JEFFERSON CITY, (KMOX) – Wednesday marked the arrival of a new member to the Hall of Famous Missourians, which is located in the rotunda of the state Capitol … but one of the expected busts was missing.
House Speaker Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, inducted the bust of Dred Scott into the Hall, where Scott joined other famous Missourians such as Walt Disney and George Washington Carver.
Missing from the ceremony, however, was the bust of controversial conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. Earlier in the session Tilley announced that he was planning on inducting Limbaugh as well as Scott into the Hall, which spurred national attention and controversy. While opponents to Limbaugh’s induction called the radio personality a misogynist, referring to his derogatory comments about a Georgetown University student who uses birth control, Tilley said the Hall was for famous Missourians, not the most-liked ones.
Despite Tilley’s prior commitment to inducting Limbaugh, the radio personality’s bust was not brought to the induction ceremony, leaving questions as to its whereabouts, especially after the sculptor posted on his website that he was “on the way to Jeff City to deliver Dred and Rush.”
In a chamber next to the Hall where Scott was being inducted, the House approved a measure that would put the rotunda under lawmaker control. Currently, the House speaker is the only legislator who can determine who is honored in the Hall – a privilege that some took issue with when Tilley announced his decision to induct Limbaugh.
Under the amendment, the rotunda and any furniture or equipment in it would be specifically reserved for lawmakers, and outside groups would have to receive permission to use the area. The Senate president pro tem and House speaker would also join the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general as voting members to the state public buildings board, which is in charge of supervising state facilities.
The provision was a part of an amendment attached to a Senate bill on state property that now must head back to the Senate. Legislators have until May 18 to send bills to the governor