Missouri’s special legislative session is over.
President Pro-tem Rob Mayer (R, Dexter) adjourned the Missouri Senate exactly seven weeks after lawmakers returned to Jefferson City. Only two bills were passed, the “Facebook Fix” and a high-tech jobs measure – but the top priority, an economic development bill, died because House and Senate leaders couldn’t agree on expiration dates for historic preservation and low-income housing tax credits.
Most of the new laws passed by the Missouri General Assembly this year officially took effect over the weekend, on August 28.
They include the controversial ban on late-term abortions that Governor Jay Nixon (D) allowed to become law without his signature.
For the second time this week, the Missouri House has taken a day off from floor action.
And once again, it’s tied to the struggle between the House and Senate over congressional redistricting.
The GOP-controlled Missouri General Assembly has sent a few controversial bills to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon early enough for any veto to be overridden during the regular session.
They include the rollback on dog breeding regulations in Proposition B, and a bill that makes discrimination a “motivating factor," rather than a “contributing factor” in wrongful termination lawsuits.
The Missouri House has passed legislation to ban so-called “late term” abortions in the Show-Me State.
The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks unless two doctors verify that a fetus is either not viable or is a medical threat to the mother.
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