Lawmakers announce goals for end of session
Jefferson City, MO —
The clock is ticking as the Missouri Legislative Session comes to a close in 3 days.
Bills are flying back and forth between the Missouri Senate and the Missouri House of Representatives during this final week of the legislation session. Mid-Missouri lawmakers have a variety of goals. Columbia Representative Caleb Rowden wants to pass legislation to help members of the Columbia Police Department.
Rowden said, "It just kind of strengthens the ability for those officers to make sure that are being fired, that they are being fired for cause."
Jefferson City Representative Jay Barnes wants to make sure Missouri lawmakers do not make any unintentional errors.
Barnes said, "That seems like a simple goal, but with as much legislation that is flying around this time of year it's important to keep the focus on that as well."
Columbia Representative Caleb Jones said passing legislation during the final week of the session is not always the most important goal.
Jones said, "I don't have any one issue. I think more importantly, I'm trying to make sure that bad legislation doesn't pass."
On the Senate side, Jefferson City Senator Mike Kehoe has several issues he wants across the finish line.
Kehoe said, "I think voter I.D. is very important. We're just about there in the Senate. We need to take a vote and send that back over to the House. We've already passed some tort reform measures. We've already passed some ethics reform measures."
Columbia Senator Kurt Schaefer wants to expand Missouri's Castle Doctrine that allows someone to use deadly force in their home or on their property. Schaefer's "Stand Your Ground" provision allows deadly force when someone thinks a reasonable threat exists.
Schaefer said, "I think we need to make sure that Missourian's Second Amendment Rights are protected in the State of Missouri. That's what this amendment will do."
Another issue that hits the wallets of all Missourians is a proposed fuel tax increase, to pay for our state roads and bridges. If passed, Missouri's fuel tax would increase from 17-cents to 23-cents.
If Governor Jay Nixon signs the fuel tax increase bill, it will likely go to Missouri voters on the November ballot.