As it did last year, the Missouri House began its 1997 session with a fight between the two political parties. Phill Brooks has the story from Jefferson City:
Both Republicans and Democrats have saying that the voters want bi-partisan cooperation.
But the first House vote on the first resolution of the very first day of the legislative session split right down party lines.
It involves a on-going argument between the two parties over rules of the House.
The House Republican leader is Mark Richardson:
But Richardson also said he thinks there's the opportunity for a more harmonious session this year.