Missouri legislature 2013
The House legislation would eliminate the common-law right to file a lawsuit over health care services and replace it with a statutory right to sue.
The Republican-led legislature has repeatedly rejected a straight expansion of Medicaid eligibility as called for under President Barack Obama's health care law, yet the Democratic governor has continued to try to build public support for it.
House approval of the 2014 budget plan sends it to the Republican-controlled Senate, where more changes are likely before an early May deadline to get it to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk.
The House gave a largely partisan voice vote to a bill that would gradually cut the state's corporate income tax rate by 2016. MU research suggests the tax cut could reduce state revenues by $123 million annually.
Rep. Chris Molendorp, an insurance agent from Belton, was the only Republican to support the Medicaid expansion. No Democrats opposed it.
Under a new process local license office clerks scan applicant's personal documents. Officials with the state Department of Revenue say the scanned documents are reained by the state and other information is forwarded to a contractor who makes the driver's licenses.
Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, said the amendment responds to proposed gun restrictions in the federal government.
This week, House legislators have set aside six hours for debate on the annual budget. It must be approved by May 10 in order to take effect in July.
A listing of bills before the Missouri legislature at its mid-session break.
New Missouri Senate bills could raise tax revenue for the state. One estimate suggests that Missouri may reap a net gain of $355 million in 2016, with that gradually declining to a $118 million revenue increase by 2019.
Legislative efforts to exempt security-related documents from public disclosure also could strengthen Missouri's open-records law.
The Missouri House is considering a proposal to help Missouri National Guardsmen with their tuition after the U.S. Army recently suspended federal tuition assistance as a result of automatic spending cuts.
The sales tax proposal was given final approval Thursday and will now to the House.
State Senate approves bill requiring unions to seek consent before deducting fees from paychecks.
Missouri law now allows tenured teachers in St. Louis to be terminated for "inefficiency" on the job but not for incompetence.
The bill would let the state treasurer's office publicize photos of lost military medals and information about how they were earned in an effort to get them back to their owners.
A Missouri Senate committee heard public testimony on a bill to invalidate federal firearms laws. The bill declares that it is the courts duty to protect the rights of law-abiding citizens to bear keep and arms.
The Missouri Republican Senate passed a bill to reduce the state's income tax for individuals and corporations by three-quarters of a percentage point over five years while raising the state sales tax by one-half cent over the same time.
Gov. Jay Nixon objects to the bill because it would raise the state sales tax by one-half cent over five years.
The final measure was the product of a compromise forged after nearly eight hours of opposition from Senate Democrats.