The Latest: Missouri lawmakers start session with flowers



     (AP) – Missouri lawmakers are kicking off the 2017

legislative session with flowers and a reading of the Bill of Rights.

     Wednesday is the first day of session, which runs through mid-May.

     Most House members wore red roses on their lapels, and senators wore orange

boutonnieres. Ceremonies included listening to the National Anthem and a reading

of the Bill of Rights.

     Lawmakers were sworn in, and friends and family packed the chambers.

     In an unusual moment of tension during a typically sleepy day, outgoing

Democratic Secretary of State Jason Kander gave a final speech warning

Republican House members not to go too far with voter photo identification

policies.

     Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens stood behind GOP leaders in the Missouri

Senate during opening ceremonies.




   

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