Missouri Government News for Week of January 29, 2001
|.||Bill to lower Missouri's blood alcohol content level for drivers sent to Senate (02/01/01)|
This is the fifth year such a bill has been introduced and if it's passed it could get Missouri millions of dollars.
|.||The Missouri Senate rejected a House resolution that would have prevented a pay raise for lawmakers. (01/31/01)|
Lawmakers had until midnight Wednesday to reject a pay increase plan from the state's salary commission.
The plan, subject to subsequent appropriations, will allow lawmakers to get salary increases exceeding 5% for the next two years.
|.||Committee hears two plans affecting MoDOT (01/31/01)|
One plan would let Missouri voters decide if they want MoDOT to build toll roads, while the other would put MoDOT in charge of roads within St. Louis city limits.
|.||Power for university faculty members (01/31/01)|
While faculty members currently do not sit on governing boards, students have had this right for more than 12 years.
|.||Missourians who don't pay off their student loans will face new consequences under a proposed bill. (01/31/01)|
If people don't pay back their loans, legislators say other students suffer.
|.||House has rejected a pay plan for legislators, statewide elected officials and judges. (01/31/01)|
The resolution now goes to the Senate for a final vote. The legislature has until midnight Wednesday night to take action or the pay raises take effect, although some legislators argue they will be subject to appropriation.
|.||Voting made easy? Bills would make voting more convenient for voters (01/30/01)|
|.||Holden pledges $32 million annually to fund life sciences research (01/30/01)|
The funding would be contingent on settlement of related tobacco lawsuits.
|.||Holden proposes education intiatives during his State of the State address (01/30/01)|
Some of his key goals are to fully fund the school foundation formula, increase teachers' salaries upon National Board certification and implement character education in schools.
|.||Governor Bob Holden delivers his first State of the State Address (01/30/01)|
Republicans say he was missing some details about some other aspects of his address.
|.||Holden plan for tobacco settlement money pronounced "DOA" by top Republicans (01/30/01)|
During his State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature Tuesday, Holden said he would issue an executive order establishing a trust fund for tobacco settlement money that would be earmarked to pay for a variety of health care initiatives.
|.||Missouri's secretary of state proposes a long list of election changes. (01/30/01)|
Blunt also recommended advanced voting and that an effort be made to move election day to a national holiday date.
|.||The state auditor reports local governments are not getting the best prices possible on audits. (01/29/01)|
The audit found that most of the general obligation bonds being issued by schools and local governments are being privately sold.
|.||GOP proposes education plan. (01/30/01)|
The House GOP education package also included a fast-track teacher certification process to alleviate what Republicans termed a serious teacher shortage.