A Missouri lawmaker who threatened to resign unless one or both of his key bills survived the last day of the 2013 legislative session is staying put, even though both bills failed to make it out by Friday's deadline.
Alan Freeman is stepping down as Director of the Missouri Department of Social Services, after only five months on the job.
Last December, Freeman left his job as President and CEO of Grace Hill Health Centers in St. Louis to take over the state's Social Services department. A press release from Governor Nixon's office states that Freeman is leaving to return to his former position at Grace Hill. No reason was given for the decision.
Despite years of cuts to the Illinois state budget, even more are ahead. Legislators are still deciding where else they can slash spending.
"Human services" is a legislative phrase that covers many departments and services, according to Representative Greg Harris.
"All the state departments dealing with health care, senior services, children services, so the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Medicaid, human services, mental health, substance abuse, Department of Aging, DCFS, public health and veterans," said Harris.
Missouri senators have given up their attempt to pass an overhaul of some of the state's tax credit programs for businesses and developers.
Supporters of the bill set it aside Friday after Republican Sen. Brad Lager, of Savannah, spoke against it for an hour in a filibuster that could have otherwise continued until the session's mandatory end at 6 p.m.
The legislation would have created tax incentives for international air cargo exports, computer data centers and investors in startup technology companies.
Legislation that would revive Missouri's ailing Second Injury Fund and seek to reduce the number of occupational disease lawsuits was passed Thursday by the Missouri House. It had already passed the Missouri Senate during pre-dawn hours on Wednesday.