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NewsBook: Missouri Government News for the Week of September 8, 2003

 


. Gov. Bob Holden is handed his third veto override by the legislature Friday. (09/12/03)

JEFFERSON CITY - Two days after rejecting vetoes of bills on guns and abortion, Missouri's governor suffered his third veto rejection.

The House Friday joined the Senate in voting into law a measure that bans cities, counties and the state itself from lawsuits against gun and ammunition makers.

The legislation was prompted by a lawsuit filed several years ago by St. Louis city against gun manufacturers.

  • Get the House roll call.
  • Get the earlier Senate roll call.
    . Concealed weapons bill takes effect in 30 days (09/11/03)

    JEFFERSON CITY - With the Senate's override of the Governor's concealed weapons veto, it is now up to the sheriffs' offices to implement the bill.

    In an historic day, Missouri's Senate joined the House in overriding Bob Holden's veto of both the bill to legalize concealed weapons and a separate bill to impose a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion can be performed.

    The last time a Missouri governor had two vetoes rejected in the same year was 1855.

  • Get the radio story
  • Get the concealed weapons roll call.
  • Get the abortion roll call.
    . Malpractice veto upheld (09/11/03)

    JEFFERSON CITY - The Senate upheld Governor Holden's veto of a controversial medical malpractice bill. Hundreds of doctors rallied at the Capitol to sway legislators, but the veto override still fell short of the needed 23 votes. Though many Democrats agree that some form of malpractice reform is needed, they say the bill would strip injured people of their protections, and they criticize Republicans for loading the bill down with a wishlish of items related to civil suits in general that have little bearing on medical malpractice.

  • Get the radio story
    . Missouri Anti-terrorism License Plate Unveiled (9/11/03)

    JEFFERSON CITY - At a ceremony at the capitol to remember September 11, 2001, Governor Holden unveiled the state's new anti-terrorism license plate. The plate was the idea of Connie Stephens of Lee's Summit, the sister-in-law of the pilot of American Flight 77. The plane he was operating was hijacked by terrorists and crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. two years ago. Missouri is the second state do implement tis program.

  • Get the radio story
    . Governor Holden upset about the defeat of his tax plan (9/11/03)

    JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Holden addressed Missouri citizens today at the Capitol during a ceremony to remember September 11, 2001. He also answered questions concerning his most recent tax plan, which was defeated today by the Senate Ways and Means Committee. The governor says he will continue trying to raise money for the state's education and declared today's rejection a loss for Missouri children.

  • Get the radio story
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    . Maj. John Dolan arrives from Cuba to cast what may be the critical vote to override the veto of concealed weapons. (09/11/03)

    Sen. John Dolan
    in the Senate
    JEFFERSON CITY - Sen. John Dolan, R-St. Charles County, arrived early Thursday morning in Jefferson City -- just hours before the Senate is scheduled to take up the governor's veto of legislation to legalize concealed weapons and to impose a 24-hour waiting period for abortions.

    Dolan arrived from Cuba, where he is in command of the public affairs unit for the Army. Dolan said he had requested permission to leave on his, that no other public official had been involved in the process. Neither public funds or special-interest money would be used to finance his travel, he said.

    Republicans leaders have agreed that without Dolan, they do not have the votes to override the governor's veto of the gun bill.


    . No solution in sight for doctors fighting medical malpractice insurance rates (09/10/03)

    JEFFERSON CITY - The Governor's veto of a bill that would have capped award limits erased hope for doctors looking for relief from rising insurance premiums.

    A recent meeting between trade organizations representing doctors and lawyers failed to result in a compromise on award limits for victims of malpractice.

    Get the radio story.


    . Missouri's House overrides the governor's vetoes on guns and abortion. (09/10/03)

    JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri House voted to override Gov. Bob Holden's vetoes of a 24-hour waiting period for abortions and alllowing private citizens to carry concealed weapons.

    Both measures now go to the Senate where the vote is expected to be much closer.

    The last governor to suffer a veto override was Gov. Mel Carnahan's 1999 veto of a bill banning partial-birth abortions. 1885 was the last year that more than one veto has been overridden in the same year.

