Some long-sought legislation passed, from prescription drug monitoring to a fuel-tax hike and criminal justice reform.
Adam S. Jackson
State reporter, fall 2020. Studying print and digital news. Reach me at email@example.com, or (573) 356-7458
“Blair’s Law,” which would allow police to arrest and punish individuals who irresponsibly fire guns, was added as an amendment.
The bill has many amendments, which may make it hard to pass as time grows short.
The budget includes $21 million in funding for the MO Excels grant and $80 million for institutions of higher education.
Its sponsor said the bill protects farmers from activists who want to “eradicate animal agriculture species by species, state by state.”
Democratic lawmakers on the committee oppose the bill and say it is another way of preventing mail-in voting.
The bill's sponsor, Sen. Brian Williams, says it represents first real reform since the police killing of Michael Brown.
A public official would only be able to order closure for up to 15 days before requiring approval of the local government body.