Thursday, April 20, 2006

Rural Republicans may kill voucher proposal

HB1783, which would open the door to educational vouchers in this state is teetering on the brink of defeat, according to Jo Mannies' column in today's St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The cause, according to Ms. Mannies, is a split among the GOP's urban and rural divisions, with the rural legislators opposing the proposal. That split apparently does not apply to this area, where thus far, only Rep. Kevin Wilson, R-Neosho, has come out against the bill.
As mentioned in the March 31 Turner Report, the bill is sponsored by Rep. Carl Bearden, R-St. Charles, and is co-sponsored by a host of his colleagues, including Marilyn Ruestman, R-Joplin, Ron Richard, R-Joplin, Bryan Stevenson, R-Webb City, and Steve Hunter, R-Joplin.

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