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Latest Missouri Government News as of April 12, 1996


House Sends Lobbyist Gift Restrictions to Senate

The House gave final approval and sent to the Senate a measure which bans lobbyists from giving gifts to government officials.

The measure also would prohibit a lawmaker from working as a lobbyist for one year after leaving office.

Earlier this year, the Senate approved a rule change imposing restrictions on lobbyists gifts to Senators. The rule change, however, does not cover the House.

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Phone Regulation Bill Clears Senate

The Senate gave preliminary approval to a measure that would partially de-regulate local phone rates in Missouri.

The bill is expected to raise local, basic phone rates and lead to a corresponding reduction in rates for long-distance calls within the state.

The measure faces one more Senate vote before going to the House.

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Doyle Williams Executed

Convicted murderer Doyle Williams was executed shortly after midnight on April 11.

Williams was sentenced for life in prison for the murder of a central Missouri physican.

He was given the death penalty for the murder of a potential witness in the first murder case.

Williams had spent 14 years on Missouri's death row. He was executed shortly after a last-minute appeal was denied by the U.S. Supreme Court.

For more information, see our newspaper story.


House Votes for Faster Car Towing

You'd have less time to leave an abandoned car on the side of the road before it could be towed under a measure approved by the House.

Under the measure, sent to the Senate, an abandoned car could be tow - at the owner's expense - after six hours.

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Same-Sex Marriage Ban before House

Republican House members used an unusual parliamentary procedure to strip from committee two bills that would impose restrictions on homosexuals.

One of the bills would ban same-sex marriages. The other would discourage adoption of children by homosexual couples.

The Republican lawmakers filed a petition, signed by more than one-third of the House, to remove the bills from committee.

For more information, see our newspaper story.