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.