Missouri Government News for Week of September 24, 2001
|.||Bosnian refugee community in St Louis seeks counsel and integration in new country (09/28/01)|
Efforts are being made to help the community cope with the trauma of war.
|.||Department of Economic Development to hold public meeting (09/28/01)|
|.||Missouri National Guard to be used for airport security (09/27/01)|
Holden said they hope to fill the slots with volunteers rather than a mandatory callup.
|.||Missouri's Highway Patrol steps up security by inspecting vehicles carrying hazardous materials (09/27/01)|
But state officials say it is impossible to inspect every truck because of limited manpower and the traffic congestion that would be caused.
|.||Columbia TV station bans employees from showing patriotism on air (09/26/01)|
KOMU News Director Stacey Woelfel claims the policy is a matter of journalistic ethics, but some state lawmakers feel that it is restricting reporters' free speech rights.
Rep. Matt Bartle, R-Lee's Summit, is leading the charge against the KOMU policy.
|.||Attorney General hits H&R Block with no call violation (09/26/01)|
H&R Block said they didn't know Missouri was a no call state until they were notified by Nixon's office.
|.||Still no burglar alarms after drivers license office break-in (09/26/01)|
Such alarms are still voluntary following a Sunday break-in at an Overland fee agent office that resulted in the theft of software and materials used to duplicate state IDs.
According to Director Carol Fischer, alarms are not mandatory for fee offices that issue state identification, though she would strongly suggest alarm use in the future. Fischer has placed her department offices on heightened alert.
|.||Governor Holden hires a retired Army Colonel to review Missouri's emergency preparation. (09/26/01)|
Daniel will be paid $100,000 a year to make assessments of the state's preparedness.
Holden said Missouri is vulnerable as a terrorist target because of the state's two major air force bases.
The state health director also said the department of health will begin watching for symptoms of biological attacks.
|.||Missouri's two teacher organizations are split on the lawsuit against the governor's union orders. (09/25/01)|
MSTA is a member of an ad-hoc group that has joined in a lawsuit filed to block the order.
However, MNEA says it supports the governor's order.
|.||A new Missouri law goes into affect Saturday, lowering the legal blood alcohol content to .08%. (09/25/01)|
The law was passed in May to keep Missouri from losing over three million dollars in federal highway construction funds.
Similar laws passed in other states have caused decreases of 8-16% in drunk driving crashes and fatalities.
|.||Terrorist attacks on airplans are not affecting Missouri's tourism (09/25/01)|
|.||Holden names new chief of staff (09/24/01)|
Hartmann said he was looking forward to working with the legislature and advancing the governor's priorities including safety, security and education.
|.||Senate President Pro Tem sues Governor (09/24/01)|
Kinder, R-Cape Girardeau, joined St. Louis City Democrat Charles Quincy Troupe, along with several state employees, and state organizations to sue the governor and challenge the constitutionality of Executive Order 01-09.