The agriculture inspection bill limits who can enforce regulations, with increased biosecurity being one of its goals.
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Some long-sought legislation passed, from prescription drug monitoring to a fuel-tax hike and criminal justice reform.
One key part of the bill was removed, which would have created harsher penalties for blocking roads during protests.
The legislation also allows college athletes to benefit financially from their likeness.
Much of their displeasure centered on their desire to remove language blocking contraceptives from a Medicaid package.
Democrats tried and failed to add provision to close loophole that allows some domestic violence offenders to carry guns.
HB 432 also permits "open, transparent" recording of parent-teacher meetings, something Columbia's school board opposed.
"It’s far past time even for a bill like this to come to the floor," said Rep. Kevin Windham, D-Hillsdale.
House Republicans signal little faith election and voting reforms will pass before the legislative session ends Friday.