  • Get the House roll call on the abortion bill.
  • Get the House roll call on the gun bill.

    Get the newspaper story.

    Get the radio story.


    . Republicans fight to override veto on concealed weapons (09/09/03)

    JEFFERSON CITY - Republican lawmakers say they hope to make history during this week's veto session.

    Get the radio story.


    . Democratic Leadership fights to keep veto sustained (09/09/03)

    JEFFERSON CITY - A key Democrat has threatened a filibuster to prevent a controversial abortion bill from becoming law.

    Get the radio story.


    . GOP trying to limit civil suits (09/09/03)

    JEFFERSON CITY - Republican lawmakers are trying to overturn Governor Bob Holden's veto of a controversial tort reform bill. The bill began as a measure to limit damages in medical malpractice cases, but now includes provisions that would limit all civil lawsuits. The bill limits where a trial can be held and prevents wealthy corporations from having to cover the tab for poorer co-defendants. While Republicans argue that the entire tort system should be changed, Democrats counter that the answer is not to weaken the right to sue across the board.


    . Abortion Issue Cleaves Party Unity (09/09/03)

    JEFFERSON CITY - Several Democrats are expected to break with party lines when they again support a bill that Gov. Bob Holden vetoed.

  • Get the package of radio stories
    . Complicated tax loophole target of intense debate (09/09/03)

    JEFFERSON CITY - Among the four tax breaks Missouri's governor is asking lawmakers to close is one that has been the subject of intense debate for sometime. The complicated Geoffrey Loophole is the main loophole Governor Holden is targeting in order to bring money back to schools.

  • Get the radio story
    . Democratic Leadership fights to keep veto sustained. (09/09/03)

    JEFFERSON CITY -


    . Republicans fight to override veto on concealed weapons (09/09/03)

    JEFFERSON CITY - Republican lawmakers consider legalizing concealed weapons a top priority. Rep. Larry Crawford is still confident that the has the support to override the Governor's veto.

  • Get the radio story

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    . Missouri schools are asked for information to support the governor's call for raising taxes, after the special session begins. (09/09/03)

    JEFFERSON CITY - On the same day Missouri lawmakers returned for a special session to raise taxes for education, the state Education Department sent a memo to school districts across the state asking for information to support the governor's claims of cuts in public schools.

    "They're probably going to find some horrific story out there that will probably be a great rhetorical device, and I'm sure that's what they're trying to find," said Senate GOP Leader Mike Gibbons, R-St. Louis County.

    Get the newspaper story.


    . Missouri lawmakers start their second special session of the year on taxes. (09/08/03)

    JEFFERSON CITY - Lawmakers began their session quitely, with almost no debate as tax bills were filed in both the House and Senate.

    Republican legislative leaders predicted there was little chance the governor's modified tax package would pass the legislature's special session -- although they noted there were efforts by the state Chamber of Commerce to work out a compromise on one of the business-tax proposals of the governor.

  • Get the newspaper story.
  • Get the radio feature.
    . Statehouse security relaxes two years after 9-11 attacks (09/08/03)

    JEFFERSON CITY - Two years after the 9-11 attacks, Missouri's statehouse shows few signs of change.

    Guards, initially posted to screen employees and visitors as they enter the Capitol building were removed on July 1 because of budget cuts.

    Two years ago, Missouri was the only state with a legislature in session as hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. On the second anniversary of the attacks, Missouri's legislature again is in a special session

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    . Geoffrey Loophole Divides Holden and Republicans (09/08/03)

    JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Holden is proposing to eliminate the so-called "Geoffrey Loophole," which allows corporations to do business in Missouri without paying state income taxes. The revenue gained will go to public schools. Republicans have opposed the governor and said that he will drive businesses away from Missouri.

    Get the newspaper story.


    . House Introduces Bill to Eliminate Corporate Loopholes to Fund Education (09/08/03)

    JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri House Majority Leader Jason Crowell kicked off the special session today with a bill sponsored by Rep. Marsha Campbell, D-Kansas City. HB1 would raise revenue for public schools by closing corporate tax loopholes.

    The second order of the day was to call for adjournment until noon Tuesday.

    Get the newspaper story.