Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is urging House Speaker Tim Jones to take up early voting initiatives.
Kander wrote a letter today in response to an interview Jones gave earlier this month in which Jones questioned the importance of early voting.
Kander asked Jones to assign a Republican early voting bill to a committee, saying the issue has had bipartisan support over the years.
A Republican-led Missouri Senate committee has defeated a plan to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law.
The Senate Appropriations Committee rejected the legislation on a party-line vote Wednesday, just minutes after hearing testimony from more than two dozen witnesses in favor of the plan.
A Republican-led House committee defeated a similar bill last month in the same fashion.
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