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Fri May 17, 2013
Missouri Legislative Session Wraps Up Today
The last day of this year's Missouri legislative session has arrived. Lawmakers will be pushing to get several more pieces of legislation across the finish line.
The House passed a package of tax credits on Thursday that's still awaiting action in the Senate. The two chambers still differ on where to cap the state's most widely used incentives - for historic preservation and low-income Housing. Ron Richard, the Senate's Republican Floor Leader, says he hopes to get some sort of economic development bill passed.
“I'd like to get that done and finish the day and see if we can break the logjam on transportation,” says Richard.
Richard says there will be one more attempt to get the one-cent transportation sales tax through the Senate. A group of Republicans blocked the bill for several hours Tuesday.
A bill that would change the state's liquor distribution language always awaits action, but Richard says he doesn't expect that to be finished.
Other unresolved issues include the standoff between Governor Jay Nixon and legislative leaders over the senior renters' tax break and on how to fund several programs, including one for developmentally disabled children
The regular legislative sessions ends tonight at 6 p.m.