The Missouri Senate perfected a ballot item that would shrink the Missouri House from 163 members to 103 members. If approved by the voters, the measure would take effect in 2023.
You can listen to the sponsor of the measure - Sen. Jim Lembke, R-Lemay - speak about the bill with Sen. Tim Green, D-Spanish Lake, in the above audio clip.
Anybody who thinks legislation barring unions from collecting dues as a condition of employment will sail through the Missouri Senate has another thing coming.
AP Reporter Chris Blank reports that Missouri Democrats are preparing to stage their first filibuster of the year on so-called ‘Right to Work’ legislation. The measure is a priority for Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, R-Dexter.
More from Blank’s article:
The Missouri Senate does not have time limits on its floor debate, nor does the chamber bar lawmakers from meandering off the immediate topic. That generally allows critics of legislation to stall and prevent a vote through a filibuster for as long as they can remain standing and speaking. It can mean hours of talking interspersed with policy arguments, personal anecdotes and the occasional reading of passages from economic textbooks and novels.
[Sen. Ryan] McKenna [right] said he has selected two books - one about the history of organized labor in the U.S. and the other focused on the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Yankees baseball teams - to use if necessary for his opposition to the union legislation.
So what issue is Sen. Tim Green, D-Spanish Lake, sick of hearing about?
“Local control” of the St. Louis Police Department.
Why is sick of that issue? Click on the audio clip to hear more.
The Missouri Senate is debating a ballot item that would enable the legislature to require a a photo identification at the polls.
This short clip features Sens. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, and Tim Green, D-Spanish Lake, discussing whether incorporate early voting into the proposed amendment. Democrats have typically filibustered photo identification requirements since a measure was declares unconstitutional in 2006.