After a two-week delay due to some Covid cases among state senators and staff, the Senate reconvened to complete the legislature’s second extra session. The Senate passed HB 14 by a vote of 23-1 with the same language that the House has previously passed the bill by a vote of 133-4. HB 14 now moves to the governor’s desk for his signature.
HB 14 is a budget bill outlining the distribution of nearly $1.3 billion of your taxpayer money. That spending includes money to Missouri schools and colleges, state emergency management, and to the Department of Health and Senior Services.
Governor Parson had expanded the call of this extra session to also include Covid-related lawsuit reform. However, when it became apparent that that topic might be more complicated than it originally seemed, the governor withdrew his request and asked the legislature to revisit the topic during the next regular session.
With that, the 100th General Assembly has met for the final time in 2020. We will reconvene as the 101st General Assembly with a new crop of freshmen legislators on January 5th.
Until next time, health, happiness and prosperity to you and your family.