Sarah Wire has more from Jefferson City.
They're called the "Republican Sleeper Cell."
Although the fiscally conservative senators aren't an official group, they banded together at the end of the session to direct how the state spends its money.
Specifically they have focused on reforming who gets a tax credit.
Smithville Republican Sen. Luann Ridgeway says with so many senators united for one cause the group could stop legislation they didn't like.
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She says the group drifted together over the course of the session.
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|Description: "Within the Republican party we now have a distinct group of very financially conservative legislators who are willing now to take a stand against runaway government growth, and you saw that this year."|
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|Description: "Yea, I mean times are tough, and when times are tough, people are trying to articulate where we are, and saying why we can't do this or that."|
Majority Floor Leader Kevin Engler says although the senators have kept some bills from passing, they still have an important voice in the chamber.
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Description: "Some people say it causes problems and others say it brings sense to the process rather than just approving things because it sounds good."
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