Selected bills passed by the Missouri Legislature’s 2004 session, which ended Friday.
Appropriates $18.9 billion for the fiscal year starting July 1, with increases for education and the Medicaid health care program, plus pay raises for state employees.
Overhauls laws on child abuse and neglect, granting more rights to accused parents while also expanding background checks, opening court records, encouraging the use of private contractors and increasing the amount of adoption tax credits available each year.
Requires DNA samples to be taken from all felons and allows the state to pay restitution of $50 a day for prisoners later exonerated by DNA tests.
Allows new grants of up to $12 million annually for local public works projects, to be funded by the repeal of some existing tax credits; expands the areas eligible to offer tax breaks as enterprise zones.
Asks voters to amend the Missouri Constitution to limit marriage to between a man and a woman.
Selected bills that failed during the Missouri Legislature’s 2004 session, which ended Friday.
Allowed lawsuits against anyone who helps a minor obtain an abortion without parental consent.
Authorized $372 million bond plan to fund construction at state colleges and universities.
Revised the funding mechanism for the new concealed guns law, cited as problematic in a recent Supreme Court ruling.
Gov. Bob Holden vetoed legislation imposing limits on injury lawsuits, including medical malpractice cases. A separate bill, which failed, would have imposed more regulations on medical malpractice insurers.
Repealed Missouri’s mandatory helmet law for motorcycle riders 21 and older.
Revised Missouri’s prescription drug program for low-income seniors to fill the coverage gap in a new federal Medicare drug benefit that is to take effect in the future.
--The Associated Press