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Appropriations pass, stirs personal debates

Date: March 11, 2009
By: Rebecca Layne
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: A House bill on appropriations made it through the Senate with a majority vote, but that didn't prevent bickering between two Republican senators. RunTime:0:52
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An appropriations bill that would use more than $300 million for supplemental purposes passed through the Senate with a vote of 30 to 3.

The bill, however, brought up a personal dispute between bill sponsor Republican Gary Nodler and Republican Jason Crowell.

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Description: Crowell: Are you telling me I can't ask you questions now? Number one, you tell me I can't come to the appropriations Committee and address anything with you at the appropriations level. Now you're telling me when you bring a bill before the Senate floor, I have no ability to ask questions to you about what it is I'm voting on?   Nodler: Senator, I've answered that question, move on.   Crowell: You have not answered it that question.       Nodler: Well, you're not satisfied with the answer. Too bad. 

Despite all the nastiness, Crowell ended up voting for Nodler's appropriations bill.

But the heated exchange suggests a deep divide among Republicans about how to handle the state's economic and budget problems.

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Rebecca Layne...KSMU.