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CWA of Missouri Capitol Report

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April 14, 2015

Please take a few minutes to both pray and take action on these important issues. Then forward this e-mail on to like-minded friends, family, churches and associates.

The LAST TWO WEEKS IN REVIEW

Wednesday, April 1

Easter Project 2015 gift delivery day!

IMG_1464Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator Ginger Yoak and her husband Jim, Volunteer Coordinator Val Cummings and Records Correspondent Diana Kaufman came to help Capitol regulars Legislative Liaison Sherry Kuttenkuler, Legislative Liaison Linda Laird and State Director Bev Ehlen with the delivery of the Ten Commandments plaques and Easter cards to each of the members of the Missouri General Assembly. The Ten Commandment plaques were well received. We had Legislative Assistants even asking how they, too, could get one, and we had some visitors to the Capitol stop by our work area to see what we were doing. Thankfully, we had purchased some extra so we were able to bless each person who asked for a Ten Commandment plaque that day.

A special thanks to Ginger, Jim, Val, and Diana for taking time out to help. We greatly appreciate every one of you!

Wednesday, April 1

The Truth Project

CWA of Missouri and Missouri Alliance for Freedom hosts the Truth Project on Wednesday mornings for the members of the Missouri General Assembly, staff members and individuals living near the Capitol. The week’s lesson was Sociology: The Divine Imprint – The order we observe in the natural realm is even more apparent in the social systems God has established: family, church, community, state, labor, and the union between God and man. Life is a series of relationships that flow out of and reflect the Trinitarian nature of the Creator.

Tuesday, April 7

Election Day

We are happy to report that the people of Springfield repealed the highly controversial sexual orientation gender identity ordinance that was passed by the Springfield City Council last year. The vote was 15,364 (51.43%) YES votes to 14,510 (48.57%) NO votes. It was close. We are so grateful for this victory. Many pastors in Springfield stepped out of their comfort zone and got involved. Thank you, Father God, for honoring these pastors and the people of Springfield with this victory.

Bev Ehlen took a break from CWA activities and traveled to SE Missouri to help a friend who was a first time candidate for school board.

Religious Freedom

Linda Laird was at the Capitol taking care of business. Linda attended the hearing on HB104 sponsored by Isaac Haahr (R-District 134) in the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee meeting. This bill prohibits an institution of higher learning from taking any action or enforcing any policy that denies a religious student association any benefit available to other student organizations. CWA of Missouri supports HB104.

Action Item: Please contact your state senator and ask him/her to support HB104 when it comes to the Senate floor for debate and vote. Click here to find out who your state senator is as well as their contact information.

Child Protection

Also heard in the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee meeting, sponsored by Rep. Isaac Haahr (R-District 134), was HB152 which expands the crime of sexual trafficking of a child to include advertising a child participating in a commercial sexual act. CWA of Missouri supports HB152. We expect this bill to pass without opposition.

Wednesday, April 8

The Truth Project

CWA of Missouri and Missouri Alliance for Freedom host the Truth Project on Wednesday mornings for the members of the Missouri General Assembly, staff members and individuals living near the Capitol. The week’s lesson was Unio Mystica: Am I Alone? Is it possible for the infinite, eternal Creator to dwell within the heart of an individual? The implications of this great mystery, which represents the very core of the Christian faith, are explored at length in this examination of the most intimate of the social spheres.

Educating the Legislators

IMG_1438Linda Laird and Sherry Kuttenkuler delivered the weekly handouts CWA of Missouri prepares to leave in each office of each member of the Missouri General Assembly. They had several interesting and engaging conversations with members as they went from office to office.

Linda and Sherry continue to do outstanding work as they track legislation, articulate CWA of Missouri’s position on many pieces of legislation and develop relationships with legislators and their staff. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Student Data Protection

Linda and Sherry then attended the Senate Education Committee meeting that afternoon where SB530, sponsored by Sen. Bob Onder (R-District 2), was heard. SB530 (the student protection bill) enacts multiple provisions to protect the privacy of student data. One of the biggest concerns we have with the Common Core State Standards Initiative is the data collection and privacy violation of the students. This bill will go a long way to protect the students in that regard.

Action Item: Please contact Sen. David Pearce (R-District 21) at 573-751-2272 and ask him to hold an executive session on SB530 and then turn it in with full support to be placed on the formal calendar for debate and vote. Then contact Sen. Ron Richard (R-District 32) at 573-751-2173 and ask him to support SB530.

Prayer/Action Chapter Activity

Bev Ehlen was in Washington, Missouri, on Wednesday evening to help the local CWA Prayer/Action Chapter start a study on The Five Thousand Year Leap. This is a basic study on the twenty-eight principles our founders used to frame our Republic and write our Constitution.

Action Item: If you would like to host a study like this in your area, find out if there is a local CWA Prayer/Action Chapter in your area and/or find out how to start a chapter, contact Bev Ehlen at director@missouri.cwfa.org. We have this study and other DVD-based studies available to borrow.

Thursday, April 9

Pastors and Christian Leaders Summit

Bev Ehlen attended the Pastors and Christian Leaders Summit in Lee’s Summit. President of Amerisearch, Inc. Bill Federer, Liberty Institute Attorney Kelly Shackelford, Pastor and National Black Pro-life Coalition representative Stephen Broden and others spoke directly to the pastors and the lay people attending regarding our responsibility to be involved in public policy and how to prepare ourselves for the immediate future especially regarding Religious Liberty and the growth of Islam – a religion with equal political and military components. Thank you to Dr. Karladine Graves for hosting such a terrific event.

