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Legislative Process in Slow Motion

March 9, 2000
By: Tammara Porter
State Capital Bureau

Bitter Missouri House Republicans continue to slow down the legislative process in the Capital city. Tammara Porter has more from Jefferson City.

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Two weeks ago, Democrats froze Republicans out of debate over a tobacco bill.

Republicans are now fighting back by scrutinizing every bill that comes up for discussion.

St. Louis County Democratic Representative Joan Bray says it's evident Republicans are delaying legislation.

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Contents: Bray says the House is spending hours on bills that don't need much discussion. She says Republicans are intentionally talking to delay.

Bray says this slow down is keeping the House from doing any meaningful work.

One piece of legislation being held up because of the Republican tactics concerns regulating and restricting telemarketing.

From the capital, I'm Tammara Porter.

Missouri's House continues to move in slow motion after Democrats upset Republicans on a tobacco bill.

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St. Louis County Democratic Representative Joan Bray says Republicans are intentionally scrutinizing noncontroversial bills in order to delay legislation.

Two weeks ago, Democrats silenced Republicans and passed a bill with no added Republican amendments.

Bray says what's happening in the House is directly related to the freeze out.

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Contents: Bray says the Republican slow down is a reaction to Democrats cutting off debate on the tobacco settlement bill.

Brays says the slow down is keeping the House from doing any meaningful work.

Legislation to regulate and restrict telemarketing is being held up the Republican tactics.

From the capital, I'm Tammara Porter.

Missouri House Republicans continue to fight back after Democrats silence them on a tobacco bill. Tammara Porter has more from Jefferson City.

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Two weeks ago, Democrats froze Republicans out of debate over the bill.

St. Louis County Democratic Representative Joan Bray says Republicans are now intentionally slowing down legislation.

A bill to regulate and restrict telemarketing is currently being held up.

Republican Representative Jewell Patek says Republicans are just doing their jobs and taking the opportunity to introduce amendments.

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Contents: Patek says Republicans are working on laws and doing what they are supposed to do for their districts.

Patek says Republicans were upset over the freeze out, but now they are doing their best to make sure bills don't slip through the cracks.

From the capital, I'm Tammara Porter.