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PRESS-NEWS JOURNAL, CANTON, MO. (These summary sto- ries about Missouri gover- nement for the recent week are produced by the Mis- souri School of Journal- ism.) • The Missouri Senate passed a plan to expand health care coverage for the lower income is facing a major change from the House Health Insurance Committee. The Senate version of the bill, called "Show Me Health Care," would cover about 35,000 uninsured par- ents who make too much to qualify for Medicaid, said bill sponsor Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles County. But the House commit- tee substitute released Thursday would change the eligibility requirements. Rather than covering unin- sured parents, the propos- al before the committee would change the objective to covering people who are uninsurable due to preex- isting conditions. • Two days after Mis- souri announced a probable case, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed on Friday Missouri's first case of swine flu. Confirmation by the state's Health Department provided more informa- tion about the patient - a woman in her 30s from the western side of the state who recently had traveled to Mexico. According to the depart- ment, the woman got anti- viral medication and never was admitted to a hospital. One day earlier, state health officials reported another probable case of swine flu in the Kansas City area. • The Missouri House rejected a bill Thursday to fund a variety of construc- tion and maintenance proj- ects in the state using $336 million in federal stimulus funds. Those projects in- clude: > $111.7 million for a statewide communications upgrade for law enforce- ment; > $31.2 million for planning, design, renova- tion and construction of a new building for Colum- bia's Ellis Fischel Cancer Center; > $13 million for University of Missouri Hospitals and Clinics; and > $12 million for an expanded transit system in St. Louis and Kansas City, among several other capital improvement projects. Democrats opposing the bill charged it was filled with "pork" projects that unnecessarily spent federal funds. • The Missouri Sen- ate passed a bill to require stores to sell a safer-burn- ing cigarette. • Missouri's House passed and sent the gov- ernor a measure to repeal the requirement for motor- cyclists to wear helmets, but only if the person is 21 years of age or older. The provision was quietly tacked to a less controversial provision and won easy approval in the Senate in March. Measures to repeal the helmet law have been in Missouri's legislature for years and have been strongly pushed by motor- cycle advocates. In 1999. a measure cleared the legislature but was vetoed by then-Gov. Mel Carnahan. • The Missouri House adopted an amendment to allocate $12 million to St. Louis Metro. Amendment sponsor Rep. Rachel Storch, D-St. Louis City, says this money will help re-introduce jobs cut in March. • Colin Goddard, 23, was shot four times but survived the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007. He spoke at a press conference in Jef- ferson City condemning a bill to allow concealed fire- arms on Missouri college campuses. Goddard argues campuses are in fact less safe with more guns on school grounds. At least one bill support- er, Sen. Matt Bartle, R-Jack- son County, said if guns were around during the shootings at Northern Illi- nois and Virginia Tech, the shootings could have been avoided. • A daylong debate in the Senate created little re- solve for a proposed consti- tutional amendment. The amendment would change how the Appellate Judicial Commission se- lects Missouri judges. Sen. Jim Lembke, R- St. Louis County, led the debate. The Senate adopted one amendment to increase the size of the commission by adding two more citizens. • A Senate committee heard a bill to eliminate in- come and franchise taxes. Rep. Ed Emery, R-La- mar, sponsored a bill heard Wednesday by the Senate Ways and Means Commit- tee. The committee room was filled with the bill's supporters, who wore "Fair Tax" buttons and stickers. The bill would elimi- nate income and franchise taxes and increase the sales Happel and Schlipmam Inc., Realtors Quincy, Illinois. 217-224-8383 Is there a Shelter agent working for you ? Call today to learn more about our services. Terry Fretwell, Agent Shelter Insurance ฎ 408 Lewis St., Canton, Mo. 573-288-3734 or 800-883-3747 www. shelterinsurance.com Seek Shelter Today! 00Jeighbornood Ne l00Js THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009 . PAGE 8 tax by less than one per- cent. • A bill to hinder police from harassing motorcycl- ists passed the House and Senate April 29. The bill allows motor- cyclists to wire their bike to modulate, or flicker, either their high or low beams. This is already a fed- eral law, but the sponsor of the bill says she brought it to attention every year to clear up the confusion. She says many motor- cyclists were getting pulled over because police offi- cers were not familiar with the law on high beams and low beams on the bikes. • The House voted un- animously on a bill chang- ing the notification system for men who are wrong- fully accused fathers. Currently, accused fa- thers find out through the mail. This legislation would require an in-person visit notifying individuals they have been named and or- dered to pay child support. The legislation also pro- tects men who can prove 100 percent they are not the father from ever again hav- ing to pay child support. • Democratic St. Louis County Sens. Joan Bray and Rita Days took to the Senate floor to make fun of a Republican-sponsored bill officially recogniz- ing the legislature's winter break as Christmas break. The senators proposed amendments recognizing other holidays, includ- ing Groundhog's Day and Bray's birthday. The bill passed the House but still faces a vote in the Senate. • Missouri Senate de- feated a bill aimed to pro- vide job security to CAP volunteers April 28. The bill would have as- sured volunteers in the Civil Air Patrol, (CAP) their jobs would still be there after re- turning from a mission. • A cap on the mini- mum wage advances April 28. In 2006, Missourians overwhelmingly approved an increase in the state's minimum wage and en- sured it would be tied to increases in the state's cost of living. If a bill already OATS Volunteers Patsy Geery (middle) was honored by OATS Voltm. teers as OATS volunteer of the year. Sheree Webb presented Geery with a pin at a meeting on May 5th in LaGrange. NEW BOOK - The Highland Elementary School Li- brary has a new book on Agriculture. On Arbor Day, April 24, Linda Schmitz, of the Lewis County Farm Bureau and Co-Chair of the local Promotion and Ed- ucation Committee, presented the book, "The Tree Farmer". Ruth Grimwood, one of the HES Librarians accepts the book. The book is included on the "Ac- curate Ag Books" list of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. passed the House becomes law, tipped employees would see their minimum wage capped following a final rate hike in July. Currently, tipped employees in the state must earn half the minimum wage for n0n-tipped em- ployees. If a bill sponsored by Rep. Timothy Jones, R- Eureka, becomes law, the cap on wages for tipped employees would be set indefinitely at $3.63 per hour. 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