JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri lawmakers are advancing a measure that would limit fees to carry a concealed firearm and expand the state’s castle doctrine law.
House members voted 115-34 Monday to send the bill to the Senate.
Under the bill, concealed carry applicants could not be charged additional fees beyond $100 for fingerprinting or background checks.
The measure also expands the castle doctrine law, which gives people the right to use deadly force to defend themselves and their property against intruders. House guests who use deadly force also would be protected under the legislation.
Backers say that’s needed to ensure those given permission to stay at someone’s house, such as a baby sitter, are shielded from lawsuits if they use deadly force against an intruder.
Democratic opponents say the legislation encourages use of deadly force.
Multiple other bills were given initial approved by in either the House or Senate:
– The state Senate has approved a proposal designed to lure large conventions to Missouri.
Senators voted 27-4 Monday to create a grant that would cover up to half the operating expenses for conventions drawing at least half their attendees from out of state.
– The Missouri Senate has passed a five-year extension to a package of tax incentives for small businesses.
Senators voted 27-4 Monday to pass the legislation, known as the Big Government Get Off My Back Act. The House passed a version of the bill earlier this year.
Businesses with fewer than 50 employees would be able to claim a $10,000 tax deduction for each job they create that pays above their county’s average wage. The business could claim a $20,000 deduction if it also includes health insurance.
– The House voted 108-44 in favor of the legislation that says restaurants wouldn’t have to pay sales and use taxes on electricity and other utilities used to prepare food under a measure headed to the Missouri Senate.
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