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Missouri Government News for Week of April 20, 1998

Packed pistols is given first-round approval in the House.

The House gave first round approval to letting Missourians decide the issue of concealed weapons.

The measure, which still faces a final House vote before going to the Senate, would put the issue on the November ballot.

Legislative action follows a reversal in the NRA's position which now has agreed to putting the issue before the voters. In past years, the bill had died after the NRA had opposed the voter-approval provision.

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Stronger union rights for government workers rejected.

The Senate defeated legislation that would give stronger collective bargaining rights to state and local government workers.

The vote came after days of extended debate over the issue. The vote was largely along party lines with every Republican voting against the measure.

See the Senate roll call.

A presidential primary is approved by the Senate.

The Missouri Senate approved establishing a presidential primary for the year 2000.

The last time Missouri had a presidential primary was when U.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt was running for the Democratic nomination.

This time around, both Gephardt and Republican Senator John Ashcroft are seeking the office.

The measure faces another Senate vote before going to the House.

The House approves a hotline phone system for checking up on daycare center workers.

Parents would have a system to find out the backgrounds of their kids' daycare workers under a measure approved by the House.

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Legislation to give you a tax break for health insurance costs is dying in the legislature.

The House Ways and Means Committee chairman has refused to report to the full House legislation that would allow income tax deduction of health insurance premiums.

The bill had been co-sponsored by more than half the entire House and approved weeks ago by the House committee.

But, a committee chairman can kill a bill simply by refusing to report the committee's action to the full House.

See our newspaper story for details.

School desegregation plan clears another legislative hurdle.

The House Education Committee chairman credited phone calls by the governor to members of his committee for helping pass the bill to provide the grounds for a settlement in the school desegregation cases.

The governor's chief of staff called the bill a legislative priority for the governor. In January, the governor held off from endorsement of any plan.

The measure, approved earlier by the Senate, now goes to the full House.

See our newspaper story for details.

The House resurrects a bill to allow a pilot project for voting on Internet.

Just a few days after defeating the idea, the House approved a pilot project to allow voting on Internet by military serving overseas.

The project had been requested by the Secretary of State as part of a project being conducted by the military in selected areas of a few states.

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The Senate sets the stage for another budget fight over family planning.

The Senate followed the same steps Monday on the family planning budget that led to the budget gridlock last year.

Unlike the House, the Senate voted to allow state funds to private family planning facilitiees -- with the exception of Planned Parenthood.

Because the courts have struck down a previous attempt to lock out just Planned Parenthood if other private facilities are eligible, the Senate's version effectively allows funds to PP.

The House, on the other hand, has approved a budget that targest $11 million for developing family planning facilities run by local government.

Last year, the governor had to call lawmakers into a special session when the family-planning fight blocked the legislature from completing action on the budget by the May 8 deadline.

See our newspaper story for details.

Impaired drivers targeted by a bill that cleared the House.

The House passed and sent to the Senate a measure that would make it easier to suspend or restrict the driving license of a physically impaired person.

The measure now goes to the House.

See the roll-call vote.

A study of parents in prison is sent to the governor.

The House passed and sent to the governor Monday a meausre that would have the state conduct a study about the number of children with parents in prison and the affects parental imprisonment on the children.