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Missouri Government News for Week of Nov. 29, 1999


Term limit extension is filed for the upcomming legislative session.

Missouri's senior senator has filed legislation to extend legislative term limits from the current eight years to 12 years.

Legislative term limits, approved by Missouri voters, begin affecting large numbers of current lawmakers in 2002. So far, only one lawmaker has been forced out of office from the term limits section of the state constitution.

For more details, see our newspaper story and our radio story.


ERA ratification proposed for the legislature's next session.

Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment was among the measures filed on the opening day for lawmakers to introduce bills for the legislative session that begins next January.

ERA fell 3 states short of ratification before the deadline for ratification in the 1970s.

Also filed Wednesday was legislation to extend legislative term limits from eight years to 12 years.

See our newspaper story for details on the ERA proposal.


Dempsey's decision to halt reimbursment of family planning funds is questioned

Jordan Cherrick, the state appointed attorney in the lawsuit involving Planned Parenthood and family planning funds, said cutting off funding to all 96 providers wasn't necessary.

Nanci Gonder, department spokesperson, said it was because the judge called into question the contract between the department and Planned Parenthood--which is the same one the department has with the other providers.

See our newspaper story for details.


Missouri business groups oppose Clinton's proposal

Clinton's proposed parental leave for workers would cause an increase in taxes for employers, said two major Missouri business groups Tuesday.

Clinton unveiled a plan Tuesday that would provide parental leave payments from funds allocated for the temporarily unemployed -- funds that come from taxes on businesses.


Clinton Proposal Gets Mixed Reviews

President Bill Clinton's plan to increase parental leave payments is coming under attack by some of Missouri's leading business organizations. They say the proposal will increase taxes on employers. The state AFL-CIO supports the proposal.

See our package of radio stories for details.


New Federal Report Questions Current Medical Policy in Missouri

A recent federal report recommends that each state provide public records of medical errors that lead to patient deaths.

Currently, Missouri does not make such records public.

Missouri's Department of Health Standards says that there will be few, if any, changes because of the report.

See our package of radio stories for details.