Missouri Senate gets off to rocky start over rules dispute


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Senate is off to a rocky start to its
new session because of a dispute over rules.

After a ceremonial first day, the Senate's second day of work Thursday was
quickly derailed over a proposal to add four new committee positions.

The plan was put forward by new Republican Senate President Pro Tem Dave
Schatz. Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh also had said more committee positions
could help new members build expertise for the future.

But Republican Sens. Doug Libla, of Poplar Bluff, and Gary Romine, of
Farmington, tied up the chamber for hours while expressing their displeasure.
They said senators already are stretched thin among multiple committees and
often can't give their full attention to people who may travel for hours to
testify at committee hearings.

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