Missouri lawmakers end 2021 session with bills on online sales tax, second amendment protections


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).

In the end, in the final 24 hours of the session, lawmakers got a number of bills over final hurdles to the finish line and to the desk of Missouri Governor Mike Parson.

Among them:

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.

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