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Senate leadership wants to make the end of session more productive

Date: May 3, 2010
By: Rebecca Stephen
State Capitol Bureau

Intro:  Missouri's Republican Senate leader says he hopes to avoid a partisan meltdown in the closing days of session.
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Wrap: Senate Republican Leader Kevin Engler said the Senate will take up this week a contentious political issue that has split the two parties in the past.

The measure would require a government issued photo ID to vote.  When the issue came before the Senate a few years ago, Republicans had to vote cloture to shut off debate.

But Engler acknowledges this year, there are not the votes ... at least yet .. to end a filibuster.

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Description: "If it comes down to it and there is an issue that comes to that, that we feel we really have to get. I would say there's enough people willing to PQ, but I hope that we won't have it right now."

In the meantime, Engler says there's an effort to draft a more moderate proposal that could win support from senators from both parties.

 Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Rebecca Stephen.

Intro:  The Missouri Senate GOP leader wants more debate on eliminating the income tax.
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Wrap: Farmington Senator Kevin Engler acknowledged that the issue never will get to an actual vote on the Senate floor.

The proposal would place on the statewide ballot a proposal to replace the income tax with a sales tax increase.

Engler predicted the measure ultimately would get on the ballot through a petition campaign.  And, for that reason, he said it would be better for Senators to ask questions and discuss the bill.

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Description: "So wouldn't it be better if they were more informed, and we talked about some of the problems and challenges now on this floor openly and you all can communicate those to the public."

When the issue came before the Senate last week, it prompted a late-night filibuster that stalled action on the measure.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Rebecca Stephen.

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