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Missouri lawmakers want to waive penalties for taxpayers who pay their bill late because of confusion over withholdings. But the legislature likely won’t be able to pass a bill before the tax season ends.

During a House Special Committee on Government Oversight meeting on Wednesday, representatives heard a bill that would waive the late fee for taxpayers who establish a payment plan with the Department of Revenue. It would only apply to this tax season.

Representative Dean Dohrman sponsored the bill, and says it’s a work in progress.

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Today, Missouri’s annual right-to-life rally took place in the Capitol, where top administration officials have promised to stay committed to passing some of the strongest anti-abortion legislation in the country.

Some state lawmakers have said they would like to see Missouri’s abortion laws challenge Roe vs. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case which federally legalized abortion.

Attorney General Eric Schmitt said he would take the case to the United States Supreme Court, if that is what it took.

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Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe and Speaker of the House, Elijah Haahr announced plans to develop a task force to look deeper into a hyperloop system for the state of Missouri.

Kehoe, who will chair the committee, said at a press conference that Missouri is capable of exploring its options for the hyperloop system, which would allow Missourians to travel to and from St. Louis, Columbia and Kansas City in less than 30 minutes.

Spousal maintenance—or alimony—laws in Missouri from the 1970s are still in effect.

Republican Senator Mike Cierpiot said these laws are vague and Missouri needs to join other states that have updated alimony laws at a senate committee hearing Monday afternoon. The proposed bill defines marriage lengths, and required spousal maintenance for short-term, moderate-term, and long-term marriages.

John C. Snyder II is an attorney in Kansas City and says it’s hard to determine the outcome of spousal maintenance cases under current law.

Missourians would pay less for feminine hygiene products, diapers and incontinence products if a House Bill 747 passes. The Special Committee on Aging heard the bill Wednesday, which lowers the sales tax from 4% to 1%.

The idea is to treat these products as essential goods like groceries.

Kali Jones spoke in favor of the bill, and says she has missed class because she couldn’t afford tampons. Jones is a member of Planned Parenthood’s Teen Advocates for Sexual Health.