Journal of the Senate

FIRST REGULAR SESSION


TWELFTH DAY--TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 1997


     The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

     Senator Wiggins in the Chair.

     Senator Rohrbach offered the following prayer:

     Our Heavenly Father, guide us today as we attempt to avoid the slippery patches outside and give us the patience to go slowly and safely and to look out for our fellow travelers. Also, Father, help us to avoid the slippery slopes within this chamber and in our committee deliberations today as we debate how to allocate the state's resources most wisely. Help us to think clearly and to vote accordingly. 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.

     President Wilson assumed the Chair.

     Senator Quick announced that photographers from KOMU-TV had been given permission to take pictures in the Senate Chamber today.

     The following Senators were present during the day's proceedings:
Present--Senators
BanksBentleyCaskeyChilders
ClayCurlsDePascoEhlmann
FlotronGoodeGravesHouse
HowardJacobJohnsonKenney
KinderKlarichLybyerMathewson
MaxwellMcKennaMuellerQuick
RohrbachRussellSchneiderScott
SimsSingletonStaplesWestfall
WigginsYeckel--34
Absent with leave--Senators--None
The Lieutenant Governor was present.

     Senator Wiggins resumed the Chair.

RESOLUTIONS

     Senator Caskey offered Senate Resolution No. 81, regarding Warrensburg Hydraulics, Warrensburg, which was adopted.

     Senator Graves offered Senate Resolution No. 82, regarding the Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. AJ Robertson, Allendale, which was adopted.

     Senator Graves offered Senate Resolution No. 83, regarding the Sixtieth Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Kemerling, Mound City, which was adopted.

     Senator Graves offered Senate Resolution No. 84, regarding the Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Rogers, Maysville, which was adopted.

     Senator Graves offered Senate Resolution No. 85, regarding the Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Cleeton, Chillicothe, which was adopted.

     Senator Graves offered Senate Resolution No. 86, regarding the Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dixon, St. Joseph, which was adopted.

     Senator Graves offered Senate Resolution No. 87, regarding the Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Drehle, Norborne, which was adopted.

     Senator Graves offered Senate Resolution No. 88, regarding the Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Dayton, Chillicothe, which was adopted.

     Senator Graves offered Senate Resolution No. 89, regarding the Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Morrow, Chillicothe, which was adopted.

     Senator Graves offered Senate Resolution No. 90, regarding the Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Foster, Green City, which was adopted.

     Senator Graves offered Senate Resolution No. 91, regarding the Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Harmon Rooks, Chillicothe, which was adopted.

     Senator Graves offered Senate Resolution No. 92, regarding the Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Campbell, Trenton, which was adopted.

     Senator Graves offered Senate Resolution No. 93, regarding the Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Patterson, Trenton, which was adopted.

     Senator Graves offered Senate Resolution No. 94, regarding the Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Dale True, Milan, which was adopted.

     Senator Graves offered Senate Resolution No. 95, regarding the Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. James Morrison, Tarkio, which was adopted.

     Senator Graves offered Senate Resolution No. 96, regarding the Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Rainbolt, El Dorado Springs, which was adopted.

     Senator Graves offered Senate Resolution No. 97, regarding the Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Mason, Norborne, which was adopted.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

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

     SB 305--By Westfall.

     An Act to amend chapter 304, RSMo, by adding one new section relating to the operation of certain motor vehicles, with penalty provisions.

     SB 306--By McKenna.

     An Act to repeal section 537.610, RSMo 1994, relating to sovereign immunity, and to enact in lieu thereof one new section relating to the same subject.

CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS

     Senator DePasco offered the following concurrent resolution, which was referred to the Committee on Rules, Joint Rules and Resolutions:

SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 17

     WHEREAS, the State Veterans' Homes were founded for Civil War Veterans in the late 1800's and have served veterans for over one hundred years; and

     WHEREAS, under the provisions of Title 38, United States Code, the Veterans' Administration is authorized to make aid payments to states maintaining State Veterans' Homes subject to the provisions of the Code of Federal Regulations, 38 CFR 18.1 through 18.3; and

     WHEREAS, there are eighty-seven State Veterans' Home Care Facilities in forty-two states throughout the United States with more being added annually; and

     WHEREAS, the State Veterans' Home Program has proven to be a cost-effective provider of quality care services to the nation's veterans who require domiciliary, nursing home, and hospital care; and

     WHEREAS, the Veterans' Administration promotes the care and treatment of veterans in State Veterans' Homes as a means to attain the goal of developing and maintaining the highest possible quality of patient care for eligible veterans; and

     WHEREAS, Title 38, United States Code, authorizes the Grants for Construction of State Veterans' Homes Program. The State Home Construction Grant Program is funded at sixty-five percent of total cost; and

     WHEREAS, the Veterans' Administration has not kept pace with State Veterans' Homes applications for new construction projects. Currently, an unfunded balance of over two hundred million dollars exists; and

     WHEREAS, Title 38, United States Code, authorized per diem payments paid to veterans residing in the State Homes. The State Home Program is recognized as the lowest cost alternative among all nursing care alternatives used by the Veterans' Administration; and

     WHEREAS, given the growing long-term health care needs of older veterans, the State Home Program will continue to be a vital health care provider and lowest cost alternative for veterans needing long-term nursing care:

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring therein, that the United States Congress is requested to appropriate the money necessary to fully fund the federal share of State Veterans' Homes construction project requests for the fiscal year 1998. Such funding shall include the two-hundred-bed Veterans' Home to be located in Cameron, Missouri, and the two- hundred-bed Veterans' Home to be located in Warrensburg, Missouri; and

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate be instructed to prepare properly inscribed copies of this resolution to be sent to the Missouri Congressional Delegation in Washington, D.C., the State of Missouri American Legion, the Missouri Association of Veterans' Organizations and to the Missouri Veterans' Commission.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

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

     SB 307--By Rohrbach.

     An Act to repeal section 67.475, RSMo 1994, and sections 67.455, 67.457, 67.459 and 67.461, RSMo Supp. 1996, relating to neighborhood improvement districts, and to enact in lieu thereof seven new sections relating to the same subject.

     SB 308--By Bentley.

     An Act to repeal sections 135.015, 135.020 and 135.030, RSMo 1994, and section 135.010, RSMo Supp. 1996, relating to tax relief, and to enact in lieu thereof four new sections relating to the same subject, with an emergency clause.

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 adopted SCR 3.

COMMUNICATIONS

     President Pro Tem McKenna submitted the following:

MISSOURI SENATE

January 28, 1997

Senator Danny Staples

State Capitol Building Room 418

Jefferson City, MO 65101

Dear Danny,

Please be informed that as a member of the Joint Committee on Corrections (section 21.440, RSMo 1994), I am appointing you chairman of the senate members of this committee. This year, the senate chairman will serve as chairman of the full committee.

If you have any questions, or if I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

               Sincerely,

               /s/ Bill

               Bill McKenna

               President Pro Tem

INTRODUCTIONS OF GUESTS

     Senator Kenney introduced to the Senate, his son, Carlton, Lee's Summit; and Carlton was made an honorary page.

     Senator Westfall introduced to the Senate, Paul Wannemacher, Springfield.

     On motion of Senator Quick, the Senate adjourned under the rules.