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The House added a provision onto the tobacco bill that would ban the use of minors in undercover sting operations

April 5, 2000
By: Jessica Carter
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri House added yet another provision onto the tobacco regulation bill. Jessica Carter reports from Jefferson City.

Story:Carter
RunTime: 40sx
OutCue: (I'm Jessica Carter.)

The latest provision bans the use of minors in sting operations to bust stores that illegally sell tobacco to minors. It would not go into effect until July of next year.

Columbia Representative Vicky Riback Wilson, who proposed the date extension, says the ban could cause Missouri to lose nine point six million dollars in federal funding to treat drug addiction.

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OutCue: (get the money for treatment.)
Contents: Says that there have been a lot of concerns about the issue of using minors in sting operations, but they should wait to implement the change so they can get the money for treatment.)

The House still hasn't given the bill preliminary approval. Reporting from the state capital, I'm Jessica Carter.