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House Speaker Wants Mandatory Vision Tests for Kids

December 1, 2005
By: Jade Mingus
State Capital Bureau

Today was the first day state politicians could file bills for the upcoming legislative session.

The leader of the Missouri House says he will sponsor a bill that could make a child's vision clearer.

Jade Mingus has more from the state capitol.

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State politicians can now file their bills for the upcoming legislative session that begins in January.

The Speaker of the House, Republican Rod Jetton says he will again sponsor a bill that requires all children in kindergarten, first grade, and Head Start programs to receive a vision examination.

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"Primarily, the one I know I'm going to work with is the children's vision, trying to make sure all of our kids have a head start of getting good eye sight."

Jetton says he won't file his bill until the beginning of session when he can get others to co-sign it.

Jetton says he will also sponsor a bill that would help the elderly combat high heating costs.

From the state capitol, I'm Jade Mingus.

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Missouri House leadership will back a bill next session that will help children in public schools see better.

Jade Mingus has more from the state capitol.

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State politicians can now file bills for the upcoming legislative session.

Republican House speaker, Rod Jetton says he'll back a bill that will make it a requirement for all children in kindergarten, first grade, and Head Start programs to have a vision examination.

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"I have a couple I'm looking at particularly my children's vision bill is one I feel very strongly about. My son had a lazy eye a few years ago and we tried to do that last year. I'm going to try to run with that one if I can this year."

Jetton says he will also sponsor a bill that would help out the elderly with high heating costs.

From the state capitol, I'm Jade Mingus.