JEFFERSON CITY Members of the Missouri House of Representatives were sworn into office Monday morning -- for the second time in less than a week.
The first go round took place on the legislative session's opening day. But while administering the oath of office, Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Teitelman instructed lawmakers to swear to support the "government of the United States and of the State of Missouri."
The oath is supposed to pledge support for the "Constitution of the United States and the state of Missouri."
And one word of difference was too much for a few lawmakers, who apparently approached House Speaker Tim Jones about a do over.
"As conservatives who believe in limiting the size and influence of government and not in pledging oaths to support it, we felt it was important that we retake the oath," said Speaker Pro Tem Jason Smith, a Salem Republican.
So before heading off to various inaugural events for the day, Smith re-administered the oath, making sure to give the word "constitution" a little extra emphasis.
"My colleagues and I want to make it clear that we are here to serve the will of the people and the Constitution, and not to cater to the whims of a bloated governmental bureaucracy,” Smith said.