Missouri House approves giving lawmakers control of Rotunda

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 | 5:49 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House of Representatives has voted to give lawmakers authority over space in the Capitol that includes the Hall of Famous Missourians after controversy over the induction of radio host Rush Limbaugh.

Busts of hall inductees are displayed in the third-floor Rotunda between the House and Senate chambers. Control of the space became an issue this spring when House Democrats asked the state Office of Administration not to display Limbaugh's bust.

House Majority Leader Tim Jones said the Limbaugh issue highlighted the need to clarify who has authority over the Rotunda. He said there also have been past situations involving the space.

The House approved the measure Wednesday on vote of 106-40 as an amendment to a Senate bill. The amended bill now goes back to the Senate.


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