THIS WEEK’S ACTIVITIES

The Truth Project

If you live close to the Capitol or are visiting for the day, join us for breakfast and a dose of Truth at 7:00 a.m. in Hearing Room 4 on Wednesday mornings. Click here for more information.

Action Item: Contact your state representative and state senator and ask him/her to attend on Wednesday mornings – especially Wednesday, April 15, when the lesson will be The State: Whose Law? and Wednesday, April 22, when the lesson will be The American Experiment: Stepping Stones. Both of these lessons have content that a public office holder needs to understand to fulfill their duties successfully. Click here to find out who your state representative and state senator are as well as their contact information.

Partner with Us

We ask for your prayers, financial support and participation. We are an all-volunteer organization. Each of the ladies travel to the Capitol, pay for gas for their cars and overnight stays, food away from home, etc. It would be great to have some individuals step up and “Sponsor a Legislative Liaison.” This money could go directly to reimburse a Legislative Liaison for some of her expenses. Think about it, pray about it and contact us should the Lord move you to “Sponsor a Legislative Liaison.”

The Bitter Irony of the Day of Silence

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What if I told you that pro-lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) activists are working tirelessly to infiltrate schools and influence children across the country? What if I said activists were taunting and bullying kids in public school and shaming them regarding their religious beliefs that favor traditional marriage? Read More

CWA of Missouri Silences the Day of Silence

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The Day of Silence, organized and promoted by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), takes place this year on Friday, April 17. The Day of Silence is the king of all the numerous homosexuality-affirming activities that take place in public schools. It started in one university and then, like a cancer, metastasized to thousands of high schools and then into middle schools. Before long it will take place in elementary schools. Leftists know that it’s easier to indoctrinate 16-year-olds than 36-year-olds and easier still to indoctrinate 6-year-olds.

Silence the Day of Silence by participating in the ‘Day of Silence’ Walk Out.

Ask your pastor to write a letter to the local schools. Click here for a sample letter.

If you have school-age children, contact your administration as soon as possible.

  1. Ask this specific question: Will you be permitting students to refuse to speak in class on the Day of Silence? If the administration either answers “Yes” or dodges the question, please keep your child or children out of school on the Day of Silence. Every absence costs districts money, and money talks.
  2. Also, politely insist that an e-mail be sent to every family informing them that the Day of Silence will be taking place in classes on April 17, that some students will be refusing to speak during instructional time, that it is organized by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, and identifying specifically who is sponsoring it in your school. Parents have a right to know.

GLSEN promotes the Day of Silence as an “anti-bullying” effort. If it were centrally or solely about eradicating bullying, everyone — liberals and conservatives alike — would support it. But it’s not.

The Day of Silence exploits government schools, captive audiences, and anti-bullying sentiment to advance the left’s social, moral, and political beliefs and goals. GLSEN seeks to advance the belief that all public expressions of moral disapproval of homosexual activity are bullying.

GLSEN urges students to refuse to speak all day, including during academic classes, which is disruptive to instructional time. Administrators permit students to refuse to speak in class, and teachers feel compelled to create lesson plans to accommodate student refusal to speak. Teachers feel that if they don’t accommodate student refusal to speak, they will be seen as supporting the bullying of self-identified homosexual students.

The little unspoken secret is that many teachers on both sides of the political aisle hate the Day of Silence because of the distraction and disruption it creates. Unfortunately, they’re afraid to say that to their administrations because GLSEN and its ideological acolytes proclaim that opposition to the Day of Silence necessarily means endorsement of bullying. The truth is one can both oppose bullying and oppose the Day of Silence.

The homosexuality-affirming legal organizations Lambda Legal and the ACLU have both stated that students have no legal right to refuse to speak in class, so school administrations have every right to require students to participate verbally in class. And teachers have every right to require students to answer questions, give oral presentations or speeches, or participate in debates or discussions.

CWA of Missouri has endorsed the ‘Day of Silence’ Walk Out.

A coalition of pro-family organizations is once again urging parents to keep their children home from school on the Day of Silence if their school administrations will be allowing students to politicize instructional time by refusing to speak. This is the only organized national effort to oppose any pro-homosexual activity or event in public schools.

Often times parents of freshmen learn for the first time that the Day of Silence is taking place in their school when they hear about the ‘Day of Silence’ Walk Out. Even parents of sophomores, juniors, and seniors are uninformed. This lack of awareness happens because school administrations do not notify parents about The Day of Silence.

The absence of conservative influence within the culture on issues related to homosexuality is to some extent the fault of conservatives. Ignorance, fear, and an astounding lack of perseverance on the parts of conservatives have turned our cultural institutions — including public education — into the playground of “progressives.” Our passivity has enabled homosexual activists and their ideological allies to become social, political, and pedagogical bullies. Evidence of that is everywhere, including in schools on GLSEN’s annual April school event, the Day of Silence.

We must match — and exceed — the boldness and perseverance of the left if we hope to stop the relentless appropriation of public education for the promotion of homosexuality.

Stop the bullying! Join the ‘Day of Silence’ Walk Out.

Pass this e-mail on to like-minded friends, family, your pastor, and acquaintances.

Please pray and ask the Lord to silence the voice of those that promote unhealthy lifestyles – physically, emotionally and most importantly, spiritually.

For more information, visit the ‘Day of Silence’ Walk Out website.

Stop the bullying!

Government Run Data Collection Proposed in Missouri

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Missourians’ liberty is under attack AGAIN. This time with another Obamacare style data collection proposal at the State Capitol. The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program is being described as a program which will deter “doctor shopping” and keep prescription drugs off the streets.

