Missouri Senate minority leader calls for bipartisanship, weighs odds on bills

Democrats are outnumbered nearly three to one in the state Senate, but the chamber’s minority leader said she hopes bipartisanship can prevail.

This comes after Republicans swept every statewide race in this month’s election, taking four seats previously occupied by Democrats in the process.

Sen. Gina Walsh, D-St. Louis County, says she’ll try to find common ground with incoming Republican Gov. Eric Greitens. Walsh contends she has a good relationship with Republican majority leaders in both the Senate and House. She says she wants to work together on some issues, but doesn’t know if it will be possible.

One of the big matters facing lawmakers in the next session is transportation. Walsh says she wants to join Republicans in fixing Missouri’s roads.

Another high-profile matter going into the next legislative session will be labor laws. Walsh says she is preparing to lose a long battle on labor.

Read more: Missourinet

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