The Missouri Senate’s gridlock at many times this year kept several key bills from passing, including sports betting and limits on foreign ownership of farmland.
That gridlock often involved a super minority of further right-leaning conservative Senators blocking bills.
Senate Democratic Leader John Rizzo, of Independence, says that small group of Republicans often takes the chamber and the party hostage.
According to Senator Rizzo: “They will take everything that they get you give them an inch they’ll take a mile and I think Senator Laughlin stood up to him this year in certain aspects and different times I think that they tried to work through the process on a lot of different things but you know it’s it’s their way or the highway most days
Some of the items that did get accomplished include spending 2.8-billion dollars to widen I-70 to at least three lanes across most of the state, as well as limits on transgender healthcare for minors and transgender sports participation.