The bill carries a sense of urgency
because Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder is among the favorites to become a
candidate for Congress in southeast
St. Louis Democrat Representative Stacey Newman tells bill sponsor Republican Representative Jason Smith that Republicans are trying to shove an unpopular bill down Democrats' throats.
"I disagree with you. I disagree with your purpose. I disagree with it being the first bill that we are hearing. We know it's a very timely issue."
Under Representative Smith's bill, the governor would appoint a person to fill the vacancy until a scheduled election day occurs. The person appointed by the governor would then be banned from running in the election.