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A prefiled Senate bill may calm Missouri rivers.

Date: December 8, 2008
By: Jon Cecero
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: Missouri rivers may end up dryer than you think if a bill banning certain types of alcohol and containers makes it through the legislature when the session starts up in January.

Jon Cecero (SIS-er-oh) has more from Jefferson City.  

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If passed the bill will ban beer bongs, jello shots, beer containers larger than one gallon, Mardi Gras beads, and Styrofoam coolers from being on the river.

Senator Delbert Scott sponsored the bill and said Missourians deserve to feel safe and enjoy their time on the water.

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Description: "My goal here is that all Missourians-regardless whether its church groups or families have access to water ways canoeing and the beautiful streams that we have, not just those folks who go and get drunk and run everyone else off."

Scott said he wants Missouri rivers to be known for their scenery and not their party scene.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Jon Cecero.


Intro: The Missouri Water Patrol weighs in on a bill that will help calm the waters of the party scene on Missouri rivers.

Jon Cecero (SIS-er-oh) has more from Jefferson City.

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A prefiled bill in the Missouri Senate could leave water goers thirsty.

Sgt. Jerry Callahan of the Missouri Water Patrol said the removal of alcohol from the waterways in any capacity is a good idea.

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Description: "Excess alcohol and rowdiness has in the past and continues to be a problem on some of our float streams, what I would call the party crowd atmosphere flows over into the rivers, except for it impedes on people who did not go to the rivers for that party crowd atmosphere."
Callahan said he is not sure how effective the bill will be but knows that something has to be done.
 
Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Jon Cecero.


Intro: A new water safety bill has the Missouri Water Patrol looking for more help than it already needs.

Jon Cecero has more from Jefferson City. 

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The Missouri Water Patrol is having a tough time controlling the party population.

Sgt. Jerry Callahan said the force is already spread to thin.

With a new bill calling for stricter water safety he is worried there will not be enough man power for the job.

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Description: "As far as personnel we are short, spread kind of light across the state particularly on a lot of our float streams there are so many stretches and miles of river that our officers have to cover that regardless of new laws being passed we would need more officers to enforce." 

Callahan said regardless if the bill passes or not there needs to be more law enforcement on the water ways.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Jon Cecero.


Intro: A Missouri Senator is determined to clean up the river ways that are overflowing with drunks and out of control partiers.

Jon Cecero (SIS-er-oh) has more from Jefferson City.

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Senator Delbert Scott wants to clean up Missouri's rivers.

He sponsors a new bill that will eliminate drinking large quantities of alcohol while floating on rivers.

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Description: "We are blessed with the most beautiful streams in America and canoeing or rafting is great sport here enjoyed by all, and whats happened is those that go there to get drunk quick and to stay drunk for a long time has ruined the experience for a lot of other people."

Scott said he is tired of people worrying about being assaulted by others who have spent all day drinking.

He said his bill will encourage safety on the rivers and make float trips a more family oriented experience in Missouri.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Jon Cecero.