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What got passed: A scorecard for Missouri's 2014 legislature

Friday, May 16, 2014 | 4:07 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers face a 6 p.m. Friday deadline to pass legislation during their annual session. Here's a look at some of the bills that have passed:

TAX CUT

Gradually cuts Missouri's individual income tax rate from 6 percent to 5.5 percent and creates a 25 percent deduction for business income reported on personal tax returns starting in 2017. Each incremental tax cut is contingent on rising revenues. Projected to eventually reduce state revenues by about $620 million annually. Lawmakers overrode Nixon's veto. SB509.

Read more of the Missourian's coverage on tax cuts.

TAX INCREASE

Asks voters whether to adopt a constitutional amendment to enact a three-fourths cent sales tax to benefit roads and other transportation projects. Projected to generate $534 million annually. Referred to statewide ballot. HJR68.

Read more of the Missourian's coverage on tax increases.

ABORTION

Triples the amount of time a woman must wait to get an abortion after seeing a doctor to 72 hours, from the current 24 hours. Pending before Gov. Jay Nixon. HB1307.

Read more of the Missourian's coverage on abortion waiting periods.

BUDGET

Creates a two-tiered funding plan for education in the 2015 budget, providing public schools at least a $115 million increase and potentially a $278 million increase if state revenues meet Nixon's more optimistic projections. The budget also boosts funding for higher education, restores some Medicaid benefits cut in 2005, and authorizes funding for a new state mental health hospital in Fulton. Pending before Nixon. HBs 2001-2013.

Read more of the Missourian's coverage on the 2015 budget.

COMMON CORE

Sets up a panel of educators to rewrite student achievement standards for English, math, science and history. New goals would replace Common Core Standards, which have been adopted by more than 40 other states. Pending before Nixon. HB1490.

Read more of the Missourian's coverage on the Common Core.

SCHOOL TRANSFERS

Revises a state law that allows students in unaccredited districts to transfer elsewhere at their former district's expense. Allows the potential for local taxpayer dollars to be used for students to transfer to nonreligious private schools in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas. Pending before Nixon. SB493.

Read more of the Missourian's coverage on school transfers.

CRIMINAL CODE

Rewrites the state's criminal laws for the first time since 1979 and creates new classes of felonies and misdemeanors while also reducing penalties for some drug crimes. Nixon allowed the bill to become law without his signature. SB491.

Read more of the Missourian's coverage on criminal codes.

ELECTIONS

Asks voters whether to authorize a six-day early voting period before elections. Referred to ballot. HJR90. Changes Missouri's presidential primary to March instead of February. Pending before Nixon. SB892.

Read more of the Missourian's coverage on elections.

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES

Bars people younger than 18 from buying electronic cigarettes while exempting the nicotine products from other tobacco sales restrictions. Pending before Nixon. SB841.

Read more of the Missourian's coverage on electronic cigarettes.

MEDICAL TREATMENTS

Prevents insurance companies from charging significantly higher amounts for oral chemotherapy drugs than they currently do for intravenous treatments. Signed by Nixon. SB668. Allows some people with epilepsy to use a cannabis extract. Pending before Nixon. HB2238.

Read more of the Missourian's coverage on medical treatments.

UNEMPLOYMENT

Ties the duration of unemployment benefits to the jobless rate. Another bill seeks to make it harder for workers to claim benefits if they are fired for workplace "misconduct." Pending before Nixon. SB673 and SB510.

Read more of the Missourian's coverage on unemployment.


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