HB 1310, the full employment bill for incumbents, is scheduled to come up for third reading this week, quite possibly today.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Ted Hoskins, D-St. Louis, will force independent candidates, who already face almost insurmountable odds when challenging incumbents from the established parties, to file at the same time as Democrats and Republicans...though they do not have August primary elections as those parties do.
The bill, you may recall, began in the Senate in 2007, sponsored by Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, who faced a challenge from incumbent Kim Wright, Joplin, in 2006. Nodler's bill was co-sponsored by Sen. Delbert Scott, R-Lowry City, who faced a challenge from independent Michael Holzknecht.
With all of the important issues that face Missourians, putting this nonsense bill on the fast track is a clear abuse of power, and appears to smack more of pettiness than anything else. Democrats and Republicans already have an enormous edge in fundraising and organization. This bill is simply not necessary.