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Voters Could Decide on Spending of Tobacco Settlement

December 7, 1999
By: Kyle Elfrink
State Capital Bureau

Missouri Senators are wanting voters to help decide how tobacco settlement funds will be spent. Kyle Elfrink has the story from Jefferson City.

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State senators Ed Quick and Joe Maxwell have filed a measure that will give Missouri voters the chance to say how they want settlement funds spent. Maxwell says citizen opinion is very important ...

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Contents: MAXWELL SAYS CONSIDERING HOW MUCH MONEY IS IN QUESTION, STATE CITIZENS SHOULD HAVE A SAY IN ITS SPENDING.

According to Maxwell, the settlement is expected to provide Missouri between 4.2 and 6.7 billion dollars over the next 25 years.

From the state capital, I'm Kyle Elfrink.


A bill filed in the Missouri Senate is looking to give state voters the chance to decide on how Missouri's share of the national tobacco settlement will be spent. Kyle Elfrink has the story from Jefferson City.

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State senators Ed Quick and Joe Maxwell will sponsor the bill during the next legislative session. Maxwell says that after discussions, it's hoped the bill will be on the ballot quickly ...

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Contents: MAXWELL SAYS HE HOPES TO GET THE ISSUE ON THE BALLOT BY THE AUGUST PRIMARY OR THE NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTION.

Maxwell says he's pushing for the settlement to be spent on smoking prevention and health care. He also wants a general fund set up to control some of the money.

From the state capital, I'm Kyle Elfrink.


Missouri voters may get the chance to decide on how the national tobacco settlement will be spent by the state. Kyle Elfrink has the story from Jefferson City.

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Co-sponsor of the legislation, Senator Joe Maxwell expects Missouri to receive between 4 and 6 billion dollars from the settlement over the next 25 years. He says, most importantly, a general fund should be created for some of the money ...

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Contents: MAXWELL SAYS THAT MONEY FROM THE SETTLEMENT COULD FLUCATUATE EACH YEAR BECAUSE OF LOWERED OR INCREASED TOBACCO SALES.

The bill will be introduced during the next legislative session. Maxwell says Missourians have a chance to decide on a method of spending the money, by the August 2000 primary.

From the state capital, I'm Kyle Elfrink.