Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Highlights from 2013 Missouri Legislative Session; GOVERNMENT

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Highlights from 2013 Missouri Legislative Session; GOVERNMENT

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Sporting events tax credit * Establishes a tax credit to lure amateur sporting events to the state. (SB10)


Circuit breaker * Eliminates tax break for low-income seniors and people with disabilities who rent their homes. (SB350)


Capital improvements * Provides $121 million for repairs to the state Capitol, upgrades at state parks, the construction of a new Missouri Department of Transportation headquarters and the early planning stages of upgrades to the state mental hospital at Fulton. (HB19)

Abortion * Creates restrictions on the use of abortion-inducing drugs. (HB400) Circuit breaker budget fix * Provides general revenue funding for programs for children with developmental disabilities, community health clinics for the poor and health care coverage for blind Missourians. (HB116, HB986)

Tax cut * Cuts tax on business "pass-through" income by 50 percent over five years; reduces personal and corporate income tax rate over 10 years so long as state revenue hits a trigger; moves to tax online sales and provide amnesty from penalties for those who owe back taxes. (HB253)

Workers' compensation * Alters the state's Second Injury Fund and places occupational disease claims under the workers' compensation system rather than in civil courts. (SB1)

Bridge * Names the Missouri half of the new Mississippi River bridge the Stan Musial Memorial Bridge and designates the Missouri portion of the Poplar Street Bridge over the Mississippi River as the Congressman William L. Clay Sr., bridge. (HB303)

Guns * Declares federal gun laws unenforceable, lowers the minimum age required to obtain a concealed weapons permit to 19 from 21 and allows concealed weapons to be carried by designated school personnel in school buildings. (HB436)

Mortgage foreclosures * Abolishes mandatory foreclosure mediation in St. Louis and St. Louis County. (HB446)

Car tax * Reinstates local sales tax on cars bought out of state or from individuals by taxing the titling of vehicles. In areas that have not approved a local use tax, the tax must be put to local voters by November 2016. (SB23)

Unemployment * Redefines "misconduct" and "good cause" to tighten eligibility for unemployment benefits. (SB28) Welfare * Puts additional restrictions on the use of public assistance benefits, including barring electronic benefit transfers at casinos, liquor stores and other adult-oriented establishments. ( SB 251) Paycheck deduction * Requires certain public labor unions to obtain consent from members to withhold dues from paychecks and make political contributions. (SB29)

Prevailing wage * Changes the way wage requirements are calculated for public construction projects in rural counties. (HB34)

Right to farm * Amends the state constitution to guarantee the right of farmers and ranchers to engage in agricultural production and ranching practices. Requires voter approval. (HJR11)

Agenda 21 * Bars the implementation of the Agenda 21, a nonbinding United Nations action plan that promotes sustainable development. (SB265)

Foreign laws * Nullifies any court rulings based on foreign laws if those laws violate the state or U.S. constitutions. (SB267)

Drivers licenses * Bars the state Department of Revenue from scanning records that Missourians use to obtain drivers licenses. (SB252)

Doe Run * Exempts certain mining sites in St. Francois County from punitive damages in civil lawsuits if sites are being cleaned up and otherwise caps punitive damages at $2.5 million per suit. (HB650) St. Louis Public Administrator * Changes the city's public administrator, who handles financial affairs for disabled people, to an appointed position from an elected one. (SB99)

Public schools * Allows quicker state intervention in failing school districts and shortens waiting period for firing St. …

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