The truth:

SB63 sponsored by Sen. David Sater (R-District 29) and HB130 sponsored by Rep. Holly Rehder (R-District 148) are the two bills that would make Missouri participate in this national data bank, a data bank that would hold the information on Missourians prescription drugs. A Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) is not just about collecting data — it puts you under a system of government surveillance, with government computers sifting through your private data in ways human agents currently cannot do.

According to the National Survey on Drugs and Health, where non-medical use of prescription drugs is concerned, Missouri is only 0.26% (1/4 of 1%) worse, without a PDMP, than the national average, and all the other states already have PDMPs set up!

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is all about data collection. The more they know about you, the more they will be able to control your family’s personal decisions. Instead of resisting Obamacare, a PDMP plays right into the hands of those trying to centralize power and run your life.

The last few years, federal officials have used questions about one’s mental condition as a form of back-door gun control. Veterans have particularly been victimized. Some people think the prescription drug database will facilitate claims of mental illness, leading to loss of gun rights, simply because someone has received a prescription that contains an ingredient sometimes used to treat emotional or mental illnesses.

The state of Missouri has already demonstrated that it can’t be trusted with our personal data. Remember the Department of Revenue (DOR) scandal in 2013 in which they illegally released the personal data of 163,000 conceal carry permit holders? What you may not know is that to this day the DOR is still violating other provisions of Missouri’s anti – Real ID statute, in spite of sanctions imposed on them by the General Assembly.

Some things you can do regarding SB63:

  1. Contact Rep. Jim Hansen’s (R-District 40) office at 573-751-4028 and tell him you are opposed to Missouri adopting the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, SB63. He is the chairman of the House Insurance Committee. His committee will hold a hearing of SB63 now that it has passed the Senate and is over in the House of Representatives.
  2. Contact Speaker John Diehl’s (R-District 89) office at 573-751-1544 and urge him to oppose the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, SB63.
  3. Contact House Floor Leader Todd Richardson’s (R-District 152) office at 573-751-4039 and tell him no to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, SB63.
  4. Contact your own state representative and urge him/her to oppose the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, SB63. Click hereto find out who your state senator is as well as their contact information.

Some things you can do regarding HB130:

  1. Contact Sen. Doug Libla’s (R-District 24) office at 573-7514843 and tell him you are opposed to Missouri adopting the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, HB130. Sen. Libla is the chairman of the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure, and Public Safety Committee. HB130 was assigned to his committee and it will most likely be heard Wednesday, April 15 if not before. It was scheduled to be heard this Wednesday, April 8 but the hearing was cancelled.
  2. Contact Sen. Tom Dempsey-President Pro Tem’s (R-District 23) office at 573-751-1141 and urge him to oppose the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, HB130.
  3. Contact Senate Floor Leader Ron Richard’s (R-District 32) office at 573-751-2173 and tell him no to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, HB130.
  4. Contact your own state representative and urge him/her to oppose the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, HB130. Click here to find out who your state representative is as well as their contact information

Please pray and ask the Lord to thwart the plans of those that would have these bills succeed.

For freedom!

CWA of Missouri Capitol Report

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LAST WEEK IN REVIEW

The Missouri General Assembly was on Spring Break last week and will be going back into session on Monday, March 30.

Sunday, March 22 through Thursday, March 26

Liberty First Tour 2015

State Director Bev Ehlen had the privilege of accompanying J.C. and KrisAnne Hall across the state with the Liberty First Tour 2015. KrisAnne Hall is an attorney and former prosecutor and pastor’s wife who travels the country teaching the Constitution and the history that gave us our founding documents. Her husband J.C has just resigned his pastorate and is now traveling with KrisAnne making presentations on Righteous Resistance. Together they are quite a team. Their son, Colton, was along as well. There were nine Liberty First Tour stops/seminars-Washington, St. Peters, Ellisville, Hannibal, Columbia, Sedalia, Harrisonville, Independence and St. Joseph. KrisAnne addressed over three hundred Missourians including two state representatives and one county sheriff. Since this tour occurred during the Missouri General Assembly’s Spring Break, we made a very special effort to invite the members of the MOGA who lived in or close to the areas where we would be having a seminar. We asked their constituents to ask their own state representative and state senator to attend. We invited once, twice and more, but only two members attended; one member said he was coming but didn’t; only two members responded and told why they wouldn’t be able to attend. Out of 63 representatives and nine senators, we had five who cared. Thank you State Rep. Donna Pfautsch (R-District 33) and State Rep. Jack Bondon (R-District 56) who made the time to come learn more about State Sovereignty as the founders intended! To be fair, Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-District 5) attended the seminar last August and Rep. Bill E. Kidd (R-District 20) attended KrisAnne’s all-day seminar in January.

Thank you to the CWA members and friends who helped regarding the stops in their areas – Sue Hellebusch, Diana Kaufman, Dan Hite, Geri Graves, Linda Laird, Rachel Payton, Vaughn Hart, Jeremy and Tonya Long, Erin Dunn and Pat Baker. They did an outstanding job of promoting and turning out the people. Thank you!

Easter Project AD2015

Volunteer and Easter Project Coordinator Val Cummings was busy making the final contacts for sponsors for the Easter Project AD2015. This year for Easter we will be presenting the Ten Commandments 6 ¾” X 4 ¾” boxed poly resin plaque w/metal stand to each member of the Missouri General Assembly. This is a very appropriate gift for a public office holder as our country’s laws were based on the law of Nature’s God for the first almost two hundred years (and years before in the colonies.) It is not too late to sponsor your state representative or state senator! We are asking $10 per sponsorship. Just contact Bev Ehlen at director@missouri.cwfa.org right away so she can get you on the list to sponsor your member of the Missouri General Assembly.

