The only thing Missouri lawmakers must do in the final two weeks of 2017 legislative session is pass the state budget for the coming fiscal year.
But there are a whole lot of things they could do — some of which Gov. Eric Greitens wants them to do — such as raising the standard for workplace discrimination and creating a prescription drug monitoring program.
Here’s what you need to know about the action in Jefferson City leading up to the 6 p.m., May 12, deadline for bills to be on Greitens’ desk.
Gov. Eric Greitens
Already, a few of the first-year Republican governor’s top priorities have been accomplished, including making Missouri a “right-to-work” state. Over the next two weeks, his goals are to curb the number of lawsuits in the state and reduce the number of regulations for people wanting to start their own businesses.
Greitens also wants lawmakers to create a Blue Alert system, which would send out a statewide alert whenever a law enforcement officer is killed or assaulted, and he strongly supports the creation of a prescription drug monitoring program, which Missouri doesn’t have.
Lawmakers have their sights set on other bills, including one that would increase abortion restrictions in the state and another that would establish a tax credit program known as education savings accounts, or ESAs, which could be used by foster children, children with disabilities and children of military personnel to enroll in private schools.
Unlikely to pass in this legislative session includes a lobbyist gift ban, a bill to expand charter schools beyond St. Louis and Kansas City, another that would make K-12 transgender students in public schools use the restroom that corresponds to their sex at birth, and a bill to comply with federal Real ID standards.
Read more: St. Louis Public Radio