- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

The Missouri Legislature wrapped up its annual session Friday. Here’s a look at some bills that passed or failed:

PASSED

BUDGET

Provides $27 billion for the fiscal year starting July 1. Boosts funding for public schools, colleges and universities but blocks Medicaid money from going to Planned Parenthood. HBs 1-13.

CLOSED RECORDS

Limits public access to videos from police body or vehicle cameras. HB 1936 and SB 765. Bars public access to some farm records for voluntary state agriculture programs. HB 1414. Allows criminal records to be sealed seven years after some felony convictions and three years after misdemeanor convictions. SB 588.

ETHICS

Requires public officials to wait six months after their terms end before lobbying. HB 1979. Requires former officials to give away their campaign money before becoming lobbyists. HB 2203. Bars paid political consulting by public officials. HB 1983.

FANTASY SPORTS

Regulates daily fantasy sports games and imposes fees on their operators. HB 1941.

GUNS

Allows people to carry concealed guns without a permit, expands self-defense rights in homes to apply to invited guests and creates a “stand-your-ground” right declaring that people don’t have to retreat from a threat anywhere they are publicly entitled to be present. SB 656.

HOME CARE

Blocks a pay raise for home care workers. SCR 46.

JUVENILE MURDER

Eliminates mandatory life sentences for juveniles convicted of first-degree murder, in compliance with U.S Supreme Court rulings, instead creating a range of sentencing options. SB 590.

LAWSUITS

Tightens courtroom guidelines for expert witness testimony. SB 591. Limits consideration of medical costs in lawsuits. SB 847.

MEDICAID

Increases the amount of assets that low-income people can have while qualifying for Medicaid health coverage. HB 1565.

MUNICIPAL COURTS

Limits fines for traffic tickets and other municipal ordinance violations. SB 572.

POLICE FORCE

Changes standards for police to use deadly force, in compliance with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, by adding that people must be suspected not only of felonies but of those involving “serious physical injury.” HB 2332.

SCHOOLS

Lowers the amount of money necessary to provide full funding for public schools. SB 586. Allows private school students to participate in the A+ college scholarship program, and requires high school graduates to pass a civics exam. SB 638.

TAX BREAKS

Allows income tax deductions for small businesses that add jobs. HB 1870. Creates tax deductions for businesses that relocate to Missouri and boost cargo shipments through airports and river ports. SB 861. Creates tax deductions for disaster payments to farmers. SB 641. Creates tax deductions for active duty military pay. SB 814. Exempts Internet service from sales taxes. SB 823. Exempts instructional classes such as dance studios from sales taxes. SB 1025.

VOTER ID

Refers a constitutional amendment to the ballot authorizing a voter photo identification requirement. HJR 53. Implements a voter photo ID requirement, with exceptions for those who don’t have such identification. HB 1631.

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FAILED

ABORTION

Bans the donation of fetal tissues from abortion. HB 2069. Requires both parents of girls younger than 18 to be notified before abortions. HB 1370. Proposes a constitutional amendment protecting the right to life for unborn children “at every stage of biological development.” HJR 98.

ETHICS

Bans lobbyists gifts with exceptions for honorary plaques and meals offered to all lawmakers and statewide officials. HB 2166.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Allows people suffering from certain illnesses to use marijuana for medical purposes. Failed amendments to various bills.

MOTORCYCLE HELMETS

Allows people age 21 and older to ride motorcycles without helmets, if they take a safety course and have health insurance. HB 1464.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Creates a state database to track prescription drug purchases. HB 1892.

RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS

Allows individuals and businesses to cite religious objections while denying wedding-related services to same-sex couples. SJR 39.

RIDE SHARING

Creates statewide regulations, including background checks on drivers, for ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. HB 2330 and SB 640.

TRANSPORTATION TAXES

Asks voters to increase the state’s fuel tax by nearly 6 cents per gallon. SB 623.

UNIONS

Requires annual permission from most public employees for union fees to be deducted from paychecks. HB 1891.

UTILITIES

Allows utilities to more easily change the rates charged to customers. SB 1028.


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