The Missouri General Assembly hasn’t changed — it will have the same partisan makeup in each chamber when it convenes in January.  

The Missouri House will have 116 Republicans and 47 Democrats. The Senate will have 24 Republicans and 10 Democrats.

The Republicans will continue to have veto-proof majorities in both chambers. With a Republican governor, the GOP is in a position to advance its agenda.

A top priority should be roads and bridges. Prop D, a poorly worded ballot issue that would have addressed funding for roads and bridges, was shot down by voters in the November election, even though it had wide endorsements. As voters know, it would have increased the gasoline tax. It was not a “cure-all” but it would have helped the situation with the state’s transportation issues.

Gov. Mike Parson needs to appoint a task force to study and recommend measures to abate the violence in the state. This is a statewide issue. It’s not just an urban problem. Shooting deaths are widespread, in every section of the state. The deaths by violent people, usually armed with a gun, are occurring in nearly every county in the state.

State government can’t ignore the violence problem. The do-nothing attitude that prevails must be overcome.

We don’t have the answer. It’s a nationwide problem, especially mass shootings. We have no confidence that the federal government will act.

According to the Missouri Family Council, the election results guarantee that the Missouri House and Senate will continue to be dominated by lawmakers whose views align closely with those of the pro-life and pro-family movement. The governor is in step with those views.

With the majority in the General Assembly, with the executive branch alongside, it is an opportunity for the Republicans to be united in moving forward to accomplish positive solutions to problems. It’s a challenge for the GOP leadership but we view it more as an opportunity.