Missouri Government News for Week of Jan. 31, 2000
If approved by the legislature, the proposal would require statewide voter approval to become part of the constitution.
|.||Missouri man registers WWW.KILLBILLCLINTON.COM (02/03/00)|
|.||Property Taxes May be Replaced as Way to Fund Schools (02/03/00)|
Rulings in other states against using property taxes for education threaten how Missouri now funds schools.
|.||Date rape drug GHB ban proposal (02/03/00)|
Kansas City Representative Bill Boucher and Springfield Representative Craig Hosmer both say they want to change that with their bills making it illegal to use, possess and manufacture GHB.
Boucher's bill deals specifically with GHB and offers special rules for date rape scenarios while Hosmer's bill adds GHB onto the schedule of illegal drugs.
|.||St. Louis's Growth won't be addressed by a state sponsored commission (02/02/00)|
His proposal was for a commission that would study and report on the growth of St. Louis, and come up with solutions to the problems it's causing.
|.||Mothers give emotional testimony for bill. (02/02/00)|
Mothers of car accident victims gave testimony for the bill that would suspend or revoke the drivers' licenses of reckless drivers.
|.||Republicans voice opposition to Highway plan in committee meeting (02/02/00)|
Representative Jewell Patek says the Republicans' plan would be a better long-term solution.
|.||Legislation calls for change in gas ingredients. (02/02/00)|
Myers says the bill would help the environment, farmers, the economy and consumers.
|.||Two Female Lawmakers Vote Against .08 (02/02/00)|
The bill, which makes drivers with .08 blood alcohol levels guilty of a misdemeanor crime, was opposed by Sen. Betty Sims, R-St. Louis County, and Mary Bland, D-Kansas City.
Sims says she voted against the bill because it also outlaws open containers. But Sen. Harold Caskey, D-Butler, who sponsored the bill, says banning open containers would help the state get more federal highway funds.
|.||House Bill would allow employees to sue employers. (02/01/00)|
Speaking against the bill was Kelly Gillespie of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce.
|.||New House bill would make talking on a cell phone while driving illegal (02/01/00)|
The phones interrupted Kansas City Representative Marsha Campbell as she presented the bill before a skeptical House Motor Vehicle Committee.
Lobbyists for Sprint PCS and the Missouri Associatin of Realtors opposed the bill.
|.||Legislation would prohibit alcohol use in the Statehouse. (02/01/00)|
If a bill from Republican Bill Foster passes, alcohol will no longer be allowed.
|.||Bill would allow leave for new parents. (02/01/00)|
The bill is supported by the AFL-CIO, but has received opposition from business groups who say the cost of the bill is too high... they've estimated it at almost $350 million.
|.||Gay rights are championed to lawmakers by a fired lesbian security officer. (02/01/00)|
Heather Dye testified before the Senate Famlies Committee on legislation that would expand the state's civil rights law to sexual orientation.
|.||House Bill Could Change Organ Donor Age and Right to Decide (01/31/00)|
Also, the bill would allow signed organ donor cards to be sufficient documentation to legally preform transplants.
|.||Ticket scalping could become legal in Missouri (01/31/2000)|
The proposals would legalize ticket "scalping" - or reselling tickets at a price higher than the original purchase price.
|.||House Committee Passes Adoption Bill (01/31/00)|
Rep. Glenda Kelly, D-St. Joseph, sponsored the bill. She says it is an issue of civil rights, since every citizen except people who were adopted has free access to their birth certificates.
But Rep. Luann Ridgeway, R-Smithville, opposes the bill. She was one of only three committee members to vote against it. She says she is worried that free access to original birth records would violate the privacy of the biological parents.