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Missouri Government News for Week of Feb. 16, 1998

The governor continues his attacks on the desegregation bill before the Senate.

Gov. Mel Carnahan is continued to criticize a bill passed by the Senate Education Committee designed to reach a settlement in the St. Louis school-desegregation case.

Carnahan says the version of the bill now before the full Senate is too expensive.

See our radio story and our newspaper story for details.

Meth legislation clears the House, with a tipster reward provision.

One day after clearing the Senate, the House gave first round approval to its version of legislation to crack down on methamphetamine production.

One major difference in the House version is a provision to reward those who give police tips on meth dealers.

See our radio story for details.

The Senate approves giving lawmakers a stronger voice over the Transportation Dept.

The Senate gave preliminary approval to legislation that would give the legislature more power and a stronger voice over the Transportation Department.

The measure was sparked by the department's failure to keep on schedule a highway construction plan that had been used to justify a gas tax passed by lawmakers several years ago.

A citizens commission recommended last fall a general sales tax increase to accelerate the construction project -- an idea quickly rejected by legislative leaders.

See our radio story for details.

Methamphetamine legislation clears the Senate.

The Senate gave final approval to its version of legislation to crackdown on methamphetamine - a chemical that has been targeted by the state administration.

Similar legislation is expected to be debated in the House Thursday.

See our radio story, as well as the roll-call vote.

A federal court throws out Missouri's term-limits loyalty oath for Congressional candidates.

A federal judge has struck down the voter-approved term-limits loyalty oath law that requires the election ballot indicate whether each candidate for Congress has agreed to sign a pledge supporting term limits.

The requirement was approved by Missouri voters in 1996.

The state Attorney General said he would appeal the decision.

The court decision does not affect the state legislative term limits that actually imposes a limit on the number of years a person can serve in the state legislature.

School desegregation legislation clears the Senate Education Committee.

One week after defeating the bill, the Senate Education Committee reversed itself Wednesday and voted for a somewhat revised bill.

The measure seeks to facilitate a settlement in the court desegregation cases by promising that the state would continue providing St. Louis and Kansas City schools some - but not all - of the court-ordered funding.

A key vote on the committee, St. Louis County Senator Wayne Goode, was won over when the bill was amendment to provide additional funds for some schools in his district.

See our newspaper story for details.

Jackson County's prosecutor announces for State Auditor.

The Jackson County prosecutor formally announced she's a candidate for the Democratic nomination for State Auditor.

Although she is not a CPA, Claire McCaskill said she thought she would be endorsed by the man who made a campaign issue that the auditor should be a CPA 25 years ago -- the late George Lehr.

McCaskill enters a race in which two other candidates are CPAs - St. Louis alderman Steve Conway who's seeking the Democratic nomination and Deputy Auditor Charles Pierce who is seeking the GOP nomination.

See our newspaper story for details.

The House votes to provide funds for daycare services at public schools, but a similar idea stalls in the Senate.

The House Tuesday gave preliminary approval to legislation that would earmark some riverboat gambling taxes to the governor's proposal for public schools to provide daycare services.

On the same day, action the program stalled in the Senate Education Committee where one member questioned whether public schools were the best place to provide daycare services.

We have a package of pages you can review for more details:

St. Louis desegregation bill before the Senate Education Committee is called too expensive by the governor.

A measure designed to reach a settlement in the St. Louis school desegregation case is being criticized by the governor.

The governor said in an interview Tuesday that the bill, sponsored by the committee chairman, was too expensive.

The bill was defeated by the committee last week, but the chairman said he plans to bring the issue before the committee again.

See our radio story with digital audio for details.

The legislature's joint committee on gambling recommends repealing the $500 daily loss limit.

The Joint Committee on Gaming issued it's formal report Monday that includes a recommendation that the riverboat casino daily loss limit be repealed.

The provision limits to $500 the amount a gambling boat can allow a person to lose in any one day.

In addition, the committee recommended that the state Gaming Coommission allow 24-hour gambling on the boats.

See our package of radio stories for details.