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NewsBook: Missouri Government News for Week of March 12, 2001

 


. The House approves lawsuit protections for bars and taverns. (03/15/01)
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri House gave overwhelming approval to a measure that protects bar owners from some lawsuits for damages caused drunken patrons.

A similar lawsuit protection for taverns had been struck down by the Missouri Supreme Court.

  • Get the House roll-call vote.
    . Republicans draw ire with plans for sweeping reorganization of Senate (03/15/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Saying they wanted to change the Senate from "a power-based legislature to a principle-based legislature," Republicans proposed Thursday to trim the Senate budget by 10 percent and eliminate some jobs.
    Among those expected to be fired was the assistant to Sen. Harold Caskey, D-Butler, one of only a handful of blind state legislators in the U.S.

    Republicans also outlined plans to examine bills for compliance with a range of GOP positions, including their impact on the overall tax burden, constitutional rights and individual responsibility or freedom.

  • Get the newspaper story.
  • Get the radio story.
  • Get the radio story about the proposed firing.
    . Columbia legislator proposes eliminating "so help me God" clause in tax oath (03/15/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - An atheist in Christian County prompted a Columbia legislator to propose eliminating the "so help me God" clause from an oath taxpayers in poor counties must sign on their personal property tax forms.

    Rep. Vicky Riback Wilson, D-Columbia, has sponsored a bill that removes the clause completely, making the law "consistent" between all areas of the state.

  • Get the newspaper story.
    . Control over Lambert Airport would change hands from the city of St. Louis to a regional board (03/14/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - A Senate bill would transfer power of all St. Louis-area airport from the city to a regional board.

    This is an effort to try to give the region more of a voice in airport decision-making.

  • Get the radio story.
    . Missouri schools would receive money to teach Spanish speaking students (03/14/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Under a Senate proposal, Missouri schools would receive more money to teach English to foreign students.
    Several school boards agree that the growing number of Spanish-speaking students in Missouri requires more money from the state.

  • Get the radio story.
    . Bill limits Sudafed sales in order to slow meth production. (03/14/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Sen. Anita Yeckel, R-St. Louis County, introduced legislation designed to stop the mass production of methemphitmine in Missouri. The bill limits the amount of cold medicine that may be purchased at one time.

  • Get the radio story.
  • Get the newspaper story.
    . Lawmakers debate the issue of concealed weapons. (03/14/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Sen. Ken Jacob, D-Columbia, introduced a bill allowing concealed weapons, provided that the gun ownere adhere to strict regulations.

  • Get the newspaper story.
  • Get the radio story.
    . Proposal for the Cardinals stadium would include other economic development for St. Louis (03/13/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Under a Senate bill, funding for a new Cardinals stadium would come in part from sales taxes imposed on ticket sales, money that currently goes to the state treasury.
    Cardinals president Mark Lamping said the proposal will benefit the state by creating six blocks of new development, including housing, parking and a city aquarium alongside the new ballpark.

  • Get the newspaper story.
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    . Higher Education Budget Gets Preliminary House Approval (03/13/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The budget for higher education gained preliminary approval in the House Tuesday, gaining $500,000 more than Gov. Bob Holden recommended. The total allocation for the UM system was $458.7 million, a 3.8 percent increase from the last fiscal year.

  • Get the newspaper story.
    . Lawmakers say transportation funding is priority (03/13/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Warning of a grim future for Missouri's roads, the Department of Transportation is pleading with state lawmakers for more funding.

    The state's roads, bridges and other means of transportation have taken center stage in state politics as Gov. Bob Holden has said Missouri's ailing transportation budget is one of the priorities for his adminstration.

  • Get the newspaper story.
    . Commercial interests might come to Missouri truck stops (03/13/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) is considering allowing commercial use of state rest areas. But, a bill in front of the Senate Transportaton Committee would deny such interests from taking control of those areas.

  • Get the newspaper story.
    . Toll roads in St. Louis county? (03/13/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Senator John Loudon of St. Louis County is pushing an idea to bring toll roads to cities and towns around St. Louis. He says that by allowing them, cities and towns would have the chance to build new roads regardless of if the area is in the state's road plans.
    . Holden withdraws nominee for Water Patrol chief (03/13/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Responding to criticism from some in the Senate, Missouri Gov. Bob Holden withdrew his nomination of a former Clay County sheriff to head the state Water Patrol. Bob Boydston, a Democrat who lost a November bid for reelection, had been scheduled to testify Wednesday before a Senate committee.
    . Increase in scholarships for teachers (03/12/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The House may pass a bill that will increase scholarships to education students.

    The bill would increase the amount of money offered in scholarships for minority students studying special education.

  • Get the radio story.
    . Capitol construction may be overseen in the future (03/12/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - St. Louis Senator Wayne Goode would create a commission to oversee reconstruction of the Capitol building, with members recommending ideas for restoring and preserving the Statehouse building.

    And Goode says the commission would attempt to follow through with the Capitol's original construction plans, which fell short on funding.

  • Get the radio story.