NewsBook: Missouri Government News for Week of February 10, 2003
|.||Spending cap handed down to Education Appropriations Committee (02/13/03)|
The spending limits were handed down to each of the House Appropriations Committee in preparation for the committee's to begin work on the state's operating budget next fiscal year.
|.||House passes Republican budget compromise (02/13/03)|
The bill that passed the House Thursday takes $150 million from tobacco funds, but still requires $200 million in cuts, which the governor has threatened to take from education.
|.||The House votes to give Holden less than half the tobacco money he demanded to plug '03 hole (02/12/03)|
The House gave first-round approval to a bill to limit to $100 million the size of any bond issue the administration could issue to balance the remaining four months of the fiscal year.
|.||Past criminal offenders want the chance to wipe the slate clean (02/12/03)|
|.||Businesses pay penalties for sending e-mail; licensed professionals do not (2/12/03)|
The bill includes a provision to push Internet service providers to block access to child pornography sites.
|.||Disabled adults voice fears that budget problems will curtail their services. (02/11/03)|
The governor's budget proposal does not propose elimination of the program. But one member of the House committee said they had good reason to worry.
|.||Legislative committees approve the GOP's budget-balancing plan. (02/11/03)|
Holden has argued that is not enough and has rejected various areas Republicans have suggested for trimming state government spending.
But Republicans say they will not agree to more than $100 million in bonds to fill a budget shortfall that administration sources say exceeds $350 million.
Both the House and Senate are expected to take up the measures later this week.
|.||Lawmakers hear widespread objections to a plan to deregulate Southwestern Bell's Internet services. (02/11/03)|
Committees of the House and Senate heard testimony of a plan that would exempt broadband Internet services by telephone companies from regulation by the Public Service Commission.
Unlike non-telephone companies which are exempt from PSC regulation, Southwestern's status as a telephone company brings both its phone and Internet services under price regulation.
|.||House approves setting gaming money aside for education (02/11/03)|
Democratic opponents argue gaming money already funds education. They also object to the plan because they say it favors wealthy school districts.
The bill needs final House approval before heading to the Senate for consideration.
|.||Missouri's governor accepts part and rejects part of the legislative leadership's compromise plan to plug the state's budget hole. (02/10/03)|
But the governor said Republicans still need to agree to a large bond issue to borrow enough money to prevent cuts from education.