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TheChat: SJR 39 fight in Missouri rolls on


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▪ “Missourians are going to resent being bullied by corporate elites.” — Missouri state Sen. Bob Onder, a Lake Saint Louis Republican, suggesting that residents are fed up with corporate opponents of the so-called “religious liberty law” now under consideration.

The sponsor of the bill, Onder said Missourians don’t like being threatened by corporations opposed to the proposal.

▪ “SJR 39 is a discriminatory bill that threatens Missouri’s reputation as a good place to work and raise a family, and which undermines our efforts to grow a vibrant economy here in St. Louis.” — Hart Nelson, vice president of public policy at the St. Louis Regional Chamber.

The intense fight against the “religious liberty” law continues unabated. That GOP leaders continue to consider it, even though so many business leaders who make up a good chunk of the GOP base oppose it, is surprising.

▪ “We need to get this done rather than run the risk of getting sidetracked on something else.” — Missouri state Sen. Scott Sifton, an Affton Democrat, urging Republican lawmakers to deal with ethics reform before lawmakers get bogged down in such controversial measures as voter ID, Planned Parenthood and the religious liberty law.

Sifton is clearly worried that Democrats will get the blame if ethics reform falls victim to big fights over other issues.

▪ “What took so long to find Kelsey? One word — Verizon.” — Missey Smith, mother of Kelsey Smith, explaining the need for federal legislation that would require cellphone companies to provide call location information to law enforcement officers in situations involving “risk of death or serious physical injury.”

Kelsey Smith was kidnapped from a Target store in Overland Park on June 2, 2007, raped and strangled to death. Her body was found after a four-day search. Missey and her husband asked Verizon for help in locating Missey, but were told the company couldn’t help.