House leaders predict busy week heading in to spring break


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Leadership of the Missouri House of Representatives claim next week will be a busy week as lawmakers prepare to return home for legislative spring break.

Speaking with reporters upon adjournment Thursday morning, House Speaker Tim Jones and Majority Floor Leader John Diehl said next week will be “meaty” on the legislative calendar, as bills move from committee to floor debate.

Up until this point, Jones claimed, “This has been one of the most productive sessions we’ve had in a long time.”

Diehl said Monday and Tuesday will be late nights for lawmakers, in exchange for an early finish on Wednesday to allow the House Budget Committee to continue work on the Fiscal Year 2014 budget.

Legislative spring break begins officially on March 15, and lawmakers will return on March 25 to continue debate on the FY2014 budget. The week after spring break, Diehl said, will focus exclusively on the budget.