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JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri House Economic Development Committee voted on Wednesday afternoon to send the the House Economic Development Bill to the House floor tomorrow. The bill was passed on without amendments.

There was an hour delay in the meeting. The chairwomen of the committee, Rep. Ann Zerr, R-St. Charles, was about twenty five minutes late.

"I do apologize for this delay, but this is a pretty complicated bill, we want to make sure we get all of our ducks in a row."

One democrat was frustrated after the delay. Wednesday was the 31st day in the special session, and Rep. Clem Smith, D-St. Louis, thinks it should not have lasted this long.

"Like this is a complete waste of time. I think this is our 5th week. We've been back and forth, meetings cancelled, meetings schedule and I know the chairwomen is working hard, but if we can't get something out of this committee, that will help create an environment to create jobs, not just 10, but hundreds of jobs. I think it would be a disservice to the tax payers of our state."

The bill has new incentives for businesses. The plan includes incentives for computer data centers, amateur sports events and air cargo exports at Lambert International Airport. It also scales back some existing tax credits.