Restraining order between state representatives dropped
JEFFERSON CITY — One state lawmaker has dropped his restraining order against a fellow representative. The two are now working together on a bill to improve education in urban areas.
Missouri State Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis, D-Ferguson filed the restraining order against Rep. Michael Butler, D-St. Louis after a fist fight he said occurred between the two Jan. 19 at the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Legislative Reception.
Disagreement arose from Curtis' stance on the "Right to Work" issue, according to a letter from Curtis to the ethics committee. A previous shouting match later escalated when Butler followed Curtis out of the restaurant where the reception was being held, proceeding to take a swing, Curtis said.
The court document indicates the fight ended when a third lawmaker, Rep. Brandon Ellington, D-Kansas City, intervened.
Curtis decided to drop the order for the benefit of the community, he said, citing calls from leaders and young people who hold the two in high regard. Curtis also made mention of high incarceration rates among minorities.
The two shook hands in court and met in Curtis' office Thursday, deciding that working together to improve the community is the best way to lead by example, Curtis said.
[This story has been updated to include further information provided by Rep. Curtis.]