Governor Bob Holden has finished his required actions on this year’s bills, signing 228 and vetoing 32 between the regular and special sessions. The sessions were marked by partisan bickering over many issues, particularly the budget. Mark Rushefsky, a political science professor with Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, says a new crop of state lawmakers could be part of the cause of the contentious session. But Rushefsky says there has been more of a split nationally, as well, between the Democrats and Republicans. He says things could get worse in the State Legislature next year when lawmakers might have an even tougher budget to put together in the middle of an election year.
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