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Columbia Representatives Immune to Political Pressure

September 16, 1999
By: Kristin Marinec
State Capital Bureau

Columbia lawmakers say Wednesday's House vote to ban partial birth abortion sets the city apart from others. Kristin Marinec has that story from Jefferson City.

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Governor Carnahan says some representatives were hesitant to vote to sustain his veto of the partial birth abortion bill for fear that to do so would be political suicide. But Columbia lawmakers seem immune to that pressure.

All three city representatives voted to sustain the veto even though the vote to override was 134 to 27.

Representative Tim Harlan says Columbia lawmakers are better informed about the outcome of the bill.

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Contents: Representative Tim Harlan says this bill is a good example in which many people want to do the same thing but haven't read the bill.

Columbia is known as liberal community. From the state capitol, I'm Kristin Marinec.