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A look at some of the bills passed in the Missouri General Assembly

Friday, May 14, 2010 | 8:27 p.m. CDT; updated 10:13 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 14, 2010
Missouri lawmakers celebrate the end of the regular legislative session on Friday in Jefferson City. Members of the House of Representatives traditionally toss their working papers into the air at the official end of the business day.

Missouri lawmakers completed their 2010 session Friday. Here's a look at some of the legislation sent to Gov. Jay Nixon:

ABORTION

A look at what failed to pass

Here are some of the bills that failed to pass the legislative session that ended Friday.

BUSINESS INCENTIVES

Various proposals would have created new tax incentives for manufacturers that retain jobs by improving their factories; granted Missouri businesses an edge in getting existing tax incentives; and used a portion of the taxes from technology companies to recruit other such firms.

CONCEALED GUNS

The minimum age for getting a permit to carry a concealed gun would have been lowered from 23 to 21 years old.

DRUG TESTING

People receiving state cash assistance would have been required to pass drug tests or lose benefits, and elected state officials would have faced a similar requirement.

EDUCATION MERGER

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Department of Higher Education would have been combined and governed by a single board.

ELECTIONS

Proposals would have allowed a no-excuses-needed early-voting period before Election Day and authorized a requirement that Missourians show a government-issued photo ID to vote.

HOLIDAYS

Missouri would have eliminated state holidays for Truman Day on May 8 and Lincoln Day on Feb. 12, as part of an effort to save money in the budget.

HORSE SLAUGHTER

Lawmakers dropped an attempt to open a market for horse slaughter in Missouri by charging fees that would be used to pay for federal inspections.

RETIREMENT

State workers first hired in 2011 would have been required to contribute 4 percent of their pay to the retirement system and would not have been eligible for retirement until later than allowed under current law.

SCHOOL FUNDING

Differing versions would have set up a system for distributing money to public K-12 schools when state money falls short of the amount called for under a school funding formula. Other proposals would have reduced state spending on summer school.

TAX CHANGES

A proposed constitutional amendment would have eliminated the state individual and corporate income tax and replaced it with a higher sales tax charged on a wider variety of goods and services.

TAX CREDITS

Gov. Jay Nixon, senators and House Democrats pushed for new limits on state tax credits, but House Republicans refused to consider the reductions.

TEXTING WHILE DRIVING

Several measures sought to ban all Missouri drivers from sending cell phone text messages while driving. Currently, only people 21 years old or younger are banned from texting while driving.

 

 



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SB793, expands the information required to be provided to women 24 hours before abortions, including the option of viewing an ultrasound and listening to a heartbeat of the fetus.

AUTISM

HB1311, mandates that group insurance policies regulated by Missouri cover the diagnosis and treatment of autistic children, including up to $40,000 annually of behavioral therapy.

BINGO

SB940, attempts to boost business for bingo halls by allowing them to open earlier, close later and offer games twice a week instead of just once.

BUDGET

HBs2001-2013, authorizes more than $23 billion for state operations for the 2011 fiscal year, but falls short of the amount of reductions Gov. Jay Nixon has said are necessary to balance the budget.

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS

SB733, changes the Access Missouri scholarship so that students at public and private colleges and universities would receive the same amount of money, beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. Currently, students at private schools are eligible for larger scholarships.

DRUNKEN DRIVING

HB1695, changes drunken driving laws to better track repeat offenders; allows some offenders to get their drivers' licenses back in exchange for undergoing treatment.

ETHICS

SB844, allows the Ethics Commission to launch investigations, restricts shuffling of money between numerous political committees and requires quicker reporting of campaign donations when lawmakers or the governor are considering legislation.

FARM TAXES

SCR35, rejects a plan by the State Tax Commission that would have raised property taxes for the state's most productive farm land and reduced taxes on the lowest-rated agricultural land.

HEALTH INSURANCE

HB1764, places on the August ballot a referendum attempting to defy a federal health insurance mandate by stating that Missourians cannot be compelled to have health insurance nor penalized for paying for health care out of their own pocketbooks.

HB1498, imposes new financial penalties on insurance companies that take too long to pay claims to health care providers.

MEDICAID

SB1007 and SB842, enacts various cost-cutting measures in the Medicaid program; authorizes the state to hire independent contractors to assess whether disabled people qualify for in-home care.

PATROL MERGER

HB1868, restructures the Missouri State Water Patrol to become a division of the Missouri State Water Patrol.

PUBLIC NOTICE

SB851, requires four days' notice before government meetings on tax increases, the creation of special taxing districts or use of eminent domain.

SEXUAL BUSINESSES

SB586, imposes new restrictions on sexually oriented businesses by banning nudity, alcohol, minors and touching; restricts their locations and operating hours.

SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA

HB1472, bans synthetic compounds that mimic the effects of marijuana and subjects people who possess them to the same criminal penalties as those caught with real marijuana.

 


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