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A reduction in the sales tax on food was approved unanimously by the House Ways and Means Committee.
The measure would reduce the state sales tax on food to 3/4ths of one penny per dollar. The measure would cover only groceries. Restuarant meals and other food consumed on site would remain subjected to the full state sales tax of four-cents per dollar.
The committee chairman said reducing taxes on food would assure a greater benefit to the lower income compared to the governor's proposal for a smaller reduction of the tax on all items.
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Opponents to the governor's plan to restrict speeds on urban and two-lane state roads successfully stalled Senate action on the measure for the entire week.
Dominating the Senate's attention on the bill for most of the week was an amendment to allow speeds in urban areas to rise to 65 mph. on multi-lane freeways.
Supporters argue drivers aren't obeying the 55 mph limit now. But opponents to the amendment say it will cause more highway deaths.
The Senate sponsor of the bill threatened to kill his own bill if the 65 mph amendment were tacked on the bill. For more details, see:
The Senate passed a resolution in opposition to a multi-state agreement suggesting the state would restrict it's flood relief efforts in the future.
The memorandum was signed by the head of State Emergency Management Agency.
The document warns that unrestricted flood-prevention efforts can making flooding worse for downstream states.
But opponents complained the memorandum suggested the administration would not be as agressive in sandbagging efforts to protect property.
For more details, see Senate protests state plan to restrict flood protection work.
The Education Department's Show-Me standards program survived a key vote in the Senate Education Committee.
The committee narrowly rejected a bill that would have required the state curriculum standards focus on "basic knowledge" and "quantitative assessments."
Supporters indicated they'll make another attempt at passage in the committee.
One day after the committee's rejection, more than 100 protestors converged on the Capitol to protest the standards which they charge will lead to outcome-based education.
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By an overwhelming margin, the House approved creating a separte department for elderly programs.
The measure, strongly backed by elderly-advocacy groups, would create a Department of Aging.
Supporters say it would put an advocate for the elderly on the governor's cabinet. Opponents say it just expands the bureaucracy of government.
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