St. Louis Public Radio News
12:15 pm
Thu May 15, 2003

Wording Stalls Child Welfare Overhaul Bill

Jefferson City, MO – A wording problem has delayed progress in
the Legislature on a bill revising how Missouri handles child abuse and neglect cases.

The House passed the measure earlier today, sending it to the Senate.

It ran into trouble when a senator questioned language requiring private and religious schools to verify, each year, that they're eligible for a state exemption from child-care licensing.

Lawmakers plan to re-write the section, which would require the House to pass the bill again.

After that, the bill still would need Senate approval before going to the governor.