Missouri Government News for Week of September 10, 2001
|.||The legislative special session finishes and goes home. (09/14/01)|
|.||Memorial Service (09/14/01)|
Bob Holden held a memorial service in honor of the victims who died in Tuesday's terrorist attacks. Local christian reverands read scriptures and led prayers. Governor Holden made a speech promising that although terrorists can attack our land, they will not win.
|.||Missouri Senate Passes Drug Bill with Medicaid (09/13/01)|
A House-Senate conference committee is expected to iron out the details for a final version that legislative leaders hope will be presented to both chambers later Friday.
Most importantly, a Medicaid provision, which was originally opposed by many Republicans, was added to the bill in an astounding 25-9 vote. This might just be the third consecutive win for the governor this special session.
|.||Possible Mid-Missouri Link to bin Laden (09/13/01)|
Columbia was named in national news stories as one of six cities in the U.S. where there were organizations that supported bin Laden.
|.||High gas prices fuel low gas supply concerns in the wake of terror. (09/13/01)|
The state's attorney general announced he would be investigating the price increase.
But the petroleum industry argued the increases were not widespread and the result of consumer panic.
|.||Business returns to normal in Missouri (09/12/01)|
The state Insurance Department was reviewing the impact on insurance companies in Missouri.
The State Treasurer's office (whose boss was stranded in New Mexico from the airline shutdown) reported Missouri actually might have made a small profit by not being able to use New York-based institutions for investment of overnight funds.
|.||Governor Holden asks state employees to stay calm as state offices remain open (09/11/01)|
Bob Holden said security forces would be on alert and security tightened at state facilities.
Missouri's House decided to continue its special session committee hearings, although the Senate cancelled its one hearing.
|.||Missouri's House adds its endorsement to giving state funds to lower income elderly to buy prescription drugs. (09/10/01)|
Seniors would be organized into two levels based on annual income. The bill would provide that the state pay 60 percent of prescription drug costs after a deductible and program enrollment fee that vary based on income.
The House version provides broader health coverage for lower income elderly than the version approved last week by the Senate.
|.||The legislature's special session begins its second week with all three issues awaiting House action. (09/10/01)|
But House committees have proposed substantially different versions of two of the issues -- prescription drug coverage for the elderly and changing the meatpacker price regulation law.