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NewsBook: Missouri Government News for Week of January 8, 2001

 


. Special election race attracts money, attention from parties (01/18/01)
JEFFERSON CITY - Attempting to gain power in the divided state Senate, Democrats and Republicans have targeted the special election race in the hotly contested 18th district -- a strategy reflected in the candidates' bank accounts.

The candidates, Rep. Robert Clayton, D-Hannibal, and Republican John Cauthorn have spent and raised over $600,000 combined so far in the race.

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. Anheuser-Busch says they won't oppose .08(01/16/01)
JEFFERSON CITY - In a Senate Transportation Committee hearing, a lobbyist for the state's top brewery said the company will no longer oppose .08 legislation.

That's because of federal regulations requiring states to make .08 the blood-alcohol level to be considered legally impaired while driving.

If Missouri fails to pass .08 by 2003 they will face losing federal highway construction money.

However, A-B says they don't support the current .08 bill because of an "idiotic" section to change the open-container law.


. Term limits change heading to the Senate floor (01/16/01)
JEFFERSON CITY - On the first day of committee hearings, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill to the floor that would ask voters to extend legislative term limits to 12 years.

The proposal, sponsored by senior Sen. John Schneider, would allow current lawmakers to stay in office an additional four years.

If no change is made to the term limit law, nearly one-half of Missouri's legislators will be forced out in 2002.


. House passes first bipartisan test of year (01/18/01)
JEFFERSON CITY - The fight over the House rules never came to fruition.

The House leaders of both parties compromised on the rules, which resulted in a unanimous vote for the rules.

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. Lawmaker wants to make sure "Mad Elk" stays out of Missouri (01/18/01)
JEFFERSON CITY - The disease is called Chronic Wasting Disease or CWD. It has been found in elk in parts of Colorado and Wyoming.

Hazelwood Rep. Mike Reid wants a 10-year ban on the introduction of wild elk into Missouri.

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. Gas tax increase proposed. (01/11/01)
JEFFERSON CITY - One of the Senate's senior members has proposed a tax-increase package to generate additional funds for Missouri highways.

The proposal, sponsored by Sen. Jim Mathewson, would boost the gas tax by two-cents per gallon and the state general sales tax by a penny per dollar.

The increases would require statewide voter approval with the issue submitted on the Nov. 2002 ballot.

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    . Holden endorses Lambert Airport expansion. (01/9/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Just one day after reports that TWA would be bought up by American Airlines, Missouri's new governor endorsed a controversial plan to expand Lambert Airport.

    The "W-1-W" runway addition has been proposed to ease congestion at airport used as TWA's hub.

    Gov. Bob Holden said he still is seeking information about the merger of the two airlines.


    . Unity is the highlight in the inaugural (01/8/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri's new governor stressed unity and cooperation in his inaugural address Monday.

    The governor did not outline any specific policy proposals, but did talk about the need for cooperation among various groups and geographic regions in the state.

    Throughout the day's activities, children were given center stage. About 400 children were made the inaugural parade's grand marshals. And there even was a seperate facility set up for children during the inaugural ball.

  • Get the radio story on the lone Republican sworn into office Monday.