Legislature passed part of pro-business agenda, flailed on other priorities

The Missouri General Assembly adjourned Friday having dealt with some high-priority items like right to work, banning cities from raising their minimum wage, complying with a federal ID mandate and making it harder to sue for workplace discrimination.

But other sought-after bills faltered, including one that would have allowed Missouri to shed its status as the last state in the U.S. without a prescription drug monitoring program and another eliminating lobbyist gifts to officeholders — something Gov. Eric Greitens campaigned on.

Overall, the Legislature sent 71 bills to Greitens’ desk.

Here’s a breakdown of some high-profile bills that did and didn’t come to fruition:

Passed, signed by Governor:

  • Right-to-work (SB 19)
  • Ride-hailing (HB 130)
  • Expert witnesses (HB 153)
  • Illegal herbicide use (HB 662)

Passed:

  • Grade school funding (HB 2)
  • Higher education funding cuts (HB 3)
  • Health care for seniors (HCB 3)
  • Workplace discrimination (SB 43)
  • REAL ID (HB 151)
  • Minimum wage for cities (HB 1194)
  • Project labor agreements (SB 182)
  • St. Louis Zoo tax (SB 49)
  • Collateral source (SB 31)
  • State employee pensions (SB 62)
  • Blue Alert (SB 34)
  • Police officer protections (SB 34)
  • Good Samaritan (SB 501)
  • State legal expenses (SB 128)

Failed:

  • Lobbyist gift ban (HB 60)
  • “Dark money” (SB 73)
  • Opioid abuse (HB 90)
  • Medical marijuana (HB 437)
  • School transfers (SB 313).
  • School choice expansion (HB 634)
  • Tax credit scholarships (SB 313)
  • Abortion sanctuary cities (HB 174 & SB 41)
  • Abortions (HBs 908 & 757)
  • Fetal tissue (SB 67)
  • Ameren rate changes (SB 190)
  • Prevailing wage (HB 104)
  • Paycheck protection (HB 251)
  • Landfill (SB 22)
  • Red light cameras (HB 275)
  • State parks (SB 35)
  • Lambert airport drinking (HB 115)

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio, Columbia Missourian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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