Terry Swinger

Disaster response
5:29 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Mo. House committee releases disaster recommendations

A car remains on its top, three days after a tornado devastated the area of Bridgeton, Mo., on April 25th, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A Missouri House committee that’s been looking into natural disaster response has released a list of recommendations for lawmakers to take up next year.

One of them would create a joint House-Senate committee that would have oversight into the use of the state’s Rainy Day fund for disaster expenses.   Speaker Pro-tem Shane Schoeller (R, Willard) supports the idea.

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Mo. 2012 pre-filed bills
4:31 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Mo. lawmakers begin pre-filing bills for 2012 session

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri lawmakers began pre-filing bills today for next year’s legislative session, which begins January 4th.

One bill was influenced by the deadly Joplin tornado.  If passed, it would allow Missouri residents to deduct up to $5,000 from their state income taxes for building storm shelters on their properties.  It’s sponsored by State Representative Terry Swinger (D, Caruthersville).

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