NewsBook: Missouri Government News for Week of March 31, 2003
|.||Auditor's report finds employees used state planes to attend parties (04/03/03)|
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|.||House passes bill that could bring tax breaks for senior citizens (04/03/03)|
|.||High school association debated in House bill (04/03/03)|
|.||Bill consolidating state health plan blocked in Senate (04/02/03)|
The measure has faced stiff opposition from the University of Missouri that has fought to prevent its plan from being merged with the state.
The sponsor of the bill stopped debate after a filibuster by Columbia's Senator, Ken Jacob.
|.||Alignment of tobacco industry and state interests raises questions whether the Attorney General will go to bat for Philip Morris (4/2/03)|
The tobacco company has warned that the Illinois court verdict and the required appeal bond -- in excess of $12 billion -- jeopardizes the company's financial stability and, thus, it's ability to continue to make payments to states, including Missouri, under the national tobacco settlement plan.
|.||Flood Plain Lands Would Be Protected From Development By Proposed Bill (04/02/03)|
|.||Utility Companies Speak Out Against Protecting Farmland from Public Use (04/03/2003)|
|.||Election Bill Gets Preliminary House Approval (04/02/03)|
|.||St. Louis City cops one step closer to living anywhere in Missouri (04/01/03)|
|.||Transportation reform package wins initial Senate approval--but is less than some expected (04/01/03)|
|.||Senate committee passes video gambling bill (04/01/03)|
|.||Committee defeats Hancock refund reserve fund (04/01/03)|
Sen. Ken Jacob, D-Columbia, sponsored the constitutional amendment that would put excess taxes the state collects over its revenue lid set by the Hancock amendment into a revenue stabilization fund.
|.||A Profile on Former CIA Agent and Current Senator Jon Dolan (04/01/03)|
|.||A draft foster care report recommends higher salaries and lower caseloads for foster care workers. (03/31/03)|
The report includes recommendations from the committee's four work groups.
The full commission will develop suggestions from each work group's recommendations. These will be included in the commission's final report to be released June 13.
|.||The Senate Appropriations Committee decides to make another attempt at administration help in cutting the state's budget. (03/31/03)|
The Senate Appropriations Committee reached consensus last night to direct their staffers to go back to the state's departments for information on where to cut programs, a mission House Republicans attempted and failed.
As a result of that failure, for the first time in recent memory, the House did not pass a budget with line by line appropriations for individual state programs. Instead they passed a package of budget bills that allots a lump sum to each department.