With this year’s legislative session set to end at 6 p.m. Friday, the Missouri House and Senate no longer need to worry about matters such as next year’s budget or school transfers, as those already passed. It’s a good thing, because the biggest bill left on the table, the so-called “Right to Work” bill, could bring the legislature to a standstill.
The bill, which concerns employment contracts requiring union dues or fees as a condition of employment, has caused sharp divides in both houses. Democrats, facing voting minorities in both the House and Senate, are expected to filibuster the bill, which will push Republicans to take little-used measures to circumvent the blockage. If they do, Democrats could counter by bogging down proceedings on all remaining bills in the session.