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House Rejects Passing the Buck on Child Immunization Bill

February 8, 1996
By: Conrad Jungmann
State Capital Bureau

The governor's child immunization bill survived an amendment that would have increased taxes. Conrad Jungmann has from Jefferson City...

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With a 4 to 1 margin, the House overwhelmingly rejected an amendment proposed by Republican Representative Charles Shields. The amendment would have raised taxes on insurance premiums, but according to Shields it would also have allowed more Missouri children to be immunized.

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Contents: Shields says the bill is going in the right direction, but legislature missed an opportunity to make it better.

The bill comes on the heels of a 1995 Disease Control Center survey which ranked Missouri the second worst in the nation for child immunizations.

Debate is expected to resume in the House next week.

From the state capital, I'm Conrad Jungmann, KBIA News.