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Senate Passes a Bill Encouraging Businesses to Warn Pregnant Mothers

February 22, 2000
By: Renny MacKay
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri Senate approved a bill to encourage restuarants and other businesses that sell alcohol to post a warning about the dangers of drinking.

From Jefferson City, Renny MacKay has more.

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The bill would require businesses that sell alcohol have to have a sign warning that drinking alcohol during pregnancy may cause birth defects.

But, businesses that don't post a sign won't suffer any penalty from the liquor control board.

The bill's sponsor, Kansas City Senator Mary Bland removed the penalty provision from the bill.

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Contents: She says she wants the issue to be a choice for businesses, but want more information available for mothers.

The House has to pass the bill before it becomes law.

From the state capitol, I'm Renny MacKay.Date: February 22, 2000

By: Renny MacKay

State Capital Bureau

The Senate passed a bill to encourage booze selling businesses to warn prospective mothers about the dangers of alcohol.

From Jefferson City, Renny MacKay has more.

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The businesses would have to post a warning to pregnant mothers that alcohol can cause birth defects.

But, the bill doesn't hand out any penalties to businesses that do not post a warning.

Kansas City Senator, Mary Bland, is the bill's sponsor. She removed the penalties and says she doesn't want to force anyone to do anything.

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Contents: She says businesses should agree with her and post the warnings in the interest of mothers' and childrens' health.

The bill now heads to the House for debate.

From the state capitol I'm Renny MacKay.