Lawmakers Make No Moves to End Session with Governor on the Road

5 years 1 month 3 weeks ago October 12, 2011 Oct 12, 2011 Wednesday, October 12 2011 Wednesday, October 12, 2011 5:09:00 PM CDT in News
By: Elizabeth Hagedorn

JEFFERSON CITY - The offices of the Missouri capitol building remained largely empty Wednesday as the special sesssion that was expected to last about two weeks has dragged on for six.

Only a few house members showed up for a technical session and after just a few minutes, the chamber adjourned with plans to meet next Wednesday.

Debate on the tax credit bill will carry on next week when both the senate and house reconvene. Senate President Pro-Tem Rob Mayer, R-Dexter, said the senate will also take up the bill to eliminate the state's presidential primary.

Throughout this special session, Gov. Jay Nixon has been busy traveling throughout the state. Last week, Nixon hosted a tree-planting ceremony in Joplin. Tuesday, he kicked off the first-ever Missouri Golf Day in Jefferson City. Wednesday, he presented agricultural achievement awards to farms in Salem, Rogersville, Marshall and Washington, Mo.

Scott Holste, a spokesman for the governor, said Nixon flew to these locations on Wednesday and expenses were paid through the governor's budget.

Last year, the governor came under fire from the legislature after he paid for his travel expenses through nearly $1.5 million in funds from state agencies.

House Speaker Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, said he understands that the governor's need to make state appearances.

He added, "It would be helpful if he were more engaged in the special session to bridge differences between the two parties."

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