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Legislators debate sepatation of powers

September 18, 1997
By: Jennifer Sheffield
State Capital Bureau

A debate concerning the legislature's power over administrative rules slowed down progress of the economic development bill.

Jennifer Sheffield explains in Jefferson City.

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St. Louis County Senator John Schneider wants legislative control over administrative agencies such as the health or public safety departments.

Schneider supports measures that allow the house and senate to vote on agency rules.

But, a recent state Supreme Court decision found similar legislation violated the separation of powers.

Schneider maintains it is not unconstitutional.

Actuality:Senator John Schneider
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Contents: He says that if anyone is violating the separation of powers, it is the administrative agencies.

Schneider claims the General Assembly needs the ability to change abusive rules.

I'm Jennifer Sheffield in Jefferson City.