THIS WEEK’S ACTIVITIES

Legislative Liaisons Linda Laird and Sherry Kuttenkuler and Bev Ehlen will be back at the Capitol.

Wednesday, April 1

CWA of Missouri and Missouri Alliance for Freedom will host The Truth Project on Wednesday morning. This week’s lesson is Sociology: The Divine Imprint – The order we observe in the natural realm is even more apparent in the social systems God has established: family, church, community, state, labor, and the union between God and man. Life is a series of relationships that flow out of and reflect the Trinitarian nature of the Creator. If you live close to the Capitol, join us for breakfast and a dose of Truth at 7:00 a.m. in Hearing Room 4 on Wednesday.

Val Cummings, Records Correspondent Diana Kaufman and Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator Ginger Yoak will deliver the Easter Project AD2015 gifts, cards and candy.

PARTNER WITH US

We ask for your prayers, financial support and participation. We are an all-volunteer organization. Each of the ladies travel to the Capitol, pay for gas for their cars and overnight stays, food away from home, etc. It would be great to have some individuals step up and “Sponsor a Legislative Liaison.” This money could go directly to reimburse a Legislative Liaison for some of her expenses. Think about it, pray about it and contact us should the Lord move you to “Sponsor a Legislative Liaison.”

CWA of Missouri Capitol Report

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March 23, 2015

Please take a few minutes to both pray and take action on these important issues. Then, forward this e-mail on to like-minded friends, family, churches and associates.

Last Week in Review

Monday, March 16

Monday was CWA of Missouri’s day for 40 Days for Life. Gina Allen, our Pro-Life Coordinator, did an excellent job lining up CWA members and friends of CWA of MO to take a shift standing, praying and ministering in front of Planned Parenthood in St. Louis. We were blessed to have a sunny and mostly warm day! Check out our Facebook page (Concerned Women for America of Missouri) for pictures of many of our volunteers.

Education

Lora Tipton and Jennifer Baur (Members of the Jefferson City Prayer/Action Chapter) attended the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee meeting at the Capitol. We had heard that HB1023 sponsored by Kathryn Swan (R-147) was a “local control bill.” That got our interest. The mess with Common Core and Federal (and State) interference with the local school district has made it evident that we need to return to local control and that should be our goal. It was voted out of committee and on to the Select Committee on Education on Wednesday, March 18. HB1023 is on our “watch list.” CWA of Missouri has not taken a position on HB1023.

Tuesday, March 17

Show Me Your Glory

There was prayer walking inside and outside the Capitol, a praise and worship service and then the program at noon called Show Me Your Glory. Lynne Jackson, President and Founder of Dred Scott Heritage Foundation was the keynote speaker. She shared some of the GOOD things, the spiritual things that have been happening behind the scenes regarding the death of Michael Brown. Several members of the Missouri General Assembly were asked to say a few words-Rep. Sheila Solon, Rep. Diane Franklin, Rep. Travis Fitzwater and Sen. Wayne Wallingford. Sen. Wallingford’s prayer was very special and profound and hit the nail on the head. It is His people that need to ask for forgiveness, not those who are without Him. We are so grateful that we can have these types of services in our State Capitol.

Wednesday, March 18

The Truth Project

Missouri Alliance for Freedom (MAF) and CWA of Missouri have teamed up to sponsor breakfast and the showing of the weekly DVD study The Truth Project. The Truth Project is a twelve-subject world view study and is held on Wednesday mornings at 7:00 a.m. in Hearing Room 4. Our topic was History: Whose Story? The next time we meet (April 1) our lesson will be Sociology: The Divine Imprint.

Take Action: If you live close to the Capitol, make plans now to attend and bring a friend. Contact your state representative and state senator and encourage them and members of their staff to attend The Truth Project on Wednesday mornings. Click hereto find out who your state representative and state senator are as well as their contact information.

State Legislative Liaisons Sherry Kuttenkuler and Linda Laird, as well as Bev Ehlen, were kept plenty busy the rest of the day. They attended hearings and had meetings with individual representatives on some tough issues.

Education

Prayer/Action Chapter Leader Deanna Sporleder came to the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon. She was able to share her story with several members of the Missouri General Assembly of how a school district can be an enemy of parental rights and through programs/grants/positions can destroy an intact family. We are hoping that we can team up with our MOGA to address this practice. Sherry also met with a few of the ladies in the new Prayer/Action Chapter in Jefferson City.

Bev attended the Senate Education Committee meeting. A parental rights in education amendment, SJR12, sponsored by Sen. Bob Onder (R-02) which proposes a constitutional amendment guaranteeing parents the fundamental right to control the education of their minor children was heard. CWA of Missouri has not yet taken a position on SJR12.

Also, there was an executive session, and the committee voted “do pass” on HB42as sponsored by Rep. David Wood (R-48). The fiscal note on this bill which is being touted as the “transfer bill” will cost the state over $13.5 million in 2016, over $12.7 million and over $12.8 million in 2018 and not one teacher is added to a classroom. It mainly is for the 24 full-time DESE employees that will be needed for the new accountability system that goes from accrediting 519 entities to 2,698 entities. CWA of Missouri opposes HB42.

Action Item: Please contact your state senator and ask him/her to oppose HB42. Click here to find out who your state senator is as well as their contact information.

