UPDATE: Richard's spokeperson tweets that the Speaker "was surprised" by Rupp's tweet, and that he's "already selected conferees" for negotiations, though these have not been made official yet.
Sources on both sides of the aisle report this morning that Speaker Ron Richard may not appoint conferees to finish this year's autism insurance bill (HB1311) in a timely manner -- or at all.
Sen. Scott Rupp (R-Wentzville) tweets that "Hse speaker Richards [sic] is blocking autism bill AGAIN!" and the Autism Votes campaign warns that Richard is "blocking your autism insurance reform bill to death."
Richard personally killed last year's autism insurance legislation despite broad bipartisan support in both chambers.