Missouri House committees to consider two priority bills

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 | 10:08 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri House committees are taking up two priorities of the chamber's Republican leaders.

A House committee scheduled a hearing Wednesday on a bill that would require drug-testing for people who receive cash welfare payments.

Another committee was expected to consider legislation offering a $10,000 tax deduction for each full-time job that a small business creates with a salary that matches the county's average wage. The deduction doubles if the business also pays half of its workers' health insurance premiums.

The same bill also expands a ban on regulations affecting small businesses.

The drug-testing and business incentives were expected to be the first bills considered by House members in the 2011 session.


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