MOSIRA
11:37 am
Tue February 21, 2012

New science incentives fund declared unconstitutional by judge

A Missouri trial judge has struck down a state fund designed to offer state incentives to science or technology companies.

During a special legislative session last fall, lawmakers approved the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, also often referred to as MOSIRA. The measure contained a clause that the law would not take effect without the passage of a separate measure, which was not approved.

Those challenging the science fund included the Missouri Roundtable for Life and Missouri Right to Life.

The Jefferson City News Tribune reports Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green declared the legislation unconstitutional. Green ruled the contingency clause violated the governor's veto power and a requirement that bills contain only one subject.

Gov. Jay Nixon's budget recommendations for next year include $4 million for the science incentives fund.