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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Senators passed the bill 23-8 Wednesday while meeting in a special session called by Gov. Jay Nixon. It now goes to the House.

Missouri is one of more than a dozen locations invited by Boeing to bid on assembling the new 777X airplane.

Most other states are crafting their proposals privately. But Nixon called a special session because he wanted to offer more incentives than currently allowed under state law.

Gov. Jay Nixon issued a statement Wednesday afternoon about the vote saying, "I thank members of the Senate for working quickly and efficiently to pass this bipartisan legislation that will put Missouri in a strong position to win the Boeing 777X and create thousands of new high-paying jobs across our state," Gov. Nixon said. "The overwhelming bipartisan support for this bill demonstrates once again that when it comes to transformative opportunities like this one, Missourians know how to work across party lines to move our state forward. I look forward to working with the House to complete these important efforts in a timely and bipartisan manner."

Under Missouri's plan, the amount of incentives Boeing gets would depend on the number of jobs created.

Supporters say the Boeing project includes 2,000 to 8,000 company jobs, plus thousands of more at its suppliers.

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