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Lawmakers take another crack at special session bills

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By AP/St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers will try again this week to pass incentives for the auto industry and major changes to the state retirement system.

Their special legislative session ground to a halt last week because of opposition from some senators to tax breaks for the suburban Kansas City Ford plant. There was also disagreement among House and Senate members over the pension bill.

Gov. Jay Nixon held a conference call Friday with legislative leaders. He said they agreed on a general plan to try to pass the legislation.

Nixon sought to narrow the debate on the pension bill by declaring that a provision creating a new investment board goes beyond the agenda he set for the special session.

Senate Majority Leader Kevin Engler says he is hopeful there will be votes on both bills this week.

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