Missouri Government News for Week of October 1, 2001
|.||Republicans fire the Senate's research director. (10/05/01)|
The decision was made in a closed-door meeting of the committee after Valentine had distributed to a few senators a memo about a GOP idea to reorganize the Senate research staff into partisan staff.
Earlier this year, Senate Republicans were attacked by Democratic members for a GOP idea to eliminate various staff positions after Republicans had captured control of the Senate.
|.||Planned Parenthood to close Fulton clinic (10/05/01)|
The patients from Fulton can go to the Jefferson City clinic to receive care. Planned Parenthood blames legislators for voting against abortion rights.
|.||University of Missouri-Columbia "deeply regrets" that policy banning patriotic symbols on KOMU-TV caused offense (10/04/01)|
|.||Security measures beefed up for hazardous waste transport (10/04/01)|
A spokesman for Missouri's hazardous waste management commission stated that a special investigation of the truckers' licenses, citzenship and employment history will be looked into, among other things.
Waste oil and industrial byproducts transported by trucks could pose serious health and environmental threats in the hands of the wrong person.
|.||The Capitol building will be colored pink for Breast Cancer Month (10/04/01)|
|.||Senate Administration Committee votes for budget cuts (10/03/01)|
The cuts will come from not filling open vacancies and reducing expenses and equipment.
|.||The Doe Run smeltering plant in Herculaneum is under close watch by Missouri's Department of Natural Resources. (10/4/2001)|
|.||Secretary of State Matt Blunt is preparing to leave for active service in the Navy for an undetermined length of time. (10/03/01)|
However, Blunt feels that he is leaving the State Department in good hands under the Executive Deputy Secretary of State Dan Ross.
|.||Missouri corrections officers try to break up union (10/03/01)|
This comes after months of debate concerning the issue of Gov. Bob Holden's executive order that allows unions to seek approval to collect fees from non-union state government workers.
The fair share fee issue has been a sticking point for non-union members, but union spokesman Buddy Maupin stated that fair share fees would not be sought by the union.
|.||Flu vaccination prices for 2001-2002 season will be higher than last year. (10/03/01)|
People most at risk will receive vaccinations first.
|.||Attorney General announces 48 gas stations will pay for price gouging (10/02/01)|
Stations who had charged more than $2.49 per gallon had been threatened with legal action unless they paid at least $1,000 to the attorney general's office.
|.||Economic Development Department hears testimony on cutting tax credits (10/01/01)|
The department will accept written testimony until Oct. 10, and expects to make a decision later this fall.