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Crowell part of escalating Missouri Capitol dome dispute

Friday, January 7, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A dispute is escalating over tourist access to the dome of the Missouri Capitol.

The dome is accessible to the public only through state officials who have access to a limited number of keys.

Last year, Republican Sen. Jason Crowell, of Cape Girardeau, passed a law requiring the Office of Administration to provide a dome key to each lawmaker. That hasn't happened yet.

Instead, the Office of Administration in September proposed a dome tourist policy that would ban people younger than 12 and require older children to be accompanied by a parent.

Crowell responded Thursday by filing a resolution to kick the Office of Administration out of the Capitol.

Administration Commissioner Kelvin Simmons says he hopes to negotiate a dome policy that provides access in a safe manner.

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Wish Crowell would spend his time on something that matters....This is a waste of time, if someone really wants access, go through the proper channels. Geez!

-- Posted by Theorist on Thu, Jan 6, 2011, at 1:33 PM

Agreed - what a waste of time!

-- Posted by farmwife2 on Thu, Jan 6, 2011, at 2:07 PM

Wouldn't it be wise for the Office of Administration to follow the laws enacted by the legislature?

-- Posted by ScaliaFan on Thu, Jan 6, 2011, at 2:19 PM

Why? We are heading into one of the worst economic years this state has seen (yes, worse than lat year) and THIS is what our money is being spent on....sigh.

-- Posted by clkv on Thu, Jan 6, 2011, at 2:32 PM

I didn't realize that he could pass a law all by himself. Did he also require a key to the janitor's closet for every member so they can clean up their own messes?

-- Posted by Professor_Bubba on Thu, Jan 6, 2011, at 3:19 PM

Sounds like proper channels are for the elite.

-- Posted by Old John on Thu, Jan 6, 2011, at 3:24 PM

Come on boy....do the job you were sent up there to do. Leave the petty stuff to petty people !!!

-- Posted by CB1 on Thu, Jan 6, 2011, at 3:33 PM

This is only a small part of the "stupid stuff" that goes on up there. Go visit and see how they act while fellow members are addressing the house. Disgraceful, carrying on personal conversations while someone is speaking, just awful. What do you think our kids learn when they go for tours and this is how you see our elected officials behave. Shame on all of you!

-- Posted by JELLYBEAN on Thu, Jan 6, 2011, at 3:53 PM

Oh, and by the way; I assume this is an issue because it would be quite easy for children to fall (although no one warned us when our children took the tour)

-- Posted by JELLYBEAN on Thu, Jan 6, 2011, at 3:55 PM

Just one more example of the MO Office of Administration taking over more and more facets of state government and disregarding laws.

-- Posted by commonsenseapplies on Thu, Jan 6, 2011, at 6:30 PM

I guess I'm lost. What can you do in the dome? Walk around it? Walk outside it? Hang from it? Heck, I don't know.

-- Posted by grandma73 on Thu, Jan 6, 2011, at 9:39 PM

Is anyone surprised that Sen. Crowell transferred significant funds of money out of his campaign funds to Rod Jetton's or that he was Rod Jetton's roommate? What does the Missourian mean by Crowell "passed a law last year?" Could the paper please explain that if it knows what it means or research it if it doeesn't?

Is anyone else more concerned about the massive cuts in education predicted in education from higher education down through dropping school bus funding? Is anyone else more concerned about infrastructure deterioration and that MODOT predicts it will not begin any project in 2011? I could go on for hours, but with all the new legislators brought in this year because their predecessors were taken out by term limits and some were voted out, IS SEN. CROWELL NOW (OR EVER FOR THAT MATTER) SETTING THE TYPE OF EXAMPLE THEY MUST HAVE FOR THE FEW MONTHS MO. LEG. IS IN SESSION SO AS NOT TO TURN SESSION INTO A CIRCUS OR TO REVERT TO SOME OF THE CESSPOOL CORRUPTION PATTERNS which have resulted in the conviction of so many of its members?

If Sen. Crowell absolutely has to have a key so his ego isn't dealt a fatal blow or some child can take a fatal fall, could he atleast keep it out of the newspaper so Mo. and esp. SE Mo. doesn't scare off all industry. May we at least look like we have the right priorities and don't need to throw "hissies?" Enough already! Or in current terminology, "Green Balloons!"

-- Posted by casual_observer1 on Thu, Jan 6, 2011, at 9:48 PM

P.S. but if Office of Adminstration can relieve the Legislators to come up with some real good ideas and maybe quit playing "gotcha" with the Governor when real lives of real people are involved, GIVE IT TO THEM!!!!!!!!! The Legislature can take it back later. Are they really such small boys (and maybe some small girls too) that they have to worry about who they have to ask for a key? Are there tour emergencies? Are the lines to someone's parking space faded? Well kids, belief it or not, there are worse problems. Thinking big and talking big are not going to solve the problems. Even if great ideas, they have to be implemented. I guess Sen. Crowell still has his key to the men's room correct? In view of how he imitated body function noises into the microphone in the Chamber which made the national news 3 or 4 years ago, he might should be the last person to ever get a key. Law or no law!

-- Posted by casual_observer1 on Thu, Jan 6, 2011, at 9:58 PM

I think I'm gonna ignore a few laws this weekend. I think I can come up with better ones, so I'm just gonna ignore some of the ones I don't agree with. I'm sure it wil be ok. Nothing has happened to the Director of the OA for not following the law of the land, so nothing should happen to me either.

-- Posted by gomer on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 12:57 AM

OA is absolutely taking over much of the entire state government, in the name of consolidation. It is their way or the highway. That is too much power for one agency; no checks and balances.

-- Posted by redhairedgirl on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 5:55 AM

This is why we voted in term limits. Most of us can hold our breath long enough for some of these wack jobs to simply go away.

-- Posted by demopublican on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 6:38 AM

Gomer---not really advocating anyone to ignore law. but just like a driver may be licensed to drive, they have to resticted if appear impaired.

On the first day of Leg. Session, rather than let the leaders of both houses announce their goals and introduce new members, Sen. Crowell had to draw special attention to a "key to the dome drama." with all the work on jobs, education, etc. legislators have to do, they should at least prioritize their focus and keep the parties on message at first at least. The Office of Administration may be afraid he might go up there and have a bi-polar alcoholic episode which is becoming the most popular explanation I hear for his bizarre behaviour. Check Post-Dispatch, Kansas City Star, even southeast Missourian about his letter to president of Southeast Missouri state University. He may be disappointed no one elected him to president of senate, but he not disrupt the "big boys" in their important business?

-- Posted by casual_observer1 on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 9:24 AM

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