Missouri lawmakers have full agenda for special session

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 | 1:20 p.m. CDT; updated 2:22 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 6, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers have convened a special session focused on an overhaul of the state's business incentives.

The session began near midday Tuesday with formalities like the introduction of bills. The heavier work comes in subsequent days as committees hear public testimony and a potentially lengthy debate gets started in the Senate.

Lawmakers have proposed to end tax breaks for low-income seniors and disabled residents who live in rented homes. New incentives would go to international cargo shippers at the St. Louis airport, computerized data centers, science and technology companies and the organizers of major amateur sporting events.

The agenda also includes changes to Missouri's presidential primary, control of the St. Louis police force and the repeal of a new Missouri law limiting teachers' interaction with students on Internet sites.

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