Lewis and Clark initiative causes uproar
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Lewis and Clark initiative causes uproar

Date: January 31, 2007
By: Fanna Haile-Selassie
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 389

Intro: The University of Missouri Board of Curators flip flop on stem cell.  Fanna Haile-Selassie has more from the Capitol. RunTime:
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The UM System's President Elson Floyd spoke for the system when he said he supports Senator Gary Nodler's bill.

According to the Lewis and Clark division of the bill, any University or college that uses MoHELA money to construct education buildings cannot perform stem cell research in them.

This support comes as a surprise, because last year the Board of Curators refused any restrictions on using MoHELA money for any construction of buildings.

Senator Chuck Graham, asked why the board approved of the bill this time without any public discussion of the stem cell issue.

 

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Description: I don't find it believable that they wouldn't discuss one of the most daunting challenges to Senator Nodler's piece of legislation. 


Truman State University also supports the bill

From the state Capitol, I'm Fanna Haile-Selassie

 


Intro: Judges and state officials will receive a higher salary unless the legislature says no, which will be harder to reject because of Amendment 7. Fanna Haile-Selassie has more from the Capitol.

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The Missouri Salary Comission has just passed a plan to increase wages for judges and state-elected officials by twelve hundred dollars.  On top of that, they will receive an added 4 percent increase of their total salary.

Missouri legislators are threatening to kill the measure with a veto when the session begins.

Jack Pohrer is the chairman of the Commission.  He said he hope the legislature won't veto the plan because the Commission was made for the citizens and is their voice.

 

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Description: The whole purpose of the commission is to act as a citizens' commission.  This is their imput from a good cross-section of the state of Missouri.

With the passage of amendment 7, the legislature needs a two thirds majority to stop the measure.

The plan will go into affect next July, barring a veto.

From the state Capitol, I'm Fanna Haile-Selassie