Legislative Review 2017: What Passed? What Didn't?
Choosing a single adjective to describe the 2017 Missouri legislative session is an effort in futility. There are far too many descriptors that fit the bill, including a few that are polar opposites, but none quite capture the uniqueness that shrouded the Capitol from January to June. That’s it! If nothing else, the 2017 session was unique.
The Senate and the House of Representatives retained their Republican supermajorities following the 2016 elections. What had been their only foil in the past, a Democrat governor, was no longer standing in the way of many of their past priorities. In his place sat a newly elected Republican governor. The new governor’s status as an outsider didn’t always serve him well in the Capitol, as the two branches of government tended to bicker from time to time. In addition, infighting among the majority party, and the annual feuding between the chambers, kept many issues from crossing the finish line.
The House and Senate combined to introduce 1,780 bills this year. By the time 6:00 p.m. rolled around on May 12, only 71 of them had passed - and 16 of those were budget bills. That 4% passage rate is likely to be an all-time low.....read more.