NewsBook: Missouri Government News for Week of February 17, 2003
|.||Workers' compensation restrictions: creating jobs or hurting workers? (02/20/03)|
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|.||Borrowing plan awaits Holden's signature (02/20/03)|
|.||Lawmakers consider packed pistols. (02/20/03)|
A similar measure was rejected by Missouri voters a few years ago. The bills before the legislature would not refer the proposal to the voters.
|.||The deadline approaches for getting on Missouri's SeniorRx program. (02/20/03)|
The state estimates that about 40,000 Missourians will enroll in the program. The deadline applies to coverage for the current year.
|.||Workers compenstation restrictions win approval in Missouri's House. (02/20/03)|
Business interests strongly have pushed for the measure.
|.||An abortion restriction bill clears an abortion restriction. (02/19/03)|
Under the bill, a physican would have to advise a woman of potential risks of an abortion at least 24 hours before an abortion could be performed.
|.||Missouri's House and Senate remember KMOX journalist Nan Wyatt (02/19/03)|
It was the first time in recent memory that a journalist had received such recognition by the legislature.
Wyatt frequently traveled to the statehouse to cover major state government stories.
|.||Senate approves giving the governor $82 million less in borrowed money than he demanded (02/19/03)|
Under the Senate plan, the administration would be limited to $150 million in bonds to finance the remaining four months of the current fiscal year.
But the Republican plan leaves the state with a $82 million shortfall for the rest of the budgeting year, which ends June 30.
|.||Lower education gets brunt of cuts. (2/19/03)|
Lower education cuts include changes to the school foundation formula and the elimination of the safe schools program. Each institution of higher education had its budget cut by 0.25 percent.
|.||Bills would combat obesity (02/19/03)|
The committee took no immediate action on the proposal.
|.||Bill Would Increase DWI Treatment Fees (02/19/03)|
Under the bill DWI offenders would pay additional fees to make up costs currently paid for by the state government.
DWI offenders must complete these programs to get their drivers licenses reinstated.
|.||Senate bill would double UM insurance costs (02/18/03)|
|.||Legislative Academy would train freshman legislators (02/18/03)|
Sen. Doyle Childers, R-Reeds Spring, has passed a bill through the Senate that would create a Legislator Academy for new members between their first and second sessions. The bill still awaits a hearing in the House.
|.||UM alumni form caucus (02/18/03)|
The petition seeking recognition as an official caucus was filed today with the House Ethics Committee.
|.||Holding Down Spending Key For New House Budget Chairman (02/17/03)|
Today he's among the most powerful forces steering Missouri's $19 billion budget.
|.||House budget chairman asks lawmakers to make cuts in 2004 (02/17/2003)|
|.||House bill would regulate companies' handling of mental health insurance (02/17/03)|