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NewsBook: Missouri Government News for Week of April 9, 2001

 


. Accusations fly after closed-door meeting with Holden, top Republicans (04/12/01)
JEFFERSON CITY - A bitter dispute emerged late Thursday when the top Senate Republican accused Gov. Bob Holden of offering a seat on the redistricting commission in return for GOP support of a $747 million transportation plan.

The account was disputed by the governor's office.

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    . Horse Racing in Missouri (04/12/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - While it is legal to bet on horse races in Missouri, the state remains without a racetrack as companies have found it difficult to make money with a limited number of racing days each year.

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    . Toll roads get initial approval in House (04/12/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - A sweeping resolution to create toll roads and a secretary of transportation gained first-round approval from the House Thursday, infuriating Republicans who alleged a violation of parliamentary procedure.

    The resolution is now only one vote away from going to the Senate.

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    . $35 Million MU Bond Proposed in Senate (04/12/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Sen. Ken Jacob, D-Columbia, proposed a $35 million issuance Thursday as part of efforts to secure a new basketball arena for MU.

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    . Senate first-round approves term limit extension (04/12/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - In a 20-13 vote, the Senate voted to ask voters to lengthen legislative term limits to 12 consecutive years.

    But, term-limit supporters say the "consecutive" years clause allows politicians to stay in office as long as they want.

    Supporters of the extension, on the other hand, say the expertise lost when term limits force out experienced lawmakers will outweigh the benefits of term limits.

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    . The Equal Rights Amendment fails in its first vote in almost twenty years (04/11/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri House voted down the Equal Rights Amendment 94-57.

    Opponents say it could possibly free up federal money for abortions and same sex marriages. And although the U.S. Congress passed the ERA nearly thirty years ago, it only needs to be ratified by three more states to be added to the Constitution.

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    . Congressman Lacy Clay's redistricting plan could cause problems for Dick Gephardt (04/11/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - A redistricting plan submitted by Congressman Lacy Clay takes a large consituent of black voters from Dick Gephardt's district in South St. Louis. That could jeopardize Gephardt's seat in the House.

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    . House bill restricts car phone use (04/11/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Aiming to prevent deaths caused by those who chat on the telephone while driving, a House Democrat has proposed banning the use of hand-held wireless phones on Missouri roads. Rep. Marsha Campbell, D-Kansas City, offered the bill during Tuesday's meeting of the House Motor Vehicle and Traffic Regulations involved where lawmakers heard details of a fatal 1997 accident that involved a driver distracted by his telephone.

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    . U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay seeks some of Rep. Dick Gephardt's constituents. (04/10/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri's only black congressman has proposed that he get part of the U.S. House majority leader's St. Louis city district in order to maintain a district with a black population greater than 50%.

    The proposal from Rep. Lacy Clay was presented to the state Senate Redistricting Committee which had asked for plans from the three St. Louis area congressmen. Clay was the only congressman to present a plan.


    . Human cloning gets a thumbs down from Missouri's House. (04/10/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri's House voted overwhemingly to outlaw human cloning.

    The cloning ban was tacked on as an amendment to a broad anti-crime bill that is awaiting final House action.

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    . Missourians get to vote on quarters. (04/10/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri's first lady has released 12 finalists for the design of the state's quarter.

    Under Lori Holden's plan, Missourians can cast their votes on which design the prefer.

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    . Billboard restrictions approved by Missouri's Senate. (04/10/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri's Senate gave preliminary approval to a measure that would restrict new billboards being erected along state highways.

    The proposal would require a billboard owner to give up two existing billboards in order to get a permit for a new billboard.

    Last November, Missouri voters rejected a proposal to ban new billboards.

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    . House gives preliminary approval for elder abuse protections (04/10/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - A proposal to stiffen penalties for health and safety violations at nursing homes gained preliminary approval Tuesday in the state House despite objections that the bill would hurt even the best facilities.

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    . Meth bill gets Senate initial approval (04/10/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Two days after a rural Missouri town was evacuated because of a methamphetamine-induced threat, state senators targeted meth producers.

    The Senate gave first-round approval Tuesday to a bill that would create stiffer penalties for people who have the chemicals to make meth.

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    . The Cardinals are a step closer to getting a new stadium (04/09/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - A bill that would allow sales tax revenue generated by sales inside and related to the stadium passed 13-6 out of a House committee. The revenue would help fund construction for a new stadium for the St. Louis Cardinals.

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    . Longer term limits? (04/09/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - A proposed Senate bill would increase legislators' term limits from 8 to 12 years.

    Sen. John Schneider, D-St. Louis County, supports the bill, saying it's in the best interest of citizens.

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    . Holden doesn't support toll roads (04/09/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Tolls roads are missing from the transportation plan currently on cruise control in the state legislature. Gov. Bob Holden said motorists would not support the revenue-generating highways.

    The $670 million bill, a Democratic-sponsored plan, would boost the state's transportation budget enormously and it is comprised mainly of tax hikes. This year is the one, lawmakers said, to find money for the state's ailing roads and bridges.

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