The authority of the Missouri auditor to write financial estimates for ballot initiatives is under scrutiny by the state Supreme Court.
Passing the state budget is the only thing the Missouri Constitution requires the General Assembly to accomplish during the session.
House Republican Don Ruzicka wants to make it harder for voters to change the state’s hunting, fishing and forestry laws.
The Republican-led Legislature last year passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would clear the way for separate legislation requiring a photo ID.
The proposal would add a “right to raise livestock” to the Missouri Constitution.
The Supreme Court could rule on the new maps as early as next week
“Today’s ruling leaves a significant hole in Missouri’s ethics laws, and the General Assembly must move quickly to get a strong ethics bill on my desk,” Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, said in a written statement.
“Do we care more about providing a high-quality education to students, or do we care more about continuing the bureaucracy of an institution?
The newly drawn map essentially eliminated the district currently held by US Democratic Rep. Russ Carnahan.
“Ninety-five percent of my district is new,” Sen. David Pearce. The carving up of counties comes despite a command from the Missouri Constitution.