Bev also attended the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee meeting. HB1023 was voted “do pass” in executive session and sent to the Select Committee on Education. This bill is moving really quickly. We don’t see that it does anything for the local school district, parents and local community. It just adds more reporting for the local school district even though that report must be approved by the school district’s Board of Education. We suppose that it where the “local control” comes in. Again, CWA of Missouri has not taken a position on HB1023.

The committee also voted “do pass” on two bills that would limit the terms served on the State School Board. Right now there is no limit to the number of eight-year terms individuals can serve on the State School Board. HB1110 sponsored by Rep. Dean Dohrman (R-051) would limit the member from serving more than one eight-year term. HB383 sponsored by Rep. Genise Monticello (D-092) would limit an individual from serving more than two eight-year terms. CWA of Missouri hasn’t taken a position on either one of these bills but is leaning toward supporting them since the members of the Missouri General Assembly are limited to eight years in each the House and the Senate; it only seems fair that the members of the State School Board who are appointed by the Governor would be limited. But are we looking for “fairness”?

Stopping Common Core State Standards Initiative: HB1089 sponsored by Rep. Mike Moon (R-157) prohibits the state board of education and DESE from adopting and implementing certain academic content standards. HB1089 will prohibit the Common Core State Standards Initiative from continuing in Missouri. It also prohibits the state from using the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC). CWA of Missouri supports HB1089.

Action item: Contact Speaker John Diehl (R- 89) and ask him to please assign HB1089 to the Emerging Issues in Education Committee right away.

This Week’s Activities

The Missouri General Assembly is on Spring Break.

CWA of Missouri is conducting the remainder of the Liberty First 2015 Tour stops featuring KrisAnne Hall in St. Peters, Ellisville, Hannibal, Columbia, Sedalia, Harrisonville, Independence and St. Jospeh.

Action Item: We urge our members and friends who live within thirty minutes of each seminar to make plans to attend and then contact their state representative and state senator and ask them to attend the three-hour seminar. This seminar will be very helpful to those state and local office holders in understanding the history of our republic and their role as a public office holder. Click here to find out who your state representative and state senators are as well as their contact information.

Partner with Us

We ask for your prayers, financial support and participation. We are an all-volunteer organization. Each of the ladies travel to the Capitol, pay for gas for their cars and overnight stays, food away from home, etc. It would be great to have some individuals step up and “Sponsor a Legislative Liaison.” This money could go directly to reimburse a Legislative Liaison for some of her expenses. Think about it, pray about it and contact us should the Lord move you to “Sponsor a Legislative Liaison.”

CWA of Missouri Capitol Report

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March 17, 2015

Please take a few minutes to both pray and take action on these important issues.

Last Week in Review

Tuesday, March 10

Life

Tuesday was Pro Life Action Day at the Missouri State Capitol. There were hundreds of pro-life Missourians who came dressed in red to show their support for the sanctity of human life and their support of legislation that is filed to further protect it. Gina Allen, Missouri’s Pro Life Coordinator, graciously manned our table at the event. She was able to greet and introduce many of the attendees to CWA of Missouri and what she does to head up our effort to promote human life at every opportunity. Thank you, Gina, for your excellent representation of CWA of Missouri!

Encouraging Office Holders to Do the Right Thing Though Unpopular at Times

Concerned Women for America of Missouri hosted a movie night for the members of the Missouri General Assembly. We showed Sophie Scholl – The Final Days. This movie is the true story of Germany’s most famous anti-Nazi heroine Sophie Scholl. During the peak of the Third Reich, Sophie Scholl along with her brother Hans and other students in Munich, formed a resistance group called the White Rose and distributed anti-Nazi leaflets. We showed this movie hoping to encourage the office holders to be ready to do the unpopular thing at times.

Wednesday, March 11

The Truth Project

Missouri Alliance for Freedom (MAF) and CWA of Missouri have teamed up to sponsor breakfast and the showing of the weekly DVD study The Truth Project. The Truth Project is a twelve-subject world view study and is held on Wednesday mornings at 7:00 a.m. in Hearing Room 4. Our topic was Science: What is True? This Wednesday’s lesson will be History: Whose Story?

Take Action: If you live close to the Capitol, make plans now to attend and bring a friend. Contact your state representative and state senator and encourage them and their staff to attend The Truth Project on Wednesday mornings. Click here to find out who your state representative and state senator are as well as their contact information.

Life, Liberty, Property and the Pursuit of Happiness

Legislative Liaisons Sherry Kuttenkuler and Linda Laird, Bev Ehlen and Jefferson City Prayer/Action Chapter member Lora Tipton attended the monthly Center to Right meeting held at the Capitol in the morning. They were encouraged by the good attendance. Most of the individuals attending the meeting were individuals who are new to working in the public policy arena. They are Missourians who are concerned about life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness being protected at the local, state and federal level.

Education

The legislative liaison team attended the hearing for HB42 in the Senate Education Committee. HB42 is sponsored by Rep. David Wood (R-48). HB42 establishes a system of school accreditation by building rather than by district making it too easy to close buildings through non-accreditation. The Department of Elementary and Second Education (DESE) has too much power as it is, and this bill, if passed into law, would give them even more power. DESE assumes it will need at least 24 full-time employees as the system will expand from the current 519 public school districts to include 41 charter LEAs, 2,074 public schools and 64 charter schools. The new accountability system would go from accrediting 519 entities to 2,698 entities. The fiscal note shows that it could cost $29,865,000 over the next three years. That much cost to the taxpayers of Missouri and not one additional teacher is placed into the classroom. CWA of Missouri opposes HB42.

Action Item: Please contact your state senator and ask him/her to oppose HB42. Click here to find out who your state senator is as well as their contact information.

