The Missouri Senate has passed legislation extending several health care taxes that help generate about $3 billion annually for state's Medicaid program.
The special taxes are levied on such things hospitals, nursing homes and pharmacies. They are used to draw down federal Medicaid money, which is then distributed to health care providers through various programs.
Missouri's health care taxes are to expire Sept. 30.
The Missouri Senate has passed legislation imposing more restrictions on late-term abortions.
The legislation would remove a general exception for a woman's health from a current state law banning abortions of viable fetuses. Instead, the legislation would allow such abortions only when the woman's life is endangered or when pregnancy risks permanent damage to a major bodily function.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay told the committee on governmental organization that an overwhelming majority of voters support local control, and that under state control, city residents have no input into how the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is run.