Despite the national trend toward transparency and openness in government, here in Missouri there has been a recent trend in the opposite direction.
This was quite a different special session than any I’ve seen in my more than four decades at the statehouse.
While the news from Congress in Washington has been dominated by what seems to be near-partisan gridlock, here in Missouri’s statehouse there’s been a bit of a return to bipartisanship.
One of the more poignant moments of this fall’s legislative special session came when a senator, Jason Crowell, hurled a curse word at the Senate’s president pro tem, Rob Mayer — h**l.
ur Missouri General Assembly has discovered both the advantages and liabilities of what is called an an “omnibus” bill.
The difficulty that Gov. Jay Nixon has encountered to get legislative approval of his China hub and tax-credit reduction proposal stands out when you look at the history of special sessions.
For all the attention generated from the opening day of the legislature’s special session, it’s likely your House member skipped the first couple of days.
It’s the legislature’s approach to budgeting as much as the governor’s actions that are at the center of the lawsuit that the state auditor has filed against Gov. Jay Nixon’s budget withholdings for natural disaster relief.
Welcome to Capital Perspectives. This will be a weekly column exploring the historical background for some of the major public policy issues facing Missouri.
The police force guarding the Illinois Capitol has been cut nearly in half.