JEFFERSON CITY - Four days into a special session, the General Assembly has passed legislation designed to lure the aerospace giant Boeing move production of its 777X commercial jet to St. Louis.
But before the House could vote on the bill House Majority Leader John Diehl, R-St. Louis County, said Senate staff sent over the bill with a few errors.
The version of the bill sent over by Senate staff contained errors in the bill's official format and the House had been working off the incorrect version the past two days.
"This happens on a not infrequent basis," Diehl said. "Given the fact this is a special session and we're here for one bill and one bill only the Speaker and I felt it was important this issue be highlighted."
The bill ultimately passed the House 127-20 and now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon.
In a statement Friday afternoon, Nixon praised the General Assembly for moving quickly.
"I greatly appreciate the General Assembly's work to send a bill to my desk in a timely manner so that we may submit a proposal to Boeing," Nixon said in a written statement. "We are in a very strong position to compete."
Executive Director of United for Missouri and former chairman of the House Budget Committee Carl Bearden testified against the bill in both the Senate and House committees. Bearden criticized Nixon and lawmakers for picking and choosing who to give tax breaks to by passing the bill.
"Working Missourians deserve tax cuts and deserve to get more of their money," Bearden said. "If you really want to stimulate our economy let people keep more of their money."
House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, thanked lawmakers for their bipartisanship and hard work during the four day special session.
"It's now up to the Governor to seal this deal to try to bring this opportunity home," said Jones. "We've done our job 110 percent."
Several other states are competing to host the factory including South Carolina and Washington. Both states passed competing legislation aimed to expand the aerospace giant's presence in each state.
Lawmakers will return to Jefferson City for the General Assembly's regular session in January.