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Missouri House plans debate on 2 of its priorities for session

Missouri House plans debate on 2 of its priorities for session

January 17th, 2011 in News

Missouri House leaders hope to start debate in the full chamber on two of their priority measures this week.

One bill would require drug-testing for people who receive cash welfare payments. The other would offer small businesses a $10,000 tax deduction for each full-time job they create with a salary at least as high as the county's average wage. The tax deduction would double if the business also pays half of its workers' health insurance premiums.

Speaker Steven Tilley, a Republican from Perryville, says the House likely will focus on both bills this week.

Lawmakers are on a tight schedule. They're off Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Gov. Jay Nixon is scheduled to deliver his State of the State speech Wednesday night.