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NewsBook: Missouri Government News for Week of April 23, 2001

 

  • Get the radio story.
    . Democrats get a little help from a Republican Senator and pass a transportation plan out of Committee (04/26/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Sen. Betty Sims voted with Democrats to pass a transportation funding bill out of the Senate Tranportation Committee.

    The bill is different than what the governor has been pushing all year, but he says he likes this plan too.

  • Get the radio story.
    . House approves toll road plan (04/26/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri's lower chamber sent a plan to the Senate that would ask voters to revamp the Highway Commission--and allow toll roads.

    Supporters say toll roads should be investigated as a possible solution to the state's transportation troubles, while opponents say toll roads would just mean more debt for the state.

  • Get the radio story.
  • Get the newspaper story.
  • Get the House roll call.
    . Nixon closes tobacco settlement case (04/26/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - On the same day Missouri's House appropriated using the tobacco settlement money for healthcare, Attorney General Jay Nixon closed the case.

    The agreement with tobacco companies secures more than $300 million dollars for the state this year.


    . The Senate votes to fund school buildings over raising teacher salaries (04/26/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The Senate gave initial approval to a bill granting schools money for renovation and construction.

    But, some lawmakers argued that the money would be better spent on teacher salaries.

  • Get the radio story.
    . Senators vote to expand legislative term limits and impose billboard restrictions. (04/25/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri's Senate approved and sent to the House two measures that would change the position taken by Missouri voters.

    The Senate approved a constitutional amendment to change legislative term limits to 12-consecutive years, thus changing the 8-year life-time ban approved by Missouri voters. The change would require voter approval to take effect.

    The Senate also approved restrictions on new billboard construction, requiring that a billboard owner give up two existing billboards to get a permit for a new one. Last fall, Missouri voters rejected a more severe restriction on billboards.

  • Get the Senate term limit vote.
  • Get the Senate billboard vote.
    . Gibbons offers alternative map (04/25/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Following the release of a congressional district map of the Se. Louis area reached in negotiations between U.S. Rep. Richard Gephardt and Rep. William "Lacy" Clay earlier this week, a freshman Republican senator offered his own alternative.

  • Get the newspaper story.
    . Missouri House passes a resolution to help fund MU's new basketball arena (04/25/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The House voted 84-72 to spend $35 million in revenue bonds, starting in 2005, to supplement an anonymous donation of $25 million. The University is responsible for the remaining $15 million.

  • Get the newspaper story.
  • Get the House roll call.
    . Compensation plan for nationally certified teachers passes out of House and heads to Senate (4/25/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri public school teachers are one step closer to having the state provide monetary incentives for completing the National Board Certification process. This compenstation plan, proposed by Gov. Bob Holden, was voted out of the House by a 123 to 33 vote and awaits its next hurdle; the Senate floor.

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    . SMSU's Lady Bears hit the Capitol (04/25/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - SMSU's winning women's basketball team stood before legislators to receive congratulations.

    The Lady Bears made it to the Final Four this season.

  • Get the radio story.
    . Missouri lawmakers are advancing legal protections for bars. (04/25/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Legislation to protect bars for damages caused by drunken patrons is moving through Missouri's legislature.

    The proposal has passed the House and is pending in the Senate.

  • Get the newspaper feature.
    . Holden's "One Missouri" Evaporates (04/25/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Partisan politics have taken the place of the unified vision Gov. Bob Holden had for Missouri.

  • Get the newspaper news analysis.
    . Campaign finance restrictions approved (04/24/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri's House has tacked on to a broad campaign finance bill a couple of unusual requirements.

    One would make it a crime for a candidate to distribute false information along with a penalty of loss of office if the candidate were elected.

    Another amendment would require the governor to disclose contributions for the inauguration.

    Defeated by the House was an amendment to restrict how much a person could contribute to a political party in any one year.

  • Get the roll call vote on making it a crime to lie.
  • Get the roll call vote on inauguration contributions.
  • Get the roll call vote on political party contributions.
    . Holden Backs Down From Position That Stadium Issue is Dead This Session (04/24/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - One day after removing his support this year for a new Cardinals stadium, Governor Bob Holden backed down slightly from his plan.

    Holden said Tuesday the $35 million MU arena issue and $370 million Cardinals stadium proposal may be stuck in legislative limbo until bipartisan concerns about their economic impact are resolved.

  • Get the newspaper story.
  • Get the radio story.
    . A St. Charles representative's effort to stall airport expansion is defeated by a broad coalition in the Missouri House (04/24/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - St. Louis City and County representatives and even one from St. Charles teamed up to defeat a proposal to study the effects of expanion of Lambert Field airport.

    The sponsor of the proposal says he worries about spending state money without some scrutiny of the plan, but his opponents say that would set back the expansion of the airport.


    . Accusations fly over state redistricting (04/12/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Senate Republican leader, Peter Kinder accuses Gov. Bob Holden of trying to cut a deal over redistricting the state's legislative districts.
    The Governor says that's a lie.

  • Get the radio story.
    . Mark McGwire visits the Capitol (04/23/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - In a last attempt to get funding for the new stadium, baseball owners and players visited Capitol.

    Despite their appeals, Governer Bob Holden says there probably won't be time to pass the bill this year.

  • Get the radio story.
    . Missouri legislature is taking steps to privatize health information (04/23/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Under the proposed bill, health information would be kept from marketers, employers, and creditors, unless the patient authorizes it in writing.

    The main opposition came from creditors, who say the bill needs to have some exceptions because the current writing is too broad.

    President Bush has also signed similar federal laws involving medical privacy.

  • Get the radio story.
    . Democrats Beware! One of Bush's Florida team comes to Missouri. (04/23/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Michael Carvin, who gave oral arguments for George W. Bush in Florida, is now the legal advisor for the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting.

  • Get the newspaper story.
  • Get the radio story.
    . One of President Bush's Florida recount lawyers heads to the Show-Me state (04/23/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - In a party line vote, the Senate Redistricting Committee hired lawyer Michael Carvin, who made oral arguments for the president during the Florida recount trial. This move makes Democratic committee members uncomfortable, because Carvin is considered to be a very partisan lawyer.