After the Missouri Senate approved a $26.1 billion state budget early Wednesday in a marathon session delayed by a filibuster that lasted more than five hours, the Missouri House took little time in rejecting changes senators made to 12 of the 13 budget bills.
The Senate responded by appointing eight senators Wednesday to negotiate final versions of those 12 bills with representatives from the House.
Both chambers are controlled by Republican majorities. Leaders from both have expressed a desire to expedite the budget process in hopes of leaving ample time to override any restrictions Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon places on the budget.
House leadership especially took issues with the Senate’s version of HB 10, which deals with spending for the departments of Health & Senior Services and of Mental Health. The only bill the chambers agreed on was HB 1, which provides funds to pay off state bonds.