Representing You

The ladies spent the remainder of the day attending hearings, visiting with members of the Missouri General Assembly (MOGA) and delivering the weekly handouts which contain inspiration, comedy and principles of good government. They also personally invited each member of the MOGA, who are within a 30 minute drive, to attend one of the stops on the Liberty First 2015 Tour.

Legislation and Events Needing your Prayers and Action This Week

HB190, sponsored by Rep. Kathryn Swan (R-147), and SB33, sponsored by Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-27), would require the Department of Health and Senior Services to inspect and investigate abortion facilities no less than once a year. The bill specifies inspection and investigation reports must be made available to the public. HB190 is currently in the Senate Veterans’ Affairs and Health Committee. CWA of Missouri supports HB190 and SB33.

Action item: Contact Sen. Dan Brown (R-16), Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs and Health Committee, and ask him to support HB190 and to give it top priority, moving it through his committee quickly. Then contact each member of the committee and ask them to support HB190.

HB113, sponsored by Rep. Bill E. Kidd (R-20), establishes “Simon’s Law”, which changes the laws regarding life-sustaining or non-beneficial treatment policies of health care facilities for the better. CWA of Missouri supports HB113.

Action item: Contact Rep. Keith Frederick (R-121, Chairman of the Health and Mental Health Policy Committee and ask him to bring up HB113 in Executive Session and then to turn in for perfection in the House.

HB1033, sponsored by Rep. Mike Moon (R-157), removes the statutory restriction on the interpretation and construction of state law regarding unborn children which makes it subject to the federal and state constitutions and contrary court decisions. This would make our state statutes’ definition of human life only subject to what the Missouri General Assembly decides-not the federal or state courts. CWA of Missouri supports HB1033.

Action item: Contact Speaker John Diehl (R- 89) and ask him to please assign HB1033 to the Health and Mental Health Policy Committee right away.

Next Week’s Activities

Liberty First 2015 Tour

Next week the Missouri General Assembly will be on Spring Break, and we will be conducting another Liberty First 2015 Tour featuring KrisAnne Hall.

Action Item: We urge our members and friends who live within thirty minutes of each seminar to make plans to attend and then contact their state representative and state senator and ask them to attend the three-hour seminar. This seminar will be very helpful to those state and local office holders in understanding the history of our republic and their role as a public office holder. Click here to find out who your state representative and state senators are as well as their contact information.

Partner with Us

We ask for your prayers, financial support and participation. We are an all-volunteer organization. Each of the ladies travel to the Capitol, pay for gas for their cars and overnight stays, food away from home, etc. It would be great to have some individuals step up and “Sponsor a Legislative Liaison.” This money could go directly to reimburse a Legislative Liaison for some of her expenses. Think about it, pray about it and contact us should the Lord move you to “Sponsor a Legislative Liaison.”

CWA of Missouri Capitol Report

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March 10, 2015

Please take a few minutes to both pray and take action on these important issues.

Sunday, March 1- Wednesday, March 4

Israel

State Director Bev Ehlen attended the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. Tuesday was the day they lobbied on Capitol Hill regarding support for Israel. The only topic covered this year was the situation with Iran. It is so important that the United States does not accept a bad deal regarding Iran and its path to nuclear arms. Bev was a group leader for those who met with Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer. All ten Missouri members of Congress were visited by Missouri AIPAC members.

Take Action: Read CWA’s recent article on the subject, Iran Agreement Needs Congressional Approval.

Tuesday, March 3

Education

Legislative Liaisons Linda Laird and Sherry Kuttenkuler attended the Families for Home Education (FHE) Homeschool Rally. Sherry has three home school students in her own home. They accompanied their mother that day. The morning and early afternoon hearings were cancelled to allow the members of the Missouri General Assembly to attend the funeral service for State Auditor Tom Schweich.

They attended some hearings that were scheduled for late afternoon.

Wednesday, March 4

Truth Project

Missouri Alliance for Freedom (MAF) and CWA of Missouri have teamed up to sponsor breakfast and the showing of the weekly DVD study The Truth Project. The Truth Project is a twelve-subject world view study and is held on Wednesday mornings at 7:00 a.m. in Hearing Room 4. Our topic on Wednesday, March 4, was Lesson 5/Part 1 – Science: What is True? Sherry Kuttenkuler and Linda Laird along with Jeremy Cady of MAF graciously set up and cleaned up from the breakfast.

Convention of the States

The remainder of the day was spent visiting with representatives and attending the hearings that were scheduled on the bills regarding the Convention of the States or Article V Convention.

In the Emerging Issues Committee, HB 376 sponsored by Mike Moon (R-157) was heard. HB376 establishes the Article V Convention Act. CWA of Missouri opposes HB 376.

HCR 14, sponsored by Mike Moon (R-157), was heard. HCR 14 “Applies to Congress for the calling of an Article V Convention amendment to the United States Constitution which place limits on the federal government.” CWA of Missouri opposes HB 14.

HCR 19, sponsored by Eric Burlison (R-133), was also heard. “Applies to Congress for the calling of a convention to propose certain amendments to the United States Constitution which place limits on the federal government.” CWA of Missouri opposes SCR 19.

The Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee heard SCR 19 sponsored by Sen. Kurk Schaefer (R-19). SCR 19. “Applies to Congress for the calling of an Article V convention of the states to propose certain amendments to the U.S. Constitution which place limits on the federal government.” This resolution is identical to HCR 14 (2015).

There was testimony on both sides of these bills calling for an Article V Convention.

