Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House Wednesday voted in favor of requiring young people to take a boating safety course before driving on a lake.
The legislation keeps the minimum boat driving age at 14, but adds the requirement that those age 14 to 21 must take a course approved by the state Water Patrol before they could get their boater's license. The legislation only applies to driving a boat on a lake; rivers wouldn't be affected.
Washington, DC – One day after President Bush declared a federal disaster in Missouri, lawmakers are asking him for another one.
This one would cover flooding and damage from subsequent storms, like the tornadoes that touched down in eastern Missouri Tuesday night.
One twister hit De Soto, south of St. Louis. Another struck Jackson, in southeast Missouri, wiping out police and fire buildings. Republican Senators Kit Bond and Jim Talent say that loss of public services makes disaster aid even more important.