April 13, 2014 9:33 AM

Missouri union vote focuses on absent lawmakers

In legislative lingo, it’s called “taking a walk.” A lawmaker walks out of the chamber – sometimes to a nearby office, sometimes to get out of town – and avoids taking a vote on a politically sticky issue. During eight years in office, Missouri Rep. Rick Stream said he never walked out on a vote – until this past week, when it came time for the state House to vote on a measure that could limit union fees.

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