JEFFERSON CITY • Before leaving office Friday, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens scrambled to sign 77 pieces of legislation into law, including a cut in the corporate tax rate and a change in the way utility companies such as Ameren receive rate adjustments.
He also approved a measure making “revenge porn” illegal. Greitens was accused of taking a semi-nude photo of his then-lover and threatening her with its release if she ever told of the affair.
Among the measures the governor did not sign was a reduction in the state’s individual income tax rate. A decision on that legislation, as well as dozens more bills that remain pending, will be up to new Gov. Mike Parson.
Here’s a look at some of the significant pieces of legislation approved by Greitens in the hours before he formally resigned from office:
Utility rates • Provides for a 5 percent rate reduction this year, a rate freeze until 2020 and then rate caps moving forward for monopoly utility companies, such as Ameren. Critics are concerned rates will rise over the long term. (SB 564)
Water rates • Allows monopoly utility companies to increase fees for water service if they don’t make the expected amount from utility rates. (SB 705)
Telephone company taxes • Allows telephone companies to choose a different way to be taxed, which is expected to drastically reduce revenue for school districts. (SB 768)
Out-of-network health costs • Codifies consumer protections for Missourians in an attempt to ensure they’re not stuck with large bills for emergency services deemed out of their insurance network. (SB 982)
Merit system • Reclassifies state workers as at-will employees, making it easier to hire and fire them. Greitens made small raises for state employees, who are already some of the lowest paid in the country, contingent on this passing. Also includes an amendment that restores protections for state employees who report abuses that were stripped in last year’s Senate Bill 43. (SB 1007)
Bi-State Development expansion • Includes Franklin County in the Bi-State Development Agency, which could open the area up for public transportation. (HB 1809)
Corporate tax cuts • Decreases the corporate income tax rate to 4 percent from 6.25 percent. (SB 884)
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