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NewsBook: Missouri Government News for September 9, 2002

 


. The Senate's controversial door is on its way back to Africa. (09/13/02)
JEFFERSON CITY - Workman removed the security door that had been attacked by Senators and their staffers as being a waste of money.

The door had been located between the Capitol building and the Senate's parking gararge. It was designed to allow only one person to pass thru the door after entering a security number.

But staffers complained the confined space was difficult for heavier persons and that the complicated mechanism created a phsyical danger.

The South African company that manufactured the door agreed to take it back and refund the state for the cost, except for labor.


. Missouri's state auditor charges the state's Higher Education Department with wasting taxpayers money for meals, cell phones and dinner parties. (09/13/02)
JEFFERSON CITY - Newspaper Story - A report from state auditor Claire McCaskill charged the Department of Higher Education with billing the state for employee meals costing as much as $60 each.

McCaskill's audit also charged the department with failing to manage the use of state cell phones, paying for dinner parties with no clear DHE business interest, and inadequately monitoring $83 million in grant and scholarship money.

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    . Governor calls for reduction in business tax exemptions (09/12/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY - In a budget summit Thursday, Gov. Bob Holden said state departments should not ask for budget increases in 2004.

    He called for restructuring of the state's tax system to "close tax loopholes" for Missouri businesses.

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    . Hundreds of physically disabled protest benefit cuts by the state administration. (09/10/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Several hundred Missourians rallied in the Capitol rotunda in protest to benefit cuts in Medicaid planned for Oct. 1.

    The cuts involve the "spend-down" method of caluculating benefits under the Medicaid program that provides financial assistance to the low income for health care.

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    . Chinese controversy comes to Missouri Capitol (09/09/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY - A photo-exhibit in the Capitol's rotunda features Falun Gong, an ancient Chinese form of meditation.

    Falun Gong has come under attack from the Chinese government, and some practicioners have been jailed.

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    . Legislature may address bills Governor signed then vetoed (09/09/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY - When Missouri's legislature convenes its veto session Wednesday, one of the questions will be whether lawmakers will go along with the secretary of state's decision to accept the governor's veto of two bills he first signed.

    Although there has been some debate about the legality of the governor's action on those bills, no lawmaker has announced any intention to override any of the seven bills vetoed by Gov. Bob Holden this spring.

    But any member of the Senate could raise a question about the two signed-then-vetoed bills during Wednesday's veto session.