Quiet work behind the scenes killed Village Law

It takes a lot of work and patience to kill a Village Law. Rep. Jay Wasson (R-Nixa), who worked behind-the-scenes during the last week of the legislative session to guide the Village Law repeal through the House, gives credit to the other chamber for the success....

Village Law repeal approved, heads to the governor

It appeared dead earlier in the week. It revived early this morning and sailed to passage. Repeal of the controversial Village Law won approval in the House on a 131-7 vote. SB 765 became embroiled in controversy this final week of the legislative session, a focus of...

House Speaker denies the session is moving slowly

Two weeks are left for state lawmakers to wrap up work planned at the beginning of the year.  Republican leaders in the House reject suggestions that this has been a slow session. That, even though House Speaker Rod Jetton (R-Marble Hill) tells reporters,...

Pledge might come back to haunt House Republicans

A no-tax pledge made by several House Republicans might come back to haunt them. House Speaker Rod Jetton acknowledged reluctance on the part of his fellow Republicans to vote for a one-eighth cent sales tax for veterans’ services. "I’ve spent my...