NewsBook: Missouri Government News for Week of January 27, 2003
|.||House Committee approves bill to send gambling funds to schools (01/30/03)|
|.||Bill would make SMSU a part of the UM System (01/30/03)|
|.||Columbia lawmaker proposes Southwest Missouri State become part of UM system (01/30/03)|
|.||Four-day school week has pros and cons (01/30/03)|
|.||House passes Amber Alert bill to help missing persons (01/30/03)|
The Amber Alert system, named for a 9-year-old girl from Arlington, Texas who was abducted and killed in 1996, will send out a state-wide message when a person is reported missing.
|.||Republicans, Dems debate proposed $480 million bond issue (1/29/03)|
In the Senate, the Democratic floor leader complained that the Republican leadership had not even introduced the bill to authorize the bond issue.
|.||Higher Education Leaders Make Case in front of House Committee (01/29/03)|
Both said raising participation in Higher education is a top priority.
|.||Lawmakers Consider Lowering Caps on Malpractice Lawsuits (01/29/03)|
Victims of malpractice say caps should stay at the existing level because the threat of large penalties discourages negligence.
|.||The governor turns up the budget heat on legislators. (01/28/03)|
Without the money, Holden told the group he would be forced to cut funds to local public schools by $259 million and cut another $91 million from higher education.
Republican legislative leaders promptly criticized the governor for failing to meet with them to discuss options for dealing with the state's budget problems. And, they questioned the constitutionality of borrowing money without voter approval.
|.||Holden to unveil budget cuts for education. (01/27/03)|
Gov. Bob Holden is planning to withhold as much as $350 million in state funding for public schools and universities this year unless lawmakers agree to sell the state's share of the tobacco settlement as bonds, according to the governor's office and State Budget Director Linda Luebbering.
|.||.Legislators consider a measure to keep losers on the ballot. (01/27/03)|
|.||Private eyes tell lawmakers their business needs to be regulated. (01/27/03)|
Private investigators from St. Louis and Columbia voiced support for legislation before the Senate Governmental Committee that would license and regulate private investigators.