Since Missouri's state lawmakers are on spring break this week, "St. Louis on the Air" is checking in to see what they've accomplished so far, and what remains on the to-do list.
Four bills have been passed by both chambers and sent to the governor:
- HB16 provides extra disaster funding, which will be used for damage caused by rioting and unrest in Ferguson;
- HB63 bans current and former school superintendents from running for the school board in the district where he or she served;
- HB259 creates the Missouri Dairy Industry Revitalization fund, which creates an insurance assistance program for dairy producers and requires the University of Missouri to annually research the estimated states sales tax revenue generated from dairy products;
- SB149 creates sales tax exemptions for data storage centers.
But there's a longer list of items that haven't made it to the governor, including student transfers; a bill that would forbid employers from requiring workers to join a labor union; a photo voter ID law; a limit to the amount of revenue from traffic fines that a city, town or village can use in its budget; ethics regulations; caps on medical malpractice lawsuits; and a number of Ferguson-related bills.
On Monday, "St. Louis on the Air" host Don Marsh talked to political reporters Jo Mannies (@jmannies), Marshall Griffin (@MarshallGReport) and Jason Rosenbaum (@jrosenbaum) about the legislative session, which resumes March 30.
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