MO Senators Pass Bills in Special Session
JEFFERSON CITY - During Wednesday's special session, lawmakers passed more bills. Governor Nixon called the session around the beginning of the month and throughout, some hot topics have been resonating. Among those topics are the economic development bill, the Facebook bill and the overhaul of state tax credits. All of those passed Wednesday.
The economic development bill authorizes up to $60 million in tax credits for freight forwarders which would help international air cargo shipments in and out of Missouri's Lambert Airport. The idea of developing Lambert into an international trade hub for mostly Chinese cargo planes is what legislators are calling the "Aerotropolis" project.
Also passed Wednesday, the so-called Facebook bill revises a new law restricting teacher's online conversations with students. The revised version extends that law to all school employees and students, but it also allows local school boards to create their own policies for employee-student communication.
Finally, the Senate stripped back some of the state's biggest tax credit programs, creating new incentives for businesses. Legislators predict the change will save the state about $1 billion over 15 years.
One bill that did not pass in the Senate Wednesday, is the Joplin tornado relief bill, which would give tax relief to businesses destroyed by the Joplin tornado. Senators are stalling the bill because they say they do not want to rush into a decision on disaster relief aid during the special session.