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NewsBook: Missouri Government News for Week of May 7, 2001

 


. Legislature passes $19 billion budget (05/10/01)
JEFFERSON CITY - Lawmakers gave final approval to a $19 billion state budget late Thursday, boosting the Social Services budget by more than $900 million and giving MU Health Care an additional $17 million.
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    . House passes "home rule" for St. Louis (05/10/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - A measure to shift power over government offices from the capital to St. Louis officials is now on its way to a vote of the people, after lawmakers passed the plan Thursday.

    The proposal would allow greater control for the mayor's office and Board of Aldermen, thus streamlining government in the city.

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    . Some Lawmakers Want Statehouse Renovations to Aid Disabled (05/10/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Aiming to make the State Capitol more accessible to the disabled, lawmakers Thursday approved spending $500,000 to draw up floor plans that would increase and reorganize office space.

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    . Kings of Their Domain (05/10/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Tensions rise as the session nears its end and the Republicans finish their first session as the majority party.

    In January, Republicans took control of Missouri's Senate for the first time in more than 50 years.

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    . Auditor releases report on payday loan industry (05/09/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - State Auditor Claire McCaskill says the short-term loan industry is treating consumers unfairly.

    And, she says lawmakers need to take action now to stiffen these laws.

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    . St. Louis mayor lobbies at Capitol (05/09/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Recently-elected mayor Francis Slay came to Jefferson City Wednesday to push for legislation that is important to city officials.

    Slay talked with lawmakers about the Cardinals stadium, a regional taxi authority, and "home rule" for St. Louis city.

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    . The House passes its plan for congressional redistricting (05/09/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The House passed its map in a near party line vote.

    However, some Republicans think the map promotes the Democrat's political agenda.

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    . The governor says he doesn't approve of the Senate's redistricting plan (05/09/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Bob Holden says he doesn't think the Senate's congressional redistricting plan makes sense for the voters of St. Louis.

    He says it's not in the best interest to move Congressman Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., completely out of St. Louis city.

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    . The MU Arena stalls, as the Senate debates more important issues. (05/09/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Sen. Bill Kenney says that the MU arena bill will come up before the end of session.

    But, he says he wants the chamber to focus on the budget, transportation and women's health first.

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    . Governor Bob Holden met with top leaders to discuss priorities for the remainder of the legislative session. (05/09/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY -Governor Holden and top leaders agreed to prioritize the budget and redistricting for passage this week.

    President Pro Tem Peter Kinder says no deal has been made in regards to the Governor's transportation plan.

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    . A Senate committee passes a resolution creating toll roads and bridges for Missouri. (05/09/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - A Missouri Senate committee passed a resolution creating toll roads and bridges.

    If the resolution passes the legislature it will be voted on by the public.

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    . The 9th district sparks controversy in the Senate (05/09/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Columbia Senator Ken Jacob says the Republican's redistricting plan would hurt the rural counties in the 9th district.

    Jacob wants Columbia to be the power house of the 9th district instead of St. Charles

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    . The House votes down party lines to approve a redistricing map similar to the Gephardt/Clay compromise. (05/08/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The Democrats used the previous question twice to get through the redistrcting issue in just over three and a half hours.

    Republicans are fuming saying they were left out of the process and that this was not enough time for such an important issue.

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    . Dick Gephardt loses St. Louis, under a new map by the Senate Redistricting Committee (05/07/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Rep. Lacy Clay would be St. Louis's only U.S. representative, as Gephardt's 3rd district is redrawn from Clayton to St. Genevieve County.
    . The .08 bill goes back to the Senate for more revisions (05/07/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The House voted to send the .08 bill back to the Senate before it let the measure go to the governer.

    The House doesn't agree with some of the amendments the Senate made to the bill and wants them removed.

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    . The latest congressional district maps leave Gephardt out of Saint Louis City. (05/07/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay picks up all of Saint Louis City in a new redistricting plan approved by the Senate redistricting Committee.

    The plan was approved on a straight party-line vote of the committee with the GOP majority supporting the proposal.


    . The Missouri House redistricting committee passed its new plan for congressional district lines (05/07/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The only change is that the city of Ashland, which had been split, was reunited in Kenny Hulshof's ninth district.

    Some Republican legislators still think the plan is gerrymandering because Hulshof is the only incumbent that has their home county split up.

    But, Democratic Rep. Bill Ransdall, who introduced the plan, said he is willing to redraw the lines so Boone County remains entirely in the ninth district.