A round of press conferences by a group of Missouri Republican House members on how to reform the way state government awards license fee offices has been postponed.
A group of House members, including Springfield Rep. Mark Wright, had planned press conferences in Missouri's 3 biggest cities outlining a plan that would end "political patronage" in awarding the offices.
Reached late Sunday evening, Rep. Wright called the postponement a "courtesy to the Governor," who requested opening negotiations with the members about their plan.
"Preliminary negotiations are not going well," Wright told me. "Our plan is very comprehensive, allowing non-for-profits to run these fee offices and allowing no political patronage."
"I don't know if the Governor is keen on that," Wright said.
The Democratic candidate for Greene County's Senate seat had called for fee agent reform when he first announced for office. Doug Harpool says non-for-profit groups should run the offices, with proceeds benefiting local schools or public health clinics.
"I'd be happy to see the Republicans joining me on my position," Harpool said Sunday, before the press conferences were canceled.
Meanwhile, when asked for her opinion on reforming the way fee offices are run, Sen. Norma Champion said she couldn't comment on something she didn't know about.
"I didn't know there was a flyaround," Champion said. "You're catching me on something I've not been a part of."
"I don't have a plan," Champion added. "That's fine if he has a plan but I don't have a plan to do that."
When I requested an on-camera interview for a story I plan to air Monday night on KY3 News at 10, Champion replied, "No thank-you. I'm not going to let him (Harpool) define the agenda."
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