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Senate passes right-to-work legislation, devolves into chaos.

Date: May 12, 2015
By: Matt Kalish
State Capitol Bureau

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The Missouri Senate has passed right to work legislation after eight hours of debate, but Democrats are threatening to derail the final three days of session.
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Wrap: Democratic Senator Scott Sifton says the next three days of the legislative session aren't going to be very productive after Republican lawmakers shut off debate before passing right to work legislation.

It's only the sixth time in ten years lawmakers have used this procedure in the Senate.

Sifton says, the decision to use it on such a polarizing bills has consequences.

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Description: We've taken some terrible hits and it just wasn't enough for the republicans and you know what? as far as I'm concerned that's as much business as we're going to conduct.

Republican Senator Dan Brown says the decision to move to previous question was worth it.

Reporting from the state capitol in Jefferson City, I'm Matt Kalish.

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Senate Democrats are threatning to effectively paralzye the Missouri Senate after Republicans shut off debate on right to work legislation.
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Wrap: Chaos erupted on the floor of the Missouri Senate following the decision by some Republicans to end debate on right to work legislation.

While that bill ended up passing by a vote of 20-14, Democratic Senator Scott Sifton says that might be the last thing the chamber does before adjourning Friday at 6 p-m.

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Description: you're going to see how hard it can be made to get business done in the Senate when people insist on being unilateral.

Republican Senator Dan Brown says the bill's potential economic benefits made it all worth while.

Reporting from the state capitol in Jefferson City, I'm Matt Kalish.

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Senate Republicans pass right to work legislation after shutting off debate.
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Wrap: Senate Democrats and some Republicans spent eight hours Tuesday speaking at length about why right to work is wrong for Missouri but it all ended after several senators moved to shut off debate, sparking outrage from Democrats.

Republican Senator Dan Brown says the bill was a priority for Republicans this session.

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Description: You know this is for the people of Missouri. this is an economic development bill for all points of Missouri. I don't care what anyone says.

Senate Democrats have since promised to slow down the Senate until it adjourns for the year Friday night.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Matt Kalish. 

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Senate passes right to work bill after shutting off debate eight hours into a filibuster.
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Wrap: Senate Democrats are threatning to derail the last three days of the legislative session after a handful of Republicans shut off debate on right to work legislation.

Republican Senator Dan Brown voted for the bill and was critical of the Democrats.

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Description: it's not to any of our advantages to blow up and go home at this point

But the bill, which passed by a vote of 21 to 13, didn't just garner opposition from Democrats.

Several Republicans, including President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey and Kansas City Senator Ryan Silvey, opposed the bill.

It now heads back to the House.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Matt Kalish.


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