The Missouri Senate has delayed debate on a bill that would move the state’s presidential primary from February to March.
The holdup involves a pending amendment that would scrap the primary altogether and return Missouri to its former status as a caucus state.
Mo. lawmakers meeting to discuss Nixon veto override
Missouri lawmakers are convening today in an annual session to consider overriding vetoes by Gov. Jay Nixon. Nixon vetoed 14 bills approved during this year's regular session.
Gov. Jay Nixon says legislation changing the date of Missouri's 2012 presidential primary will be on the agenda for a planned special session in September.
Nixon announced this week he plans to order the House and Senate back to Jefferson City to overhaul the state's business incentives.
Missouri lawmakers have passed legislation to move the state's 2012 presidential primary to March 6 instead of Feb. 7 as currently scheduled.
The House gave the bill final approval in a 137-11 vote Friday. The measure now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon. The Senate had already passed the measure.
The legislation would put Missouri in compliance with rules set by the national Democratic and Republican parties.
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