2015 Missouri legislative session: What survived, what died
In a year that is more likely to be remembered for text messages and parliamentary maneuvers than legislative accomplishments, some bills were passed. Going in, the leadership (Republican) was determined to pass the state's budget bills early so that the governor (a Democrat) couldn't veto measures and then use the summer to campaign on issues raised in the fiscal plan.
The leaders also said they would not have a Ferguson agenda but did pass a bill that would change municipal revenues from fines and would require governmental revisions.
Budget — Signed by governor, technical fix needed in one
County sales tax — Died
- a one-half cent sales tax in unincorporated parts of St. Louis County, largely for police and public safety
Ethics — Died
Fuel tax — Died
- raises the state's tax on diesel fuel by 3.5 cents and its tax on all other fuel by 1.5 cents Read more
Local control — Sent to the governor
Medicaid expansion — Died
Medical malpractice — Signed by the governor
- places caps of $400,000 on damages for personal injury and $700,000 for a catastrophic injury – death, paralysis or loss of vision for example – in a medical malpractice lawsuit. It also includes a clause to increase the limits by 1.7 percent each year
Municipal court — Sent to the governor
- limits the revenue municipalities can collect from traffic fines and related fees to 12.5 percent of operating revenue in St. Louis County and 20 percent elsewhere, includes rules for towns and police departments Read more
Nondiscrimination Act — Died
Photo ID for voting — Died
Police restrict public access to recordings — Died
Police use of deadly force — Died
- limits force to when fleeing person threatens "serious physical injury" and "may otherwise endanger life or inflict serious physical injury"
Police use of body cameras — Died
- requires all police to use body cameras and require special prosecutor in cases where police use deadly force
Right to work — Sent to the governor
- bars employers and unions from requiring all workers to pay dues if a majority have voted to join a union
School Transfer — Sent to the governor
- provides for accreditation by building, rather than district, increases charter and virtual schools; no financial help for transfers
Tax amnesty — Signed by the governor
- allows people behind on their state income taxes to pay them off without additional penalties or interest.
Unemployment benefits — Overridden in House, but no action in the Senate. Governor says it's dead, while Senate leaders disagree and plan to try override in fall veto session.
Welfare — Veto overridden
- changes the lifetime limit on Temporary Assistance to Needy Families to 3 years 9 months from the current 5 years.
Workers compensation — Died
- modifies law to lessen burden on employers