Missouri Legislature at a standstill with just 2 days left
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri's legislature has slowed to a crawl with just two days remaining in its session because of animosity over legislation limiting union powers.
Senate Democrats were stalling all debate Thursday - just as they did Wednesday - because of frustration that majority Republicans had used a rare procedural motion to cut off Senate debate Tuesday evening and force a vote on right-to-work legislation.
House Republicans voted Wednesday to send Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon the bill barring union fees from being a condition of employment.
But the House suspended its normal work Thursday morning, citing the Senate standstill.
Lawmakers face a 6 p.m. Friday deadline to pass bills. The standstill is jeopardizing numerous measures, including one reauthorizing taxes on health care providers that help fund the Medicaid program.