Missouri's legislature has taken off for Easter break...on a resoundingly conservative statement.
Victor Roberto has more from the state Capitol.
The Republican legislature finished the midway point passing the two biggest issues pushed by business-lawsuit limits and workers' compensation restrictions.
Despite the Republican victories, Senate Democratic leader Maida Coleman expressed no doubts about her more conciliatory ton she adopted when she took over leadership for Senate Democrats.
On the other side, the Senate's top Republican leader suggested that there will be less Republican legislative unity in the second half of the session.
For now, lawmakers will face issues that divide both Republicans and Democrats.
From the state Capitol, I'm Victor Roberto
Missouri's legislature has left for its week-long Easter break sending big presents to Missouri business.
Missouri's legislature has reached its halfway point with a strong conservative, pro-business stamp.
They sent the governor limits on liability lawsuits and restrictions on workers' compensation coverage.
Senate President Pro Temp Mike Gibbons says the public chose the legislative priorities.
But the Kirkwood Republican acknowledged that when the legislature returns from its break, there will be issues without such a strong Republican agreement.
Among those is the controversial issue to block stem cell research.
The issue faces strong opposition from some segments of the St. Louis business community.
From the state Capitol, I'm Victor Roberto.