The Missouri Senate has been shut down by one Senator over which version of legislation for veterans’ homes will be adopted. Republican Jason Crowell and several allies tied up the Senate for nearly 12 hours Monday and are provoking a showdown with Senate leaders.
The Missouri Senate took the next step Tuesday toward beginning final negotiations with the House on next year’s state budget. Senate members struggled with whether to bind themselves to various positions they support.
The budget chairman for the Missouri House is not happy with the Senate’s decision early today (Wednesday) to restore 28 million dollars for blind pensions. An amendment by GOP Senator Jim Lembke of St. Louis County reversed the cut that the House wanted to use for Higher Education.
The Missouri Senate passed a $24 billion state budget early Wednesday morning, following several hours of debate and closed-door negotiations. The Senate reversed the House’s gutting of a pension program for the blind.