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5/13 - House Gives Final Approval to Several Bills
Jefferson City - The Missouri House gave final approval to a number of bills Thursday, one day before the 2010 legislative session comes to a close.

Thursday morning, House members approved legislation that would regulate sexually oriented businesses in Missouri. Handled in the House by Rep. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, SBs 586 & 617 would bar nude activity and restrict semi-nude activity within sexually oriented businesses. It would also ban the use, sale or consumption of alcohol within such businesses. In addition, the legislation would prohibit adult establishments from operating between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m., and bar anyone younger than 18 from being on the premises at any time. The House approved the legislation by a vote of 118-28. It requires another vote in the Senate before moving to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

Thursday evening, House members approved legislation designed to strengthen Missouri’s DWI laws. Sponsored by Rep. Bryan Stevenson, R-Webb City, HB 1695 would establish special courts that combine treatment with punishment for drunken driving violators. It also would create harsher penalties for repeat offenders and those with a blood alcohol content of .15 or above. The House approved HB 1695 by a vote of 152-0. It now moves to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

The House also approved a ban on the synthetic marijuana substance known as K2. HB 1472 would make possession of 35 grams or more of K2 a felony. Possession of lesser amounts would be a misdemeanor offense. The House approved HB 1472, sponsored by Rep. Ward Franz, R-West Plains, by a vote of 140-7. It now moves to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.
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