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Voter ID public hearing would've been in closed Capitol

Date: January 24, 2013
By: Andrew Weil
State Capitol Bureau

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A public hearing on a Republican innitiative to block Missourians from voting without photo ids would have been heard in a locked Capitol builiding.
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Wrap: A chance for the public to speak on controversial voter id bills was scheduled to start this Tuesday at 6:45 in the morning...almost an hour before the Capitol building is even open to the public.

It was only after journalists began questioning and Democrats publicly lashed out against the plan that it was pushed back to an 8 A-M start. 

The committee chair, Republican Bolivar Representative Sue Entlicher says her idea behind the earlier start was to give the public plenty of time to talk.

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Description: "I mean, I'm an old farm wife and we get up early around our house so it just never dawned on me that people would feel a little bit displaced at 6:45 in the morning but that's okay, that's alright, we're going to go with what everybody feels best at."

She also says the public hearing will now continue after Tuesday's session if necessary.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Andrew Weil.

Intro: 
A chance for the public to speak at the Capitol on a plan to block Missourians from voting without photo id would have happened nearly an hour before the building was open to the public.
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Wrap: A public hearing on a set of Republican voter id bills was scheduled to start at 6:45 in the morning this upcoming Tuesday...even though the Capitol building isn't open to the public at that time.

It was only after questioning arrose about the idea that it was pushed back to an 8 A-M start. 

The committee chair, Republican Representative Sue Entlicher says as a former county clerk she spent plenty of time up at all hours of the day so the early time didn't seem unreasonable to her.

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Description: "We've heard from several people even on the committee that feel like that's a little too early so we want to make everybody happy we aren't here to cause problems."

In response to the move to a later start time, Democratic Floor leader Jacob Hummel says sometimes public pressure is a wonderful thing.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Andrew Weil.


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