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Missouri Activist Sues Over Illegal Conduct by the General Assembly – Again

Jefferson City, MO, May 9, 2017 – A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Senate Bill 638, passed by the Missouri General Assembly in 2016, was filed in Cole County circuit court on May 9th.

The lawsuit claims that the General Assembly ignored the constitutional limits to their legislative authority. The Missouri Constitution includes clauses that prohibit legislators from changing the purpose of a bill or including multiple subjects in one bill.  The lawsuit claims lawmakers violated both provisions, and that it is illegal to make substantive changes to a bill’s title.  

The lawsuit is asking the court to strike down the entire bill.

The plaintiff in the challenge is Ron Calzone, a political activist and one of the founding directors of Missouri First, Inc., a think tank devoted to promoting constitutional governance. Although not an attorney, Calzone filed the suit “pro se” (Latin, “for oneself”), in part to demonstrate that the abuses by the General Assembly are so blatant that even a non-lawyer can succeed in legal challenges against some of their bills.

Calzone won a similar case in 2016.  He had challenged SB 672 (2014) on the same grounds as the case filed today.  A Cole County judge not only agreed with the lawsuit’s claims about the unconstitutional procedures used to pass that bill, but the landmark decision also struck down the entire bill.  (Read about it here.)  Past court opinions on procedural challenges usually preserved the original part of the bill.

In spite of the Court’s February 2016 admonition to legislators, they continued to pass bills in violation of the Missouri Constitution.  Senate Bill 638 was one of 21 such bills Missouri First tracked last year.  Calzone plans to challenge more of those 21 bills later this month.

Details about the lawsuit and the bill being challenged can be found at http://www.mofirst.org/lawsuits/2016-SB638/2016-SB638-Challenge.php

House and Senate members with the Real ID Act in their committees. These people have the power to stop the bill in committee, or to amend it to include religious exemptions if it passes. Note: This needs to be a real religious exemption. Right now they take a photo, send it to Morpho Trust for storage and issue a Driver License without it. We need an exemption that has a Non-biometric photo, even if supplied by the citizen. Or better yet, no Morpho Trust involvement at all. PLEASE CALL ALL OF THESE REPS AND SENATORS and voice your opinion. Just Say NO to Real ID.
Representative  Delus Johnson  573-751-3666 
Representative  Mark Matthiesen  573-751-4163 
Representative  Joshua Peters 573-751-7605 
Representative  Donna Baringer  573-751-4220 
Representative Paul Curtman  573-751-3776 
Representative Keith Frederick  573-751-3834 
Representative Bill Kidd  573-751-3674 
Representative Jeff Pogue 573-751-2264 
Representative  Crystal Quade  573-751-3795 
Representative Shawn Rhoads 573-751-1455 
Representative Chrissy Sommer 573-751-1452 
Senator Ed Emery (573) 751-2108
Senator Dave Schatz (573) 751-3678
Senator Bill Eigel (573) 751-1141
Senator Brian Munzlinger (573) 751-7985
Senator John Rizzo (573) 751-3074
Senator Caleb Rowden (573) 751-3931
Senator Scott Sifton (573) 751-0220

 

Defenders of the Unborn
Hosting
National  Day of Protest Against
Planned Parenthood
 
When:  April 23, 2016
Where:  Planned Parenthood
             4251 Forest Park Blvd.
             St. Louis, MO 
Time:    9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
 
Guest Speakers:  Georgette Forney- Silent No More
 
Master of Ceremony- Pam Fichter- Former President MRL
Linda & Chuck Raymond- Silent No More- St. Louis, Susan Klein, Liaison -MRL, 
Senator Kurt Schaefer, Senator Bob Onder, Rep. Andrew Koeing, 
Father Dan Kinkead- Anglican Church for Life, and more
 
On April 23,2016, this protest will take place simultaneously at hundreds of Planned Parenthood locations across the nation.  
#ProtestPP is a coalition of state and national pro-life organizations seeking a public protest in response to the recent 
horrific videos exposing Planned Parenthood harvesting baby body parts for a financial gain.
These videos released by Center for Medical Progress is an eye opener for Americans across the country.  Americans who have been 
complacent now stand to defund Planned Parenthood and end the senseless killing of God’s little ones.  But those who produced 
the video have been indicted and those who committed the crime are still free.  What an injustice.  
 
