Missouri Government News for Week of February 26, 2001
|.||New money for life science research (03/05/01)|
The money would come from tobacco settlements.
|.||A Bipartisan Proposal Would Set Up A Fund For Tobacco Money (03/05/01)|
Then, interest made from the fund would be spent on prescription drugs, smoking prevention and childhood education.
And the people will be able to vote on how to spend this money if the proposal goes through.
|.||The Senate votes to stop the St. Louis lawsuit against gun makers. (03/01/01)|
The measure faces a final, roll-call vote before going to the House.
Opponents offered several amendments to soften the lawsuit ban. All were rejected by margins approaching 4-to-1 against.
|.||Holden taps four department heads (03/01/01)|
|.||Republican Senate begins cuts (03/01/01)|
Hildebrand, 65, worked as one of several doorkeepers at the Senate, and he said he liked his new job and co-workers.
|.||Holden announces contest to design commemorative quarter (03/01/01)|
Missouri will be featured on the 24th commemorative quarter issued by the U.S. Mint as part of its recognition of states in the order they joined the Union.
|.||Holden still owes money for inauguration (03/01/01)|
The event, which included four balls at the Capitol, cost almost $900,000.
|.||Gun legislation dominates attention in the statehouse Wednesday (02/28/01)|
The Senate adjourned without a final vote after defeating several amendments to restrict the lawsuit ban -- all defeated by margins of about 1-4 against.
The debate began on the same day that hundreds of gun-rights advocates rallied in support of House legislation to allow private citizens to carry concealed weapons.
|.||Sexual orientation discrimination law faces uphill battle (02/28/01)|
|.||Civil rights for gays finds opposition in a House committee (02/28/01)|
The bill's sponsor says it's unlikely the bill will even make it out of the committee this year.
|.||The deaf support sign language education proposal(02/28/01)|
Deaf people expressed their support for the bill, saying that ASL deserves the same respect as foreign languages.
|.||One legislator says its time to pay attention to sexist wording (02/28/01)|
The language in property and marraige laws is outdated and biased.
|.||Nixon finds no illegal activity in natural gas probe (02/27/01)|
Lawmakers also considered allowing electric utilities to raise their rates based on the cost of natural gas used to fire their plants.
|.||Bill could allow students to dive into summer sooner (2/27/01)|
|.||The Senate passes .08% BAC legislation. (02/26/01)|
The House had approved similar legislation in mid-February.
Similar legislation has died in past year. This year, however, the state faces the loss of millions of dollars in federal highway funds if the lower level is not approved.
|.||Protestors urge life for Missouri's youngest death-row inmate. (02/26/01)|
Richardson is scheduled to die March 7. Death penalty opponents argue he is mentally retarded.
|.||One Missouri lawmaker questions having Mexican trucks in Missouri (02/26/01)|
The safety questions are raised by St. Louis County Rep. Joan Bray.