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Let the legislative sniping begin

A conference panel with the four legislative caucus leaders Thursday provided a glimpse into what is to come this session.

And it's not good.

The usually good-natured crew testily rebutted each other on right-to-work facts and statistics – often interrupting each other with pointed remarks.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long at one point said it would be nice if all legislators stayed in their seats – a reference to last year's House Democrat walkout.

House Democratic Leader Pat Bauer dryly said, “It's so wonderful to have a lecture from the Senate.”

Long responded that at least his members stayed to work every day.

Senate Democratic Leader Vi Simpson said the legislature is going to be eaten up by right-to-work instead of other important issues.

Long disputed that, saying lots of issues will be discussed.

“On second reading amendments,” said a snarky Simpson.

Moderator John Gregg, who is running for governor as a Democrat, gamely switched the topic to upcoming elections, saying “I see I'm going to have to bring a stick in January.”

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