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Here are the bills Gov. Eric Greitens signed before leaving office

Here are the bills Gov. Eric Greitens signed before leaving office

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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:

Fake meat • Bans lab-grown meat products or meat substitutes from being labeled as “meat.” (SB 627)

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)

Historic tax credits • Pares back a program intended to entice developers to restore dilapidated buildings. (SB 590, amendment to SB 773)

Being tried as an adult for crimes • Increases the minimum age to be tried as an adult to 18 from 17 years old. (SB 793)

Coal ash • Gives the state more regulatory control over disposal of industrial waste that can contaminate groundwater, but critics worry it will lead to less oversight over safe practices. (SB 917)

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)

Public-sector unions • Requires state employees to opt in to have union dues withdrawn from their paychecks. (HB 1413)

Hair braiding • Loosens licensing requirements for people who braid hair. (HB 1500)

Revenge porn • Bans posting online a naked photo or video of someone without their permission. (HB 1558)

Bi-State Development expansion • Includes Franklin County in the Bi-State Development Agency, which could open the area up for public transportation. (HB 1809)

Industrial hemp • Allows businesses to grow and harvest hemp, which has a negligible amount of THC, the intoxicating part of pot. (HB 2034)

Corporate tax cuts • Decreases the corporate income tax rate to 4 percent from 6.25 percent. (SB 884)

Addicted mothers • Expands Medicaid coverage for new mothers struggling with addiction. (HB 2280)

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