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NewsBook: Missouri Government News for the Week of February 21, 2005

 


. Governor plans to delay $100 million from universities (02/24/05)

JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Blunt's office announced a plan that would delay two-thirds of expected funding from five universities and the UM system. The $100 million will be paid in June.

Democrats say Blunt is breaking his promise to not cut higher education funding. Blunt's office says the university presidents agreed to the plan.

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    . House committee passes changes to worker's compensation bill (02/24/05)

    JEFFERSON CITY - Reversing a series of compromises between Senate Republicans and Democrats, a House committee passed a version of a bill to tighten eligibility for worker's compensation eligibility out of committee Thursday afternoon.

    The bill would limit the injuries for which worker's can be compensated and could limit the term of judges who hear worker's compensation cases.

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    . House Republicans gut Senate compromises on Workers' Comp (02/23/05)

    JEFFERSON CITY - House Republicans erased a number of concessions won by Senate Democrats and added several measures desired by business interests in a substitute for the workers' compensation legislation that cleared the Senate two week ago at a committee hearing Wednesday.

    Chairman Steve Hunter, R-Joplin, said he expected to vote the bill through to the full House tomorrow.

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    . Prohibiting insurance companies from requiring personal tax information (02/23/05)

    JEFFERSON CITY - The proposed bill's goal is to keep personal tax information personal.

    A Mid-Missouri business owner said he supports the bill because his company's insurance provider of 25 years demanded his personal tax information.

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    . St. Louis police officers ask the state for a raise (02/23/05)

    JEFFERSON CITY - In most cities, the board of alderman or city council decides the salaries of local law enforcement.

    But St. Louis police officers' raises are decided by state legislators.

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    . Senate debates bill requiring tax increases for sexually-oriented businesses (02/23/05)

    JEFFERSON CITY - The Senate debated Sen. Matt Bartles bill today.

    The bill would impose a 20 percent tax and a five dollar admission fee for each patron on sexually-oriented stores.

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    . Gov. Blunt appoints new employer representative to the Labor Committee (02/23/05)

    JEFFERSON CITY - Alice Bartlett, former head of human resources for the Wire Rope Corporation, awaits confirmation from the Senate

    She replaces the former occupant of this position, Bill Foster.

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    . House committee hearing considers senate proposed revisions to workers' compensation bill. (02/23/05)

    JEFFERSON CITY - The act modifies the definition of "accident" to include only events that are "an unexpected traumatic event or unusual strain identifiable by time and place of occurrence producing at the time objective systems of an injury, caused by a specific event during a single work shift."

    The act also modiefies the definition of "injury" by limiting the definition to only allow compensation if the accident was the prevailing factor in causing the condition.

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    . House Republican has goal for last term (02/23/05)

    JEFFERSON CITY - Republican Representative Mark Wright of Springfield is withdrawing his current tenure law bill, and plans to re-write it and submit it to the house clerk next week.

    Wright says the bill achieved its goal of inciting debate of the issue, and also maintains that his priority is revising the current tenure laws so that Universities can take appropreate action quicker and easier.

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    . Sen. Bond announces his "Education Begins at Home Act" (02/22/05)

    JEFFERSON CITY - Sen. Kit Bond announced his proposal of the "Education Begins at Home Act" today in a speech at the Missouri Capitol.

    The bill will provide $400 million over three years to states to expand access to parent education and family services.

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    . Bond calls for funding of early childhood program (02/22/05)

    JEFFERSON CITY - Senator Kit Bond has proposed a bill earmarking five hundred million dollars of federal tax money to fund a Missouri-born early childhood program, Parents as Teachers.

    In the program, parent educators visit families to encourage healthy child development.

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    . Senate bill would make all immigrants eligible for in-state college tuition (02/22/05)

    JEFFERSON CITY - Sen. Maida Coleman says she wants to make it easier for immigrant students to get a colllege education. She is sponsoring a bill that would waive in-state tuition for anyone who attended a Missouri high school for at least two years.

    Sen. Coleman presented the bill to the Missouri Senate Education Committee Tuesday. Some senators oppose the bill because they say all immigrants, even illegal ones, would be eligible for in-state tuition.

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    . House committee hears Southwest Missouri State University name-change bill (02/22/05)

    JEFFERSON CITY - An afternoon House Higher Education Committee became tense after two witnesses testfying against the proposed name change drew the ire of committee members.

    One of the witnesses, former UM system Board of Curators member James Sterling accussed Gov. Matt Blunt of "promising to punish" Republican senators who did support the change. The remark prompted a strong rebuke from Republican committee members.

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    . Pre-school teachers no longer considered teachers under state law. (02/22/05)

    JEFFERSON CITY - This bill changes the definition of "teacher" in the teacher tenure act to exclude pre-school teachers.

    The bill would affect St. Charles, St. Louis, and Jackson counties.

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    . Democrat says Medicaid process is being rushed (02/21/05)

    JEFFERSON CITY - After a House budget meeting on Gov. Blunt's Medicaid cuts, Rep. Margaret Donnelly of St. Louis said she felt the process was being rushed.

    Donnelly said she thinks hasty decisions may lead to costly mistakes.

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