Dave Drebes

Dave Drebes

When assessing the winners and losers of the Missouri legislative session, the most straightforward scorecard is to assess the legislators against their pre-session goals.

Better to be Quick than Wealthy

Two different efforts to make an end-run around the powerful teachers union lobby met with vastly different fates.

On the one hand was the bill that would allow for alternative certification of teachers, making it easier for professionals to make teaching a second career.

Last week, Sen. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, had a chance to achieve one of his top legislative priorities this session. The senator, who faces a tough re-election, was pushing for Missouri to rename Route WW as “Carl Edwards Drive.” Edwards grew up in Columbia and is now a star on the NASCAR racing circuit.  

Graham’s bill, SB 1099, was called to the floor for perfection. Perfection is the most critical part of a bill’s journey to become law. Once a bill has been perfected, it can no longer be amended and often wins final passage. 

Last week, Sen. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, had a chance to achieve one of his top legislative priorities this session. The senator, who faces a tough re-election, was pushing for Missouri to rename Route WW as “Carl Edwards Drive.” Edwards grew up in Columbia and is now a star on the NASCAR racing circuit.  

Graham’s bill, SB 1099, was called to the floor for perfection. Perfection is the most critical part of a bill’s journey to become law. Once a bill has been perfected, it can no longer be amended and often wins final passage.