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NewsBook: Missouri Government News for Week of February 5, 2001

 


. Holden signs executive order for tobacco settlement money (02/09/01)
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri Gov. Bob Holden signed an executive order Friday that will place the state's $4.5 billion portion of the national tobacco settlement in a trust fund until lawmakers decide how to best allocate the funds.

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    . Arguments persist over tobacco settlement money (02/07/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - While several bills focus on using a portion of the Missouri tobacco settlement fund to educate teenagers, the bills differ on how much money should go toward such preventative programs.

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    . Chronic Wasting Disease could affect deer and elk in Missouri (02/07/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Some fear that Chronic Wasting Disease could infect Missouri's deer and elk populations if the Department of Conservation decides to reintroduce wild elk into the state.

    A House Republican has proposed banning any imports until 2010.

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    . Internet Buffs Beware (02/07/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri Democrat Phil Smith proposed a bill that will crack down on computer crimes. And, the Attorney General is getting involved.

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    . Missouri Equal Pay Act would improve salary protections for workers (02/07/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - In a effort to fight employment discrimination, one lawmaker has proposed a Missouri Equal Pay Act to protect workers.

    The proposal would allow victims to file a discrimination suit in state court.

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    . Toll road proposal going through Missouri legislature (02/07/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - With numerous transportation plans for the state, some Democrats see toll roads as the answer.

    Toll roads could speed up current projects that are short on funding and aid with traffic problems in urban areas.

    But, the issue won't be discussed by Republicans until their proposal for accountability in the Transportation Department is settled.

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    . The state highway commission approved the location and design of Missouri's first highway tunnel. (02/07/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The highway tunnel will replace a portion of Lindbergh Boulevard that runs under Lambert Airport. The project will cost $14 million.

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    . Some motorcyclists may no longer have to wear helmets (02/07/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Under a proposed bill, motorcyclists over age twenty one would no longer be required to wear helmets.

    Opponents say the taxpayers would have to pay for the increased number of head injuries that would follow approval of the proposal.

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    . Police officers worried about retaliation by criminals can breathe easier at home (02/07/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Vengeful criminals looking to track down police officers may hit a roadblock thanks to a new bill.

    The Senate Transportation committee passed legislation that prevents the home addresses of St. Louis police officers from being public information.

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    . Holden declines to intervene in Lingar execution (02/06/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Bob Holden deliberated late into the night the fate of Stanley Lingar, waiting until an hour before the scheduled execution to announce that he will not grant clemency.

    Lingar was sentenced to death for the 1985 murder of 16-year-old Thomas Allen. It is Holden's first execution as governor.


    . .08 bill hits opposition from a leading Republican Senator (02/06/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Republican Peter Kinder, Senate president pro tem, offered an amendment Tuesday to the .08 drunk driving bill that the bill's sponsor said will be a "killer amendment" to .08's passage.

    The amendment would delay the activation of the bill by two years, from 2001 to 2003.

    Kinder voted last year against lowering the legal level of blood-alcohol content from .10 to .08.

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    . Amnesty International urges Missouri's governor to spare the life of the first man to face execution since Bob Holden took office. (02/05/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Several activist organizations led by Amnesty International presented a letter to Gov. Bob Holden's office urging the governor to spare the life of Stanley Lingar.

    Lingar is scheduled to be executed just after midnight Tuesday night. It will be the first execution since Bob Holden became governor in January.

    The governor's office said Holden was not in the office to receive the letter but would review the case on Tuesday.

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    . Bill would make phone companies disclose long distance charges before customers dial (02/05/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - While consumers get wrapped up trying to understand long distance calling charges, Rep. Phil Smith from eastern Missouri urged a House committee to adopt legislation to require consumers get a fair warning about call fees.

    Smith is sponsoring legislation that would require phone companies to disclose the cost of a call before customers dial.

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    . Lawmakers debate a state welfare funding restructure (02/05/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Federal officials want states to decide how Temporary Assistance for Needy Families distributes money. Lawmakers turned to the public to hear their views about welfare restructure.

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    . House Republicans propose changes in the state Transportation Department. (02/05/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - House Republicans have proposed removing one of the constitutional protections of the state Transportation Department by putting the department under the control of a secretary named by the governor.

    Republicans argue that would make the department more accountable than the current system under which the department is controlled by an independent commission.

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    . Senator Peter Kinder becomes the first Republican Senate President Pro Tem in 52 years. (02/05/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - For the first time in 52 years, Republicans have control of Missouri's Senate.

    The GOP started its takeover of the Senate leadership, starting with new Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder.

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