Democrats Propose New Rules for Hall of Famous Missourians
JEFFERSON CITY - A week after Republican House Speaker Steve Tilley proposed to induct radio personality Rush Limbaugh into the Hall of Famous Missourians, democrats are now proposing formal rules for future inductees.
"Under the proposed induction of Rush Limbaugh, whom many Missourians consider wholly unworthy of a place of honor in their Capitol, the Hall of Famous Missourians has never been a source of controversy," said Mike Talboy (D-Kansas City). "It is now clear that a formal process is needed in state law for inducting future members, rather than leaving it to the whims of a single person."
In the past, the speaker of the House was responsible for bestowing the honor at his whim. Democrats say that under the proposal, three out of four people (the House speaker, Senate president pro tem, House minority leader and Senate minority leader) would have to agree on an inductee. No more than two people could be inducted into the Hall within a General Assembly, which lasts two years.