BE NOT AFRAID – GOD WILL LEAD YOU!
 
Through our public protest at this last surgical abortion mill in Missouri we want to show to the media the scandal of harvesting
 baby body parts, educate the community on the evil of Planned Parenthood, and to demand that we work to defund 
Planned Parenthood in our state and across the country.  Visit http;//protestpp.com/
Share this with your church, family, friends, facebook.  For more information contact Mary at 314-346-9052 or 
National Leaders: Eric Scheidler-Pro-life Action League, Monica Miller- Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Mark Harrington-Created Equal

A couple of years ago, Kerry Messer’s wife Lynn went missing. As of yet, they haven’t found her.  I do agree that it would be horrible to have a loved one missing and not have closure as to whether they are living or dead. Absolutely horrible. However, creating paid positions and a new agency at the state level to do what the police and Highway Patrol already (and should) do is not actually a “conservative value”.

Kerry has been a paid lobbyist for nearly forever. He has ingratiated himself to the upper echelons of the Republican power structure in Jefferson City. Now he has enabled a bill that could create a six year position paid for by Missourian’s and that bill is sponsored by 24 Missouri State Senators. They are not all Republicans, either. And the bill does NOT say who the first appointee to this proposed position and newly created office might be.

SB1087 would create another agency at the state level under the Office of Administration. It would be the “Office of Missing Persons Advocate” and the main purpose would be to act as a liaison between law enforcement and the people dealing with a missing loved one. That sounds nice, but law enforcement already has people that are charged with that responsibility.

The questions that we need to ask about this bill are many.

First of all, and probably most importantly, the level of sensitive information to be afforded to the people holding positions in the new “office” is quite extensive. DNA, contacts, social media, all identifying numbers, like SS#, drivers license, physical descriptions, identifying marks and everything to do with a person’s identity and whereabouts is to be delivered to this office.

The proposed office shall work completely independent of law enforcement. The head position is an appointment, and actually includes a Director and a Deputy Director for a period of six years. There are no qualifications stipulated for any appointee to the position. No familiarity with lawful processes, dealing with people in duress (meaning those whose loved one is missing) or with security of sensitive information are put forward in the bill.

There are seven duties of the one holding the proposed office, and they largely have to do with handling and forwarding information that may be relevant to a crime, but no training would be required for the people appointed to the position. Also, no penalties for failing to maintain the security of the information are stipulated.

Another duty is to strive to get grants and funding for the Office. As most everyone is now aware, if you get a grant from the Feds, it puts you under their authority, and it mucks up accountability pretty well.

The bill may be read here. And a small TV news piece is here.

While I have deep sympathy for people going through the experience of a missing loved one, this bill looks to create another state bureaucracy to do a job that already is done by law enforcement, and one that actually belongs in the hands of law enforcement.

If there is a deeper need of meeting the emotional duress associated with the pain of a missing loved one, should that be put in the hands of an additional state office? Wouldn’t a support group be a more appropriate and less cumbersome thing to create?

Read through the bill and see what you think about this. Please feel free to comment!

