Democrats issue their own report regrading E. coli levels at Lake of th Ozarks
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Democrats issue their own report regrading E. coli levels at Lake of th Ozarks

Date: March 1, 2010
By: Rebecca Stephen
State Capitol Bureau

Intro:  The partisan battle over E. coli in the Lake of the Ozarks continues in the dead of winter.
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Wrap: Maryville Republican Senator Brad Lager defended the Commerce Committee's Majority Report after the Committee's Democratic members criticized it in a Minority Report.

Lager says the Majority Report was not politically driven and all members of the Committee had an opportunity to consult with him.

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Description: "If this was politically driven we would of started subpoenaing people. If this was politically driven we would of drug the Governor's guys in and had them testify. If this was politically driven we would of taken that whole report and beaten up on the Governor."

On the other hand, St. Louis Senator Joan Bray says the she is disappointed that this serious issue has been dealt with in such a partisan way.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Rebecca Stephen.

Intro:  A Missouri Senator says the investigation of elevated E. coli levels at the Lake of the Ozarks was politically driven.
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Wrap: St. Louis Senator Joan Bray expressed her concerns on Friday when her and two other Democratic Senators released a Minority Report regarding the Commerce Committee's Majority Report about E. coli levels at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Bray says the committee's Democratic members didn't have a chance to read the Majority Report before it was drafted.

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Description: "I am sorely disappointed that a committee of the Senate chose to deal with a serious issue in such a politically blatant, partisan way."

Maryville Democratic Senator Brad Lager says all of the committee members had an opportunity to give feedback on the Majority Report.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Rebeccca Stephen.

Intro:  Senate Commerce Committee Democrats criticized the committee's Majority Report about the Lake of the Ozarks E. coli investigation.
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Wrap: Three Democrats say they released a Minority Report that address the multiple factual errors in the Majority Report.  

St. Louis County Democratic Senator Tim Green says the the policy review regarding water quality testing lost its focus.  

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Description: "The policy review quickly turned into a political witch hunt-rife with intimidation, threats of subpoenas, blanket demands for all communications of all DNR employees, and strategic press leaks."

The Minority Report also offered additional recommendations to keep public bodies of water safe.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Rebecca Stephen.


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