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Which bills passed, which failed in the Missouri Legislature

The Missouri Legislature adjourned its regular session Friday. Here's a look at some of the bills that failed.
Saturday, May 19, 2007 | 1:00 p.m. CDT; updated 4:04 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

WHAT PASSED

ABORTION

Subjects abortion clinics to greater state oversight, bans people affiliated with abortion clinics from teaching sex education classes and allows abstinence-only sex education courses. HB1055.

BUDGET

A $21.5 billion operating budget boosts funding for education and Medicaid and provides pay raises to state employees and service providers. HBs1-13.

DEATH PENALTY

Makes secret the identities of those who carry out executions, granting them the right to sue anyone who reveals their names. HB820.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Makes secret the identities of rape, sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking victims. Allows domestic violence victims to direct their mail through an alternative address. HB583.

ENGLISH

A proposed constitutional amendment would ask statewide voters to make English the language of all officials proceedings in Missouri. Likely to appear on the November 2008 ballot. HJR7.

EYE EXAMS

Requires children starting kindergarten or first grade to undergo an eye exam by a doctor or optometrist, starting in July 2008, unless their parents excuse them. SB16.

FIRE SAFETY

Requires sprinkler systems in many assisted living, nursing and residential care facilities by the end of 2012 and complete fire alarm systems by the end of 2008 _ a response to a fire that killed 11 people last November at an Anderson group home for the mentally ill and disabled. HB952.

GUNS

People who use deadly force against someone who illegally enters their home, car or other dwelling would be protected from criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits. SB62. Taking lawfully owned firearms during an emergency would be illegal _ a response to efforts by officials in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. SB257.

HEALTH CARE

Renames the Medicaid program as "MO HealthNet" with a greater emphasis on preventive care. Restores coverage and certain health benefits to some, but not all, of the people whose services were cut two years ago. SB577.

HEALTH INSURANCE

Authorizes state tax credits for people who purchase their own health insurance. Expands eligibility and lowers premiums for a high-risk health insurance pool. Legalizes certified midwives, who currently could face felony charges for helping deliver babies. HB818.

HIGHER EDUCATION

Authorizes the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority to pay $350 million over six years to the state for college buildings. Limits tuition increases and creates more financial-need scholarships. SB389 and HB16.

MENTAL HEALTH

Imposes new requirements for reporting suspected abuse and neglect in mental health facilities and creates the crime of "vulnerable person abuse." Opens reports of substantiated abuse and neglect claims to the public. SB3.

SOCIAL SECURITY

Phases in additional state income tax exemptions for Social Security benefits and for the pension benefits of those who opted out of the Social Security system. HB444.

TAX BREAKS

Expands existing tax breaks for businesses that add jobs with health benefits and at least average wages. Creates a tax break for developers who assemble large tracts of land in low-income areas. Provides tax breaks for investors in small businesses, Missouri-made movies, beef cattle sales, alternative fuel vehicles and other things. HB327.

TELEVISION

Makes it easier for telephone companies to start offering video service in competition with cable TV companies by allowing statewide video franchises, instead of city-by-city agreements. SB284.

VEHICLES

Loosens the standards on the level of damage requiring a vehicle to have a salvage title. SB82.

WHAT FAILED

ANIMALS

An attempt to pre-empt local health and zoning ordinances restricting concentrated animal feeding operations. Stripped from a bill in the Senate. SB364 and HB570.

COURTS

A constitutional amendment proposed to bar the courts from reviewing legislators' spending decisions. Passed the House but not the Senate. HJR1.

DAMS

Would have expanded state dam inspections and charged an annual inspection fee, a response to the December 2005 collapse of the Taum Sauk reservoir. The House and Senate could not agree on a final bill after passing different versions. HB159.

EDUCATION

Would have given tax credits to donors for scholarships to allow some Kansas City and St. Louis students to attend private schools. Defeated by the House. HB808. Would have required students in struggling districts to be tested every six weeks, and teachers to prove their competency every five years, among other things. Stalled in the Senate. HB265.

GAMBLING

Would have repealed the state's unique law limiting gamblers to losing $500 per two hours and in turn raised taxes on casinos for a new scholarship program. Stalled in the Senate. SB430.

MINIMUM WAGE

Attempted to fix a glitch in a minimum wage law adopted last year by voters that affected overtime for police, firefighters and some others. Passed the Senate but stalled in the House after expanded to also repeal an annual inflation adjustment for the minimum wage and reduce the base wage for tipped employees. SB255.

PHONE CALLS

Would have restricted automated phone calls and expanded the state's no-call list to include wireless phones and fax machines. Passed the Senate but not the House. SB49.

POWER OUTAGES

Would have required utilities to credit money to customers when the power goes out for at least a day. Electric companies also would have had to meet certain standards in keeping the lights on. Endorsed by a committee but never debated by the Senate. SB390.

TRAFFIC LAWS

Would have allowed police to stop motorists solely for not wearing seat belts. Passed the Senate but stripped from the bill in the House. HB744. Would have repealed helmet requirements for motorcyclists age 21 and older. Passed the House but not the Senate. HB155.

SHIELD LAW

Proposed to grant the media greater protection from having to divulge anonymous sources or provide notes and unaired recordings when sought in legal proceedings. Passed the House but not the Senate. HB774.

SLAVERY

A resolution apologizing for Missouri's role in permitting slavery. Cleared a House committee but never debated by the House. HCR26.

STEM CELLS

A proposed constitutional amendment would have asked voters to reverse part of last year's voter-approved measure that protects the ability to conduct human embryonic stem cell research. Defeated in a House committee. HJR11.


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