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    Missouri Lawmakers Jockey
    To Spend Tobacco Funds

    State Capital Strategies
    Friday, Dec. 4, 1998

    At the Missouri statehouse, politicians are already considering ways to spend the millions of dollars flowing into state coffers from the recent 46-state settlement with the tobacco industry. Senate Republican Majority Leader Steve Ehlmann contends that the Hancock Amendment, a constitutional cap on taxes and spending, requires either refunds to taxpayers or some form of tax cuts. Democrats say the amendment does not cover money from a national lawsuit, such as the tobacco settlement. Sources say a referendum is expected to exempt tobacco settlement funds from the measure if they aren't already.

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    Connecticut: GOP Fracas Could Make for Interesting Session


    Infighting among state Senate Republicans is threatening Gov. John G. Rowland's proposed spending cuts when the legislature reconvenes next month. The ballyhoo began when longtime Senate GOP leader M. Adela Eads survived an overthrow attempt this summer by her chief deputy, James T. Fleming. Eads has exacted retribution on Fleming supporters ever since, and most recently her wrath has fallen on Sens. Robert L. Genuario, William H. Nickerson and Win Smith Jr. All three were stripped of their assistant leadership posts in a reorganization of the 17-member caucus. Genuario, ranking Republican on the budget-writing Appropriations Committee, and Nickerson, ranking member on the tax-writing Finance Committee, almost lost those positions as well. In fact, capital sources say only Rowland's intervention saved them. Rowland also helped save Smith's position as the ranking member on the Banking and Insurance Committee.

    Rowland has had close relationships with Nickerson and Genuario for a long time, and was incensed that Eads and her two new deputies, Sens. William A. Aniskovich and Louis C. DeLuca, thought about dumping them. Cuts in taxes and spending are Rowland's major priorities for next session, and he will need support from Nickerson and Genuario to succeed.

    Tennessee: House Leadership Largely Unchanged for 1999


    House Democrats named the new leadership for next session, and made only minor changes. House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh and his leadership team will remain in place. The caucus nominated John Morgan for the state comptroller's post; current Comptroller William Snodgrass is retiring after 44 years in office.

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