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Here’s what the Missouri Legislature accomplished in the just-concluded session

Here’s what the Missouri Legislature accomplished in the just-concluded session

Last day of the Missouri Legislature’s 2021 regular session

The Missouri House of Representatives finishes the final hours of the current legislative session on Friday, May 21, 2021, at the capitol building in Jefferson City. Photo by Christian Gooden,

JEFFERSON CITY — Here’s how some major pieces of legislation fared during the Missouri Legislature’s 2021 session:

Passed, signed by governor

Foster parents: Creates a tax deduction for foster parents and adds child protection measures. (House Bill 429)

Adoptive parents: Expands a tax credit for adoption expenses and adds credits for donations to domestic violence shelters and maternity homes. (House Bill 430)

Passed, sent to governor

Police reform: Allows prosecutors to revisit convictions, limits police use of chokeholds, makes it a crime for law enforcement officers to have sex with someone in custody and removes the residency requirements for Kansas City police officers. (Senate Bill 53)

Second Amendment Preservation Act: Nullifies many federal gun laws that restrict or regulate gun ownership. (House Bill 85)

COVID liability: Protects businesses from COVID-19-related lawsuits. (Senate Bill 51)

Health orders: Limits the time frame local health orders can be in effect without approval from local elected officials. (House Bill 271)

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program: Creates a statewide database for doctors to track opioid prescriptions. (Senate Bill 63)

Gas tax: Gradually increases Missouri’s gas tax an additional 12.5 cents per gallon by 2025 with proceeds used to upgrade the state’s roads and bridges. (Senate Bill 262)

College athletes and tuition cap: Allows college athletes to make money from their own name and likeness without losing scholarships or eligibility and removes restrictions on raising college tuition for Missouri public universities. (House Bill 297)

School choice: Offers tax incentives for people to donate to scholarship funds for students to pay for private education. (House Bill 349)

“Wayfair” bill: Creates a sales tax for online retailers selling in Missouri. (House Bill 153)

Domestic violence: Allows for lifetime orders of protection, updates the definition of stalking to account for modern technology, and lets judges add pets to orders of protection. (Senate Bill 71)

Religious boarding schools: Requires license-exempt religious boarding schools to notify the state they exist and meet basic safety standards; clarifies procedures for investigating abuse and potentially closing schools. (House Bill 557)

HIV medication: Allows pharmacists working under the supervision of a doctor to dispense post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), which can prevent HIV infection, without a prescription. (House Bill 476)

Policing and protests: Adds protections for law enforcement budgets and creates a “law enforcement bill of rights” for officers accused of wrongdoing. (Senate Bill 26)

Agriculture inspections: Restricts who can inspect agricultural facilities and limits who may offer evidence during a criminal prosecution related to large farming operations. (House Bill 574)

PACE: Adds oversight and consumer protections to the Property Assessed Clean Energy loan program. (House Bill 697)

Lottery winners: Prohibits publishing the name of lottery winners. (House Bill 402)

Robots and car fees: Sets rules for “personal delivery devices” and allows them to use sidewalks; raises cap on car purchase administrative fees from less than $200 to less than $500. (Senate Bill 176)

Not passed

Elections: Prevents judges from revising ballot language, requires hand-marked paper ballots, prohibits contributions to election authorities, and changes the primary election system for U.S. Senate, House and statewide elections. (House Bill 850)

Gambling: Addresses illegal gambling machines and allows sports betting. (Senate Bill 98/Senate Bill 10)

Unemployment overpayments: Allows Missourians to keep unemployment payments that were given to them by mistake, as long as there was no fraud. (House Bill 1083)

Federal Reimbursement Allowance: Extends a tax on hospitals that brings in billions of dollars to the state’s Medicaid program. (Senate Bill 43)

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