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Missouri Government News for Week of Apr. 5, 1999

The House votes to expand the state's sex offender civil commitment law.

Sex offenders could face court action for indefinite civil commitment years after their sentences were served under legislation approved by the House.

The measure extends the current sex offender civil-commitment laws to those whose sentences have been completed. The current law allows initiating the court process only while the person is serving his sentence.

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A House committee votes to repeal legislative term limits.

By a substantial margin, the House Elections Committee voted to the full House a constitutional amendment that would repeal legislative term limits.

The proposal, if approved by the legislature, would require statewide voter approval to take effect.

See our radio story with digitial audio and our newspaper story for details.

Lawmakers react to failing of Proposition B

Lawmakers on both sides of the issue predict defeat of Proposition B will not lead to legislative support for gun-control issues anytime soon.

For years, efforts to restrict hand guns have gone nowhere in Missouri's legislature.

See our newspaper story for details. Also see our radio story.

Missourians reject concealed weapons and extra cell-phone taxes.

Missouri voters rejected decisively the NRA-backed proposal to legalize concealed weapon -- Proposition B.

The chief spokesman for the governor, who led opposition to the issue, called the results a significant setback for the NRA that could have national ramifications.

Voters also rejected Proposition A that would impose a tax on cell phones to finance a statewide 911 emgerency phone-service system.

In Kansas City, voters elected an independent to the Missouri House. Terry Riley becomes the seecond independent in the House.

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Sec. of State expects 1 in 4 voter turnout

A 25 percent turnout at the polls on April 6 would still be fewer than a million voters, but Secretary of State Bekki Cook says that's an unusually high number for an April ballot.

She says Proposition B is fueling interest in this election, and that turnout will be higher in rural areas.

See our radio story with digital audio for details.

Voters decide on cell-phone tax

Missourians decide whether cell-phone users will pay a monthly tax for an upgrade in 911 service. The money would fund a new 911 system for cell-phone users so that emergency calls would be sent to the nearest dispatch center.

See our radio story for details.