If you’ve been raising cattle for any length of time, you know how the Check Off issue is loaded with corruption and seeming misappropriation of funds. Everyone gets to pay the Check Off and very few benefit from the additional collection of funds. Well Missouri wants to add an increased check off tax for just Missouri. Please read the following from Missouri Rural Crisis Center and then download this pdf form and register so your voice is counted in the discussion.
STOP the New Missouri Beef Checkoff Tax
In order to Vote NO on this corporate money grab—
Cattle Producers Must Register before March 4th
Thank you for signing the petition opposing a new state beef checkoff tax. Now is the time to register with the Missouri Department of Agriculture to be eligible to vote—see registration forms enclosed.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture is holding a referendum to add a new beef checkoff tax. If passed, all cattle sold in Missouri will be assessed an additional $1 a head checkoff with the proceeds going to the Missouri Beef Industry Council (MBIC). And, the only way to stop it is for Missouri cattle producers to register to vote before March 4th (registration forms are enclosed). If you have registered by March 4th, the Missouri Department of Agriculture will send you a ballot on April 4th.
We are in a cattle market crisis right now with feeder calves having lost up to 45% of their value between September and December (according to the Livestock Marketing Association) with no foreseeable end in sight. What is the response by the MBIC? They want us to give them $2 million more every year. They want a 200% raise? We should say no to this money grab.
Please fill out the enclosed registration form and reach out to other producers in your area that oppose the checkoff. Note: you will be asked to provide three years of cattle sales on this form—We must not let this rule deter us from registering and voting to stop this checkoff.
According to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, anyone who has a shared interest in your cattle sales—including your spouse, son, daughter or business partner—can register to vote in this referendum. Each person can fill out separate registration forms and list the number of cattle sales that represent each person’s share in the business. For example, a husband and wife who marketed 50 head of cattle could each register and report 25 head of cattle marketed.
Here are ways you can register:
 We’ve included registration forms—fill them out and send them to the Missouri Department of Agriculture c/o Missouri Beef Referendum, P.O. Box 630, Jefferson City, MO 65102; or
 Go to agriculture.mo.gov and register online or print a form; or
 Call the Missouri Department of Ag at (573) 751-5633 and ask to have a registration form mailed to you; or
 Pick up a registration form at your county FSA office.
If you need additional registration forms or have any questions:
 Call the Missouri Rural Crisis Center at (573) 449-1336.
 We can email, mail or fax you a registration form(s).
All Registration Forms Must Be Postmarked by March 4th.
Paid for by the Missouri Rural Crisis Center, Roger Allison, Executive Director, 1108 Rangeline Street, Columbia, MO 65201
Here are some key facts about why we oppose the state beef checkoff:
 There are no rules that this checkoff slush fund will be used to promote Missouri beef. The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association successfully lobbied to remove the “promote Missouri beef” language from the bill. And, our federal checkoff dollars are already being used to promote foreign beef in U.S. markets.
 There is no sunset clause on this beef checkoff. Once these programs are put into place, they are virtually impossible to get rid of. So, as cattle prices continue to decline, producers will still be paying the extra $2 million+ every year.
 The vast majority of current federal checkoff dollars end up in the coffers of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) that consistently supports policies favoring corporate meatpackers (even foreign-owned meatpackers) at the expense of Missouri’s independent cattle producers. The NCBA successfully lobbied to end Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and supports corporate packer ownership of livestock which drives down producer farm-gate prices.
 The Missouri Beef Industry Council ignored its own hand-picked “Missouri Beef Checkoff Taskforce” that voted to request a $.50 per head state checkoff instead of $1 on August 26th. Instead, the MBIC requested $1/head anyway—another clear example of the no accountability attitude of the Missouri Beef Industry Council.
 Supporters claim that there will be some way to get a refund after the fact, so they try to call this a “voluntary” program. In reality, cattle producers are forced to pay into this program by having the money taken out of their cattle sales checks before they even get them. If the fee is not paid when due, a penalty shall apply and the attorney general can sue cattle producers for the collection of checkoff fees and penalties. It doesn’t get any more mandatory than that. A complicated, time-consuming refund process does not eliminate this mandate to pay.
 This new checkoff would mean the state government would be collecting another $2.2 million from Missouri beef producers every year and giving our money to the Missouri Beef Industry Council (MBIC), an unaccountable private entity that says it has “no obligation to disclose documents” about how our money is spent.
 The only way to stop this new checkoff tax is for independent cattle producers to say “NO”, otherwise starting in July, we will be paying over $4 million every year in beef checkoff fees.
Please register to vote today—
your vote could make the difference.

We do realize that a great number of people within the liberty movement believe that a Convention of the States is a potential savior for the nation. However, we have a number of concerns about the issue. Many of those concerns are expressed in the following email from Missouri Campaign for Liberty. We are providing this so that people understand some of the concerns and have the opportunity to make a decision on this issue for themselves. Whatever side you fall on is your own decision.

As for me, Doreen Hannes, I see no potential for a good outcome from such an endeavor. The Constitution is not being followed, and the idea that opening it up for possible gutting would make it better seems errant at best. That is not an “official” position of the PRC, but my own position.

Research the issue and decide for yourself.

Here is the email from Missouri Campaign for Liberty:
Dear Patriot,

Multiple bills calling for a dangerous Article V Convention are making their way through the Missouri Legislature.

It’s CRITICAL you take action NOW to stop them!

