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NewsBook: Missouri Government News for Week of Feb. 14, 2000

 

Check out the NewsBook archive for top stories from the 1999 legislative session


. Bill proposed giving special protection to Missouri's senior citizens (02/17/00)
JEFFERSON CITY - Mexico Senator Joe Maxwell says he wants to make stiff penalties for defrauding and intimidating senior citizens in Missouri. The bill covers crimes ranging from construction work scams to relatives mishandling money.
. House passes road and transportation bill (02/17/00)
JEFFERSON CITY - The House has passed a bill granting legislators the power to approve Missouri's road and transportation funding plans.

But an amendment to the bill puts a limit on the amount of money that can be spent for highway expenses.


. Two major Presidential candidates yet to visit Missouri (02/16/00)
JEFFERSON CITY - While skipping across the United States on campaign tours, two of the four major Presidential candidates have completely leaped over Missouri.

Vice-President Al Gore and U.S. Sen. John McCain have not made stops in the Show Me State during their presidential campaigning, even though Missouri's primary is less than three weeks away.


. Missouri's House votes to give itself a pay raise. (02/15/00)
JEFFERSON CITY - By a narrow margin, Missouri's House voted to include a pay raise for themselves in an emergency appropriations bill.

In addition to lawmakers, the pay package would boost salaries for statewide elected officals by 5%.

The funding plan, that now goes to the Senate, implements recommendations of the state's Salary Commission.

  • Get the House roll-call vote.
    . St. Louis superintendent speaks in front of House committee (02/15/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - St. Louis School District Superintendent Cleveland Hammons told a House Education Committee his plans for the future of the state's largest school district.

    Hammons said his was optimistic about the district meeting state requirements. The district has two years to meet those standards or it faces loss of accreditation.

  • Get the radio story.
    . Kansas City Superintendent Speaks Before House Committee (02/15/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Kansas City superintendent Benjamin Demps spoke before the House Education Committee Tuesday.

    Demps says his district is steadily improving its education performance. Last fall, Missouri's Board of Education stripped the school district of accredidation status as of May 1, 2000.

  • Get the radio story.
    . House Bill Proposes A Memorial For Fallen Workers (02/15/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - A House bill to construct a memorial for workers killed on the job went before a House committee hearing Tuesday.

    Representative Jack Hickey is sponsoring the legislation. The Bridgeton representative wants the memorial built on Capitol grounds, with funding from private donations and charities.

    The measure is aimed at bringing recognition to those who have died while providing construction services to the state of Missouri.

  • Get the radio story.
    . Sheriff Candidates May Have to Spend More Time in the Classroom Than on the Campaign Trail (02/15/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - When Missouri's 115 sheriffs come up for election in November, Rep. Phillip Britt, D-Kennett, said he wants to be sure that they are certified and trained as law enforcers.

    As sponsor of a bill which will require sheriffs to have training as peace officers, Britt says the standards required under the proposed law are very basic. Under existing law, anyone over the age of 18 who has lived in a county for a year and is not a felon can run for sheriff.

    This is not a big problem in larger counties where the sheriff is an administrator supervising a team of peace officers. The risk is greater in smaller counties where the sheriff actually goes out on patrol, say bill supporters.

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    . Metro Highway Construction Loses in Key Vote (02/15/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The metro regions of St. Louis and Kansas City lost a key vote in the Missouri House on an effort to get more highway construction money into the metro areas.

    House representatives voted almost exactly on regional lines against the proposed amendment to the transportation bill.

  • Get the radio story.
    . One Lawmaker Wants to "Brand" Repeat Drunk Drivers (02/15/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - A label should be affixed to the license plates of any car owned by a recidivist drunken driver, according to legislation under consideration in the House.

    Drunken driving legislation, especially that which focuses on repeat offenders, is high on the list of priorities for many lawmakers.

    A separate proposal would substantially increase penalties for repeat offenders.

  • Get the newspaper story.
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  • MDN's 1997 list of fatal drunken driving accidents in Missouri.
    . Proposed law makes it illegal for kids to have tobacco products (02/15/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Thomas Hoppe, a Democratic Representative from Kansas City, says it should be illegal for persons under 18 years of age to possess tobacco products.

    "I want to keep kids out of possessing tobacco," Hoppe said, crushing a Marlboro in a desktop ashtray filled with spent cigarettes. He soon lit another.

    The national preoccupation with kids and tobacco has a local angle. More than half of middle school students in Missouri had used tobacco products at least once, according to a 1999 survey by the Missouri Health Department. Under Hoppe's proposal, vendors would be allowed to choose whether to ask for identification. It would be their responsibility to prevent the sale of tobacco to persons believed to be under the age 18. The burden would be on the purchaser.

  • Get the newspaper story .
  • For a list of retailers caught selling tobacco to minors, search the FDA's Children and Tobacco Compliance Checker.
    . Bill could mean more privacy for bank customers. (02/14/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Representative David Levin has proposed a bill that would make it illegal for business to request fingerprinting, retina scans and DNA testing.

    Levin says we need to draw a line between technology and privacy.

  • Get the radio story.
    . Missouri Census Bureau is looking for Spanish-Speakers to help with count (02/14/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The State Census Bureau needs employees who speak Spanish to help get an accurate count of the growing number of Hispanics in the community.

    One volunteer for the Bureau says its not equipped to handle the Spanish speaking community.

  • Get the radio story.
    . On Valentine's day, one House committee focused on domestic violence. (2/14/2000)
    JEFFERSON CITY - While many Missourians were trying to make their significant others happy at least for a while in Valentine's Day, members of a special House Committee on Domestic Violence announced proposals to fight domestic violence in the state.

    Rep. Vicky Wilson, D-Columbia, co-chair of the committee, said that the date was chosen as a reminder. "Domestic violence is a public health issue, is not to be swept under the rug, and affects all of us," she said.

    Wilson said the main objective of the committee's recommendations is to create efficient programs both to encourage victims to report abuse and to prosecute the abusers. The committee also proposed bills to strengthen state record keeping. The committee reports that with better records, the state to get more federal funds.

  • Get the newspaper story.