Lawmakers struggle to compromise in Missouri special session

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 | 11:43 a.m. CDT; updated 3:26 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 20, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's special legislative session is teetering between collapse and compromise as lawmakers are in a disagreement over a job-creation proposal.

The House canceled a scheduled committee vote Tuesday on its version of a bill that would scale back some of Missouri's existing tax credits and create new incentives for businesses. That came after key Republican House members said the Senate version passed last week is unacceptable because it gives too much discretion to Gov. Jay Nixon's administration.

On Tuesday, Nixon said he hopes House members will warm up to the idea and still pass the legislation.

But Rep. John Diehl, a St. Louis County lawmaker involved in negotiations, said if no consensus is reached in the next couple of days, that lawmakers may simply end the special session.

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