As lawmakers from across the state converge on Jefferson City, unresolved issues from the First Session of the ninety-seventh General Assembly are on the forefront of leading Legislators’ minds.
Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, a Republican from Joplin, said that tax relief for Missourians is something that is important to him during this legislative session.
“I expect to see a wide variety of bills that aim to reduce the tax burden on the citizens of this state, and we will have a lengthy debate on what’s best for Missourians.”
Senate Leader Tom Dempsey, a Republican from St. Charles, echoed Richard’s sentiment, saying that 2014 could be the year to bridge the gap between the house and senate positions when it comes to tax credits.
Dempsey said that aside from the budget, changing and clarifying the state’s school transfer law is at the top of his agenda.
Students who attend unaccredited school districts now have to undergo a lengthy and unfair process to attend an accredited district, and Dempsey says that making a quality education accessible for all of Missouri’s students is something that must be completed before the ninety-seventh legislative session comes to a close on the 16th of May.