Sen. @cindyolaughlin2 is speaking from the floor, saying "we are destroying people's lives" with certain COVID-19 responses, particularly pointing to closing small businesses. #moleg
"The worst thing we've done is locking up our senior citizens," O'Laughlin said. "Nursing homes are teetering on the edge of insolvency and we as senators know it and have done nothing." #moleg
Sen. Nasheed calls a point of order during O'Laughlin's point of personal privilege. O'Laughlin is allowed to continue. #moleg
O'Laughlin calls for COVID liability limitation; she said she called for its passing in May. #moleg
O'Laughlin: "If the quality of life doesn’t matter, especially for people who can’t take care of themselves, why are we even here? Are we so scared of a virus that, we’ve had a lot of viruses go through our world, we're just going to let them lay until their lives end?" #moleg
Sen. @BillEigel to @cindyolaughlin2: "Those were some impassioned words, and I appreciate all of them."

He says the pandemic has "been politicized" to a high degree.
Eigel teased support for a potential special session since we've "produ[ed] a tragedy where our most vulnerable citizens are separated from their families." #moleg
Sen. Libla joins in, saying: "I don't think there's anything more important right now than taking up COVID liability." He said we are "fastly approaching an area of no return with destroying our economy." #moleg
Sens. Nasheed and Onder are now discussing COVID responses.

Onder says the "pandemic has been politicized like no other illness in the history of the world." Nasheed quickly points to the president, saying he's politicized the coronavirus too. #moleg
Sen. @BobOnderMO is now discussing the controversy with New York's nursing homes during COVID.

(Side note: @JaniceDean has been SUPER vocal on what's going on with New York nursing facilities.) #moleg

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The House Judiciary Committee scheduled to meet in executive session on the anti-crime bill Wednesday morning has been canceled. #moleg
NEW: Along with Judiciary Committee, special session in the House has also been canceled for the week. A new approach to handling Gov. Parson's anti-crime priorities is expected to be announced later tonight. #moleg
And here it is: The House is breaking down the legislation into single-subject bills. "Given the fact the governor expanded the call as one of our committees was considering the bill he originally proposed, we think it’s important to take a step back ..." #moleg
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