Missouri lawmakers approve online sales tax, 2nd Amendment protections in final day of session

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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 schedule.

“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,” Senate Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, countered.

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

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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