You may be asking why calling for such a convention would be such a bad idea. Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum states, “We already have a U.S. Constitution that has withstood the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune for more than two centuries, and we don’t need a new constitution. There is nothing wrong with the one we have except that politicians are not obeying it and judges are indulging in too much activism—” Tom DeWeese of the American Policy Center states, “—As I have reported many times, this is a very dangerous thing to do. But proponents simply reject our arguments that a Convention of the States cannot be controlled. There are powerful forces with lots of money who are telling these officials that it can be controlled simply by passing a resolution saying so. And they argue that even if bad things come out of a Convention of the States they still have to be ratified by a majority of states and so that is the safe-guard. They are wrong on all counts.”

Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, Congress “shall call” a Constitutional Convention to propose “Amendments” (s) if two-thirds (34) of the states request one. The U.S. Constitution which George Washington and James Madison called a “miracle” would be subjected to not just the will of the people, but to powerful groups who have their own agenda and to the media hype that has not only prevailed in influencing elections but in persuading the culture to change through cleverly crafted media campaigns.

This Week’s Activities and More

This week will be the Pro-Life Action Day on Tuesday sponsored by Missouri Right to Life. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. in the first floor rotunda. Carol Tobias, President of National Right to Life will be the keynote speaker. This will be an excellent opportunity for you to “lobby” your state representative and state senator on behalf of the sanctity of human life. Be sure to stop by our table!

On Tuesday evening, CWA of Missouri is sponsoring a movie night for the members of the Missouri General Assembly and staff. We will be showing Sophie Scholl, The Final Days. Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans were students at University of Munich who were executed by guillotine 72 years ago for actively opposing the Third Reich during World War II. As members of The White Rose, this brother and sister knew the risks of their leaflet campaign to inform their fellow Germans about the atrocities against Jews, Gypsies, and people in their country who had the courage to stand for what was right, no matter what the cost.

CWA of Missouri will be sponsoring another Liberty First 2015 Tour featuring teaching by KrisAnne Hall. We scheduled this tour to coincide with the Missouri General Assembly’s Spring Break.

Take Action: We urge our members who live within thirty minutes of each seminar to make plans to attend and then contact their state representative and state senator and ask them to attend the three-hour seminar. This seminar will be very helpful to those state and local office holders in understanding the history of our republic and their role as a public office holder. Click here to find out who your state representative and state senators are as well as their contact information.

We ask for your prayers, financial support and participation. We are an all-volunteer organization. Each of the ladies travel to the Capitol, pay for gas for their cars and overnight stays, food away from home, etc. It would be great to have some individuals step up and “Sponsor a Legislative Liaison.” This money could go directly to reimburse a Legislative Liaison for some of her expenses. Think about it, pray about it and contact us should the Lord move you to “Sponsor a Legislative Liaison.”

Easter Project AD 2015

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10 MOAs is our tradition, CWA of Missouri will be presenting a gift to each member of the Missouri General Assembly to celebrate Easter. This year we will present them with the Ten Commandments (a 6 3/4″ X 4 3/4″ boxed poly resin plaque with metal stand). This is a very appropriate gift for a public office holder as our country’s laws were based on the law of Nature’s God for the first almost two hundred years and years before in the colonies.

“If men will not be governed by the Ten Commandments, they shall be governed by the ten thousand commandments” -G.K. Chesterton

We are asking for $10 to sponsor your state representative or state senator. The gifts will be delivered to each member of the General Assembly at the State Capitol on Wednesday, April 1.

The gift will bear the sponsor’s name and address so the office holder will know who sponsored their gift.

To sponsor your state representative or state senator for the Easter Project AD 2015, contact Val Cummings at 636-916-3189 or cwaofmo@hotmail.com before March 28.

CWA of Missouri Capitol Report – For the Week of February 23 – 27

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Please take a few minutes to 1.) educate yourself on these important issues, 2.) pray about these issues, 2.) act on the ones requested and then 3.) forward this e-mail to like-minded friends, family, churches and associates.

Monday, February 23

National Sovereignty

State Director Bev Ehlen attended the Government Efficiency Committee meeting which heard HB206 sponsored by Rep. Paul Curtman (R-109.) Amy Fox, CWA of Missouri’s Issues Specialist-National Sovereignty, is concerned about the language in the bill that concerns Private Public Partnerships (P3). Private Public Partnerships are used in the overall “Agenda 21” assault on private property. Rep. Paul Curtman is working with the grassroots to address the concerns. We will be watching this bill as it goes through the process and will alert our members to any action item that is needed on this bill. CWA of Missouri is concerned about HB206.

Education

Bev Ehlen also attended the Elementary and Secondary Education Committee meeting that evening. HB382, sponsored by Rep. Kathryn Swan (R-147), was heard. While Rep. Swan worked with those who brought concerns to her about the bill and basically addressed their objections, the bill could still present problems. We’ll send out an action alert should we see that it is needed. CWA of Missouri is concerned about HB382.

Marijuana

HB800sponsored by Rep. Dave Hinson (R-119) was heard on Monday in the House Emerging Issues Committee. This bill would legalize the medicinal use of marijuana. CWA of Missouri opposes HB800.

Tuesday, February 24

Family

Legislative Liaison Linda Laird and Bev Ehlen attended the Children and Families Committee meeting where two bills that could be very helpful to families were being heard.HB684, sponsored by Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-District 5), establishes family intervention orders for the treatment of an individual who abuses chemical substances. HB764 sponsored by Rep. Andrew Koenig (R-District 99) requires a child protective investigator must provide information to the parent or guardian about community service programs that provide respite care, voluntary guardianship, or other support services for families in crisis. These community programs are mostly Christian ministries. CWA of Missouri supports HB684.

