McDaniel says his closed-primary bill is being blocked

Senate Elections Committee Chairman Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, complained that Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves had sent a closed-primary proposal to both the Appropriations Committee and the Elections Committee. The Elections Committee can’t act on the bill until Appropriations does, and it’s not clear whether Appropriations will debate it or let it die for lack of action.

McDaniel said he thinks sending a bill to two committees is simply a way to kill it.

“That’s a problem in our system,” McDaniel said. “A bill that’s been double-referred is an implicit instruction to the committee chairmen that that bill is not wanted by the leadership, for whatever reason.”

However, many bills survive two committees. Tuesday is the deadline for committees to consider bills. Those that survive will move on to the full Senate or House for more debate.

“Like every other member of the Senate, Senator McDaniel has the opportunity to convince his colleagues of the merits of the bills he files,” Reeves spokeswoman Laura Hipp said Thursday. “At the end of the day, the only way to affect public policy is rolling up your sleeves and putting in the difficult work of legislating.”

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