September 7, 2011
Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, left, begins to ask Majority Leader Tom Dempsey, R-St. Peters, right, questions about a routine motion shortly after the Senate convened for business during a special legislative session called by Gov. Jay Nixon Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Jefferson City, Mo. Dempsey had just moved to inform House members the senate was in session when Crowell was recognized to speak and took control of the floor. The procedure is normally approved without debate. Crowell has said he opposes some of the new tax credits being considered during the special session because he believes they do not allow enough protection for tax payers.
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The Missouri Senate took almost three hours Tuesday to vote on sending a message to the House — that the senators had begun work for the special session.