Missourinet has the latest update in the ongoing saga of Rep. Mary Still's payday loan legislation:
House Speaker Ron Richard, a Republican from Joplin, says the bill will go nowhere in wake of Democrats taking such a drastic step [exercising the constitutional right to strip a committee of a bill and force it on the calendar].
“There’s a right way and a wrong way to do things around here,” Richard “I’ll be asking the Majority (Floor) Leader not to take it up.”
Majority Floor Leader Steven Tilley, a Republican from Perryville, says he has no plans to.
“If it gets to the calendar, I have no intention to take it up, because it subverts the Speaker, it subverts the committee chair and the committee process,” Tilley says...
Really? "There’s a right way and a wrong way to do things around here?" This is from the guy who wouldn't assign Still's legislation to committee for consideration? Then sat by as Rep. Don Wells, a payday loan operator himself, conducted a sham committee meeting to allow industry lobbyists to promote their services without any opposing viewpoints.
What a joke.