Missouri Government News for Week of Jan. 17, 2000
|.||Carnahan Opposes Transportation of Nuclear Waste in Missouri (01/20/00)|
|.||Tobacco Settlement Money Trust Funds (01/20/00)|
On Tuesday a Senate Committee sent a constitutional ammendment placing the tobacco money in a trust fund to the floor.
A special House committee has now shipped out a similiar bill to the House chamber without stipulations as to how the trust fund will be spent.
|.||Resorts Looking for Extended Alcohol-Sale Hours (01/20/00)|
Representative Thomas Hoppe of Kansas City is sponsoring the bill, which flies in the face of current .08 blood-alcohol content legislation.
|.||Feds to Consider Moving Nuclear Waste Through Missouri (01/20/00)|
The propoposal has triggered opposition from the governor.
|.||Gubernatorial Hopefuls Have Different Responses to State of the State (01/19/00)|
The top-GOP candidate, Jim Talent, gave his own State of the State speech one hour after Governor Carnahan's speech. Talent criticized Carnahan quite severly.
Holden said that the day belonged to Carnahan and that Talent should have left that type of political move in Washington.
|.||Top state officials disagree over punishment for .15 blood alcohol levels (01/19/00)|
Top drunk driving opponent Sen. Morris Westfall says there are better alternatives to putting a first time offender in prison for a year or more.
Meanwhile, Sen. Wayne Goode, D-St. Louis County, has introduced a bill that would focus more on rehabilitation than penalties when it comes to drivers with higher blood alcohol levels.
|.||Talent gives "Republican State of the State Speech" (01/19/00)|
Talent said there is lots of work to get done in Missouri government on issues like highway repair and problems in urban schools.
|.||Gov. Carnahan gives his last State of the State address (01/19/00)|
On highways, the governor said no consensus had developed to assure passage of anything meaningful.
On urban education, the governor urged lawmakers to give the new school desegregation law another two years to be implemented in the urban areas.
|.||Carnahan will reflect in State of the State Address (01/18/00)|
Carnahan will also address the issues that face the legislature this year.
|.||House Committee Debating Definition of "Spam Mail" (01/18/00)|
Much of the debated centered upon where the line is drawn between unsolicited e-mail and family correspondance.
|.||Democrats reject Republican proposal on Tobacco Settlement Money (01/18/00)|
Republican Senator Franc Flotron says he would rather the money went straight to the taxpayers.
|.||Missouri moves a step closer to a pot of tobacco money. (01/18/00)|
As long as the lawsuit remains alive, the state cannot collect any funds under the national tobacco settlement.
At least one party in the case said they would appeal the court decision.
|.||Flu Season Just Getting Started (1/13/00)|
According to the Missouri Department of Health late-January and early-February mark the height of the flu season.
|.||House Democrats Don't Agree with Republican Plan to do Away with Current Transportation Commission (01/18/00)|
The GOP lawmakers say the current commission is too unaccountable and needs to be abolished.
The Democrats say that the problem is being fixed already.
|.||Two-person race emerges for House Speaker among Democrats (01/17/00)|
Rep. Sam Leake said personal considerations led him to drop the idea. His departure leaves just two Democrats who have announced for the office that will be filled after the November general elections.