One option involves spending $0 on the selection of a new Senator. The other option involves depriving Missouri of a Senator for months, while taxpayer money is spent on a special election.

Some Republicans have picked the option where Missouri is shortchanged with the introduction of HB 1099. The 32 Republican co-sponsors include the floor leader, the only CPA in the House, and Cynthia Davis.

Once again, as I have said before, the idea of reform here makes sense. But, HB 1099 strips the appointment power completely, which means that if a Senate seat is vacant, Missouri will lose half it’s voice in the Senate for months. When one mentions small government, this is probably not what they meant.

Thumbs down on HB 1099.