The 2015 Legislative Session Ends

As the 2015 session began in the Missouri legislature, the Republican supermajority had high hopes of passing their long-held agenda unencumbered. With the poignant effects of term limits in full view and internal rule changes that discouraged even a semblance of bipartisan law-making, the 2015 session became a headstrong battle of the Republican Party with itself and culminated with an incapacitated Senate in deadlock and the Speaker of the House brought down by scandal. This was not a session nor a majority controlled legislature of which Missouri should be proud.

WHAT THE MEDIA SAID…

MO legislature struggles to get things done in the last two days of session – St. Louis Post Dispatch (May 14, 2015)

Missouri House Speaker John Diehl Resigning after Texts With Intern – US NBC News (May 14, 2015)

MO House Speaker John Diehl Resigns… – Huffington Post (May 14, 2015

How major bills fared in the 2015 Missouri legislative session – St. Louis Post Dispatch (May 15, 2015)

Steve Kraske: John Diehl is yet another Missouri House speaker to run into legal and ethical issues – Kansas City Star (May 15, 2015)

Legislative session leaves many frustrated, but GOP got some priorities through – St. Louis Post Dispatch (May 16, 2015)

Missouri lawmakers quit early amid rancor – Columbia Daily Tribune (May 16, 2015)

Analysis: Months of work by lawmakers end in chaos – Columbia Daily Tribune (May 17, 2015)

Missouri GOP lawmakers use numbers to cut social safety net – (AP) Columbia Missourian (May 18, 2015)