occurs and the district has already incurred expenses to provide service to the property, then the property owner must compensate the affected water district in the same amount as set forth in section 247.170."; and

Further amend the title and enacting clause accordingly.

Senator Klarich moved that the above amendment be adopted, which motion prevailed.

On motion of Senator Maxwell, SB 741, as amended, was declared perfected and ordered printed.

Senator Howard moved that SB 763, with SCS, be taken up for perfection, which motion prevailed.

SCS for SB 763, entitled:

SENATE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR

SENATE BILL NO. 763

An Act to amend chapter 407, RSMo, by adding thereto seven new sections relating to telemarketing.

Was taken up.

Senator Howard moved that SCS for SB 763 be adopted.

Senator Howard offered SS for SCS for SB 763, entitled:

SENATE SUBSTITUTE FOR

SENATE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR

SENATE BILL NO. 763

An Act to repeal section 407.020, RSMo Supp. 1999, relating to telecommunications merchandising practices, and to enact in lieu thereof eighteen new sections relating to the same subject, with penalty provisions and a contingent expiration date for certain sections.

Senator Howard moved that SS for SCS for SB 763 be adopted.

At the request of Senator Howard, SB 763, with SCS and SS for SCS (pending), was placed on the Informal Calendar.

Senator Caskey moved that SB 934, SB 546, SB 578, SB 579 and SB 782, with SCS, SS for SCS, SA 3 and SSA 2 for SA 3 (pending), be called from the Informal Calendar and again taken up for perfection, which motion prevailed.

SSA 2 for SA 3, as amended, was again taken up.

At the request of Senator Goode, the above substitute amendment was withdrawn.

SA 3 was again taken up.

At the request of Senator Howard, the above amendment was withdrawn.

SS for SCS for SBs 934, 546, 578, 579 and 782 was again taken up.

At the request of Senator Caskey, SS for SCS for SBs 934, 546, 578, 579 and 782 was withdrawn.

Senator Caskey offered SS No. 2 for SCS for SBs 934, 546, 578, 579 and 782, entitled:

SENATE SUBSTITUTE NO. 2 FOR

SENATE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR



SENATE BILLS NOS. 934, 546, 578, 579 and 782

An Act to repeal section 577.017, RSMo 1994, and sections 302.302, 302.304, 302.505, 302.540, 304.012, 577.001, 577.012, 577.023 and 577.600, RSMo Supp. 1999, relating to alcohol-related traffic offenses, and to enact in lieu thereof ten new sections relating to the same subject, with penalty provisions.

Senator Caskey moved that SS No. 2 for SCS for SBs 934, 546, 578, 579 and 782 be adopted.

At the request of Senator Caskey, SB 934, SB 546, SB 578, SB 579 and SB 782, with SCS and SS No. 2 for SCS (pending), were placed on the Informal Calendar.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

The following Bill was read the 1st time and 1,000 copies ordered printed:

SB 1048-By Mathewson.

An Act to repeal sections 100.286, 135.220, 135.235, 135.411, 135.420, 135.423, 135.429, 178.892, 348.304, 348.306, 348.308, 348.310, 348.312, 348.316, 348.318, 620.470 and 620.474, RSMo 1994, sections 135.110, 135.115, 135.150, 135.225, 135.230, 135.240, 135.245, 135.247, 135.250, 135.258, 135.400, 135.403, 135.405, 135.430, 135.475, 135.478, 135.484, 135.487, 135.545, 135.700, 135.766, 144.010, 144.030, 208.750, 348.300, 348.302, 447.708, 620.478, 620.1039, 620.1400, 620.1420, 620.1430, 620.1440, 620.1450 and 620.1560, RSMo Supp. 1999, sections 135.100, 135.200 and 135.535, as enacted by conference committee substitute for senate substitute for senate committee substitute for house substitute for house committee substitute for house bill no. 701, ninetieth general assembly, first regular session, section 135.100 as enacted by conference committee substitute for house substitute for house committee substitute for senate bill no. 827, eighty-ninth general assembly, second regular session, section 135.200 as enacted by senate substitute for senate committee substitute for house substitute for house committee substitute for house bill no. 1656, eighty-ninth general assembly, second regular session, section 135.200 as enacted by conference committee substitute for house committee substitute for senate bill no. 1, eighty-ninth general assembly, second extraordinary session, and section 135.535 as enacted by conference committee substitute no. 2 for house substitute for house committee substitute for senate bill no. 20, ninetieth general assembly, first regular session, relating to tax credit programs administered by the department of economic development, and to enact in lieu thereof forty-four new sections relating to the same subject, with an effective date.

REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES

Senator DePasco, Chairman of the Committee on Rules, Joint Rules and Resolutions, submitted the following reports:

Mr. President: Your Committee on Rules, Joint Rules and Resolutions, to which was referred SB 642, begs leave to report that it has examined the same and finds that the bill has been truly perfected and that the printed copies furnished the Senators are correct.

Also,

Mr. President: Your Committee on Rules, Joint Rules and Resolutions, to which was referred SCR 27, begs leave to report that it has considered the same and recommends that the concurrent resolution do pass, with Senate Committee Amendment No. 1.

SENATE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT NO. 1

Amend Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 27, Page 294, Column 1 of the Senate Journal for Tuesday, February 22, 2000, Line 17, by striking the word "and"; and

Further amend said resolution, Page 294, Column 1, Line 19, by inserting after all of said line the following:

"BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Missouri General Assembly requests the United States Department of Agriculture to form a task force, a majority of the members being actual farmers and ranchers, to review and recommend changes in the Packers and Stockyards Act; and".

Also,

Mr. President: Your Committee on Rules, Joint Rules and Resolutions, after examination of SB 830, respectfully requests that it be removed from the Senate Consent Calendar in accordance with the provisions of Senate Rule 45.

Also,

Mr. President: Your Committee on Rules, Joint Rules and Resolutions, after examination of SB 876, respectfully requests that it be removed from the Senate Consent Calendar in accordance with the provisions of Senate Rule 45.

Also,

Mr. President: Your Committee on Rules, Joint Rules and Resolutions, to which was referred SS No. 2 for SCS for SBs 757 and 602, begs leave to report that it has examined the same and finds that the bill has been truly perfected and that the printed copies furnished the Senators are correct.

MESSAGES FROM THE HOUSE

The following message was received from the House of Representatives through its Chief Clerk:

Mr. President: I am instructed by the House of Representatives to inform the Senate that the House has taken up and passed HS for HCS for HB 1742, entitled:

An Act to repeal sections 142.345, 226.133 and 226.134, RSMo 1994, and section 226.200, RSMo Supp. 1999, relating to bonding for transportation, and to enact in lieu thereof five new sections relating to the same subject, with an emergency clause for a certain section.

Emergency clause adopted.

In which the concurrence of the Senate is respectfully requested.

Read 1st time.

On motion of Senator DePasco, the Senate recessed until 12:30 p.m.

RECESS

The time of recess having expired, the Senate was called to order by Senator DePasco.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

The following Bill was read the 1st time and 1,000 copies ordered printed:

SB 1049-By Caskey, House, Singleton, Flotron and Ehlmann.

An Act to repeal section 393.130, RSMo 1994, relating to charges for water service, and to enact in lieu thereof one new section relating to the same subject.

INTRODUCTIONS OF GUESTS

Senator Caskey introduced to the Senate, Betsy Phillips, Harrisonville.

Senator Goode introduced to the Senate, Barney Mueller, St. Louis.

Senator Bentley introduced to the Senate, Russell Rhodes, Springfield.

Senator DePasco introduced to the Senate, Casey Reeves and Shannon Russell, Sun City, California; and Judy Glantz and Kathy Pickering, Kansas City; and Casey and Shannon were made honorary pages.

Senator Staples introduced to the Senate, Mayor Ralph Beckerman, St. Genevieve.

The President introduced to the Senate, Liz, Darryl and Andi Wilkinson, Gallatin.

Senator Caskey introduced to the Senate, Jim and Jessica Jackson, Warrensburg.

Senator Westfall introduced to the Senate, Cate Hicks, Jim Spencer, Craig Grisham and members of the Aurora FFA, Aurora.

Senator Mueller introduced to the Senate, Leslie Mathieu, Kristen Painter, Cindy Andrews and fourth grade students from Robinson Elementary School, Kirkwood; and Austin

Comfort, Blaze Davis, Niki Catapano and Devonna Smith were made honorary pages.

Senator Westfall introduced to the Senate, Christopher Camp, Laura Goodpasture and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lotz, Stockton; and Billie Branstetter, Humansville.

Senator Flotron introduced to the Senate, the Physician of the Day, Dr. Steve Smith, M.D., St. Louis.

On motion of Senator DePasco, the Senate adjourned until 4:00 p.m., Monday, February 28, 2000.