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Missouri Government News for Week of March 30, 1998


The Senate defeats off-track betting on horse races.

After approving earlier, the Senate turned around and defeated legislation that would have legalized off-track betting on horse races.

Supporters had argued that off-track betting was necessary to attract development of a race track in Missouri.

See our radio story for details.

Also see the Senate roll call.


Tax credits for daycare services is approved by the House.

The House gave first-round approval to a measure that provide tax credits to businesses that provide daycare services for their workers.

The House stuck on a provision to also provide tax credits to parents for costs they pay for daycare.

The bill sponsor, however, expressed concerns the amendment would make the bill too expensive to be passed.

See our radio story for details.


The Senate gives first round approval to a school desegregation plan.

A plan that sponsors say would provide the basis for a settlement in the St. Louis school desegregation plan cleared the Senate late Wednesday night.

The measure would guarantee that both St. Louis and Kansas City schools would continue to get some of the desegregation funds ordered by the federal courts in the two separate cases.

The amount provided in the bill, however, is only slightly more than half what the St. Louis case settlement coordinator said would be needed for a settlement.

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The House approves imposing coverage requirements for mastectomies.

The House gave over-whelming approval and sent to the Senate a measure that would require health insurance policies and managed care plans to cover up to 48 hours of a hospital stay after a mastectomy.

See the House roll-call vote.


A phone tax is approved by the House

The House gave final approval and sent to the Senate a meausre that would impose a tax on cell-phone use.

The funds would be uses to finance a 911 emergency-call service for cell-phone users.

See the House roll-call vote.

Also see our newspaper background story on the issue.


The House approves imposing a ban on partial-birth abotions.

The Missouri House gave first-round approval to a meausre that would ban partial-birth abortions.

The bill is nearly identical to the measure vetoed by the governor last year.

Approval was overwhelming, far more than the two-thirds needed to override the governor's veto. Last year, the override effort was defeated in the Senate by one vote.

The meausre faces one more formal House vote to go to the Senate.

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The House approves imposing coverage requirements on insurance for mastectomy.

By voice vote, the House gave preliminary approval to a measure that would require health insurance policies and managed care contracts to provide up to 48 hours of hospital coverage following a mastectomy.

The measure faces a formal roll-call vote in the House to be sent to the Senate.


Off-track gambling approved by the Senate.

The Senate gave first-round approval to a meausre that would legalize off-track betting on horse races.

Supporters say off-track gambling is required to make it financially feasable for a race track to be establish in Missouri.

Sincee Missouri voters approved on-track betting on horse racing several years ago, not a single race track has begun operation.

The measure faces one more roll-call vote in the Senate in order to be sent to the House.


The bill to ban quota-based affirmative action set back by committee.

The chairman of the Senate Operations Committee said Monday he will hold off until next week, at the earliest, a committee vote on legislation that would ban all racial quotas in government contracts and appointments.

The measure is sponsored by the Senate Republican leader.

With less than seven weeks in the session and a pile of other bills awaiting Senate action -- including the entire budget for the state -- a week's delay gives the bill little chance for approval.

In fact, more than 40 other bills already are awaiting Senate action including issues like school desegregation that could consume days of Senate debate.

See our newspaper story for details.



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