Tuesday, March 11, 2008

House Backs Anti-Tax Plan

From the Associated Press:
Under a cloud of controversy, a proposal to prohibit judges from imposing tax increases gets initial approval from the Missouri House. Republicans want the proposed constitutional amendment to appear on the November ballot.

Today, House Speaker Pro Tem Bryan Pratt called an end to debate after about ten minutes, without allowing any Democrats to offer amendments. He then declared that the measure received initial approval on a voice vote, even though the no votes from Democrats were louder
than the yes votes from Republicans.

Democrats were irate. They had a dozen amendments they had hoped to discuss. House Minority Leader Paul LeVota says Pratt told him he did not see any Democrats seeking recognition. A second House vote is needed to send the bill to the Senate.

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