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Devil's Work?

January 13, 1998
By: Margaret Murphy
State Capital Bureau

JEFFERSON CITY - Chalk one up to the devil in Missouri's legislature.

Fearing it was doomed from the start, a state senator Tuesday yanked his bill off the Senate floor because it had been assigned the number 666, a number believed by some to be the sign of the devil.

"I thought it was a good idea to withdraw it, get it away, get it out," said Sen. Ronnie DePasco, a Democrat from Kansas City. The bill would have made small changes in election law.

Although he said he hadn't heard from any of his constituents about the bill yet, the lawmaker said one reason he pulled it was some of his own research, which showed 666 bills don't pass.

"It was best for me to withdraw it and not take the heat," said DePasco, who plans to reintroduce the idea under a different number.

DePasco, who said he considers himself superstitious, said he doesn't think any bills should be assigned the number 666. "We don't issue state licenses with 666; why do we have legislative bills with that number?" he said.