Highlighted Issues From Peter Kinder's Legislative Service
Tax Credit Accountability Act
In 2004, Kinder co-sponsored SB 1099, the Tax Credit Accountability Act, legislation that won approval and provides a systematic review of the state's entire tax credit program.
In 2004, Kinder co-sponsored SB 1020, a bill that won approval revising several key provisions of Missouri's Sunshine law.
Cross Burning Crime Bill
In 2004, the passage of Kinder's Cross Burning Bill was a victory for all Missourians. It made it a crime to burn a cross with the intent to intimidate any person or group of persons.
Senior Rx "Donut" Hole Bill
This act would close the standard drug benefit coverage gap for certain seniors that was created due to the enactment of the Federal Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003. In the 2004 legislative session, Kinder sponsored and fought for SB 1371 to fill this gap, the so-called "donut hole". He won a 34-0 vote in the Senate before it fell short in the House. Its passage next year will be one of his top priorities.
Sales Tax Holiday
In 2003, Peter Kinder won approval for legislation establishing a sales-tax holiday in Missouri. This legislation gives Missouri families relief from sales tax for a three-day period to assist them with buying clothes and supplies for school. Kinder's innovative tax relief not only helped families but helped Missouri's economy by increasing retail sales.
Saving 2000 Hazelwood Ford Plant Jobs
In 2003, Kinder joined with lawmakers to pass HB 289, a measure that saved 2000 jobs at the Hazelwood Ford Plant and returned control of economic development projects to the local level.
Nursing Home Reform & Elderly Senior Protection Act
In 2003, Kinder sponsored and passed legislation to reform nursing homes and insure our seniors' safety. The "Elderly Protection Act," was the first major overhaul of laws involving elder abuse and nursing home reforms in 25 years.
Noranda Aluminum plant bill 2003
In 2003, Kinder sponsored and passed SB 556, keeping the Noranda Aluminum Plant open and saving 1,100 jobs in southeast Missouri.
Amber Alert System
In 2003, Kinder co-sponsored SB 11, a bill that won approval and authorized the Amber Alert System for Missouri.
Religious Freedom Restoration Act
In 2003, as Senate President Pro Tem, Peter Kinder sponsored and won approval for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a measure that restores the highest constitutional protections for the fundamental right to worship.
Rejection of Elected Official Salary Increase Recommendations
In 2003, Kinder co-sponsored SCR 1, which won approval and rejected salary increase recommendations of the Citizens' Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials.
Missouri Downtown Economic Stimulus Act
In 2002, Kinder sponsored the Missouri Downtown Economic Stimulus Act, which was eventually passed under his leadership (and co-sponsorship) in 2003, providing increased resources for cities across the state to revitalize their downtown districts.
In 2001, under Kinder's leadership, Missouri created the Missouri Senior Rx Program. In 2004, he also sponsored and fought for legislation to fill the so-called "donut hole" in the new federal Medicare prescription drug benefit.
Children's Health Insurance Program
In 1998, Kinder sponsored the Children's Health Insurance Program bill. This bill would have provided heath insurance to Missouri's poorest children.
Missouri's First Partial Birth Abortion Bill
In 1997, Senator Kinder sponsored, passed and worked to override the governor's veto of SB 275-Missouri's first ban on partial-birth abortion.
Missouri's First Ban on Same Sex Marriage
In 1996, Peter Kinder sponsored Missouri's first state bill defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. He believes we must value the sanctity and institution of marriage and can show respect for all individuals by taking a principled stand for one of the most fundamental institutions of our civilization.
Kinder has sponsored or co-sponsored numerous lawsuit liability reform bills, restoring caps on non-economic jury awards and protecting businesses against venue shopping. Unfortunately, these bills have been vetoed by Governor Holden. Kinder continues his fight to protect citizens, business and doctors against ridiculous jury awards for non-economic damages.