House leadership looks back on the just concluded session with widely different views of its success. House Speaker Catherine Hanaway (R-Warson Woods) claims Republicans have accomplished much in the two years since they gained the majority, turning around a state budget spiraling downward and job losses, addressing the medical malpractice insurance crisis even if the governor rejected it and shoring up the unemployment insurance fund. And Hanaway refutes those who found fault in Republican cohesion, saying they vote together for a reason, because their constituents demanded change. Minority Floor Leader Rick Johnson (D-High Ridge) hopes to take power back from Republicans who he says repeatedly shut out Democrats this session. Johnson criticizes House leadership for never moving on the senior citizens prescription plan approved by the Senate.
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