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Missouri Government News for Week of April 6, 1998

A parliamentary procedure is used to kill an effort to lower the limit for drunken driving to .08 percent.

An effort to lower the blood-alcohol level for drunken driving from 0.10 to 0.08 percent was killed in the House.

The DWI amendment was proposed as an amendment to an unrelated bill dealing with auto licenses.

But then a substitute amendment was proposed and adopted that would require an auto ignition device in autos of those convicted of DWI.

Adoption of the substitute amendment wiped out the lower alcohol level proposal -- effectively killing the idea without an actual vote by the House on the issue.

For more information, see:

The House sends the Senate a ban on partial-birth abortions.

The House gave overwhelming approval and sent to the Senate a partial-birth abortion ban nearly identical to the proposal vetoed by the governor last year.

House approval was no surprise. The meausre won overwhelming approval for preliminary approval in the House just last week. Both times, the House vote was well in excess of the vote that would be required to override the governor's veto.

See our radio story and the House roll-call vote.

Tax credits for daycare costs is approved by the Senate.

The Senate tacked on a daycare tax credit amendment to an omnibus tax-cut bill before the chamber.

The amendment would provide credits to businesses that provide daycare services for their workers.

The amendment was attacked to a bill that contains a long list of tax breaks for businesses.

The Senate adjourned before taking a vote on the bill itself.

Missouri voters approve keeping a court-ordered tax increase on Kansas City.

Missouri voters gave overwhemling approval to a meausre supporters say will prevent financial collapse of the Kansas City school system.

Amendment 3 allows the city school board to keep, with out voter approval, a tax increase ordered a federal judge in the Kansas City school desegregation case.

Supporters warned the school would not be able to maintain payment on its construction bonds without the higher tax rate (about double the rate previously approved by the voters).

See our radio story and our newspaper story for details.

Desegregation legislation clears the Senate.

Despite objections from a St. Louis Senator that the measure would dismantle the elected St. Louis School Board, the Senate sent to the House legislation designed to provide a basis for a settlement in the St. Louis school desegregation case.

The measure would assure that St. Louis and Kansas City schools would continue to receive some of the desegregation payments the federal courts have ordered.

The bill also would replace the elected St. Louis School Board with a three-member panel nominated by the governor.

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The House votes to restrict appliance services by utility companies.

The House approved and sent to the Senate a measure to restrict utilities from leasing or selling appliances or offering appliance repair services.

The bill follows complaints from some applicance merchants that they were facing unfair competition from utilities.

See the House roll-call vote.

The House votes to keep sex predators locked up for life.

The House gave first-round approval to a measure that would provide civil committment of repeat sex offenders.

Sex offenders considered "mentally abnormal", a lower standard than what currently has to be proven, could be indefinitely institutionalized after their prison terms expire.

The bill also allows for the names and photographs of those sex offenders who are released to be posted on the Internet.

See our package of radio stories for details.