There could be a turf war coming over floor space at the State Capitol.
With most members listening by telephone, Senator Mike Kehoe, (R) Jefferson City, on Tuesday organized a new committee to address the management of capitol space.
Over the years, some floors have been split, adding mezzanines to provide office space for lawmakers. But federal rules about access for handicapped people have created pressure for change.
"We have too many people for what this building was designed for," says Kehoe. "What that means in English is that some people have to move out. And that's where the conversation will get very territorial, very probably emotional at times."
Kehoe says the committee will also keep up the pressure to make repairs at the Capitol. While some exterior work has been finished, the building still leaks like a sieve.