There’s still plenty of unfinished business as the final week of the legislative session kicks off Monday.
Gov. Eric Greitens is still waiting for his fellow Republicans in the House and Senate to send him bills to ban gifts from lobbyists, create state-funded scholarships that some students could use to attend private schools and allow the Department of Revenue to issue driver’s licenses that comply with federal Real ID standards.
The latter of those could trigger a special legislative session if it’s not on the governor’s desk by 6 p.m. Friday.
A lobbyist gift ban has gotten tangled up in the Senate over an attempt to add a dark money ban. The amendment was sponsored by Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph. The bill was laid aside Friday after several hours of debate.
House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, says his chamber also plans to vote this week on the bill that would require employees who were fired and claim discrimination to prove that race, gender or age was the main reason instead of one of a few factors.
Additionally, the last-in-the-nation statewide prescription drug monitoring program that would help with the state’s opioid-abuse epidemic has been on hold for more than two weeks.
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