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Senate Approves Youth Medicaid Bill

After extended debate, the Missouri Senate gave first-round approval to legislation that would extend Medicaid coverage to some 90,000 Missourians under age 18. Five Republicans joined with 18 Democrats in the 23-10 vote. The debate over health insurance for young ...

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Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Debated

A proposal that would ban partial-birth abortions was considered by the House Criminal Law Committee on Feb. 25. The procedure involves partially extracting a fetus legs first, puncturing his or her skull, then draining his or her brain so the ...

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Transportation Bill Touts Accountability

A bill proposing a series of reforms for the Missouri Department of Transportation will soon come up for a final Senate vote. The goal of the legislation: oversight to avoid future financial problems and to show accountability, after a 1992 ...

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Decrease In Some Property Taxes Proposed

Tax-cut proponents were encouraged by first-round approval of a Senate bill that would make more elderly and low income Missourians eligible for property tax relief. The Senate approved by voice vote on Feb. 24 a bill sponsored by Sen. Sidney ...

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'Anti-Meth' Bill Gains Initial Approval

Methamphetamine peddlers would be targeted by state bounties under a broad anti-meth package that gained first-round House approval on Feb. 19. But the sponsor of the anti-meth bill opposed the amendment allowing “bounties” of up to $250, saying the step ...

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Post-Deseg Plan Gets Committee OK

Legislation outlining Missouri’s plans once federal court-ordered school desegregation ends was endorsed by a Senate committee, which sent it to the full chamber for expected heated debate. The “do-pass” recommendation on Feb. 18 amounted to a second chance for the ...

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