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Transportation Petition splits Senate

February 25, 2002
By: Danielle Douglas
State Capital Bureau

Senators are split on a petition which could make their opinion on transportation useless.

Danielle Douglas reports from Jefferson City.

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Business organizations support a petition to increase funding for state roads and police through a tax increase.

The petition would bypass the legislature and go to the people for a vote.

Senate President Pro-tem Peter Kinder says the intiative would save the Senate time to focus on more pressing issues.

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OutCue: "I'm all for that"
Contents: Senator Kinder says other matters such as the budget crisis are hot issues right now; transportation problems can be addressed by the intiative.

However, Senator Ken Jacob of Columbia says transportation matters should rest with the Senate.

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OutCue: "to other groups"
Contents: Senator Jacob says it's "unusual" for President Protem to want outsiders to control legislation. He says control shouldn't be deferred to other groups.

From Jefferson City, Danielle Douglas.