Ethics, voter ID among measures to watch in Missouri session
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are set to discuss issues ranging from how to repair state roads and bridges to laws on abortion.
The 2016 legislative session begins Wednesday.
Legislative leaders have said tightening state laws on ethics will be a top priority. Proposals on the table include banning lobbyist gifts to lawmakers.
Other bills lawmakers have proposed include a measure to raise the gasoline tax by 1.5 cents per gallon and the diesel tax by 3.5 cents in order to pay for road and bridge repairs.
Several measures on abortion have been filed ahead of the official start of the session, including a proposal to ban fetal tissue donation.
This is the last legislative session before Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon leaves office. Both the Missouri House and Senate are controlled by Republicans.