Missouri Senate Republican blames lobbyists for stalled bill
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Missouri Senate Republican blames lobbyists for stalled bill

Date: April 19, 2011
By: Andrew Weil
State Capitol Bureau
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A Missouri Senate Republican says a bill that would affect future landline users in St. Louis has stalled because lobbyists didn't do their job.
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Wrap: The Senate did not vote on the plan because legislators from the affected areas in St. Louis and Jackson County say they haven't been approached about the bill.

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Description: "Clearly those who work the hall did not do their job, they did not come and talk to you, they have not at all walked through this with you, so I'm going to put this bill on the informal calendar."
 
That was Republican Maryville Senator Brad Lager.
 
He says if lobbyists can't do their job, the Senate will just let this bill die and deal with it next year.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Andrew Weil.

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A Missouri Senate Republican says a bill that would affect future landline users in St. Louis has stalled because lobbyists didn't do their job.
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Wrap: The Senate took no action on the plan that would give telephone companies more flexibility when it comes to landline placement in St. Louis and Jackson County.

Republican Maryville Senator Brad Lager says lobbyists clearly did not do their jobs well enough on this issue because lawmakers have only 3 weeks left to debate bills.

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Description: "So, i'm going to put this bill on the informal calendar and if they don't do their job, we're just going to let this bill die and deal with it next year."
 
Lager says we've evolved beyond the out of date process of landline requirements we use today.  
 
If passed landline providers would be able to bypass areas where alternative services, such as cable or cell phone service is available.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Andrew Weil.


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