Now that the dust has settled on a rather contentious 2011 legislative session, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is denying reports that he’s about to call a special session to deal with unresolved issues.
The two most glaring are the Aerotropolis proposal and a major overhaul of the state’s tax credit system, and those bills were just a few examples of the contentious issues that lawmakers had to wrestle with this year.
The Missouri Senate has passed legislation to limit workers’ compensation lawsuits. Lawmakers made changes to worker’s compensation rules in 2005, which the courts later determined gave employees the right to sue each other over workplace injuries.
Republican Senator Jack Goodman of Lawrence County says his bill would eliminate that option.
Missouri lawmakers have passed legislation to renew the state’s prescription drug program for senior citizens and the disabled.
Missouri RX covers half the co-pays and deductibles for individuals earning up to $21,600 per year and married couples making just over $29,000 per year. The program’s renewal was added onto a separate bill sponsored by GOP House Member Jason Smith of Dent County.
A key lawmaker involved in negotiating an overhaul of Missouri's tax incentives says its prospects for passage appear "dismal" on the final day of the legislative session.
Republican House member John Diehl, of Town and Country, has been at the center of compromise attempts involving a bill that would curtail some of Missouri's existing tax credits. The bill also creates new credits intended to attract international trade, amateur sporting events and science and technology companies to Missouri.
The bill passed today by the Missouri House would ban abortions after 20 weeks unless two doctors verify that a fetus is not viable, or that it constitutes a medical threat to the mother. The bill was passed by the Missouri Senate last month.