JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri House is debating a package of incentives for a potential Boeing assembly plant.

The House began debate Friday on the legislation authorizing as much as $1.7 billion of incentives over more than two decades as part of Missouri’s effort to land production of the 777X commercial airplane.

House approval is the final step necessary in a special session. The legislation passed the Senate on Wednesday.

Boeing sought proposals from more than a dozen locations after a machinists union in Washington state rejected a proposed contract last month that sought concessions on pension benefits.

Gov. Jay Nixon called a special session because he wants to offer Boeing more incentives than currently allowed under state law. Missouri’s proposed incentives would be linked to the number of jobs created.

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