National Sovereignty

After visiting with representatives and senators through the rest of the day, Linda Laird and Bev Ehlen attended the Legislator Briefing on Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development that evening. Amy Fox, CWA of Missouri’s Issue Specialist-National Sovereignty, was one of the four speakers who presented regarding the insidious ways people are losing their property rights across Missouri and the United States. There were several members of the Missouri General Assembly in attendance that evening.

Wednesday, February 25

Truth Project

We are so pleased that we are having fifteen individuals who consistently come out at 7:00 a.m. for breakfast and sixty minutes of Truth. Our topic this week was “Theology-Who is God.” The Truth Project is a twelve-subject worldview study held on Wednesday mornings at 7:00 a.m. in Hearing Room 4. Missouri Alliance for Freedom and CWA of Missouri have teamed up to sponsor breakfast and the showing of The Truth Project weekly video presentation by Dr. Del Tackett.

Legislative Liaisons Sherry Kuttenkuler, Linda Laird and Bev Ehlen lobbied on several issues throughout the remainder of the day.

End of Life Care

HB113, sponsored by Rep. Bill E. Kidd (R-District 20), was heard in the House Children and Families Committee. This bill prohibits a health care facility, nursing home, physician, nurse, or medical staff from withholding life-sustaining procedures, food, medication, or nutrition, or placing any restrictions on life-sustaining procedures including, but not limited to, food, medication, or nutrition for any minor patient, resident, or ward without the written permission of at least one parent or legal guardian of the minor patient or ward. CWA of Missouri supports HB113.

Take Action: Please contact the members of the Health and Mental Health Committee and ask them to vote “do-pass” on HB113. Please contact them right away; they may vote on this as soon as Wednesday, March 4.

Abortion

HB190, sponsored by Rep. Kathryn Swan (R-District 147), was third read and passed by a vote of 119 yes votes and 35 no votes in the House. This bill requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to inspect and investigate abortion facilities no less than once a year. The bill specifies inspection and investigation reports must be made available to the public and any portion of a report may be redacted when made publicly available if the portion of the report would disclose information that is not subject to disclosure under the law. It now goes to the Senate. CWA of Missouri supports HB190.

Take Action: 1.) Please contact your Senator and ask him/her to vote for HB190. If you do not know who your Senator is, then simply click here and fill in your address under “Legislator Lookup.” 2.) Call President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey (R-District 23) at 573-751-1141 and Majority Leader Sen. Ron Richard (R-District 32) at 573-751-2173 and ask them to do everything in their power to get HB190 through the Senate.

Abortion

HB1033 was filed by Rep. Mike Moon (R-District 157). Missouri Statutes now say that on “the laws of this state shall be interpreted and construed to acknowledge on behalf of the unborn child at every stage of development, all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons, citizens, and residents of this state, subject only to the Constitution of the United States, and decisional interpretations thereof by the United States Supreme Court and specific provisions to the contrary in the statutes and constitution of this state.” HB1033 would take out “subject only to the Constitution of the United States, and decisional interpretations thereof by the United States Supreme Court and specific provisions to the contrary in the statutes and constitution of this state.” Therefore our state statutes would then say “The laws of this state shall be interpreted and construed to acknowledge on behalf of the unborn child at every stage of development, all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons, citizens, and residents of this state.” This would be a very important piece of Pro-Life legislation in Missouri. CWA of Missouri supports HB1033.

Take Action: call Speaker John Diehl at 573-751-1544 and ask him to assign HB1033 to the Health and Mental Health Committee right away so the process can begin. Ask him to support this piece of legislation all the way through the process.

Thursday, February 26

CWA of Missouri Area Director and Education Coordinator Jill Noble and Legislative Liaison Stacy Shore made a presentation on the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSI) to a group of concerned moms and others in Jefferson City.

Dr. Mary Byrne and Bev Ehlen made a presentation on the CCSSI to a school board of a private Christian school in Wright City.

CWA of Missouri is still making presentations on the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Contact us to schedule on in your area.

Education

Good news on the Common Core State Standards Initiative issue. Smarter Balanced Assessment Tests Ruled Unconstitutional in Missouri! Judge Green of the circuit court of Cole County granted summary judgment in our favor on the claim that Missouri’s membership fees to Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia are unlawful under the Compact Clause of the U.S. Constitution as well as “state and federal law.” Judge Green has permanently enjoined the State of Missouri from making payments in the form of membership fees to Smarter Balanced. Missouri can no longer be a member of SBAC. The decision will probably be appealed by the state which attorney John Sauer looks forward to defending. Stay tuned!

Mark your calendar and plan to attend Pro-Life Action Day on Tuesday, March 10, sponsored by Missouri Right to Life. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., the Rally starts at Noon in the First Floor Rotunda. Carol Tobias, President of National Right to Life will be the keynote speaker. This will be an excellent opportunity for you to “lobby” your state rep. and state senator on behalf of the sanctity of human life. Be sure to stop by our table!

CWA of Missouri Events. Click here at any time to see if there are any CWA of Missouri events in your area.

We ask for your prayers, financial support and participation. We are an all-volunteer organization. Each of the ladies travel to the Capitol, pay for gas for their cars and overnight stays, food away from home, etc. It would be great to have some individuals step up and “Sponsor a Legislative Liaison.” This money could go directly to reimburse a Legislative Liaison for some of her expenses. Think about it, pray about it and contact us should the Lord move you to “Sponsor a Legislative Liaison.”