Differences between the Missouri House and Senate may once again kill an effort to nullify federal gun laws.
The Missouri House voted Tuesday evening by a veto-proof margin, 109-42, to approve a conference committee’s proposed final version of the bill, officially known as the “Second Amendment Preservation Act.”
But the chief Senate sponsor, state Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, declined to sign the panel’s compromise and told reporters that he may not bring up the version for a final Senate vote before this session ends on Friday. The result would be to kill the bill.
Vice President Joe Biden, right, speaks at the Arch grounds Tuesday afternoon. He addressed the importance of investing in infrastructure. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. (second from left) and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay (behind Biden) were also present.
Vice President Joe Biden made a short stop at the Gateway Arch grounds on Tuesday, praising the Arch improvements as a prime example of successful partnerships.
Last year, St. Louis voters approved a 3/16th of one-cent sales tax hike to be used alongside federal and state grants as well as private donations to pay for improvements to the Arch grounds. The total cost of the renovation of the Arch grounds is expected to be about $380 million, with about $250 million coming from private sources. The current schedule has it on pace to be completed in 2016.
Over the years, Beyond Housing’s Chris Krehmeyer has appeared on St. Louis on the Air to discuss issues ranging from poverty to home ownership to health and the economy. Most recently, he came to the studio to discuss Beyond Housing’s work with the Normandy School District, a project called the 24:1 Initiative.
The final days of the Missouri Legislative Session are underway, with debate centered around big topics like tax cuts, guns, abortion and voting. Follow the latest updates here from our political team and major players.