Missouri Legislature at a standstill with just 2 days left

3 years 1 month 6 days ago Thursday, May 14 2015 May 14, 2015 Thursday, May 14, 2015 11:40:10 AM CDT May 14, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

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.

 

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