( KTRS ) Lawmakers are set to discuss issues ranging from how to repair state roads and bridges to laws on abortion, when the 2016 session begins Wednesday.
Legislative leaders say tightening state laws on ethics will be a top priority. Proposals on the table include banning lobbyist gifts to lawmakers. Other bills lawmakers have proposed include a measure to raise the gasoline tax by 1.5 cents per gallon and the diesel tax by 3.5 cents in order to pay for road and bridge repairs.
Several measures on abortion have already been filed ahead of the official start of the session.
This is the last legislative session before Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon leaves office.