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  • Missouri legislative session at a glance

  • The Missouri Legislature concluded work Friday on its 2013 session. Here's a look at what passed and what failed.

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  • The Missouri Legislature concluded work Friday on its 2013 session. Here's a look at what passed and what failed.
    WHAT PASSED:
    ABORTION
    Requires a physician to be present when administering the initial dose of an abortion-inducing drug. HB400.
    BENEVOLENT TAX CREDITS
    Reinstates expiring tax credits for certain charitable donations, such as to food pantries, and eliminates a state tax incentive for foreign adoptions. Signed into law by governor. SB20.
    BUSINESS INCENTIVES
    Consolidates four current job-creation incentives into a new business tax break called Missouri Works. Businesses could qualify more easily but the Department of Economic Development would have greater discretion over how much money to award. HB184. HB196.
    BUDGET
    Authorizes a nearly $25 billion operating budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1, including funding increases for public education. Cuts funding by one-third for the motor vehicle division, because of opposition to a new policy of making electronic copies of personal documents shown by driver's license applicants. Authorizes $120 million for construction projects at the Capitol, parks and elsewhere. HBs1-19.
    CHILD ABUSE
    Asks voters whether to approve a constitutional amendment allowing prosecutors to use evidence of a defendant's past criminal behavior in child sex abuse cases. HJR16.
    DRIVERS' LICENSES
    Stops the Department of Revenue from making electronic copies of personal documents, such as birth certificates, of people applying for driver's licenses and state identification cards. SB252.
    EDUCATION
    Allows state education officials to intervene more quickly in unaccredited school districts. SB125.
    GUNS
    Declares federal gun control laws unenforceable, allows designated school personnel to carry concealed weapons in school buildings and lowers the minimum age required to get a concealed gun permit from 21 to 19. HB436. Grants sheriffs the authority to issue identification cards for concealed gun permits instead of the Department of Revenue. SB75.
    FARM RIGHTS
    Asks voters whether to approve a constitutional amendment stating that the right to engage in farming and ranching "shall be forever guaranteed." HJR11.
    INCOME TAXES
    Gradually cuts Missouri's individual and corporate income taxes over the next decade, so long as annual revenues continue to rise. Also creates a 50 percent deduction for business income reported on individual tax returns. Projected to eventually reduce state revenues by about $700 million annually. Gov. Jay Nixon has indicated a veto is likely. HB253.
    PREVAILING WAGE
    Changes the calculation for the required wages to be paid on public construction projects in rural counties. SB34.
    SPORTING EVENTS
    Creates new tax incentives intended to attract big-time amateur sports events to Missouri. SB10.
    SUNSHINE LAW
    Reinstates exemptions to the state's open records law that protected security-related records. HB256.
    Page 2 of 2 - UNION PAYCHECKS
    Requires some public employee unions to seek annual consent to automatically deduct fees from members' paychecks and to spend money on political activities. SB29.
    VEHICLE TAXES
    Reinstates local taxes on vehicles bought from out-of-state dealers or through person-to-person sales, after a 2012 Supreme Court ruling struck down some such local taxes. Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed one measure, SB182, but lawmakers then passed another version attempting to address his concerns. SB23. SB99.
    WORKERS' COMPENSATION
    Doubles a business fee to help replenish an insolvent fund for disabled workers who suffer additional job- related injuries. Makes the workers' compensation system the means by which people can receive compensation for most job-related illnesses, instead of through civil lawsuits. SB1.
    WHAT FAILED:
    BONDS
    Proposed a $1.2 billion bond issue for construction on college campuses, parks, a mental health hospital, the state Capitol and other state facilities. Passed the House but not the Senate. HJR14.
    CRIMINAL CODE
    Proposed to overhaul Missouri's criminal laws for the first time since 1979, including the creation of a new class of felonies. Passed the House but not the Senate. HB210.
    DISCRIMINATION
    Would have added sexual orientation and gender identity to the categories protected against discrimination and changed the standard required to prove work-place discrimination. Passed the Senate but not the House. HB320.
    EDUCATION
    Sought to evaluate school personnel partly on student achievement. Rejected twice by the House. HB631.
    MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
    Proposed to reinstate limits on non-economic damages for medical malpractice lawsuits following a state Supreme Court ruling that overturned those caps. Passed the House but not the Senate. HB112.
    MEDICAID
    Sought to expand Missouri's Medicaid program to about 260,000 lower-income adults by tapping into more than $900 million under the provisions of President Barack Obama's health care law. Backed by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon but defeated by House and Senate committees. SB349. HB627. A Republican alternative to revamp Medicaid cleared a House committee but then stalled. HB700.
    TAX CREDITS
    Efforts failed to scale back existing tax breaks for historic buildings and low-income housing while enacting new incentives for international air cargo exports, computer data centers and investors in high-tech companies. HB698.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Would have asked voters whether to adopt a constitutional amendment raising the sales tax by 1 cent to benefit roads and other transportation projects. Estimated to raise about $8 billion over a decade. SJR16.
    UTILITY SURCHARGE
    Would have allowed electric companies to levy a surcharge for infrastructure costs between traditional rate cases before the state's utility regulators. Never came to a vote in either chamber. SB207. HB398.
    VOTER IDENTIFICATION
    Proposed a constitutional amendment and corresponding legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at polling places. Passed the House but not the Senate. HJR5. HB48.
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