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Senate to hear auto emissions bill as early as next week

April 18, 2006
By: Hillari Duthoo
State Capital Bureau

Members of Missouri's Senate voted on a bill that would decentralize auto emissions inspections programs.

Hillari Duthoo (DOO-thoh) has the story from the state capitol.

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The Senate transportation committee heard testimony in favor of a bill that would decentralize the state auto emissions inspection program.

This piece of legislation from the House allows for vehicles produced before 1996 to be exempt from onboard diagnostics testing.

St. Louis County Senator Joan Bray says a move like this is not in the best insterests of her constituents.

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"Again, my concern is my constituents health, and I just want to keep making that point, we're talking about health. And I would like to be assured that the air will stay as clean. And I have not been assured. It's the old, "trust me, we're the government."

In a 7-1 decision, Senate members voted the bill out to full Senate.

From the state capitol, I'm Hillari Duthoo.

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An auto emissions bill in the Missouri General Assembly is a little closer to becoming law.

Hillari Duthoo (DOO-thoh) has more from the state capitol.

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Members of the Missouri Senate voted to send an auto emissions bill to the Senate floor for further debate.

According to the house legislation, automobiles made before 1996 would no longer require emission inspection in St. Louis.

Representative Jim Lembke and Senator Joan Bray, both of the St. Louis area, discussed the results of a restructuring of the inspection program.

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"I mean when you look at the automobile--"..."So you are actually of the opinion that you could take this program away and the air would stay as clean as it is today?"..."I think I'd stay pretty close to what it is today."

Senate Transportation Committee Chair Bill Stouffer says the Senate will debate the bill next week at the earliest.

From the Capitol, I'm Hillari Duthoo.