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What passed, what failed

Selected bills passed or failed by the Missouri legislature's 2004 session, which ended Friday.
Sunday, May 16, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:51 a.m. CDT, Saturday, June 14, 2008

What passed

Selected bills passed by the Missouri Legislature’s 2004 session, which ended Friday.

Budget

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.

Children’s services

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.

DNA testing

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.

Economic development

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.

Gay marriage

Asks voters to amend the Missouri Constitution to limit marriage to between a man and a woman.

What failed

Selected bills that failed during the Missouri Legislature’s 2004 session, which ended Friday.

Abortion

Allowed lawsuits against anyone who helps a minor obtain an abortion without parental consent.

Bonds

Authorized $372 million bond plan to fund construction at state colleges and universities.

Concealed guns

Revised the funding mechanism for the new concealed guns law, cited as problematic in a recent Supreme Court ruling.

Medical malpractice

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.

Motorcycle helmets

Repealed Missouri’s mandatory helmet law for motorcycle riders 21 and older.

Prescription drugs

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


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