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Loan refinance bill expected to be read in House

A number of significant bills will be heard by Missouri House Committees on Monday.

One would give the Missouri Department of Higher Education authority to refinance certain student loans. The bill, which will be present by State Representative Kip Kendrick, would create the higher education refinancing loan revolving fund.

It’s particularly significant in light of the attention student loans are receiving in the Presidential campaign. Democratic candidate Senator Bernie Sanders said in Springfield on Saturday, that public college should be free.

Another bill on Monday’s list would prohibit school bus stops to be within 500 feet of a registered sex offender’s home.

It would apply to both public and private school bus stops. If a school’s stop is within that 500 feet of a sex offender’s home, the school would need to find a new location. If a new location was not found, the school must tell the parents of the students that use that stop about the situation.

A third bill expected to be read in House Committees this week is one that would allow certain venues to sell and deliver alcohol using a cell phone app.

It’s sponsored by Representative Caleb Rowden and would allow venues that are licensed to sell alcohol to sell booze on the app. The law would also require those delivering alcohol to ask for a valid ID to make sure the recipient is 21.

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