If you listen to the statehouse pundits, lobbyists and even some legislators you would not hold out much hope for the 2012 legislative session.
As Missourians prepare for the holiday season, major decisions are being made in Missouri’s statehouse about the state’s multi-billion dollar budget.
It’s been around since the early 1990s, and it has worked remarkably well in bringing a more rational process to put together the state’s budget each year.
44-year-old Marvin Rice, a former Dent County sheriff’s deputy, led officers on a hundred-mile-an hour car chase, ending at the Capitol Plaza Hotel.
It would be difficult to exaggerate the legacy to Missouri of Mel Hancock, who died this month at the age of 82. In many ways, the Springfield businessman and congressman was Missouri’s first tea party member.
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.