NewsBook: Missouri Government News for Week of January 20, 2003
|.||Lawmakers vote down higher salary caps for officials (01/23/03)|
But the vote was largely symbolic. Even if the proposal had passed, funding for higher caps would have required a separate bill.
|.||New leadership takes control of Mo. legislature with "enthusiasm, energy and excitement" (01/23/03)|
The new team taking charge of the first Republican majority in the House in 48 years is enthusiastic, energetic and excited, according to Speaker Pro Tem Rod Jetton, R-Marble Hill.
|.||Missouri's system for financing foster-care families is held in violation of law. (01/22/03)|
The judge held that Missouri's reimbursement system doees not comply with a federal provision that requires families be covered for costs such as food and clothing for a foster child.
The judge game Missouri two months to come up with a method to assure those costs are reimbursed by the state.
|.||Justice Ronnie White will become the first black chief justice of the state Supreme Court in the state's history. (01/22/03)|
In a State of the Judiciary, the Chief Justice of Missouri's Supreme Court also announced a commission to address abuses in the state's foster-care system.
|.||The Missouri governor's budget plan gets a cold reception from a key legislative committee. (01/21/03)|
The reaction came as state Budget Director Lynda Luebbering testified before the committee in her first public legislative appearance since the governor unveiled last week his package of tax hikes, borrowing and cuts.