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Certain bills face uphill battle

April 3, 2006
By: Andrea Ramey
State Capital Bureau

With only six weeks left in this year's legislative session, bills still sitting in committee or ones that haven't even been assigned yet face an uphill battle.

Andrea Ramey explains how that includes numerous bills dealing with illegal immigrants.

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One bill in particular sponsored by Republican Senator Bill Alter would cut illegal immigrants off from taxpayer-funded public assistance and empower cops to detain them.

But it can't do either of those things yet because it's still sitting in a committee.

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Contents: "Since it was introduced late in the session and there's only six weeks right now, we'll just have to put some pressure on getting it out of committee, and then it's going to line behind the others on the calendar and whether it gets moved up that's up to Senate leadership."

The Immigration and Naturalization Services say 22-thousand illegal immigrants were living in Missouri in 2000.

From the state Capitol, I'm Andrea Ramey.

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Bills yet to be passed out of committee or even assigned to one face an uphill battle with only six weeks left in the session.

Andrea Ramey tells us how that affects legislation dealing with illegal aliens.

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Lawmakers admit to having a slow session.

Republican Representative Scott Rupp explains why.

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Contents: "This being an election year things tend to move a little bit slower than usual because people are being a little bit more cautious about what's going on, but I expect things to start picking up a little steam here because it's been all over the news. It's such an important issue to Missouri. The legislative process is a slow process.

There are six bills all addressing different issues with illegal aliens.

Only two have made it out of committee.

From the state Capitol, I'm Andrea Ramey.