Missouri Senate Republicans cut off a Democratic filibuster in controversial fashion Tuesday to approve a “right-to-work” bill and send it back to the Missouri House for approval. The bill initially passed the House in February but will require another vote because of changes made in the Senate.
The bill, which would prevent employers and unions from requiring all employees to pay union dues, passed the Senate two votes shy of a veto-proof majority. It was 18 votes shy of a two-thirds majority in February’s House vote. Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to veto the measure if it reaches his desk.
Supporters of the measure say it would make the state more attractive to business, but opponents say it would drive down wages and limit unions’ power.
Senate Democrats, who oppose the bill, bristled at the manner in which Republicans ended Tuesday’s filibuster, which lasted more than eight hours.