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NewsBook: Missouri Government News for Week of January 15, 2001

 


. A former St. Louis mayor reported under consideration for a Missouri department. (01/19/01)
JEFFERSON CITY - The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that former St. Louis mayor Vicent Schoemehl is being considered as director of the Economic Development Department.

Schoemehl was mayor from 1981 to 1993.

In one of the slowest Missouri transititions in recent memory, Gov. Bob Holden has named just one department director and only a couple lower-level agency directors.


. Special election race attracts money, attention from parties (01/18/01)
JEFFERSON CITY - Attempting to gain power in the divided state Senate, Democrats and Republicans have targeted the special election race in the hotly contested 18th district -- a strategy reflected in the candidates' bank accounts.

The candidates, Rep. Robert Clayton, D-Hannibal, and Republican John Cauthorn have spent and raised over $600,000 combined so far in the race.

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. House passes first bipartisan test of year (01/18/01)
JEFFERSON CITY - The fight over the House rules never came to fruition.

The House leaders of both parties compromised on the rules, which resulted in a unanimous vote for the rules.

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. Lawmaker wants to make sure "Mad Elk" stays out of Missouri (01/18/01)
JEFFERSON CITY - The disease is called Chronic Wasting Disease or CWD. It has been found in elk in parts of Colorado and Wyoming.

Hazelwood Rep. Mike Reid wants a 10-year ban on the introduction of wild elk into Missouri.

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. Anheuser-Busch says they won't oppose .08(01/16/01)
JEFFERSON CITY - In a Senate Transportation Committee hearing, a lobbyist for the state's top brewery said the company will no longer oppose .08 legislation.

That's because of federal regulations requiring states to make .08 the blood-alcohol level to be considered legally impaired while driving.

If Missouri fails to pass .08 by 2003 they will face losing federal highway construction money.

However, A-B says they don't support the current .08 bill because of an "idiotic" section to change the open-container law.


. Term limits change heading to the Senate floor (01/16/01)
JEFFERSON CITY - On the first day of committee hearings, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill to the floor that would ask voters to extend legislative term limits to 12 years.

The proposal, sponsored by senior Sen. John Schneider, would allow current lawmakers to stay in office an additional four years.

If no change is made to the term limit law, nearly one-half of Missouri's legislators will be forced out in 2002.