- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Legislature began its final week on Monday. Here’s a look at where some of the major issues stand before Friday’s deadline to pass bills:

PASSED:

BUDGET

Authorizes $26 billion of spending for the 2016 fiscal year, including an $84 million increase in basic aid for public schools that is still well short of full funding under a state formula. Holds social services spending relatively flat. Signed by Nixon. HBs 1-13.

BUILDING BONDS



Details $300 million in bonding projects at the Capitol, higher education institutions and other state facilities. HBs 17-19.

DAIRY INCENTIVES

Creates a scholarship program for dairy students and a state subsidy for federal dairy insurance. Signed by Nixon. HB259.

DATA CENTERS

Authorizes sales tax exemptions for data storage centers that invest minimum amounts and create jobs with higher than average county wages. Signed by Nixon. HB149.

IMMIGRANT STUDENTS

Bans state financial aid or some scholarships for immigrant students living in the U.S. illegally who are attending Missouri colleges or universities. SB224.

PLASTIC BAGS

Limits cities’ ability to ban plastic bags, impose a higher minimum wage or require employers to offer paid sick leave and other benefits. HB722.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

Reinstates caps on non-economic damages in malpractice lawsuits against health care providers, which had been struck down by the state Supreme Court in 2012. Signed by Nixon. SB239.

MUNICIPAL COURTS

Reduces the amount of revenue that cities can keep from traffic fines and fees, an issue raised by some Ferguson protesters who complained of being frequently stopped by police. Also caps fines for minor traffic violations, prohibits detainment to coerce payment and requires alternative sentencing options in municipal courts. SB5.

STUDENT TRANSFERS

Overhauls a Missouri law that requires unaccredited school districts to pay tuition for students who opt to transfer to nearby schools. The bill would require students to first transfer to better-performing buildings within their districts and, if that’s not an option, students could go to charter or online schools. HB42.

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

Cuts the maximum number of weeks of unemployment benefits that people can receive from 20 to as low as 13, depending on the unemployment rate in the state. Vetoed by Nixon. HB150.

WELFARE BENEFITS

Reduces the time that low-income people can receive cash benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program from five years to three years and nine months. Passed by overriding Nixon’s veto. SB24.

PENDING:

ABORTION

The House passed a bill requiring annual inspections of abortion clinics. The Senate has not debated any abortion-related bills.

ETHICS

The Senate and House each passed different versions of a measure that would increase public reporting on gifts to legislators and ban lawmakers from becoming lobbyists for a certain time after leaving office. Neither version addresses campaign contribution limits. The measure has stalled in House and Senate negotiations.

FERGUSON FOLLOW-UP

The Senate passed a measure revising Missouri’s law governing police use of deadly force that’s pending in the House. The House passed a measure limiting public access to videos from police body cameras that hasn’t made it out of a Senate committee.

MEDICAID

Democratic lawmakers proposed expanding Medicaid eligibility for low-income adults under the terms of President Barack Obama’s health care law. Republican legislative leaders said that’s not on their agenda.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

The House and Senate each passed different versions of bills authorizing the creation of a state database to track prescriptions for certain medicines, an effort to spot people who may be abusing the drugs.

RAMS

The Senate passed a measure that would bar Gov. Jay Nixon’s administration from extending bonds without a vote of the people or Legislature - a measure targeted at a proposal for a new St. Louis Rams football stadium. The measure is pending in the House.

TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

The Senate gave initial approval to a measure that would increase the gas tax by 1.5 cents for most types of fuel and 3.5 for diesel, but the proposal has since stalled.

UNION FEES

The House passed a right-to-work bill that would prohibit labor contracts in which unions collect fees from employees who aren’t members. The Senate is expected to debate the bill this week.

VOTER IDENTIFICATION

The House passed a proposed constitutional amendment and an accompanying bill that would require voters to show government-issued photo identification. The measures are pending in the Senate.

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