Missouri House Endorses Anti-Tax Plan

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - A proposal to bar judges from imposing tax increases got initial approval from the Missouri House.

Republicans want the proposed constitutional amendment to appear on the November ballot.

House Speaker Pro Tem Bryan Pratt ended debate after about 10 minutes, without allowing any Democrats to speak on the legislation.  Angry Democrats said they had a dozen amendments to discuss.

The amendment still needs a roll call vote to go to the Senate.

The House passed a similar amendment last year, but the measure never cleared the Senate.

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