JEFFERSON CITY, MO— The Missouri House of Representatives convened at noon on January 8 per the Missouri Constitution, thus beginning the Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly. Representatives have been filtering into the Capitol all week and were excited to begin the new legislative session. In his opening remarks Speaker Tim Jones outlined some of his priorities for the upcoming session using his “4 G’s”—Growth and Opportunities, Guaranteeing access to a great education, Generating reliable energy and infrastructure, and Guarding and protecting Missouri values. Speaker Jones hopes these issues will guide legislation coming out of the Republican-led House. With bill filing already in full swing it will not take long to see movement on priority legislation.
“After a very busy and productive interim, I am looking forward to continuing to serve the people of Missouri during the 2014 legislative session,” Representative Sue Allen (R-100) said. “I will focus on working with other members of the budget and appropriations committees to oversee executive departments through the budget process to ensure accountability and transparency.”
The General Assembly ended their first regular session in May of 2013 and members have been back to the Capitol for both Veto Session and the recent Extraordinary Session called by the Governor. Missouri’s legislative session will conclude on May 16, 2014.