JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – The top Democrat in Missouri’s House says the standoff within the Republican supermajority is slowing down important legislation.
Mike Talboy watched as Missouri’s legislature fractured. The House’s Republican leaders decided not to have floor debate on Monday, saying there’s nothing to do. Talboy says he’s never seen that before. “It’s disappointing that we get to some sort of standoff where we decide that we’re going to adjourn early. It is what it is at this point.”
Lawmakers were at a standoff this week over redrawing Missouri’s congressional districts (see main story here). But Senate Republicans have also stalled:
- A measure to give tax breaks to businesses who create jobs.
- The same with allowing Ameren Missouri to charge ratepayers to build a second nuclear power plant
- Spending nearly $190 million in federal funds for education
- And accepting a quarter-billion dollars in stimulus money.
Lawmakers have less than a month, until May 13, to pass these measures.