From Missouri Digital News: https://mdn.org
Stories by Melissa Maynard include:
- 4/30/2003: Newspaper Story - The Senate rejected proposed increase's in Missouri's sales and corporate income tax laws, before agreeing on a plan to raise $122 million in new revenue
- 4/28/2003: Newspaper Story - Only weeks after State Auditor Claire McCaskill released an audit giving Missouri's schools a grade of "F" in equity, superintendents from around the state echoed this sentiment, threatening to sue the state.
- 4/23/2003: Newspaper Story - The University of Missouri System would lose $44 million under cuts to higher education approved by the Senate Tuesday. Democrats say the approved 6.7 percent or $50 miliion in cuts to the state's colleges and universities would cause steep hikes in tuition and many layoffs at a time when the state's higher education institutions are already in peril.
- 4/16/2003: Newspaper Story - The Legislature is considering bills that would require health insurers to cover everything from chiropractic care to weight reduction services to clinical trials for cancer patients to mental health care.
- 4/ 9/2003: Newspaper Story - As students around the country observed a Day of Silence Wednesday in support of making schools safer for gay students, the attention at the state Capitol turned to legislation that opponents say would move in the opposite direction.
The House Education Committee has passed a measure that would prohibit school districts from having stricter non-discrimination clauses than those mandated by state and federal government.
- 4/ 7/2003: Newspaper Story - You can play a role in preventing the spread of West Nile Virus, according to the Missour Health Department. Last year, an unexpected number of Missourians were infected with the virus -- 168 people in 30 Missouri counties -- and the state needs to be better prepared for an outbreak this year, according to the Missouri Health Department.
- 4/ 3/2003: Newspaper Story - After a filibuster in which the University of Missouri system was repeatedly attacked as uncooperative and secretive, the Missouri Senate put on hold debate of a bill that would consolidate health care of all state employees.
- 3/17/2003: Newspaper Story - Faced with the prospect of imminent war with Iraq, state lawmakers and officials are evaluating Missouri's preparedness and considering roles it may be called on to play.
- 3/12/2003: Newspaper Story - A bill requiring women to meet with a physician 24-hours before obtaining an abortion gained preliminary approval in the House Wednesday.
- 3/ 5/2003: Newspaper Story - During a 7-hour filibuster that included discussion of everything from preferred meditation techniques to noodling, of a handful of Democrats stalled the passage of a bill that would attempt to keep minors from fleeing to Illinois for abortions.
- 2/26/2003: Newspaper Story - A measure to limit awards in liability lawsuits -- long backed by corporations and doctors -- won preliminary approval in Missouri's House Wednesday.
- 2/24/2003: Newspaper Story - The Senior Care and Protection Act, sponsored by Senate Pres Pro Tem Peter Kinder, R-Cape Girardeau, would target nursing homes with a history of violations while loosening regulations on homes that have repeatedly demonstrated good conditions.
- 2/19/2003: Newspaper Story - Missouri lawmakers were told Wednesday they have a role to play in the nation's fight against fat. The Senate Committee on Public Health had a public hearing for a bill Wednesday that might not have an immediate affect on our waistlines, but would try to help us understand how they got so big in the first place and suggest ways we can get our pants to fit again.
- 2/17/2003: Newspaper Story - Rep. Vicky Riback Wilson, D-Columbia, is co-sponsoring a bill that would require health insurers to treat mental health care in the same way they treat other illnesses. Thirty states have enacted similar legislation. The bill is one of a number of measures before the legislature that would place minimum requirements on health insurers for certain illnesses.
- 2/ 6/2003: Newspaper Story - Sharice Stanley was one of eight people who testified Wednesday in front of the House Health Care Policy Committee, which was examining a bill that would require physicians to meet with patients at least 24 hours before performing an abortion. The House and Senate are considering nearly identical bills that would require a doctor-patient meeting to discuss potential physical and emotional side effects.
- 1/30/2003: Newspaper Story - Gov. Bob Holden has cited a four-day school week as a possibility Missouri schools might face if the proposed $259 million budget cuts become a reality. But an October report from the National School Boards Association found that shortening the school week did not have an adverse affect in schools examined in the report's review.