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Republicans announce Senate changes

March 15, 2001
By: Aaron Cummins
State Capital Bureau

Republican efforts to demonstrate their control over Missouri's Senate caused a firestorm of debate on the Senate floor. Aaron Cummins has the story from Jefferson City--

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The Republicans announced their plan to reform the Senate and cut the Senate's budget by ten percent just before the Senate went into session.

Criticism of former Democratic leaders from Republican leader Peter Kinder prompted a strong reaction from Democratic Senators, including former President Pro Tem John Scott.

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Contents: Scott calls the vilification of former leaders a crucifiction of the Senate.

The Senate spent nearly four hours debating the rules change before postponing a decision until after the legislature's spring recess.

That break began on adjournment and continues until Monday March 26th.

In Jefferson City, Aaron Cummins, KMOX-News.


Republicans announced their plan to reorganize the Missouri Senate today/Thursday, prompting a fierce reaction from Democrats. Aaron Cummins has more from Jefferson City--

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Republican President Pro Tem Peter Kinder outlined a series of proposed rules changes and staff cuts.

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Contents: Kinder says the Senate's budget will be reduced by ten percent.

But, Senate Democrats took offense to a rule change that would require bills to be evaluated under a serious of Republican-designated criteria.

That, along with a change in the way seats are assigned on the Senate floor, spawned nearly 4 hours of animated debate.

But, the rules changes were left pending as the Senate adjourned for its spring recess.

The issue will be taken up again when the Senate reconvenes on Monday March 26th.

In Jefferson City, Aaron Cummins, KMOX-News.