The legislative session comes to a close with Republicans believing they have accomplished a great deal in their first year in control of both the House and Senate, and Democrat leaders feeling the session was a disaster. Senate Leader Peter Kinder of Cape Girardeau is happy the Legislature passed many of its priorities, including litigation reform, which Governor Bob Holden has threatened to veto. Kinder hopes the Governor does not follow through on his threat. House Speaker Catherine Hanaway of Warson Woods is certain Governor Holden will veto one or several of the budget bills sent to him, a move which would trigger a special session. Democrat legislative leaders say a special session would be fine with them, because they are not happy with how the budget process was conducted.
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