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A house committee discuss a measure on protecting transit workers

Date: February 3, 2014
By: John Zupon
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: 
A Missouri House committee heard support of a bill that involves bus and train operators.
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Wrap: A bill makes assaulting a bus or train operator a first, second, even third degree assault.

A lobbyist from KC Transportation Athority says 2013 saw 15 incidents of a bus driver being assaulted mid-drive.

Director of United Transportation Union Ken Menges says most days are calm, but sometimes, passengers act up.

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Description: "So the bottom line is this,an attack on the transit worker is putting all passengers at risk as well as the general public."
 
The committee took no immediate action on the bill.
 
Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm John Zupon.
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Lawmakers are cracking down on people who assault mass transit workers.
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Wrap: Assaulting a transit worker may lead to some charges in the first, second, even third degree.

Kansas City Representative Randy Dunn says his concern for the saftey of mass transit workers is a personal issue.

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Description: "And it is something personal for me as well, my god-mother is a bus operator for the KCATA."

Dunn says protecting train and bus drivers protects transit passengers and drivers on the road.

The committee took no immediate action the bill.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm John Zupon.


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