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NewsBook: Missouri Government News for Week of November 13, 2000

 


. Holden says Hancock decision will hurt programs (11/16/00)
JEFFERSON CITY - A court ruling Wednesday, says the state needs to pay back taxpayers some $244 million dollars.

Gov.-elect Bob Holden says if the ruling withstands an appeal, it will be more difficult for him to implement his education and health care plans.

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    . Holden allows people to apply for jobs online (11/16/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Governor-elect Bob Holden met with the media for the first time since returning from a conference for newly-elected governors in Utah.

    Holden introduced a website that allows anyone to apply for a job in the Holden administration.

    The Web site is located at www.state.mo.us/gov_elect/

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    . GOP investigating Maxwell appointment (11/15/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Top Republican officials are investigating the legality of Gov. Roger Wilson's appointment of Joe Maxwell to the post of lieutenant governor.

    Missouri GOP director John Hancock says the the appointment is not supported by the Missouri constitution or state statutes.

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    . Missouri taxpayers could get $244 million refund (11/15/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri taxpayers would get almost a quarter of a billion dollars in overdue refunds under a ruling by a Cole County Circuit Court judge Wednesday.

    Judge Thomas Brown ruled that the state owes $244,691,751 in overdue tax refunds due to miscalculations related to the Hancock Amendment of 1980.

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    . GOP dominance in the Senate may short-lived (11/14/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Republicans learned Tuesday their control of the state Senate may only last three weeks.

    Three senators who won higher office on election day resigned Tuesday, and Gov. Roger Wilson called a Jan. 23 special election to replace them.

    The resignations ensure that the GOP will control the first few weeks of the legislature but also mean the control could disappear after the special election.

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    . Three male members of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus to resign (11/14/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Less than a week after female members were elected to all leadership positions, three male members of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus have announced or confirmed that they will resign. The resigning members complain that former chairman Rep. Carson Ross was denied the chairmanship because he is a Republican.

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    . Resignation of three state senators imminent (11/13/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - A source close to Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson says the resignations of state senators Joe Maxwell, Sam Graves and William Clay have all been presented to the governor, and that now only a technicalities are holding up Wilson's acceptance.

    The resignations set the stage for a special election that will most likely be held on January 23, perhaps changing shifting the balance of power in Missouri's senate to Republicans for the first time in over 50 years.

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    . Mo. rules leave slim possibility of recounts, cut down on ballot confusion (11/14/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - If Al Gore and George W. Bush had a race in Missouri like the one in Florida, the nation could be waiting even longer for a winner.

    Unlike in Florida, there a few more steps that need to be taken before a recount can be demanded in the Show-Me state.

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