Several bills remain for Missouri lawmakers with 2 days left in session

The Missouri House and Senate traded a few bills Wednesday, including an amended one that would bring more specificity to a state ban on so-called “sanctuary cities.” But nothing was sent to Gov. Eric Greitens all day.

Here’s a deeper look at what happened in the Capitol:

  • New sanctuary city ban. By a voice vote, the Missouri House approved an amendment to a broader land-acquisition bill that backers say is a tougher ban on “sanctuary cities’’ in the state and cuts off state money to any community that defies the ban. The same provision later got tacked on to another bill. Both need Senate approval.
  • Minimum wage. Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, filibustered a bill taking direct aim at St. Louis’ new minimum wage for about two hours before it was tabled, putting the measure in jeopardy. The measure would prevent communities from setting a rate higher than the state’s (currently $7.70 an hour), which is linked to inflation.
  • Veto request. More than 20 House Democrats held a news conference outside of Greitens’ office asking him to veto legislation that would make it harder for people to successfully sue for employment discrimination.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio


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