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Black Caucus reacts to Senate discrimination bill

Date: January 30, 2012
By: Stacey Kafka
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 592 HB 1219

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Missouri's black caucus vows to block the vote on a controversial workplace discrimination bill
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Wrap: Members of the Missouri black caucus voiced objection to Senator Brad Lager's workplace discrimination bill Monday.

Representative Steve Webb says this bill takes Missouri in the wrong direction.

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Description: "These bills aim to weaken the human rights act and make it more difficult to prove discrimination and limiting remedies for victims of discrimination."

The bill would make put a cap on the amount employees can sue for in workplace discrimination lawsuits.

Senator Brad Lager says no one has talked to him about their problems with the bill.

 

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Description: "This is more about politics than it is about public policy. If this is a real debate about public policy and what's the right thing to do, in the Senate we sit down and work it out."


 

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Stacey Kafka.

Intro: 
Missouri's black caucus vows to block action on a controversial workplace discrimination bill.
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OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: The controversial workplace discrimination bill places a cap on settlements employees can get from workplace discrimination lawsuits.

Tishaura Jones of the black caucus said the governor is on their side.

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Description: "He's not going to stand for this. If the bill gets to his desk again he will veto it."

But Senator Brad Lager says he doesn't even know if that claim is valid.

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Run Time:  00:10
Description: "I didn't know the governor was still working in the state. I've had no correspondance with him. If someone's hearing from the governor I would be questionable if it was actually him."

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Stacey Kafka.

Intro: 
Missouri's black caucus says they will block the vote on a controversial workplace discrimination bill.
RunTime:  0:29
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: This bill would limit the amount of settlements employees can sue for in workplace discrimination lawsuits.

Representative Steve Webb says this bill takes the state in the wrong direction.

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Run Time:  00:10
Description: "Anything that brings us back. A step towards discrimination, we're not gonna stand for. The Civil Rights Act was put in place to protect people."
 
Sponsors of the bill argue that this bill takes Missouri back to federal standards. 

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Stacey Kafka.


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