JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers ended the 2021 legislative session with the usual flurry of activity on a final day, even if one of the chambers adjourned several hours ahead of the statutory 6:00 p.m. call for sine die.
“We have to continue to get curveballs – we have to continually work from behind because we are in the minority and then we have to work in a situation where we don’t have honest brokers,” Senate Minority Floor Leader John Rizzo (D-Kansas City) said, when asked why he moved to adjourn for the session at 2 pm. He called it “a perfect ending to a dysfunctional year.”
“I can say, pretty definitely the success and the record of accomplishment we can point to as a leadership team and a republican caucus is really unmatched over the course of the last few years,” countered Senate Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia).
- The Second Amendment Preservation Act, which would shield Missouri residents from federal gun laws, and would allow for lawsuits against police departments that violated second amendment rights.
- The “Wayfair Bill” which establishes a sales tax for online retailers in an effort to level the playing field for brick and mortar stores.
- Legislation that will allow college student-athletes to profit from their names, image and likeness
Something that will likely have to be addressed in a special session is passage of the Federal Reimbursement Allowance, a tax on medical providers like hospitals which help pay for the state’s Medicaid program.