Tensions Mar Start of Senate Session

JANUARY 5, 2007 - Posted at 8:00 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - This year's legislative session is off to a rocky start in the Missouri Senate.

Partisan tension has marred the first two days -- when senators typically are jovial and traditionally pledge to work in a bipartisan spirit.

The tensions began Wednesday when Democratic Senator Tim Green of St. Louis complained that Republican leaders violated Senate traditions and acted in a partisan fashion last year. He was upset about last year's forced vote on a voter identification bill.

Green's speech prompted a volley of counter-speeches yesterday that involved at least one-fourth of the senators. All seemed to agree that they needed to do a better job of getting along.

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