Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers will try again this week to pass incentives for the auto industry and major changes to the state retirement system.
Their special legislative session ground to a halt last week because of opposition from some senators to tax breaks for the suburban Kansas City Ford plant. There was also disagreement among House and Senate members over the pension bill.
St. Louis – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen sent a flurry of bills to Mayor Francis Slay on Friday, the day before the board's traditional summer break.
Aldermen approved measures that add gender identity and expression to the city's anti-discrimination ordinance, put stricter controls on the use of official cars, and ask voters in November to weigh in on local control of the police department and whether to increase the maximum fines for a municipal ordinance violation.
Springfield, IL – A new Illinois law adds the human touch to traffic tickets generated by automated "red light" cameras.
The law requires an official to verify the violation before any citation is issued. Drivers also will be allowed to view the evidence online, and they can't be charged an extra fee for contesting the ticket.