If you had to pick one factor to explain the difficulties encountered during the 2012 session of Missouri’s legislature, it would have to be term limits.
With the past week’s budget filibuster in Missouri’s Senate, I thought some of the war stories of past years would be of interest.
Jim Mulvaney was a state representative from St. Louis County who rose from a milkman to become one of the leading consumer protection advocates in Missouri.
In the past few weeks, wedge issues have consumed a significant portion of the Missouri General Assembly’s time. It should not be a surprise. It is, after all, an election year.
It was a few decades ago that a Republican governor, Kit Bond championed ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
There’s an old Washington adage going back at least 100 years that “the President proposes, Congress disposes.”
An Albany reader of my earlier column about relations between the governor and legislature suggested that Gov. Jay Nixon’s reluctance to work with lawmakers might reflect a lesson from former Gov. Bob Holden’s experience.
During the past few weeks, there have been increasing complaints from state legislators about the governor’s relationship with the Missouri General Assembly.
Not much happened this past week in Missouri’s Senate. There’s a one-word explanation why: filibuster.
A major division in Missouri government that has created a near gridlock on a key issue for the state might be having its last hurrah.