Jefferson City, MO – Legislation headed to Governor Holden's desk would ban local governments in Missouri from suing gun manufacturers.
The measure was prompted by a lawsuit filed three years ago by St. Louis against gun makers. That suit is pending in federal court. It seeks millions of dollars spent on dealing with gun violence. If Holden signs the measure into law, that lawsuit would end.
It also would place into state law support for the lawful design, marketing, manufacture, distribution or sale of firearms or ammunition.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's state Senate has sent Governor Holden a measure that would limit amount of money companies named in tobacco lawsuits would have to put into a bond when appealing a verdict.
The legislation was prompted by an Illinois case, where Philip Morris was ordered to post a $12 billion appeal bond.
In Missouri, appeal bonds in tobacco litigation would be capped at $50 million.
Chicago, Ill. – Another high-profile Republican has withdrawn his name from consideration to run for the U.S. Senate next year.
Former Attorney General Jim Ryan, who was the GOP's unsuccessful nominee for governor last year, says he discussed a possible run with his wife but decided to continue practicing law and teaching instead.
Illinois Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka has also said she's not interested. So has former Governor Jim Edgar. Current Senator Peter Fitzgerald recently announced he would not seek reelection in 2004.