Missouri Legislature Takes Spring Break
JEFFERSON CITY - Both Republicans and Democrats held news conferences upon adjourning Thursday to reflect on symbolically the first half of the legislative session.
Both Rep. Mike Talboy, D-Kansas City, and Steven Tilley, R-Perryville, said they were happy with the amount of bipartisan work that has been taking place.
"It has been a drastic improvement as far as the debate, people listening and what we've been able to do so far," said Talboy.
"It doesn't mean we always agree, we disagree quite a bit but we do it in a respectful tone so I think first and foremost, it was very successful in improving the way things are done in Jefferson City," said Tilley.
Democrats stressed the need for a substantive jobs bill, but Republicans said they remain focused on various jobs bills to improve job creation and support in Missouri.
In a news conference, Tilley said House Republicans have achieved 75-percent of legislative agenda they had hoped to accomplish.
Tilley stressed that jobs are still his number one priority. He said he is proud of six proposals he has fixed to help business in the state.
"In a mere 40 legislative days,we've achieved five of the six. It shows that from day one, creating jobs and putting Missourians back to work was our top priority," said Tilley.
Democrats disagreed entirely, saying they are most diappointed in the lack of work done to increase and improve jobs in Missouri.
"We have not had one substantive jobs bill come before us, to this point, and I think that is probably the largest disappointment," said Talboy.
The House will hold a technical session on Friday, Mar. 25. It will resume regular session on Monday, Mar. 28.
House leaders expect to discuss the budget and Proposition B repeal efforts upon returning.
Speaker Tilley also revealed to the media that he has looked at maps for potential redistricting options. Tilley did not disclose the map to the public, but said he hopes the process is finished soon.
Missouri lost a congressional seat as a result of the 2010 census, dropping from nine to eight seats.
Democrats acknowledged that U.S. Representative Russ Carnahan, D-Missouri, may have "a bullseye on his back". Talboy said Carnahan has contacted various democratic leaders to discuss ways in which they might work to keep his congressional seat.