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The House proved it can be bipartisan

January 18, 2001
By: Renny MacKay
State Capital Bureau

Two weeks into the legislative session the Missouri House is looking like a lovefest.

This after the leadership of both parties in the House came together to draft the rules for the House.

Renny MacKay has more from Jefferson City.

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Earlier this week Republicans said they expected a fight over the rules that govern the House, but instead of a fight both parties voted together.

Actuality:Crump
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OutCue: "still afloat"
Contents: He says the "Loveboat is still afloat."

Wayne Crump is the Democrats leader in the House and says he's never seen unanimous approval of the rules before and is happy with the compromise the parties reached.

Catherine Hanaway, the Republicans leader in the House, says the parties only came to an agreement last night when the Democrats gave up some power.

Actuality:Hanaway
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OutCue: "in the rules."
Contents: She says the speaker gave up some power and allowed the Minority leader to name people to conference committees. This was putting action to the rhetoric about bipartisanship.

Both parties will now start naming people to House committees.

From Jefferson City I'm Renny MacKay.


The Missouri House seemed poised for a partisan battle over its rules, but instead the parties came together to unanimously support the rules.

Renny MacKay has more from Jefferson City.

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Wayne Crump the Democrats leader in the House says that during his 19 years as a lawmaker he doesn't remember a unanimous vote on the rules of the House.

He also says that this year was an especially important year to have cooperation between the parties.

Actuality:Crump
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OutCue: "."
Contents: He says that the leaders of the party started the year by reinforcing how important it was to work with the Republicans and the vote on the rules looked as though they would present a problem for the parties.

The Republican leaders say the Democrats made an important compromise giving them some new power to name members of conference committees.

From Jefferson City I'm Renny MacKay.


Missouri's House survived its first test of bipartisanship as leaders of both parties compromised to approve the rules of the House and started the legislative session rolling.

Renny MacKay has more from Jefferson City.

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Negotiations over the rules governing the House got underway in November, but it wasn't until last night that the House leaders of both parties came to a compromise.

Republican Catherine Hanaway is the Minority House Leader and she spoke on the floor before the unanimous vote to approve the rules.

Actuality:Hanaway
RunTime: :25
OutCue: "fight today."
Contents: She congratulates the Speaker of the House and the Majority House leader as well as members of her party for their efforts on finding a compromise about the rules and avoiding a fight.

The session can now start as party leaders will name committee leaders and members.

From Jefferson City I'm Renny MacKay.