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Roundup of legislation Missouri lawmakers sent Tuesday to Gov. Nixon

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 | 7:11 p.m. CDT; updated 7:32 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Missouri lawmakers were busy passing legislation Tuesday before the Missouri General Assembly 2012 session ends Friday.

Here's a roundup of bills that were passed Tuesday that will go to Gov. Jay Nixon:

No Call List for cellphones. The Senate passed legislation allowing Missouri residents to add their cellphone numbers to the state's No Call List for telemarketers. The measure would prohibit most solicitations by phone call or text message to cellphones placed on the list. The House passed the measure last month.

Digital billboards. Current law allows digital billboards if they comply with all federal and state rules. The House passed legislation Tuesday that would also allow  non-compliant billboards to be converted to electronic format, as long as the signs complied with state and federal rules from Aug. 27, 1999. The Senate approved the billboard legislation in March, so the measure is headed to Gov. Jay Nixon.

Prohibiting lawsuits against co-workers. Legislation passed by the House and Senate on Tuesday would prohibit workers from suing each other for accidental on-the-job injuries. The bill would allow such lawsuits only in cases where one worker "purposefully and dangerously" injures another.

Expanding the state's elder abuse law. The House passed a measure that would expand Missouri's elder abuse law to protect older citizens from financial exploitation. The legislation makes it a crime for those with authority over an elderly person to take advantage of that person's state of mind for financial gain. The Senate already passed the measure.

Expanding charter schools. The House approved legislation that could allow charter schools to be established throughout the state. Missouri has allowed charter schools for more than a decade in the St. Louis city and Kansas City districts. The legislation would permit charter schools in all districts, but the rules on who could sponsor them would depend on a district's accreditation status. The Senate passed it earlier.

On Monday, a Senate panel endorsed a proposed referendum that would change the way vacancies in statewide offices are filled. The measure would curtail the governor's ability to appoint people to openings in offices such as attorney general or secretary of state. The legislation would allow for a temporary replacement until a special election could be held. If the measure is passed by the full Senate, it would be added to the statewide November ballot. The House passed it February.


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