An appropriations bill that would use more than $300 million for supplemental purposes passed through the Senate with a vote of 30 to 3.
The bill, however, brought up a personal dispute between bill sponsor Republican Gary Nodler and Republican Jason Crowell.
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Description: Crowell: Are you telling me I can't ask you questions now? Number one, you tell me I can't come to the appropriations Committee and address anything with you at the appropriations level. Now you're telling me when you bring a bill before the Senate floor, I have no ability to ask questions to you about what it is I'm voting on? Nodler: Senator, I've answered that question, move on. Crowell: You have not answered it that question. Nodler: Well, you're not satisfied with the answer. Too bad.
Despite all the nastiness, Crowell ended up voting for Nodler's appropriations bill.
But the heated exchange suggests a deep divide among Republicans about how to handle the state's economic and budget problems.
Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Rebecca Layne...KSMU.