Thursday, February 14, 2008

Around the Horn

  • BOND'S BLACKBERRY . . . Senators aren't supposed to use electronic devices on the Senate floor. It's part tradition, part sanctity. But as the Washington Post reports, most thumb their nose at the ban, including our own Sen. Kit Bond, who was seen fiddling through messages while standing in the well of a chamber.
  • METH BILL . . . Senate and House committees have passed out a bill that would close a loophold in Missouri's anti-meth law. Senator Norma Champion's bill would create a database that shows when people are going from pharmacy to pharmacy in search of the drug. You can watch my KY3 News @ 10 story on the legislation HERE.
  • WALKING ON SUNSHINE . . . State Representative and Democratic candidate for Attorney General Jeff Harris has introduced legislation to toughen up Missouri's Sunshine Law. Harris wants to clarify that e-mails pertaining to public business sent by mobile communication devices, such as a Blackberry or cell phone, are also public records, that can be requested by the public or journalists. The bill also makes it easier for citizens to prove a Sunshine Law violation and raises the maximum fine to $5,000 from $1,000.
  • THAT LIGHT IN THE SKY . . . The Pentagon said it will try to shoot down a dying, bus-sized U.S. spy satellite loaded with toxic fuel on a collision course with the Earth. Missouri Rep. Ike Skelton cautioned: "It should be understood by all, at home and abroad, that this is an exceptional circumstance and should not be perceived as the standard U.S. policy for dealing with errant satellites." Darn it.

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