Legislative Session Opens in House with Optimism

House Speaker Rod Jetton (R-Marble Hill) dismisses suggestions that the 2008 election will overshadow the work of the legislature this year. Jetton, in an opening day address to the Missouri House, has welcomed a new Minority Floor Leader and has called for...

Top Republican Sees Rough Election Year Ahead

A top Republican leader expects 2008 to be a rough election year for his party. House Speaker Rod Jetton (R-Marble Hill) is the one who pushed for Republicans to elect a Speaker-designate. The House Republican Caucus elected Representative Ron Richard (R-Joplin), who...

House Speaker Seeks Early Special Session on Economic Bill

An economic development bill vetoed by the governor has been pared down and the House Speaker wants a special session called soon, so he can seek a veto over-ride if the revised version isn’t approved. How soon would House Speaker Rod Jetton want the special...

Gov. Blunt Hits the Road, Again

Governor Blunt continues to tour the state, holding ceremonial signings of bills. This time, Blunt visits several cities to talk up the benefits of HB 444 , the Social Security tax cut bill that he has signed into law. The law will eliminate the state income tax on...