The Missouri Legislature is convening with its largest Republican majority in decades and its largest freshmen class in several years.
Lawmakers are to begin their 2011 session around noon Wednesday. And Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon says their first order of business should be simply learning to get along.
Nixon hosted about 800 people Wednesday morning at an annual prayer breakfast, where the keynote speaker was the recently retired head coach of the Northwest Missouri State University football team, Mel Tjeerdsma (CHERCH-ma). Nixon says there will be a constant need to call upon God’s strength and help during the legislative session.
Missouri is facing a budget gap of about $500 million next year.
Republicans will hold a 106-57 majority over Democrats in the House and a 26-7 majority in the Senate.