Missouri Government News for Week of April 2, 2001
|.||Holden doesn't support toll roads (04/09/01)|
The $670 million bill, a Democratic-sponsored plan, would boost the state's transportation budget enormously and it si comprised mainly of tax hikes. This year is the one, lawmakers said, to find money for the state's ailing roads and bridges.
|.||The governor had to spend several hours lobbying Democrats in order to pass his transportation plan (04/05/01)|
But before that the governor spent several hours talking with members of the Black Caucus about their concerns with the bill. Several voiced their opposition to the bill, but still voted for it.
|.||Eco-Friendly farming bill passes Senate committee (04/05/01)|
The bill, approved 6-1, would give Missouri farmers who reforest cropland a tax incentive worth up to $5,000.
|.||Russ Carnahan accepts award for late father (04/05/01)|
Russ Carnahan said his father would have been honored to receive the award.
|.||Holden transportation plan clears House (04/05/01)|
The plan now heads to the Republican-controlled Senate for further debate.
|.||Bill to require American Sign Language courses to be counted as a foreign language in college and high school (4/4/01)|
This bill would require ASL to be counted as a foreign language in college and allow ASL classes taken in high school to count as a foreign language credit for college admission.
|.||The House passes a package of about $700 million in tax hikes for transportation. (04/04/01)|
The plan, which would be submitted to Missouri voters for final approval, was passed by a near-straight party-line vote with just one vote to spare.
The proposal faces one more House vote before going to the Senate.
|.||The Missouri Senate passes St. Louis homerule (04/04/01)|
|.||Naming Rights adds new fuel to St. Louis Cardinals Stadium (04/04/01)|
|.||School Bonds Issues Are One Step Closer To The Ballot (04/04/01)|
Other options for funding schools, like lease purchases from nonprofit organizations, were explored, and found to be inefficient.
But, some legislators argue that a simple majority would bring about organized efforts to stop them, making them even more difficult to obtain.
|.||A+ scholarship program may restrict students (04/04/01)|
The bill would change the program by allowing students to attend a 4-year University using the scholarship, instead of only a community college.
|.||New MU Arena clears hurdle, passing out of a House committee to the floor (04/04/01)|
The University has a committment from an anonymous donor for $25 millions, but that donation is contingent on securing legislative funding this session.
|.||Concealed carry legislation revived in House committee (04/03/01)|
Sponsored by the two highest ranking members in the Democratically controlled House, Speaker Jim Kreider, D-Nixa, and Majority Floor Leader Wayne Crump, D-Potosi, the plan would allow gun owners who undergo training and get a license to carry a concealed firearm.
|.||Dead Man Walking author comes to Capitol (04/03/01)|
Tuesday, she came to the Capitol to urge lawmakers to repeal the death penalty three weeks before Missouri is slated to execute another prisoner.
|.||Bob Holden : A man from Birch Tree (04/03/01)|
Holden credits his belief in hard work and his desire to build a concensus from this rural background.
|.||Governor Bob Holden blames Republicans for his controversial appointment of Mark Richardson (04/02/01)|
It was Holden's first news conference since making the controversial appointment.
Meanwhile, Richardson said he has resigned from both the House and Senate redistricting commissions.
Under one legal interpretation of the constitution, Richard would have been forced to give up his House seat in order to serve on the commissions.
|.||House committee reverses UM tuition ban. (04/02/01)|
The bill has already received Senate approval.
|.||MU lobbies the Missouri House for $35 million in revenue bonds for a new arena. (04/02/01)|
The University is asking the state to use revenue bonds to raise $35 million to supplement a $25 million contribution from an anonymous contributor.