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Missouri lawmakers head into final day of the legislative session

Lawmakers face 6 p.m. Friday deadline (KRCG 13)

All eyes are on the Missouri State Capitol as lawmakers head into the final day of the legislative session Friday.

The House approved the final comprise on the Real ID bill late Thursday night, sending it to Governor Eric Greitens' desk.

The legislation passed gives Missouri residents the option of getting a driver's license or state identification card that complies with the federal Real ID Act.

The federal government said Missouri licenses won't be valid at airports in 2018 if the state doesn't adopt the tougher proof-of-identity requirements.

Also lawmakers sent the Governor a bill to limit how much money people can receive for medical costs in injury lawsuits. The measure limits recoverable costs to the amount actually paid, not the amount a hospital would charge for care before insurance discounts.

Senate leaders also rejected a new bi-partisan house plan to avoid cuts to in-home care and nursing services for the disabled under medicaid. The house plan would use surplus state revenues from fiscal 2017 into the next budget to cover those services.

The Senate still wanted to take unused money from dedicated funds to cover the costs.

Several measures still hang in the balance before the 6 p.m. Friday deadline.

Lawmakers were set to discuss how and if to avoid cuts to personal care services for roughly 8,300 seniors and disabled people.

Other bills still pending include Greitens' priorities to create a prescription drug tracking database, enhance penalties for crimes against police and establish a "Blue Alert" notification system about suspects who assault police.




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