Voting machines, tax credits on legislative agendas

Mar 25, 2014

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The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation that would require local elections authorities to phase out the use of some electronic voting machines. Under the bill, voters could only use electronic machines that produce a paper trail of marked votes. All other types of electronic voting machines currently in use for elections could still be used, but could not be replaced once they malfunction.

The legislation given first-round approval Monday also declares the paper ballot as the official ballot of Missouri elections. It needs one more Senate vote before moving to the House.

The bill is sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Nieves, of Washington.

Meanwhile, Missouri House members have approved legislation that would create an incentive for businesses to relocate to the state.

The measure would offer businesses a tax credit worth up to 20 percent of their eligible expenses for coming into Missouri. The incentive program would be capped at $10 million a year.

Sponsoring House member John McCaherty says the intent is to limit the incentives to businesses that previously have been in Missouri, left and now are returning.

The House had delayed a vote on the bill because of concern that it would apply more broadly. Changes were made, and the bill was approved 136-17 on Monday. It now moves to the state Senate.