NewsBook: Missouri Government News for the Week of April 10, 2006
|.||The Kansas City Star reports another federal investigation into Missouri state government. (04/17/06)|
JEFFERSON CITY - The Star reported Saturday in a front-page story that there is a federal investigation into the state administration's awarding of fee offices to handle various services of the state Revenue Department.
Fee office contracts are awarded to private companies to provide services such as driving license and license plate applications. Operators of fee offices are allowed to charge an extra fee for the services.
The Star's story did not name a source. On Thursday, the Star reported a federal investigation had been launched into lobbying activities in Missouri state government.
|.||Senate prepares to decide on legislation that would offer medical assistance to some disabled workers (04/14/06)|
JEFFERSON CITY - As soon as next week, the Missouri Senate will decide on a bill that would restore medical assistance to certain disabled workers.
This legislation, already passed in the House would renew some of the Medicaid cuts of the 2005 legislative session.
|.||Eminent domain bill passes House. (04/13/06)|
JEFFERSON CITY - A bill changing the eminent domain regulations passed 154-4 on Thursday.
But some legislators argued that the changes go far enough.
The House voted down two amendments that would have further restricted the power to condemn private property for economic development by other private interests.
|.||FBI investigation into state Capitol lobbying (04/13/06)|
JEFFERSON CITY - The Kansas City Star reported Thursday on an alleged FBI investigation into lobbying practices in Missouri's capitol.
When questioned, several members of the legislative and executive branches either had not heard of or did not wish to comment.
|.||The Attorney General announces a moble-home seller settlement (04/13/06)|
JEFFERSON CITY - Attorney General Jay Nixon announced a settlement agreement from mid-Missouri based Amega on behalf of home owners who say they were ripped off.
Nixon says he expects almost one hundred percent restitution for those claiming loss.
|.||Missouri House votes against attempt to severly limit eminent domain (04/12/06)|
JEFFERSON CITY - The House debate over eminent domain in Missouri went late into the night.
An overwhelming majority voted to essentially continue developers' leverage to use eminent domain for economic development.
By overwhelming margins, the House rejected two amendments to curtail use of eminent domain to take private property for economic development.
|.||A new MoDOT building will store Missouri artifacts. (04/12/06)|
JEFFERSON CITY - MoDOT is building a storehouse to house the artifacts it finds while building new roads.
The building will house almost 2000 boxes of artifacts.
|.||House passes bill to cap tuition increase for higher education (04/11/06)|
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri House has passed a cap on tuition for missouri higher education.
The bill would prevent the system from increasing tuition above the consumer price index.
|.||President Bush visits Mid Missouri to push new drug plan (04/11/06)|
JEFFERSON CITY - President Bush visted Jefferson City Tuesday to watch seniors sign up for the new Medicare Part D plan, as well as discuss it's details and benefits.
Bush says he wants to keep a committment to seniors that began during the Johnson Administration.
As Bush spoke to a crowded audience, others questioned whether the president is becoming a liability to the Republican Party.
|.||The Missouri Senate gives initial approvement to Medicaid Fraud bill (04/11/06)|
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Senate advanced a Medicaid fraud bill on Tuesday, the same day that Governor Matt Blunt appealed to the body for swift action on the same legislation.
The bill, SB 1210, would give intentives to whistleblowers that implicate those guility of Medicaid fraud and also increase penalties on offenders.
|.||One House bill woud double fines incurred in designated work zones (04/10/06)|
JEFFERSON CITY - Rep. St. Onge's bill would double the fines of drivers convicted of a moving violation in a work zone.
Sandra, Hentges, public information officer for MoDOT says the bill will help increase driver's awareness.
|.||Worm farming in line for state loan money. (04/10/06)|
JEFFERSON CITY - Proposed legislation would allow the Missouri Department of Agriculture to give loan money for Vermiculture operations in the state.
Vermiculture, better known as worm farming, uses worms in a process which creates organic fertilizers.
|.||New committee will look into illegal immigration in Missouri. (04/10/06)|
JEFFERSON CITY - House Speaker Rod Jetton says immigration reform is critical for Missouri.
Southwest Missouri Representative Ed Emery will chair the committee.