NewsBook: Missouri Government News for Week of April 28, 2003
|.||Missouri's Senate breaks a filibuster and approves concealed weapons legislation. (05/02/03)|
It's similar to the issue rejected by Missouri voters a few years ago. The legislative plan, however, would not be subject to voter approval.
The Senate vote came after the Senate voted to end a two-day filibuster -- only the 5th session in some 100 years the Senate has voted to force a vote on a bill.
The governor has threated to veto the bill, which now goes back to the House.
|.||Audit criticizes state colleges for excessive spending (05/01/03)|
|.||Abortion bill goes to governor (05/01/03)|
But that's where it is likely to stop because Democratic Gov. Bob Holden has vowed to veto any anti-abortion legislation that comes to him.
But the bill passed both chambers with more than the two-thirds votes that would be necessary to override veto.
The bill, which is the first anti-abortion bill to hit the governor's desk since 1999, requires a woman to meet in person with a doctor, sign a consent form and wait at least one day before an abortion can be done.
|.||Abortion restrictions pass the Senate in the wee hours of the morning. (05/01/03)|
Passage came after strenous Democratic objections that the Republican leadership refused to allow Democrats to offer further amendments.
Wednesday morning, Democrats stalled Senate action in protest.
|.||Bill that would increase fines for nursing homes with violations heads to the governor (04/30/03)|
The Senior Care and Protection Act passed both houses with only one dissenting vote.
|.||Missouri's Senate rejects a sales tax increase and higher taxes on out-of-state businesses. (04/30/03)|
Instead they approved a $130 million revenue package that depends largely on one-time monies to balance this year's budget.
|.||Amrine conviction overturned by state high court (04/29/03)|
Amrine had been sentenced to death for fatally stabbing a fellow Jefferson City inmate in 1985. But, Amrine's lawyer successfully argued that those who testified against Amrine were lying in return for a deal.
Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon told the Associated Press this was the first time the state high court allowed for a simple claim of innocence--as opposed to constitutional or other legal grounds--as the basis for the reversal of a conviction.
|.||Tougher nursing home regulation passes House--but without pricey provision (04/29/03)|
|.||Prison sentences would be cut short under Senate bill (04/29/03)|
|.||Medicaid could take hit under Senate bill (04/29/03)|
|.||Earlier alcohol on Sundays (04/29/03)|
The bill, which is a reversal of the state's blue laws restricting certain activities on Sundays, will allow alcohol sales as early as 8 a.m. in and around the Kansas City sports complex.
|.||Missouri's House votes to ban unions from taking service fees from state workers. (04/28/03)|
Last year, Gov. Bob Holden signed an executive order authorizing unions to seek fees from non-union workers.
|.||House Committee passes bill that would give Ford tax breaks to stay in Hazelwood (04/28/2003)|
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|.||Superintendents threaten lawsuit against state (04/28/03)|
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|.||Welfare Reform: Six Years Later (04/28/03)|