The special interest groups supporting these bills are twisting the facts.

They insist an “Article V Convention” is not a “Constitutional Convention”. . .

But according to Black’s Law Dictionary, that’s a lie.

Constitutional Convention: A duly constituted assembly of delegates or representatives of the people of a state or nation for the purpose of framing, revising, or amending its constitution. [emphasis added]

ConCon supporters don’t want you to know that an Article V Convention is the same thing as a Constitutional Convention because the entire Constitution could be thrown out – along with our most cherished rights.

It’s CRITICAL you contact your state legislators RIGHT NOW and demand they vote NO on any bill calling for an Article V Convention.

Click here to find your state representative.

Click here to find your state senator.

These groups also want you to believe nothing can go wrong and that Article V limits what can happen at a convention, but that’s not true either.

Article V only allows the states to “apply” to Congress for a convention – Congress issues the “call.”

Article V does not include any details about the convention itself.

The groups behind these bills claim there is no chance for a runaway convention, but our own history teaches that is not true.

As great as our Founding Fathers were, they couldn’t stop a runaway convention. And that’s an alarming and dangerous truth.

Our Founding Fathers met in Philadelphia with instructions to fix issues with the Articles of Confederation. The delegates from those 13 states couldn’t agree, and we ended up with a whole new Constitution.

That’s right, once the convention was convened the instructions were thrown out the window.

We were extremely blessed that most of those at the convention favored limited government. But there are few true advocates of limited government alive today that would be invited to an Article V Convention.

And that’s just one of many reasons why Missouri Campaign for Liberty opposes an Article V Convention.

As you well know, the federal government has operated outside of the constitutional boundaries originally laid out by the Founders for decades.

Unfortunately, instead of holding the politicians in D.C. accountable for violating the Constitution, misguided Republicans in Missouri are attempting to solve the problem by simply amending the Constitution . . .

. . . the same Constitution the politicians currently refuse to abide by!

However, there is an even bigger problem with the Article V Convention process.

Simply put, because it has never been attempted, none of the self-proclaimed “experts” know what will happen if and when they get their way.

The Constitution itself doesn’t limit subject matter, spell out the convention process, or determine how delegates should be chosen.

So progressive activists will be able to use their money and influence to affect the entire process.

And one supportive group – Convention of States – even points out on its own website that if a convention is called. . .

. . .“the convention of states itself would determine which ideas deserve serious consideration. . .”

And what they fail to point out is that literally hundreds of progressive organizations have been pushing for a convention since 2009!

Do you trust the hundreds of progressive organizations – backed by George Soros and his ilk – calling for an Article V Convention to do the right thing and rein in the federal government?

Imagine what will happen at a convention being held to manipulate the U.S. Constitution, with BOTH Republican and Democrat Establishment and hundreds of progressive, George Soros-types pulling the strings. . .

A convention is extremely dangerous – especially today!

So please contact your state legislators RIGHT NOW and demand they vote NO on any bill calling for an Article V Convention.

Click here to find your state representative.

Click here to find your state senator.

These bills simply must be stopped; please take action right away and ask your contacts to do the same.

In Liberty,

Lucas Staus
Missouri Campaign for Liberty

P.S. If an Article V Convention were called, it would likely be impossible to stop devastating changes from being made to our Constitution. According to America’s history of conventions, the delegates chosen could wield unlimited power to propose revisions to our Constitution.

It’s CRITICAL you contact your state legislators RIGHT NOW and demand they vote NO on any bill calling for an Article V Convention.

Click here to find your state representative.

Click here to find your state senator.

The Mountain Grove PRC will be meeting on February 25th at the Sunnyside Restaurant just north of Walmart in Mountain Grove. The meeting will run from 6pm to 8pm and Bob Parker will be sharing information about the Missouri DNR buying private property instead of cleaning up lead contamination in the areas of Missouri that funds were designated to clean up.

At issue is the purchase of two tracts in Oregon county totaling 5000 acres that the DNR is purchasing instead of doing the lead remediation in counties to the north and east of Oregon county.

If time allows, there will also be an explanation of the manner in which various federal level agencies work in conjunction with state counterparts to achieve the goals of the federal agencies, and some highlights regarding important state level issues related to your private property rights.

Please come early and enjoy the buffet at Sunnyside before the meeting.