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Winter storm disrupts Mo. lawmakers

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio
Blowing snow falls on a statue of Thomas Jefferson outside the Mo. State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, on the opening day of the 2010 legislative session.

By Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers have cut short their opening week sessions due to the winter storm bearing down on much of the state.

House Majority Floor Leader Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) says there'll be a technical session Thursday morning for House members who want to get bills filed. But he's also encouraging them to go home.

"Those members who have already planned on being here in session can certainly go to the clerk and note your presence...for those of you that need to get home for weather, you can certainly do that, and if you choose to go home it will save the taxpayers $103 per person," Tilley said from the House floor.

The Missouri Senate also cancelled its Thursday session, and a seminar on replacing the state income tax with an expanded sales tax has been postponed.

But Governor Jay Nixon's Prayer Breakfast is still on for Thursday. The featured speaker is St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright.


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