State lawmakers expect session to end quietly, saving some bigger bills for next year

Missouri lawmakers are hoping for an “uneventful” last week of the 2020 legislative session, St. Louis Public Radio reports.

Usually, the final days of a session are busy, packed with bigger and more controversial bills.

However, because of the coronavirus, legislators are putting a hold on bigger bills so that they can be given more time and attention later.

Some of the bills that likely will wait until next year deal with sports gambling, online sales taxes and gun laws.

Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden said he is limiting which bills get called for debate in order to limit time on the floor.

“I’m not going to use the global pandemic as a reason to push forward something that we know is a tough lift,” Rowden said. to St. Louis Public Radio.

Coronavirus concerns have led to reduced levels of staff, and the general public, in the Capitol building.

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