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House passes economic development bill

Date: May 15, 2009
By: Max Reiss
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 191, HB 156, SB 368

Intro: Missouri House passes a job creation bill in its final session.

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Governor Jay Nixon called for a job creation bill when he took office and it is now on his desk.

The Missouri House approved an economic development bill in the session's final hours Friday which will offer tax breaks to businesses who take up shop in Missouri.

The bill received a near unanimous vote with only two representatives voting against it.

According to the bill's sponsor, it will create somewhere between two thousand and five thousand jobs in Missouri.

Reporting from the Missouri House, I'm Max Reiss. Newsradio 1120 KMOX.


Intro: Republican House Leaders pass an economic development bill but make no moves on health care.

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Missouri's House Republican Leaders heralded the passage of a job creation bill which met the governor's wishes.

But when asked why they didn't pass Senate approved health care legislation, Speaker Ron Richard had this response.

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Description: "We have a different vision of health care."

Richard relied on fellow Republican Representative Doug Ervin to explain the House and Senate differences.

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Description: "Ours is based on a health need and theirs is based on an arbitrary income. . . figure."

Frustrated House Democrats said Republicans never had a plan of what they wanted to accomplish in the legislature.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Max Reiss. Newsradio 1120 KMOX.


Intro: Missouri House sends job creation legislation to the governor's desk. RunTime:0:39
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On the session's final day, the Missouri House put one high profile bill on the governor's desk but threw another one in the trash.

With overwhelming bipartisan support, Representatives passed an economic development bill which supporters claim will create up to five thousand jobs in Missouri.

Governor Jay Nixon has stressed the new jobs legislation since January.

But the failed bill was a health care measure which has House Republicans claiming it's not the right plan and Democrats saying the majority party has no plan.

House leaders say they will make another go at statewide health care reform next year.

Reporting from the Missouri House, I'm Max Reiss. Newsradio 1120 KMOX.


Intro: Missouri House puts the pedal to the metal for allowing motorcyclists to run red lights at certain times.

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The Missouri House decides it is OK for motorcycles to run red lights under certain circumstances.

If someone on their bike is at a red light for an unreasonable amount of time, they are free to ride through.

Motorcycle riders could also run red lights if the traffic signal's built in censor doesn't pick up the motorcycle sitting at the intersection.

The measure passed overwhelmingly with 147 House members voting yes.

This bill has the green light and is now on the governor's desk.

Reporting from the Missouri House, I'm Max Reiss, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.


Intro: Missouri House passes legislation on the final day allowing motorcycles to run red lights at certain times. RunTime:0:42
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With that last slam of the gavel, the Missouri Legislature finished for the year.

The Missouri House passed a job creation bill; one of Governor Jay Nixon's top priorities when he took office.

Lawmakers also approved a measure giving motorcyclists the green light when they stand too long at a red light.

The bill, now on the governor's desk, allows motorcycle riders to disobey traffic signals when they're broken or stay red for an unreasonable amount of time.

House Republican leaders said their biggest accomplishments included not raising taxes and balancing the budget.

Democrats disagree and claim Republicans lacked leadership and vision for the state.

Reporting from the Missouri House, I'm Max Reiss, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.