Chance Seales (SEALS) reports from Jefferson City.
Two St. Louis Senators hijacked the hearing for a bill that would officially change the name of the legislature's winter break to Christmas break.
The bill's Senate handler, Delbert Scott, has a prominent "Merry Christmas" greeting on his website and says Christmas should be officially recognized.
It wasn't long until Democrats Rita Days and Joan Bray seized the opportunity to mock the bill, supporting amendments for holidays like Groundhog's Day, Juneteenth and...
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"Days: Cinco de Mayo, is this in here?
Bray: Oh my gosh, Cinco de Mayo. And you know what? Dieceiseis de Septiembre is Mexican Independence Day...my birthday.
Days: Okay, well your birthday ought to be in here."
The bill passed the House, but still faces a vote in the Senate.
From the State Capitol, I'm Chance Seales.
Chance Seales (SEALS) reports from the state Capitol.St. Louis Democratic Senators Joan Bray and Rita Days took to the Senate floor to make fun of a bill officially naming lawmakers' Winter break, "Christmas break."
The Republican-sponsored bill would change the way holidays are recognized in Missouri, so the Democratic senators started a list of other holidays to include.
Along with Groundhog's Day, Juneteenth, Days and Bray want to recognize:
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"Bray: St. Patrick's Day
Days: Well that absolutely is true...that's not here.
Bray: He said, "Begora and thank ya."
Days: St. Patrick. We're going to have lots of amendments for this one."
The senators' comedy performance stopped the bill's debate, stalling it for a future vote.
Until then, Christmas remains in legal limbo.
From Jefferson City, I'm Chance Seales.
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