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Term-Limited SeMo Lawmaker Lands High-Paying State Job

SEPTEMBER 10, 2004 - Posted at 7:42 a.m. CDT


JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Another state lawmaker leaving because of term limits has won a high-paying job on a government commission.

Governor Holden appointed Senator Bill Foster of Poplar Bluff yesterday to the Labor & Industrial Relations Commission.

Another departing senator, Ken Jacob of Columbia, was appointed to the same panel last month.  In fact, many of its recent members are former lawmakers.

Holden and Jacob are Democrats.  Foster is a Republican.

The commission hears appeals on workers' compensation cases, unemployment benefits and crime victims' compensation.

Its members earn about $94,000 a year and are eligible for heftier retirement plans than most state workers.

But Foster says he didn't take the job because of the money.  He says he's interested in issues the commission handles.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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