Missouri House A new session of the General Assembly begins Wednesday, and there are indications we could see lawmakers and members of the incoming administration demonstrating a capability of working together.

This spirit of cooperation between the General Assembly and the Governor’s Office or between the two chamber of the Legislature has not always been evident in recent years, but Senator Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph) – the incoming leader of the State Senate – believes the desire to cooperate will be there.

Shields says that by cooperating, lawmakers will be able to move some important pieces of legislation in the early going and not allow things to bottleneck as the end of session approaches. He adds things work a lot better in the Capitol when people actually talk to each other.

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