NewsBook: Missouri Government News for Week of April 7, 2003
|.||Senator backs away from health-care bill opposed by UM (04/10/03)|
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|.||Packed pistols wins Senate committee approval. (04/09/03)|
The measure does not require voter approval. Missourians narrowly rejected a similar concealed-weapons proposal in 1999.
Gov. Bob Holden has said he would veto the bill.
|.||The Senate rejects repealing the death penalty. (04/09/03)|
The repeal was proposed as an amendment to a bill designed to shorten sentences for non-violent offenders.
|.||Senator Dougherty fights to protect children in religious reformatories (04/08/2003)|
|.||House gives initial approval to foster care reform bill (04/09/03)|
The bill also would make it easier to fire Division of Family Services workers who don't follow department policy was given preliminary approval by the House.
The bill would also implement a privatization pilot project in St. Louis City, Greene County and a rural Missouri county.
|.||Bill would limit non-discrimination policies of school districts (04/09/03)|
|.||Senate approves sentencing bill aimed at cutting inmate numbers (04/09/03)|
|.||Tougher regulation of nursing homes wins Senate approval. (04/08/03)|
The measure faces one more Senate vote before going to the House.
Sponsored by a Republican and passed by the Republican-controlled Senate, the plan won immediate endorsement from the state's Democratic governor and lieutenant governor.
|.||Toll road debate continues despite lackluster attention in legislature (04/08/03)|
However, after the overwhelming rejection by Missouri voters of tax increases for highways, transportation advocates argue toll roads might be the only realistic solution to meeting the state's highway needs.
|.||Senate committee hears bill allowing internet contracts (04/08/03)|
|.||Senate hears concealed guns bill (04/08/03)|
Newman, a representative of the St. Louis Women's Coalition, testified before a Senate Committee Tuesday against a measure that would allow Missouri residents to carry concealed weapons.
The bill would give a 21-year-old who goes through 12 hours of training and gets finger printed the right to conceal a gun.
The committee is scheduled to vote on the bill Wednesday.
|.||The Senate Appropriations Committee votes to cut funds for the presidential primary. (04/08/03)|
Supporters argued the state could not afford the non-binding primary during a year of a tight budget.
But opponents to the appropriations cut argued the primary still would be held, since even without funds there is a law requiring a primary.
The House has a bill that would eliminate that law.
The Senate committee also voted to cut $2 million from the advertising budget of the the state's lotteries.
|.||Supporters of House and Senate bills that make it a crime to secretly photograph animal faciltiies defend their stance (04/07/2003)|
|.||Lawmakers react to NMSU possibly joining UM system (04/07/03)|
|.||Health Department prepares for West Nile (04/07/03)|
|.||Child sales remain legal in Missouri (04/07/03)|