Missouri’s legislature will adjourn at 6 p.m. today, Friday, May 17, 2013. The Missouri Constitution proscribes the ending as there will be no consideration of bills after 6:00 p.m. on the first Friday following the second Monday in May. No appropriation bill may be considered after 6:00 p.m. on the first Friday after the first Monday in May.
People, today is the first Friday after the second Monday in May! Missouri’s legislature will adjourn tonight. Legislators in Jefferson City have been stockpiling paper, as the tradition is to throw papers in the air to celebrate at 6 p.m.
Jessica Machetta, a reporter for the Missourinet (a radio news network in Missouri — just like Radio Iowa and owned by the same company), wrote a haiku for the occasion.
Haiku for last day of the legislative session
One more sixteen-hour day,
Thousands of papers flying in the air,
Then politicians scatter like ash.
There will be no such celebration this evening at the Iowa Statehouse in Des Moines.