(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) A Missouri Senate committee heard a bill that would move the state's August primary election to June.
Sen. John Lamping, R-St. Louis, presented his bill to the Senate Financial & Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee on Monday. The legislation simply changes the word August in state statute to June.
"This would allow the public a greater period of time to understand the message," Lamping said.
Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, questioned Lamping about how the change would affect campaigning.
Both of them, for example, have personally pledged to not to raise campaign funds during the legislative session, and Keaveny said the bill could weaken an incumbent - who would be spending January through May in Jefferson City - to a primary challenger.
"Whatever it does for your and I is extremely secondary to the public," Lamping responded.
Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, said he felt one of the benefits of expanding the time between the primary and the General Election would be it could allow issues to be resolved more effectively.
The Senate committee did not vote on the bill on Monday.