Jefferson City, Mo – The Missouri House gave preliminary approval Thursday to legislation that would require drug testing for certain welfare recipients, and public officials.
Adult applicants for cash assistance payments would be tested if the Department of Social Services has reasonable suspicion that they are using drugs. A positive test, or refusing to take one, would make someone ineligible for cash benefits for a year.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A bill that would give the Missouri General Assembly control over almost every state tax credit is being considered by the State Senate.
The bill's supporters, including State Senator Chuck Purgason (R, Caulfield), say giving lawmakers control over the size of each tax break would ensure that they can set aside enough money to fund education, health care and other critical needs.
Springfield, IL – The Illinois Supreme Court says limiting damage amounts in medical malpractice cases violates the state's Constitution.
In an opinion filed Thursday, the court says such caps violate the principle of separation of powers. The court says the limits the Illinois General Assembly adopted in 2005 infringe on the power of the judicial branch, specifically juries.
Chicago – Illinois comptroller Dan Hynes has conceded his party's primary for governor.
It comes more than 36 hours after the polls closed in a tightly-fought contest with Gov. Pat Quinn. At the time, Hynes and Quinn were within 4,000 votes of each other, well inside the margin needed to request a recount.
But as more precincts came in, the gap widened, and Hynes concluded he could not make up enough votes in a recount. Final unofficial totals show the two Democrats about 8,100 votes apart.
Jefferson City – The state Senate has given initial approval to a measure that would require insurance providers to cover treatment for autistic children.
The Senate version would provide $55,000 a year for treatment called applied behavioral analysis, an intensive, and expensive, program that has successfully helped children with autism improve social skills. The coverage would last until the child turns 21.