The Missouri Senate has been shut down by one Senator over which version of legislation for veterans’ homes will be adopted.
Jason Crowell (R, Cape Girardeau) and several allies tied up the Senate for nearly 12 hours Monday night and are provoking a showdown with Senate leaders. In addition to using a filibuster to block the veterans’ homes bill, Crowell is using several motions to block all bills from being debated.
“We have some issues that need to be resolved in the Senate before we move forward, and they’re gonna be resolved one way or the other," Crowell said. "I will continue to make this series of motions on anything else that we do.”
Missouri senators are proposing a state constitutional amendment that would double the size of the Conservation Commission and make it geographically diverse.
The commission oversees the Department of Conservation which is currently made up of four members, with no more than two from the same political party. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.
The proposed change in the state Constitution would expand the commission to eight members and require that they be from different areas of Missouri.
The 2012 Missouri legislative session is underway – and as St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin tells us, much of the first-day talk revolved around the challenges facing the state’s public schools.