When asked to name a highlight of the legislative session, the Speaker of the House didn’t mention a piece of legislation. Instead, House Speaker Steven Tilley, a Republican from Perryville, referred to the conduct in the House during the legislative session.
“I started this session wanting to change the tenor and the tone of how things are done in Jeff City,” Tilley told reporters. “And, I think it is pretty clear that we’ve done that.”
Now, that’s easy for the head of the majority in the House to say. But it’s backed up by the House Minority Leader, Mike Talboy, a Democrat from Kansas City.
“You saw a, with the exception of maybe just a couple of times it even getting really, really chippy, I think things went really very smoothly and I think that the body’s better off for it,” Talboy stated, “because I think when you actually have substantive debate and people can listen and people can have input and have a back and forth and really vet out some of the issues, (I) think that is better for everybody.” [Read more...]