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Missouri’s 2014 legislative session is over—it ended Friday.  And in this second half of our two-part series on efficiency in state government, KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson looks at how technology and a few updates might help streamline the way things are done in Jefferson City.

Missouri lawmakers have at their fingertips some of the best digital bill-tracking systems in the country.  But in other areas, they may not be using technology to their advantage when it comes to running an efficient state government.

Missouri’s lawmakers work five months out of the year—from January to May—because that’s how long the legislative session runs. But as KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports in this first half of our series on efficiency in state government, there have been calls to both shorten and lengthen that amount of time.

This week, state lawmakers are back in their home districts, settling back into their “normal” lives away from Jefferson City.  Unlike the federalgovernment, most state lawmakers across the country are only drafting legislation for part of the year.

Friday marked the last day of the Missouri legislative session this year.  That means lawmakers go home for the rest of the year, and then come back to Jefferson City again in January for a new session. 

Phill Brooks, the longest serving journalist in the statehouse, said this year's session will go down in history as a "mixed bag" for Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.

Republican lawmakers are celebrating a successful override of an income tax cutting bill that they say will help spur economic growth.

By a House vote of 109-46 Tuesday morning, a day after the Senate voted 23-8 in favor of the measure; the legislation is now on its way to becoming law. That’s despite fierce objections from Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, who has made stop after stop in towns across Missouri the past couple of weeks trying to rally support of his veto.

Ahead of an expected veto of an income tax cut bill, Gov. Jay Nixon continued his push to rally support in Springfield Tuesday, and questioned the credibility of outside interests that are campaigning for a veto override.