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Attorney General's Boonville Bridge Suit Criticized

September 20, 2005
By: David Schneider
State Capital Bureau

A top state Republican says the Missouri Attorney General should not sue the state Department of Natural Resources. David Schneider has more in Jefferson City.

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A judge ruled the state Attorney General now has permission to sue the Department of Natural Resources for wanting to give away rights to a Booneville bridge on the Katy trail. State Senate Judiciary Committee vice chairman Robert Mayer says since the state does not own the bridge, the Attorney General should not sue.

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Contents: "I just think it's a pity, you know, that we got the A-G suing the D-N-R over a bridge that really is not fit to be used at this time and cost millions of dollars to ever get it into condition."

The Missouri Attorney General's office says it's suing because a state official does not have the right to give up a state resource without the approval of the General Assembly and without compensation. From the state capital, I'm David Schneider.

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Now that the state's Attorney General has permission to sue the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, a top republican in the state voices opposition. David Schneider has more in Jefferson City.


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The Department of Natural Resources wants to give away state rights to a Boonville bridge on the Katy trail... but the state Attorney General is suing. The attorney general's office says no state official can give away a state asset without approval from the General Assembly and without compensation. Senate Judiciary Committee vice chairman Robert Mayer, a Republican from Dexter, is against the suit.

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Contents: "We think this case is a waste of taxpayers money, uh, we have to question whether or not this is politically motivated."

Senator Mayer says he opposes the suit because the state does not own the bridge. From the state capital, I'm David Schneider.

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A republican state leader calls the Missouri Attorney General's suit against the Department of Natural Resources "a waste of money." David Schneider has more in Jefferson City.


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The state Attorney General's office now has permission to sue the Missouri Department of Natural Resources over giving away rights to the Katy Bridge in Boonville. The vice chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Robert Mayer, a Republican from Dexter, says the case should be thrown out, but Attorney General spokesman Jim Garner says the Department of Natural Resources must be stopped.

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Contents: "A state government official can't, uh, give away a state asset without approval of the Missouri general assembly and without compensation."

Senate Judiciary Committee leaders says it's too soon to know if they will pursue legislation limiting the Attorney General's power to sue other state offices. From the state capital.