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House out early.

Date: May 14, 2009
By: Christine Slusser
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: The House adjourned early Thursday, with only 24 hours left in the legislative session.

Christine Slusser has more from the state Capitol.

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Three out of four Senators agree...the House should not have adjourned.

Democrat Joan Bray from St. Louis county was confused...

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Description: "I don't know what to think."

She says the House isn't doing their job.

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Description: "They have things to work on, but they're not going to apparently."

Columbia's Senator Scott Schaefer is just happy he wasn't there.

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Description: "I have the fortunate circumstance of not having served over there."

Senator Wes Shoemyer from Clarence says he is not sure of the House's mental stability.

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Description: "I don't think it was the proper move. I think it was a move that was much more in-tune to political inviting, political posturing, than it was in-tune to meeting the needs of the people of the state of Missouri."

Even a fellow Representative was a little confused.

Belinda Harris from Southeastern Missouri says it came as a great surprise, and has one concern...

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Description: "We don't have time to actually address it on the last day..."

But Majority Floor Leader Kevin Engler says he understands.

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Description: "I don't have a problem with them being out, most of them are in the hallways or working on conference committees and we're getting some things done, it may be more productive."

From Jefferson City, I'm Christine Slusser.