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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
Topic - Tim Jones
In legislative lingo, it's called "taking a walk." A lawmaker walks out of the chamber - sometimes to a nearby office, sometimes to get out of town - and avoids taking a vote on a politically sticky issue.
Missouri House Republican leaders are vowing to consider one of their top priorities, legislation known to supporters as "right to work," when lawmakers return from their weeklong break.
Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones says he won't run for a state Senate seat being vacated this year and will focus instead on a 2016 campaign for an unspecified statewide office.
A Republican state House member from south-central Missouri will lead a new committee looking into government regulations.
Missouri health care workers could refuse to partake in certain medical procedures that violate their ethical or religious beliefs under legislation endorsed by the Missouri House on Wednesday.
Republican House leaders had pledged a thorough investigation after allegations of a hostile workplace were made against the directors of Missouri's agriculture and labor departments.
Text of Republican response by House Speaker Tim Jones to Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State address as prepared for delivery Tuesday evening:
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon proposed a nearly half-billion-dollar spending surge for public education Tuesday as he urged lawmakers to harness the revenues generated by an improving economy to make up for years of funding shortfalls for schools.
House Republican leaders wasted no time pursuing their agenda Monday, using the first legislative hearing of the year to introduce a labor measure that Democratic leaders denounced as an attempt at "union busting."
Democrats in the Missouri House are proposing to cut income taxes for many lower- to middle-income individuals and raise them for wealthier residents as an alternative to Republican tax cuts that are tailored more directly to businesses.
Jones, the House speaker, said he will be talking with the 11 Republicans who didn't vote the first time, seeking to persuade at least four of them to vote "yes" the next time.
"This is one of those very difficult issues," said Jones, R-Eureka, "and everyone has to make up their own mind."