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Lawmakers End the Session This Evening

Missouri lawmakers will end the legislative session this evening at 6. KSMU's Missy Shelton is in Jefferson City with some of the highlights from the session.

Much of the drama that's usually reserved for the last day of session, simply wasn't there.

In fact, the House voted to relax its rules and let male representatives onto the House floor without suit jackets.

The Republican-controlled Senate and House dealt with several key bills early in the session.

Priorities of the business community like limits on liability lawsuits and workers' compensation changes went to the governor's desk before the legislative Spring Break.

Then, in April, lawmakers approved cuts to Medicaid, a step Republicans said was necessary to increase education funding without any new taxes.

And earlier this week, lawmakers sent the governor a new education funding formula.

Perhaps what's most notable about yesterday and today are the bills that did NOT pass.

First, the House voted down and refused to reconsider letting police officers pull over drivers who aren't wearing their seat belts.

Opposition came from both sides of the aisle.

Republican Representative Brian Yates says it would give law enforcement too much power.

But supporters of the bill say they had hoped to encourage more people to buckle up by allowing primary enforcement of seat belts.

Republican Representative Neil St. Onge handled the bill