JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Latest on Missouri lawmakers reconvening Wednesday at the Capitol (all times local):
Missouri legislative leaders say they want to develop a proposal over the next three weeks to reverse cuts to services for the elderly and disabled.
Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard and House Speaker Todd Richardson said Wednesday that they have asked colleagues to develop a plan to undo cuts to in-home and nursing care for about 8,300 people.
The three-week deadline the leaders outlined means lawmakers won’t call themselves into an immediate special session. Some had wanted to deal with the cuts during their regularly scheduled Wednesday session focused on gubernatorial vetoes.
House Democrats tried Wednesday to override Republican Gov. Eric Greitens’ veto of a bill that would have swept money out of various state funds to restore the cuts. But the effort was voted down 49-106.
A Missouri House panel will look into an ethics complaint about a colleague who remarked on social media that he hopes whoever vandalized a Confederate monument will be “hung from a tall tree with a long rope.”
House Speaker Todd Richardson said Wednesday that he will refer a resolution about Republican Rep. Warren Love to the bipartisan House Ethics Committee, whose proceedings are secret.
House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty has said Love should be disciplined for essentially encouraging lynching.
Love has apologized but has declined to resign.
McCann Beatty denounced Love publicly during Wednesday’s annual legislative veto session, telling colleagues that “freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom from the consequences of your actions.”
Love sat silently, looking at and listening to McCann Beatty. No one else spoke about it.