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Lawmakers Reflect on Session

The legislative session ended last Friday. KSMU's Matt Petcoff asked three Springfield lawmakers to evaluate the session and files this report.

Republican Representative Bob Dixon is the Majority Caucus Chair...He represents the southeast portion of Springfield.

He says this session had a different pace than recent sessions.

Dixon says in addition to killing some of those bad bills, he also was able to secure funds for Springfield public transit and the crime lab among other things.

But, the bill of which he is most proud is one that he says will keep the children of southwest Missouri safe.

Springfield's one democratic representative had a different perspective on the session.

Sara Lampe, whose district includes portions of central and eastern Springfield, says she had to approach the session in a way that was different than her Republican colleagues.

Lampe says numerous bills that lawmakers passed required both parties to work together, but she says there are still issues that the parties don't agree on.

As for Springfield senator Norma Champion, she says the state budget will benefit Springfield greatly. Now that the legislative session is over, lawmakers will be looking toward the upcoming elections...

There is the primary in August and a general election in November.

From Jefferson City... I'm Matt Petcoff for KSMU News...