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St. Joseph, MO (2010-07-15) It's official: the Missouri Senate leader from St. Joseph's term as a lawmaker is now over.
Senate President Pro-Tem Charlie Shields is leaving the statehouse because of term limits, but was called back for the past week to preside over the special session.
That ended yesterday, as both chambers passed bills to provide auto factory incentives and to revamp state pensions.
Shields says the changes will help Missouri's ailing economy.
The incentives bill will provide 150 million dollars in tax breaks to Ford's auto plant near Kansas City.
The state pensions bill requires new state workers to be employed for at least 10 years and contribute 4 percent of their pay to the pension fund.
It also raises the retirement age of new state workers to 67.
The Governor is expected to sign both into law.
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