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Alcohol-Free Capitol Building?

January 27, 2000
By: Kyle Elfrink
State Capital Bureau

A state representative is hoping to make the state capitol alcohol-free. Kyle Elfrink has the story from Jefferson City.

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Representative Bill Foster of Poplar Bluff, is sponsoring the bill. Foster has made a slight change to a bill that died last year. He says the new proposal won't take effect until 2002 - the same time that 125 new legislators take office ...

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OutCue: "THEIR CONSCIENCE."
Contents: FOSTER SAYS TERM LIMITS WILL FORCE HIS PEERS TO VOTE THEIR CONSCIENCE SINCE MANY WILL BE GONE FROM OFFICE BY 2002.

According to Foster, the arrival of new legislators provides for a smooth transition to a non-alcoholic capitol building. From the state capitol, I'm Kyle Elfrink.

State legislators might not be allowed to consume alcohol in their offices if one of their peers has his way. Kyle Elfrink has that story from Jefferson City.

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Representative Bill Foster of Poplar Bluff is tired of the double-standard ...

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OutCue: "OFFICE DRINKING."
Contents: FOSTER IS DISTURBED BY THE PRACTICE OF TELLING MINORS NOT TO DRINK AND THEN WHEN THEY VISIT THE CAPITOL, THEY SEE THEIR LEGISLATORS DRINKING WHILE IN OFFICE.

If the bill passes, alcohol would no longer be allowed in the state capitol starting in 2002. The only exception to the rule would be by order of the governor for events such as inaugurations. From the state capitol, I'm Kyle Elfrink.