News to Know: Joplin offers incentives to housing developers, Missouri lawmakers decide voter ID requirements, and a vaccination pushback in Missouri

The news you need to know before you head out the door

JOPLIN, Mo. – Housing developers will soon receive incentives for building new homes in Joplin. On Tuesday Joplin council passed the housing revitalization plan. Under the plan, incentives based on the value of a home will be awarded if the new home replaces an existing single-family home and complements the existing neighborhood. A budget of one-million dollars is being set aside for the project. It will be paid for by the current use tax. Officials hope the plan will encourage more people to build new homes in Joplin.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers are working to change the state’s election process. A bill in the house would require photo ID and an update of the voter rolls. The bill would also revoke state funding for any local election authorities who fail to comply with new regulations. Proponents say the changes are necessary to prevent voter fraud. According to New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice, 34 restrictive voting laws passed in 19 states last year.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House passes a pair of bills pushing back on requirements to get the covid-19 vaccine. The legislation includes one bill that would ban public employers from requiring vaccinations, with exceptions for nursing homes and other health care facilities that need to mandate vaccines in order to get federal funding. A second bill would ensure people who are unvaccinated still get unemployment benefits if they’re fired for not getting the vaccine.

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas House approves a proposed amendment to the state constitution to make it easier for the legislature to overturn state agencies’ regulations. Under the proposal, lawmakers could repeal regulations with simple-majority votes in both chambers. Lawmakers now must pass a bill and obtain the governor’s approval or two-thirds legislative majorities to override a veto. Most democrats see the measure as a political attack on Governor Laura Kelly, but Republicans say they’re trying to curb bureaucrats’ power. The measure went to the Senate.

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