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Tobacco Settlement Money Trust Funds

January 20, 2000
By: Laetitia Thompson
State Capital Bureau

The Senate and the House moved quickly this week to figure out what ought to happen to tobacco settlement money worth a projected 6.7 billion dollars.

Laetitia Thompson from Jefferson City has the story.

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On Tuesday a Senate Committee sent a constitutional ammendment placing the tobacco money in a trust fund to the floor.

A special House committee has now shipped out a similiar bill to the House chamber.

Kansas City Representative Tim Van Zandt says the trust fund ammendment must be explicit about where the money goes.

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Contents: FOR THE VOTE TO BE SUCCESSFUL VOTERS NEED SPECIFIC PROPOSALS

Van Zandt's special committee has yet to recommend a bill on how to the House plans to spend the tobacco money trust fund.

This is Laetitia Thompson from the State Capitol.

With a projected 6.7-billion dollars of tobacco settlement money on the line...committees from both the Senate and the House have quickly recommended legislation for the creation of a trust fund.

Laetitia Thompson has the story from the State Capitol.

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The Senate bill would divide the trust fund between health care, smoking prevention education and emergencies.

But Kansas City Representative Tim Van Zandt says he thinks the Senate version might be too vague.

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Contents: VAN ZANDT SAYS VOTERS WILL HAVE TO ON THE TRUST ME BILL

Zandt chairs a special House committee that will instead consider a separate bill with specific details on how the trust fund ought to be used.

This is Laetitia Thompson from Jefferson City.