A lively discussion between lawmakers and other Missouri leaders Wednesday evening suggests that systemic problems in Missouri tax law may obstruct reform as much as differing political philosophies.
SB 916 follows a contentious trend in states such as Arizona and Kansas. Opposition argues that the bill would open the way for discrimination against gay and lesbian residents.
Kansas City is one of eight finalists to host the Republicans' presidential nominating convention in 2016.
The bill would require Missouri's individual income tax brackets to be adjusted annually for inflation starting in 2015.
The Missouri Senate approved a constitutional amendment to bar Missouri governors from making budgets cuts to schools.
The measure endorsed Wednesday would prevent schools from using the Common Core Standards, unless the legislature passes a bill to adopt them.
The moratorium would take effect if Kansas enacts a similar moratorium through legislation or executive order.
The Missouri inmate convicted of abducting, raping and fatally stabbing a Kansas City teenager nearly 25 years ago was executed Wednesday.
Clay Adams of Greenlawn Funeral Home, which organized the service, said Hailey Owens' family wants mourners to remember the girl as kindhearted and full of life.
Senators have been debating an education bill for the past two days that seeks to address the transfer law and Missouri's unaccredited school districts. Discussion continued into the evening hours Wednesday. Senators embraced a provision that could lead to the state starting to pay some transfer costs.
The bill given initial approval seeks to re-impose a $350,000 cap on noneconomic damages in medical practice cases that was struck down by Missouri Supreme Court in 2012.
The measure would require the state Corrections Department to submit a formal outline of an execution procedure to a legislative panel.
The high court denied transfer requests by the cities of Creve Coeur and Kansas City, and red-light camera vendor American Traffic Solutions Inc.
Sen. Dan Brown filed a bill Wednesday that would speed executions of those who kidnapped their murder victims.
Dutchtown resident Doyle Parmer said the buyout could include up to 13 properties. The town has fewer than 100 residents.
Willie Taylor was convicted of second-degree murder in the June 1985 death of Johnnie Corbin, 41, an 18-year police veteran.
Many states have repealed bans on selling retail on Sunday, but Missouri still prohibits dealers from selling cars, trucks and motorcycles on that day.
The House gave first-round approval to measures Tuesday that could lead to a voter photo ID requirement. Previous attempts have stalled in the Senate, been vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon or blocked by judges.
This year is expected to be a relatively mild campaign season in Missouri. There is no race for U.S. Senate or governor. The only statewide executive office on the ballot is auditor.
Convicted killer Michael Taylor is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. Several court appeals have been filed seeking to spare his life, and Gov. Jay Nixon is weighing a clemency request.