Missouri Lawmakers Cut Deals Involving Abortion, Unions

The Missouri Capitol building | Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
The Capitol has seen a flurry of cross-aisle compromises this week in the run-up to the end legislative session Friday. | Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Missouri legislators settled many of the most contentious issues facing the General Assembly before it adjourns Friday night. Republicans can triple the waiting period to have an abortion, but they must abandon their push this year to enact tougher restrictions on public employee unions. Democrats will stop blocking efforts to place a six-day early voting period on the ballot, but Republicans must stop pressing a photo ID requirement to vote.

The informal accord — the abortion bill, for instance, still needs to clear the House — involved not so much compromise as a truce. Democrats had promised to filibuster on each issue. Republicans had vowed to use whatever means necessary to force a vote.

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