JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Democrats are stalling action in the Missouri Senate after some Republicans forced a vote on a contentious right-to-work bill.
Democratic Sen. Scott Sifton of Affton said Wednesday he plans to filibuster until the session ends at 6 p.m. Friday.
The delay follows a rare procedural move by members of the Republican majority.
Some GOP senators on Tuesday forced a vote on a bill to prohibit union contracts with employers that allow fees for non-members.
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Democrats spoke against that for hours as an attack on workers’ collective bargaining rights. Republicans eventually shut down debate to pass the measure 21-13.
Sifton called that a “nuclear option.” Democrats in response are delaying a vote on a measure that provides a significant chunk of Missouri’s Medicaid funding for medical providers.