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House vote postponed on proposal to bar judges from imposing tax hikes

By Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – A final vote in the Missouri House on a proposal to bar judges from imposing tax increases had to be delayed today because too many Republicans left early for Spring Break.

Eleven out of 91 G.O.P. House Members left Jefferson City during floor debate on the proposed constitutional amendment, thus making a winning vote impossible.

House Speaker Rod Jetton (R, Marble Hill) partially blamed his lame-duck status for the breakdown in discipline.

"(Representatives) get up here, they get cozy, they make friends, they have allies, things change, they have different agendas, they're running for Senate, they're doing a lot of things, and it makes it a little harder to keep everybody on the same sheet of music, or everybody's not on the same sheet of music," Jetton said.

Democrats call the proposal a power grab targeted at the judiciary.

House Minority Leader Paul LeVota (D, Independence) speculated that maybe some Republicans are having second thoughts.

"They didn't allow us to debate during (the) perfection (stage)...and then we debated today to get the issues out, and I don't know if they got tired, (if) they were tired of talking about the issue, or maybe they did a vote count and it's not going to pass, because it's a really, really bad resolution," LeVota said.

The vote on the resolution will be rescheduled later.

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