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Democrats move the previous question on a tax credit bill and say they'll keep using the partisan maneuver

April 24, 2001
By: Renny MacKay
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri House was the scene of a partisan move by the Democrats.

Renny MacKay tells us about why the Republicans are upset and what would cause the Democrats to risk upsetting their peers across the aisle.

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It's called moving the previous question, the House floor leader can do this when he wants to end debate on an issue and force a vote. But, he must have support from a majority of members on the floor.

Democrat Wayne Crump is the floor leader and he did this to end debate over a tax credit bill sponsored by fellow Democrat Phil Smith. Debate on the bill started last week and six amendments were added to the bill, but ending debate, meant Republicans couldn't add any other amendments to the bill. Republican Representative Charlie Shields spoke to Smith after the bill passed the House.

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Contents: Shields congratulated Smith on the move and said that it shut Republicans out of the process. Smith then responded by asking Shields what kind of wine he likes. Shields responded with "Missouri."

Shields says he likes the tax credit bill, but resented the use of the previous question. Crump says he'll continue to use p-q's to keep things moving through the House.

For Missouri Capitol Caucus, I'm Renny MacKay.