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The crop of newly elected Missouri state representatives might just be thankful if they can snag a nap this holiday, because they’re already working before taking the oath next January.  The freshpersons gather Monday in Jeff City for what old-timers call “lawmaker charm school.”  They’ll receive lectures on how to conduct themselves in the ornate House chamber, how to address the presiding officer (“Mister or Madame Speaker”) and how to propose legislation.  Also, where to find the restrooms, the cafeteria and, unofficially, the occasional hospitality wet office.  After a couple of days confabbing under the dome, the lawmakers-to-be will head out together around the state.  They’ll visit public facilities such as prisons, mental hospitals and colleges. They’ll have stops at venues for influential private interests with major Missouri investments and employment, such as Monsanto, BJC, Goldfarb School of Nursing and SSM Healthcare.  There’s a bit of underlined advice about some of the “sensitive sites” on the tour schedule: “any weapons concealed or otherwise are strictly prohibited.”


  • Mutt says:

    You may think Berger is joking about checking guns at the door.
    Some of these new law-givers had campaign fundraisers centering around giving away guns and shooting guns.
    I only hope they can debate without unholstering their side arms!

  • OldLobbyist says:

    I had to laugh at the Bergermeister’s characterization of “charm school” for Missouri legislators. Charming !!

    Some arrive charming. Others will flunk out of that school.

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