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As one might expect, there are no photos allowed inside the chambers during proceedings, so we must satisfy ourselves with shots of the doors and signage that lead into these two large rooms, some leather-covered and others solid walnut (our state tree nut) and surrounded by Missouri limestone.
Over in the House, the gallery was quite full. We arrived just in time to hear the last remarks about a bill being proposed in support of saying the Pledge of Allegiance in Missouri public schools. One Republican wondered why we had to even debate the issue. "There's nothing wrong with being patriotic," he said. "And as for religious liberties in regards to the phrase 'under God', this bill does not require anyone to say it [or any other part of the pledge]." We never heard any rebuttal, as it was then time for our elected representatives to vote on the measure. Afterward, our group was again introduced and acknowledged by applause.