With fights over tax cuts and budgets out of the way, the Missouri General Assembly appears poised to spend its final week focusing on some familiar topics: guns, abortion and voting rights. Measures to restrict enforcement of federal laws, triple the waiting period for an abortion and to ask voters to mandate photo IDs at the polls are among the hot-button proposals expected to eat up some of legislators’ precious floor time during the final five days.
But arguably the most important items still awaiting legislative action this week will deal with school transfers and a proposed transportation sales tax. On both issues, the House and Senate passed different versions and the bills are in conference committees.
The school-transfer issue stems from the massive costs of shuttling students from unaccredited school districts — most notably in St. Louis County — to accredited districts nearby.
The proposed transportation ballot measure would ask voters to approve an increase in the state’s sales tax to pay for transportation improvements, particularly along Interstate 70.