Missouri legislature 2013
Revenue from the bonds could pay for construction on college campuses, state parks, the state Capitol and rural water projects.
The legislation is the work of a Missouri Bar panel that began meeting five years ago to give the code its first makeover since the 1970s.
A Missouri man filed a lawsuit challenging a new requirement that documents be scanned into a state computer system.
House Speaker Tim Jones, who is sponsoring the legislation, said conscience rights are a bedrock principle that has been applied for a long time in the U.S. He said the legislation protects workers' rights and claimed support from both political parties and men and women.
The proposed mixture of income tax cuts and sales tax hikes included in the Senate legislation could have a much larger benefit for the wealthy, particularly those running their own small businesses. But for seniors living on Social Security benefits, the proposed tax changes could end up costing more.
A House committee plans to vote Tuesday on legislation to authorize bonds for construction while the full Senate is preparing to debate a sales tax proposal that would raise nearly $8 billion over a decade to pay for roads, bridges and other transportation projects.
Gov. Jay Nixon has called to expand the state's Medicaid program and for increases in social welfare programs targeted at children.
Sen. Kurt Schaefer said law enforcement agencies have used checkpoints in the past to pull over all motorcycles during group rides or rallies.
Gov. Jay Nixon disapproves of a Missouri Senate bill that would gradually raise the state sales tax by one-half cent over five years.
The legislation endorsed Thursday by a House panel would impose a $135 million annual cap on tax credits for historic renovation projects.
Newly proposed House legislation would prohibit the Revenue Department from scanning personal documents and transferring them to an out-of-state database.
A new bill sponsored by 24 Missouri House representatives would nullify federal firearms laws in the state. If it passes, the bill would make it a crime to enforce any federal firearms laws that Missouri courts determine to be in violation the Second Amendment.
The measure would let prosecutors introduce evidence of past crimes to corroborate a victim's testimony or to demonstrate someone has an inclination to commit such a crime.
The committee voted Tuesday to adopt the measure sponsored by Sen. Brian Munzlinger, of Williamstown.
A proposed constitutional amendment would let officials serve 16 years in the legislature.
Senate Appropriations Chairman Kurt Schaefer is opposing that option and said if the program expires after three years it would already have added money to the federal debt.
The Senate General Laws Committee scheduled a vote Monday on the proposal by Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer, of Columbia.
The measure includes about $23 million from general state tax revenues, with much of the remainder coming from the federal government.
Missouri's Second Injury Fund has a $25 million shortfall that is continuing to grow because its liabilities to injured workers exceed its revenues.
House members voted 94-55 to pass the measure Thursday.