Major bills stall as Missouri session winds down

JEFFERSON CITY | With barely a day to go in their 2009 session, Missouri lawmakers have stalled on major economic development, health care and abortion bills.

Senators got hung up Thursday on legislation sought by Gov. Jay Nixon that would expand tax incentives for businesses. A primary sticking point was whether to limit the amount of tax credits that can be approved annually for the renovation of historic buildings.

Legislation expanding Missouri's 24-hour informed consent law for abortions passed the Senate early Thursday morning but ran into trouble in the House as anti-abortion lobbyists complained it had been watered down.

House and Senate negotiators have not yet resolved disagreements on a proposed health care expansion.

The legislative session ends at 6 p.m. Friday.