Jim Hansen’s Capitol report
By Missouri State Representative Jim Hansen
On Friday, Nov. 29 Governor Nixon called for a Special Session and the Missouri General Assembly convened on Monday, Dec. 2 to address a potential jobs and economic development opportunity incentive proposal for the State of Missouri relating to the new Boeing 777X, commonly referred to as “The Dreamliner”.
Governor Nixon met with the Majority Caucus on Monday to brief us about the Boeing Project and answer any questions the members might have had relating to the incentive proposal. For those of you who don’t know, the Boeing Company is an aerospace engineering and manufacturing firm that has maintained a presence in Missouri for several years now. This project would be an expansion on the existing Boeing jobs already in the state by at least 2,000 jobs and potentially create as many as 8,000 new jobs for Missouri.
The House and Senate met throughout the week to work on this important issue. As a member of the Economic Development Committee, I had the opportunity to see this bill throughout the entire process. After it left our committee, it went to the House floor for debate. The first result of action for the Boeing project was completed by the Missouri Senate approving their bill (SCS Senate Bill 1, E.C.) by a 23 to 8 bi-partisan majority on Dec. 4. On Dec. 6, after the bill passed through the Economic Development Committee, the MO House of Representatives passed the Bill by a bi-partisan vote of 127 to 20. The Emergency Clause passed as well by a vote of 127 to 19.
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