A southwestern Missouri man who led a petition effort limiting state revenues and local taxes has been inducted into the Capitol's Hall of Famous Missourians.
Mel Hancock was a businessman when he developed a Missouri constitutional amendment passed by voters in 1980. Now known as the "Hancock Amendment," it establishes a state revenue limit, bars state government from imposing unfunded mandates on local governments and requires voter approval for local tax increases.
Hancock later served four terms in Congress and built a reputation as a fiscal and social conservative.
A physician regarded as the father of osteopathic medicine has been inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians during a ceremony at the state Capitol.
Andrew Taylor Still founded the American School of Osteopathy, now called A.T. Still University, in Kirksville in 1892. His form of medicine focused on the body, mind and spirit. There now are more than 82,000 osteopathic physicians.
Family members, medical students and physicians were among those watching Wednesday's induction ceremony in the state House chamber.
Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians today, in a ceremony that was kept under wraps until less than an hour before it happened.
Word of the ceremony leaked out after various media members spotted Limbaugh inside the Missouri Capitol. The ceremony was by invitation only, and the audience consisted of Republican lawmakers and family and friends. Limbaugh told the audience that other members of his family were more deserving of the honor, but he also thanked House Speaker Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) for not rescinding it.
House Democrats are proposing formal criteria and a requirement for bipartisan approval before people are inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians — a reaction to criticism of the selection of Rush Limbaugh for the honor.