Missouri lawmakers leave for long holiday weekend

Friday, January 18, 2013 | 10:09 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers will head back to their districts for the long holiday weekend after a week of festivity and work.

The legislature will not return until Tuesday afternoon because Monday marks the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The first full week of the 2013 session began with lawmakers celebrating the inauguration of Gov. Jay Nixon. The House also adopted rules for the upcoming session, and the Senate began holding committee hearings on legislation.

Next week, the House is scheduled to take up a measure allowing the governor to name an acting official to a statewide office that becomes vacant until an election can be held to fill the office.

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