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Gadfly 133
Submitted to the Warrensburg Gazette for April 4, 2002

The Gadfly is a series of letters offering commentary on local issues and published in the Warrensburg Gazette.

With the legislative session over half-way through, it’s time to check in on what our local representatives are doing. Rep. Deleta Williams (D-121) has added a few to the ones I wrote about back in January. Those were bills to establish a multi-cultural program, license young boaters, ban “gender bias” in schools, establish something called “service learning programs,” require drivers to give room to emergency vehicles on the roadside, and ratify the moribund Equal Rights Amendment. She’s added bills to regulate private jails and to allow traffic stops for seat belts without other causes. Let’s look at these.

Rep. Shannon Cooper (R-120), who serves the southern part of Johnson County, has introduced a couple of interesting bills and is a co-sponsor of the private jails bill. They are unlikely to be passed since he’s not in the same party as the leadership.

You can see what your representative has proposed and how he or she has voted on the internet at hte Missouri Digital News. As I said back in January, keep your eye on Jefferson City. You’re bound to find something that upsets you and you may even be pleasantly surprised.

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