The 2017 Missouri legislative session ended Friday, with 24 fewer bills passed than last year.
In all, 1,775 bills were introduced in both the House and Senate and only 114 ran the gauntlet and made it to passage.
Some of those bills have already been signed by Gov. Eric Greitens and the rest are now in his in-box for review.
In the House, 1,231 bills were introduced and 76 were passed. In the Senate, 544 bills were introduced and 38 were passed.
Pre-filing of bills began on Dec. 1 and several bills finally passed on the last day of the session, May 12.
Franklin County lawmakers had a very active session with House members sponsoring 44 bills and 30 in the Senate.
State Senator Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, sponsored 30 bills in the Senate, of which 6 passed. He was also involved in nine other house bills.
Schatz, the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, received a split decision on two bills directly affecting Franklin County.
First, SB 411, which would have allowed Franklin County to join Bi-State Development Agency died after House Republicans tacked on amendments.
Second, SB 64 will designate the naming of the bridge over Boeuf Creek near New Haven for former Missouri Department of Transportation worker Lyndon Ebker.
The bridge bill was successfully handled in the House by State Rep. Justin Alferman, who sponsored 11 House bills as well.
Alferman served as vice-chairman of the House Budget Committee and although they were successful in getting a budget through the Senate and to the governor, none of his other bills passed this year.
State Rep. Kirk Mathews, R-Pacific, was successful in getting a transportation bill he sponsored passed.
House Bill 130 involved provisions relating to transportation network companies and was approved by the governor April 24.
In addition, Mathews was the House handler for one of Schatz’ bills that was passed in the Senate.
If signed by the governor, SB 240 will create a statewide license for electrical contractors.
Mathews sponsored a total of 11 bills during the 2017 session.
Freshman State Rep. Nathan Tate, R-St. Clair, saw measured success in his first foray into the legislative process.
He was able to get a resolution passed by cross party lines and team with Kansas City Democrat Rory Rowland.
House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 28 reaffirms Missouri’s support of the services of the sheltered workshops in the state.
Tate was the House handler of Schatz’ unsuccessful Bi-State Bill (SB 411) and was instrumental in getting passage of Schatz’ SB 112, modifying provisions relating to political subdivisions.
His three solo sponsored bills also failed to get traction this session.
Tate was named the Freshman Legislator of the Year for Transportation.
State Rep. Paul Curtman, R-Union, filed 18 bills, more than any of his local House counterparts, but was not able to get any of them passed.
Curtman entered his second-to-last session as the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and although many of his bills made headway through both chambers, infighting between the House and Senate added amendments to many bills and removed many others from the House and Senate calendars.
The legislature is on recess until May 22, when it will convene for a technical session and will officially adjourn May 30 pursuant to the Missouri Constitution.