Missouri lawmakers are weighing what role bicycles should play in the future of transportation spending.
A proposed constitutional amendment would raise the state sales tax by a penny to bridge any anticipated shortfalls over the next ten years. Most of the money would be for roads and bridges, but 10 percent could be earmarked by local governments for alternative forms of transportation including bicycle, air, rail, and pedestrian projects.
At least one bill has made it out of the special legislative session.
Today the Missouri House overwhelmingly passed the so-called “Facebook Fix,” which would remove confusing language from a new law regarding teacher-student messaging via social media. That law was placed on hold last month by a Cole County judge, who ruled that barring teachers from websites that allow private messaging with students would have a, quote, “chilling effect” on free speech rights.
A Missouri House member wants to ask voters to raise the state cigarette tax by 81 cents a pack.
Democrat Chris Kelly, of Columbia, outlined his plan Thursday to a House committee. He's proposing a future statewide vote on whether to raise Missouri's current 17-cent tax - the lowest in the nation - to 98 cents per pack.
Kelly says the increase could generate $425 million in state revenue, discourage people from smoking and bring down state health care costs.
The amount Missouri hospitals charge the state for examinations to collect evidence from sexual assault victims varies widely between hospitals.
Lawmakers say the state should set a cap on the rates it pays.
Data from the Department of Public Safety shows the state paid $35.40 for a lab test at a Kansas City hospital and more than $1,500 for an examination at a Harrisonville hospital. The state paid an average of about $784 per examination last year.