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Mo. Legislative Session Scorecard

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers had a deadline of 6 p.m. Friday deadline to pass legislation during their annual session. Here’s a look at some of the bills that passed and others that failed:

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WHAT PASSED:

ABORTION

Triples the amount of time a woman must wait to get an abortion after seeing a doctor to 72 hours, from the current 24 hours. Pending before Gov. Jay Nixon. HB1307.

BUDGET

Creates a two-tiered funding plan for education in the 2015 budget, providing public schools at least a $115 million increase and potentially a $278 million increase if state revenues meet Nixon’s more optimistic projections. The budget also boosts funding for higher education and restores some Medicaid benefits cut in 2005, authorizes funding for a new state mental health hospital in Fulton. Pending before Nixon. HBs 2001-2013.

COMMON CORE

Sets up a panel of educators to rewrite student achievement standards for English, math, science and history. New goals would replace Common Core Standards, which have been adopted by more than 40 other states. Pending before Nixon. HB1490.

SCHOOL TRANSFERS

Revises a state law that allows students in unaccredited districts to transfer elsewhere at their former district’s expense. Allows the potential for local taxpayer dollars to be used for students to transfer to nonreligious private schools in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas. Pending before Nixon. SB493.

CRIMINAL CODE

Rewrites the state’s criminal laws for the first time since 1979 and creates new classes of felonies and misdemeanors while also reducing penalties for some drug crimes. Nixon allowed the bill to become law without his signature. SB491

ELECTIONS

Asks voters whether to authorize a six-day early voting period before elections. Referred to ballot. HJR90. Changes Missouri’s presidential primary to March instead of February. Pending before Nixon. SB892.

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES

Bars people younger than 18 from buying electronic cigarettes while exempting the nicotine products from other tobacco sales restrictions. Pending before Nixon. SB841.

GUNS

Allows specially trained teachers and administrators to carry concealed weapons in public schools and lowers the age to get a concealed gun permit to 19 from 21. SB656

MEDICAL TREATMENTS

Prevents insurance companies from charging significantly higher amounts for oral chemotherapy drugs than they currently do for intravenous treatments. Signed by Nixon. SB668. Allows some people with epilepsy to use a cannabis extract. Pending before Nixon. HB2238.

PRESCHOOL

Allows public schools to eventually receive state funding for lower-income students enrolled in preschool programs. HB1689.

TAX CUT

Gradually cuts Missouri’s individual income tax rate from 6 percent to 5.5 percent and creates a 25 percent deduction for business income reported on personal tax returns starting in 2017. Each incremental tax cut is contingent on rising revenues. Projected to eventually reduce state revenues by about $620 million annually. Lawmakers overrode Nixon’s veto. SB509. A separate measure provides sales tax breaks for computer data centers and other industries. Pending before Nixon. SB584.

TAX INCREASE

Asks voters whether to adopt a constitutional amendment to enact a three-fourths cent sales tax to benefit roads and other transportation projects. Projected to generate $534 million annually. Referred to statewide ballot. HJR68.

UNEMPLOYMENT

Ties the duration of unemployment benefits to the jobless rate. Another bill seeks to make it harder for workers to claim benefits if they are fired for workplace “misconduct.” Pending before Nixon. SB673 and SB510.

WHAT FAILED:

CAMPAIGN FINANCE

Reinstating caps on campaign contributions stalled in the Senate. Efforts to limit the amount of gifts lobbyists can provide to lawmakers cleared House and Senate committees but didn’t advance further. SB966, SB555 and HB1258

GUNS

The House and Senate each passed legislation seeking to nullify federal laws deemed to be infringements on gun rights, but a final compromise version was blocked from a vote by Senate Democrats. HB1439.

MEDICAID EXPANSION

Sought to revamp and expand Missouri’s Medicaid program to about 300,000 lower-income adults by tapping into funds under the provisions of President Barack Obama’s health care law. Never made it out of committee. HB1901.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

Attempted to get around a state Supreme Court ruling that struck down a $350,000 limit on the amount that victims in medical malpractice lawsuits can receive for noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering. Passed the House but not the Senate. HB1173.

MINIMUM WAGE

Sought to raise Missouri’s current minimum wage of $7.50 an hour to $10 an hour starting in 2015. Cleared a Senate committee but never reached the Senate floor. SB531.

TAX CREDITS

Proposed to scale back existing tax breaks for low-income housing and historic buildings while enacting new incentives for international air cargo exports and investors in high-tech companies. Passed the House but not the Senate. HB1501.

VOTER ID

Asks voters to approve to a constitutional amendment allowing a requirement that voters show government-issued photo identification at the polls. Passed the House but not the Senate. HJR47.

UNION FEES

Sought to prohibit labor contracts from requiring that all employees pay union fees. HB1770 received initial House approval but made it no further. A separate measure required annual written consent for automatic paycheck deduction of union fees. HB1617 passed the House but not the Senate.

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