The biggest sticking point remains whether to place 7-year expiration dates, or sunsets, on low income and historic preservation tax credits. The Missouri House removed the sunsets before passing the bill last week, a move opposed by the Senate.
President Pro-tem Rob Mayer (R, Dexter) says he’ll ask the Senate to vote to appoint conferees, who would meet with House leaders and try to hammer out a final version of the bill.
Lawmakers have left Jefferson City and are not scheduled to return, even though the special session is still officially underway. House and Senate leaders are still at odds over a wide-ranging tax credit bill.
The only legislative action so far this week was Monday’s technical session in the Missouri Senate, in which two Senators gaveled the chamber in, took no action, then gaveled out about a minute later. The House is scheduled to hold a similarly brief session on Thursday.
A smaller version of the wide-ranging tax credit bill received first-round approval Tuesday in the Missouri Senate. GOP Senate leaders realized there was not enough support within their own caucus for passing $360 million in air cargo incentives, not to mention a threatened filibuster.
The Missouri State Senator who sponsored the measure strictly limiting teacher-student contact via Facebook and other social media has filed legislation she says will clear up any confusion over the new law.
The issue was added Tuesday to the call of the special session by Governor Jay Nixon (D), but in his call the governor only stipulated that the language in question be removed, not replaced with new language.
Reporting from KCUR's Elana Gordon used in this report.
An interim state senate committee is trying to figure out whether, and, if so, how Missouri should create a state health exchange.
During the their first public hearing on the issue yesterday, Mark Sergener, an insurance agent from St. Joseph, testified against creating such an exchange, siting concerns over how insurance carriers and coverage options would be affected.