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NewsBook: Missouri Government News for Week of Jan. 24, 2000

 

. Bill Would Ban Sex With Animals (01/27/00)
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri lawmakers will be asked to decide if sex with animals should be illegal.
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    . Alcohol-Free Capitol Building? (01/27/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - A state representative is hoping to make the state capitol alcohol-free. Representative Bill Foster of Poplar Bluff is sponsoring the bill and says if passed, it won't take effect until 2002.
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    . Last year's drunk driving legislation opponent proposes new .08 bill (01/27/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Democratic Senator Harold Caskey has introduced a bill lowering the legal blood alcohol limit from .10 to .08 after killing a similiar bill last year in committee.

    Unlike another .08 bill proposed by Republican Senator Morris Westfall, however, Caskey's bill would not necessarily make a .08 conviction a felony.

    The .08 legislation is necessary to receive federal highway construction funds.

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    . Lawmakers Question Proposal to Ban Childcare on Riverboat Casinos (01/26/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Several members of the House Children and Families Committee have expressed skepticism over a proposal that would outlaw childcare facilities on riverboat casinos.

    The bill was introduced by St. Charles representative Charles Gross who says gambling boats are a poor environment and have a negative effect on children.

    Raytown Representative Ralph Monaco said the committee should make sure they are not outlaing daycare centers at other facilities before they pass the bill.

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    . The Missouri House gives preliminary approval to tobacco settlement legislation. (01/26/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri House of Representatives gives first round approval to a bill that sets up the Tobacco Trust Fund.

    Only one Republican attempted to alter the intent of the bill.

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    . Bills would give consumers a way to avoid telemarketers (01/25/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - A pair of bills proposed in the Missouri House of Representatives would establish a state "no-call" list.

    Companies could be fined up to $5,000 for calling people on the list.

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    . Ticket Scalping May Become Legal (01/25/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Currently, Missouri law says ticket-holders cannot sell their tickets for higher than face-value.

    Now, one representative is looking to change that.

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    . A leading Republican says the Democrat's highway plan falls short (01/25/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - House minority leader Delbert Scott says the plan proposed by Democrats on Tuesday is a step in the right direction, but it doesn't go far enough.

    Scott says the state needs a long-term solution-- not a quick fix.

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    . Democratic gubernatorial candidate weighs in on highway issue (01/25/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - State Treasurer Bob Holden, the leading Democratic candidate for governor, says he supports the highway plan that was announced Tuesday by leading legislators in his party.

    However, Holden says the plan isn't enough.

    He says a long-term solution is necessary.

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    . Senate Bill Wants to Lower Speed Limit for Truck Drivers (01/25/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - St. Louis County Senator Wayne Goode proposed a bill lowering the speed limit for truck drivers in Missouri by five mph.

    Trucker speed limits would drop from 70 mph to 65 mph on rural interstates and from 60 mph to 55 mph on urban highways in areas like St. Louis and Kansas City.

    The AAA supports the bill and the trucking industry opposes it.

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    . Democratic lawmakers have a plan to finance road repair in Missouri. (01/25/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Democratic lawmakers' plan to finance roads in the state would allow $2 billion in bonds spread out over six years.

    Also included in their plan is a provision giving the legislature more power over what roads get repaired.

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    . Candidates React to Supreme Court's Decision on Missouri Finance Law (01/24/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Lieutenant Governor Candidate Joe Maxwell says that he's willing to give up campaign funds that were raised before the Supreme Court's decision to limit Missouri campaign finances.

    His opponent Bill Kenny says that he plans to keep his funds unless otherwise required to give them back.

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    . Access to Motor Vehicle Records Might Get Harder (01/24/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Two Republican Senators say the Department of Revenue should stop releasing motor vehicle records for solicitation purposes.

    Senators John Russell and Larry Rohrbach say they want to restrict the amount of personal information that businesses are able to access.

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    . The US Supreme Court upholds Missouri's campaign finance restrictions. (01/24/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Missouri's law that limits the amount of money any one person can contribute to a political campaign.

    The court's decision puts a stop to political candidates that have been getting as much as $100,000 from a single contributor. Under the court-upheld limits, a statewide candidate is limited to slightly more than $1,000 from a contributor.

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