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Bill ends in heated discussion regarding Senate Agenda

Date: January 31, 2012
By: Mary McGuire
State Capitol Bureau

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A bill vote ends in heated discussion regarding the Senate's agenda Tuesday.
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Wrap: A bill that would bar public sector unions from withholding fees from employee paychecks ended in a filibuster and discussion about the Senate's calendar.

Democratic Senator Tim Green of Saint Louis County filibustered the bill, sponsored by Republican Dan Brown of Rolla.

The filibuster provoked Democratic Senator Victor Callahan to question the importance of the legislation being placed on the agenda.

 

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Description: "Is this the part of an election effort for somebody running for higher office, is that whats setting the agenda here? It appears to be. Are these the issues people would pick, are they genuine issues that the Senate should deal with? Are they the first primary issues?"

 The discussion of the bill was tabled and is still awaiting Senate Floor approval.

 Reporting from the State Capital, I'm Mary McGuire.

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A filibuster invoked a heated debate about the Senate's future Tuesday.
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Description: "Blah blah blah blah blah."

Those were the sentiments of Senator Victor Callahan of Independence regarding the agenda of the Missouri Senate.

A debate ensued after a filibuster of Republican Senator Dan Brown's bill barring private sector unions from withholding fees from employee paychecks.

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Description: "If these are the critical issues we need to get done, to the point where you procedurally do stuff, lets procedurally deal with nuclear power plants, lets procedurally, in this body, deal with economic development."

Callahan also expressed concern about the future of the Senate.

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Description: "Once you destroy a Senate's filibuster, we just become a 34 member house and all the power will shift to the house and the second floor."

Reporting from the State Capital, I'm Mary McGuire.

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A filibuster ends in a debate about the Senate's priorities Tueday.
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Wrap: A bill sponsored by Republican Senator Dan Brown of Rolla was tabled in a filibuster.

The legislation would bar private sector unions from withholding fees from employee paychecks.

The bill would also require employee's consent for unions to use fees and dues for political purposes.

Democratic Senator Tim Green of Saint Louis County began the filibuster and commented that the bill 's issues "should not be on the top of the priority list."

 

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Description: "We have other issues in the state, dealing with higher ed, dealing with energy, dealing with infrastructure needs, those should be at the priority."

The legislation was placed on the Senate's informal calendar.

Reporting from the State Capital, I'm Mary McGuire.


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