The halls of the State Legislature were abuzz Wednesday with the opening of the 1997 Legislative Session. Tracy Sadeghian has the details on the House side from Jefferson City.
The 89th General Assembly kicked off with the swearing in of House members and its leaders.
Democrat Steve Gaw captured a second term as House Speaker, defeating House Republican Mark Richardson.
Gaw quickly thanked the Legislature and said he'd give his speech sometime later.
Several reporters then left the Chamber, missing Gaw's speech that raved about Missouri's strong economy, low unemployment rate and tax rate that's 49th in the nation.
But Gaw cautioned legislators not to bask in Missouri's glory for too long...
Gaw says kids issues are a top priority for this legislative session...
Reducing the low birth rate, the infant mortality rate and the high school drop out rate some of the bigger problems facing Missouri's youth. SOC