Missouri Republicans have the power to enact positive legislation this session of the General Assembly, but it will take a unified stand on issues and enlightened leadership to steer a forward path. Republicans control the Senate with 24 of the 34 members of their party. The GOP controls the House with 109 of the 163 seats. Those numbers reflect veto-proof power if the GOP is united on legislation.
Republicans have had a problem in recent years in coming together in strength, and it may not be possible this session. For the fifth year in a row, Democrat Gov. Jay Nixon hasn’t had the party numbers for him to advance some of his legislation. He plays it cautious with the Legislature, and has kept relations reasonably respectful between the executive and legislative branches.
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